Alex Castellanos is a Republican strategist best known for making Jesse Helms' "Hands" ad. He is reportedly advising the McCain campaign. Somewhat inexplicably, then, CNN has hired him as a contributor. One of his early "contributions" was suggesting Hillary Clinton would poison Barack Obama. Another was suggesting it was accurate to call Clinton a "bitch."
At his new blog today, former Clinton communications director Howard Wolfson caught Castellanos comparing Clinton to Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction.
We understand the media's Clinton convention tension story that's been rolled out this week was a pre-scheduled event, and that Obama and Clinton could have exchange bouquets in public today and the press was going to run with this story because they've been looking forward to it for weeks, if not months.
It's just that the press really does to seem to be grasping at straws in order to keep this narrative afloat. Check out washingtonpost.com's The Trail and its breathless item, "Clinton Advisers Skipping Obama Speech," in which we learn the breaking news that out of the tens of thousands of people coming and going from Denver this week for the convention, Terry McAuliffe, Steve Rattner and Maureen White won't be in town come Thursday night.
Folks, that's Very Important News. Just trust the Post.
With a bit of an inside pitch. On MSNBC this afternoon, after mentioning the importance of the Denver convention: "This, of course, will be the beginning of his most important playoff in his abbreviated political career." [Emphasis added.]
At least that's FNC's message in full-page newspaper ad today, claiming CNN is too partisan. HuffPost has the details.
Attaturk at FDL explains.
A Daily Kos diarist in Pittsburgh says yes, that it aired in that market this morning.
Writes Matt Stoller, noting how Brave New Films planted the McCain Mansion seed with the media days before the story broke.