Barack Obama’s Sex Life

A mystery might be solved.

We have all wondered why Barack Obama’s campaign has been so bad. It has been so bad, incompetence alone does not account for how bad the Obama campaign has been.

From the outset Barack Obama’s campaign has willfully tried to ignore his lack of experience. The voters certainly are not about to elect an inexperienced candidate in these difficult times. But the Obama campaign instead chose to sing his personal praises and mostly not address the big ‘inexperience’ campaign issue for voters.

The bumbling, stumbling, candidate Obama for months had his own wife calling him a lunkhead. Why? This tactic was so preposterous and obviously stupid the Michelle Obama appeared to be a dolt. But maybe there has been a method to this ‘personality’ stupidity.

Recall the controversy when Michelle Obama stated “if you can’t run your own house, you can’t run the White House.” At the time many defended Michelle Obama’s remarks as not being a swipe at the Clinton’s. But Michelle keeps right on repeating the innuendo. The Obama campaign meanwhile escalates personal attacks against Hillary decrying her ‘honesty’ and even her age.

Today, we can add this big piece to the Obama puzzle, as reported by Marc Ambinder:

His campaign staffers, too, have become frustrated by the focus of the media’s attention, specifically that the press has not covered Clinton in the way they expected it would. During an interview this summer, Obama’s friend Valerie Jarrett said to me, unbidden, “He is a man who is devoted to his wife. There aren’t going to be any skeletons in his closet in terms of his personal life at all. Period.” And at a campaign event in Iowa, one of Obama’s aides plopped down next to me and spoke even more bluntly. He wanted to know when reporters would begin to look into Bill Clinton’s post-presidential sex life.

Valerie Jarrett is an optimist if she thinks there is an empty closet – she should read the emails we get. We wrote about good ol’ Obama friend Valerie when the Obama campaign bought her in to bring order into disorder.

The Obama mess of a campaign mystery might be explained this way: Obama/Michelle/Axelrod wanted to run their typical smear campaign; the media did not cooperate in their smear campaign because there is nothing new to report; the Obama campaign continues to stir up sexual innuendo because they are aware Obama can’t win with his zero national security experience and little experience overall – being a six year old in Indonesia excluded.

On June 15, 2007 we wrote Obama’s Dirty Mud Politics. That June article detailed how the Obama campaign lives on rumor mongering. At the time, the dirt peddlers at the Obama campaign smeared Bill Clinton regarding 9/11 and got caught. At the time, Obama smeared Hillary and Southeast Asians and got caught. Regarding Bill Clinton we quoted Politico in Obama’s Dirty Mud Politics:

“Asked for comment on whether it was appropriate to spread negative stuff about Bill, given that he’s not running in the primary and is popular with primary voters, Obama spokesman Bill Burton declined to directly address the question about Bill, instead saying: “I don’t know why anyone would take umbrage with the circulation of publicly available information.”

Lovely. The “new” politics.

But sex rumors are the Obama campaign team specialty. Sex – it’s how Obama has won before.

Axelrod is known for operating in this gray area, part idealist, part hired muscle. It is difficult to discuss Axelrod in certain circles in Chicago without the matter of the Blair Hull divorce papers coming up. As the 2004 Senate primary neared, it was clear that it was a contest between two people: the millionaire liberal, Hull, who was leading in the polls, and Obama, who had built an impressive grass-roots campaign. About a month before the vote, The Chicago Tribune revealed, near the bottom of a long profile of Hull, that during a divorce proceeding, Hull’s second wife filed for an order of protection. In the following few days, the matter erupted into a full-fledged scandal that ended up destroying the Hull campaign and handing Obama an easy primary victory. The Tribune reporter who wrote the original piece later acknowledged in print that the Obama camp had “worked aggressively behind the scenes” to push the story. But there are those in Chicago who believe that Axelrod had an even more significant role — that he leaked the initial story. They note that before signing on with Obama, Axelrod interviewed with Hull. They also point out that Obama’s TV ad campaign started at almost the same time. Axelrod swears up and down that “we had nothing to do with it” and that the campaign’s television ad schedule was long planned. “An aura grows up around you, and people assume everything emanates from you,” he told me.

Obama understands and fears the power of rumor mongering. That fear of rumors, against himself, is Obama’s latest fight:

ABC News’ David Wright and Sunlen Miller Report: At a town hall meeting Wednesday an Iowa voter asked Senator Barack Obama, D-Ill., about the numerous emails she has received with photos purporting to show Obama “refusing” to pledge allegiance to the flag.

“You’re standing with your arms folded and Hillary’s got her hand on her heart,” she said, adding that she received so many of these emails she is sick of them. [snip]

Obama called the circulation of such pictures a “dirty trick” and mentioned other emails accusing him of being “a Muslim plant.”

“I have been pledging allegiance since I was a kid,” Obama said.

Right wing blogs have been linking Obama’s “lost” or purposely removed lapel flag pin (the explanations from Obama vary) to his ‘refusal’ to place hand on heart during the pledge of allegiance, and are pegging Obama as a ‘sleeper Muslim’. These canards would cripple the inexperienced Obama in any general election fight. Obama knows this is a personal weakness more than anyone. Obama should fight rumors. Instead, Obama has elevated rumor-mongering from water cooler gossip to an entire electoral strategy.

Obama should know that if you live by rumor-mongering, you die by rumor-mongering.


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  1. Barack Obama says Hillary Clinton too old to unite U.S.

    Barack Obama sparked a generational fight Wednesday by trashing White House rival Hillary Clinton for being too old to unite America, saying she and others her age have fought the same tired fights for too long.

    “I think there’s no doubt that we represent the kind of change that Sen. Clinton can’t deliver on, and part of it is generational,” Obama, 46, said on Fox News. “Sen. Clinton and others, they’ve been fighting some of the same fights since the ’60s, and it makes it very difficult for them to bring the country together to get things done.”

