Posts Tagged ‘Edwards’

Fishbowl America Round-Up for July 8th:

Edwards didn't rule out running for VP a second time.

  • Edwards Would ’Seriously Consider’ VP Offer – John Edwards said Tuesday that if he were asked to accept the vice presidential slot or a cabinet position in a potential Barack Obama administration, he would “seriously consider” whatever the Illinois senator asked him to do.
  • John McCain’s “Love” Doubles As Obama Attack – John McCain may be the supportive subject of this new campaign ad, called “Love,” but Barack Obama definitely provides the thrust of the message. Or, rather, takes the brunt of the message.
  • Hagee’s Revenge? Videos Of Controversial Pastor Removed From YouTube – Late last week, with no prior notification, lawyers for the controversial evangelist John Hagee had a series of videos concerning the pastor removed from YouTube. The clips spanned from the contentious to the mundane; some included footage lifted from ser
  • Barack Obama And Family Chat With Maria Menounos – In an Access Hollywood exclusive interview, Senator Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, along with daughters Malia, 10 and Sasha, 7 open up about rules, what it is like for friends to meet dad, communicating on the trail, potential plans for moving into t
  • Obama’s Shift To Mile High Stadium May Limit Networks – Senator Barack Obama will accept his party’s nomination in a Denver football stadium that seats more than 75,000 people, campaign officials said Monday, a late change in plans intended to take advantage of the candidate’s ability to draw huge crowds.
  • Webb Quits Veepstakes; House GOP Conference Chair Predicts Losses; Problems for Arizona GOP Hopeful – US Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) removed himself from the Veepstakes race, after the Obama campaign search committee informed him last week he was one of the contenders. “Last week I communicated to Senator Obama and his presidential campaign my firm intention
  • He Loves Hats and We Love Him: Jason Mraz – In his new album, We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things, Jason Mraz has continued to refine his writing style from the cheerful guitar-driven pop of his first album. How can people NOT fall in love with a guy who writes such songs? I said it before and I’m


Washington Post: OK, so now we have a pretty good idea of who House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would like to see in the No. 2 slot on the 2008 Democratic presidential ticket.

“I do think in the list of considerations there should be somebody from the House of Representatives,” Pelosi told’s TamCam blog. Specifically, she said, “Chet Edwards is a person that many of us think would be a good person to be in the mix.”

Edwards is a nine-term centrist Democrat from Texas who, though he never served in the armed forces, has a solid military affairs background as chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs.

If you ask us, it sounds like the Texan is tore down excited by the idea of running for veep.

He released a statement Tuesday afternoon saying he is “humbled” that Pelosi “and others” (note that he said “and others”) would suggest him as a vice presidential running mate for Obama. “Given that I have not met with the Obama campaign regarding the vice presidential nomination, I would not want to speculate on the names being considered,” Edwards said.


“John Mccain is aware of the Internet” – McCain campaign Internet strategist Mark Soohoo.

Not if you have to say it. Not to mention, “is aware” is the way you describe someone in a coma. “Suzie is aware of her surroundings.”

John McCain’s Internet guy for his campaign was at a conference in NYC this week, and he was asked how well John McCain understands the Internet. This was his response:

Pressed again on McCain’s tech savvy, he defends his candidate.

“You don’t actually have to use a computer to understand how it shapes the country,” he says.

“You actually do,” former Edwards blogger Tracy Russo responds, suggesting he try to explain Twitter to his grandmother and then ask her how that applies to governing.

“John McCain is aware of the Internet,” says Soohoo. “This is a man who has a very long history of understanding on a range of issues.”

He’s aware of the Internet? But he doesn’t actually know how to use a computer. My mom and dad know how to use a computer, and they’re older than McCain. This is what we’ve been noting for a while: John McCain isn’t just 72 (almost), he’s a very old 72.

And another thing. What is this with calling McCain “John McCain”? I worked on the Hill in the early 90s, and I noticed how in some offices they referred to the boss by his or her full name. Here’s what I mean. Say you work for John McCain and someone asks you, “Is Senator McCain aware of the Internet?” Your responses might be:

1. He is aware of the Internet.
2. Senator McCain is aware of the Internet.
3. The Senator is aware of the Internet.
4. McCain is aware of the Internet.
5. My boss is aware of the Internet.

The answer normal people don’t give is: John McCain is aware of the Internet.

Normal people don’t refer to their boss by his full name in this context. It’s forced, and it’s not a normal English construction. Try it yourself. It’s a rather nuanced lesson in language, but have someone ask you a question about your boss, by name, and practice the various answers. It’s not normal, or comfortable, to use your boss’ full name when answering the question. It’s forced – and it’s oddly regal, akin to the royal “we” or to people who refer to themselves by their own full name (like me writing “let me tell you, John Aravosis doesn’t like what this staffer said”). I noticed twenty years ago that this is something some people do on the Hill. It’s a sign, I’ve always thought, of a bit of a cult of personality in that particular office, and it’s usually because it’s something the boss himself cultivates.

MSNBC’s First Read: So you think you know who’s on Obama’s veep short list? Well, think again. According to sources on the Hill, Obama veep vetters — specifically Jim Johnson and Eric Holder — have been asking Dem members of Congress this week their input about potential running mates. The conversations are free-flowing but one name the vetters are inserting in the conversations is one that is not a household name… Ret. Gen. James Jones, the former Marine-turned-NATO Supreme Allied Commander. …

Besides Jones, the other names on the list bandied about with congressional Dems include (and not in any order): Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, John Edwards, Evan Bayh, Kathleen Sebelius, Ted Strickland, Mark Warner, Tim Kaine, Jim Webb, Bill Nelson, Jack Reed, Joe Biden, Chris Dodd, Tom Daschle, and Sam Nunn. You’ll notice a few names NOT on this list (that’s not my exclusion — hint hint). Besides Jones, I’m told the two other names that invited extended discussion were Biden and Strickland.

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The Huffington Post recently published profiles on two of the top names on the list: Jim Webb and Kathleen Sebelius. For more on Obama’s veepstakes, check out HuffPost’s rundown list of the pros and cons of the potential vice president candidates.

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AP: John Edwards has ruled out being Barack Obama’s running mate on the Democratic presidential ticket, according to interviews carried by two leading Spanish newspapers on Friday.“I already had the privilege of running for vice president in 2004, and I won’t do it again,” Edwards was quoted by El Mundo as saying. El Pais, the country’s other leading daily, carried similar comments.

Politico: The Democratic race isn’t even formally over, but the political media establishment has already moved on to the next stage.

With word leaking last week about Barack Obama’s choice of a vetter and a closely scrutinized weekend visit to John McCain’s ranch by three potential running mates, the veepstakes and all its breathless speculation is front and center.