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Bloggees – Today's driving tip: Do not take the Kennedy Expressway from downtown Chicago to O'Hare in a driving rain at 6:45 a.m. on a Friday.
Should you ignore this advice, at least avoid the cabbie who drives like a bat out of hell with a fogged-up window, talking into his bluetooth while laughing uproariously at an irritatingly cheery radio program featuring rude conversation from people invited to share why they want to dump their significant other. Now, I know what you're thinking: "Somebody is grumplestiltskin today."
Made it. Though my life flashed before me during the ride, got here intact and on time, more than I can say for the flight. Delayed 50 minutes. I am taking it personally.
So here at gate B-9, awaiting my tin can to Washington, I am fielding the usual email inquiries from show producers and the etceteras wanting to know about my piece this afternoon/night. Generally it goes like this "Hey, Good Morning. What are you thinking about doing today? What's up?"
Here is the response screaming in my brain: "IT IS 7:30 IN THE MORNING. IT'S A MIRACLE I'M UP. YOUR SHOW IS NOT FOR 8/12/14 HOURS. LEAVE ME ALONE."
Here is what I say in the e-mail. "Good Morning. Not sure."
Thus begins the process of finding and/or figuring out a story. I will soon begin a round of calls/emails to campaign types and Washington types and some pollsters and some party types in upcoming primary states. And some superdelegates and a DNC rules committee guy/gal. And then click around to see what all the smart people are talking about. And then see what the candidates are saying on the stump. (Obama in Montana, Clinton in Puerto Rico, McCain in Wisc. and New York) We shall see what we shall see.
I know, I know.. Father Michael Pfleger (20-year relationship with Obama. Went to Iowa for Obama for some kind of faith seminar. Used to be on a religious advisory board for campaign. Campaign says he's no longer on it.) Pfleger (who is white) basically said in Obama church that Hillary Clinton thought she was entitled to the nomination because she's white..and a lot of white people thought that, too.
Obama campaign puts out a statement rejecting that. Pfleger says he's sorry, doesn't reflect Obama campaign values, apologizes to HRC.
Clinton campaign stirs the pot, saying Obama statement not strong enough.
Half of you have already emailed that this is big big big because Obama relationships shed light on who he is.
The other half says it's ridiculous to hold Obama responsible for everything anybody who knows him says or everything that's said in his church, which so far as I can tell he hasn't attended in a long time, though he does sneak by us sometimes.
I think whatever it is, this is bad timing for Barack and he really needs to get out there more to define himself so people know what to think when his friends and acquaintances go off the rails.
And I think the question is: what do superdelegates think?
I am weary, bloggees (they may edit that out) but we trudge on. Plane now more than an hour delayed.
Should be over next week (the primary, hopefully not the flight).
Meantime, I remain yours, Grumplestiltskin.
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