HuffPo nails Hillary on Kos dis: Hillary's blogspinners--and top YearlyKos executives!--cover up that she'd rather schmooze with Ron Perelman and Jessica Seinfeld than a roomful of wristbanded Kossacks. ... Update: Eric Alterman complains:
How silly is Mickey Kaus for linking to this? Was Hillary supposed to cancel a longstanding commitment to hundreds of people? Are the candidates supposed to run their campaigns without money and without public financing? In any case, this piece is completely wrong. Hillary had plenty of time, on her private plane to be in Chicago and to be at this fundraiser. Hey guys, she actually did both. So it's wrong on facts, as well as silly and naïve in its analysis, but hey who cares? I hear Edwards got a haircut. ...
1) Yes, Hillary has to have fundraisers. But then she should be honest about it--she shouldn't try to hide the cause of her "scheduling conflict" from the Kos crowd, treating them like children who can be conned. That's the basic complaint; 2) Yes, she was at the Kos convention and at the fundraiser, but she didn't apparently have time for the advertised "breakout" session after the YearlyKos candidates' forum. When Kossacks kicked up a fuss, a session was apparently hastily scheduled for before the forum; 3) These things are scheduled long in advance, as Alterman says. If she'd wanted to prevent a fundraiser/Kos conflict, she could have; 4) Just because candidates' have to raise money doesn't mean the standard critique of fatcat contributions--that the candidate then owes them-- doesn't apply. And there are plenty of fatcats I'd rather have the Clintons indebted to than Ron Perelman. ... P.S.: Did Alterman really fork over $1,000 for cocktails at Perelman's? $4,600? Or did they invite him for free because of his easygoing personality and publicity-generating potential? .... 12:41 P.M. link
Crankiest blogginghead of the week award goes to Matt Stoller of OpenLeft, who gets snip-snippy toward the end of this exchange with Conn Carroll. Some blame all the coffee. But Stoller seemed to be in a discernably pissy mood from the beginning, even though he struggles manfully to be cordial, which leads me to suspect a deeper external cause. ... 12:18 A.M.
Friday, August 3, 2007
Bedless Blogger in Topless Hara: Luke Ford really doesn't have a bed. ... Note to Luke: Don't get one now! It's your trademark. ... P.S.: Also, now know how Ford broke the L.A. mayoral marital scandal--he got the story from L.A. Daily News reporter Tony Castro, whose editors had wimped out and spiked his report. ("They didn't think the story qualified as much more than glorified gossip. ... ") I thought only L.A. Times editors did that. ... 2:33 P.M.
Arianna--Dramatic Before & After Photos: Getting glammer. Was it the move to the West or the move to the left? You make the call. ... 11:11 A.M.