WHO WILL LEAD THE LEFT beyond ObamaCare? Hillary, of course.
HEY, IF I HAD HILLARY — OR JOHN KERRY — AS A BOSS, I’D BE DRINKING MORE, TOO: “The Washington Times reports that the department spent about $180,000 on alcohol in September and $400,000 in all of 2012 — that’s three times the $118,000 spent in 2008.”
Obama administration officials insisted Monday that the tech team overseeing fixes to the troubled federal healthcare.gov website had resolved most of the errors plaguing the enrollment information being sent to insurers.
But insurers haven’t yet noticed a difference, according to a spokesman for industry lobbying group America’s Health Insurance Plans.
The files, known as “834″ forms, contain all of the relevant personal information for individuals who have signed up for health insurance, along with details on their plan choices. But these forms have been riddled with errors such as duplicated enrollments and spouses getting mixed up with children.
If these forms are not fixed, then insurers cannot smoothly process payments or ensure that individuals are enrolled in the right plans. This could be a nightmare come Jan. 1, when individuals start attempting to use their insurance. Some may show up at doctors’ offices thinking they are covered, but find out that they never were actually enrolled.
That’s almost a month away. They’re just trying to get through this news cycle.
UPDATE: Reader Sandi Drake writes: “How many Potemkin villages does it take to elect Hillary?” The big problem is that they’re different Potemkin villages than the ones Obama is erecting.
LARA LOGAN AND PRODUCER PUNISHED FOR ERRORS IN BENGHAZI STORY: “I’m not saying ’60 Minutes’ did a good job, but I’m skeptical of CBS’s motives here. What will it take to get the full story on Benghazi? Less suppression. More information. Why aren’t other reporters delving into this?” Because the message has been sent, and received.
This is about making sure people think twice — heck, ten times — before running an expose that makes Hillary look bad. Examples must be made, and if Lara Logan was in the wrong place at the wrong time, well, too bad. You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs, and the pro-woman omelet that is a Hillary presidency demands a few sacrifices. Most of whom, as has been the pattern all along, will be women . . . .
Plus, from the comments: “Do we know yet where Obama was on the night of 9/11/12?” Nope.
SO, HOW’S THAT “SMART DIPLOMACY” STUFF WORKIN’ OUT? John McCain Thinks John Kerry Is a ‘Human Wrecking Ball.’ “Our whole policy in the Middle East—and it reverberates around the world, by the way—is in such disarray that I have never seen anything like it in my lifetime.” This is just more support for my theory that Kerry was appointed to make Hillary’s unimpressive tenure as Secretary of State look good by comparison.
SOMEBODY SHOULD ASK HILLARY ABOUT THIS: New Details Emerge About Injured Americans In Benghazi Attack.
Little is known about those who survived the Benghazi attack. The State Department confirmed in March, after multiple inquiries by Fox News, that a total of three diplomatic security agents, as well as a State Department contractor, were among the Americans injured during the terrorist assault which killed the two former SEALs, Ambassador Chris Stevens, and Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith.
The latest details are emerging as the House Intelligence Committee hears this week from contractors who were on the ground in Benghazi. Fox News has learned that they will give their accounts in closed, classified sessions on Wednesday and Thursday.
Two contractors were expected to appear Wednesday, and three former government contractors from the CIA annex are expected Thursday, according to sources familiar with the meetings.
THE HILL: Obama is boxed in by Bill Clinton.
President Obama scrambled to find a coherent response Tuesday after former President Clinton jammed the administration by saying it should keep its promise that people could keep their health insurance plans if they liked them.
The White House said Obama agreed with Clinton, but it offered no concrete idea on how that could be done.
Anxiety is growing among congressional Democrats, with the House poised to vote this week on Republican legislation to let insurers offer their old plans even if they don’t meet the new standards required by ObamaCare.
Whatever Bill Clinton’s motives — Republicans say he is distancing his wife, Hillary Clinton, from the ObamaCare debacle in advance of a White House run — his comments sharply intensified pressure on the president to change his signature law.
The White House opposes the pending House Republican bill but has no alternative yet. The quicker Obama comes up with an answer the better, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday.
The GOP should add a package including interstate insurance sales and Health Savings Accounts and assorted other improvements, and dare Dems to vote against it — or Obama to veto. He drove the car into the ditch; they’ll just be pulling it out.
