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An Offer Kerry Canít Refuse
The American Spectator ^ | 2/17/2004

Posted on 02/16/2004 9:40:35 PM PST by Utah Girl

It isn't for nothing that Bill Clinton has Wesley Clark on his speed dial. What with Clinton running his campaign and all.

No sooner had Clark pulled the plug on his presidential run last Tuesday night -- and started the firestorm surrounding stories of Kerry and his extramarital affairs -- than Clinton was on the horn telling him to shut his mouth and get in line behind Kerry.

Clinton is thought to have once wanted Clark to at least be on the bottom of a Democratic ticket. But as the campaign wore on, doubts arose. "All of the reasons Clark was pushed out of the Army hierarchy were made clear to Clinton during the campaign," says a former Clark staffer now advising John Edwards. "Clark was just not someone who focused well day to day. It was frustrating. That last night, where he's caught mouthing off about Kerry, is the kind of stuff we were dealing with all the time."

Now, according to several sources inside the Clinton camp, as well as DNC insiders, Bill Clinton is looking for a way to push wife Hillary Rodham Clinton onto the bottom of the ticket. One big reason: money. Kerry will need a lot more of it. Clinton can facilitate his getting it.

"You look at who is lining up with the cash to keep Kerry viable for the next few months and it's all the people who are beholden to Clinton: organized labor," says a DNC fundraiser. "We as a party won't be able to compete with Bush's millions. It's our partners, AFSCME, SEIU, the 527s, that are going to keep Kerry in the news, on the airwaves."

For example, AFSCME president Gerald McEntee -- who once was thought to be one of Kerry's biggest backers until he jumped to Howie Dean's campaign -- was a key early supporter of Bill Clinton in the run-up to the 1992 presidential campaign. After McEntee climbed on Clinton's back, he was dubbed the "Kingmaker" for plucking the struggling Arkansas governor from the pack and touting him.

Clinton rewarded McEntee by making him a key player in national Democratic politics and by encouraging labor laws that gave unions like AFSCME greater flexibility and membership opportunities through state and local governments.

"If Bill wants Hillary on the bottom of the ticket, all he has to do is make a few phone calls -- Kerry would have little to say in the matter if it got that far," says a DNC fundraiser. "Kerry may think he's going to be running things, but he's in for a rude awakening."

Kerry is pulling in more money now than he was a month ago, to be sure. But by conservative estimates, he will have about $40 million to spend between now and the convention. That is about a third of what the Bush campaign has to spend over the same period.

"The only way Kerry keeps up is with the help of guys like McEntee and the 527s, which are also funded by organized labor," says a Democratic pollster in Washington. "That money from those groups puts Kerry at about the same level as Bush. Without that money, Kerry isn't in the race for very long. He doesn't know it yet, but he has already been bought by the Clinton wing of the Democratic Party."

In fact, according to one AFSCME House lobbyist, "I wouldn't be surprised if McEntee expects a seat at the table when picking the candidate. This is going to be a presidential race unlike any other, given the cooperative effort involved. And by that I mean, Kerry cooperates with all the folks who are paying the tab to get him into the White House. If they want Hillary, he will probably have to take Hillary."

The strategizing to put the New York Senator on the bottom of the ticket now takes center stage because of the early missteps of the Bush campaign in tamping down the National Guard story and the ongoing unrest in Iraq. Those issues, combined with Kerry's momentum, have given Democrats a sense that they can actually win a presidential race.

"A Kerry presidency, with say someone like [Indiana Sen.] Evan Bayh on the bottom of the ticket, automatically give Bayh the edge eight years from now to run for president," says a DNC insider. "Eight years from now, Hillary probably can't run for president. The Clintons have been mapping this thing out for '08. Now they are looking at a different situation. A Kerry win with someone else on the ticket makes it harder for her to run."

Just how influential the Clintons will be in the Kerry campaign was made clear on Sunday when Rep. Charles Rangel took the seat across from NBC Washington Bureau Chief Tim Russert and threw his support behind Kerry in the same way his former candidate, Clark, did. Rangel used talking points provided him by Clinton supporters in New York. "Rangel was just one more favor the Clintons are providing the Kerry campaign," says a DNC staffer in Washington.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2004; 527groups; afscme; alexgate; clark; clinton; electionpresident; influence; kerry; sockpuppet; tas; veep
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1 posted on 02/16/2004 9:40:35 PM PST by Utah Girl
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I do believe placing Hillary! on the Dem ticket would energize the Republicans, and a lot of Americans. That said, she still scares me, I don't want here anywhere near the presidential campaign...
2 posted on 02/16/2004 9:41:24 PM PST by Utah Girl
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To: Utah Girl
*sigh*

As I've been saying for well over a year, I'm worried about VICE President Clinton.
Think of it:

• She keeps her promise not to run for president in '04
• Two years and one day into her term the first slotter gets arkincided
• Under Article XXII, she can still run for two full terms as the incumbent
• The Hillary!™ Decade begins
• Hillary uses the Patriot Act to it's fullest extent, and beyond
• At the end of the Hillary!™ Decade there is a National Emergency "temporarily" delaying the elections
• Under the pressure of the National Emergency, the 2nd and 22nd amendments are repealed
• By the time the National Emergency is over all the 'improved' source code for the touch screen electronic balloting will be in place......

