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Fidel Castro: Hillary-Obama ticket "unbeatable"

Fidel Castro has outlasted nine - going on ten - US Presidents, so perhaps he can pick a winner. The oldest surviving Cold War Communist dictator thinks it's a Clinton-Obama ticket, reports Anthony Boadle for Reuters:


Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro is tipping Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to team up and win the U.S. presidential election.

Clinton leads Obama in the race to be the Democratic nominee for the November 2008 election, and Castro said they would make a winning combination.

"The word today is that an apparently unbeatable ticket could be Hillary for president and Obama as her running mate," he wrote in an editorial column on U.S. presidents published on Tuesday by Cuba's Communist Party newspaper, Granma.


Read the entire article at the link above. Of course, it's hard to say whether he really believes it, or is just trying to use his influence with his fans in the Democratic Party to help out two fellow-travelers.


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Comments (17)

Pretty sad when one of the ... (Below threshold)
GianiD:

Pretty sad when one of the worlds most horrible people gives a vote of confidence....

I guess this means the rumo... (Below threshold)

I guess this means the rumors last week of Fidel's death were wrong.

That's some endorsement, th... (Below threshold)
marc:

That's some endorsement, they must be sooooo proud.

And I say that without a hint of satire.

"The word today is that an ... (Below threshold)
LAB:

"The word today is that an apparently unbeatable ticket could be Hillary for president and Obama as her running mate,"

Someone spilled coffee on that "word". Hell yeah! What about an endorsement from a Communist newspaper? How refreshing!

/sarc

Well. Anthony is another ex... (Below threshold)
kindlingman:

Well. Anthony is another example of the press twisting the truth. Fidel was stating that others ( "The word today is...")are saying this and not him. Fidel also uses the words "apparently" and "could be". This is hardly a ringing endorsement. Anthony Boadle should be excoriated for twisting Fidel's words.
MSM just can't get it right.

Strange way to submit an ob... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Strange way to submit an obit; via a press release....from beyond.

(Serious thought: Is there anyone more meaningless than Castro? Outside of Sheehan....)

kindlingman ~ I don't see a... (Below threshold)

kindlingman ~ I don't see any "twisting" in Boadle's report; it seems rather straightforward reporting. Boadle never claimed it was an "endorsement," but instead a "tip" or prediction, which seems evident from the quoted passages.

However, Fidel also writes that Bush "needed fraud" in Florida in 2000 and that Jimmy Carter was his favorite US President. It's pretty obvious from his own writings where Fidel's sympathies lie in American politics, isn't it?

Questions about the nuance ... (Below threshold)
Robert the Original:

Questions about the nuance of this and like statements were once thought to be a result of slight alterations in translation.

Many years ago, as part of Pan Am Games prep, I went to Cuba with other sports managers. On one trip, each of us had about 5 minutes, one on one with Fidel and a translator, and then he addressed the group as a whole.

He speaks only in Spanish but is said to be fluent in English and one could see the recognition as he often started his responses before the translator had even begun to translate the incoming English from me.

I forget most of the conversation now, but I know that one of his questions for me was awkward as it dealt with US politics. I remember being on the spot and having to sidestep or duck.

Anyway, my point is that he follows US politics closely and is probably able to read English to help him do so. This was no mistake in translation, either way.

Of course, troops with machine guns are the regular order of the day in Cuba and one sees them everywhere.

I cannot imagine a bigger complement to this corrupt dictator than when Janet Reno used Cuban style tactics with storm troops and M16's to crash the family pad in Miami and extract Elian Gonzalez back to Cuba. I do not doubt either, the accounts that the Reno appointment was Hillary's choice as a result of the settlement over bimbo eruptions.

Suddenly, Waco was not the isolated incident it was once thought to be.

And so, given the history and Castro's interest in US politics, I am not at all surprised at this endorsement.

One tyrant to another.

"Doing a heck of job Browni... (Below threshold)
dr lava:

"Doing a heck of job Brownie!!"

Now it's official -- Hillar... (Below threshold)
Mike:

Now it's official -- Hillary really is "Commie Dearest."

"two fellow-travelers"</... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

"two fellow-travelers"

That was a generous way to put it, Jim.

Beware of anyone supported ... (Below threshold)
spurwing plover:

Beware of anyone supported by a tyrant and despot especialy if the evil queen and jafar are running for the whitehouse

Castro can supply Obama wit... (Below threshold)
Bandit:

Castro can supply Obama with all the cigars he'll need to keep HIllary happy.

Commandante Castro, Chairma... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

Commandante Castro, Chairman of the Cubans for Hillary/Obama Campaign.

Certainly their philosophy of government is pretty close.

That was a generous way... (Below threshold)

That was a generous way to put it, Jim.


Well, no one expects generosity, so it's my chief weapon. My chief weapon is generosity - and surprise. My TWO chief weapons are generosity and surprise - and fear. My THREE chief weapons are generosity, surprise, and fear - and a ruthless efficiency. . .

;-)

Its the comfy chair for you... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

Its the comfy chair for you, Jim.

Ha! We <a href="http://wizb... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Ha! We don't like them foreigners commenting on how we run our government... unless it's Castro commenting positively about Democrats.

You people parody yourselves, time and again.




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