PROF. JACOBSON: Thank you Elizabeth Warren boosters for reminding us how unappealing Hillary is. “No, the horse that just left the barn was the open acknowledgement of the progressive base that they don’t really want Hillary Clinton, they don’t really like her, and they feel the need for a breath of fresh air. Just like in 2008.”
A trio of intelligence reports sounded the warning — but were ignored by senior administration officials during the 2012 presidential campaign.
One report, compiled for the Irregular Warfare Support Program of the Pentagon’s Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office, predicted al-Qaida would take aggressive actions, including “selective terrorism, threats, intimidation and assassination.”
Well, that turned out to be true. Someone should ask Hillary about it.
NOAM SCHEIBER: Hillary’s Nightmare? A Democratic Party That Realizes Its Soul Lies With Elizabeth Warren. Also the GOP’s dream, I suspect. But I further suspect that Warren is being held in reserve in case Hillary somehow tanks early. They need someone to keep their “War On Women” schtick going for 2016. But, seriously: Who thinks that a first-term Senator from a blue state is going to beat Hillary in the Democratic Primary? I mean, like that’s going to happen.
BENGHAZI WHISTLEBLOWER’S BOOK MEMORYHOLED BY SIMON & SCHUSTER. Dollars to donuts, Hillary’s behind this.
REPUBLICANS SHOULD LAUNCH SPOILING ATTACKS: Bill Whalen: Get Ready For More “War On Women” Schtick As Hillary Ramps Up.
BOB MCMANUS: The Coming Cuomo-deBlasio War. “Cuomo’s in no danger of losing, of course, but there is the matter of dominance in the frog pond. (And what that might mean for the governor’s national ambitions, now overshadowed by Hillary Clinton.)”
NOPE. NOT AT ALL. NEXT QUESTION? Does Hillary Clinton’s Enthusiasm for Profit Extend Beyond Her Own Earnings? “The news that Hillary Clinton has earned what the Washington Post characterized as ‘close to $500,000′ for two recent speeches to Goldman Sachs is generating a certain amount of excitement.” So if Hillary’s elected, President Goldman Sachs The First will be replaced by President Goldman Sachs The Second. Guess I’ll need to redo this logo a bit if that happens.
CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: Hillary Clinton’s Lucrative Goldman Sachs Speaking Gigs. I think, at some point, you’ve made enough money. For the Clintons that point came a long time ago.
BYRON YORK: In health care mess, Obama reaps what he sowed.
Given the Affordable Care Act’s multiple crises in its first month of implementation, there’s no way President Obama and his fellow Democrats could be having a good time right now. But imagine if, instead of passing national health care legislation with only Democratic votes in 2009 and 2010, the president had won even a little Republican support for his health scheme. What if Obamacare had passed with ten GOP votes in the Senate and 30 or 40 in the House? If that had happened, the program would still be a mess, but Obama’s political problems would be far less serious.
If Obama had 10 Republican senators and 30 or 40 GOP representatives on his side, those lawmakers would be invested in the program’s success. And the GOP would be effectively divided on Obamacare, instead of solidly united. Some Republican lawmakers would likely favor approving additional money for implementing the troubled program, or perhaps favor holding off on vigorous oversight for a while, or at least not attacking 24-hours-a-day. Instead, Obama is facing a solid wall of Republican opposition.
There’s a story about First Lady Hillary Clinton’s attempt to pass a national health care plan back in 1993 and 1994. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the old Democratic senator, told her that such far-reaching legislation had to pass with a really big majority to make sweeping changes in American life. “They pass 70-to-30, or they fail,” Moynihan told Clinton, according to a recent account by Todd Purdum in Politico.
Back in 1993, the Senate had 57 Democrats, meaning a major bill would have needed 13 Republican votes to pass Moynihan’s test. As it turned out, Clinton ignored Moynihan’s advice and her health care scheme went down in flames.
In 2009 and 2010, Barack Obama had an edge Clinton didn’t have: three more Democrats in the Senate. That 60-vote total gave Obama a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate and the opportunity to pass national health care with only Democratic votes. (With 256 Democrats in the House, passage there was a done deal.) But Obama’s Senate supermajority was fragile and fleeting. As it turned out, Democrats had the briefest of moments in which they could pass such a far-reaching law by themselves. And even then, the troubled supermajority was unable to deliver the kind of broad support Moynihan felt necessary for such consequential legislation.
