Shock: Obama never vetted Hillary?

posted at 12:10 pm on August 22, 2008 by Allahpundit

There’s no way this is true. Either it’s nonsense planted by Obama’s camp to build just a tiny bit more suspense before he reveals her as the pick or else it’s nonsense planted by Hillary’s camp because they’ve now learned she’s not the pick and they’re taking their revenge by stoking the sense of grievance and insult among her supporters. No way would Barry O compound the risk of alienating Hillary nuts by not giving her even a cursory vetting.

“She was never vetted,” a Democratic official reported. “She was not asked for a single piece of paper. She and Senator Obama have never had a single conversation about it. How would he know if she’d take it?”

The official also said Clinton never met with Obama’s vetting team of Eric Holder and Caroline Kennedy.

And the official said she was never asked for medical records or for any financial 2008 information about her or former President Bill Clinton. The last information the couple has disclosed about taxes and financial holdings was for 2007…

“This would be the biggest leap of faith ever,” the official said. “She’s waiting for the text message like everyone else.”

Drudge is hammering this for all it’s worth, so either (a) it’s one last eleventh-hour head fake before she’s unveiled, or (b) this convention is going to rock so very, very hard. Meanwhile, the AP floats a balloon about Chet “Who?” Edwards being a dark-horse finalist. Really? The candidate who’s biggest liability is that he’s an unknown quantity is going to choose … a quantity even more unknown than he is?

Democratic officials said little-known Texas Rep. Chet Edwards was one of the few Democrats whose background was checked by Obama’s campaign and he was a finalist for the job.

Among others mentioned: Govs. Tim Kaine of Virginia and Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas, as well as Sens. Joe Biden of Delaware and Evan Bayh of Indiana…

Edwards is a favorite of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who praised his “extraordinary credentials” on ABC’s “This Week” on Aug. 3 and said: “I hope he will be the nominee.”

One Democratic official with knowledge of the conversation said Obama told Pelosi recently that she would be pleased with the choice. Other Democratic officials said he was on the short list. All spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss Obama’s selection process.

An interesting data point about Edwards: He represents Crawford, Texas. Another interesting point: He “strongly opposes amnesty in any form.” Another interesting point: There are no other interesting points. The nutroots loathe him for being a centrist and he has some experience on House military and budgetary committees, but otherwise he’s a cipher. Ain’t happening. But we’ll know for sure soon enough: Barry O is making his final phone calls while Hillary takes a lonely walk around the grounds of the New York State Fair. Exit question: How unspeakably awesome would it be to see headlines in major papers about “Obama/Edwards” side by side on the newsstand with Enquirer coverage of an “Edwards love child!”?

Update: No wonder she seems half-hearted on the trail. “It was a platonic type of endorsement… It wasn’t real love. She’s just doing what she’s supposed to be doing.”


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Chaos!

Darksean on August 22, 2008 at 12:11 PM

Oh, this is hillarious (pun intended). And, to put Chet Edwards on the short list is better yet. I guess Obama wants to lose Texas by less than 15?

Think_b4_speaking on August 22, 2008 at 12:14 PM

Does Hillary need to be vetted? We know WAY MORE about her than we ever will about BO.

HawaiiLwyr on August 22, 2008 at 12:14 PM

All the vetting Hillary’s ever going to get is already out there. What’s left is buried so deep the FBI and CIA together couldn’t find it. For that reason, she didn’t need any vetting.

RBMN on August 22, 2008 at 12:15 PM

Exit question: How unspeakably awesome would it be to see headlines in major papers about “Obama/Edwards” side by side on the newsstand with Enquirer coverage of an “Edwards love child!”?

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Need I remind you that you are assuming Barry will get the nomination next week?

Think_b4_speaking on August 22, 2008 at 12:15 PM

Exit question: How unspeakably awesome would it be to see headlines in major papers about “Obama/Edwards” side by side on the newsstand with Enquirer coverage of an “Edwards love child!”?

Half as awesome as it would be with a simultaneously-issued Rielle Hunter in Penthouse, but beautifully awesome nonetheless.

The Dems are imploding.

emailnuevo on August 22, 2008 at 12:16 PM

Just the thought of seeing the faces of all the texters when they see “It’s Edwards!” would be enough amusement.

JammieWearingFool on August 22, 2008 at 12:16 PM

HawaiiLwyr on August 22, 2008 at 12:14 PM

+1

carbon_footprint on August 22, 2008 at 12:17 PM

“Obama/Not That Edwards ’08!”

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 22, 2008 at 12:17 PM

Does Hillary need to be vetted? We know WAY MORE about her than we ever will about BO.

HawaiiLwyr on August 22, 2008 at 12:14 PM

He’d need to know about the donors to the Clinton library. They kept them secret for the same reason the Annenberg Challenge documents are being held back: too much dirt in them.

It’s interesting that all along Hillary has known that she wasn’t being considered because she was never asked for vetting documents. (Full tax returns, medical records, etc.) But she let the guessing continue just to keep the pot boiling.

Wethal on August 22, 2008 at 12:18 PM

I love it – Rush is right now trying to rile up women everywhere and convince them that they should be pissed off at Obama. I hope it works!

Grafted on August 22, 2008 at 12:18 PM

One Democratic official with knowledge of the conversation said Obama told Pelosi recently that she would be pleased with the choice.

Did he mean by her own free will or more in a “you WILL like my choice” kind of way?

MarkABinVA on August 22, 2008 at 12:19 PM

I just heard that he picked Tim Kaine. Nothing reliable however.

thebrokenchair on August 22, 2008 at 12:19 PM

Bullsh!t.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 22, 2008 at 12:21 PM

Does anybody really think Barry Hussy Obama cares what Hillary supporters think?

He is so consumed with his own self he probably cannot even imagine anybody voting against him, much less democrats.

EJDolbow on August 22, 2008 at 12:21 PM

Meh. Edwards was my congressman until the redistricting carved him off. He’s little known outside of Central Texas, an occasional centrist who otherwise votes how he’s told.

He doesn’t bring jack to the Obama campaign. It would be silly to select him.

daveintexas on August 22, 2008 at 12:21 PM

Obama told Pelosi recently that she would be pleased with the choice.

Just that alone should be enough to cause concern.

pilamaye on August 22, 2008 at 12:22 PM

JammieWearingFool on August 22, 2008 at 12:16 PM

hahahaha

trailortrash on August 22, 2008 at 12:22 PM

The strange thing is, the public never seems to lay any of the blame for Bill’s shady deals at Hillary’s feet. I guess they just assume she has no control over Bill, so she can’t be blamed.

RBMN on August 22, 2008 at 12:22 PM

text just in:

Obama/Obama 08

faraway on August 22, 2008 at 12:22 PM

Am I the only one in America that never thought BO would consider Hillary as a running mate?
I’m not surprised at ALL about this.

bridgetown on August 22, 2008 at 12:23 PM

Meh. Edwards was my congressman until the redistricting carved him off. He’s little known outside of Central Texas, an occasional centrist who otherwise votes how he’s told.

He doesn’t bring jack to the Obama campaign. It would be silly to select him.

daveintexas on August 22, 2008 at 12:21 PM

On top of that, the chances that Obama carries Texas, is slim and none!

ConservativePartyNow on August 22, 2008 at 12:24 PM

Michelle would never have allowed another Alpha female in the pack. And both Obamas know they could not control Bill if Hillary couldn’t.

Obama only kept this possibiliy open to try to soothe the PUMAs.

Wethal on August 22, 2008 at 12:25 PM

I hope he vets a VP better than he vets his pastor – and his church – and his seal – and…

faraway on August 22, 2008 at 12:27 PM

Apparently that was from the WSJ and has now been retracted.

thebrokenchair on August 22, 2008 at 12:27 PM

Geraghty on Edwards:

UPDATE: A disastrous pick, if accurate. He may be a perfectly nice guy, but he’s a complete unknown. It’s very difficult to see this one guy who represents communities near Waco putting Obama over the top in Texas, and it’s hard to see him having the pull and sway to put many other red states or districts in play. He’s been on budget and appropriations – classic bring-home-the-pork guy, with the Pig Book listing 73 projects worth $128,414,403. The outsider bringing change to Washington is going with a guy who’s been in the House since 1991.

He’s named “Chet” and was a junior golf champion. Voted for the Balanced Budget Amendment and line-item veto. He supports oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and for the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

National Journal: “In 2002 Farley ran again and national Republicans ran ads against Edwards arguing that he had the voting record of a Northeastern liberal. Edwards argued that he supported Bush on terrorism, education, welfare, energy and the Iraq war resolution.”

His ACU rating for 2006 was 68, for 2005 (a non-election year) it was 36.

He voted to extend the Patriot Act, and to build a border fence. He opposed an Iraq withdrawl proposal in the 109th Congress. He supports a Constitutional amendment to ban flag-burning, and increasing fines for “indecent” broadcasting.

