Vicki and the Three Bills

A few items tonight:

1. Mark Leibovich’s article in the Times about Bill Richardson is some of the best “human touch” political reporting of the season, about how Richardson, now bearded, is being courted. Some of the best lines:

“Lots of people are calling Gov. Bill Richardson these days, ‘just to check in.'”

“He is one of the biggest prospective endorsers in the Democratic Party: former candidate, prominent Hispanic governor, influential superdelegate and generally beloved teddy bear…”

““I want to make it clear that I’m not annoyed by any of this,” Mr. Richardson said of the repeated overtures. ”

2. The Furor over the Times/McCain WAR

I thought that the Times staff’s responses to reader questions were pretty good. Though they didn’t post my question, they did feel it necessary to respond to the (I guess numerous) negative reactions to their choice of Iseman picture. Apparently the evening dress one was from Getty, and the professional one is “low res”, so which one would YOU have chosen? I mean seriously.

In case you’re wondering, here’s my question to the Times:

Assuming that the story is true, here’s my question:

Was there a moment in this campaign that the Times could have run this article that would have hurt McCain less?

Seems to me, if it was going to get out, that this is a pretty good moment to do it, from McCain’s perspective. He doesn’t have a primary to lose, and there’s plenty of time before the general for this story to be old news.

Then again, I wonder if the Times could have picked a worse time from the GOP’s perspective – no chance to run someone else. The GOP begins the general election season with a hobbled candidate and no path to victory.

Basically, I’d like to know about the timing of the article. It stretches credulity to pretend that after such a long gestation period that Thursday, February 21 happened to be day that the story was “ready”. What were the considerations? Maximizing/minimizing impact on McCain/GOP?


and good luck.

3. And lastly, I want to just introduce this one little irony into the O’Reilly Lynch-Factor:

Here’s the full quote of what Bill said:

You know, I have a lot of sympathy for Michelle Obama, for Bill Clinton, for all of these people. Bill Clinton, I have sympathy for him, because they’re thrown into a hopper where everybody is waiting for them to make a mistake, so that they can just go and bludgeon them. And, you know, Bill Clinton and I don’t agree on a lot of things, and I think I’ve made that clear over the years, but he’s trying to stick up for his wife, and every time the guy turns around, there’s another demagogue or another ideologue in his face trying to humiliate him because they’re rooting for Obama.

That’s wrong. And I don’t want to go on a lynching party against Michelle Obama unless there’s evidence, hard facts, that say this is how the woman really feels. If that’s how she really feels — that America is a bad country or a flawed nation, whatever — then that’s legit. We’ll track it down.

The highlighted bit – it’s so fantastic on so many levels. Waiting around for people to make “mistakes” so that he can go and bludgeon them is precisely Bill O’Reilly’s MO.

So much so that the people who hate him (count me in!) wait around for him to make a mistake so that we can go and bludgeon him.

And what’s even better about all this is that Bill’s Big Gonna-Get-Him-Bludgeoned Mistake is preceeded directly by a description of the very same treatment he was about to receive.

It’s like telling someone to duck and then smacking your head directly on the exposed pipe because you’re seven fucking feet tall, bill.


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