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The Macker’s Biggest Backer

Though I joked with you on April Fool’s Day that former President Bill Clinton was endorsing Creigh Deeds over Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran in Virginia’s governor’s race, this week, the McAuliffe campaign made it official. The former president will appear at a series of rallies across the state for the ultimate FOB (Friend of Bill), McAuliffe.

In October, the President appeared at several rallies for then-Sen. Barack Obama after Obama won the presidential nomination. Leading up to those rallies, the Washington Post had a very compelling analysis of the value of a Clinton endorsement in Virginia. I urge you to re-read it as you gauge the value of the latest Clinton rallies.

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Bill Clinton to Endorse in Virginia Governor’s Race

Last night I learned that Former President Bill Clinton has decided to endorse in the Virginia Governor’s race.

But he’s not endorsing who you expect. According to sources close to Clintons, the former president will endorse State Sen. Creigh Deeds in the Democratic primary, citing Deeds’s middle of the road politics and appeal to centrist Democrats and independents.

The former President will announce his endorsement of  Sen. Deeds at a press conference Saturday with the Senator and his family at Monticello, the home of  Thomas Jefferson near Charlottesville, Va. Continue reading

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Terry McAuliffe Tries to Reinvent History

Oh Terry, do you think Virginia’s Democrats, African-American or otherwise, are stupid enough to believe that you supported Barack Obama all along?

Really? Come on, Macker!

Here’s what the Washington Post’s Marc Fisher and I remember about your efforts in 2008, long after it was clear that Barack Obama was going to be the Democratic Party’s nominee in the fall:

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On Vacant Senate Seats: Let the Voters Decide

Really, you can’t make this stuff up.

First, America elects a one term senator their president. That Senator happens to be an African-American and he also happens to have flipped N.C., Ind., Fla., Va., Ohio, N.M. and Nev. from red to blue.

Then the senator, now President-elect, picks several fellow senators to join his administration, creating several vacancies. In the Senate, unlike the House where the states hold special elections, the vacancies are filled by Governors. (This is a relic of the time when state legislatures picked Senators. It’s a compromise which was established as part of the creation of the 17th amendment in 1913.)

So here’s where we stand with the various Senate vacancies: Continue reading

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Bill Clinton Must End His Speaking Fees

I am trying to imagine the conversation between the former President and our next Secretary of State over this headline in the New York Times: “Bill Clinton Speech in Malaysia Irks Investors”. Or better, what is the next President of the U.S. saying to his Secretary of State-in-waiting?

Here’s the truth: Bill Clinton needs to shut up and stop taking speaking fees for the next four years. Continue reading

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