    Experts and opponents pounced, saying Obama’s remarks could offend the most reliable voters, people older than 50 – especially in early-voting Iowa. “You are counting precisely on an older group of Democrats in Iowa,” said Iowa State University’s Steffen Schmidt. “You can’t tell them they’re backward-looking. Somebody should be fired in his campaign.”

    Obama’s older competitors agreed. “We think Iowa caucusgoers would reject the notion that anyone over the age of 50 should be disqualified from serving in elected office,” said Phil Singer, a spokesman for the 60-year-old Clinton.

    “It is an odd thing to say for someone who is looking for votes in a state where the average caucusgoer is in his or her 60s,” said Hari Sevugan, an aide to silver-haired candidate Christopher Dodd.

    According to AARP, its members made up about one in four voters in the last election, and half of all voters were older than 50. But there is reason to think an old-is-bad strategy can succeed, said Boston University’s Bruce Schulman, saying, “It worked for Bill Clinton. It worked for John Kennedy.”

  2. Well, Obama is no Bill Clinton and he’s no John Kennedy, now is he? the age card is bein’ played big time and it’s one big mistake and yet another example of the divisiveness of politics under his guise of bringin’ people together. And once again, he’s talking politics of exclusion rather than inclusion. He’s unbelievably alientating. Why doesn anybody like this guy? mollyj

  3. Thanks B Merry, for the ‘too old’ link.

    BTW, there is a new anti-Hillary canard floated today: Hillary didn’t tip a waitress. The story is not true. The Hillary campaign left a generous tip but apparently the diner’s owner possibly kept the tip to himself.

    The Clinton campaign contacted ABC News to assert that they did, contrary to Esterday’s claim to NPR, pay $157 for food at Maid-Rite and left a $100 tip to be split among the staff.

    Sensing the story was reaching the tipping point, ABC News’ Eloise Harper contacted Brad Crawford, manager of Maid-Rite caught in the political mixer, who said the senator’s staff did pay a tip but “it might have not been disbursed properly.”

    The NPR report claimed the meal was on the house. And even the Emily Post Institute doesn’t have anything to say on the etiquette of presidential campaign tipping. (Post does, however, have something so say about the National Anthem — a sore subject in the Obama camp these days).

  4. Not only does Obama not like “old women” but he pretty much would like to dispense with anyone “old” (he’s a Boomer, keep in mind, born in 1961):

    In January 2007 NYT’s John Broder [ wrote:]

    “The time has come, Senator Barack Obama says, for the baby boomers to get over themselves. … Obama calculates that Americans of all ages are sick of the feuding boomers and ready to turn to the generation that came of age after Vietnam, after the campus culture wars between freaks and straights, and after young people had given up on what überboomer Hillary Rodham Clinton … called in a 1969 commencement address a search for ‘a more immediate, ecstatic and penetrating mode of living.'”

    And on October 29, 2007, Dave Johnson [ wrote] at ”Seeing the Forest”:

    “Obama is [ running ads] reinforcing the right’s bamboozlement that Social Security is running out of money! The language in this ad implies that Social Security’s retirement payments are responsible for the shortfall, and does not say that the trust fund was taken to pay for Reagan and Bush’s tax cuts …

    “This language in this ad, if seen and heard by millions of people, could make it so much harder to fight back the next time the right tries to kill off the program by claiming it is insolvent.

    “I know that Senator Obama’s heart is in the right place and he has no intention of harming Social Security. But this ad is a mistake that could backfire. Please stop running this ad and please change the language. Instead of reinforcing the right’s lie that Social Security has a problem, let people know that the conservatives took their money from Social Security and gave it out as tax cuts to the rich and THAT is the problem!” Johnson wrote (naively, I might add.)

  5. Ugh. These people look for anything to spread as rumors and lies to bring her down. I am glad she is so strong. I get so frustrated.

  6. I’m taking copies of the article with me to see Hillary this afternoon. Will make sure some “old folks” get to read it while we wait for Hillary’s arrival.

  7. I am sure Hillary and company have already done the right thing to make sure that the waitresses and other staff get their fair share. The last thing on this planet that anybody from our girls’ campaign is gonna do is stiff some hard workin’ people. Whoever starts this stuff needs to get a life. You never know about leavin’ a tip who’s actually gonna make off with it. Keep on the sunnyside, mollyj

  8. Jeesh. Anyone who has ever done campaign work knows that the candidate never writes a check or tips a doorman. That’s for staffers to do since there are reports to be filed with election officials. Besides, they obviously tipped very well and I’m a great tipper and former bartender who should know.

    As for the article, I love the last bit from Schmidt:

    “You are counting precisely on an older group of Democrats in Iowa,” said Iowa State University’s Steffen Schmidt. “You can’t tell them they’re backward-looking. Somebody should be fired in his campaign.”

    I couldn’t agree more. How about we start with Bwak? He seems to be the one messing up the most.

    Anyone hear anything else on the LAT story on a candidate sex scandal?

  9. Fred Thompson would beat Hillary Clinton in Tennessee if they were their parties’ nominees and the election were held today, according to a new poll by Middle Tennessee State University.

    The statewide poll released today shows the Volunteer State would be a toss-up if the race were between Democrat Clinton and current Republican front-runner Rudy Giuliani.

    In a hypothetical head-to-head contest, Republican Thompson – the former U.S. senator from Tennessee – would win with 50 percent to Clinton’s 42, with 4 percent choosing neither of the two and the rest unsure.

    MTSU pollsters said that considering the survey’s margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points, Thompson’s lead over Clinton is small and the two could even be tied. But pitted against Democrat Barack Obama, Thompson wins more handily, 55 percent to 34 percent, with 7 percent choosing neither and the rest unsure.

