Saturday, May 24, 2008

Last Gasps Of The Old Guard?

This sounds about right to me. Those with power don't usually give it up willingly or easily. Still, the jig is up. It'll just take some time for the info to sink in.
Another Clinton money person threatening the party
This dude is clearly in the "bargaining" stage of grief, and it manifests itself with threats.
In a move that could foreshadow a public push from the Hillary forces to get Barack Obama to invite her on the ticket, Hillary's top campaign fundraising official said in an interview that there's a "risk" that Hillary's political and financial supporters won't get behind Obama in time for him to win in November if she's passed over for the veep slot.

The fundraiser, businessman Hassan Nemazee, is Hillary's leading finance chair and one of the most influential money men in the party. He's the first prominent Hillary campaign official to raise the possiblity of an Obama loss should she not be invited on the ticket, and his comments suggests that this argument could emerge as central to any Clinton camp push to make her veep.

"There's a desire on the part of the party to come together under any circumstances, and Hillary and her supporters will do everything in their power to help Obama win, should he become the nominee, whether or not she's on the ticket," Nemazee said to me this morning.

"But there's a risk that if she isn't invited on the ticket, Hillary's political and financial supporters may not feel compelled to be as integrated and involved in the Obama campaign in order to provide the maximum support that he'll need to prevail in November."
It really is a sort of "last gasp" of the old establishment. They still don't realize that their money, while helpful, no longer buys them a political party. In fact, the more this asshole threatens, the more Obama can raise money off him.

Really, what is most useful to party building -- one blowhard businessman with a fat checkbook, or millions of small dollar donors? It's not even close.

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