Friday, September 08, 2006

Sins of Omission

Bill Clinton came to town and raised a pile of money for the Democratic Party of Arkansas and for Democrat Mike Beebe. He raised a smaller pile for Dustin McDaniel. As far as we know, he said nothing and raised nothing for two other statewide races and we find that curious.

Clinton is still a popular man in this state. He has liabilities, but not as great as President Bush has right now. It is safe to assume that every candidate on the Democratic ticket wanted him to say nice things about them and attend a fundraiser for them. He didn't. He helped Mike Beebe, who is running against someone he would like to get even with, and Dustin McDaniel, who has a wealthy supporter who has also been a generous supporter of Bill Clinton. There is no word of him saying even one kind word about Bill Halter or Charlie Daniels, the candidates for Lt. Governor and Secretary of State respectively. I find that telling. Democrats tend to attach much more importance to such things than Republicans do. It is almost like the politboro over there, with people scrutinizing who stands closest to the Chairman at the May Day Parade.

Charlie Daniels worked for Clinton once. It did not end well. He resigned under pressure while Clinton was Governor, and at the time Clinton said Daniels made "the right decision" when he resigned. There are no signs of warmth between the two. It is safe to bet that Clinton did not want to risk any of his political capital on Charlie Daniels.

For Lt. Governor, Bill Halter also worked for Clinton, and yet Clinton appears to have snubbed him too. There has been a rumour that Clinton once said that he thought that Bill Halter was "delusional". Could this be another instance of Clinton knowing something most of us don't? Maybe it was another instance of a political candidate that Clinton did not want to risk any political capital on. Coming on top of Sen. Tim Wooldridge's (the runner-up in the demo primary for Lt. Gov.) campaign manager endorsing Republican Jim Holt, the Halter campaign has had a tough week.

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What nice things did Bush have to say about Holt, LaGrone, Delay (he has worked with Delay's uncle, right?). That must be very telling, also.

1:56 PM, September 08, 2006  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

You miss my point. Bush is down in popularity right now. Those guys don't necessarily WANT to be associated with Bush. Asa had the Bush event at a private home. It was all so discreet. Not so with Clinton. They all wanted Clinton's blessing. Only two got it.

2:21 PM, September 08, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Those guys don't necessarily WANT to be associated with Bush"

But they all showed up to the Bush fundraiser, I'm sure hoping to be acknowledged. If they didn't want to associate with him, they wouldn't have gone.

2:35 PM, September 08, 2006  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Don't know if they did show. Holt would not spend $1,000 to go to his own fundraiser!

2:56 PM, September 08, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holt would not spend $1,000 to go to his own fundraiser!

Not really a very nice statement you made there. It has connotations that I do not think you intended.

3:17 PM, September 08, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not at all surprised that Mr. Jack Daniels worked for Billy Boy. They're both as corrupt as the day is long and you can't trust either one of them.

3:25 PM, September 08, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They did all show--every one of them.

6:37 AM, September 09, 2006  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

That's nice. Maybe they got a free ticket. The point which some of you seem to want to miss is that a plug from Clinton in Arkansas carries a net positive from most of the population while a plug from Bush at this time only helps with the people who were going to vote for you anyway and is a possible turn-off to some swing voters.

10:31 AM, September 10, 2006  

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