An imploding Hillary is premised on a notion by Jonathan Last that Hillary will be destroyed by the horrid mess Barack Obama is responsible for. It’s an argument we made a long time ago.
Our advice to Hillary then was to attack Obama and separate herself from his mess. As we discuss in our article below, that appears to be exactly the path Hillary has finally begun to walk. Instead of imploding, as we ourselves suggested HERE, Hillary Clinton is beginning to correct course. And as to Terry Gross and DOMA, Hillary spoke the historical truth and that smack-down is the tough Hillary Americans like to love.
The imploding Hillary article is further undermined by the authors of the imploding Hillary article with their quote from JustKarl Does it matter whether Hillary is imploding when the GOP’s big idea is a man in a squirrel suit?
It’s a squirrel in more ways than one. Here’s how Hillary bakes squirrel pie:
Take politics out of politics! Take competition out of sports! Take sex out of pornography! Take money out of business! Take corruption out of Obama! Take conservatives out of panty-sniffing! Take deviousness out of the left! Take stupidity out of the right!
The hypocritical and devious idiots on the left along with the buffoons on the right love, just love, to criticize Bill and Hillary Clinton for playing politics. “Everything they do is so calculated… they’re so political.” Guess what – we admire a politician that plays politics. What we detest is a clod who plays politics badly.
Barack Obama is a clod who plays politics badly. Oh sure, Obama is a gussied up trollop genius at self-promotion and self-advancement. Like a transvestite hooker on a street corner Barack Obama can get the cash but once the clothes come off he can’t deliver what he promised to the customer.
Put aside the great problem for Barack Obama: Americans know his loyalties lie not with America nor the American people but with himself. That’s a great part of Obama’s problem, one that Americans sensed from the beginning, that manifested itself in demands for documentation and a birth certificate. It wasn’t, as clever Obama campaign creeps twisted it, a “racist” attack or a perception of Obama as “the other”.
The problem was that Obama advanced from nowhere having done nothing other than vote “present” on critical issues and that he expressed loathing for simple things such as buying Christmas gifts and wearing flag lapel pins. There was Obama’s Iraq speech but that was entirely “a fairy tale” told to idiots.
Having race-baited his way to the White House a smart politician would have banked his gains by releasing all the information about himself denied during the campaign and reached out to co-opt the minority in order to achieve great things. But ever the clod Barack Obama beat his chest with declarations of “I won” and publicly masturbated his ego. It was dumb politics.
Here are the wages for dumb politics by a clod politician:
“This poll is a disaster for the president,” Todd said. “You look at the presidency here: Lowest job rating, tied for the lowest; lowest on foreign policy. His administration is seen as less competent than the Bush administration, post-Katrina.”
“On the issue of do you believe he can still lead? A majority believe no. Essentially the public is saying your presidency is over,” Todd added.
A smart politician playing smart politics would not constantly be seen taking vacations and golfing especially not during international crisis explosions. A smart politician would not visit with his robot giraffe friend (we don’t mean Michelle) during an international crisis. There are those who mocked Bill and Hillary Clinton for commissioning polls on where they should vacation but who is playing smart politics and who is a boob ignoring the will of the people?
You wanna throw a good dinner party? You better poll your friends to see what they eat and drink these days. You don’t want to serve steaks and assorted meats if most of your friends have gone vegetarian. You don’t want to serve vegetarian dishes if what your friends crave is a thick steak with greasy sauce all over it. Get the point?
You want to throw a big steak barbeque you better not invite your veggie friends who will be disgusted by the slaughter. It’s smart politics on a micro level.
A smart politician playing smart politics must know what the constituents who elected her are thinking. That does not mean that a smart politician is driven entirely by polls. But a smart politician better know what the people are thinking and what the people want and don’t want. Consider FDR.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt can be considered one the biggest liars ever. FDR ran on a promise of keeping the United States out of war and as president regularly restated that the United States would not get involved in the conflagrations and horrors abroad.
But FDR privately knew that he had to prepare the United States for the real world about to literally explode in their back yard. “Brilliant politician” FDR played smart politics. FDR provoked the Japanese with embargoes that threatened to choke the empire. FDR’s “lend lease program” sold as a neighbor lending his garden hose to a neighbor with a burning house is correctly called by historian Robert Dallek “patent nonsense”.
