In a sort of bizarre occurrence, the Scranton, PA Times Tribune reports that Hillary Clinton’s brother, Tony Rodham, a few local Democrats (one of whom coordinated HRC’s Northeast PA campaign), and McCain surrogate Carly Fiorina “socialized privately” at the home of Jamie Brazil, “a longtime friend of Mrs. Clinton’s family who has signed on as paid national director of Mr. McCain’s Citizens for McCain Coalition.” The article then suggests the meeting “raises questions” about the support Obama can expect from the region, which favored HRC during the Democratic primaries.
With the Democratic National Convention less than a week away, the gathering raises questions about the support Illinois Sen. Barack Obama can expect from former local supporters of Mrs. Clinton, who dominated at the polls in the Northeast in the April primary election. Mrs. Clinton won 74 percent of Lackawanna County Democrats to Mr. Obama’s 26 percent.
Ms. Fiorina’s daylong local visit, part of a two-day bus tour of the state, was aimed at talking disenchanted former supporters of Mrs. Clinton into supporting Mr. McCain. The private gathering was not a fundraiser.
Look, I don’t doubt there are some legitimate questions about Obama’s ability to pull this region, but I’m not sure why this would be attributed to some failing of his own. Honestly, pace HRC supporters, there’s something foul afoot when Democratic voters who supported HRC would somehow prefer John McCain despite significant policy differences in virtually every respect. Kathleen Granahan Kane, who was at the event and coordinated HRC’s Northeast PA campaign had this to say when asked who she was supporting:
“I don’t know. I’m not sure. I’m trying to get as much information as I can on both of them,” she said when asked if she’s backing Mr. McCain. “I would have loved to see her as president. We still have a week to go. You never know what’s going to happen at the convention. I think she would be a fantastic choice (for vice president).”
I mean, is this for real? Did I just read an educated lawyer who ran an entire region of a Democratic presidential campaign just say a) she doesn’t know who she supports, b) she doesn’t have enough information to make a decision, and c) she thinks she’ll get that information from a campaign surrogate? Am I on crazy pills?
She holds no political office, so I can’t imagine she was there to see what favors a future President McCain would offer her (not that straight-talkers would be into patronage anyhow). I see a few basic possibilities which I don’t feel like elucidating, but would it really have been so difficult to simply point out the illogic that would cause a Democratic operative to support McCain?
On another note, who the fuck is Tony Rodham? Shouldn’t he be off commiserating with Billy Ripken or Donny Wahlberg?