Today is our third year anniversary, the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, the anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord, as well as the 17th anniversary of Waco. Big Pink began publication on April 19, 2007 and we can’t celebrate today, because too much is going on. We’ll celebrate on another day.
What is the “much” that is going on? There is a volcanic eruption in the news and it is called Bill Clinton.
Bill Clinton has been saying and doing some strange things lately which we do not take at face value. Bill has the usual suspects up in arms as well as some allies. Ditto Hillary. What is going on?
Recall our years long critique of the Obama health scam, which was not such an outré viewpoint: “Long ago we stated that we did not know what was worse for Dimocrats – to pass the health scam they call “reform” or to fail to pass the health scam.” That was conventional wisdom in the best sense because it reflected polling reality. We also noted repeatedly that “the medium is the message” when asked about where Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton stood on the Obama health scam. Our contention was that if Bill or Hillary Clinton wanted to express support they had the means, opportunity, and knowledge to do a full court press. We wrote:
Bill Clinton has not been campaigning or touring and giving public speeches at rallies to support the legislation. This pro forma, almost ministerial, verbiage is interpreted by the desperate as a full-throated battle cry. It isn’t. When Bill fully supports a cause, it’s full throttle, not half measure, or half statement, as in this case.
Our case was quite simple: health care was not popular and if it failed to pass would be Obama’s personal Waterloo and if it did pass it would be the Dimocrats Waterloo. We also noted the eerie silence from Bill And Hillary Clinton.
And there was almost complete silence from Bill and Hillary Clinton on health care. The few times either of them spoke on the issue was when asked in private or when asked explicitly in a public interview. There were no mass rallies, no ceaseless round of interview, no speech tours, no fusillade of published articles. There was one e-mail sent out on Bill Clinton’s behalf, but not much else. There was another very odd thing Bill Clinton said publicly and repeatedly.
The most prominent political prognosticator who predicted a post-reform bump for Obama was President Bill Clinton – who told reporters last year that Obama would add 10 points to his approval rating “the minute health reform passed.”
We were not the only ones who thought Bill Clinton was saying something odd. Tom Jensen of the Democratic polling firm PPP (Public Policy Polling) scratched his head and said, “I don’t know why Bill Clinton is out there saying there’ll be a ten point bounce.”
Our answer to the Bill Clinton puzzle at the end of March was “Bill Clinton is no dope and he usually lowers expectations, not heightens them. Now, why would Bill do the contrary in this case?”
Was Bill Clinton delusional and did he actually believe, contrary to all the evidence displayed for months and months that Obama’s health scam was hated, that there would be joy in the streets and in the polls for Barack Obama post scam passage? Or was Bill Clinton doing something much more sly? Your answer to that question will color reaction to Bill Clinton’s latest statements.
Bill Clinton is clearly proving us right that when he wants to communicate something he does so with gusto. Our question now that we have witnessed repeated interviews, and a big speech and a New York Times Op-Ed from Bill Clinton is – what is Bill up to? It’s almost as if Bill Clinton is on a one man “sink Obama Dimocrats” in November tour.
Bill Clinton respects polling. That is something both enemies and allies agree on. Bill Clinton respects polling and understands political strategy, but yet he raised expectations beyond the reasonable and said that Obama’s numbers would rise the moment the health scam passed? Bill Clinton respect polling and understands political strategy, but yet he decides to poke at the hornets’ nest which is the Tea Party movement? Our eyebrows arch.
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Has Bill Clinton lost all interest in polls and the information they provide? It’s possible of course, but somehow we think not.
Today is the Patriots Day holiday in Massachusetts. There are lots of polls published today and in recent days for Bill Clinton to consider – polls which we do not doubt Bill Clinton has thoroughly digested.
“Public confidence in government is at one of the lowest points in a half century, according to a survey from the Pew Research Center. Nearly 8 in 10 Americans say they don’t trust the federal government and have little faith it can solve America’s ills, the survey found.
The survey illustrates the ominous situation President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party face as they struggle to maintain their comfortable congressional majorities in this fall’s elections. Midterm prospects are typically tough for the party in power. Add a toxic environment like this and lots of incumbent Democrats could be out of work.[snip]
This anti-government feeling has driven the tea party movement, reflected in fierce protests this past week.
“The government’s been lying to people for years. Politicians make promises to get elected, and when they get elected, they don’t follow through,” says Cindy Wanto, 57, a registered Democrat from Nemacolin, Pa., who joined several thousand for a rally in Washington on April 15 – the tax filing deadline. “There’s too much government in my business. It was a problem before Obama, but he’s certainly not helping fix it.”
Majorities in the survey call Washington too big and too powerful, and say it’s interfering too much in state and local matters. [snip]
“Trust in government rarely gets this low,” said Andrew Kohut, director of the nonpartisan center that conducted the survey. “Some of it’s backlash against Obama. But there are a lot of other things going on.”
And, he added: “Politics has poisoned the well.”
The survey found that Obama’s policies were partly to blame for a rise in distrustful, anti-government views. In his first year in office, the president orchestrated a government takeover of Detroit automakers, secured a $787 billion stimulus package and pushed to overhaul the health care system. [snip]
“I want an honest government. This isn’t an honest government. It hasn’t been for some time,” said self-described independent David Willms, 54, of Sarasota, Fla. He faulted the White House and Congress under both parties.[snip]
In the short term, the deepening distrust is politically troubling for Obama and Democrats. Analysts say out-of-power Republicans could well benefit from the bitterness toward Washington come November, even though voters blame them, too, for partisan gridlock that hinders progress.
In a democracy built on the notion that citizens have a voice and a right to exercise it, the long-term consequences could prove to be simply unhealthy – or truly debilitating. Distrust could lead people to refuse to vote or get involved in their own communities. Apathy could set in, or worse – violence.
Democrats and Republicans both accept responsibility and fault the other party for the electorate’s lack of confidence.
“This should be a wake-up call. Both sides are guilty,” said Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. She pointed to “nonsense” that goes on during campaigns that leads to “promises made but not promises kept.” Still, she added: “Distrust of government is an all-American activity. It’s something we do as Americans and there’s nothing wrong with it.”
Sen. Scott Brown, a Republican who won a long-held Democratic Senate seat in Massachusetts in January by seizing on public antagonism toward Washington, said: “It’s clear Washington is broken. There’s too much partisan bickering to be able to solve the problems people want us to solve.”
And, he added: “It’s going to be reflected in the elections this fall.”
We’ve always said it’s about trust. And we don’t trust Barack Obama. Most Americans increasingly agree with us.
Claire McCaskill thinks it is “nonsense” those pesky “promises made but not promises kept”. Claire should also realize that delegitimizing people by calling them “racist” (a favorite past time by Obama thugs against Hillary Clinton supporters and Tea Party activists) is also a pesky problem – especially when the “racist” shouters are doughy white boys or work at doughy white boy institutions.
Calling people who express themselves legitimately by the anti-gay and simultaneously misogynistic “Teabagger” epithet can also rile people up. And tit-for-tat never works because for every “Oklahoma City” shouted by the Left, the right will shout “Waco”.
Before continuing with our discussion of Bill Clinton and what he is up to, we need to exactly understand why the Tea Party movement is such a threat to so many people. And the Tea Party movement is indeed a great threat to established institutions. It might be the real thing. It might be the same thing as what they celebrate today in Massachusetts.
We’ll discuss exactly why the Tea Party movement is so important and so feared in our next thrilling, Bill packed, episode.