Primary news

Again, there’s a bunch of small-ish news coming out of the primaries today, so I’ll put them all into the one post.

When you’re about to be endorsed by a former president of your party, there’s usually a whole lot of fanfare and chorus running around. Especially in the media. They love these sorts of big endorsements. Except for poor Jimmy Carter. He came out today and effectively said that he will be endorsing Barack Obama, and nearly no-one got excited. Here’s what he had to say:

Don’t forget that Obama won in my state of Georgia. My town, which is home to 625 people, is for Obama, my children and their spouses are pro-Obama. My grandchildren are also pro-Obama. As a superdelegate, I would not disclose who I am rooting for but I leave you to make that guess.

Doesn’t come much clearer than that without wearing an ‘Obama ’08’ shirt. Now, as I said, usually an endorsement from a former president would make massive headlines. When John McCain was endorsed by George Bush, that circulated the headlines for some time, and even found its way into anti-Republican advertisements for the next month. But the problem is with Jimmy Carter is that everyone seemed to forget about him once he left office. Sure, he pops his head up every now-and-then, but it’s not for anything bad or controversial or even interesting.

I mean, Al Gore’s endorsement is not only a bigger thing in the party now, but a more spoken about (in terms of hypothesising where the race is going) thing. Interestingly enough, his name is still floating around the news. Barack Obama fueled the idea that Gore might just play a part in a future Democratic White House with these remarks:

Asked at a campaign event if he’d consider Gore for his cabinet, Obama immediately said he would.

“I will make a commitment that Al Gore will be at the table and play a central part in us figuring out how we solve this [climate change] problem,” Obama said.

Obama also said he talks with the former vice president on a “regular basis,” and often consults with him on climate change issues.

Just by saying the name ‘Gore’, people’s ears are going to prick up. He is a buzz word at the moment in all politics, but especially the Democrat’s primary race. And by Obama throwing out crumbs to people that Gore will likely see some sort of action in the White House if you vote for him, then he’s courting yet more votes. Granted, Gore doesn’t swing enough votes to win over entire states, but he is well respected in the party base, and that’s where Hillary Clinton is getting a lot of her support from.

March fund raising figures were released today too. Clinton raised $20 millionObama raised more than $40 million. We see another example of the failed campaign Clinton has run – prepare only to Super Tuesday. I’ll repeat that she has a lot of big donors on her side who have donated the absolute limit for this campaign. Obama has lots of small donors who are continuing to donate. Clinton thought she’d have the race wrapped by Super Tuesday, and didn’t worry. Obama knew it was going to be a long race, and adjusted his campaign accordingly. Now, Clinton a balking on bills and Obama is able to out-spend Clinton in every state.

Also, McCain released his fund raising figures. Well, no, he didn’t All the McCain campaign said was that they were above average, but not competitive with Obama’s numbers. Yes, they actually cited Obama’s campaign as having raised more money, not just slap on the generic ‘Democrats’. Which might mean he was on a comparable level to Clinton, and they don’t want to say that because it would give credence to an Obama supporter coming out to say that Obama should be the nominee because he is more popular than McCain.

Finally, John Edwards has resurfaced and said that he won’t accept any vice president position. I suspect that narrows down Clinton’s list of options, though I doubt very much that Obama was ever considering him. Attorney General is still on the cards, and (like others) expect that he will get that position under either Democrat’s administration.

Thomas.

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