“Brilliant politician” FDR played smart politics:
I think the lasting importance of the Atlantic conference between FDR and Churchill was that they got along, that they had a kind of mutual view of the world. They accepted the proposition that the greatest thing they had to do was to defeat Nazi Germany, that this was an absolutely crucial thing for democracy in the world. And that this blight upon western civilization had to be overcome. And that they were both committed to it and it was clear, crystal clear to both of them that this was their agenda. Whatever tactics, methods they might use, that this was their ultimate goal and they shared it and they wouldn’t lose sight of it.
Liar or leader or both? What we do know is that FDR acted in what he perceived to be America’s best interests. The same cannot be said of Barack Obama whose interest in what is good for the United States is at best incidental to his pleasures and delusions of world historical grandeur.
We rejoice every time we see a brilliant politician playing smart politics. Indeed a great deal of Bill Clinton’s charms which Republicans/conservatives refuse to see even as it stares them right in the face and bites them in the ass is that Bill Clinton is a brilliant politician constantly getting himself in trouble – and then somehow getting himself out of trouble. Millions cheer the man on the flying trapeze!
Republicans/conservatives and leftists don’t seem to recognize that this “perils of Pauline” drama exemplified by Bill Clinton is also one of Hillary Clinton’s great strengths. Why are so many Americans so supportive of Hillary Clinton even if they cannot name one single solitary Hillary Clinton “achievement”? A great part of this inchoate admiration is that Americans admire Bill and Hillary Clinton because they can take a licking and keep on ticking (pun mischievously intended).
We intended to write today about Hillary Clinton’s achievements in the State Department and beyond but Tuesday’s tour-de-force performances on CNN and Fox News deserve more discussion. You won’t find much written about Tuesday’s Hillary appearances. The DailyKooks left sulked in silence because they hate Hillary even going on Fox News let alone planting bombs in Obama’s ass. Republicans/conservatives glumly stayed mostly silent too.
Republican/conservative John Fund had some nice things to say and saw some of what we saw:
She did put some distance between herself and Obama on the IRS scandal, making it clear she agreed that any controversy involving that powerful agency should concern Americans. She implied she didn’t think it was the kind of “phony scandal” the president has dismissed it as. She called for a continued investigation into wrongdoing at the IRS but insisted it be depoliticized as much as possible. [snip]
All in all, her opponents were given no new ammunition but supporters of President Obama were put on notice that she will continue to distance herself from his policies in both subtle and not-so-subtle ways.
Obama-lovin’ Joe Trippi saw pretty much the same thing many of us did:
Trippi, like us, was surprised Hillary came off “as relaxed as she did.” Trippi also said he thought Hillary’s worst moment was on the IRS. Trippi then noted that the IRS scandal hurts Barack Obama and in no way hurts Hillary. Smart politics.
Paul Mirengoff at Powerline had nice things to say too and also noticed this:
First, it confirmed the Clinton is prepared to distance herself from President Obama.
For example, on the Bergdahl deal, she insisted that she wanted a different, broader deal, and declined to come right out and say she would have made the deal Obama ultimately agreed to. She also implied that the Obama State Department may not be doing enough to free the Marine being held by Mexican authorities.
Clinton even went so far as to lump Obama together with President Bush (and her husband). [snip]
Clinton also struggled to defend her claim that the five Taliban commanders released in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl pose no threat to the United States. She relied on the fact that the five are in Qatar and “are supposed to be constrained from what they can do, and certainly they are not supposed to be permitted to travel.”
Clinton’s resort to the word “supposed” gives the game away. And even if the supposed constraints are meaningful, they are good for only one year.
Clinton’s Obama problem came to the fore when she was asked whether she agreed with Obama that the IRS scandal is “phony.” She admitted that the scandal might be real, but defended Obama’s comment by interpreting it to mean that the scandal is being used by some for partisan purposes.
Obama is under the ReadyForHillary bus on the IRS scandal and when the Obama Terrorist Squad starts to conspire and kill – Hillary will be positioned to attack Obama on his failed Qatar Obama Terrorist Squad death deal.
On the NSA, the American Marine imprisoned by Mexico, the sexist/misogynist dudes that wanted Hillary to attack Sarah Palin, and the sexist/misognyist ageist dudes working at the behest of Barack Obama – Hillary took aim and fired:
Most heart broken Obama troll? It has to be the dude who wants Hillary to run as Obama’s third term.
We have repeatedly pointed out that Hillary should consider Obama to be radioactive Ebola. “she can’t offer more of the same, because no one wants that.”
