Sunday Show Wrap-Up
10:27 AM, Mar 24, 2008 • By SONNY BUNCH
Ed Rendell and Bill Richardson showed up on Fox News Sunday yesterday to shill for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama respectively. The Pennsylvania governor struck at what he sees as the heart of the Obama campaign's hypocrisy. "The Obama campaign tries to have it both ways," he said. "They say the campaign's too negative, and they go out and turn an innocent remark--Bill Clinton was saying what a lot of us feel, we wish the issues of race and all of this other stuff would be pushed to the background so we could have a discussion about who's got the most experience, who's got the best healthcare plan, who's got the best plan for the economy. And instead, they launch this all-out attack trying to take an inference out of President Clinton's words that no fair person could take."
Peggy Noonan was on Meet the Press, and she discussed the importance of Richardson's endorsement of Obama. "You know what I think the Richardson thing means?" she asked Tim Russert. "It means that this wonderful voodoo magic thing that the Clintons have, that they are always in control, that they run the Democratic party, that no matter what is happening on the ground or who's winning this race or the popular vote or getting the elected delegates, they're in charge, they're really secretly plugged in, they got secret wires that they're pulling, they will triumph. When a Bill Richardson comes forward, it just reminds you, the Clintons may not be in charge. They may not be pulling the wires in this race."
George Will also feels like the race is quickly slipping away from the Clinton machine. "I would much rather have had Obama's week than Hillary's week. She loses Michigan and Florida: that's her only path to the nomination, electability. And she has to do that by passing him in the popular vote which she is not going to be able to do. We don't know yet whether Bill Richardson is a pebble that presages an avalanche, but he might be. He's a very important superdelegate. And finally, we have the release of her White House schedules, which raises the question: if being first lady like that qualifies you to run for president, why didn't Mimi Eisenhower run for president?"
Lindsey Graham took to Face the Nation to discuss just how much progress has been made in Iraq over the last year. "On the political front, we've had the de-Baathification law passed. . . . That means members of the Baath Party, who ruled the country under Saddam Hussein, are now allowed to get some of their jobs back. That means the Shias and the Kurds are saying to the Sunnis, 'come back in and help us run the country.' They passed a $48 billion budget where every group in Iraq gets to share the oil resources. There was an amnesty law telling the prisoners in Iraq that 'we're going to let some of you go; go back home, stop fighting, help build the new Iraq.' And most important of all, we're going to have provincial elections in October. The Sunnis boycotted the election in 2005, and everywhere I went in Anbar province the Sunnis are ready to vote and be part of democracy. So there's been major political breakthroughs."