Clinton Donors and Pelosi …

by on March 28, 2008

Hello Paul Hogarth,

I just read your piece regarding Senator Clinton’s millionaire donors threatening Nancy Pelosi and wanted say that it was excellent. I certainly hope you emailed it to Congresswoman Pelosi, as I believe it is of crucial for the superdelegates to read things like this.

Very Sincerely,
J. Taylor


Dear Editor,

As reported in Paul Hogarth’s recent article, some big-money, pro-Clinton fundraisers have chastised Nancy Pelosi for her remarks that the popular vote, not super delegates, should determine the presidential nominee. While I certainly agree with the Speaker that the people, not party insiders should get to decide the nominee — I find it terribly ironic that Pelosi is now being portrayed by some as a brave leader standing up to old guard wealthy donors.

Interestingly, MoveOn.org’s latest petition campaign is a call to for its members to show they have “Nancy Pelosi’s back” as she stands up for “regular Americans” against the “fat cats.” Yet Nancy has had innumerable opportunities as Speaker of the House to stand up for regular people against the “fat cats” and has declined virtually every time. She has shown no courage of consequence since becoming Speaker. (Even her indirect support of Obama by taking his side in the super delegate debate could hardly be considered brave in a district that voted so heavily for him.)

The voters in Pelosi’s district have overwhelmingly passed resolutions demanding the impeachment of Bush/Cheney and and end to the War in Iraq. Yet she has ignored the will of these “regular people” by declaring impeachment to be “off the table” and by repeatedly rubber stamping Bush’s horrendous war.

While I agree with Mr. Hogarth that Pelosi should tell the wealthy Clinton donors to “shove it,” I also believe that the citizens of the 8th congressional district should tell Nancy Pelosi to “shove it ” when they vote this June and November.

Andy Blue
San Francisco


To the Editor:

Even more striking than rich Democrats whining about Rep. Pelosi’s support of primary majorities is the rapidity of the Clinton campaign tailspin. Her subversive incompetence in running a campaign shocks me, for I had thought she was at least capable on the stump. But what in the world drives so many questionable themes: depicting the invalidation of Michigan and Florida as “un-American” when it was an unargued party decision — or praising John McCain’s love or country and as commander-in-chief — or dragging in with abandon Rev. Wright (even though he’s retired and no one’s pastor).

We’re now approaching the last-ditch “miracle” only stage of her oddly unsuccessful attack politics. Last week, Obama weathers his worst controversy while Hillary’s approval numbers fall to ’01 levels (NBC-WSJ) — and these polls don’t reflect the jaw-dropping repetition of her Bosnia misrepresentation or James Carville’s especially nasty put-down of the nicest of Democrats, Governor Richardson, as a traitorous Judas.

So aside from some scared, aged, rural Pennsylvanians who probably aren’t crazy about black people, Clinton’s run for the presidency is over, no matter how when she withdraws. Obama is way ahead in North Carolina and favored in other states where Clinton has to win over 2/3s of the total to just stay even. Done. Finished. Toast.

I predict a wave of superdelegates and party bigwigs (except Senator Edwards apparently, a big no-show for not endorsing) will throw support to Obama before Penn.’s primary, thus negating whatever happens there. And if Clinton keeps talking trash, rather than promoting her strengths (while failing her own “commander-in-chief” test by fabricating her overseas successes), I predict Pennsylvania will be much closer than current polls say.

The only question I see: how long will Democrats remain quiet while its most ambitious, ruthless twosome threaten party suicide? Well, some progressives would say, that removes one major obstacle, inspiring better parties. Unfortunately, Ralph Nader seems particularly ill-suited for that task, only popping up during campaigns and invisible otherwise.

Robert Becker
Mendocino, CA


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