The in-your-face behavior of the Obama/Pelosi/Reid team isn’t inspiring any charity from the opposition, either. Nor should it.
ON THE TRAIL: Meet The New Hillary.
WELL, THAT’S HILLARY’S MAJOR AREA OF EXPERTISE: State Department swept sex scandals under the rug. “Months after whistleblowers accused the State Department of covering up employee sex scandals, most of the cases have been ignored or swept under the rug, critics charge. Records show that staffers were given cushy jobs or allowed to retire, and watchdogs say the feds have hardly bothered to investigate since the shenanigans came to light this past summer.” Rules are for the little people.
TOM BEVAN: Why Does Kathleen Sebelius Still Have A Job?
Unlike the real world, where managers and employees are judged on results and held accountable for their performance, in Washington, D.C., loyalty and partisanship almost always come first. Accountability comes later, if it comes at all.
This happens in every administration, and President Obama’s is no different, as we’ve seen with the fatal mistakes made regarding the Fast & Furious gun program and in the assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Democrats, claiming to see these as partisan witch hunts designed to hurt the administration politically, circled the wagons. Obama stood loyally by Eric Holder and Hillary Clinton.
Loyalty is generally a good thing, in politics, as in life. But Kathleen Sebelius and her agency’s rollout of Obamacare is different.
Sebelius’ department had 3½ years to prepare to implement the Affordable Care Act. No one ever suggested that commandeering one-sixth of the American economy would be an easy task. (Many Republicans suggested the opposite and were dismissed as killjoys for their efforts.) But after the debacle of the last two weeks, liberals and Democrats—not conservatives or Republicans—should be calling for Sebelius’s head.
But they won’t.
MICKEY KAUS: Why Bill Clinton Doesn’t Sleep With Hillary, But In A Separate Hotel: “I buy that explanation, don’t you? Logistics over love! Good to see New York’s journalists strip away the veneer of BS and get to the truth of the matter.”
HILLARY TO HUMA: You Can Have Me, Or You Can Have Weiner, But Not Both.
MORE THAN I HATE THE ROMANS: How Much Does Hillary Losing in ’08 to Obama Still Sting for Bill? A Lot. “It must have really stung a year and a half later when those old media organizations he and his wife viewed as ‘de facto allies’ turned around and accused the Clintons of racism* in order to advance the Democrat candidate they much preferred over Hillary.”
HILLARY CLINTON’S PHOTO POLICY: If she doesn’t want you taking pictures, security will take your phone away and delete them. Touch my phone and you’ll be sorry, “security” or not. But how perfectly in tune with the spirit of Hillaryland. When you take someone’s phone away by force, that’s robbery. At the very least, this guy should sue — and try to press criminal charges against the security guy. Of course, if all they did is say delete the photo or you have to leave the event, then it’s just ordinary Clinton/Obama thuggishness.
WHEN REAL LIFE OUTPERFORMS CONSPIRACY THEORIES: The Clinton Foundation’s man in Cairo was also the Muslim Brotherhood’s. “How did the Clinton Foundation come to select El-Haddad to be its man in Cairo? We can only speculate. But we know that Huma Abedin (wife of Anthony Weiner) is one of Hillary Clinton’s most trusted advisers. We also know that both of Abedin’s parents have been major figures in the Muslim Brotherhood. The same is true of El-Hassad’s father — a top foreign policy adviser for ousted president Morsi, according to the Free Beacon. It’s a small world, about which Andy McCarthy has more to say.”
NO OFFICIAL MEMORIAL, BECAUSE THAT WOULD MAKE HILLARY LOOK BAD: State Department Staffers Forced To Mark Benghazi Anniversary On Their Own.
Staffers at State Department headquarters in Washington, D.C. held their own private ceremony Wednesday to commemorate the first anniversary of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya after finding out the agency would not be organizing a formal, official memorial service.
The Sept. 11, 2012 Benghazi attack left four people dead, including the American Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and Sean Smith, an information management officer in the department’s foreign service.
A State Department staffer who worked with Stevens in Libya and asked not to be named told TPM there were about 20 to 25 staffers at the memorial. The informal gathering was put together after staffers inquired and learned the department would not be holding an official event to mark the anniversary.
