Update: By reader request, the notorious video, below.
Our whine-free web site has been up for a year. We thought of ourselves as a “Pink Oasis” for Hillary Clinton supporters.
We eschewed Big Blog conventions of how to “look” and how to structure a website. We mocked and still mock conventional gobbleygook blogspeak – which is exclusionary language designed to isolate the uninitiated. No “MSM” for us. We called it what it is – “Big Media” representing the “Big Media Party“. No “memes” or “frames” for us – we proudly spoke English (Spanish too when the occasion required it).
Below are some of our arguments for Hillary Clinton, many of which first appeared on this website before they became “conventional wisdom”.
Our thanks to our many readers and to those who use what they learn here and teach others.
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But our favorite delusions from that Springtime for Haters are the ‘nobody really likes her’ and ’she has no support on the blogosphere/internet/netroots’ delusion.
Back then, on May 11, 2007, there was a discussion on one of the Big Blogs and our Pink Oasis received one of the first mentions on the nutosphere. A brave and vastly outnumbered Hillary supporter by the name of “samueldem” was engaged in a discussion with an Obama supporter. Samueldem was quoting from an article we had written to dispute the notion, so treasured by opponents, of – the Hillary ‘Dynasty’. Samueldem wrote:
I am not affiliated with the website accessible via the link below, but the dynasty argument is discussed by the blog owner. I have included a short excerpt below the link. This is a pro-Hillary blog all the way, but I think the commentary brings up some valid points, however biased the blog owner may be.
Samueldem’s interlocutor replied:
Wow, a strong and thoughtful case for HRC in the blogosphere- that’s rare…
Well, things have certainly changed. No one with any sense (there is still an abundance of the senseless typing rapidly in their little bubbles of delusion) dares question Hillary’s internet support any longer. Hillary has more than a million supporters on the ‘internets’ and we are no longer silent nor are we cowed.
More and more Hillary supporters start websites to support Hillary. More and more established voices break out in song to endorse and defend Hillary. Also important to acknowledge are the many other, established and new voices, increasingly becoming aware of the ugly nature of anti-Hillary attacks – and finally ending their silence and speaking out in the name of decency and fairness.
So, we are thankful for all the voices throwing off fear and risking hostility in defense of Hillary on the internet. Many of those voices post here. Others come here to refresh themselves among happy Hillary supporters, without commenting, and we are thankful for all the gathering choir.
First mention of Obama’s “Present” vote dodge – April 19, 2007 – the second article on our very first day of publication:
The Supreme Court yesterday returned abortion and the reproductive rights of women back to the center stage of political life with its ban of so-called “partial birth” abortions. It also returned the Supreme Court itself as an issue. For the first time since Roe v. Wade the court rejected the sensible Clinton position – both Clinton’s – of “safe, legal, and rare”. Right-wing Republicans delighted in the decision which will now be used as a major weapon when they move into state legislatures to attempt to make abortions dangerous, illegal and nonexistent – and to hell with the health of a woman. As Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention stated “This decision is a powerful and timely reminder of presidential elections and their pivotal impact on the makeup of the Supreme Court.” [snip]
You see, unlike the U.S. Presidency, the buck does not stop at the Illinois legislature. In the Illinois State legislature a politician who wants to hide from an issue can vote “Present” instead of “Yes” or “No” and thereby avoid responsibility and the inevitable loss of support that comes from actually taking a stand.
In 1997, when it mattered, when he actually had a vote not just a microphone, when the issue of partial birth abortion came before the Illinois State legislature Obama twice gave a “Present” to abortion opponents. On House Bill 382 and Senate Bill 230 – bills that prohibited “partial birth” abortions, Obama took a dive. Like a character from Dr. Suess, Obama did not vote “no,” he did not vote “yes,” he gave a “present”. Obama did not take a stand in 1997. He did not take a stand in 2001. Then House Bill 1900 and Senate Bill 562 – on parental notification, Obama instead of voting “yes” or “no” voted – “present”.
Same thing with Senate Bill 1093, Senate Bill 1094, and Senate Bill 1095 which also dealt with abortion. No leadership, remain popular. No “yes”, no “no”. Let’s all get along and not vote on issues that matter. The audacity of being Present. The lightness of being.
Before the latest series of articles the stink surrounding Obama and his indicted friend Rezko was smelly but not particularly pungent. Perhaps the transactions were bad in appearance but essentially innocent. The only thing we really knew was that Obama had bought a $1.65 million dollar house and on the same day his friend bought the lot adjacent to the new Obama house because Obama did not want to spend the additional $625,000 to purchase the adjoining land. Noses twitched when this was revealed but no more.
We also knew that after a short 6 month interval Obama purchased from his friend Rezko a portion of the land adjoining the Obama house. The Land of Lincoln suddenly became the land of link-on.