    In a race between Clinton and Giuliani, each would draw 43 percent with 11 percent saying they’d vote for neither and the rest undecided.

    “In sum, a Thompson-Obama contest would be the best-case scenario for Tennessee’s Republicans under present conditions,” MTSU Poll director Dr. Ken Blake said. “Other pair-ups are more evenly split, and the likeliest contest – one between current national front-runners Clinton and Giuliani – produces a tie” in Tennessee.

    Blake said the results indicate Tennessee is shaping up as a potential battleground in the 2008 election. “Tennesseans shunned Democratic favorite son Al Gore when he ran for president in 2000.

    Furthermore, the politically conservative, predominantly white, evangelical-leaning base that backed George W. Bush over Sen. John Kerry in 2004 is already lining up behind both Giuliani and Thompson. Those factors all favor Republicans.

    But Hillary Clinton clearly has a good chance that Bill Clinton carried both in 1992 and 1996, that is governed by a popular moderate Democrat, that came within a few percentage points of sending a Democrat to the U.S. Senate in 2006, and that shares the country’s disaffection with George W. Bush and the Iraq War,” he said.

    When Tennesseans surveyed were asked straight up who they favor for president today, 32 percent chose Thompson, followed by Clinton with 25 percent, while Giuliani, Obama and Republican Sen. John McCain garnered 9 percent each.

    The survey also found that immigration, abortion, gay marriage and other “hot-button” topics may divide Tennesseans but the majority of state residents are focused on bread-and-butter concerns like money, health, taxes and education.

    Among other poll findings:

    — Less than a third (29 percent) of Tennesseans would like to see Al Gore run for president in 2008.

     — Health care was named by 22 percent as the state’s No. 1 problem in an open-ended question – down from 29 percent last spring. But a year ago, just 19 percent mentioned health care. Education placed second.

    — Heavy majorities want increased federal dollars for elementary and secondary education, Medicare, mental retardation, and the environment. One-third or fewer want increased spending on highways, welfare, and security and terrorism.

    — Approval of the governor is 59 percent, down somewhat from 67 percent last spring. Pollsters say this may likely be a post-election bounce up and down: His approval before last fall’s election was 57 percent.

    — Race makes a big difference on many issues. These include taxes, crime, welfare, perceptions of the economy, legislative approval, approval of the governor and president, and race relations.

    — Over half (54 percent) of Tennesseans say things are going badly for the U.S. in Iraq.

    The poll was conducted by telephone Oct. 17-27 by students in the MTSU College of Mass Communication. Students interviewed 593 people age 18 or older chosen at random from the state population. The poll has an estimated error margin of plus or minus 4 percentage points at the 95 percent level of confidence. Theoretically, this means that a sample of this size should produce a statistical portrait of the population within four percentage points 95 out of 100 times.

    Complete MTSU poll results may be viewed at

  10. This is sad. I think Obama realizes it is a mistake to play age card. so what he is telling is all those fine ladies and gentlemen, who have fought for civil liberties, stood up against wars, made US into one of the most prosperous nation in the world, stood by ideals and opposed dictatorship and communism, whose ideals made the entire world to look to US as a beacon of liberty, freedom and opportunity, are irrelevant. What does this man really think? I mean what is his experience? What has he done to serve any of the causes above? Does he even have one accomplishment of standing up against war? any antiwar rallies he has led? any rally for support of freedom? his voice was no where to be heard even during recent gina 6 controversy. other than saying he opposed the war in iraq, what else has he contributed to so as to oppose war? why does he think he is the beacon of hope and optimism for younger generation? is it because he says so? geezz.. its almost sickening. I cant wait to see how the generation will react to his accusations.

    nuff said.. get him off the stage please!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. If you look at the Tennessee poll I posted above, Obama is getting trounced in Tennessee. The only democrat who is competitive in Arkansas and Tennessee is Hillary. These are the states that Bill carried in 92 and 96.

  12. Concerning Obama’s latest pronouncement, I am convinced there is a method to his madness: short term he is seeking an endorsement from Dr. Kervorkian; long term, he wants the Sean Hannity seat on FOX. And why not? It pays more than Governor of Illinois.

  13. The MI primary thing is still up in the air. After the court declared the law unconstitutional, the legislature is now working overtime to correct it and may vote as late as today….

    “Michigan Senate trying to craft new primary law
    Posted by Associated Press November 08, 2007 11:40AM
    Categories: Breaking News

    LANSING — The Michigan Senate is working to change state law so a Jan. 15 presidential primary election can go forward.

    A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop says the Senate may vote on the legislation later in the day once it’s drafted.

    A judge ruled Wednesday that part of a law establishing the joint primary is unconstitutional.

    The primary date has been pushed up by Republicans and Democrats to make Michigan more relevant in the selection of presidential candidates.

    But the national Republican and Democratic parties have threatened to slap the state parties with sanctions for going early.”

    I spoke with my husband who is also an atty and he was in general agreement that the former law would go into effect if thsi is not corrected. There is a caveat- neither of us practice in MI and our knowledge of their election statutes is vague. I do election law here and I think it would play out the way I suggested here if a new primary statute were decalred invalid here. Thus, I’m just drawing a parallel.

    In teh event no change is made and the former law restored in the void, Hillary would become the only major candidate not to slap MI voters in the face. That must be bugging Bwak, et al since they withdrew and tried to play fast and loose about why.

    Kostner, I know you’ve been speculating on the Trippi-Axelrod- throwing-the-race-stuff, but this would so take the cake. The DNC would have to restore MI’s primary delegates and those guys would have little clout in fundraising their. Are they just trying to lose???? I’ve never been able to figure out why they played that the way they did given the fight is between the party and state officals, not the candidates.

