Wurlitzer Prize winning wingnut Bill Sammon of the Examiner.com reports
President Bush, for the first time, is predicting that Hillary Rodham Clinton will defeat Barack Obama in the Democratic presidential primaries. "She's got a national presence and this is becoming a national primary," Bush said in an interview for the new book, The Evangelical President. "And therefore the person with the national presence, who has got the ability to raise enough money to sustain an effort in a multiplicity of sites, has got a good chance to be nominated."He goes on to quote Karl Rove and Dick Cheney's belief that the election will be very, very tight. Then Sammon does something not all that remarkable for White House Stenographers protecting important officials who say things that they wouldn't want to say in public, he goes off the record to quote a "senior White House official's" critiques of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. What is said by the "senior White House official" about Barack Obama is so racist and so remarkable Sammon should have insisted it be on the record. According to the "senior White House official"
But Bush is convinced the junior senator from New York will then be defeated in the general election by the Republican nominee.
the freshman senator from Illinois was "capable" of the intellectual rigor needed to win the presidency but instead relies too heavily on his easy charm.Give me a break, I guess the unnamed senior White House official (Bush is the only current Senior White House official mentioned in Sammon's hit job) thinks Barack Obama, former President of the Harvard Law Review, would do well as a black preacher, preaching a little gospel on Sunday and selling sunshine the rest of the week, but he lacks the willingness to work hard needed to be President. When I read Sammon's piece the wretched memory of "steppen fetchit" came to mind.
"It's sort of like, 'that's all I need to get by,' which bespeaks sort of a condescending attitude towards the voters," said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity. "And a laziness, an intellectual laziness."
More after the break.
As for Hillary, well
paradoxically, she may have too much experience, according to White House aides. They suggested that voters would be weary of her by November 2008. After all, by then Clinton will have eight years under her belt as an unusually high-profile senator, plus another eight as an unusually high-profile first lady.Obviously the Hillary criticism is pretty routine and probably wrong.
"This process is not going to serve her well," a senior White House official told The Examiner. "Think about it. She's going to be essentially saying: 'Elect me president after I've spent the last 16 years in your face. And you didn't like me much when I was there last. Give me eight more years so I can be a presence in your life for 24 years. And Bill will be back in.' So no, I think this is not a helpful process for her."
According to Josh Marshall the RNC has confirmed that the attack on Obama as a light weight is part of a deliberate strategy
The RNC just shot off an email building on the slur. With the headline "Razzle Dazzle", the email continues the theme that Obama is just another black fancy-pants with a slick smile and nice turn of phrase but either without the candle-power or stick-to-it-iveness to actually get things done.Democrats and Republicans alike should be enraged by the Obama part of the story. Basically the claim is that Obama is just another "lazy, no account 'negro'" with nothing more than a ready smile and easy charm. That kind of crap has no place in 21st century politics. By refusing to identify the official who made the comment (Rove, Cheney or Bush are the three candidates although technically Bush is the only one who is a current "Senior White House Official") Sammon is protecting racism at the highest levels of government. That this racist crap is being embraced by the NRC proves just how determined they are to become a permanent minority regional party.
"Chicago Star Obama Continues His All Show, No Substance Campaign With Event On Broadway," the email begins.