Some of our JournoList and other Big Media readers/critics continue to rewrite what we wrote years ago. They’re catching up. After November they will leap to where we were on January 2009. [For instance, eventually they’ll even become aware of something revelatory about Hillary Clinton’s travel schedule which we will discuss today.]
We hardly ever comment on the latest catch-ups from the catch-up brigade – partly out of modesty and partly out of exhaustion with our dullard students. But this weekend bought us a chuckle when we saw one of our repeated lessons splayed out on the most influential political website of all.
Like fretting teachers in a hot June classroom hovering over dimwitted, nose-picking, pimple-erupting, slack-jawed, heavy-lidded clods at final exams – we exhaled prayers of joy at the realization that some might edge through to a passing grade after months of desk-to-desk combat – with us trying to transmit knowledge and reasoning.
This weekend The DrudgeReport plastered a picture of Bill Clinton above the shocking headline: “CLINTON CAMPAIGNS FOR CLINTON SUPPORTERS“!
Mrs. Smith, a head of the class commentor, submitted an A+ response to the shocking headline. We have a few comments to add.
Back in 2008 we addressed Caroline Kennedy and the fact that the main force against her becoming Senator was Hillary Clinton supporters. At the time of the Caroline Kennedy coronation plots we also reported 2×4 Chuck Schumer was on Hillary Clinton supporters’ side due to self-interest (it took Politico weeks to confirm our reporting of Chuck’s involvement).
Eventually 2×4 Schumer’s own treacheries in 2008 and before emerged. This was at a time that Ben Smith headlined a “long and thin” story at Politico called “Game Over: The Clintons Stand Alone“. That stupid piece of typing is something Smith has recently had to eat along with crow and humble pie.
Though we were attacked for our reports back then, we were subsequently proven correct in our disclosures of what was going on behind the scenes. What is going on behind the scenes shifts constantly as new facts and circumstances emerge and new openings reveal themselves and new traps are laid and avoided.
After the ‘Clintons Alone’ blockbuster failure the Big Media narrative shifted to Bill Clinton as some sort of Obama lapdog doing what Obama wanted. Bill Clinton, it was written and repeatedly said, was an Obama ally doing what Obama told him to do and also Hillary was a trapped bird in an Obama cage. So often is this written and said that even intelligent people believe the nonsense.
How often do we hear, even from Hillary Clinton supporters “why oh why is Bill campaigning for Obama?” Another favorite is “Bill Clinton should not campaign for Obama because he more than anyone knows how corrupt and ugly Barack Obama is. Why is Bill Clinton doing this?”
As we have stated, situations change and strategies must change along with them. Timetables have to be changed sometimes as well. Some basics however, remain. This weekend Kevin, the naughty boy at HillBuzz, addressed the issue of “the list”. “The List” is populated with Claire McCaskill types and many others who stabbed Hillary in the back. The List” remains immutable. Like water flowing around obstacles, the strategies and timetables however, change.
Our argument since 2008 here at Big Pink has been that Obama (along with his henchmen and enablers) must be driven from the race in 2012. The sooner death, doom, and destruction are visited upon the Obama Dimocratic Party the sooner we can return to the winning FDR/Hillary Clinton coalition.
That the Democratic Party of FDR/Hillary Clinton will return is only a matter of time. This will happen either after defeat in 2010 or after further defeat in 2012 or after even further defeat in 2016. But it will happen. We are saying “the sooner the better” and recall the best way to remove a band-aid is to rip it off quickly rather than a long and painful process.
An example of a strategy timetable possibly changing is the debate of Hillary Clinton in 2012 or 2016. Bill Clinton might have kept himself busy outside politics in 2010 when the timetable was 2016. But once the obvious collapse of Obama Dimocrats in 2010 became so obvious it also became obvious that a change in timetable and strategy was wise because 2012 becomes an increasingly real possibility.
Bill Clinton knows that only a concerted effort and multiple appearances (think Blanche Lincoln and the Arkansas primary) by him can help a candidate win election. A onetime appearance for a candidate will not save that candidate unless they are bound for victory already. Bill Clinton’s visits are not multiple appearances that will determine victory nor is Bill Clinton on a tour with Barack Obama and/or Joe Biden and/or Michelle Obama to get out the vote.
For the past two years Hillary Clinton has kept as far away from Barack Obama as is possible. This entire election season Hillary Clinton is also traveling as far far from Barack Obama as possible. Sometime after the November elections Big Media will take note of a thus far ignored aspect of Hillary Clinton’s travel schedule.
