Posts Tagged ‘hillary clinton’

Obama Change = Clinton III

July 18, 2008

funny pictures

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
(emphasis added)

Source: NY Times 7/18/08

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Now That Hillary’s Gone (Or Is She?)

June 5, 2008

From James Taranto’s “Best of the Web Today”, a Wall Street Jouranal opinion piece:

Is She Really Out?
We got a campaign email today from Hillary Clinton in the wee hours this morning that almost reads like a concession:

On Saturday, I will extend my congratulations to Senator Obama and my support for his candidacy. This has been a long and hard-fought campaign, but as I have always said, my differences with Senator Obama are small compared to the differences we have with Senator McCain and the Republicans.

I have said throughout the campaign that I would strongly support Senator Obama if he were the Democratic Party’s nominee, and I intend to deliver on that promise.

An extremely close reading of that last sentence, though, leads one to wonder. “If he were the Democratic Party’s nominee,” she writes. This is the subjunctive mood (sic), which implies a counterfactual assumption. It’s possible, though, that we’re reading this too closely…

On a related note about a possible Obama-Clinton ticket we have this from Jimmy Carter (Fox News):

Jimmy Carter urged Barack Obama not to pick Hillary Clinton as his running mate in an interview with a British publication, saying such a pairing “would be the worst mistake that could be made….The former Democratic president, who announced his support for Obama as the Illinois senator clinched his party’s nomination Tuesday night, told the Guardian’s Weekend magazine that Obama and Clinton together “would just accumulate the negative aspects of both candidates…..In a bluntly worded assessment, Carter defended his stance by citing Clinton’s negative ratings and the many questions and biases Obama faces….If you take that 50 percent who just don’t want to vote for Clinton and add it to whatever element there might be who don’t think Obama is white enough or old enough or experienced enough or because he’s got a middle name that sounds Arab, you could have the worst of both worlds,” he said. (emphasis added)

As to the question about an “Arab sounding” name we note the lead from an article in todays “Le Monde”:

Le candidat du Parti démocrate à la présidence des Etats-Unis, le 4 novembre, sera donc Barack Hussein Obama, 46 ans, fils d’une Américaine et d’un Kényan, né à Hawaï, élevé en partie en Indonésie, étudiant à l’université Harvard, travailleur social dans le ghetto noir de Chicago, entré au Sénat, à Washington, il y a trois ans et demi.

Hell, why not just put Michelle Obama on the ticket; you could call it impeachment insurance! After all Hillary was virtual V.P. all those years.
h/t Someecards

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

E.D. (Excessive Dishonesty)

April 23, 2008

Wow! Hillary cleaned up in PA, while John McCain says. “Keep It Up, Dems”. Hillary still has big problems though. Maybe this will help:


Further links to Hillary’s whoppers and mis-speaks:
Edmund Hillary Clinton
Hillary and Dr. Phil’s “Moment of truth”

Hillary Riding It All the Way….

April 21, 2008

New cartoon from Conservative Punk; 4th in a series.

The Democrat Dilemma….

March 30, 2008

Cartoon: Brian Meyers, CT Local Politics

OR

Cartoon: ConservativePunk

Gloria Steinem Rips John McCain….

March 3, 2008

(short video clip below)
Steinem questions McCain’s POW cred
Feminist icon Gloria Steinem was over the top yesterday as she tried to rip McCain a new one in a tirade in support of Hillary Clinton.

Quote:
….the 73-year-old (Steinem) seemed to denigrate the importance of John McCain’s time as a prisoner of war in Vietnam…..she suggested that Barack Obama benefits—and Clinton suffers—because Americans view racism more seriously than sexism….Steinem raised McCain’s Vietnam imprisonment as she sought to highlight an alleged gender-based media bias against Clinton.

Steinem then continues with anti-military comments downplaying the importance of leaders who insisted on a strong national defense and knew how to use the armed forces:

Quote:
Steinem’s broader argument was that the media and the political world are too admiring of militarism in all its guises.
“I am so grateful that she [Clinton] hasn’t been trained to kill anybody. And she probably didn’t even play war games as a kid. It’s a great relief from Bush in his jump suit and from Kerry saluting.”
To the Observer, Steinem insisted that “from George Washington to Jack Kennedy and PT-109 we have behaved as if killing people is a qualification for ruling people.”

She concludes with comments about violence against women and the notion that Hillary should be first with Obama to follow after Clinton’s 8 years as President.

Quote:
But she also opined that “a majority of Americans want redemption for racism, for our terrible destructive racist past and so see a vote for Obama as redemptive.” Then, using a term for the mass killing of women, she added, “I don’t think as many want redemption for the gynocide.
Quote:
Steinem told me the Illinois senator was “an intelligent, well-intentioned person.” She added: “I would like very much to see him be president for eight years after Hillary has been president for eight years.”

Source: New York Observer

Obama: Hysteria, Obasms and Obamania….

