Monday, April 28, 2008

On the Internet, It Turns Out, Everybody Knows You're a Dog

This is just priceless.

Eric Kleefeld of TPM passes along this from Mark Nickolas: Terry McAuliffe, who is now the Clinton campaign's chairman, wrote a book that came out last year. One section has him bragging about talking tough to Michigan senator Carl Levin back in 2004, when McAuliffe was the DNC's chairman and Levin wanted to move his state's primary forward. Plus ça change, non?

Here's McAuliffe, speaking in the first person, with my emphasis added.

"You won't deny us seats at the convention," he said.

"Carl, take it to the bank," I said. "They will not get a credential. The closest they'll get to Boston will be watching it on television. I will not let you break this entire nominating process for one state. The rules are the rules. If you want to call my bluff, Carl, you go ahead and do it."

We glared at each other some more, but there was nothing much left to say. I was holding all the cards and Levin knew it.

Longer excerpt on Mark's blog.

(h/t: Oliver Willis)

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