It’s just sad.
WELL, HILLARY’S GONE NOW. OH, WAIT: Thomas Pickering: State Dept. Should Have Fired Employees Over Benghazi Debacle.
THIS IS HARDLY A SURPRISE, AT CUNY: Communist Groups Helped Organize Petraeus Protest. “Protests against General David Petraeus Monday by CUNY students were organized by an ad hoc committee that includes several Communist groups. A leaflet for the protests, which refers to Petraeus as a ‘war criminal’ and ‘mass murderer,’ says that the events were organized by the Ad Hoc Committee Against the Militarization of CUNY and were endorsed by the Internationalist Group, Workers Power-US, and IGNITE. These groups are explicitly Communist in nature.” Where were the Sparts?
I think right-leaning groups should similarly hound Hillary and other Obama Administration apparatchiks — including Obama himself, when he ventures onto campuses, both now and post-Presidency. The standard of behavior has been established. Let them live with it.
“SMART DIPLOMACY:” Obama’s “Red Line” Remark Was Not A Gaffe, It Came From Hillary.
I SUPPOSE HILLARY WANTS THE BAD NEWS OUT NOW, SO SHE CAN CALL IT “OLD NEWS” IN 2016. BUT THIS IS PRETTY BIG AND PRETTY BAD. Investigators probe Jeffrey E. Thompson’s possible role in Clinton’s 2008 campaign. “Federal investigators are probing Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign as part of an effort to expand their case against a D.C. businessman alleged to have financed below-the-radar political operations, people familiar with the investigation said. The businessman, Jeffrey E. Thompson, allegedly provided more than $600,000 to fund secret get-out-the-vote efforts to help Clinton in at least four primary states. Prosecutors do not expect to pursue a separate criminal case against Clinton’s campaign, these people said.” Well, not while Eric Holder is Attorney General, certainly.
CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: D.C. executive linked to secret 2008 aid to Hillary Clinton. “The D.C. businessman at the center of an ongoing city corruption investigation secretly spent more than a half-million dollars on get-out-the-vote efforts for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, according to interviews and court documents filed Wednesday.”
ONCE AGAIN, THE GUARDIAN COVERS A NATIONAL SECURITY STORY THE NEW YORK TIMES WON’T: US consulate attack in Benghazi: a challenge to official version of events.
The attack on the US consulate in Benghazi was striking for a number of reasons: the date, 11 September, the toll – four diplomats killed, including an ambassador – and the knock-on effects on the careers of senior American politicians.
But what is perhaps most striking is the inconsistencies: the US version of events compared with those of witnesses and the facts on the ground. The two do not tally. And so, a year later, there remain pressing questions about what happened that night – and what the Americans say happened.
But the American media are shockingly incurious. Because, I suspect, they’re afraid that curiosity would produce a story that might be damaging to Obama — or to Hillary. Or both.
UNVEILED: Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Campaign Mascot. This was kinda previewed at the 2012 DNC.
THE HILL: Boehner backs Obama on Syria, but House leaning toward ‘no.’ I see a lot of Republicans angry at Boehner and Cantor for siding with Obama on this, but it seems to me to be a way of defusing any blame-the-GOP spin if the vote fails. “We tried, Obama just couldn’t close the deal” seems pretty good here, especially as Syria strikes are polling dreadfully and there’s plenty of visible Democratic opposition, too.
Related: Rice: White House has ‘no expectation’ of losing Syria vote. Yeah, they didn’t expect the “red line” to be crossed, either. . . .
Also: Hillary Clinton Throws Weight Behind Syria Strikes. Well, when “smart diplomacy” fails, can smart bombs be far behind?
The difference is, the bombs are actually smart . . . .
A BARACK DIVIDED AGAINST HIMSELF CANNOT STAND: Victor Davis Hanson: Obama Indicts Obama.
One of the problems that Barack Obama has in mounting an attack against the Assad regime is that the gambit violates every argument Barack Obama used against the Bush administration to establish his own anti-war candidacy.
The hypocrisy is so stunning that it infuriates his critics and stuns his supporters.
Deriding the Iraq war was Obama’s signature selling point. He used it to great effect against both Hillary Clinton (who voted for the war) in the Democratic primaries and John McCain in the general election. For the last five years, disparagement of “Iraq” and “Bush” has seemed to intrude into almost every sentence the president utters.