  14. (Remind me to stop multitasking when commenting, plz.)

    It’s “early as today,” and “there” not their. Jeesh. 🙂

  15. Kos has a major Hillary gang bang today…the usual imbeciles like icebergslim and tempistfugits – Whackos! They can never answer my question about why they support Obama! Never. It’s always some rhetorical BS like he’s for change, he’s new, a uniter, what a buch of crap! God I hope we can whipe the floor with this the weenie – soon!


  17. New Clinton, “rapid-response”, site, part of, “HillaryHub”.

    and here’s a story about the story…

    November 8, 2007, 2:58 pm
    A Timely Clinton Web Initiative

    By Jim Rutenberg
    Hillary Rodham Clinton

    Anybody near a computer today has seen or read about the N.P.R. story about how Senator Hillary Clinton of New York stiffed an Iowa waitress and her co-workers on a $157 bill.

    And if they were really engaged online today, they’d have seen the “Editor’s Note” that N.P.R. later attached to that report stating that the manager of the diner has said that Mrs. Clinton did, in fact, leave a tip. The campaign put the amount of that gratuity at $100.

    But in another new example of how the Web is empowering campaigns to get their word out, Team Clinton used the story on a new Web site that it says it will use to defend against reports, or, for that matter, opponents’ charges, that it views as being off base.
    They are calling it “The Fact Hub: The straight scoop on Election ’08 from The Hillary Clinton Campaign.”

    Phil Singer, a campaign spokesman, said in an e-mail message, “In the minute-to-minute media cycle we live, we believe it is critical to correct the record in real time, regardless of the source. Today’s situation with N.P.R. is a case study of what we’re talking about.”
    Noting that the N.P.R. report, “began to spread like wildfire,’’ he added, “This site is aimed at providing a central place to deal with these kinds of situations.”

  18. I think this is worth repeating.

    Joe Trippi is using Edwards as a suicide bomber for Obama…

    I love a good conspiracy theory, especially when it has to do with national politics. I was just reading Daily Kos and Alegre wrote a piece that really got me thinking. Right now John Edwards is attacking Hillary Clinton harder than any Republican would, with accusations of talking out of both sides of her mouth and flip-flopping (echoes of Bush attacks on Kerry) and being less-than-honest on her plans for the Middle East. Latest polls show Edwards falling in Iowa polls, and Obama rising. Is there a connection?
    Only six months ago advisor Joe Trippi joined the Edwards campaign, and the argument could be made this new pitbull strategy for Edwards has at least a little to do with Trippi’s presence. In 2004 Trippi worked for then-frontrunner Howard Dean, who engaged in a bloody battle with Dick Gephardt while John Kerry slipped past the both of them. According to Alegre’s source close to Dean, Trippi couldn’t stand Edwards in ’04, thought he was a doubletalker who could never win. This source speaks for a lot of campaign observers who are wondering right now why Edwards would dare go so nasty in a state that abhors negative campaigns, reflected in his recent slide.
    Here’s the catch: Trippi is close friends with Obama advisor David Axlerod. The theory goes something like this: Axlerod and Trippi decide Edwards can’t possibly win, so Axlerod sends Trippi to Edwards’ campaign to put on a full-blown attack, and like a suicide bomber, Edwards blows up his own campaign, dragging Hillary down in the process with a rallying cry of “Hillary Must Not Win.

  19. I saw it and was highly blowed away with the speed and intelligence of her team. It’s just wonderful! Now Hillary can continue to focus on running her campaign the way she has been and let others deal with the bullshit.

    I have to say Hillary campaign has used the internet most effectively.

  20. I’m going to check out that site right away. A lot of us here were wondering when the rapid response would begin; now we know! This is a clear sign they realize the campaign has moved into a new, bare-knuckled phase.

    BTW, Obama’s generational remarks are flat-out stupid. No. 1, he and Hillary are both boomers; and No. 2, Kennedy and Bill Clinton both obviously represented generational change – JFK as the first prez born in the 20th century and BC as the first boomer prez. But they weren’t dumb enough to trash their parents’ generation in the process. If I recall, Obama made this same lame argument a few months ago. I suspect the attack politics employed over the last few weeks have produced little benefit to him and now he’s recycling old talking points.

  21. That FACT CHECK is great!!!! What a great way to dispel all of the BS RUMORS that is being floated around the intenet about her!!!!!

  22. Also, I don’t that whole 1960s canard Obama keeps bringing up. What does that have to do with anything Hillary is proposing?

  23. kostner-

    Somewhere, (Here?) my man James Carville is smiling at the RR-Hub, if he is not indeed, running it. Shades of, “The War Room”. I like it ALOT!

    Klein’s article is actually more than fair, and really goes in-depth about Hillary’s positions and the WHY’s involved. I recommend it to those trying to influence their friends and co-workers (and even people on line at the grocery store.) to get on board the Hillary Express.

  24. And it’s updated fast, too. Now there’s a piece on there about Obama lying about Hillary’s position on Social Security.

  25. I will have to book mark that site. I don’t have to visit other web sites for truth about smears on Hillary. I can directly go there and get the facts.

  26. Paula,


    That’s quite exciting…

    BTW, Bill Clinton is in Iowa making case for Hillary. He seems to be doing pretty well…

    Making the Arkansas case

    For whatever reason, Bill and Hillary Clinton have been talking up the candidacy of Mike Huckabee for quite a while now. They’ve both told people for years that he’s underestimated, and he and Bill have collaborated on a move to keep sugary soda out of schools. (“We’ve been ragging eachother for decades,” he said in Onawa.)

    Bill Clinton returned to that theme to make a point at both of his stops in Western Iowa today (one of many themes — there’s always an encyclopedic element to his apperances).

