Stories about the Democrats’ discord aren’t exactly scarce. Still, the one that stands out from all others is Gov. Ed Rendell’s criticizing MSNBC for being in the tank for Obama. Here’s how he unloaded:

Ladies and gentleman, the coverage of Barack Obama was embarrassing,” said Rendell, in the ballroom at Denver’s Brown Palace Hotel. “It was embarrassing.”

Rendell, an ardent Hillary Rodham Clinton supporter during the primaries, now backs Obama in the general election. Brokaw and Rendell began debating campaign coverage, including the on-air comments by Lee Cowan, and when MSNBC came up, Rendell went after the cable network. “MSNBC was the official network of the Obama campaign,” Rendell said, who called their coverage “absolutely embarrassing.”

Ed Rendell is exactly right. MSNBC’s coverage of Sen. Obama wasn’t just biased. Their two most prominent hosts, Chrissie Matthews and Keith Olberman, were slobbering fools for Sen. Obama. (It should be pointed out that being the most prominent hosts on MSNBC means you attract as big an audience as Red Eye gets at 2:00 am CT on FNC.)

As difficult as it is for Obama to spin that story, here’s another story that must rankle Team Barry:

A number of Sen. Hillary Clinton’s top advisers will not be staying in Denver long enough to hear Barack Obama accept the nomination for president, according to sources familiar with their schedules.
Clinton will deliver her speech Tuesday night. She will hold a private meeting with her top financial supporters Wednesday at noon, and will thank her delegates at an event that afternoon. Former president Bill Clinton will speak that night. Several of Hillary Clinton’s supporters are then planning to leave town. Among them, Terry McAuliffe, Clinton’s campaign chairman, and longtime supporters Steve Rattner and Maureen White. Another of Clinton’s top New York fundraisers, Alan Patricof, did not make the trip to Denver.

Rest assured that we’ll see Howard Dean hopping around from one network to another talking about how cathartic this week’s convention is and how united Democrats are in preventing another 4 years of BushHitler’s policies, etc. They’re empty words. There isn’t much in the way of unity in the Democratic Party these days. This McCain ad is proof of that:

When a former Hillary delegate agrees to do an ad for John McCain saying that she’s planning on voting for him instead of Sen. Obama, that’s the ultimate proof that the Democratic Party is in bad disarray.

That isn’t the way to win big races. I’ve said before that I won’t say that Sen. McCain is a lock to win this November. What I’ve said instead is that it’s his race to lose. With this many Hillary voters either staying home or voting for John McCain at this point, it’d take a serious mistake on Sen. McCain’s behalf to stop his momentum.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

One Response to “Discord In Democratland”

  • Chuck says:

    Agreed, if McCain doesn’t screw up his VP choice I think he has the inside track. He must name a conservative. Word is VP choices don’t make or break a campaign. I think this is true to an extent. Naming the right person may not help McCain a lot, although a true conservative will bring home the conservatives, but naming the wrong person will hurt him a lot.

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