Empirical evidence to the contrary, it wasn’t exactly my intent to unload on the poor guy who has to somehow turn five and a half years of Obama by-products into something that people might not retch at the mere sight of. I’ve been there, you see. I know how it feels when your party has given you nothing to work with – and at least then I still had a President with a strong moral sense and a stubborn refusal to bend on the policies that he knew that he had to defend, if he wanted to avoid going to Hell when he died. This guy doesn’t even have that, and while I will not judge anybody who callously shrugs at the author’s poor life choices I’m just a big softy sentimentalist at heart, especially since it doesn’t actually cost me anything.
But seriously: Hillary Clinton should totally run on a promise for four more years of Barack Obama. She should yell that from every podium, soapbox, sound stage, and maybe yodel it from the top of the Grand Canyon. No. Really. I insist.
Moe is goofing on Hillary but more on Barack Obama’s record of ceaseless failure. Moe Lane like every intelligent Republican/conservative wants to tie Hillary Clinton to the leper. It’s smart politics.
It’s smart politics what Moe Lane tongue-in-cheek advises. After Tuesday’s romp by Hillary the Shiite left is sulking and the Sunni right is unhappy that Hillary is wiggling out of the ropes that tie her to the Ebola carcass:
During a town hall on CNN on Tuesday, Clinton was asked about a recent surge of unaccompanied minors rushing over the Mexican border. When asked what the United States should do about this predicament, Clinton endorsed deportation.
“They should be sent back as soon as it can be determined who responsible adults in their families are, because there are concerns whether all of them should be sent back,” Clinton said. “But I think all of them who can be should be reunited with their families.”
“We have so to send a clear message, just because your child gets across the border, that doesn’t mean the child gets to stay,” she continued. “So, we don’t want to send a message that is contrary to our laws or will encourage more children to make that dangerous journey.”
Rub your eyes and read that again. Then there is this:
On foreign policy, Clinton did nothing to counter the prevailing notion on the left that she is far more hawkish than President Barack Obama. “I don’t think we should be retreating from the world,” Clinton said, in an implicit rebuke of the Obama administration’s unstated doctrine of global retrenchment.
She distanced herself from the present administration on Syria, noting that the White House should have armed the Syrian rebels “you know, two plus years ago.”
To the likely dismay of The New York Times editorial board, which praised the administration’s outreach to Iran on Tuesday, Clinton expressed doubts in the utility of a partnership with the Islamic Republic. “I am not prepared to say that we go in with Iran right now, until we have a better idea what we’re getting ourselves into,” Clinton said.
At the CNN “townhall” Hillary demonstrated she understands the cobra that is the Iranian theocracy:
“What they (Iran) want to do in Baghdad is basically to envelop (Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki) in the Iranian embrace, maybe even use their own troops in Iraq, as they did in Syria. That is a very difficult position to put the United States in.”
Bush made a mess, Obama made is worse. We opposed the war in Iraq because it would benefit the theocracy in Iran. Now Obama wants to make monster theocrats in Iran American allies.
Finally, on the persistent issue of the Benghazi attacks, Clinton legitimized a congressional select committee investigation by conceding that there are several unanswered questions about that event. “There are answers, not all of them, not enough, frankly,” Clinton said. “I’m still looking for answers, because it was a confusing and difficult time.”
The former secretary of state added that “there’s a lot we don’t know” about the nature of the attack, who participated, and what their motivation was.
In a subsequent appearance on Fox News on Tuesday, Clinton answered a series of hard questions about the Benghazi attack, her role that night, and how members of Obama’s administration responded. Not once did she bristle over the nature of her interrogation, nor did she suggest, as she has in the past, that Fox hosts’ lines of questioning were motivated by partisanship.
Similarly, when asked if she agreed with the president that this and other scandals, like that involving the IRS’s alleged targeting of conservative groups with undue scrutiny, were “phony,” Clinton appeared to suggest that she did not.
“Anytime the IRS is involved, for many people, it’s a real scandal,” she conceded. [snip]
In a post-game analysis of Clinton’s appearance on CNN, former White House advisor and current Crossfire co-host Van Jones expressed concerns that Clinton may be alienating Obama Democrats with her center-left approach to a variety of pressing policy issues. These performances certainly did nothing to reassure progressives like MSNBC host Krystal Ball who Tuesday called Clinton the Democratic Party’s Mitt Romney; “tone-deaf” and “unrelatable” as she is.
Hillary Clinton is not afraid of investigations into Benghazi and the IRS. Republicans/conservatives hope at least one of those scandals will hurt her but Hillary is fearless on both.
What does smart politician playing smart politics Hillary Clinton fear? The evidence mounts that she is afraid of one thing only: being tied to Barack Obama or being seen as the Obama third term. Smart lady.