I’ve been trying to make this clear for months, the Clinton’s only won the big States because they controlled the party apparatus. When Ed Rendell, Charlie Rangell, Chuck Schumer, Eliot Spitzer, Ted Strickland, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer and others lined up behind Hillary she had the power of the big state parties behind her.
But then last night, she misread the mood of the “The Party” apparatus, trying to Jam Obama on the VP deal. This morning the Party Insiders told her to get out within two days.
In the end, the Obama campaign knew, as Maureen Dowd so clearly wrote, that once the issue of vetting Bill’s Library and Foundation donors, the Clinton’s would take a pass on any push for the V. P. slot.
“No, Bill, we’ll need full disclosure of your business dealings for the last eight years. And you can no longer accept Arab millions — not if I’m going to talk tough to them about oil. I can’t send Hillary on diplomatic missions to the Middle East if you’re taking money from Dubai and Kuwait. And no more trips to Kazakhstan. I wouldn’t want to have to put a Geiger-counter bracelet on you to check that you’re not involved in another shady uranium deal.”