13 June 2008

Post-Russert L.O.H.N.O.Ts... the Battle of #2

some friday tidbits perhaps missed (Look Over Here, Not Over There) as the unusual confluence of television and internet focused on the sudden passing of Dick Cheney's favorite "newsman" from General Electric.

per Wired... Mysterious Hillary4Mccain.com Directs Voters To McCain Campaign Site
Both John McCain and Barack Obama are actively courting Hillary Clinton supporters these days, and it's not a surprise given that there are almost 18 million of them. On the web, someone prepared in advance for the anticipated wave of Clinton supporters by registering Hillary4McCain.com on May 31st. Clinton gave her concession speech June 7. As you can see, there's a bold landing page picturing the two senators together. It then re-directs visitors to McCain's site. The only problem is that the domain name registration information appears to be false.

per The City Paper (Nashville TN) buried in the 11th paragraph...
Fred Hobbs, a state Democratic Party Executive Committee member representing part of Davis’ district, said he understands why Davis is not endorsing Obama and is “skeptical” of the Illinois senator himself.“Maybe [it’s] the same reason I don’t want to — I don’t exactly approve of a lot of the things he stands for and I’m not sure we know enough about him,” Hobbs said when asked why he thought Davis wasn’t endorsing Obama. “He’s got some bad connections, and he may be terrorist connected for all I can tell. It sounds kind of like he may be.”

per JSOnline (Milwaukee WI)... Clinton delegate to vote for McCain
As an avid supporter of Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic primaries, Debra Bartoshevich is not alone in her frustration over Clinton's defeat.She's not alone in refusing to support Barack Obama.And she's not entirely alone in saying she'll vote this fall for Republican John McCain instead.But what makes her unusual is that she holds these views as an elected delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Denver this summer."I'm sure people are going to be upset with me. I don't want to lose my national delegate status," says Bartoshevich, a 41-year-old emergency room nurse who is a convention delegate, pledged to Clinton, from Waterford in Racine County. Encouraged by her sister, who has served in Iraq, Bartoshevich signed up as a supporter with "Citizens for McCain," an arm of the campaign targeting Democrats and independents. She said she then got a call from the McCain campaign, which in turn provided her name to a reporter.
UPDATE: Democrats seek to unseat delegate
Wisconsin Democrats tonight asked national party leaders to not seat one of the state's delegates to the Denver national convention who backed Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) for president, but who today she plans to vote for Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain."Democrats in the State of Wisconsin will never support somebody who supports John McCain," said state Democratic Party Chairman Joe Wineke, who asked the party's annual convention to adopt a resolution asking national party officials to not seat Debra Bartoshevich of Waterford, who had been a pledged Democratic convention delgate for Clinton.Another pledged Clinton delegate, Paula Dorsey of Milwaukee, offered a resolution - which passed unanimously - asking that national leaders not allow Bartoshevich into the party's national event in August.