Today we discuss the most naked political player of all as he hurls insult after insult at Barack Obama. Snark all you want about “naked” and “Bill Clinton” put together you Clinton haters and Obama Hopium Guzzlers – but Bill is as popular as ever and as powerful as ever and as confounding a thriving survivor as ever.
We previously discussed Naked Sarah Palin and Naked Hillary Clinton and today we laugh at how brutally Bill Clinton attacks Barack Obama. Quick, what is the most repeated argument Bill Clinton makes as he campaigns for candidates around the nation? The answer is a disguised attack on Barack Obama and one David Axelrod does not appreciate.
This morning Fox & Friends produced a segment about how David Axelrod does not like Bill Clinton’s Big Argument as he campaigns around the nation. As Bill Clinton travels the nation making a naked series of attacks against Barack Obama most Big Media outlets either miss or dress up Bill Clinton’s remarks. For instance, the dumb New York Times published a story last week stupidly called “Bill Clinton Stumps For Obama“. The story included Bill Clinton’s most repeated argument this campaign season:
“Bill Clinton Stumps for Obama [snip]
Even though Mr. Clinton insisted on Monday that he was only “peripherally and fleetingly” back in politics, he has been headlining rallies and fund-raisers across the country to buck up the depressed party faithful.
“They shouldn’t take this lying down,” Mr. Clinton said during a meeting with reporters and editors of The New York Times on Monday.
Blaming Republican policies for digging the deep hole the economy is in, he said the Democrats needed to plead with voters for more time to turn things around.
“I think we ought to say, ‘Look, don’t go back to the shovel brigade — give us two more years; if you don’t feel better you can throw us all out.’ ”
Um…, what quadrennial event occurs in two more years, in 2012? Why, surprise, surprise, surprise, it’s the presidential elections. Bill Clinton is saying that if things don’t get better in two years – sufficiently better that voters “don’t feel better” – then throw Barack out. Idiots at the New York Times apparently do not get the consequences of the argument Bill Clinton has crafted. These are writers who must not understand that “The Emperor’s New Clothes” is not just about clothes. Not the brightest at the New York Times these days, well educated no doubt, but dumb as a bag of bricks.
The introductory passage in the article is even worse. Who can write sentences such as these and not expect to be labeled gullible or stupid, or both: “He was against him before he was for him.” “…Bill Clinton was often at angry odds with the man who ultimately defeated his wife.” “…Mr. Clinton is stumping hard to help his onetime foe — and has emerged as one of the most important defenders of President Obama’s Congressional majorities.” These idiots apparently do not understand that every single time Bill Clinton speaks it demonstrates how sorely unqualified and lacking Barack Obama is.
Does it occur to the dolts that effectively saying ‘throw Barack Obama out in 2012’ is not “stumping hard to help his onetime foe.” In addition when Bill Clinton adds “And I think they can” to his main point “I hope they can avoid calamity” this does not mean that Bill Clinton thinks Obama Dimocrats will avoid calamity. Bill Clinton understands the difference between HOPE and actual performance.
The dolts at the New York Times might not understand what Bill Clinton is up to, but as Fox & Friends took notice of today, David Axelrod recognizes a threat when he sees one:
“(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
CLINTON: I’d like to see him say, “We couldn’t get out of this $3 trillion hole in 21 months. Give us two more years. Don’t go back to the policies that dug the hole. But if we don’t do better” — this is the last thing — “if we don’t do better, you can vote against us all, and I’ll be on the ballot, too. Vote against us all if it’s not better.”
(END VIDEO CLIP)
AMANPOUR: So is that good political advice, vote against us all? Is that what President Obama will take, that advice? Will you say that to people?
AXELROD: Well, President Clinton is a — is a great politician, and I’m not in any way going to quarrel with him. I think people in 2012 will vote on this. I don’t think they need an invitation to do so.“
Axelrod knows what Bill Clinton is getting at even if the dolts at the New York Times are too oblivious. Bill Clinton is everywhere with the message of a clean-up in 2012. But more importantly, every time Bill Clinton appears (he’s been campaigning or will campaign in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Georgia, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, California, Meet The Press, On the Record, and The Daily Show With Jon Stewart) Americans see what a real president looks like and compare him to the boob currently golfing and partying with his sleeveless wife.
And talk about absolutely NAKED. Here’s Bill Clinton discussing why he is speaking and making so many campaign appearances (note to dolts at New York Times, it’s about Hillary Clinton not to “help his onetime foe” Barack Obama):
“Mr. Clinton said he began making appearances only because Mrs. Clinton, in her current position, is forbidden from politicking. “So there was nobody besides me to honor the people that supported her,” he said.”