    “He’s doing pretty well because he gives a really good talk and he’s really funny and he’s got a better sense of humor” than his Republican rivals, Clinton said in Onawa.

    He went on to note — “Here’s the deal:” — that Hillary is up in an Arkansas poll, beating all the Republians except Huckabee by double digits, and with a healthy lead over Huckabee.

    “Why? Because they know her,” he said. “Not the cartoon.”

  27. Play of the Day: Cough As Good Omen
    2 hours ago

    NORTH CONWAY, N.H. (AP) — For Hillary Rodham Clinton, one woman’s cough is another’s good omen.

    For the past two days, the Democratic presidential hopeful has been losing her voice and coughing spells have interrupted her speeches as she campaigns in New Hampshire.

    Speaking at Kennett High School on Thursday morning, Clinton told the audience that she has been fighting a cold but was looking on the bright side. The New York senator described a conversation she had with her husband, former President Clinton, in which she told him she had lost her voice.

    “Oh, that happened to me in New Hampshire, it’s a good omen!” he told her.

    “That’s my husband — he always sees the bright side of everything!” Hillary Clinton said.

    In one of his most memorable New Hampshire moments, then-Gov. Bill Clinton spoke in a hoarse voice six days before the 1992 primary, telling an audience in Dover that he would be with them “until the last dog dies.” The speech marked a turning point in his stumbling campaign, and he later dubbed himself the “Comeback Kid” after finishing second in the primary to Paul Tsongas.

    In North Conway, when Sen. Clinton began coughing, one concerned member of the audience shouted, “You take care of yourself!”

    Clinton has been making the best of her raspy voice for days.

    In Amana, Iowa, on Tuesday, she was in the middle of discussing her health care proposal with Democratic activists when she had to stop to clear her throat.

    “Excuse me,” she said after a few coughs, “I need health care.” The audience laughed and cheered.

  28. I guarantee you all that there is a sex scandal coming from Obama. He is way too pathological for it not to happen. That which is not resolved is projected. All this shit about Bill is goin’ somewhere.

    So it seems that he’s won a primary by being underhanded and a campaign by being lucky. He really does think he’s the chosen one. It is going to be so much fun to watch Hillary kick his ass to the curb.

  29. I hope Hillary gets her voice back in time for the debate next Thursday.

    Also, Bill Clinton has been doing a lot of solo campaigning for Hillary now; I think he’s practically full time at it. I think he’s a great asset. 🙂

  30. More coverage of Bill in Iowa:

    With less than two months to go, presidential campaigns are training as many of their guns on the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses as they can. And in the Democratic Party, there is no bigger gun than former President Bill Clinton. Today, Iowans got a rare opportunity to see him campaigning solo.

    All told, Clinton’s visit to Iowa today consists of stops in Glenwood and Onawa, two towns along the Nebraska border with less than 10,000 people between them. Clinton this morning packed several hundred into the gymnasium of the Glenwood YMCA, and the extended standing ovations said they were glad to see him.

    “You’ll have to forgive me,” he began, “I’m a little out of practice for this politics business.” Indeed, choosing to bring a former president to two small towns in a Republican-dominated Western Iowa may make one think he wanted to get in some extra work on the pitcher’s mound before hitting the campaign’s stretch run.

    If so, his style and substance said he appeared not to need many extra bullpen tosses.

    Wearing a blue blazer and open-collared shirt, Clinton looked at ease at this game. On a riser still decked out for Halloween, he hit his applause lines well. He also spent much of his time exhibiting the wonkiness for which he is famous, attempting to get the audience as excited as he was about things like innovations in energy efficiency.

    If anything, his voice may not have been in top form, and he was not always easy to hear. But his reputation for getting off schedule had not disappeared. Clinton ignored several entreaties from former Iowa First Lady Christie Vilsack that they had to be on to Onawa by continuing to field queries from audience members. “I like the questions better,” he said.

    U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., has based much of her campaign on experience, which is inescapably intertwined with Bill Clinton’s presidency. How a crowd remembers him affects how they predict her administration will go.

    That’s a clear advantage in Iowa. A Zogby International poll released yesterday said 79 percent of Iowa Democrats thought Bill Clinton would have a positive impact on a Hillary Clinton administration, while only nine percent predicted it would negative.

    “The thing about Bill Clinton’s administration,” said University of Iowa professor Cary Covington, “is it looks better the further in the past it is, and the more you pay attention to the current president.”

    He said Iowa Democrats are more likely to focus on a feeling that the economy was better, and America was at peace, which helps Hillary Clinton.

    Covington said there is a potential downside, though, especially in light of the media storyline of the last week-plus. He said Bill Clinton is also known for “the parsing of words,” and that the “sense that everything is very calculated and very careful and sort of the opposite of sincere…might be resurrected by his presence.”

    That’s not just idle speculation. Clinton was anonymously disavowed by a member of Hillary Clinton’s staff after a speech earlier this week when he compared criticism by her rivals at last week’s debate to the “swift boating” campaign against John Kerry in 2004. As if having this in mind, Clinton prefaced his main remarks today by saying they were “not particularly a political speech, but this is what I think.”

    Digging down, the meat of Bill Clinton’s speech concerned foreign policy and America’s place in the world. He said he had traveled to 90 countries since leaving office, and implied that in this and so many things, Hillary Clinton had been there and “gets it.” It was another pitch for voting for experience.

    In his more political remarks near the end of his 39-minute speech, Bill Clinton also hammered on Hillary Clinton’s electability. He said Republicans want elections to be about “cartoons” instead of issues, and again referenced the 2004 Swift Boat ads, though not as directly as he did earlier in the week. Bill Clinton said personal friends universally liked and respected his wife, because “they know her, not the cartoon.”

