Update: Bad show ol’ sport! Republican(?) Senator Jeff Flake lives up to his name. Flake thinks Bob Gates’ new book giving Obama the ol’ Backpfeifengesicht is “Extraordinarily bad timing, and form”. Really??? It’s no surprise that the White House disputes Gates memoir claims but even those dolts have not yet called it “bad form”. Soon though, Gates will be called a racist by someone allied to the Obama occupied White House. The Gates of Hell are open.
For us, today’s Big Article is about tomorrow and written by pollster Andrew Kohut. Our regular readers won’t be surprised by Kohut because they read our version of the article some time back. This is wisdom we wrote in April of last year:
“We are sure Hillary Clinton will make a decision on seeking the presidency in 2016 after the 2014 elections which will be a referendum on ObamaCares’ corruptions. After November 2014 it will be time to decide on 2016 for the tribes on all sides.
Over the years even some Hillary Clinton supporters from 2008 are too angry with the corruptions of Barack Obama to support Hillary Clinton now. When they look at Hillary, they see Barack. And it is a maddening sight. [snip]
In 2016 the greatest threat to Hillary Clinton is once again Barack Obama – and his legacy of weakness and profligacy. Tie Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama and she loses. [snip]
What will matter in 2016 is the “center”. If Hillary stays in the center she wins. Hillary spent four years as far from Barack Obama as air travel made possible so she still can make it a convincing argument. If the Republican candidate seizes the center, he or she wins. In either case what matters is that the country win.”
Today, in Politico, Kohut writes:
“Will Obama Drag Down Hillary Clinton in 2016?
There’s no question that Hillary Clinton would make a formidable presidential candidate. She routinely polls as America’s most admired figure, and voters gave her high marks during her tenure as the country’s top diplomat. But Hillary Clinton has a potential problem. His name is Barack Obama.
While she had to contend with “Clinton fatigue” in 2008, “Obama fatigue” is her potential stumbling block this time. Should dissatisfaction with the state of the nation and disapproval of Obama persist as 2016 approaches, the former secretary of state may well struggle to position herself as an agent of change.“
Hillary Clinton, candidate of change, is exactly what we prescribed later in the year:
“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.”
“If Obama’s polling troubles persist as 2016 approaches, Clinton might have a problem with voters who want change. Other presidential candidates have had hard going when voters were dissatisfied with the times and/or their bosses. [snip]
More importantly for 2016, Clinton is especially popular among those who will pick the next nominee. Among Democrats and Independents who lean Democratic, fully 82 percent of the base holds a favorable view of her, and as many as 38 percent say they have a very favorable view of the former first lady. She is best regarded by women, liberals, older people and more affluent Democrats—the same constituencies that nearly won her the nomination in 2008.
Here’s the potential problem: Demographics notwithstanding, views of Clinton among Democrats correlate strongly with views of Obama. No fewer than 71 percent of Democrats who hold a highly favorable view of Obama feel the same way about Clinton. And the converse is true: Democrats who are unenthusiastic about the president are also unenthusiastic about Clinton—just 29 percent rate her very favorably.
And Clinton faces another potential challenge: the desire for change that divides the Democratic base between populists and centrists, given that she was married to one centrist Democratic president and worked for another. The appeal of populism among Democrats in 2016 cannot be discounted. Sixty percent of Democrats continue to say their finances are not in good shape, even as many of them see the stock market and real estate values having recovered. Little wonder that a September Pew survey found 62 percent of Democrats saying that regulation of financial organizations has not gone far enough, compared with just 32 percent of Republicans who hold that view.”
That math is what paralyzes Hillary Clinton 2016. The fear is that telling the truth and slamming Barack Obama will turn off Barack Obama supporters she will need for the nomination fight. This fear leads to the quicksand bog that drowns candidates. How else to explain the strong Clinton presence at the Bill DeBlasio inauguration?
At first the idea of the Clintons attending the DeBlasio inauguration made sense. After all why not throw the DailyKooks a bone and appear with DeBlasio? At first the idea of being seen with DeBlasio as a Kook sedative and lead them to at least accept the idea of Hillary Clinton 2016 and not fight it seems sensible. But they are not DailyKooks for nothing. At some point the DailyKooks and allies will agitate and then attack to “force Hillary to the left”. The DailyKooks and other assorted nuts have already begun pounding the drums in the deep which will eventually lead to all out attacks against Hillary.
Once the idea of the Clintons attending the DeBlasio inauguration is fully considered however it was not a smart thing to do. Already Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York is leading the charge to lower taxes in New York State while now Mayor DeBlasio is leading a nationwide coalition to raise taxes in New York City. Because the city of New York requires the state of New York to approve higher taxes the battle of Cuomo versus DeBlasio will soon be joined. What will the Clintons do then? Anyone recall the mess Hillary Clinton talked herself into during the 2008 debates when she tried to politically protect Governor Andrew Cuomo on driver licenses for illegal aliens?
Late last year we began to write a lot tougher critiques of Hillary Clinton 2016. We wrote this on November 11:
“Because of the ongoing internal debate at Hillary Clinton 2016 we have been advised to hit harder, tougher. We’ve been told the time is now to lambaste Hillary Clinton 2016 with critiques of what must be done and not to be too polite or too kind. There are many in the Hillary Clinton 2016 discussions who agree with us and they need ammunition and our voices as the informal strategy deliberations continue.”
