Some former top Hillary Clinton fundraisers have received attention in recent days for thus far declining to help bundle donations for Barack Obama. But none of those figures was actively working against Obama’s candidacy. Ricki Lieberman is another matter.
Also a former Clinton “Hillraiser” (meaning she raised more than $100,000 for the campaign), Lieberman is keeping her own private hope alive with a daily email blast to supporters, entitled “Electability Watch,” which features a cascade of negative articles and other items about Obama as a means to argue that superdelegates should change their minds in Denver and crown Clinton the nominee instead. A tipster who described them as “disgusting” sent a batch of recent “Electability Watch” emails to the Huffington Post. Their authenticity was confirmed in a phone conversation with Ms. Lieberman, who said her only desire is to “see a Democratic president in the White House” next year.
Any Democrat, perhaps, except Barack Obama — or “BO aka Bush 3,” as Lieberman repeatedly refers to him. The emails sometimes go out of their way to parrot some of the most hardcore attacks on Obama, including comments comparing Obama’s planned nomination speech to Nazi-era rallies in Germany. In one email, she quotes messages from apparent Holocaust survivors:
I have heard from many Survivors and their children about the symbolism and implications of use of rules to undermine our core democratic values. Ellen Mendel wrote that “I was born under Hitler in Germany, and reading about the plans for the Obama throng in the stadium in Denver and the implications which have been spelled out, gives me the chills…the DNC will deliver the country to Obama on a platter. I wonder when it will hit them what pawns they have been in this Faustian tragedy.
Another, “As someone who escaped from France during WW ll, I hope that I’m not being over dramatic when I’m more than uneasy with stuff like Obama’s possible Denver stadium theatrics and the calibrated negotiations going on about the convention.”
Other emails from Lieberman cite Obama’s “alliances with a cast of characters include Louis Farrakhan,” and urge people to contact the German embassy to protest “Obama’s grandiose, inappropriate hope” to speak at the Brandenburg Gate.
In an interview, Lieberman said it is incumbent upon the party’s superdelegates to take another cold, hard look at which candidate will be more electable in the fall. Given that neither Obama nor Clinton managed to win enough pledged delegates to secure the nomination, a switch from Obama to Clinton is a technical possibility that nevertheless seems highly improbable.
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