    Hillary Clinton has taken much criticism since 1993-4 for allegedly mismanaging the process of formulating and shepherding health care legislation. Bill Clinton also seemed to try to take heat from her by saying that the fact that health care reform did not pass then was “far more my fault” than hers.

  31. Kostner,

    Thanks for the time magazine link. Very thoughtful and insightful interview by Hillary. Infact the article beats me when he says that a woman has to be atleast 20% smarter even to get close to competing with a man. Really sad but that is the fact and truth, with a lot of highly accomplished women that I know. I would recommend everyone to download it and keep it on their ipods/computers and let others hear it. I will try and make a youtube video with the MP3 and some of her campaign photographs and post it there. If others can do it, please go ahead and do it, the more the merrier. Her interview is far far insightful than any of her opponents, in both the parties. But will ordinary american buy it is anyones guess.

  32. I think Kostner mentioned this..

    Edwards has become the sacrificed pawn. In chess, that play is called a “gambit” when one scarifces the pawn. Edwards has not only become Obama attack dog, but his lap dog as well. Most likely he’s been promised the VP slot should OB win the nom.

    Iowian voters won’t take kindly to the tricks Obama’s been playing. The mid-westerners have great respect for the older generation. The grandpas and grandmas that watch the kids while their daughters and sons go to work are revered in those parts, as much as they are in the NE.

    Obama has really crossed the line in Iowa territory and I dare say, in NH as well.

    It will be a pleasure to watch the Boomers and the GLBT Community rise up and give Obama a lesson in manners and teaching him what America is all about. Apparently, he feels no kinship to US…and we aim to reciprocate!

    Mrs. S.

  33. Keep away from your TV sets. Matthews is about to “have fun” with Hillary clapping again.

    DailyHowler had a Hillary Clapping special yesterday

    As we start, Mason is displaying her knowledge of current Hardball scripts. She says she still “has no idea” where Clinton stands on the driver’s license matter:

    MASON (11/6/07): I still don’t know where she stands on that issue. Do you? I have no idea.

    MATTHEWS: I don’t know. I know that she sympathizes with [reacting to videotape]— Well, there she is clapping again! I don`t whether she is clapping— Would somebody please tell me why she claps every time she goes somewhere?

    CAPEHART: Maybe she’s responding to the crowd.

    MATTHEWS: She’s clapping for them!

    MASON: We should clap more.

    MATTHEWS: No, I think it`s bizarre behavior. Anyway, I think it has something to do with—men don’t know what to do with their hands. I guess she’s like us. Anyway, we’ll be right back with more of the roundtable. I want an answer—why is she clapping? Matt, please! Tell me! Why does she clap all the time?

    CONTINETTI: She’s happy, Chris.

    MATTHEWS: Well, that’s a good answer. We`ll be right back.

    This was the second time in the past two weeks when Matthews played tape of Clinton clapping her hands, then told the world how crazy it is that she does such a thing. (For previous transcript, see below.) And as usual, it all came back to gender for Matthews. Last night, it was all about the things men tend “to do with their hands.”

    You’re right! Matthews citing “bizarre behavior” is like a chimp saying you live in the trees. But in the past few weeks, Hardball has entered full propaganda mode, trashing Clinton at every turn and begging its viewers to see the greatness of the alternates, Obama and Edwards. Of course, this is precisely what he did in 1999, when he tried to keep Gore from the Dem nomination, before going on to trash him savagely all through the general campaign. Next week, we’ll take you on an historical stroll through some of this fruitcake’s most egregious past work. You might be surprised to recall a fact: We’ve sat through this movie before.

  34. I think Klein’s Time article is a pretty typical Georgetown Social Club hit piece on Hillary Clinton. He does acknowledge that getting up off his ass and actually going out on the campaign trail (image a political reporter having to do that) allowed him to see something more than the cartoon character he’s been feeding Time’s readers. But, in total, his article just repeats the same Georgetown clucking as Timmy Russert and the rest of them.

  35. I am glad that ROSIE is not going to do a show after all on MSNBC. I couldnt handle even seeing That pig MATHEWS even during commercials!!!!!


    Barack Obama sparked a generational fight Wednesday by trashing White House rival Hillary Clinton for being too old to unite America, saying she and others her age have fought the same tired fights for too long.

    “I think there’s no doubt that we represent the kind of change that Sen. Clinton can’t deliver on, and part of it is generational,” Obama, 46, said on Fox News. “Sen. Clinton and others, they’ve been fighting some of the same fights since the ’60s, and it makes it very difficult for them to bring the country together to get things done.”

    Experts and opponents pounced, saying Obama’s remarks could offend the most reliable voters, people older than 50 – especially in early-voting Iowa. “You are counting precisely on an older group of Democrats in Iowa,” said Iowa State University’s Steffen Schmidt. “You can’t tell them they’re backward-looking. Somebody should be fired in his campaign.”

    Obama’s older competitors agreed. “We think Iowa caucusgoers would reject the notion that anyone over the age of 50 should be disqualified from serving in elected office,” said Phil Singer, a spokesman for the 60-year-old Clinton.

    “It is an odd thing to say for someone who is looking for votes in a state where the average caucusgoer is in his or her 60s,” said Hari Sevugan, an aide to silver-haired candidate Christopher Dodd.

    According to AARP, its members made up about one in four voters in the last election, and half of all voters were older than 50. But there is reason to think an old-is-bad strategy can succeed, said Boston University’s Bruce Schulman, saying, “It worked for Bill Clinton. It worked for John Kennedy.”


    Brian Kilmeade:

    They say statistically that 18-34 belongs to Barack Obama. And he says that he’s the new generation. Have you met him? What do you think?