Our first mention of Prosecutors from Fitzgerald’s U.S. Attorney’s office prosecuting Rezko – April 30, 2007:
The national media are missing the big picture in their coverage of the hundred-million dollar plus scandal involving Barack Obama and his friend of 17 years, major donor, former Finance Committee Co-Chair and now indicted slumlord.
Debate moderator Brian Williams asked Obama about the scandal during last Thursday’s first Democratic Candidates for President debate. But Williams did not reference the political implications of the Obama scandal: the trial of Obama’s decades long friend and major donor and fundraiser will coincide with the 2008 primary calendar.
“Will Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald Destroy The Obama Campaign?” The legendary Patrick Fitzgerald indicted and convicted top Vice President Cheney aide Lewis “Scooter” Libby. Fitzgerald has now set his relentless prosecutorial eyes on a new target.
Unfortunately, the primary calendar changed and the Rezko trial was also delayed for a week.
An article that caught the Big Media eye – shortly thereafter we began to refer to Obama regularly as Barack Obama (D-Punjab) – June 15, 2007:
The Barack Obama campaign has been caught peddling dirt against Hillary and Bill Clinton. Obama is desperate to rescue his failing incompetent campaign so he is slinging mud.
No surprise, that is how Chicago Obama has always operated. Obama talks about running a clean campaign but he is a dirt peddler.
One of our biggest mistakes – Bill Richardson. We thought Richardson, as a Southwesterner and Latino, was impressive. The first debate Richardson participated in proved how wrong we were – we persisted in thinking well of him even after the first “disappointing performance” – he proved us wrong with just about every subsequent appearance – May 22, 2007:
Unfortunately Richardson turned in a very disappointing performance at the first Democratic debate held in late April. It is possible, as Brian Williams has acknowledged, that the heat was too high in the debate hall for the weak air conditioners or that the sound system was a problem for candidates on the edges of the stage, such as Richardson. What cannot be denied is that Richardson twitched a bit too much and at best provided dubious answers, such as the one about the type of Supreme Court nominee he would consider as a model.
Chelsea Clinton – May 13, 2007:
On this Mother’s Day it is fitting to relive a bit of history. The young women of today are not only a product of their parents, they are also a product of their “village”. Yes, it does take a village. In Chelsea’s case her mother helped shape not only Chelsea’s life but the lives of all of us, especially the lives of women young and old.
As imperfect as opportunities for all Americans currently are, and the distance left to travel until the goal of equality is reached, Hillary helped get us a bit closer to a more perfect union. 2007 America is not the America of Hillary when she was in her 20s.
As a young woman Hillary recalls a situation that probably has not changed as much as we like to believe, “In high school, one of my smartest girlfriends dropped out of the accelerated courses because her boyfriend wasn’t in them. Another didn’t want to have her grades posted because she knew she would get higher marks than the boy she was dating. These girls had picked up the subtle and not-so-subtle cultural signals urging them to conform to sexist stereotypes, to diminish their own accomplishments in order not to outperform the boys around them.” (page 20, hardcover Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton)
“You know, what is it about us always having to clean up after people? ? But this is not just going to be picking up socks off the floor. This is going be cleaning up the government, clearing out the dead wood.”
One of the most persuasive arguments for a Hillary presidency is that she has the experience necessary to be president. Hillary has already served a full term in the Senate. For 8 years she was also at the right hand of the successful presidency of her husband Bill Clinton. She knows the problems, the solutions and the players worldwide as well as all the problems, solutions and leaders in every field in this country.
Why is the “experience” argument so persuasive? Because after the disasters this country and the world has endured in what is without argument the worst presidency and the worst president in American history we need emergency repairs domestically and internationally. At a town hall meeting in New Hampshire today, Hillary Clinton said that when she is elected president she would make Bill Clinton an ambassador to the world and employ him to restore the battered and torn reputation and image of the United States. “I can’t think of a better cheerleader for America than Bill Clinton, can you?” Bravo. So, not only is Hillary prepared with the most direct and best experience to get the country moving the minute she is elected, but she will have the additional expertise of Bill Clinton at her disposal to assist her. We expect she will employ all former Democratic presidents and the best persons from her vast network of friends and the absolute best former officials of the Bill Clinton administration. And let’s understand, Hillary can discern the “best” from the merely “good” because she knows these people from many years of working with them. After the incompetent Bush crony administration, hiring the best will be important and a big relief to Americans tired of watching this country circle the drain.
Old George Bush destroyed the economy of the country and Bill Clinton had to ride in to fix it. And fix it he did, ending up with budget surpluses instead of the deficits the country had grown used to. The “clean up” did not end with the economy. The whole country and its relationships had to be repaired and President Bill Clinton did just that.
