Politics and Media Headlines 11/21/08
MSNBC's Phill Griffin answers his own question (County Fair, Media Matters for America)
Addressing students at Vassar College, the cabler chief bemoaned "the parlous condition of traditional news media," according to a local newspaper account. Griffin also informed the students that, looking back on the historic 2008 campaign, Sarah Palin ""made this election." We're pretty sure there's a connection between those two points.
Obama calls on his Internet campaign army to march again (McClatchy)
WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama's 3 million campaign volunteers got re-enlistment notices this week. Campaign manager David Plouffe, in a mass e-mail sent Wednesday to former workers, asked how much time they can spare for four missions integral to Obama's effort to transform his victory into a broader political movement.. "Obama's building a political machine," said Stephen Hess, a presidential scholar at the Brookings Institution, a center-left Washington research group.
Trust Obama on Clinton (by Joan Walsh, Salon)
If he believes she can contribute to his foreign policy, but most important, carry it out; that she can represent him well and inform his worldview; that she can improve our standing abroad, well, then, I believe she can, too. This choice is neither a popularity contest nor a meritocracy; it's all about the person the president believes can best represent his foreign policy and America's interests in the world. He has to deeply trust the man or woman in that role.
Oh, Joan, you are so sweetly naïve. You obviously don’t know anything about Chicago hardball politics. He offered her the Secretary of State position to force her to give up the organization of a million donors and activists that she built during the primary. He wants HIS organization to be the only force to be reckoned with. And it won’t necessarily be tied to the Democratic Party. It might be the Obama Party.—Caro
Clinton set to be nominated secretary of state after Nov. 27
Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Senator Hillary Clinton is likely to be nominated for secretary of state after the Nov. 27 U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, according to an aide to President-elect Barack Obama. Potential hurdles related to the financial disclosures of Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton, have been worked out, said the aide, who asked not to be named. The appointment, should the New York Democrat accept the post, would make her Obama's highest-ranking Cabinet official. Backers say the popularity of both Hillary and Bill Clinton overseas would be a boon to the U.S.'s global reputation.
See? By making this announcement he tried to force her to say yes. For those who haven’t noticed the thuggery, it’s time you did. As Booman, who refused to listen to me when I tried to tell him about Chicago politics, said, “People would do well to heed Emanuel's message [about health care], lest they get a fist in the mouth or a dead fish in the mail” (thanks, Lambert).—Caro
And she has decided to accept, I’m sorry to say.
Clinton Decides to Accept Post at State Dept., Confidants Say (New York Time)
WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton has decided to give up her Senate seat and accept the position of secretary of state, making her the public face around the world for the administration of the man who beat her for the Democratic presidential nomination, two confidants said Friday.
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