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October 28, 2010

The Clinton Strategy - Revisited

Byron York wonders, is Bill Clinton really trying to help the Democrats?

The problem was, it wasn't entirely clear how much Clinton really wanted to help Democrats, and especially Obama, win next week's elections.


The event began like any other Clinton appearance: he was late, first a half-hour, then an hour, then 90 minutes. As a crowd of several hundred party activists, volunteers, and labor organizers milled around a ballroom at the posh Palmer House Hotel, a woman in the audience tried to breathe a little life into a group that had nothing to do but wait.

"Fired up!" she shouted.  "Ready to go!"

A few people scattered around the room joined in. "Fired up!  Ready to go!"  After several more turns, perhaps half the crowd was chanting.  But the enthusiasm never spread all around.

Dissatisfied, the woman tried again a few moments later.  "Yes we can!" she yelled.  "Yes we can!"

This time, maybe a half-dozen people joined in before it fizzled out altogether.  Nobody cared; they were too busy with other things.

Update:  I wondered about Clinton's real objectives myself, some time ago.  I thought he was driving the left into the ditch in order to bolster Hillary's chances for a pesidential run in 2016. 

Unhappiness with Obama and the other leading Democrats is so high that a national tea party movement has virtually brought the Republicans back from the electoral grave. The president’s job approval numbers have been in a year-long slide. In almost every election since he took office, Democrats have gotten trounced.

Yet he continues to push extraordinarily unpopular policies. Could it be the advice he’s been getting?

In the face of this disastrous performance by President Obama and the Democrats, the Clinton team has been actively advising that they keep doing what they’re doing. It’s as if Bill Clinton has just discovered that his beloved party is firmly in the clutches of the extreme left, and he’s decided to encourage their leaders to drive themselves into the proverbial ditch.

Today's Wall Street Journal editorial prefers the cliff metaphor.  In the WSJ version the 1960s liberals in congress are behind the wheel.

The larger lesson is that we are learning for the fourth time in 45 years that America can't be governed from the left. Democrats exploited the recession and the accident of 60 Senate seats to push the agenda of their dreams, and the American public has recoiled at the effrontery and the results. Repairing the damage of the 111th Congress will take years, and perhaps decades, but the first step is ousting the liberals who once again drove their party off a cliff.

Ditch?  Cliff?  Who cares!  Hand me my Slurpee, I'm enjoying this!

Update II:  Confirmation of my "ditch theory" comes from Hillbuzz!  Some Hillary Clinton Democrats are waging war on the Democratic party.  

We will not forget those Obamacare votes.  We will not forgive being called a racist because we don’t support this terrible man and his awful agenda.  We will not be silenced.

We will not give up.

It’s going to be years, if ever, before the lamestream media ever catches up to any of this, and realizes that a large swath of people who used to be Democrat loyalists are now doing everything they can to destroy the party.  Some of them are out and open, like me and my friends here at HillBuzz, but many are doing their part quietly.  They just stop writing checks.  Or maybe now they write checks to Democrat opponents.  They might continue to attend events and fundraisers, but now they call up Republican sites and give them all the dirt on what they heard in those meetings.  The Democrat Party alienated so many people who are now working to bring it down that I could go on for pages and pages more on this topic.

It’s very Sidney Bristow, Rush.  And if you watched that show Alias, you’d know she not only won in the end, but looked damn good kicking ass while doing it.

THAT, El Rushbo, is what your “Hillary babes” are up to.

That little excertp is from an open letter to Rush Limbaugh -- a long open letter. 

Update III:  Toby Harndon of The Telegraph (UK) says Bill Clinton is on a 'retribution tour' against Barack Obama

My hunch is that the Clintons smell Obama’s blood in the water right now and, political predators that they are, they are positioning themselves to take advantage (and, frankly, who could blame them for doing so?). We know from 2008 what they really think of Obama. Despite Hillary’s loyal service as Secretary of State, her scathing critique of Obama during their bruising primary still stands – and now looks prescient.

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Just 8 Percent Say Members Deserve Re-election

A new CBS News Poll finds an extraordinarily high anti-incumbent disposition among likely voters. Four out of five want new blood in congress.

Deserve Re-election?

As can be expected the numbers are less stark when respondents are asked about their own representatives as opposed to congress in general. But not by much. Only 34 percent of the voters asked favor re-election of their own representative.

Here's more evidence that it is a dire year to be an incumbent running for re-election: A new CBS News/New York Times poll taken shortly before the midterm elections finds that 80 percent of likely voters say that most members of Congress should be replaced with someone new.

Just 8 percent say most members deserve re-election.

By all indications it's going to be a very bad year for Democrats, and deservedly so.  Their policies have been ruinous and the worst of the health care reform provisions haven't even taken effect.

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October 27, 2010

Barbara Boxer has been attacking Carly Fiorina on the issue of outsourcing.  She claims Ms. Fiorina laid off 30,000 workers and shipped their jobs to China when she was CEO of Hewlett-Packard.  According to the Wall Street Journal Cisco Systems has outdone H-P on the outsourcing score, but that doesn't seem to bother Senator Ma'am.

Yesterday, the networking equipment giant Cisco nonetheless hosted the three-term Democrat for a townhall meeting with employees at its office in San Jose. Cisco CEO John Chambers, a former adviser to John McCain's Presidential campaign, is one of Ms. Boxer's most prominent Silicon Valley supporters. Cisco employees and its political action committee have donated $41,350 to her re-election campaign and rank as her sixth largest contributor, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

This wouldn't count as notable, except for the fact that roughly half of Cisco's 70,700 work force and half of the jobs the company has added in recent years are located overseas. A Cisco spokesman rejects the notion that any of these jobs were "outsourced," though we'd enjoy hearing Andy Stern and other union leaders parse that distinction.