While some in Big Media have noted that Hillary Clinton will be away from the United States they have not taken particular notice of the dates.
Hillary Clinton will not return to the United States until Barack Obama leaves on a 12 day long trip. Originally Barack Obama was to leave the country on November 7. But Obama does not want to be accountable for the election disaster that will arrive at his doorstep on November 2. So Obama has moved up his get out of town day to the evening of November 4.
Months ago, when Hillary was preparing her travel schedule she assumed Barack Obama would be in D.C. until November 7. Isn’t it remarkable that Hillary Clinton planned her trip to be out of the country and only return the day after Obama was originally scheduled to get out of town? This means that for two weeks before, and two weeks after the November disaster, Hillary Clinton will be no where near Barack Obama. Amazing timing isn’t it?
This weekend the New York Times reported that Bill Clinton made an appearance for Hillary Clinton supporter Gavin Newsom. At the same rally Bill Clinton appeared with the loathsome Hillary Hater Jerry Brown. In the photograph accompanying the story, Bill Clinton has a big Bill Clinton smile. Gavin Newsom has a wide smile as he attaches himself to Bill. Jerry Brown, with a forced half-smile however, does not appear too happy as he is forced to accept and acknowledge help from Bill Clinton – a man he cannot stand and has contempt for. But now Brown owes Bill and Bill, on Brown’s dime, gets to do what he loves to do – campaign and talk with the American people.
Even lunkhead Big Media repeater of the obvious Howard Fineman appears to be getting a clue. Now a flack for Huff n’ Puff Fineman realizes that Obama is not popular:
“Like Voldemort’s, Obama’s is a name no one dares utter — and that includes Clinton speaking to Democrats. [snip]
To be fair, almost no one else at the one-hour rally mentioned the sitting president. [snip]
Still, the eerie invisibility of the president is a telling commentary on the Democrats’ confused, divided and defensive predicament as they brace for the verdict of the voters on Election Day, Nov. 2. There was something odd — and, if you’re a Democrat, depressing — about a former Democratic president avoiding any mention of his Democratic successor.”
Fineman provides a ready retort to the pearl clutchers who continue to weep “Why is Bill doing this? Why is Bill campaigning for these Obama Dimocrats? Why is Bill helping them?”
“Clinton sincerely wants to help out on the trail — and certainly wants to avoid the accusation that he didn’t try to help. But his travels have turned into a personal victory lap that often makes him — not the candidate he’s touting — the center of attention. That was true here in Kentucky. The rally’s mechanics were mostly handled by the Secret Service; more to the point, the final (and therefore top-billed) speaker wasn’t Conway. It was Clinton. The Conway people didn’t mind. They were glad to have him.
Rail-thin but not frail, wearing a tweedy professorial sports coat and his signature rueful, knowing smile, Clinton was treated with a respect bordering on awe. His familiar mane of white hair, thinning now, was translucent in the sun, giving him an almost otherworldly look: the Sage from a Better Age.
Clinton is beloved In Kentucky. He won the state twice. He speaks the local dialect, which contains Appalachian notes of working-class pride, suspicion of big shots and Baptist revivalism. But more than that — and more than just in Kentucky –Clinton’s economic record (22.7 million jobs created, and he tends not to forget to mention the .7) looks spectacularly good in the context of what has followed.
These days there is almost an Old Testament, milk-and-honey reverence for that economic record, at least as expressed by former Kentucky Sen. Wendell Ford. An old-school podium pounder, Ford — stooped but still strong voiced at 86 — talked of the former president in messianic terms. “Bill Clinton found us the path to gold!” he shouted. The crowd of 2,000, most of them students, didn’t laugh. They seemed to think he was right.
How any of this helps Obama is far from clear; it isn’t even clear that it helps many Democrats — since they’d be joining the same Washington party that the current president ostensibly heads.”
Do we need to make things any clearer to the pearl clutchers who head to the fainting couch every time they hear that Bill Clinton is making a one time appearance somewhere for someone?