David Budowsky of The Hill makes a strong case for the abilities of Bill Clinton. Budowsky compares Bill Clinton to Babe Ruth “stepping to the plate”. Budowsky believes Bill Clinton can save the elections if he goes “full force”:
“As the 2010 campaign snarls to a close, Bill Clinton is the only living former president Americans identify with better times, economic optimism and prosperity.[snip]
The game-changing power of Bill Clinton in 2010 is that the last prosperous economy most voters remember was during the Clinton presidency.[snip]
With dozens of races too close to call, keep your eye on William Jefferson Clinton.”
Bill Clinton cannot save Obama Dimocrats and he himself knows that better than anyone. Bill Clinton is campaigning but he knows most of the candidates are politically dead and buried already and the most he can do is clear the path for a return to the party of FDR and a candidate in 2012 who is “ready on Day 1”. That party is not the Obama Dimocratic Party and that candidate is not Barack Obama.
Bill Clinton has been almost completely NAKED when he says things such as this:
“Bill Clinton largely steered clear of politics during the conference, but said at one point he wished more world leaders made their decisions based on facts.
“Do you know how many political and economic decisions are made in this world by people who don’t know what in the living daylights they are talking about?” Clinton said.”
Anyone think Barack Obama did not see this as a naked slap at himself? Anyone doubt that Michelle Obama yanked the sleeves of innocent passersby when she heard that?
Toby Harnden, puts a sinister veneer to the entire exercise, but at least he is aware that Bill Clinton is no fan of Barack Obama:
“What does Bill Clinton really think about ‘articulate and attractive’ Barack Obama?
Although Bill Clinton had the occasional intemperate outburst during the 2008 primary campaign, it is generally wise to assume that nothing he and his wife say is accidental. They weight their words carefully, often with a view to their own long-term political interests.
Ever since her 2008 disappointment, I’ve always thought that Hillary Clinton would run for president again in 2016 and, this far out, would stand a very good chance of winning. Given the way President Barack Obama’s performing, a 2012 primary challenge is not inconceivable.
So it was interesting to see Bill Clinton on two Sunday talk shows making fairly positive noises about the Tea Party – in stark contrast to the White House and Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill, who can’t stop themselves chortling about how stupid and bigoted they think members of the movement they are.
But what caught my ear was this from Bill Clinton on NBC: “The question is, what are the specifics? What really matters is what we’re going to do. And right now they’ve elected a lot of people who are articulate and attractive.” Read the full transcript here.
Ostensibly, he was referring to Tea Party victors in Republican primaries, such as Joe Miller and Christine O’Donnell. But the concept of “articulate and attractive” but lacking in policy heft was exactly the Clintonian critique of Obama in 2008 – a critique, it has to be said, which looks ever more accurate as time goes on.“
While many Hillary supporters wish Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton would not do anything which in any way could be construed as support for Barack Obama the fact of the matter is that Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton know that someone is going to have to pick up the pieces of the Obama disaster and put together a viable opposition party in the mold of FDR. This adds another layer of understanding to Bill Clinton’s remarks that voters elect Democrats to fix things when they get messed up.
In addition, imagine the contempt Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton would engender among the very voters they will have to some day unite to clean up the Obama mess if they had pulled a Lisa Murkowski, Charlie Crist, Joe Lieberman, Mike Castle type stunt to stay in power.
More from Harnden:
“So, to paraphrase Bill, right now we need leaders of substance who are not just pretty faces with fine words. Sounds to me like code for “We need Hillary not Obama” and the Clintons are already putting down a marker for another White House run.“
During the 2008 primary campaigns we often heard the argument that “it takes a Clinton to clean up after a Bush”, add Barack Obama’s mess to the Clinton clean up the mess equation.
While we’re at examining what exactly it is that Bill Clinton is saying these days let’s discuss this much ballyhooed ‘failed prediction’ on health care:
“Former president Bill Clinton, a champion of healthcare reform, admitted on Sunday that he made the wrong prediction about the popularity of President Obama’s healthcare bill.
Initially, Clinton had predicted that the polls in favor of Democrats would be boosted as soon as the legislation was signed into law. Instead, Clinton said on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” his prediction was wrong for two reasons.
“First of all, the benefits of the bill are spread out of three or four years. It takes a long time to implement. And secondly, there has been an enormous and highly effective attack on it,” he said.[snip]
“I think he was shocked at the intensity of the Republican opposition,” Clinton said.”
Only a naive dope would have been shocked at the intensity of Republican opposition and all during the 2008 primaries Hillary Clinton said that Obama thought celestial choirs would sing after the elections. So why was there shock and awe at the united Republican front?
