1. “Sam Zell, the owner of baseball’s Chicago Cubs, gave more than $22,000 to McCain’s committees, though he also gave Obama $2,300, as did the owner of the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bulls, Jerry Reinsdorf, who gave that much to both McCain and Obama,” Politico reports.
That doesn’t whatever value there will be to Zell’s upcoming newspaper endorsements of McCain.
2. I’ve been getting these. Beware.
3. “Senator Barack Obama and T. Boone Pickens, the Oklahoma oilman turned wind farmer, met for a few minutes this morning to talk about energy and the economy,” the New York Times reports.
“Aides did not share the details of their meeting, but Mr. Obama took one question from a reporter, who wanted to know why he was meeting with a man who spent $3 million supporting the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth campaign to tear down Senator John Kerry, the Democrats’ 2004 presidential nominee.
“Mr. Obama looked a bit uncomfortable and then said that’s not what he planned to talk to Mr. Pickens about, according to a pool report from the meeting, ‘Ah, you know, he’s got a lot longer track record than that. He’s been doing, ah, he’s a legendary entrepreneur and you know one of the things that I think we have to unify the country around is having an intelligent energy policy.'”
Pickens, meanwhile, said it was important to meet with Muslims about energy.
“Mr. Pickens has offered to pay $1 million to anyone who can disprove the accusations against Mr. Kerry made by the Swift Boat group. Mr. Kerry and others have provided substantial documentation that they say definitively proves the charges are false, but Mr. Pickens has refused to pay the bounty.”
Obama said the Swift Boat bounty was a “distraction” and urged Americans to focus on the things we all agree on, like how great Obama is.
4. Is Tammy Duckworth’s speaking slot at the Democratic convention a sign that Obama favors her to succeed him in the U.S. Senate should he become president? Or perhaps she could parlay her appearance into a gubernatorial run. More likely, it’s just a way to pimp an Iraq War vet for political purposes.
5. Emil Jones has confirmed that he wants his son to succeed him. Someone please ask Obama if he thinks his political mentor is doing the right thing there.