RUSH: New York Times today: ‘Delicate Talks for Democrats on a Path to a Unified Party,’ by Adam Nagourney and Jeff Zeleny. ‘At Mrs. Clinton’s request, the lawyer, Robert B. Barnett,’ the husband of CBS reporterette Rita Braver, ‘who has brokered multimillion-dollar book deals for clients including Mr. Obama, Mrs. Clinton and Bill Clinton, is working to hash out questions large and small as the two camps work toward a political merger. Perhaps the thorniest question — what to do about Bill Clinton, who friends say continues to refight the bitter primary fight — has yet to be raised by either side, advisers said,’ meaning he’s still out there crying over spilt milk in private. He’s still out there when he gets together with his buddies or whoever (doing Clinton impression), ‘I can’t believe that! They played the race card on me, and they said that I’m the one who played the race card and now I’m outta there. I got nobody in this race and I gotta go out there and fake it like I’m for the black guy.’
He’s crying over spilt milk about this. ‘Maybe I ought to call Ralph Nader, join forces with Ralph Nader.’ Times: ‘Some Clinton supporters are grousing that Mr. Obama has yet to make the symbolic gesture of writing a check for $2,300, the maximum allowable campaign donation, to help retire her debt of over $12 million.’ So, ‘Delicate Talks for Democrats on a Path to a Unified Party,’ where the messiah is their nominee and is supposedly the best at absolutely unifying people. Let me find one other thing here before we go to the break. You have to see this. Maybe I put it in the Obama stack. I probably did, and I’m looking at the general stack. Just give me a minute here. Yeah, I put it in the Obama stack. I think it’s the LA Times. Somebody (crying), ‘We had such a great opportunity for a fresh campaign, a clean campaign, a campaign above all the rigor, a campaign about issues! We had such a golden opportunity, and now it’s just deteriorated into personal attack after personal attack!’ Oh, boohoo. Every year we get this from the Drive-Bys. It’s part of their formula. Every year we’re going to have a campaign that finally, finally meets the test of civility, bipartisanship — and inevitably they always deteriorate into the campaigns of old, and the Drive-Bys start crying crocodile tears.
RUSH: All right, Dan Balz in the Washington Post: ‘A campaign between Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain once offered enormous possibilities for something new. Instead, the two presumptive nominees have opened their campaigns for the White House with what looks and sounds like a repeat of the kind of politics both have promised to leave behind. McCain has given a series of policy speeches, and Obama is beginning to do the same. Whatever substance they may contain has been buried in negative counterattacks from the opposing camp… Don’t blame the media for this.’ (laughing) We blame the media for everything here.