    I met Barack Obama – but I think he has to say something. He has to mean something. No candidate can get away for their gender or for their race. I definitely am honored that a black man is running for the presidency. But I think that, to be honest, he has to do something for black people. I need to hear him say he is going to do something to change our lives – because we need our lives changed.

  38. Mrs. Smith, Is it a pawn that he sacrificed, or a piece? And not all sacrifices are gambits- some are but some aren’t. But the sacrifice doesn’t seem correct, and with the correct defense, the attack will backfire, and destroy his candidacy.

  39. DemHawk, chess players support Hillary.

    52-card-pickup players support Edwards.

    3-card- monte players support Obama.

  40. I just listened to that Podcast of Joe Klein’s interview with Hillary. Wow. She was absolutely incredible. What an amazing woman.

  41. THE FACT HUB is fantastic. I love it!

    Now, when false stories emerge, we can set the record straight in real time, and thereby deny tactical advantage to those who would mislead the public about Hillary, be they Republicans, primary opponents or certain members of msm who would never let a little thing like the truth stand in the way of a good story.

  42. CBS Evening News just showed a ‘University of Iowa Poll’ of “Likely Democratic Caucus Voters”, saying that Obama has pulled into a “tie” with Hillary:

    29% – Clinton

    27% – Obama

    20% – Edwards

    Only problem is, the MOE is SIX PERCENT !!!

    Come on folks. Can’t you just report the news instead of trying to invent a horse race ?

  43. Admin. classic comment about who chess players vs. 52 card pick-up players vs 3 card monte players support. If you hear nothing further from me this evening it is because I died laughing.

  44. Don’t listen to this poll. David Redlawsk is a professor here on campus and he has students do the phoning at around 1 or 2 in the afternoon, and the students don’t want to. They write down anything to leave. And Redlawsk helps out on the Edwards campaign. He is just trying to push obama past Hillary, as edwards is. There was an article about it on the blog, check and see if the website has archives.

  45. I just want to reiterate about Obama and this sex scandal stuff.

    That which is not resolved, is projected.

    Obama wouldn’t have focused on Bill’s sex life unless he has skeletons in his own closet. There is a hugely pathological element to Obama’s campaign. They are driven to do things that make no sense.

    That which is not resolved, is projected.

    They’re focusing on winning dirty because they cannot win clean. And a good part of the reason they cannot win clean, is that they aren’t clean. It’s the classic Republican projection. Point the finger at the other guy for doing what you’re doing. They’ll catch him first and then maybe they won’t catch you. And if they do catch you, people will already be tired of hearing about it.

    That which is not resolved, is projected.

    The one thing I know about Obama from his writings is that he has an unhealthy obsession with the Clintons. And you see it in that photo of him cruising Hillary, you can hear it in that comment about him being able to “take her” in the state of Illinois, you can read in his book when he talks about the 90s and it’s there in his rhetoric about uniting us, and finally in today’s comment about Hillary being too old – or whatever the hell that was. Obama is a guy with some nasty emotional issues with the Clintons.

    That which is not resolved, is projected.

    This is the key to figuring Obama out. I’ve been puzzling about the bizarro world quality to his rhetoric. He’s hiding something. Obama is doing a lot of projecting. Something ugly remains unresolved.

    And just as a further point, Clinton’s don’t project on to other candidates. They keep it clean. They process their own stuff and keep it to themselves. Obama isn’t that evolved. He’s stuck somewhere.

    Somethin’ ugly is going to come of this.

  46. haaa.. tom brokaw hit it on the head during keith obermans show.. it is because of the fights of 60’s that Mr. Obama is able to run today for a president!!! haaaaaaaaa…

  47. TV alert. The Senate is debating on the AG. Thanks for the TV alert up above, Admin., I just bought this TV set and it helps to get forewarning. Basement A. I think you are likely spot on. Ive had a bad feelin’ about him since the first “debate” I watched months ago. I think it was the night he got nailed for invadin’ Pakistan. He looked over at Hillary when he was asked something about international policy and he kinda screwed up his face and said words like “we’re not going to have a conversation.” He said every syllable of that word conversation and sorta screwed up his face. That’s when I really saw the patronizin’ side of him. –mollyj

  48. The cold hard reality that the last debate did not change the dynamics of race is beginning to get through to Hillary’s detractors. Taegan Goddard of Political Wire finally observes that AP-Ipsos, WSJ, and Gallup all tell the same story, the Hillary juggernaut continues. Goddard tries to be unbiased, but he occasionally tips his hand. He completes his post with this gratuitous observation, “As we’ve noted before, the national polls show very different results than polls in the early primary/caucus states.” Oh, Taegan Boy-o, no they don’t. All the polls show Hillary leading: it’s only a matter of degree.

  49. kostner is right. It’s a very tight race in Iowa, and probably will be till the end. Edwards and Obama have built-in advantages there Hillary is trying to overcome; Edwards has pratically lived there since ’04 and Obama’s from a neighboring state.

  50. Molly,

    There is an ugliness to him I find incredibly repellant. I like all the other Dem candidates. I’m not sure I can think of another Dem candidate I’ve disliked. But I don’t like his guy. I see a tremendous amount of narcissism and then as this sex scandal stuff started being rumored, it dawned on me what the problem is. One of the reasons he’s obsessed with Clinton is that he has some of Clintons’ weaknesses.

    This isn’t a run for a guy who has spent his life learning to be president. This is a run for a guy who is vanquishing demons. Being president comes second. Triumphing over his weaknesses and over clinton’s weaknesses is what’s all about.

    That which is not resolved, is projected.

    I’m telling ya – there is something comin’ down the pike with him.

  51. Edwards is going to pick up an endorsement from a ‘key peacenik’ group in Iowa tomorrow. Anybody has any idea what this group is all about? Sounds to me like a Kucinich type…

    I’ve just learned from several sources that John Edwards will be endorsed by the fiscal group Iowans for Sensible Priorities, a very good get for Edwards in the key early-primary state.

