Thursday, June 05, 2008

Jimmy Carter

Mr. Malaise endorsed Barack Obama once he determined there was no risk in doing so. And Fox News reports he doesn't want a Dream Team ticket:

Jimmy Carter urged Barack Obama not to pick Hillary Clinton as his running mate in an interview with a British publication, saying such a pairing "would be the worst mistake that could be made."
The former Democratic president, who announced his support for Obama as the Illinois senator clinched his party's nomination Tuesday night, told the Guardian's Weekend magazine that Obama and Clinton together "would just accumulate the negative aspects of both candidates."
In a bluntly worded assessment, Carter defended his stance by citing Clinton's negative ratings and the many questions and biases Obama faces.
"If you take that 50 percent who just don't want to vote for Clinton and add it to whatever element there might be who don't think Obama is white enough or old enough or experienced enough or because he's got a middle name that sounds Arab, you could have the worst of both worlds," he said.

The WSJ's James Taranto opines:

A stopped clock is right twice a day, and even Jimmy Carter is right once in a blue moon. But what's this about "a middle name that sounds Arab"? Don't tell us the Republican Attack Machine has gotten to Jimmy Carter!

U/T: James Taranto - Best of the Web 6.5.08