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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Kudos to Andrea Mitchell

Meet the Press:

MS. MITCHELL: Well, it's very actively engaged and engaging. Let's start with Georgia. Sam Nunn told me on MSNBC, impossible--"implausible, but not impossible" is his phrasing. Implausible, but not impossible that he would be the nominee. Pluses and minuses: foreign policy experience, the nuclear threat reduction. Minuses, he is an anathema to the gay and lesbian community because of "don't ask, don't tell." He's tried to moderate his position, but it was he and Colin Powell who shoved that down a young Bill Clinton's throat in 1993 as a new president. So there are large Democratic interest groups who would rebel at the convention if Sam Nunn were the nominee. But with Bob Barr in the race, insiders are saying, "Take a look at those numbers." With Bob Barr in the race, Sam Nunn could make the difference and could carry Georgia. So you have people who could individually bring states. Evan Bye, on the Democratic side, is plausible on economic issues, former governor, enough on national security issues because his membership on Armed Services and other, you know, experience, a red state, Indiana. Those are people that are being looked at pretty seriously.

The reason I'm saying Kudos, is she is mentioning that Nunn's position on DADT is a big minus for his choice as VP. It's the first time I've heard the pundits mentioning this. This is all over the place on gay websites, but hasn't been mentioned in the mainstream press.

Radical Russ over at Pam's House Blend is making a mountain out of a molehill with Andrea Mitchell's use of the term "shoved that down young Bill Clinton's throat."