Call it dueling speeches. Hillary Clinton spoke about foreign policy today in a widely publicized speech. Barack Obama held another publicity stunt to do whatever it is he does but which only the Hopium addled care about anymore.
Hillary Clinton’s speech was supposed to be about foreign policy, and it was. But in the questions section of the
campaign stop speech Hillary unloaded on Barack Obama in such a subtle, shall we say head diplomat way, that if she was talking about a foreign country said foreign country would end diplomatic relations, recall the ambassador and budget for fallout shelters.
Here is what the Obama publicity stunt speech was about:
“President Barack Obama, in a combative, campaign-like speech in Parma, Ohio, conceded that his policies have “fed the perception that Washington is still ignoring the middle class,” even as he castigated Republican opponents for “riding…fear and anger all the way to Election Day.”
The speech, at Cuyahoga Community College, was billed as a major economic address to unveil a new round of proposals to kick-start a flagging economic recovery. The president did introduce three new policy proposals the White House has been rolling out for nearly a week: $50 billion in additional infrastructure spending, a permanent and expanded research and experimentation tax credit and a measure allowing businesses to write 100% of their investment costs off their taxes through 2011.”
Obama is increasing the frequency and volume of his publicity stunts as economic doom foreshadows electoral doom this November. A Reuters survey of economists released today forecasts lower grown in 2010 and in 2011 which will not bring joy to Obama Dimocrats. As the bad results accumulate due to Obama’s bumbling and stumbling, Obama dances faster and flim-flams with greater verbosity. Watching this disaster unfold from afar is Hillary Clinton.
Today though Hillary Clinton did more than watch from afar. Hillary Clinton sent a precisely calibrated multi-warhead missile (MIRV) into the heart of ObamaLand. As the head diplomat for the United States Hillary Clinton has been very Hillary in the precision and judiciousness of her remarks.
For instance, Hillary Clinton has not discussed the Mosque of Doom in lower Manhattan because there are no overt foreign policy implications and because Barack Obama has already bungled that issue beyond repair. But on the burning of the Koran (Quran?) Hillary has remarked that it is “disgraceful” (we’ll have much more on the Koran/Quran burning later this week), a justified intrusion into the issue because General Petraeus has said the Koran bar-be-que will harm American interests.
But Hillary Clinton today was a marvel to watch as she skewred Barack Obama in language which was both disguised and naked.
“Seeking to reassert American power in a more complex world, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton declared Wednesday that the United States was still the best hope for victims of natural disasters and political repression, and for old enemies wanting to make peace.[snip]
Mrs. Clinton’s speech at the Council on Foreign Relations, heavily promoted by her office, seemed intended to send a positive message during an uphill election season in which President Obama is dealing with deepening economic problems. She alluded to those problems, saying that the federal budget deficit, if unchecked, would undermine the United States as a global power.
The sputtering economy, Mrs. Clinton said, “sends a message of weakness internationally.” She continued, “It is very troubling to me that we are losing the ability not only to chart our own destiny, but to have the leverage that comes from having this enormously effective economic engine.”
In that speech Hillary essentially recycled the “weakness” argument against Barack Obama. Hillary struck at Obama at his soft underbelly, the economy, which also happens to be one of her strengths and Bill Clinton’s strongest achievements (an achievement which today’s Obama Dimocrats hope will save them if they remind the voters of Bill Clinton’s, not Barack Obama’s economy).
We have written earlier that Barack Obama is at war with Hillary Clinton (see, Obama At War With Hillary Clinton And General McChrystal (The New Shinseki). We have also detailed how Hillary Clinton in 2012 can craft a winning message (see, Hillary Clinton 2012, Part I – The Hillary Message) even as Barack Obama has so damaged the Dimocratic Party that is sometimes appears nothing can prevent a Republican victory in 2012 as a coda to Republican victories in 2010.
We have noted that Hillary Clinton has repeatedly stated that “It breaks my heart that 10 years ago we had a balanced budget, that we were on the way of paying down the debt of the United States of America...”
We have also noted that after Barack Obama disasters the way for Hillary Clinton in 2012 is to repeat “It’s The Economy, Stupid!” It does not surprise us that Hillary Clinton sees the same thing we do.
Others are reading the Tea leaves in much the same way we do. The New York Times coverage of her speech ended thusly:
“Mrs. Clinton’s speech comes at a time when her own visibility is back on the rise. The president of the Council on Foreign Relations, Richard N. Haass, ribbed her over persistent Washington chatter that she may swap jobs with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. to bolster Mr. Obama’s chances for reelection (she smiled and almost imperceptibly shook her head).”