February 16, 2008


h/t Wonkette

The national obsession with all things Obama continues. Blogger J. Grant Swank, Jr. writes, Magic City Morning Star (2/13) :

Forget issues. He’s the man who wraps up JFK, Martin Luther King, Jr., Mandela – for blacks and whites, particularly women and children – and the young who can vote. Mob hysteria – mob psychology – could win the November ballot for Barack Obama. There is no doubt about it. It can sweep across the nation, grow and grow and grow, until talking about the nation’s pressing matters will fly out the window….he has audiences who are thirsting for nothing but flimflam; otherwise, Obama’s groupies would not wow him as they do. They howl. They weep. The clutch. After all, they’re not constituents. They’re groupies caught up in Obamamania….He mesmerizes his listeners as a drug dealer wraps up a sale. Now that’s truly scary. It’s all smoke and mirrors, folks. It’s all senior high school president oratory in hopes of winning the election down the hall. That’s it. He’s got the music entree, then there’s the tilt to the head, the cadence in his speech, the compassion in his face, the slick lean body, the shiny white teeth, the sympathy in his voice and the assurance in his cliches. But all he’s got is a bag of tricks – snappy words like “Change” and “Unite.” That’s it. He’s a politico magician with a bag of tricks.

Beatlemania comes to mind:

Blogger mssinglemama‘s comment on my previous post tends to underscore what is going on here:

Crazy about the Code Pink ladies – very interesting tactic. Nearly as bad as Hillary crying.

I have to tell you though – if I saw Obama I’d probably faint too…bottom line – he’s hot, so intelligent, elouqent and powerful – everything a woman wants in a man. And the leader this single mama is voting for.

“Is it true that Barack’s caucus is bigger than Hillary’s?” (this is the last comment on the video)

Obama: The Hysteria, The Hysteria….

February 14, 2008

Obama is “The Man” women are fainting in the crowd just like when Sinatra was on stage. Today in New Hampshire a woman just fainted and last month at an Opra rally they were dropping like Flies. Edwards also has them falling.

Jim Vicevich, our Connecticut WTIC morning radio conservative talk host, notes the eerie similarity of female fainting episodes at Obama rallies. James Taranto’s “The Best of the Web Today” picks up this theme in a posting today.

“James Vicevich, a Connecticut radio talk show host, takes note of yet another creepy element of the Obama campaign.

It happened here in Hartford ….
Throughout the speech, Obama kept a close eye on the crowd. Upon hearing a small group begin chanting “We can’t wait” — a phrase Obama had just used — he pointed them out with an outstretched arm, and within seconds the entire arena was chanting the phrase in unison.
And when a woman appeared to faint in the standing-only VIP section in front of the podium, Obama paused his speech for over a minute as he directed the crowd to make way for an EMT team and tossed a bottle of water from the stage.

Update: Coincidence?:
Our morning show host Ray Dunaway pointed this out after sifting through DU. A little research and this is what I came up with. Coincidence? The Obama version of “crying”? Or am I just cynical (hard not to be these days)? There seems to be a trend at Obama rallies … women fainting. And interestingly enough the Senator responds the same way every time, almost as if … naah, couldn’t be.


The far left group Code Pink uses staged fainting as part of their bag of tricks.

Code Pink women activists are vehemently anti-war and claim to be the mothers, wives and daughters of the troops fighting in Iraq. Favorite tactics from the Code Pink bag of tricks include street theatrics, hunger strikes and staged fainting in Capitol Hill offices, and protests at campaign stops across the country — basically anything that gains media attention. They point to men as the cause of war and women as the solution. Their stated purpose is to end the “occupation in Iraq,” although their goals go beyond that. Their leadership and mission are rooted more in communist ideals than in moral objection to unjust war.

A hunger-striking Code Pink member who fainted in the office of Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) late last month will return to the Hart Senate Office Building Tuesday to resume her protest against Lieberman.

And finally; they faint for Obama but only “nearly faint” for Hillary Clinton.

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Rep. Nita Lowey was hospitalized in New
York City after nearly fainting at a suburban campaign rally for
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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Be Prepared….

February 11, 2008

Be Prepared!
That’s the Hillary Marching Song, Be Prepared!,
So Buck up Boys, and Don’t be Scared,
With Hillary at the Helm We’re prepared,

To Battle With the Chinks Methinks is right,
But Chief Hillary says ’tis not nice to Fight.
“So what about Iran”, the Generals say?
“We’ll have to take those Bastards on Someday”,
“No, No”, replies our Gal in Chief.
“With those Mullah boys I have no Beef,
It’s Here at Home, o’er the Fruited Plain,
We lack Diversity, that’s our Shame.
But now that I have Smashed the Glass,
That Ceiling no longer bars a Lass,
From taking Command, of All the Land,
Bush is gone, Strike up the Band!”

So Boys, Don’t be Flustered, Don’t be Nervous,
Don’t be Scared,
But Be Prepared!

( a work in progress, apologies to Tom Lehrer, )
h/t Dave G