We’re still disgusted. We began the month at Peak Disgust. We continue to peak.
This past Sunday was our anniversary. On April 19, 2007 we published our first article. We are so disgusted that we just could not post a celebratory article to celebrate our eighth year birthday. It’s almost as if nothing has changed except for much worse.
Today, some sense oozed out of Hillary’s mouth, which made ours smile just a bit. This was the astounding declaration:
She also took issue with economic views expressed by members of her own party, offering a dark assessment of a “stalled out” U.S. recovery, a judgment at odds with President Barack Obama’s brighter view of what the nation has achieved on his watch.
It’s not even piss thinned gruel. The economy is stalled and guess who is responsible for that? Hint: it’s not the Republicans at fault.
Instead of strong denunciations of Obama policies that hurt Americans we get talk about a “stalled out” recovery. That’s sure to have voters run to the polls.
The press is beginning to notice the economic recovery is stalling[snip]
“Manufacturing is declining, and consumers are not spending despite a huge cash infusion from cheap gas prices,” Politico cautioned. “The housing market remains relatively weak. And while the jobless rate is close to where it was before the financial crisis, middle class incomes are not rising, the size of the labor force remains near a 30-year low and few economists see prospects for much faster growth on the horizon.”
After years in which the popular American press sang Barack Obama’s praises for the economic recovery he engineered, the news media is finally beginning to notice that not everyone is benefiting from this supposed economic revitalization. Though it strained to express hope in the future, The New York Times was forced to concede in January that the middle class is shrinking at a terrifying rate. That report also noted that social welfare programs like Social Security and Medicare, “originally set up as safety nets to protect seniors from falling into poverty after retirement,” now serve as a backstop against absolute destitution for millions of Americans. [snip]
“Hillary Clinton’s challenge is going to be to come up with different plans,” Daley said after being prodded to respond to the economic failures of the Obama era. “She can’t run for the third term of Barack Obama economically.”
Today’s weak statement from Hillary in New Hampshire is not enough. Sooner or later Hillary will have to draw a line between herself and Obama on the economy. Sooner or later Hillary will have to denounce the Obama economy. It better be sooner or it will be too late.
In the 2008 election cycle we repeatedly suggested the Hillary Clinton campaign take Obama on directly. What we got was one single solitary mention of Rezko by the candidate herself. That was it.
Only after disaster struck in Iowa, the Ted Kennedy treachery exploded on the front pages and rallies for Obama, did the Hillary Clinton campaign awaken from slumber. After it became clear that the establishment and the left were out to get rid of Hillary and Bill and bury them forever did the country at large see the Hillary that so many respect.
But it was too late.
Also for a long time now we have been writing that the left will try to destroy Hillary. The left will never allow their Obama revolution to fade into a Clinton restoration. For the left the battle is about control of the party not necessarily winning an election. All the left needs is a chump to take Hillary on and wound her sufficiently that she loses either the nomination or the general election.
The left would like to take the nomination from Hillary even if they have to run one candidate to weaken her then the real candidate comes in to finish her off. It’s the 1968 scenario we’ve previously discussed.
The left might have found their chump if you believe this report: De Blasio wants to be drafted into an anti-Hillary presidential campaign:
It is hard to underestimate de Blasio’s capacity for self-delusion, but I might have done just that. According to The New York Post’s well-connected reporter Fredric Dicker, de Blasio is hoping to spark a draft movement that would lead his fellow progressives to draw him into a presidential race against Clinton.
“De Blasio’s hope, the operative said, is a ‘Draft de Blasio’ movement will develop among progressive activists over the next several months that will lead to the mayor being able to defeat Clinton in the primary elections next year in much the same way leftist Sen. George McGovern successfully challenged the initially front-running establishment Democratic candidate, Sen. Edmund Muskie, more than 40 years ago,” Dicker reported.
That’s a dubious precedent to cite. McGovern rode a wave of anti-war sentiment and the belief that he had been robbed of the nomination in 1968 to win his party’s nomination in 1972. Finally his party’s nominee, McGovern proceeded to lose 49 states to Richard Nixon. From de Blasio’s perspective, however, this is a perfect parallel. His campaign would be aimed at sending a message to the country rather than winning any tangible gains.
According to Dicker’s reporting, de Blasio’s will deploy all the tools that allowed him to overtake Democratic favorite and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn in the 2013 mayoral primary and apply them to the race in Iowa against Clinton.
The draft effort explains why de Blasio was accompanied last week on his “progressive” speech-making trip to Iowa by John Del Cecato, one of the nation’s most important Democratic communications strategists and the man responsible for the popular “Dante” TV spot that helped get de Blasio elected mayor, said the operative.
“Why would your ad maker be traveling with you in a non-campaign year? Why was he there with de Blasio in Iowa unless you’re trying for something bigger?’’ asked the operative.
For Del Cecato, an expert in Iowa politics and a longtime campaign adviser to President Obama, helping develop a draft effort for de Blasio may also be personal.