He voted against raising corporate average fuel economy standards.

He supports limiting attorney’s fees in class action lawsuits.

Can’t imagine why Pelosi would recommend him. I assume Obama vetter the guy to please her.

Wethal on August 22, 2008 at 12:29 PM

Obama told Pelosi recently that she would be pleased with the choice.

Maybe he meant he’s picking Cindy Sheehan as VP, giving Pelosi an uncontested re-election bid.

cool breeze on August 22, 2008 at 12:33 PM

All spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss Obama’s selection process

Sounds like a real trustworthy bunch you’ve got working for ya, Bronco Bomber! They’re not authorized to discuss the process, yet do so on the sly. Nice.

LimeyGeek on August 22, 2008 at 12:37 PM

Smokescreen, I say.

My bet is still on Hillary, despite warts and all.

Sir Napsalot on August 22, 2008 at 12:38 PM

He is going to pick BILL Clinton!!

Snicker….

EJDolbow on August 22, 2008 at 12:39 PM

Broken record time….why waste time on vetting someone who told you they won’t accept the job? Hillary knows Obama’s unelectable and isn’t going to go down on that ship.

funky chicken on August 22, 2008 at 12:43 PM

Chet from Survivor right?

econavenger on August 22, 2008 at 12:44 PM

funky chicken on August 22, 2008 at 12:43 PM

Hillary might consider it because she can turn around in 2012 and say if only she’s the top ticket Dems could win.

Sir Napsalot on August 22, 2008 at 12:44 PM

Wethal on August 22, 2008 at 12:29 PM

Hmm, sounds pretty good. Has McCain been vetting him too?

pedestrian on August 22, 2008 at 12:45 PM

Hillary knows Obama’s unelectable and isn’t going to go down on that ship.

Classic.

LimeyGeek on August 22, 2008 at 12:45 PM

Edwards would be a too-clever-by-half pick, whose sole job would be to try to slime John McCain on veterans’ issues while being bulletproof himself with s strong pro-military voting record. Democrats seem to believe they have an opening here because McCain voted against the first version of the Jim Webb GI bill. Obama himself lied to the VFW about McCain’s proposal for VA health reform. The thinking is that if they can undermine McCain as a champion of the veteran, or at least put him on the defensive about it for several days or weeks, it will help dry up a key area of support for McCain. Also, the symbolism of picking “George Bush’s congressman” is great in their minds and they think it will help them keep Bush in front of the voters.

Only in the mind of a self-important political consultant like David Axelrod does this kind of thing actually work. Which is exactly why it is very likely to happen, because Barack Obama does not have enough sense to come in out of the rain, much less challenge Axelrod on political strategy.

rockmom on August 22, 2008 at 12:47 PM

Half as awesome as it would be with a simultaneously-issued Rielle Hunter in Penthouse, but beautifully awesome nonetheless.

emailnuevo on August 22, 2008 at 12:16 PM

Have you seen the photos of this 44-year old woman? That’s not somebody most of us would want to see naked. Yikes.

AZCoyote on August 22, 2008 at 12:48 PM

Denver! Denver! Denver!

GarandFan on August 22, 2008 at 12:53 PM

Could we be in for a floor fight at the DNC?

Hil screams “Hell hath not fury like a Rodham Rodham scorned.”

Wildcatter1980 on August 22, 2008 at 1:01 PM

Half as awesome as it would be with a simultaneously-issued Rielle Hunter in Penthouse, but beautifully awesome nonetheless.

emailnuevo on August 22, 2008 at 12:16 PM

Only if you find stretch marks awesome.

Wethal on August 22, 2008 at 1:03 PM

I am not the Barack Obama I thought I knew.
Barack Obama

JiangxiDad on August 22, 2008 at 1:03 PM

It would be really funny if it was Chet Edwards, just because they had the Obama/Edwards signs and stationary already printed up weeks ago, before the recent unpleasantness for John Edwards.

RBMN on August 22, 2008 at 1:04 PM

We’re screwed if Obama chooses a woman and McCain doesn’t. I know, I know — identity politics is for Dems. But it’s still true, whether you like it or not.

aero on August 22, 2008 at 1:06 PM

It would be really funny if it was Chet Edwards, just because they had the Obama/Edwards signs and stationary already printed up weeks ago, before the recent unpleasantness for John Edwards.

RBMN on August 22, 2008 at 1:04 PM

plausible!

funky chicken on August 22, 2008 at 1:08 PM

bridgetown on August 22, 2008 at 12:23 PM

Am I the only one in America that never thought BO would consider Hillary as a running mate? I’m not surprised at ALL about this.

