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Term-Limited Governors Do the Strangest Things

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Term-limited governors do the strangest things: New Mexico has abolished the death penalty.

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March 19, 2009 at 3:01 am

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Vetting We Can Believe In

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Bill Richardson is withdrawing his name for Commerce pending a grand-jury investigation into his administration. There isn’t much more to say yet than that.

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January 4, 2009 at 8:57 pm


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Also: The New York Times guarandamntees Clinton at State, while Bill Richardson’s thirty pieces of silver may be Commerce Secretary.

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November 21, 2008 at 11:21 pm

Saturday Politics

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Saturday politics!

* Writing at The Politco, the Washington Post’s Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen clue into what lowly bloggers like myself have known since February: Regardless of her performance in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, Hillary Clinton cannot win the Democratic nomination.

* How Richardson came to endorse Obama, and why it’s caused James Carville to totally freak out.

“Mr. Richardson’s endorsement came right around the anniversary of the day when Judas sold out for 30 pieces of silver, so I think the timing is appropriate, if ironic,” Mr. Carville said, referring to Holy Week.

* Why did I get Iraq wrong? Liberal hawks look back on how they blew it.

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March 22, 2008 at 3:49 pm

Richardson Endorses

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Richardson (finally) endorses. I’m not sure whether he’s going solo or if this is a sign that the supers have finally realized how destructive the unnecessary continuation of this primary is—but either way it’s welcome news on top of the State department scandal and the release of Clinton’s White House schedule, both of which begin to shift the narrative away from the painful Wright stuff.

If Wright had happened when Obama was “the presumptive nominee”—which is to say that everything were exactly as it is now except Clinton had admitted she’d been beat—it would have been half as damaging. Wright took hold so deeply in part because half of a divided Democratic party welcomed the news as a means to overturn the will of the voters and get Clinton installed as the nominee—if those people had instead been willing to speak with one voice to denounce the story and its terms, the cancer could have been removed with a lot less bloodletting. As it is, the Democrats are imploding, and the prospect of a united party in the fall is drifting further and further out of reach; the superdelegates can’t dare let this thing go on till June, and yet they give every indication that they will.

Partial text of the endorsement:

I have made a decision to endorse Barack Obama for President….

My affection and admiration for Hillary Clinton and President Bill Clinton will never waver. It is time, however, for Democrats to stop fighting amongst ourselves and to prepare for the tough fight we will face against John McCain in the fall.

Gore, Edwards, Pelosi, the ball is in your court.

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March 21, 2008 at 1:14 pm

Mini-Super Tuesday Predictions

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A few predictions for Mini-Super Tuesday and after.

1) Obama will take Vermont handily and Texas comparatively narrowly. He’ll lose Ohio by about the same margin as he won Texas, maybe a little more, and he’ll lose Rhode Island by a little less than his margin of victory in Vermont.

2) Having beautifully managed the expectations game, again, Clinton will successfully spin this functional tie into a big victory. The long-awaited Obama media backlash will begin in earnest: Why can’t Obama seal the deal?

2a) As usual, nobody will remember that she was ahead by huge margins in all these states just a few weeks ago; or that everybody, including her own campaign, has said she needs to win both states by big margins to even have a chance at the nomination; or that with these sorts of slim margins there’s really no way for her to ever catch up in the delegate count.

3) Pennsylvania will be declared by acclimation to be the final really final Judgment Day.

3a) Accordingly, the now-expected chorus that Clinton drop out won’t actually materialize. Gore in particular will remain silent. Edwards may misread Mini-Super Tuesday as “the turning of the tide” for Hillary and decide to endorse her, thereby destroying his last shred of credibility for all time. Richardson may finally endorse Obama now that it can’t actually do Obama any good, but I think he’ll probably continue to be a chicken.

4) The race will finally come to an end on April 22nd after Obama wins Pennsylvania, most likely by double digits.

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March 3, 2008 at 10:06 pm

Isn’t two Cabinet posts enough?

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“What,” Bill Clinton reportedly asked Richardson, “isn’t two Cabinet posts enough?” Bill places an angry call to the New Mexico governor. Is this the sound of the wheels coming off the Clinton Express?

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February 13, 2008 at 4:59 pm

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