Update: Why would anyone who wants to win in 2016 support ObamaCare? It was a mess, it is a mess, it will remain a mess. It’s a scam in which the American taxpayer is forced by the American government to pay insurance companies money for nothing. The latest Uh oh: D.C. ObamaCare exchange announces website won’t be able to calculate subsidies until November. Then the “calculations” will be made “off line”. If the D.C. ObamaCare website is in so much trouble a few days before launch imagine the mess the entire ObamaCare scam is in nationwide. Let the corruption collapse unto itself.
ObamaCare opponents in the Capitol should do everything in their power to force ObamaCare on congress. As we wrote a while back “ Repeal It, Don’t ‘Repair’ It; Nix It – Don’t ‘Fix’ It.”
Hillary Clinton 2016 is a muddled message mess. The elemental question a campaign must answer before it begins to even be a dream is at this point answered by Hillary Clinton 2016 with a dust storm of incoherence. Joe Biden has answered the basic question for his campaign. Most Republicans have answered the essential question for their prospective campaigns. Ted Cruz has certainly answered the fundamental question candidates must answer before their campaigns organize and mobilize. Hillary Clinton 2016 however is a wagon train immersed in fog headed into quicksand bogs because it has not answered the question a campaign must answer as the chief policy motivation and raison d’etre of the candidate.
The central question for any campaign is whether the electorate must “stay the course!” or whether it is “time for a change!”. It’s one or the other. There is no other question. A merge, a double message won’t sell. A “let’s stay the course but change” concoction has as much appeal and logic as vegetarian pork chops. Hillary Clinton 2016 thus far mumbles non sequiturs hoping no one will notice the screeching echoes of the 2008 muddled message mess (which we tried to correct) when the campaign careened from message to message while the Obama campaign stuck to it’s simple and clear lie.
Is the Hillary Clinton 2016 rationale the same as Joe Biden’s reason to run? Ol’ Joe will go to the electorate and say things are going so well and so on track “we must stay the course!” Recently Bumbling Joe drew a contrast between himself and Hillary at a 2016 Iowa event and rewrote 2008 history. Said bumbling Joe about 2008 and by implication 2016, at the Tom Harkin Iowa Steak Fry, “But if you go back and look at those 13 debates, the only two people who never disagreed on a single solitary subject in those debates were Barack Obama and Joe Biden.” Joe must have been drinking again ’cause we remember things a bit differently. But well enough, it is clear Joe is gonna go with Barack for 2016.
Republicans and the Republican 2016 candidate? Republicans will reason with the electorate and say things are off track and it is “time for a change!”.
Hillary Clinton 2016? Is it “time for a change”? Or is it “stay the course”. Thus far, it is mush. In recent interview articles with Hillary we read of policy “disputes” with Barack Obama at the same time as support for Barack Obama. This is too cute by more than a half.
We understand the challenges Hillary Clinton 2016 faces and we have written about the need for the “gull ‘em then cull ‘em” strategy. First sedate the Obama hordes now in possession of what was once the Democratic Party, then the kill, the cull. But the “gull” has turned into more of a “lull” as Hillary Clinton 2016 meanders about without a winning message for 2016. Many will argue that there is still plenty of time to develop a message. But message damage is being done daily and like the drivers licenses for illegal aliens issue in 2008 the damage will be severe in a a general election.
The challenges are not nearly as plentiful as the opportunities. Americans believe the country is on the wrong track according to the latest Bloomberg poll. Obama’s approval numbers are under water and 2014 will likely so blast lame duck Barack Obama he will be dead duck Barack Obama. A brand new CBS/NYT poll: Obama tanking on foreign policy demonstrates Barack Obama’s stink of failure has spread internationally. Domestically, Barack Obama is a big stink too. The Obama stink will get worse as failure takes hold and will not turn to perfume by 2016.
