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  •  I think the White House could have handled (1+ / 0-)
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    this better(apparently, Caprio founded out about it through a reporter), but I think Obama made the right decision, and Capiro's childish reaction proves it. I would vote for Chafee if I lived there as well.

    •  I've heard people say that the... (0+ / 0-)

      ...president should have handled the whole thing differently.  Honestly, I don't know the protocol for communicating a "non-endorsement."  I mean, the president is not endorsing anyone for RI governor.  So, does a non-event require a memo?  I truly don't know.  We're not going to invade Switzerland today; does the president send a memo to our Swiss ambassador saying that?  Less snarkily, do state candidates expect an endorsement from the president who is in power and who belongs to the same party?  I don't know, but I doubt it.

      I had wanted to believe that the president should have/could have handled the issue "better;" that is, I wanted to give Frank Caprio the benefit of the doubt. But, I gotta say, after giving it some thought (and he didn't endorse anyone), I believe that the "I think Obama should have handled it better" story that came out is just Obama-bashing. It's a way to shift focus away from Caprio.

      •  I think Caprio expected an endorsement (1+ / 0-)
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        Obviously, he did, else how do you explain his reaction? Dont take what I'm saying as Obama bashing, I defended the president's decision not to make an endorsement. All I'm saying is Obama was coming to RI, and I think Caprio made a comment about how he would welcome an endorsement, so Obama could have simply called him and said, "I wont be endorsing anyone in this race, because Chafee is a friend of mine, but I hope to still see you there when I come to RI." But I dont say that to in any way, negate Caprio's ridiculous reaction to all of this.

        •  No, I don't think you are Obama-bashing.... (0+ / 0-)

          ...but, I think that the media who created the meme might very well be.

          I'm completely playing psychic here, but I'll try to answer your question about why Caprio had the nasty reaction he had (and I did not hear that Caprio had made a comment about how he would welcome an Obama endorsement).  It's Caprio's lack of respect for someone who is truly a Democrat. Obama is not, as Caprio appears to be, a Democrat in name only (I mean, he was courting the GOP earlier this how dedicated is he to the DEM platform?). I think his comment will sink his candidacy, and if that happens, I believe RI will have dodge a bullet.

          IF Caprio did make a statement--one that President Obama knew about at the time--that he'd welcome an endorsement, only to be snubbed, then yes, I agree Obama could have/should have phoned him.  That said, IF Caprio did make that statement about welcoming an endorsement, then he really looks more foolish now given his "shove it" remark.  Instead, he should have said nothing, or said, "Well, it's disappointing, but what I am really counting on are the RI voters to endorse me next week."  That was the high road Caprio did not take. Instead, he took a very low road, that I think is revealing.

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