From scouring news clips, we were able to learn that in 2006 the company announced plans to invest more than $1 billion in India, triple its Indian work force and launch expansions in other South Asian countries. 

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October 25, 2010

The Enthusiasm Gap

With a little more than a week to go until the 2010 midterm elections, Bill Clinton made a campaign stop in Detroit where he implored adoring Democrats to make a strong showing at the polls.  It was a study in wishful thinking, as the former president was unable to fill the high school gym where he spoke. 

Clinton, who campaigned in the battleground state of Florida earlier this week, is popular in Detroit and trying to fire up the party base in Michigan today with stops today in Detroit, Ann Arbor and Battle Creek.

But he began his speech just before 3 p.m. in a high school gym that was less than half full.

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Bill Whittle Discusses Small Government And Free Enterprise

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Bill Whittle On The Problem Of Elitism

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Bill Whittle Explains The Concept Of Wealth Creation

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October 23, 2010

NPR's Enlightened Commentary

Enlightened NPR CEO Vivian Schiller explains the decision to fire of Juan Williams.

A critical distinction has been lost in this debate. NPR News analysts have a distinctive role and set of responsibilities. This is a very different role than that of a commentator or columnist. News analysts may not take personal public positions on controversial issues; doing so undermines their credibility as analysts, and that's what’s happened in this situation. As you all well know, we offer views of all kinds on your air every day, but those views are expressed by those we interview — not our reporters and analysts.

In this video we see an example the type of commentary that meets, and perhaps exceeds, the high standards of journalistic integrity at NPR.


I don't get the distinction Schiller is trying to make with her words, but the distinction to be drawn from NPR's actions is clear. When Nina Totenberg said that it would be retributive justice if Jesse Helms or one of his grandchildren got AIDS from a transfusion, she meant that conservatives, and their families, were undeserving of any sort of respect, sympathy, or even consideration. It's a message the NPR supports, a message that was hammered home by the firing of Juan Williams.  Williams was given not even the slightest bit of respect, no opportunity to defend what he said. His termination wasn't even delivered face to face, but over the phone.

After the smirking Vivian Schiller made her monumentally stupid remark that Juan Williams views should have remained between him and his psyciatrist, she apologized.  But she didn't apologize to Williams.  She apologized to the staff at NPR.

Staffers said that at the Friday meeting, Schiller apologized again for telling an audience in Atlanta on Thursday that Williams should have kept his comments about Muslims between "himself and his psychiatrist."

For his crime of wandering off of NPR's progressive plantation and onto Fox News Channel, Williams was deemed a non-person by those enlightened executives at NPR.  He was not worthy of a hearing.  He was not worthy of even an apology.  Isn't it ironic.  As related to NPR Juan Williams now finds himself in the company of the late Jesse Helms.

Via The New York Times.

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Senator Ma'am

Remorse can eat at a man.  David Zucker once made a political donation to Barbara Boxer, and it's been eating at him ever since.  This video is his offer of apology for that abominable sin.

Call Me Senator from RightChange on Vimeo.

Isn't it time for a rest?

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October 22, 2010

The First Ex-President In Full Campaign Mode

The disarray on the left is stunning.  Who would ever have imagined that NPR would fire long time contributor Juan Williams, and that it would be done with such ugliness.  To paraphrase our president, I think we can safely say, now that the facts are in, that NPR executives acted stupidly. 

It's an understatement, I know.  Stupid doesn't begin to describe the smirking Vivian Schiller, CEO of NPR, who publicly announced that the sentiments Williams expressed to Bill O'Reilly should have remained between him and "his psychiatrist or his publicist." 

Wow!  Isn't it funny how we keep hearing progressives offering up psychological projection when they they talk about their enemies?  They do it all the time.  When Obama made the inane comment that "we're hard-wired not to always think clearly when we're scared," he thought he was talking about Tea Party voters.  What a riot!  The fear and horror is over there on the left, and the Williams fiasco at NPR is the latest sign of it.  

But the true depth of their terror might better be gauged by looking at our two most recent former presidents.  Years ago we expected our ex-presidents to gracefully and graciously retire from politics once they left office.  The job is hard enough for the new guy without the added pressure of the former second guessing every move.  Fortunately for Barack Obama, George W. Bush holds with the traditional role for former presidents.  He's staying out of politics.

"I have zero desire, just so you know, to be in the limelight," Bush said. "I don't think it's good for the country to have a former president criticize his successor.

But we have a new model.  Unlike Bush, Bill Clinton is back on the campaign trail.  Why?  Because the Democrats are desperate.  Congressional seats are in jeopardy, so Democrats are pulling out all the stops in a desperate bid to hang on. 

Over the past two weeks, Clinton has had one day off, Saturday, which he spent in Northern California with his close friend Terry McAuliffe. The two stayed up late, playing cards and drafting new talking points for Democrats to trot out on the trail.

As the meltdown continues, and lefty stupidity and viciousness surfaces with greater and greater frequency, could there be anything that speaks louder of the Democrats' desperation than the presence fo Bill Clinton on the campaign trail?  It's unseemly.  It speaks to his unquenched thirst for for power.  That is, after all, what the Democrats are all about.

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