Posts Tagged ‘bill clinton’

Obama Change = Clinton III

July 18, 2008

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There is no change evident in the Obama campaign. What we see is a potential third Clinton term; many of the Obama foreign policy advisers are holdovers from the Hillary campaign or retreads from the Bill Clinton administration. According to New York Times today a tight-knit group of aides supported by a huge 300-person foreign policy campaign bureaucracy, organized like a mini State Department, (are assembled) to assist a candidate whose limited national security experience remains a concern to many voters.” Here are some snippets to show the huge influence of ex-Clintonians in the Obama camp:

….an infrastructure that has been divided into 20 teams based on regions and issues, and that has recently absorbed, with some tensions, the top foreign policy advisers from Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Most of the core members of his team served in government during President Bill Clinton’s administration and by and large were junior to the advisers who worked on Mrs. Clinton’s campaign for the Democratic nomination. But they remain in charge within the campaign even as it takes on more senior figures from the Clinton era, like two former secretaries of state, Madeleine K. Albright and Warren Christopher, and are positioned to put their own stamp on the party’s foreign policy

Most of them, like the candidate they are working for, distinguished themselves from Mrs. Clinton’s foreign policy camp by early opposition to the Iraq war. They also tend to be more liberal and to emphasize using the “soft power” of diplomacy and economic aid to try to advance the interests of the United States. Still, their positions fall well within centrist Democratic foreign policy thinking,

Mr. Obama’s core team is led by Susan E. Rice, an assistant secretary of state for African affairs in the Clinton administration, who has pushed for a tougher response to the crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan, and Anthony Lake, Mr. Clinton’s first national security adviser,

The core group also includes Gregory B. Craig, a former top official in the Clinton State Department who served as the president’s lawyer during his impeachment trial; Richard J. Danzig, a Navy secretary in the Clinton administration
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Source: NY Times 7/18/08

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Super Delegates Key: Brokered Convention?

April 26, 2008

Brokered Convention and Super Delegates: Hillary’s Firewall?

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Even though Clinton won ___ primaries on Tuesday, even though many of them concede there is probably no stopping Candidate ___ now, dozens of Democratic senators and representatives remain reluctant to endorse h__.

Senator R. scheduled a news conference for Friday to announce his backing. Senator D. told news organizations in his home state that the moment had come to rally around Clinton. But beyond that there was little movement.

Of 264 superdelegates in the House and Senate, 93, or 35 percent, have endorsed Clinton so far, according to a continuing survey by The New York Times…. and most made their statements some time ago. A much larger number remain officially uncommitted.

Clinton’s press secretary, insisted that “people are starting to rally around the flag,” and she mentioned Mr. R. as an example. She also said the Governor plans to meet with uncommitted superdelegates on Capitol Hill on April 29, the day after the Pennsylvania primary, when Congress will return from the Easter recess.

But Representative E.of Ohio, more willing perhaps to speak on the record than many of his colleagues because he has announced his retirement from the House, said that he and some of his colleagues had constituted an informal “Missouri caucus — a show-me caucus” — and would do nothing for now.

“The voters haven’t embraced Clinton, so I don’t see any reason why I should endorse h__,” Mr. E. said. “Look at the exit polls. People have terrible doubts about this ___, and we’re talking about Democrats.”

In the State N. primary Tuesday, the turnout was exceptionally low, 29 percent of the electorate backed Candidate T.,…. two-thirds of the voters said they were dissatisfied with the choice presented to them, and 4 in 10 said they doubted Clinton had the integrity to be President.

…. the party chairman, has been phoning uncommitted delegates and others, “discussing the lay of the political territory,” as he described it. He denied putting pressure on anybody, but others in the party said he was sending a subtle but clear message that it was time to halt the squabbling.

“There’s a real tug-of-war up here,” said one House member. “Especially on this side, there are a lot of people who are terrified that all the character questions, all the negatives about Clinton that showed up in N, make h__ so weak that a lot of people will lose their seats.”

A prominent Senator, who also asked not to be identified, added, “lots of people are hearing from home, Keep it open, even if the odds make it look impossible,’ because Candidate X may self-destruct before the convention.”

… a leading Democratic money-raiser, has called together 65 big party contributors to discuss “how a brokered convention might work.”

Ha Ha, sound familiar? See the original NY Times (April 10, 1992) article which we have reworked above.
h/t Free Republic for photo
Tags:campaign 08,hillary clinton,bill clinton,brokered convention,super delegates,democrat doubts,candidate self destructs,campaign ’92,hillary firewall

Lefhandedness and Left Politics….

April 11, 2008

Wadda you know, Obama’s a lefty. I had no idea. I suppose lefhandedness and left politics don’t necessarily go together. A 1998 study found that 7-10% of the population to be left-handed, and left-handedness more common in males than females. American presidents who were lefties: James Garfield, Herbert Hoover,Harry Truman,Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan,George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton. (A surprising cluster of names in the 20th century)

Why the Media Love John McCain….

January 26, 2008

  •  McCain is not a conservative, and the MSM hate conservatives –
  • A McCain match up with Sen. Clinton would result in a historic Democrat landslide, conservative voters would sit this one out –
  • Everyone loves a war hero and McCain makes good use of his military and P.O.W. credentials –
  • He makes good copy and is constantly ingratiating himself with the press –

Bill Clinton says:

“She (Hillary) and John McCain are very close, they always laugh that if they wound up being the nominees of their party, it would be the most civilized election in American history, and they’re afraid they’d put the voters to sleep because they like and respect each other.”

Of course, this could be just another Bill Clinton fib like the one he told about President Hillary sending Bush 41 on a world good will tour.

Obama Too Young Says Young….

December 8, 2007

Obama is too young for the job says former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young explaining why he is supporting the wife of the nations “first Black president(“white skin notwithstanding, this is our first black President“-Toni Morrison). In an interview earlier this year Young reportedly said:

Young… quipped that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton has her husband behind her, and that “Bill is every bit as black as Barack.”

“He’s probably gone with more black women than Barack,” Young said of former President Clinton, drawing laughter from a live television audience. Young, 75, was quick to follow his comment on Bill Clinton with the disclaimer, “I’m clowning.”

But for this lady: