This is from ABC News on-line today. I found it via Drudge. I have copied it in so that it will hang around after the link dies.
This is an interesting take on how things get done behind the scenes. Do we REALLY want Bill involved to this degree in American politics. It would be nice if she could win the election on her merits and hers alone. Sadly, Bill cannot keep himself out of this election. Republicans only need a few more examples like this to basically run the campaign as follows:
"Hillary couldn't beat Obama alone - so she brought in Bill to seal the deal. Whom do you think will run the White House in 2009 if Hillary wins? Forget Billary, it is now Bill's Third Term".
If Hillary doesn't think Obama can win in the general election, so be it. But combine her AND Bill as the defacto lead of the Democratic ticket - every Republican from East to West will vote for ANYONE - my dog included - to keep those two out of the White House. Cleverly the Republicans are sitting by and watching Hillary and Obama sling mud at each other - and now Hillary is making Bill every more present in her campaign. Somehow he always pops up in times of need and who says that he won't stop just because she won he election?
Dems are in trouble and they basically have the Clintons to blame. The vast right wing conspiracy is the least of the Dems worries now.
Candidate Clinton to Richardson: 'Barack Obama Can't Win'
Share April 02, 2008 7:39 PM
ABC News' George Stephanopoulos Reports: Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and former President Bill Clinton are making very direct arguments to Democratic superdelegates, starkly insisting Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., cannot win a general election against presumptive Republican nominee, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
Sources with direct knowledge of the conversation between Sen. Clinton and Gov. Bill Richardson, D-N.M., prior to the Governor's endorsement of Obama say she told him flatly, "He cannot win, Bill. He cannot win."
Richardson, who served in President Clinton's cabinet, disagreed.
At a rally in Oregon, standing next to Obama, Richardson insisted, "My great affection and admiration for Hillary Clinton and President Bill Clinton will never waver." But he added, "It is time, however, for Democrats to stop fighting among ourselves and to prepare for the tough fight we will face against John McCain in the fall."
A report in the San Francisco Chronicle detailed another explosive exchange in which the former president angrily objected to Richardson's endorsement.
"Five times to my face [Richardson] said that he would never do that," Clinton said, according to the Chronicle -- before, the newspaper reports, he "went on a tirade that ran from the media's unfair treatment of Hillary to questions about the fairness of the votes in state caucuses that voted for Obama. It ended with him asking delegates to imagine what the reaction would be if Obama was trailing by just 1 percent and people were telling him to drop out."
Another, neutral superdelegate who was in the room for that meeting called the Chronicle's take "a bit exaggerated." But there is no question the Clintons are passionately arguing their case against Obama in what is fast becoming an intense race not just for the votes of the public but of the Democratic elite known as superdelegates.