I’m actually quite worried that he will, indeed, choose Hillary.

DaveS on August 22, 2008 at 1:18 PM

Meh. Edwards was my congressman until the redistricting carved him off. He’s little known outside of Central Texas, an occasional centrist who otherwise votes how he’s told.

He doesn’t bring jack to the Obama campaign. It would be silly to select him.

daveintexas on August 22, 2008 at 12:21 PM

He was my congressman too until redistricting. His biggest asset is is clout with the military. He has been taking good care of Ft. Hood, and as a result, he swings a big stick with the military brass. Other than that, he is a largely unknown moderate dem.

txsurveyor on August 22, 2008 at 1:24 PM

What is it about this strange Democrat urge to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. They’ve tried their very best to lose the war in Iraq, now they seem hellbent on losing an election they ought to win by a landslide.

infidel65 on August 22, 2008 at 1:32 PM

25% of Hillary’s voters are moderate middle age to senior citizen folks. Because of Ayers and Rezco a whole lot of them won’t vote for Barry O no matter who he picks for veep.

funky chicken on August 22, 2008 at 1:39 PM

“Chet”. I can’t help but think of Paxton’s character in Weird Science.

The campaign has been to long. The VP teases have been too long. The whole @#$%^&* thing is WAY overdone. All these “head fakes”. He knows he’s campaigned too long and peaked too early. Obama’s not head fakin’. It’s the fear that’s making him twitch like a tweeker getting tazed.

innominatus on August 22, 2008 at 1:47 PM

After this, it certainly seems as if it will be Hillary. First of all, as others have said, you can’t “vet” Hillary anyway, so why is this even a story, other than as head fake? The bounce will be huge but brief……

Priscilla on August 22, 2008 at 1:48 PM

Obama told Pelosi recently that she would be pleased with the choice.

You mean he’s picking John Murtha?!!

BacaDog on August 22, 2008 at 1:53 PM

Vetting is to make sure that there aren’t any dark secrets in a candidate’s past that could come back and haunt the campaign. Clinton’s secrets are all well known so what really would be the purpose of vetting this woman? The public has already done that for Obama!

highhopes on August 22, 2008 at 1:59 PM

Hilary may unite the Democrats, but she will also unite the Republicans.

MarkTheGreat on August 22, 2008 at 2:04 PM

I can believe that she wasn’t considered. On the vetting, though, she’s the most vetted female dog in the world.

Entelechy on August 22, 2008 at 2:41 PM

When Anti-American Leftwing Nutbags fight….a Cat-fight Slapfest…..gotta love it….Meowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!

Dale in Atlanta on August 22, 2008 at 2:47 PM

In this context, doesn’t “vetting someone” mean checking to see (as well as asking them point blank) if there’s anything in their past that might come back to haunt the campaign?

Ha!

“Gee Ms. Clinton, this list is kinda long. Might you have forgotten anything?”

Pythagoras on August 22, 2008 at 3:19 PM

Perhaps my girl Hillary will get the nomination instead of Obama and ask him to be her VP!

kanda on August 22, 2008 at 4:39 PM

Am I the only one in America that never thought BO would consider Hillary as a running mate?
I’m not surprised at ALL about this.

bridgetown on August 22, 2008 at 12:23 PM

I have been saying this all along. Obama is an idiot, but not stupid enough to have a VP that will undermine him for 4 yrs. It would be a shock if his campaign said it was a possibility.

The political “experts” on here would disagree though. They’ve been pushing this idiocy for months.

McCain would be the one to consider Hillary, if anyone at all.

nottakingsides on August 22, 2008 at 4:55 PM

“And, to put Chet Edwards on the short list is better yet. I guess Obama wants to lose Texas by less than 15?”

You’re giving Edwards too much credit. I live less than 2 hours from Crawford and I’ve never heard of the guy. Crawford is a small town and the biggest city nearby (Waco I think) is solidly Republican.

slug on August 22, 2008 at 4:58 PM

Obama tried to vet Hillary………………….

……… it’s just that the Clinton Library wouldn’t release any records.

Seven Percent Solution on August 22, 2008 at 5:11 PM

Drudge has it up Obama/Bayh 03 —they are printing the signs in KC.

kanda on August 22, 2008 at 6:42 PM

What’s left to Vet? I mean everyone already knows everything, and I do mean everything.

- The Cat

MirCat on August 22, 2008 at 7:06 PM