Do we have to repeat that every appearance by Bill Clinton is a disaster for Obama because the comparison is one he cannot win now that there are two records to compare? Fineman sums up why Bill Clinton (and Hillary Clinton) can speak with all Americans in a genuine voice:
“But Clinton is all too happy to show Obama how it’s done. As a campaigner and as president, Clinton’s gift was his ability to untangle the knots of even the most complex policy issue and explain it in plain language to people suspicious of the powerful — but eager not to be screwed by them or to be seen as dupes. Republicans and their corporate allies were out to shut down the few good things that government does for you, he said, in the name of balancing a budget that they themselves destroyed. “I gave you budget surpluses!” Clinton said, as if this had been an act of personal beneficence.”
When Bill Clinton is described as a “messiah” figure or personally ordaining “beneficence” in the form of budget surpluses, that is an aftereffect of Fineman’s Big Media worship of Obama. Bill Clinton has never claimed unto himself Messiah status. Bill Clinton’s claims about the budget surpluses are part of the historical record. In New York when a heckler appeared Bill Clinton reminded all that he is the only president alive that signed 4 balanced budgets and produced 4 consecutive surpluses and that when he left office the federal government was the size of Dwight Eisenhower’s government in 1960. As Bill Clinton said to the heckler “you need to listen to me”.
While Bill Clinton reminds us what a president sounds like, Barack Obama intrudes to display what a clown looks and sounds like. In yesterday’s New York Times Barack Obama made a spectacular fool of himself and made life difficult for Obama Dimocrats running for office. Obama not only admitted that there are no such things as “shovel ready” projects (the same ones Obama Dimocrats foolishly or mendaciously voted to fund) but Obama wants us to believe that his problem is one of publicity stunts:
“Most of all, he has learned that, for all his anti-Washington rhetoric, he has to play by Washington rules if he wants to win in Washington. It is not enough to be supremely sure that he is right if no one else agrees with him. “Given how much stuff was coming at us,” Obama told me, “we probably spent much more time trying to get the policy right than trying to get the politics right. There is probably a perverse pride in my administration — and I take responsibility for this; this was blowing from the top — that we were going to do the right thing, even if short-term it was unpopular. And I think anybody who’s occupied this office has to remember that success is determined by an intersection in policy and politics and that you can’t be neglecting of marketing and P.R. and public opinion.”
As Democrat Kirsten Powers rebutted, the problems are not ones due to publicity stunts:
“We probably spent much more time trying to get the policy right than trying to get the politics right,” President Obama told The New York Times this week. “There is probably a perverse pride in my administration . . . that we were going to do the right thing, even if short-term it was unpopular.”
Yes, it is perverse.
It’s pure fiction to say that the White House has crafted brilliant strategies to save America. It should get credit for averting another Great Depression but one smart (but flawed) policy doesn’t excuse the drift on areas of intense importance to the United States.
Take cap and trade: What exactly was it about taxing businesses in the middle of a major recession that seemed like it would be a popular idea?
Then there was the whole “we are going to jump-start the economy by retrofitting homes” argument.
If something doesn’t sound right, it probably isn’t. The idea that we’d revitalize our economy with what are essentially janitorial jobs was absurd from the beginning.
The administration promised that 900,000 jobs would come from building retrofits. Turns out, according to the Energy Department, just 13,000 such jobs were created in the last reported quarter.
That’s not a public-relations or political problem. That’s a problem with the policy.”
Bill Clinton will campaign for Hillary Clinton supporters and that shocked DrudgeReport this weekend. Bill Clinton has been making clear his intention to campaign for those that were there for Hillary in 2008 for a long time now. That DrudgeReport headlined this non-story demonstrates that increasingly many are aware that 2012 and 2016 are strategies and timetables that are developing, not fully developed. This is the article that shocked DrudgeReport:
“Bill Clinton back out campaigning ‘for everybody that helped Hillary run for president’ against Obama
Speculation about Hillary Clinton’s continued presidential ambitions is rife. Husband Bill is back on the campaign trail, offering thanks to those who backed her in 2008 – and laying the foundations for another try in 2016. [snip]
In this febrile climate within the party, there is one Democratic figure whose soothing tones can help calm things down – the Big Dog himself, former President Bill Clinton. I caught up with him in Española, New Mexico, site of the first European colony in America, last week and he was on vintage form.
Gone was the red-faced, finger-wagging Bill who I saw in South Carolina in early 2008, when he exploded with anger at being accused of racism by Obama allies as the Democratic nomination slipped from his wife Hillary’s grasp. Instead, Española saw Chilled Bill, a man vindicated by events and who knows he was right to warn of Obama’s shortcomings.”
Bill Clinton went to Española to “repay the debt” to Dinane Denish a Hillary supporter in 2008.
