Mar. 10, 2008
Keith speaks to Wayne Barrett.
Interstate Commerce: Even for the world of politics — leading American distributor of hypocrisy, sleaze, and gall — it was quite a moment. The Governor of New York — a vehement anti-corruption campaigner, and harsh-sentence advocate — turning up in an FBI sting of an international call-girl and money-laundering operation, and reportedly ready to resign — though he has not yet. Our third story on the Countdown: on the other hand, it isn’t even the most impressive implosion by a governor in the New York-New Jersey-Fairfield County Connecticut Metropolitan Area, not as long as the tapes of Jim McGreevey still exist. But there is this: New York Governor Eliot Spitzer — and at last check he is still New York Governor Eliot Spitzer — is also a Democratic Super-Delegate… pledged to Senator Clinton. OK: news conference first, in its brief entirety, then the back-story.
Clinton’s Number Two
Keith speaks to Dana Milbank.
You Say Dubai, I say Hello: If it doesn’t sound like cynical political manipulation… Does it at least sound like a logical disconnect? Senator Clinton turns her campaign into a declaration that Senator Obama is not ready to be President. Then Senator Clinton suggests she might chose Senator Obama as her Vice President, even though two of the last eight Vice Presidents, and four of the last sixteen, have had to unexpectedly and suddenly succeed to the Presidency. And then Senator Clinton’s adviser says, well, no, Obama is not ready now… but he might be… and he suggests that the date he might be, would fall just after, say, Senator Clinton had been nominated for President. Our fourth story on the Countdown: no, I’m not kidding.
Saturday Night Fight
Keith speaks with Eugene Robinson.
The SNL Effect: Three Saturdays ago, Senator Clinton loved Saturday Night Live. Two Saturdays ago, Senator Clinton appeared on Saturday Night Live. 48 hours ago? Senator Clinton would probably say she was watching “Hannah Montana” over on Disney Channel. Gene Robinson of The Washington Post joins me in a moment, for our Number One story: It’s 3 AM, but somewhere at 30 Rock, a phone is ringing, and it’s somebody from the Clinton Campaign, complaining about this sketch.
Support the troops only we’re not-Gate.
Worse: Brent Bozell
Worser: Joseph Abrams
Worst: Steven King
Keith speaks with Chuck Todd.
States of Confusion: In a span of 48 hours, Senator Clinton has gone from trying to poach some of Senator Obama’s support by hinting he might be her choice for the Vice Presidency, and a vote for her now might be a vote for both of them later..To having her chief strategist say that right now, anyway, Obama has not passed whatever qualification test for Vice President the Clinton campaign has — but maybe he can later. Perhaps he has to take the SAT’s. In the same time span, Senator Clinton has gone from referencing the two kinds of delegates — pledged and super — to inventing a third category all her own… “Caucus Delegates.” Even though her victory in Nevada was in a caucus, and her victory in New Mexico was in a caucus hybrid. Our fifth story on the Countdown: Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote it in 1841: “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” Whatever else you think of her: Hillary Clinton’s… is not a little mind.
Keith speaks with Richard Wolffe.