Those who forced Barack Obama on the nation are looking for ways to force-feed him to us again in 2012. They seek to save Mess-iah by attaching Hillary Clinton to him. But it won’t work. On many levels, it won’t work.
One of the chief reasons it won’t work is that by now all the suspicions many of us had about Barack Obama have been proven true. Hillary knows better than anyone that Obama is weak:
“Hillary Clinton says deficit sends message of weakness
(Reuters) – The huge U.S. budget deficit poses a national security threat and projects a “message of weakness” internationally, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday as she urged Democrats and Republicans to tackle the problem.[snip]
But she again stressed the corrosive effect of the mounting U.S. debt, which she said threatened the United States’ ability to chart its own course in the world and sends “a message of weakness internationally.”
“It poses a national security threat in two ways: it undermines our capacity to act in our own interest, and it does constrain us where constraint may be undesirable,” Clinton said in response to a question after her address to the Council on Foreign Relations think tank.”
It’s a masterful performance. From her perch at the State Department, the glorious bird chirps that Obama is weak, threatens America internationally, and that his policies weaken America across the board – domestically and internationally. It’s a domestic policy attack, a national security attack, an economic attack and all done in the most diplomatic of language right out in the open. Amazing.
“The U.S. budget deficit is projected to hit $1.5 trillion this year and has become a campaign issue ahead of November’s congressional elections in which President Barack Obama’s Democrats are trying to prevent big losses to Republicans.
Clinton in the past has said it was “personally painful” to see the yawning U.S. spending gap after her husband, former President Bill Clinton, ended his second term in 2001 with budget surpluses.
She said on Wednesday she had no wish to “relitigate” the reasons for the current budget crunch, but nevertheless pointed to policies enacted by Obama’s Republican predecessor George W. Bush.
“It is fair to say that we fought two wars (Iraq and Afghanistan) without paying for them and we had tax cuts that were not paid for either, and that has been a very deadly combination to fiscal sanity and responsibility,” Clinton said.
“So the challenge is how we get out of (it) by making the right decisions, not the wrong decisions,” she said.
‘NO FREE LUNCH’
Clinton, beaten by Obama for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, noted that in her current job she is “by law out of politics” and said the challenges ahead would need a bipartisan “detente” on key issues including a new nuclear arms treaty with Russia.
“Whether one is a Republican or a Democrat, a conservative, a progressive — whatever you call yourself — there is no free lunch and we cannot pretend that there is without doing grave harm to our country and to our future generations,” she said.”
That is as close to a campaign statement, a reason to run for political office as any ever enunciated. Hillary Clinton declares she is “by law out of politics” while at the same time making a political case for policies and a candidate which resembles to a Tea, herself.
[The full speech on C-SPAN is HERE.]
“Has the Democratic Presidential Primary of 2012 started already? Is Hillary Clinton beginning to position herself for a challenge to her boss? Yesterday, Hillary fired what may have been the first shot:
“I think that our rising debt level poses a national security threat and it poses a national security threat in two ways: it undermines our capacity to act in our own interests and it does constrain us where constraint may be undesirable. And it also sends a message of weakness, internationally.”
The contrast with her husband’s presidency is implicit: He balanced the budget and reduced the debt to the point where Wall Street fretted that there would be no more federal debt instruments to buy, leaving them without a safe place of park their money.
Hillary does nothing –nothing — without forethought. She plans every word, particularly when the words are critical of her president. By framing the “debt level” as a “national security threat,” she gives herself jurisdiction over budget policy and makes her comments about it appropriate for a Secretary of State. And by criticizing the debt level which her president has amassed, she sets up the basis for a fiscal/economic critique of his presidency.”
Dick Morris is absolutely on target when he states that with this speech Hillary Clinton “sets up the basis for a fiscal/economic critique of his presidency.” If Hillary Clinton does not employ her critique to challenge Obama, someone else will. Hillary’s argument is not only accurate and heavily publicized as well as a multi-targeted MIRV – Hillary’s argument is the argument to use this election season to attack Barack Obama and Obama Dimocrats. We’re sure Hillary Clinton did not think she was arming all Obama opponents when she made today’s blast – after all she’s “by law out of politics”.
“Remember that between the time George Washington took the oath of office and the day that Obama took the same oath, the federal government amassed $9 trillion of debt. And, in the nineteen months since then, it has piled up $3.5 trillion more! Debt is Obama’s big negative, the concomitant of his big spending stimulus package. Now he has Hillary Clinton criticizing it and, by implication, him.