“Bill, hoarse-voiced but with a glint in his eye, explained that this was his 80th event. He made crystal clear just who he was representing on the campaign trail – and it wasn’t Obama. “I planned to do about one stop for everybody that helped Hillary run for president because she’s one of only two members of the president’s cabinet who cannot participate in politics,” he said.
As Secretary of State, he reminded people, is not permitted to campaign. “Then I got out here and started stirring around and realised that a lot of people were mad and even more confused and I didn’t want it on my conscience so I just loaded up and started strolling around.”
British understatement is employed in the article to describe Hillary Clinton’s schedule and her maintenance of distance from Obama and his myriad disasters:
“Becoming vice-president would tie her to Obama on domestic policy. Through political good fortune (not to mention calculation), she has been out of that arena for the past two years, meaning that there are no Clinton fingerprints on unpopular health care, bail-out or stimulus legislation.
Hillary has been loyal to Obama – it would have been politically foolish to appear otherwise – but her discrete job means she can remain distant from most of what he does.
It just so happens that Hillary will be out of town on November 2nd, when Democrats expect a pummeling at the polls. She’ll be on the other side of the globe, in fact, on a tour including stops in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
The message is unmistakable: “Nothing to do with me!”
Hillary will not only be away from Barack Obama for the next several weeks, but she will be away from him for several weeks after the elections. While Hillary Clinton works to save the world from Obama’s bumblings, Bill Clinton is also hard at work:
“Bill’s stump speeches are helping lay the foundations of a 2016 campaign. His presence on the campaign trail, often in parts of the country where Obama is not so popular, reinforces the 2008 argument that the Clintons (in terms of power politics, it is fruitless to view them separately) can reach places Obama cannot.
It also shows that the wounds of the epic Obama-Clinton battle of 2008 have not healed. Conspicuous by his absence from Española was Bill Richardson, the current New Mexico governor, who was publicly branded a “Judas” by James Carville, the Clinton consigliere, for endorsing Obama. Richardson was never even mentioned by Denish or the former President.
After trying something new and shiny in the person of Obama and being disappointed, many Democrats are now indulging in Clinton nostalgia. “We Miss the Thrill of Bill” read one prominent sign in Española.
“He let me hug him!” exclaimed Loyda Martinez, 57, after the event. “And he hugged me back! A lot of these politicians, you can barely touch their hands. Bill has a way of connecting with the ordinary person that Obama does not.” Bill’s past foibles are viewed as endearing. “He like the ladies!” laughed one man as Bill posed for pictures beside a platinum blonde.”
Bill Richardson is on “the list” personally placed there by Bill Clinton even as Hillary publicly makes nice.
Richardson is a reason why these “calculations” and private vs. public behaviors must be calibrated. Richardson pretended, like many others such as 2×4 Schumer, to be either neutral or supporting Hillary in 2008. But these were deceptions engineered by Ted Kennedy and Tom Daschle and Rahm Emanuel and others. Now we find ourselves in Borgia Italy. It is a situation post 2004-2008 deceptions in which the Democratic Party leadership engineered a coup against the rank and file Democratic voter. So it is Borgia Italy and we are still peeling the onion of what exactly happened in 2008 and who can be trusted and who is on “the list”.
Barack Obama is busy with his own fate as sole concern. Obama’s campaign schedule is designed to help himself in 2012 and only parenthetically those (particularly governors in states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, and Nevada) he is campaigning for.
Barack Obama is, like a third-world dictator when the peasants with pitchforks approach the castle, ready to flee the United States right after the elections. Unfortunately he will return. But Obama knows what is coming. The many corruptions are coming to light – whether it is the Countrywide scandals from Connecticut or the mob bankster friend of Obama in Illinois
Obama is aware that even “safe” congressmen such as Dennis Kucinich are in trouble (DK is up by only 4 points). Likewise Loretta Sanchez is now tied with Republican Van Tran.
Barack Obama is aware that the “winning coalition from 2008 has crumbled” and that fully one quarter of his 2008 “supporters” will soon be reclassified as “racists” as they vote against Obama Dimocrats. It’s so bad even Politico is taking notice.
But most of all Barack Obama is aware that Hillary is keeping her distance from him for weeks before and weeks after the November Barack Obama election disasters. And Barack Obama is very aware that every Bill Clinton appearance is like a bag full of rotten tomatoes aimed directly at Obama.