Hillary Clinton should position herself as the candidate of “CHANGE!”. Repeat the positions taken in 2008 and note how wise that course would have been. Declare it is “time for a change” to effective leadership and unite the white working class with her campaign for change. Let Joe Biden be the “stay the course” candidate aboard the Titanic. Hillary Clinton 2016 could easily be the lot less scary candidate of “time for a change” which is the default on every Republican 2016 bumper sticker. But cutesie-wutsie won’t get the gold. Yet that muddled message mess is the course Hillary Clinton 2016 is on.
Barack Obama’s health scam, ObamaCare, is nothing like what Hillary Clinton proposed as a universal health plan. Indeed, as was published this September 22, ObamaCare was a campaign ploy line designed to mask the fact that Barack Obama had no idea what he was talking about and had no health care plan. Yet now slimy immigration hustler Lindsay Graham, with a great deal of justification due to the Hillary Clinton 2016 Muddled Message Mess, calls ObamaCare “ClintonCare”:
“Hillary Clinton decided today to own Obamacare, so in 2016 when this thing falls apart and the economy is in shambles, because of Obamcare, I am going to hereafter call it ‘Clintoncare’,” Graham said Tuesday on Fox News’s “On the Record.”
“The one story that people are not talking about is that Bill and Hillary Clinton, particularly Hillary Clinton, fully embraced Obamacare today. They’re selling this bill as hard as they can sell it. I will never call it Obamacare anymore. I’m going to call it Clintoncare,” Graham (R-S.C.) said.”
Obama’s Praetorian Guard Politico even declares the “Obamacare elixir” to be “the Clintons”. So even as Barack Obama confesses he raised taxes to bring about ObamaCare; as the ObamaCare impact on health insurance individual market premiums dramatically increase; as ObamaCare potentially will destroy Medicare not just take the half trillion dollars it already has stripped from Medicare; as Obamacare Will Increase Health Spending By $7,450 For A Typical Family of Four; even as Politico notes that ObamaCare has suffered “One blow after another” this is the time Hillary Clinton 2016 has disastrously chosen to embrace the ObamaCare that so trashed Hillary’s thoughtful health plan of 2008. The Clinton caveats about ObamaCare will be ignored in 2016 as they are today and no amount of parsing and revisiting words will change the disaster being created in these very early days in the 2016 cycle.
It’s not just ObamaCare where the Hillary Clinton 2016 message is a muddled mess. Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State advocated for aid to the Syrian rebels before the Syrian rebels became an Al Qaeda operation. Both former Obama Defense Secretary Bob Gates and Hillary friend and former Obama Defense Secretary Leon Panetta have attacked Obama on Syria. Obama made a mess in Syria with red lines and a yellow streak but from Bill Clinton – who called Obama a “wuss” and a “fool” on Syria - we now hear things turned out O.K. even though they clearly are worse than ever and Assad is permanently in the catbird seat watching Vladimir Putin drive middle east policy.
On Egypt Hillary Clinton fought Barack Obama who did everything to undermine Hillary and get rid of American friend (and scumbag) Hosni Mubarak. But instead of critiques from Hillary Clinton 2016 we hear mumbles. On Libya Hillary was right to call for the destruction of the Qaddafi government because even the current mess in Libya is better than what was. But there is Benghazi and Hillary Clinton has a story to tell but instead of telling it there is a duplicitous silence to protect Barack Obama.
That is not to say that there is no strategy to what is being said. What strategy there is leads to a dead end in 2016. Hillary Clinton 2016 needs clarity of purpose and message. That means either a strategic shut up until the matter is fully developed or a fully developed strategy now. Word games and ill considered support for policies that are going to blow up are not smart.
