Are you bothered by the "idea" of Cindy McCain?

This evening, I watched CNN's coverage of Cindy McCain's potential role in the White House at the gym.  (I usually try to avoid television election coverage but it was on in front of the treadmill.)

Not unexpected:
Cindy McCain won't serve in husband's administration


(CNN) - Cindy McCain on Tuesday ruled out the possibility of serving in her husband's possible presidential administration.

Mrs. McCain, the wife of presumptive Republican nominee John McCain, told NY1 that while she would want be an "advocate" for issues like education as first lady, she has no plans to serve in an official post.

"I do not ever envision myself as being involved in the McCain administration, as it has been put, at all,"she said. "But my husband and I do talk and I want to be party to listening to what his ideas are too."

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Obama, Murder, Drugs, Gay Sex,

Scenes From Today's RBC Hillary Protest


Howard Dean may hope that the "healing will begin today," but two blocks away from the northwest Washington Marriott where the DNC's Rules and Bylaws Committee is meeting right now to try to figure out Florida and Michigan, the Hillary protesters are occupying an utterly alternate (and healing-free) universe: a universe in which one of the big lawn rally's speakers yells that the Democratic Party no longer is in the business of "promoting equality and fairness for all"; in which a Hillary supporter with two poodles shouts, "Howard Dean is a leftist freak!"; in which a man exhibits a sign that reads "At least slaves were counted as 3/5ths a Citizen" and shows Dean whipping handcuffed people; and in which Larry Sinclair, the Minnesota man who took to YouTube to allege that Barack Obama had oral sex with him in the back of a limousine in 1999, is one of the belles of the ball.

"They almost made me cry this morning when they told me to get out of there," the blond Sinclair--who's looking roly-poly and giddy in a blue-and-white striped shirt with a pack of Marlboros protruding from the breast pocket--says, referring to several nervous protest organizers who tried to evict him when he first showed up at the rally site early this morning carrying a box of "Obama's DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS: Murder, Drugs, Gay Sex" fliers. Since then, though, he goes on, "I have been totally surprised by the reception I have received!"

He's not kidding. Clusters of people in Hillary shirts ask to take their photo with him, one woman covered in Clinton buttons introduces him to Greta Van Susteren, and he estimates he has handed out 500 fliers. "You could improve your credibility if you downplayed the gay sex and focused on the drugs," sagely advises one Hillary supporter with auburn hair and elegant makeup. But in this universe, Sinclair's credibility doesn't seem to be suffering too much. In fact, he's treated nearly as well as he might be at a meeting of the Vast Right-wing Conspiracy. In the thirty minutes I stand with him, only one woman expresses disgust at his fliers and his willingness to chattily discourse on whether Obama is "good in bed."

More at link.

Ah yes, I'm so proud of us Democrats.  I'm not sure what to say.  Nothing says moral high-ground like a good nut-job flier.  Here's to better days.    

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Open Thread: Would you be happy if HC won it this way?

First, I want to apologize.  This is my first diary at MyDD and I'm somewhat ashamed that it's an open thread.  I wish I could be breaking something substantive like "Rove Indicted." Not to be.  Such is life.

I'm writing here because I was curious to get input from Clinton supporters.  And, from all appearances, this is place! The following may appear to be a push poll.  Again, I apologize.  I ask you trust my intentions.  It's actually quite difficult for me to fully understand the feelings of many Clinton supporters.  (Just the other day I suggested that Obama may want to look at Sibelius as VP to help coalesce the womens' vote, which was apparently, from the feedback here, a very poor idea.)

Poli Tex is breaking that Hillary is attempting to unseat the delegates from Collin County because they held their convention a day late -- apparently the County couldn't find a large enough venue for the day on which the convention was technically supposed to be held.  

Would it bother you if Clinton won this way?  Are there tactics that you would rather Clinton lose than employ in an attempt to win?  Are you 100% behind any procedural moves she can make?  Is there a line, or is all fair in love, war and politics?

Please share.  I'm eager to read your responses.

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GE Strategy: Location of "Vote for Change" Ralleys

Few of us are privy to the Obama campaign's overarching strategy.  (At least few of us who are willing to share.)  So, I have spent some time reading the Obama Campaign's tea leaves.

As most of you know, on May 10, Obama launched "Vote for Change," a national voter registration drive with 101 events nationwide on the launch date.  While each state had at least one meeting site, many had more.  In this blog, I'll run a quick analysis of what we can learn from the locations of the rallies, looking for clues, albeit imperfect ones, about the likely Republican and Democratic veep selections, what is the expected impact of the third party candidates, and ultimately, what states are actually in play.  

To begin with a disclaimer: the number of events likely reflect a number of factors, not just campaign strategy.  I.e. favors to Superdelegates, amount of registration work that has already been completed, down ticket priorities, etc.  The events, however, do provide a very rough, but fun, estimate of where the campaign is directing its attack.

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