What was significant, however, was not his words but something else:
The pleading in his eyes.
As in: please please please, Hillary, don't give McCain the gift of a divided party.
This entire election year seems designed as a gift to the Dems.
Three to four Senate pick-ups, very close to a filibuster-proof majority, once the Olympia Snowes of the world are factored in.
No worse than a push in the House, and probably 10 pick-ups, with over 24 GOP retirees.
And, as if anyone noticed, Obama-mania is sweeping the nation.
All that is left is for Hillary to step aside.
But will it work out that way?
The text wil be this Tuesday, and whether the Clintons will step forward with a legal challenge to Texas's (admittedly) byzantine primary/caucus system, a procedure so complicated it was best ignored for years, until suddenly Texas mattered.
Astro-Girl and I will be caucusing for McCain Tuesday night, so we'll probably miss the fun.
Meanwhile, this, in the New York Observer.
Gloria Steinam joins Mark Penn, Bill Shaheen, Howard Wolfson, Bob Kerrey and Bill Clinton in Hillary's "For God's Sake, Stop Helping Me" Hall of Fame.
“Suppose John McCain had been Joan McCain and Joan McCain had got captured, shot down and been a POW for eight years. [The media would ask], ‘What did you do wrong to get captured? What terrible things did you do while you were there as a captive for eight years?’” Steinem said, to laughter from the audience.
McCain was, in fact, a prisoner of war for around five-and-a-half years, during which time he was tortured repeatedly. Referring to his time in captivity, Steinem said with bewilderment, “I mean, hello? This is supposed to be a qualification to be president? I don’t think so.”
The Clintons do what they can to cover up:
UPDATE: The Clinton campaign sends over the following statement from Howard Wolfson: "Senator Clinton has repeatedly praised Senator McCain's courage and service to our country. These comments certainly do not represent her thinking in any way. Senator Clinton intends to have a respectful debate with Senator McCain on the issues."
In her dreams, presumably.