Other sources have taken notice of what we pointed out regarding the Big Media narrative and the Big Media use of polls. Is this not the type of disinformation that the internet was supposed to fight against? Big Media is taking control of our Democratic nomination process and trashing our frontrunner in the same way Big Media will trash our Democratic Party nominee in 2008. They did it to Gore in 2000 and to Kerry in 2004. Big Media will try to do it again in 2008.
As much as we have derided, and will continue to criticize, MyDD – they are to be commended for noting how Big Media is trashing our elections. As usual Dailyhowler is on the job. TPM which usually participates in any Hillary bashing they can find (usually by the owner) has Greg Sargent on the job and doing good work. Taylor Marsh speaks up too. Hillary’s FactHub is counting the coverage as well.
When our elections get trashed by Big Media we learn who is willing to speak out and who is more concerned with their own self interests. PINOs, Naderites, and Big Blogs that pretend to fight Big Media – while getting book contracts and writing columns for Big Media that enrich the owners but do not take Big Media to task – are unmasked at these moments. These Quisling PINOs, Naderites, and Big Blogs are not our friends – they are the problem.
As with all things nutroots, the article then turns downright comic. Enter the least talented of the Gabor sisters, Arriana Huffington: “Hillary Clinton’s problem with the blogosphere is that she has been so calculating that you can smell it. Every thought has been processed through multiple channels in her and her consultants’ brains. It’s so fabricated.” Arriana Huffington criticizing anyone for anything is funny in and of itself. But Arriana calling anyone “calculating” or “fabricated” is actually self-evaluation.
Republican Ed Rollins (campaign manager for Arriana’s husband at the time, Michael Huffington, in his 1994 campaign for Senate from California) called Arriana “a domineering Greek Rasputin” who was “the most ruthless, unscrupulous, and ambitious person I’d met in thirty years in national politics.” Of course this was when Arriana was right hand to Republican Newt Gingrich. At some later date we will detail Arriana’s membership in that weird religious cult, her “marriage” to her husband whom she effectively forced to spend millions in his Senate campaign so that Arriana could be a Senator’s “wife” in D.C., and her ceaseless attacks on the Clintons when they were in the White House. Nothing changes with Arriana except her political bed partners.
Our comments section first mentioned “Pastor Wright” on July 7, 2007 (thanks Kostner wherever you are):
So far, the press gives him kid gloves, treats him like the second Jesus. Obama is MSM’s McCain. This guy will be destroyed in general election in two minutes. He has zero substance, all is the cheap talk of ‘audicity of hope’.
Just before his big announcement outside the old state capitol in Springfield—where Lincoln delivered his “house divided” speech—Obama abruptly changed plans and asked his pastor not to deliver the invocation prayer. The Rev. Jeremiah Wright is the man who gave Obama not just spiritual direction, but also his signature phrase, which became the title of one of his books, “The Audacity of Hope.” But in the days before Obama officially launched his campaign, Wright was also caricatured as a “radical” for his Afrocentrism and his focus on black issues—a strange criticism, perhaps, of a preacher on the South Side. (The Reverend Wright is considered mainstream among African-American church leaders; Ebony magazine once named him one of the top 15 black preachers in America.) “Fifteen minutes before Shabbos I get a call from Barack,” a clearly perturbed Reverend Wright told The New York Times. “One of his members had talked him into uninviting me.”Obama says he was just trying to shield his pastor from harsh media attention. But the effect was to look like he wanted to distance himself from his own spiritual leader and community. “It’s conceivable that I might have been overprotective, and probably didn’t anticipate that he might feel hurt by it,” Obama concedes. “So we had a discussion about it and everything is fine at this point.”
When Al Gore ran for president in 2000 a great many of the people that today lionize Al Gore attacked him.
The same people that attacked Al Gore in 2000, most disgustingly Big Media and Naderites, attack Hillary today.
These unrepentant Naderites (launching their attacks from Big Blogs) and Big Media employ the same untrue and twisted arguments against Hillary that they used against the wonderful Al Gore (see the Daily Howler and their archives for the full ugliness of the attacks against Al Gore).
The Big Media narrative against Hillary Clinton – April 20, 2007:
Let us all understand what the narrative means. The great threat to Democratic victory in 2008 will not come from Fox News nor any of the other right wing news outlets. These fakes news outfits are discredited and losing influence with every passing day. The danger to Democratic victory in 2008 will come from journalists and pundits, whether lazy or malevolent (Chris Matthews and Arriana Huffington come to mind), and from self-interested, so-called Democratic “progressives” now huddled in their blog fortifications lobbing Republican propaganda grenades at popular Democrats like Hillary.
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