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Lanny Davis Pushes Clinton for VP

By Shailagh Murray
It may be the surest sign yet that the Hillary Clinton for President campaign is over.

A group lobbying for an Obama-Clinton "unity ticket" has named a new senior adviser: Washington lawyer Lanny Davis, one of Clinton's most ardent allies and an outspoken critic of the presumptive nominee, Barack Obama.

Voteboth.com, an online advocacy group linked to the Clinton circle, announced this morning that Davis had launched a petition to urge Obama to select Clinton as his running mate, with the goal of creating "the strongest possible ticket for the Democratic Party."

Davis states in the petition, "With the greatest respect, we ask you to select Senator Clinton in recognition of the more than 17 million Democrats who supported her at the polls and who, in combination with your more than 17 million supporters, would for the base of a successful presidential campaign."

A former White House special counsel to then-President Clinton, Davis has been an outspoken advocate for Clinton throughout the primary season, as a frequent guest on cable news programs and "pundit" blogger for the Capitol Hill newspaper The Hill.

Here's a sample of headlines from recent Davis blog posts:

"The Final Argument for Hillary Clinton for President" (May 31)

"Four things...The Obama Campaign Couldn't Resist Doing to Anger Clinton Supporters Sen. Obama Needs in General Election If -- If -- He Is Nominee" (May 26)

"Why Clinton Should Be Nominated as Strongest General Election Candidate Against McCain" (May 19)

"Last night's results from Pennsylvania: The Top Ten List of Undisputed Facts Showing Barack Obama's Weakness in the General Election" (April 23)

By Web Politics Editor  |  June 5, 2008; 1:47 PM ET
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Have you seen the way he glides?

Posted by: Shailagh M. | June 6, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

I find it interesting, in reporting on the formation of this group, Shailagh Murray and her editors thought the organizer's utterly ordinary campaign rhetoric was relevant. Obviously, she intends to undermine Davis' credibility, but I wonder who exactly expects the Clinton campaign to have argued FOR Obama's candidacy while the nomination was still contested? Of course, Shailagh Murray is a hack of the highest order who has clearly demonstrated an unseemly loathing for Sen Clinton, equalled by her infatuation with Sen Obama, so what to expect?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 6, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Lanny, I commend you for being a friend in need for the Clintons. You never turn your back on them and God bless you for that.

Please do not ask Obama to pick Hillary. Good for him if he does, if not, McCain is waiting.

Posted by: 20 years cheering. | June 6, 2008 12:09 AM | Report abuse

It is 3:00pm and you children is awake!
A phone is ringing in the Hill house!
She just lost the nomination and she needs to make a decision fast!

She's ready by day 1 to make any tough decision even by 3:00am!
But now she lets the phone ring for 4 days!

I am Hillary Clinton and I approve this message.

Posted by: Linda | June 5, 2008 3:02 PM

LMAO!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 5, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

I don't want Clinton on that ticket. They both ran great campaigns but the winner has the right to chose his/her running mate. It is an insult that HRC's supporters are trying to pry this woman onto the ticket! It's a slap in Obama's face that in less than 24 hours those barracudas (sp?) were signing a bogus petition demanding and hammering the media (because that's the only folks who's buying that Bull S), Obama and the DNC about puttingHillary on the ticket! Hillary made it clear that she and McCain were better suited to be President and Obama wasn't. She made it clear that Obama could not be the president and lacked experience and the mere insanity that she wishes and her supporters are demanding that she is put on a ticket is very disrespectful and leaves a very nasty, poor taste in the mouths of your loyal democrats and all of the many supporters of Obama, even those who aren't democrats! WE voted for change and chosed our candidate. We respect Mrs. Clinton but she wasn't the candiate that has won the nomination and the most pledged and super delegates. I am very concerned with the actions of Hillary's supporters and the behind the scenes arm twisting that she and her supporters are continuing to bestow upon Mr. Obama and the DNC. I don't understand why the leaders of the party aren't nipping this in the bud before this gets out of hand and drives the democratic party farther apart resulting in another Republican - George Bush policy maker being put back into the White House. It's quite obvious that Mrs. Clinton and her supporters are taking on the role of a certian type of ownership of the democratic party which is suppose to be for the people and by the people. As a lifelong democrat and a supporter of Mr. Bill Clinton's presidency, I am hurt and disgusted with how Mrs. Clinton ran her campaign and the various disengenous tactics which she and her campaign has used against a fellow democrat. I would hate to think that this is being done to Mr. Obama because he's an African America. I can't think of anytime in American history where a candidate was nominated and within less than 24 hours, the loosing candidate's supporters and superdelegates demanded that he/she be brought onto that ticket! This is an autracity. It's obvious that HRC and her supporters don't care about the big picture..the U.S.A., poverty, foreclosures, gas prices, economy, global relationships, the war on Iraq. This race isn't about Obama and it certianly isn't about Hillary Clinton. Putting Hillary on that ticket doesn't represent any type of change. We the voters, voted for Obama because he represents CHANGE. This petition going around from Hillary's supporters represent another tactic of arm twisting and is very demeaning to Mr. Obama and his supporters. With all due respect, Mrs. Pelosi, I urge you as the Speaker of the House to please address this as soon as possible before Mr. Obama ends up loosing a lot of his supporters. Thanks for your understanding.