Will Hillary run? She might. The scenario would go like this:
Step One: Obama loses both houses of Congress by record margins, throwing the Democratic Party into shock. Disbelief yields to recrimination and the party leaders begin to turn on their president.
Step Two: The popular repudiation of their president leads Democrats to question Obama’s leadership and his ratings plunge. Without a base of Democratic approval, President Obama’s ratings sink below 40% down into the low 30s.
Step Three: As it becomes clear that the Democrats will lose the election of 2012, more and more party leaders and the rank and file demand new leadership and look to Hillary to turn things around.
Who know is she will really run. She doesn’t know. She can’t know until she sees how low Obama falls. But remember this: If she does run, her candidacy started yesterday.”
Death, doom, destruction for Obama Dimocrats this November means the slight possibility for a ressurection of the FDR/Hillary Clinton Democratic Party. Vote wisely. Only utter death, doom, destruction at a political level will shake elected Dimocrats awake and into insurrection against oppressor Barack Obama and his Hopium fueled thugs. Vote wisely.
The Hopium fueled Newsweek says it is “Hillary Rising”:
“Remember Hillary Clinton? The most powerful woman in American politics has kept her head down for most of the first 18 months of her tenure as secretary of state. But she is also, at present, by far the most unscathed senior member of a badly battered administration. And the once defeated Democratic candidate may have, at present, the most promising political prospects of just about anyone in the administration, specifically including her boss, Barack Obama.
The president’s economic team is reeling, having failed at both bringing the nation out of its doldrums and sending a compelling message of hope or confidence to the country or the world. Obama’s political advisers are getting hammered right and left for transforming a golden-tongued political candidate into a tone-deaf leader. Even Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, appears to be considering exile in his home of Chicago, with the mayor’s office newly up for grabs.”
Hillary kept her distance from the Obama slime. Hillary is “unscathed”. Hillary has the most “promising political prospects”. And oh, she wore pink!
“Clinton, by contrast, seems to be taking on a new public profile as bright as the salmon-pink suit she wore Wednesday to deliver what her staff giddily called a major foreign-policy address at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington. [snip]
A lot of new political talk is also swirling around Clinton, for the very reason that her boss is in such deep political doo-doo at the moment and she looks relatively popular. Much of the talk focuses on whether she will end up swapping jobs with Joe Biden—who always wanted to be secretary of state anyway—and take the No. 2 spot on an Obama ticket in 2012. Haass mischievously raised this possibility himself in his introductory remarks on Wednesday, wondering aloud whether she would follow in the footsteps of Thomas Jefferson and Martin Van Buren, both of whom served as secretary of state and vice president before becoming president.
“It worked out pretty well for the two of them,” Haass cracked as Clinton shook her head silently—but without issuing a denial.”
The dunderheads at Newsweek don’t get it – why would someone who is popular attach themselves to a “radioactive disaster”. Just ’cause she a girl, don’t mean she dumb, dumbasses. Even some Republicans and moderates realize what could have been and the disaster boob that is:
“Still, the unlikely prospect of a Clinton-Obama faceoff got me thinking. Maybe she could run. And more to the point, maybe she should run.
Sure, I’m a Republican who can hardly be trusted to offer objective advice to Democrats I’ve long lambasted. But believe me when I tell you, two years of Obama has even me seeing Clinton in a much different light than in 2008, when I thought the only thing worse than a new President named Obama was another one named Clinton.
My friends aren’t the only ones who think that Clinton should reconsider her vow not to run again. A dentist from Chicago has paid for a slew of Hillary for President ads that tout her as “one of the most admired women in our nation’s history.”
Even though I disagree vehemently with her political world-view, he’s right. Just as I’ve taken issue with some of the liberal attacks against Sarah Palin, I challenge conservatives to acknowledge that Hillary is exactly the kind of woman – accomplished, intelligent, successful and self-made – that we should encourage our daughters to look up to.[snip]
To be clear, I’ll most likely vote Republican in 2012. But Obama’s lackluster performance has suddenly made Clinton an attractive option for frustrated Democrats and independents. Add to that group of disaffecteds Clinton’s famously rabid supporters, and we might start seeing Clinton 2012 bumper stickers soon. And just imagine if she runs as an independent.”
Tunku Varadarajan sighs: “It is the growing sense that Hillary would have made a much, much better president than Obama.”
As November approaches the Tea leaves will be easier to read for the dumbasses. The Hopium addled in Big Media and the Obama Hopium dens will finally witness what they have wrought to the once great Democratic Party. It will be an epic disaster and those fooled by Obama will either wake up or suffer another epic defeat in 2012.
Hillary Clinton launched a MIRV attack on Obama-land today. The first warheads will impact in November.