Instead what is being delivered are balanced statements which Big Media and Obama sycophants outside Big Media blare as all out endorsements. Usually the “all out endorsements” are less than advertised and loaded with double messages. We are not alone when we notice that there are caveats and exit strategies to what Bill and Hillary Clinton are saying:
“Clinton has taken a press hiatus since she left the State Department in January—“I’ve been successful at avoiding you people for many months now!” she says, laughing. She is tentative and careful, tiptoeing into every question, keenly aware that the lines she speaks will be read between. In our interview, she emphasizes her “personal friendship” with Obama, with whom she had developed a kind of bond of pragmatism and respect—one based on shared goals, both political and strategic. “I feel comfortable raising issues with him,” she says. “I had a very positive set of interactions, even when I disagreed, which obviously occurred, because obviously I have my own opinions, my own views.”
Is that a tiptoe away from Obama’s foreign policy, especially after jumping in with both feet to support attacks on Syria only to see Obama retreat just days later? Hmmmm.”
“In her first major interview since leaving the State Department, Hillary Clinton highlighted the experience she gained working in the administration and positioned herself as an independent thinker as she mulls a 2016 bid.
“I’ve had a unique, close, and personal front-row seat,” she told New York Magazine, in a story posted on Sunday. “And I think these last four years have certainly deepened and broadened my understanding of the challenges and opportunities that we face in the world today.” [snip]
The story explores how Clinton has sought to carve out her own image, creating space both from her husband — who wasn’t much of a presence at the State Department, the story says — and now, from the current president.
“I feel comfortable raising issues with him,” she said of Obama, her former Democratic primary opponent. “I had a very positive set of interactions, even when I disagreed, which obviously occurred, because obviously I have my own opinions, my own views.”
The piece signals that the State Department atmosphere under her leadership stood in stark contrast to the reportedly toxic nature of her 2008 presidential campaign, though the story also questions whether the current version of Clintonworld can avoid that drama.”
The nuances do not escape us. We understand. The idea is to run the “gull and cull” to the left strategy during the primaries and then run to the middle for the general election. But that is the same incoherence in mirror image of what Hillary Clinton 2008 did. In 2008 the entire strategy was to be positioned for victory in the general election without any awareness of the shenanigans cooked up by Journolisters and Kennedy-Reid-Pelousy who behind the scenes had ginned the system for Barack Obama.
In the age of YouTube and the internet it is very difficult to run a campaign with a red line separating the nomination fight and the general election battle. Now a campaign and a candidate must have coherence – not a “pivot” delusion which distinguishes primaries from general election battlegrounds. Just look at Mitt Romney 2012 if you don’t understand this new reality.
The central question a campaign must answer before it is even a gleam in the eye of the candidate or the candidate’s supporters is do we want to go to the electorate with the message that we must “stay the course” or is it “time for a change”. Hillary Clinton 2016 thinks it can escape that formulation. It cannot.
Unlike with Barack Obama in 2008 Hillary Clinton 2016 will not be cocooned and protected by Big Media. The Barack Obama Stalinists like the DailyKooks are not about to let Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton pry the party from their fingers with parsed language. Already the left has prepared all the 2008 foolishness in Big Media of Hillary, don’t run for president. The left is ready with the “she’s too old”, it’s a dynasty, new generation time, is she healthy?, personal enrichment, scandals, Monica – arguments made in 2008 and which would easily be forgiven if the dynasty candidate was a Kennedy, Michelle Obama or another favorite. As to age we recall five years ago when once pretty boy Matt Damon declare senior citizen John McCain should not be elected because he would not survive four years in office.
Big Media will not, neither will the DailyKooks left, tolerate a Hillary Clinton which deviates one inch from Obama dogma. But by 2016 the American electorate will want to flush Obama and the Obama Hopium Guzzlers away. It will be time for a change.
For Hillary Clinton 2016 the time to think about the end game is now. We assume of course that there will be a Hillary Clinton 2016 and this is not a Colin Powell run for President. Powell’s “run” years ago which he was so coy about ultimately turned out to be a profitable marketing ploy which garnered higher fees for speeches and a markedly more lucrative book deal. If what we are seeing is a marketing strategy then it is not a muddled message mess at all but a brilliant “Fu*k You” pocket picking for a party that more than deserves to have its pockets picked, the dollars plucked, and nothing less than a brutal….