Hillary's Concession, VP Rumors and More


“It can be tough to lose a hard-fought race — I know, because I’ve been there.”

So recalled Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, the leader of the pack in early polls for the 2004 Democratic presidential primary, following Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s much-anticipated endorsement of the party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Sen. Barack Obama.

Lest anybody forget, Mr. Dean was riding high in his campaign for the White House four years ago when, for whatever reason, he delivered his infamous “I Have a Scream” speech. The Internet-based Urban Dictionary suggests his exuberance “was played around 700 times on CNN within the next 24 hours.”
Closing a chapter

The first page of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s official presidential campaign Web site now simply posts this message: “Support Senator Obama Today. Sign up now and together we can write the next chapter in America’s story.”
Tell her that

“As you may know, I was a boxer. And I’ve seen many fights go the distance. But never have I seen one where everyone came out stronger — until now.”
 —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada after Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton ended her 501-day campaign for president
Keystone politics

Once upon a time it was newspaper, magazine and broadcast reporters who got handed credentials every four years to cover the national political conventions.

Now, the 2008 Democratic National Convention announces that a record number of Internet blogs have received credentials to cover this summer’s pow-wow in Denver. We cannot print some of the more risque names, but among several dozen blogs actually credentialed and touted by the Democratic Party: Bitch Ph.D, HorsesAss, BlogHer, Celtic Diva’s Blue Oasis, Cotton Mouth Blog, Crooks and Liars, Democratic Underground, Digby’s Hullabaloo, Doc’s Political Parlor, HummingbirdMinds, Jack and Jill Politics, Keystone Politics and Raising Kane.

“Never before have blogs been included in such strong numbers and provided with resources that will enable them to be the eyes and ears of so many at the convention,” boasts one convention posting.
Early career

Turning to the 2008 Republican National Convention to be held this summer in Minneapolis-St. Paul, we’re told that Rachel Card Kahler has been appointed director of official proceedings. And who is Mrs. Kahler?

“A lifelong Republican, Kahler began her career in politics at the age of four, gathering signatures for her father, former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, in his run for the Massachusetts State House of Representatives,” according to the convention organizers.

Mrs. Kahler will manage a staff of more than 50 that will ensure the proper parliamentary procedures in the presidential nomination of Sen. John McCain and his ultimate pick for vice president.
Awaiting Mitt

Column reader Chuck Bloomer of Virginia writes: “I saw a bumper sticker as I drove home down Interstate 395: ‘Mormons for Obama.’ I have a feeling it is a very small group.”
Warner or Webb

Bill O’Reilly of the Fox News Channel is putting his money on former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner to become presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama’s vice-presidential pick.

“I think it’s going to be Warner in Virginia,” the talk-show host predicted during a recent broadcast of “The O’Reilly Factor,” even though Mr. Warner is his party’s U.S. Senate candidate to fill the seat of retiring Republican Sen. John Warner.

Popular on both sides of the aisle while governor, the fiscally minded Mr. Warner briefly considered running for president in 2008, then abruptly bowed out, citing family reasons.
If Mr. Obama does not select Mr. Warner, then Mr. O’Reilly guesses he will tap another Virginia Democrat, Sen. Jim Webb, who was Navy secretary under President Reagan and, we might recall, led the fight in 1982 for including a black soldier in the statue of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

“I’m going to go with a Virginia guy — either Warner or Webb,” said Mr. O’Reilly.
Pulpit mixing

That unusual TV ad aired of late featuring an unlikely pairing of outspoken preachers – conservative Pat Robertson and liberal Al Sharpton — has left a bad taste in the mouths of the left, who obviously don’t like mixing with the right.

Results of a new national study of 305 Democrats, Republicans and independents reveal that Democrats are less supportive of immediate government action on global warming after viewing the ad featuring Mr. Robertson and Mr. Sharpton.

The study was conducted by HCD Research and the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion to obtain Americans’ views on the ad about climate change.
You don’t say?

Last week, while Sen. Edward M. Kennedy was undergoing surgery at Duke University Medical Center for his cancerous brain tumor, an invitation arrived for a book party surrounding “The Secret Plot to Make Ted Kennedy President: Inside the Real Watergate Conspiracy.”

Author Geoff Shepard, a corporate lawyer who worked in the Nixon White House for more than five years, says his new book will change how people think about Watergate.
One book summary describes how the Massachusetts Democrat and his cohorts “smelled blood after the Watergate break-in and set out to exaggerate and prolong the scandal, not merely to destroy Richard Nixon, but to undermine the entire Republican Party and pave the way for another Kennedy presidency in 1976.”

The author says the Kennedy conspiracy included senators, congressmen and officials from both the Justice Department and the special prosecutor’s office, the latter going so far as to use “delay tactics and obfuscation” to postpone indictments.
Early regrets

One might argue that President Bush is counting down the days until he leaves office and returns to his beloved Texas. Consider his remarks yesterday during the Ford’s Theatre Gala:

“I know you’re excited about the opening of the renovated Ford’s Theatre in February 2009. Laura and I are excited, too. Just send the pictures down to Crawford.”
Fear Felix

We had to laugh at Rep. Ted Poe of  Texas when trying to make sense of what energy can be produced from the Texas landscape.

The Republican congressman recalled that the dusty plains of western Texas were once home to thousands of oil derricks until such time environmentalists replaced them with clean-turning windmills.

“Texas is the wind energy capital of North America, supplying power to over 1 million homes,” an impressed Mr. Poe pointed out. “But now the environmental-fear lobby wants to stop these turbines because they may pose a threat to bats and birds.”


He explains that the lobby is worried that “bats and the birds that fly at night may be running into the windmills,” although he remembers in third grade learning that bats “have a radarlike ability to navigate at night in caves and open terrain.”

He quoted one National Academy of Sciences report as stating: “Birds have more to fear from high buildings, power lines and cats than they do from the blades of windmills.”