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May 4, 2008

Shifting Blame in Indy

Filed under: Politics — CPav @ 7:49 pm
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As part of her “I identify with the normal folk” campaign on the stump in Indiana, Hillary Clinton has been very critical of the closing of a Valpraiso, IN plant owned by defense contractor Magnequench. She even goes so far as to blame President Bush for the closing.

Unfortunately, while Bush could have stopped the outsourcing at some point down the line, according to David Sirota, it was a decision made by the Bill Clinton administration which paved the way for this specific plant closing, and the outsourcing was something that was anticipated at the time by Indiana Senator Evan Bayh.

Of course, Bayh isn’t saying anything now; he’s a Hillary Clinton supporter and may have hopes of having a place in a Clinton 44 White House.

The 300 Project: 13/88


May 2, 2008

ONYD Moment

Filed under: Politics — CPav @ 12:50 pm
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Joseph Andrew has played many roles in his political history. He started as a campaign volunteer and worked himself up to the head of the Democratic National Committee under Bill Clinton. He was an early supporter of Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaign, and is an Indiana super delegate. Yesterday, he switched his endorsement over to Barack Obama, and explains why in an excellant essay. But that’s not the ONYD moment.

No, that comes courtesy of the Clinton campaign. In an interview with Andrea Mitchell, Howard Wolfson, a Clinton senior adviser (I’m not sure what exactly his title is any more; they keep switching them around) chose to attack the Andrew defection by questioning whether Andrew was actually from Indiana!

So just to be clear, an adviser for a candidate who is now “from” New York, after having been “from” Arkansas, “from” Illinois, and “from” any number of other places, is questioning whether a man who was born in Indiana, raised in Indiana, was the Indiana State Democratic Party Chairmen, has parents still living in Indiana, owns a home in Indiana, but also has a home and a job in Washington, D.C. is “from” Indiana? I guess when she represents the people of her “home” state of New York at her job in Washington, D.C., Senator Clinton stays in a La Quinta, just so she can still say she’s “from” New York?


OYHD. Video and a partial transcript available here.

The 300 Project: 1/76

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