Just as an aside, with the Clinton's love of all things Military - Gen. Wesley Clark and War Hero Kerry are both VERY expendable, aren't they?

3 posted on 02/16/2004 9:44:37 PM PST by null and void (Kerry is a DOUBLE war hero - once for each side...)
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To: Utah Girl
You right on both counts.
Personally,I don't see Hillary doing anything other than sabotaging Kerry,to position herself for a run in 08.
4 posted on 02/16/2004 9:45:57 PM PST by Redcoat LI ("If you're going to shoot,shoot,don't talk" Tuco BenedictoPacifico Juan Maria Ramirez)
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To: null and void
I'm not worried. There will be no President Hillary.

Let's just say that the constitution will be defended from the domestic threat posed by that woman.
5 posted on 02/16/2004 9:48:53 PM PST by Keith in Iowa (The only good news for Democrats is they could save $$ by switching to Geico.)
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To: Utah Girl
These strategists are still fighting the last war. Kerry should put his own wife on the ticket.
6 posted on 02/16/2004 9:49:54 PM PST by per loin
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To: Redcoat LI
Kerry picks Clark
Clintons destroy Kerry
Clark is nominee?
Clinton is his Veep?
7 posted on 02/16/2004 9:50:15 PM PST by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: null and void
(And all over America, you, personally, have just cost millions of formerly happy FReepers a good night's sleep.)
8 posted on 02/16/2004 9:50:16 PM PST by Triple Word Score
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To: Utah Girl; sweetliberty
Sweetliberty has an ever scarier version.

A Kerry/Clark ticket with Clark quitting for health reasons early in the term and having Hillary!™ appointed as veep. That way she doesn't have to stand any electoral scrutiny.

Impeach or Arkancide Kerry, then we have a totally unelected president à la Gerald Ford...

9 posted on 02/16/2004 9:50:37 PM PST by null and void (Kerry is a DOUBLE war hero - once for each side...)
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To: Utah Girl
Hopefully, if this happens the folks here on FR who say they're going to stay home and not vote, or will write somebody else's name in, will be energized to go out and vote to re-elect President Bush!
10 posted on 02/16/2004 9:51:45 PM PST by Theresawithanh (We can't afford to lose this war! Vote President Bush in 2004!)
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To: Triple Word Score
(And all over America, you, personally, have just cost millions of formerly happy FReepers a good night's sleep.)

Only fair. I haven't slept well for years thinking about it.

Insomnia loves company...

11 posted on 02/16/2004 9:52:11 PM PST by null and void (Kerry is a DOUBLE war hero - once for each side...)
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To: Pukin Dog
Clark is nominee? Clinton is his Veep?

What a joke...

More like Edwards/Clintoon

12 posted on 02/16/2004 9:55:43 PM PST by spokeshave (She said one of the men yelled after the retreating burglar: "And that's just our womenfolk.")
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To: Keith in Iowa
Let's just say that the constitution will be defended from the domestic threat posed by that woman.

I don't think Satan will allow that to happen. Not just yet. The Whore of Babylon, drunk on the blood of Saints is his, and he is far from done with her.

13 posted on 02/16/2004 9:56:42 PM PST by null and void (Kerry is a DOUBLE war hero - once for each side...)
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To: Utah Girl
According to this old Clarke let the "intern" problem out of the bag, that is why he was heard screaming then next day I TOLD YOU IT WAS OFF THE RECORD.

No more secrets to the general. I think he will be in a straight jacket by April. He must have really thought he might be president. Joke is on him.
14 posted on 02/16/2004 9:59:07 PM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: null and void
A Kerry/Clark ticket with Clark quitting for health reasons early in the term and having Hillary!™ appointed as veep. That way she doesn't have to stand any electoral scrutiny.

I'm going to have nightmares tonight. Shudder. Why does Hillary! get to skip the scrutiny. Just who does she think she is????

15 posted on 02/16/2004 9:59:45 PM PST by Utah Girl
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To: Utah Girl
Just who does she think she is????

Does that need an answer?

16 posted on 02/16/2004 10:01:57 PM PST by null and void (Kerry is a DOUBLE war hero - once for each side...)
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To: Utah Girl
Rangel's name being so front and center - Haiti is going through a new uprising.

Rebels have control of 9-11 cities. Who is funding this?

Now what better way to stir up some unrest here with "immigration" and rafts filled with "freedom" seekers on the high seas.
17 posted on 02/16/2004 10:03:24 PM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: null and void
I know, I know. When she is on TV, we're all to avert our eyes. Of course, if any of us ever looked into her eyes, we'd explode in a fireball.
18 posted on 02/16/2004 10:08:31 PM PST by Utah Girl
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To: Keith in Iowa
I hear you.
19 posted on 02/16/2004 10:22:59 PM PST by spyone
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To: null and void; All
Well .. think of this instead.

So she runs as VP .. when she doesn't win the election, she will have to stand for re-election for the Senate in NY. If she loses her Senate election .. HER CAREER IS OVER .. She would be out of office; out of power; out of touch; and then she would have to try to run a PRESIDENTIAL campaign from that position. Not that it can't be done, but it will be very difficult.

I'd rather be optimistic!!
20 posted on 02/17/2004 12:11:18 AM PST by CyberAnt (The 2004 Election is for the SOUL of AMERICA)
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