Posted by: No Joint Ticket!! | June 5, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I don't want Clinton on that ticket. They both ran great campaigns but the winner has the right to chose his/her running mate. It is an insult that HRC's supporters are trying to pry this woman onto the ticket! It's a slap in Obama's face that in less than 24 hours those barracudas (sp?) were signing a bogus petition demanding and hammering the media (because that's the only folks who's buying that Bull S), Obama and the DNC about puttingHillary on the ticket! Hillary made it clear that she and McCain were better suited to be President and Obama wasn't. She made it clear that Obama could not be the president and lacked experience and the mere insanity that she wishes and her supporters are demanding that she is put on a ticket is very disrespectful and leaves a very nasty, poor taste in the mouths of your loyal democrats and all of the many supporters of Obama, even those who aren't democrats! WE voted for change and chosed our candidate. We respect Mrs. Clinton but she wasn't the candiate that has won the nomination and the most pledged and super delegates. I am very concerned with the actions of Hillary's supporters and the behind the scenes arm twisting that she and her supporters are continuing to bestow upon Mr. Obama and the DNC. I don't understand why the leaders of the party aren't nipping this in the bud before this gets out of hand and drives the democratic party farther apart resulting in another Republican - George Bush policy maker being put back into the White House. It's quite obvious that Mrs. Clinton and her supporters are taking on the role of a certian type of ownership of the democratic party which is suppose to be for the people and by the people. As a lifelong democrat and a supporter of Mr. Bill Clinton's presidency, I am hurt and disgusted with how Mrs. Clinton ran her campaign and the various disengenous tactics which she and her campaign has used against a fellow democrat. I would hate to think that this is being done to Mr. Obama because he's an African America. I can't think of anytime in American history where a candidate was nominated and within less than 24 hours, the loosing candidate's supporters and superdelegates demanded that he/she be brought onto that ticket! This is an autracity. It's obvious that HRC and her supporters don't care about the big picture..the U.S.A., poverty, foreclosures, gas prices, economy, global relationships, the war on Iraq. This race isn't about Obama and it certianly isn't about Hillary Clinton. Putting Hillary on that ticket doesn't represent any type of change. We the voters, voted for Obama because he represents CHANGE. This petition going around from Hillary's supporters represent another tactic of arm twisting and is very demeaning to Mr. Obama and his supporters. With all due respect, Mrs. Pelosi, I urge you as the Speaker of the House to please address this as soon as possible before Mr. Obama ends up loosing a lot of his supporters. Thanks for your understanding.

Posted by: No Hillary!!!! | June 5, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Hillary wants power and Davis next to power. Don't think that will be in an Obama administration.

Posted by: G8tr | June 5, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Darn Right! I don't want Clinton on that ticket. They both ran great campaigns but the winner has the right to chose his/her running mate. It is an insult that HRC's supporters are trying to pry this woman onto the ticket! It's a slap in Obama's face that in less than 24 hours those barracudas (sp?) were signing b.s. petitions and hammering the media (because that's the only folks who's buying that Bull S) about putting that wicked witch on his ticket. She made it clear that she and McCain were better suited and Obama wasn't. She made it clear that Obama could not be the president and lacked experience and the mere insanity that she wishes to plant her a$$ on that ticket is off the chain!!!!! She is a sore looser. She couldnt even muster up enough dignity to acknowledge him as the nominee...no class....I am sorry, while I respect her as a democrat, I don't respect her as a person because she has no digity....and is selfish. It's obvious that HRC and her supporters don't care about the big picture..the U.S.A., poverty, foreclosures, gas prices, economy, global relationships, the war on Iraq. This race isn't about Obama and it da$$ sure isn't about spoiled Hillary. NO HILLary on that ticket, AT ALL!!! There is a petition going around that Obama's supporters are signing opposing any such ticket and voicing their concerns of a "twisted arm" technique form her supporters!! This is not unity....it gangster politics played by the Clintons and their supporters!!!

Posted by: No Obama/Hillary ticket!!!! | June 5, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton is truly pathetic. She loses the nomination and then has her hacks demand Obama make her VP. Talk about crass.

Barack, please, just say NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Obama and anybody but Clinton in '08.

Posted by: RealChoices | June 5, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

It is 3:00pm and you children is awake!
A phone is ringing in the Hill house!
She just lost the nomination and she needs to make a decision fast!

She's ready by day 1 to make any tough decision even by 3:00am!
But now she lets the phone ring for 4 days!

I am Hillary Clinton and I approve this message.

Posted by: Linda | June 5, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps the big supporters like Jones, Davis and Shultz should cool it for a while. They should listen to Ed Rendel as much as I am not fond of him but he is right. You don't "Demand" to be put on the ticket. Clinton again has someone else doing her dirty work. Neither Hillary or Bill will be willing to release any information on the library so I think that leaves her out

Posted by: mnash | June 5, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Lanny Davis is clearly an idiot

Posted by: Anonymous | June 5, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Lanny Davis is clearly and idiot.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 5, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Hillary running for VP??? this one poll actually includes her in the 2008 VP poll, so see what America REALLY thinks.

http://www.votenic.com

and help your favorite candidate choose his/her running mate. They started a VP poll last week, and the results from that poll have just been posted. This poll is honest and represents all of America.

Posted by: votenic | June 5, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Lanny Davis is a deranged, gullible fool whose words ought be taken, always, with a grain of salt.

Posted by: Steve Charb | June 5, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

No more Clinton slime even NEAR the White House.

Hildebeast ... remember RFK ??

Well, REMEMBER RFK.

Posted by: Chuckamok | June 5, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Did Obama just screw the 'Change' crowd? Did you hear his speech at the AIPAC conference? He very much sounded like the typical Washington politician, didn't he?What is 'new' about saying something during the primary season and lurching to a more convenient place during the general election. Hillary may just have the last laugh about this.

Posted by: Amazed | June 5, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I can hear Slick's monologue in his up-coming Speeches NOW!

..."Take my Wife, Hill;

Please!(Rim-shot)"...

Posted by: RAT-The | June 5, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

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