The next day there was a strategy session at the Parker Meridian in New York for Hillary Clinton 2016. Yesterday, Politico reported on the Hillary Clinton 2016 “shadow campaign”. In the “shadow campaign” there are many warnings that neither Hillary Clinton nor America are the concerns of those coming in from the Obama campaign to “help”:
“Chief among those in the “no” camp is Clinton’s chief of staff at the State Department, Cheryl Mills, according to several people familiar with her thinking. Another close Clinton confidante, Maggie Williams, who took the helm of the 2008 campaign after a staff shake-up, is also said to have reservations for the same reason — the DNA-altering experience of a modern presidential campaign in which nothing is guaranteed.
The people cheerleading Clinton on the most are often less close to her. Their focus is primarily on winning — they know Republicans probably won’t put up a candidate as weak as Romney next time and see Clinton as far and away their best shot. [snip]
Beyond potential health concerns, an unforeseen event could make running more complicated. Democrats could struggle mightily in the midterms, and Obama could have another difficult year. Another foreign policy headache could emerge, posing a fresh challenge for the former secretary.”
What is clear to us is that there are many given jobs by Barack Obama who want to keep those jobs and the potential rivers of money flowing to those in power. These people are not interested in Hillary Clinton nor what is good for America. They are “pimping” Hillary Clinton for self-interests (yes Donna, we are also talking about you). So what should Hillary Clinton do?
What Hillary Clinton should do is decide on who her friends are and who has the best interests of America in heart and mind. Those Obama apparatchiks now jumping on the Hillary Clinton 2016 team should be squeezed dry of whatever benefits can be extracted from them. But at some point (the clock started ticking the moment ObamaCare registration for January 1 coverage ended) Hillary Clinton has to choose between the Obama coalition and the Hillary Clinton coalition.
Hillary Clinton can win by bringing back senior voters and the white working class voters that have dumped the Democratic Party they once gave allegiance to. This will enrage the DailyKooks and Obama apparatchiks. But it is the only way for Hillary Clinton to win.
Barack Obama apparatchiks that have infiltrated Hillary Clinton 2016 are terrified that Hillary Clinton will succumb to logic and reality and become the candidate of change from Barack Obama. These Obama loving parasites in Hillary Clinton 2016 know if Hillary tells the truth about Barack Obama their lame duck will be a dead duck.
Today more shots fired at the lame duck wounding Barack Obama further. The shots came from
Bill Bob Gates:
“Robert Gates: Obama White House ‘offended’ Hillary Clinton
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton saw the Obama administration as deeply “controlling” on national security issues, Defense Secretary Bob Gates wrote Tuesday in an essay published adapted from his forthcoming book.
“The controlling nature of the Obama White House, and its determination to take credit for every good thing that happened while giving none to the career folks in the trenches who had actually done the work, offended Secretary Clinton as much as it did me,” Gates writes in an piece published by the Wall Street Journal.
His new book, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary of War,” is set for publication on January 14. According to an early writeup of the book by Bob Woodward of the Washington Post, Gates at times writes reverentially about Clinton, who is expected to decide later this year whether to pursue a presidential bid.
“I found her smart, idealistic but pragmatic, tough-minded, indefatigable, funny, a very valuable colleague, and a superb representative of the United States all over the world,” Gates wrote.”
Obama lovin’ Veep Biden does not get a seal of approval from Gates: “I think he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”
While some, many, will focus on the now shocking Casablanca revelation asserted by Gates that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama both confessed their opposition to the Iraq “surge” in 2007 was “political” the problem for Hillary Clinton 2016 is that the respected Robert Gates – a good friend and ally of Hillary Clinton – lobs some serious ordinance at Obama and Hillary Clinton will at some point be forced to choose between treacherous boob Barack and smart good guy Bob Gates.
We believe the allegations of Bob Gates: Obama kept the war in Afghanistan going despite having lost faith in his strategy years ago –
“Actual quote from Gates’s new book, writing about a meeting with O in March 2011: “As I sat there, I thought: The president doesn’t trust his commander, can’t stand Karzai, doesn’t believe in his own strategy and doesn’t consider the war to be his… For him, it’s all about getting out.” Nearly three years later, we’re still not out despite O’s alleged disbelief. I’m caught between astonishment that any president would send troops to die for a cause he apparently thought was lost and reminding myself that … we already knew this. Right? The Democratic commitment to Afghanistan was always chiefly a function of their opposition to Iraq. They wanted out of the latter but were afraid that the left’s anti-war brand would frighten centrist voters in 2008 who wanted something more muscular in the post-9/11 age. Ramping up in Afghanistan was the answer.”
Barack Obama foreign policy is a disaster. Bob Gates insulates Hillary by noting that the disasters were run from the White House and that the total control by the White House “offended” Hillary. Barack Obama domestic policy is a disaster as well.
The Obama apparatchiks will try to deflect from the foreign and domestic disasters birthed by Barack Obama with all sorts of distracting silliness. The man who vacationed for weeks in Hawaii and whose spousal mooch (and Valerie Jarret and Gayle King) will cost taxpayers millions more for her extended vacation will try to flim flam the voters with rubbish about inequality they don’t believe in nor practice.
In this series, Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow, we’ll discuss why Barack Obama’s attempted distractions will not work. The issue in 2014, as in 2010, will be ObamaCare and the treacherous boob destroying America.
Of course there will be additional disasters authored by Barack Obama, both foreign and domestic, which will grab the spotlight intermittently but the crown jewel of Barack Obama incompetence and treachery is ObamaCare and that will be the issue in 2014. Those thinking about tomorrow better get ahead of events and fight the future fights that matter.