What was the context in which Bill Clinton advocated for a genuine health care reform plan at the Nutroots Nation conclave of Obama Hopium Guzzlers? The New York Times reported this on August 14, 2009:
“He complimented President Obama’s town-hall meeting in New Hampshire earlier in the week, saying he hit the right message. (He oddly noted, though, that “one good day in New Hampshire does not a campaign make,” which, while he was referring to Mr. Obama’s town-hall, also holds resonance from his wife’s primary win in that state that restored her confidence after her loss in Iowa to Mr. Obama.) [snip]
He counseled them to debate the best parts, toss out the ones no one could agree on and forget the bad. But stay, he urged, in the lane to get it done.
At that point, Mr. Clinton began a point-by-point revisit of the 1993-94 health care battles, contending that the insurance companies were now rewriting that history.”
What actually happened was Barack Obama made deals in secret with Big PhaRma and tossed out the good and kept the bad. As Bill Clinton was speaking to the Nutroots the full story of Obama’s secret deals were just coming to light. It was that very week that the full story of the Obama deals were beginning to emerge and they were ugly (read our take on August 11, 2009 HERE).
By the time Obama’s health scam passed in 2010, not August 2009, not even Bill Clinton could perfume the Obama stink called “health insurance reform”. When Bill Clinton made his prediction it was before Chris Christie won in New Jersey, before Bob McDonnell won in Virginia and well before Scott Brown became the senator from Massachusetts. It was after the Scott Brown victory that Obama threw whatever good there was remaining in the health scam, betrayed pro-choice men and women, and made every horrible deal in order to impose the horror of his health scam.
We were not the only ones at the time that wondered “Bill Clinton is no dope and he usually lowers expectations, not heightens them. Now, why would Bill do the contrary in this case?”
“Former President Bill Clinton is advising Democrats to pay attention to the grass-roots tea party movement and to talk openly about fiscal concerns ahead of November’s midterm elections.
“There are a lot of real people in this tea party movement that are saying something everyone should hear — which is, ‘Seems like everyone but average Americans are doing all right here. The people that caused the financial crisis are all back in great shape,’” Clinton said in a joint interview with Yahoo and the Huffington Post released over the weekend.”
Is Bill Clinton traveling around the country to benefit Barack Obama or to prepare for the necessary clean-up that must follow the November elections? Bill Clinton is no dope.
“All things being equal, Clinton said, he would prefer to stay out of the debate.
“I’m not in politics anymore, I really don’t want to do it,” said Clinton, though he does keep a robust schedule of fundraisers and appearances for Democrats, especially those who supported Hillary Clinton for president in 2008. “But because I had a good record on budgets, the size of government and the deficits — the things that the independents are concerned about, the things that the Republicans are attacking the president about — I seem to be in a relatively unique position that people at least listen to my arguments. I literally have no idea if I can turn any votes.”
Despite his claims to be a reluctant warrior, Clinton spoke with exuberance as he described what he would say if he were Obama. [snip]
From there he would turn to what in recent days he has made a regular riff, delivered as though he was Obama making the case for Democrats: “All I’m asking you for is two more years. You get a chance to fire us all in two more years, but don’t throw us out and embrace the policies that got us in trouble. Give us two years…See if what we’re doing is working, and you can throw us out.”
As noted above, we doubt Obama will take that advice. Obama does not do accountability.
“Pressed by a reporter on whether Democrats are being too quick to turn away from the lessons of the 1990s, when Clinton survived Republican efforts to evict him from office by reclaiming the loyalties of independent swing voters, the former president clearly agreed. [snip]
A POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll released last week backs up Clinton’s assessment about voter enthusiasm and independent voters. [snip]
If Democrats do get routed in November, Clinton said, Obama’s own reelection prospects might improve, though this is hardly the path he would prefer to a second term. Based on his own experience amid similar circumstances in 1994, Clinton said his advice to Obama would be “to keep his chin up. You’ve still got to show up for work every day. And he’s got to give people hope. So he can’t get down. Or, if he does, he can’t show it. And he’s got to realize that, in the end, it’s not about him. It’s about the American people, and they’re hurting, and they hire us to fix things.”
“…they hire us to fix things.” Unfortunately Bill Clinton’s analysis and advice will fall on big deaf ears – Obama thinks “it’s about him.” Someone has to be hired after Obama to “fix things”.
Obama thinks “to know me is to love me” so all must be right with the world because I am on every TV show imaginable. But voters are rightly angry and Bill Clinton says “respect that anger”.
Treat the American people with respect, says Bill, “don’t play games”. Now, why would Bill have to say such things if Obama is respectful and not playing games?