    A source on a rival campaign confirmed that the group decided to endorse Edwards; the decision will officially be announced tomorrow morning. The endorsement is a key one because it could potentially deliver a large block of thousands of caucus goers to Edwards.

    Peggy Huptert, the head of the group, refused to confirm or deny whether the group had decided to back Edwards. But she did agree to discuss the general importance of the endorsement with Election Central.

    “We have 10,000 Iowans who have taken a pledge saying they will vote in the caucuses and only support a candidate who supports shifting 15% of wasteful Pentagon spending into other priorities,” Ms. Huptert said, describing her group’s litmus test issue. I was unable to immediately confirm whether Edwards had in fact made this pledge.

  52. found a bit background materials…

    An oft-overlooked interest group in Iowa that could have an important impact on the Democratic Iowa Caucuses is Caucus4Priorities, the political endorsement arm of Iowans for Sensible Priorities. The group, founded and bankrolled by Ben and Jerry (of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream fame), has had a visible presence here this campaign cycle for longer than any other group.

    More than 10,000 Iowans have signed pledges to only caucus for candidates who support “sensible priorities,” which means cutting pentagon spending to pay for domestic programs like health care and education. Those 10,000 caucus goers could comprise between 5% and 10% of the Democratic electorate.

    On November 9, the Caucus4Priorities will make its endorsement, which will serve as a recommendation for Iowans who have taken their pledge. (The pledge does not require caucus goers to support the officially endorsed candidate, although many likely will.)

    Of the candidates vying for their support, the hardest worker has been Gov. Bill Richardson, who has worn the Sensible Priorities lapel pin in a debate and in other public appearances. Richardson also (somewhat inexplicably, perhaps) hired a Sensible Priorities person to be his Iowa Political Director. If someone else gets the endorsement, he will be the biggest loser.

    Not really in the running anymore is Sen. Hillary Clinton, who, according to a Caucus4Priorities press release today, did not return their questionnaire. Richardson, Former Sen. John Edwards, and Senators Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Chris Dodd each submitted answers to the group’s questionnaire. They also submitted YouTube videos in support of the group, which are located here.

    Notably, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, who is most in line with the group’s beliefs ideologically (many activists involved in the group have been known Kucinichites), did not submit answers to the questionnaire, leaving me wondering whether he expects to participate in the caucuses this January at all.

  53. I wonder what Obama thinks of groups like this….saying the baby boomers have to move on….this groups similar to some of those activists/peaceniks type in the 60s…..I do not object to them per se…but it shows why the anti-war groups are so disfractured…..

    I cannot see obama/clinton reducing the pentagon needs for a few years…waste yes; budget no……

  54. They are everywhere here. They drive around a bus and hand out car magnets. They are literally everywhere here. I don’t think it will matter that much.

  55. admin,

    Remember Hsu’s suicide note? It’s now official, Obama pushed this story and Hsu’s life…

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Barack Obama’s presidential campaign “scored a significant hit” against chief rival Hillary Rodham Clinton “by helping to place” a story about tainted Democratic donor Norman Hsu, according to an article about Obama in the December issue of The Atlantic.

    The story, titled “Teacher and Apprentice” by associate editor Marc Ambinder, describes how Obama campaign staffers were “frustrated” because the press was not covering Clinton “in the way they expected it would.”

    The story, titled “Teacher and Apprentice” by associate editor Marc Ambinder, describes how Obama campaign staffers were “frustrated” because the press was not covering Clinton “in the way they expected it would.”

    Newspaper stories last summer revealed that Hsu — a major Clinton bundler — was an outlaw, on the lam from criminal charges and suspected of improperly funneling campaign cash through straw contributors. After the stories ran, Clinton returned about $850,000 in donations linked to Hsu.

    Hsu also was a donor to Obama’s senate campaign and his HOPEFUND political action committee. If Obama’s operatives had a hand in “helping to place” the Hsu story, it would be counter to the claim that Obama was running a different and unconventional campaign.

    Asked for comment on whether the campaign had a hand in “helping to place” the Hsu story, Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt said “We had no knowledge of Norman Hsu’s past criminal activity, fugitive status or potential straw donor scheme until reading it in the newspaper.”

    Regarding the unidentified aide wondering about Bill Clinton, LaBolt said, “In no way, shape, or form would anyone who would say such a thing be representing our campaign.”

    Ambinder, told of the Obama campaign comment said, “I stand by my reporting and the article speaks for itself.”

  56. Kostner – thank you very much.

    It is only fair for us to say “BINGO” – “Right Again” and we told you so. Hooray for us. The news on Big Pink before anyone else.

    We are now busy polishing our halo.

  57. DEMHAWK..

    In my mind, Edwards has scarificed himself as “pure” pawn 🙂

    I can’t reiterate this fact enough. Obama and his (R) cohorts are going to try to steal Iowa. They are past the point of wanting to win it. The need to walk away with Iowa and are beyond caring how they do it.

    My question is this.. Will the fact the Republicans are having their Primary the same day have any bearing on swinging the election to Obama?

    Mrs. S.

  58. admin,

    I can’t find the link to the story you did on a mysterious suicide associated with Obama’s chicago patrio Rezio(??)… Can you dig it out for me?

    BTW, with all these flag pin, flag pledge stuff, just imagine in a GE debate, when moderator asks the following question

    ‘What’s your middle name, Obama?’

    silence, silence, silence for 10 sec, then ‘Hussein’…

  59. The magnets are for your cars and they also give out yardsigns. They are round, and divided into colored pie-slices to represent domestic spending vs. defense spending, and their point is that defense spending is too high. This would kill us in the general with the repubs.

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