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Monday, August 25, 2008

Hillary and Company skipping out on the Invesco speech

HT to Captain Ed (who, BTW, has a good, live radio show/chat session at Hot Air. Check it out, folks.)

There doesn't appear to be too much unity in the Democrat party as the WaPo reports that they're not staying past Wednesday:

A number of Sen. Hillary Clinton's top advisers will not be staying in Denver long enough to hear Barack Obama accept the nomination for president, according to sources familiar with their schedules.

Clinton will deliver her speech Tuesday night. She will hold a private meeting with her top financial supporters Wednesday at noon, and will thank her delegates at an event that afternoon. Former president Bill Clinton will speak that night. Several of Hillary Clinton's supporters are then planning to leave town. Among them, Terry McAuliffe, Clinton's campaign chairman, and longtime supporters Steve Rattner and Maureen White. Another of Clinton's top New York fundraisers, Alan Patricof, did not make the trip to Denver.

So much for that unity that Obama was hoping for. Granted, both camps have supposedly issued press statements that the media is over-hyping the rift between the two camps. Undoubtedly those were done in an attempt to push the facade that they're on the same page. Based on the new McCain ad he's seeing that there is little unity in the Democrat party, and kudos to him for stoking those fires. (On a separate note, Allah dug up a new "sponsor" for Captain Ed's show which further helps point out the disunity on the port side.)

It's telling when your rivals are getting out of Dodge before you give the biggest speech of our political career. Obama's acceptance speech at Invesco is being touted as a masterpiece by some (no, that's not a quote from Chris Matthews), and while it might be full of that wonderful, feel-good rhetoric Obama is known for, the specificity is what we'll be looking for. If he lacks it, then the speech, no matter how well it is delivered, will be a bomb.

The Democrats will spin the departure of the Clintons, their advisers and fundraisers as something other than what it is. It's the simple fact that they don't like Obama. They didn't want Obama. And they don't believe Obama has what it takes to win in November. On the latter point, they're right. The rookie isn't looking good. He got no bump from the Biden pick. To make matters worse,the polls are still showing the two candidates deadlocked at 47%. For Obama to have any chance in November he has to first figure out how to get above 50%, and he has to have at least a seven-to-ten point lead going into the home stretch. Without it, he's sunk.

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