Over at the fever pitch Obama Hopium den we call DailyKooks, there is no respect for the “racists” that are not happy with Barack Obama. Indeed, at DailyKooks, the “exhausted” Velma Hart was disrespected and attacked:
“It’s been 20 months and the magician Velma Hart voted for still didn’t fix her dilemma: Buying a new car or keeping her kids in a private school. But at least she got her 15 minutes, going from network to network, explaining her tremendous disappointment by president Obama’s non-whimsical answer.
I’ll give it to CNBC and the rest of the corporate media – This was a good one: Let’s take a middle class and pretty well off black lady, and make her the face of disappointed Obama voters. Not someone who’s really in bad shape, not someone who’s unemployed, not someone who lost their home, and of course she must be black – And she is exhausted because he didn’t snap his finger and reversed a decade of destruction, and then he didn’t give her the entertaining answer she was looking for.
I try not to doubt Miss Hart anxiety – over not being able to buy a new car while living in a two income household and putting two kids through private school – but she’s been shamelessly and cynically manipulated here, and gave the media exactly what they were looking for. Rupert Murdoch probably could not believe his lucky stars: A chance to spread the face of a black woman with the huge headline “BETRAYED” on the cover of the New York Post.”
There’s no respect for the “bitter” from the Obama acolytes. Bill Clinton is giving good advice when he can but he knows Obama and his supporters will not take that necessary advice. So Bill Clinton is not deluded enough to think the approaching “calamity” for Obama Dimocrats will be avoided.
Bill Clinton reads the polls and sees the anecdotal evidence as it piles up:
“Loyalties shift in vote-rich suburbs[snip]
Politically, Reunion was meant also to be part of the perfect congressional district, one drawn up after the 2000 Census to be an absolutely 50-50 suburban swing district. There would be no better place in America to judge the mood of the electorate.
Today, the mood in many of the houses along Reunion’s curving sidewalks is one of disappointment.
“I’ve never been more disenchanted,” said Donna Mastrangelo, 48, who moved here from Arizona in 2005. She supported Barack Obama in 2008 but now thinks the president overreached. Sitting on a park bench on a balmy afternoon, she turned to her husband, Louis, and said: “We can be swayed any which way at this point. . . . I don’t want anyone to assume my vote anymore. I want them to work for it.”
In 2008, 59 percent of the voters in Colorado’s 7th District were swayed by Obama’s promise of a government that works for the middle class. That year they reelected their Democratic congressman, Ed Perlmutter, for a second term. The swing district had swung – from Republican in its early years, to Democratic.
After four years of Democratic control in Washington, however, many independents here who voted for Obama now voice varying degrees of disapproval for the president and his party. They say they are frustrated by his inability to forge bipartisan compromise. They say Obama and the Democrats pursued an agenda that was too liberal and have not done enough to shore up the economy.
Sentiments like this can be overheard all around Reunion, and in outer-ring suburban neighborhoods across the country.”
Bill Clinton is no dope. He sees the “Midwestern Meltdown” Obama Dimocrats face. Bill Clinton is well aware that even in “safe” districts in the Southwest Obama Dimocrats are about to be swept out. Whether because of ethnic warfare or mocking those in the border states and elsewhere who are concerned about illegal immigration the voters are being disrespected and Bill Clinton knows he cannot reverse the consequences no matter how much he campaigns.
Bill Clinton is no dope. With his naked eye he can see to 2012 when the present occupant will be thrown out and that salvation lies in a new presidential nominee:
“A significant majority of voters are considering voting against President Barack Obama in the 2012 election, expressing sour views of his new health care law and deep skepticism about his ability to create jobs and grow the sluggish economy, according to the latest POLITICO / George Washington University Battleground Poll.
Only 38 percent of respondents said Obama deserves to be reelected, even though a majority of voters hold a favorable view of him on a personal level. Forty-four percent said they will vote to oust him, and 13 percent said they will consider voting for someone else.
It’s Obama’s policies that are hurting him right now. By a 13-point margin, voters are down on the health care law. In an especially troubling sign, more than half of self-identified independents — 54 percent — have an unfavorable opinion of the law, compared with just 38 percent who have a favorable opinion.”
Bill Clinton knows someone is going to have to pick up the pieces after the Obama disaster. Americans won’t feel better in 2012 and they will continue to throw the bums out as health care prices continue to escalate instead of the cost curve having been “bent” downwards as promised.
The after Obama clean up crew is either going to be a Republican, or someone who has stayed from away from Barack Obama and is the only credible candidate the Democrats have left to run. Bill Clinton is making it nakedly clear what the problem is and what will have to be done about the problem.
The problem is Barack Obama. And that is a naked fact no Emperor clothes can cover.