Whether the strategy is from 1968 or 1972 it’s still the same: destroy Hillary. And for those that think this is all so much rubbish, for leftists like De Blasio and the union funded Working Families Party who back De Blasio and earlier urged Elizabeth Warren to run, it all depends on the definition of “win”.
De Blasio is a loon. When Hillary and Bill attended the De Blasio inaugural we deemed that another mistake:
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.
We were on target, again.
Another of our critiques over the year is the loathsome bias of Big Media and the lack of a comprehensive strategy by Hillary Clinton 2008/2016 to defeat Big Media. We can mock the ineffective wackadoodle tactics of Rand Paul’s attacks against Big Media but at least Rand Paul understands that the his enemy and the Republicans’ enemy is Big Media.
Big Media is also Hillary’s enemy. As we recently wrote in an attempt to stop an early announcement by Hillary, Big Media now openly declares it will do the job of the activist left:
Who will push Clinton into shape? The deadness of the Democratic contest has led to a situation in which the political world is trying to create an artificial rival for the former Secretary of State. The New York Times, for example, has declared the press to be Clinton’s stand-in opponent.
“With no other powerful Democrats likely to run against her, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s toughest adversary for her party’s presidential nomination in 2016 has now become clear,” the paper wrote last week. “The news media,” the paper concluded, is Clinton’s only real opponent.
Anyone surprised then at today’s news?:
New York Times, Washington Post, Fox News strike deals for anti-Clinton research
The New York Times, The Washington Post and Fox News have made exclusive agreements with a conservative author for early access to his opposition research on Hillary Clinton, a move that has confounded members of the Clinton campaign and some reporters, the On Media blog has confirmed.
“Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich” will debut on May 5. But the Times, the Post and Fox have already made arrangements with author Peter Schweizer to pursue some of the material included in his book, which seeks to draw connections between Clinton Foundation donations and speaking fees and Hillary Clinton’s actions as secretary of state. [snip]
In an article about the book on Monday, the Times said “Clinton Cash” was “potentially more unsettling” than other conservative books about Clinton “both because of its focused reporting and because major news organizations including The Times, The Washington Post and Fox News have exclusive agreements with the author to pursue the story lines found in the book.”
We suppose that these are the “Hillary Clinton revelations” that will “shock people” Rand Paul has been touting. The only people that will be shocked is People Magazine.
We regularly mock Rand Paul. This is one of the reasons why. A few paragraphs above we praised Rand Paul’s recognition that Big Media is his enemy. But that is not enough. Big Media is the enemy of everyone in the political process – especially the voters. The smart strategy for Rand Paul and all the Republican candidates for president, as well as for Hillary Clinton is to realize that Big Media is the enemy of all of them.
Rand Paul cannot expect to attack Big Media then chortle when Big Media does his bidding. Rand Paul is setting himself up to fail.
As to the new Hillary Clinton book, we are sure it will be the end of Hillary and Bill Clinton. “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich” is sure to be a destructive bomb. We’re going to place the book on our bookshelves with the other books that destroyed Bill and Hillary Clinton.
On May 23, 2007 we wrote about the latest book that would destroy Hillary Clinton:
Big Media, Hillary Haters and campaign opponents are all atwitter about 2 books about to be published. They hope that these books will demolish the Hillary for President campaign.
We recall years ago when Tucker Carlson stated he would eat his shoe if Hillary’s upcoming autobiography Living History sold 1 million copies. Soon thereafter he was seen salting his booties at the dinner table. A few weeks ago the noise was about 2 other books about to be published that would sink the Hillary campaign. Did you know they have already been published? [snip]
In 2005 there were at least 3 books attempting to derail Hillary’s senate campaign. This year we have 2 books published already and another 2 books emerging in June. [snip]
We checked Amazon to see how many books have been published about Hillary. Here is a short list of some books about Hillary Clinton. [snip]
Here is a short list of some of the Hillary books we found:
Living History; A Woman In Charge: The Life Of Hillary Rodham Clinton; Hillary Clinton Nude: Naked Ambition, Hillary Clinton and America’s Demise; The Vast Right Wing Conspiracy’s Dossier On Hillary Clinton; The Case for Hillary Clinton; The Case Against Hillary Clinton; The First Partner: Hillary Rodham Clinton; The Seduction of Hillary Rodham; Hillary’s Scheme: Inside the Next Clinton’s Ruthless Agenda To Take The White House; It Takes a Village; American Evita: Hillary Clinton’s Path To Power; Dear Socks, Dear Buddy: Kids’ Letters To the First Pets; The Truth About Hillary: What She Knew, When She Knew It, and How Far She’ll Go To Become President; The Extreme Makeover of Hillary (Rodham) Clinton; The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign To Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton; Historia Viva; Hillary Clinton: The Inside Story: Revised and Updated; Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House; Hillary Rodham Clinton: Polarizing First Lady (Modern First Ladies); I’ve Always Been a Yankees Fan: Hillary Clinton In Her Own Words; State of a Union: Inside the Complex Marriage of Bill and Hillary Clinton; The Hillary Clinton Voodoo Kit: Stick It to Her, Before She Sticks It to You; Can She Be Stopped?: Hillary Clinton Will Be the Next President of the United States Unless…; Hell To Pay: The Unfolding Story of Hillary Rodham Clinton, The Shadow Party: How George Soros, Hillary Clinton, and Sixties Radicals Seized Control of the Democratic Party; Hillary Rodham Clinton: What Every American Should know; The Empress Project; Target: In the Crosshairs of Bill and Hillary Clinton; Hillary Rodham Clinton; Clinton Websites: Five Official Archived White House Websites from 1993 through 2001; Ron Brown’s Body: How One Man’s Death Saved the Clinton Presidency and Hillary’s Future; Why The Clintons Belong in Prison; Her Way: The Hopes and Ambitions of Hillary Rodham Clinton; Big Sister Is Watching You: Hillary Clinton and the White House Feminists Who Now Control America — And Tell The President What To Do; God and Hillary Clinton: A Spiritual Life; Time Magazine August 28, 2006 – Hillary Clinton; The Unique Voice of Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Portrait In Her Own Words; Hillary Clinton (People In the News); Hillary – America’s First Dictator; 21st Century Guide To the Public Career of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton – Public Papers, Speeches, Work in Congress, Work as First Lady Hillary Clinton In the Clinton Administration, Senate Roll Call Votes (Core Federal Information Series); Clinton Confidential: The Climb To Power: The Unauthorized Biography of Bill and Hillary Clinton; The Rhetoric of First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton: Crisis Management Discourse (Praeger Series In Political Communication); Hillary Clinton; Why Not Hillary?; Hillary Clinton’s Pen Pal: A guide to Life and Lingo in Federal Prison; Unshredded Files of Hillary Clinton; Senator Hillary Clinton Addresses AIPAC; Remarks and commentary by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton — Vital Voices 1997-1999; Pareja de Damas (Hillary Clinton Y Ana Botella, estilos diferentes); Hillary’s Scheme: Hillary Clinton; Mrs. Clintons Czarist Past; Women Need To Be Very Smart About Their Image; Galeria; Biography – Clinton; Como Hillary Clinton; Die First Ladies Der USA Von Martha Washington bis Hillary Clinton; Warning Signs, Hillary Clinton Attempts To Rewrite History; Hillary Clinton – The Inside Story; Sunday Show Wrap-Up Hillary Clinton vs. Barack Obama; Hillary Clinton Und Die Macht Der Frauen; Remarks and Commentary by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Music Advocate; Honorable Hillary Clinton: Where is Village, Who is Child?; Hillary’s Secret War: Hillary Clinton; Hillary Clinton, die Machtigste Frau der Welt; La Double Vie de Hillary Clinton; Hillary Clinton and the Radical Left; Whitewash: What the Media Won’t Tell You About Hillary Clinton, But Conservatives Will; The Hillary Trap: Looking for Power in all the Wrong Places; Rating The First Ladies: The Women Who Influenced the Presidency; Civiliser La Democratie; The Girls In the Van: Covering Hillary; Liberal Fascism: the Totalitarian Temptation from Mussolini to Hillary Clinton; Hillary’s Turn: Inside Her Improbable, Victorious Senate Campaign; What Every American Should Know; Uncovering Clinton: A Reporter’s Story; An Invitation to the White House: At Home With History; Condi vs. Hillary: the Next Great Presidential Race; Everyday Matters: A Love Story; The Person Who Changed My Life: Prominent Americans Recall Their Mentors; Hillary In a Box; The International Human Rights of Women: Instruments of Change; The Clinton Wars; The First Lady: A Comprehensive View of Hillary Rodham Clinton; Hillary Rodham Clinton (Breaking Barriers); Hillary’s Choice; Hillary Rodham Clinton: Profile of a Leading Democrat; Hillary Rodham Clinton: A First Lady For Our Time; Story of Hillary Rodham Clinton (A Yearling Biography); Hillarious: The Wacky Wit, Wisdom and Wonderment of Hillary Rodham Clinton; Hillary’s Secret War: The Clinton Conspiracy to Muzzle Internet Journalists; Hillary Rodham Clinton (Women of Achievement); Hillary Rodham Clinton: Activist First Lady; The Importance of Hillary Rodham Clinton; Hillary Rodham Clinton (Women In Politics); Public Opinion, the First Ladyship, and Hillary Rodham Clinton; Hillary Rodham Clinton: First Lady and Senator; Hillary Rodham Clinton: A New Kind Of First Lady; A Woman In the White House: The Remarkable Story of Hillary Rodham Clinton; Hillary Rodham Clinton (Leading Ladies); Final Report of the Independent Counsel; Meet Hillary Rodham Clinton; Hillary!: How America’s First Woman President Won The White House; We will end this list with that positive and prescient title.
The latest book on Hillary is not going to destroy Hillary. Only Barack Obama can do that.