And now? His sudden pro-war stance makes a number of hypocritical assumptions.
Why yes, yes it does.
HEY, IT’S NOT LIKE SHE WAS SECRETARY OF STATE OR ANYTHING: Hillary Clinton Stays Quiet On Syria. “While at State, Clinton was more than active on crisis in Syria: She voiced frequent condemnation for President Bashar al-Assad, worked to pledge tens of millions in humanitarian aid to the Syrian people, strengthened sanctions against Assad’s regime, and at times took a harder line on the country’s civil war than the president.”
Well, earlier she called Assad a “reformer.” So it might be a bit awkward.
HEY, IT’S NOT LIKE SHE WAS SECRETARY OF STATE UNTIL JUST A FEW MONTHS AGO OR ANYTHING: Why a nervous Hillary Clinton is remarkably silent on Syria.
THE SYRIA DEBACLE: Questions For Hillary Clinton.
CAN HILLARY CLINTON SURVIVE BENGHAZI? “Well, sure: she’s a Democrat. That’s the easy, cynical response, and let’s face it–it’s probably right. Still, by any normal standard Benghazi would be considered a career-ending debacle. Four men, including one of her own ambassadors, were murdered on Hillary’s watch, after they had pleaded with her State Department for better security. The cable denying the ambassador’s request for better protection went out over Hillary’s signature.”
AFFECTION, OR NOT: Hillary Burns Bill (And 9 Other Awkward Kisses).
CAMILLE PAGLIA: Excuse me, but what, exactly, does Hillary Clinton actually bring to the table? “It’s time to put my baby-boom generation out to pasture! We’ve had our day and managed to muck up a hell of a lot. It remains baffling how anyone would think that Hillary Clinton (born the same year as me) is our party’s best chance. She has more sooty baggage than a 90-car freight train. And what exactly has she ever accomplished — beyond bullishly covering for her philandering husband? She’s certainly busy, busy and ever on the move — with the tunnel-vision workaholism of someone trying to blot out uncomfortable private thoughts. . . . Democrats have got to shake off the Clinton albatross and find new blood.”
Plus, the benefits of unregulated Internet capitalism: “I am of course delighted that the fanatical puritan feminists of the anti-pornography crusade of the 1980s have been forced to eat dirt!”
GREENTECH UPDATE: Despite denials, docs show McAuliffe company asked feds to fast-track visa for investor tied to spy list. Note that the Anthony Rodham involved is Hillary’s brother.
THE RUNNING DOGS ARE OUT, PREPARING THE BATTLESPACE FOR HILLARY: Tom Bevan: A Beastly Attack on Ted Cruz.
Funny, nobody wanted to tell us what Obama’s college roommates remembered.
CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: Huma Abedin’s Murky Role at State Department Under Scrutiny. “For months,Republican Senator Chuck Grassley has been questioning why Abedin was made a “special government employee” by the State Department in June 2012, allowing her to stay on as an adviser to the secretary of State while working for Teneo, a consulting firm founded by a former aide to Bill Clinton, and being privately employed by the Clinton Foundation and Hillary Clinton personally. Now the New York Times has joined in Grassley’s quest, but both Abedin and the State Department remain less than forthcoming about her arrangement. . . . For those keeping score (or searching for ammunition to use against Hillary in 2016), this is the third controversy to emerge this summer about the murky roles of those involved in various Clinton-related ventures.”
WHEN, OF COURSE, SHE KNEW THAT IT WAS JUST THAT: Hillary Clinton exploded at a congressman two days after Benghazi for suggesting that the attack was the work of terrorists, says GOP Rep.
An Illinois Republican congressman told constituents at a town hall meeting on Wednesday that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton screamed at a fellow member of Congress two days after a U.S. diplomatic station in Benghazi, Libya was destroyed, merely for saying aloud that the attack was carried out by terrorist groups.
The Obama administration later acknowledged that reality.
But White House officials initially maintained that the deaths of four Americans and the firebomb attack on the State Department mission was the result of a spontaneous protest against a low-budget YouTube film that was critical of the Muslim prophet Muhammad.
‘Two days after this attack,’ said Rep. Adam Kinzinger, ‘we were in a briefing with Hillary Clinton and she screamed at a member of Congress who’d dare suggest that this was a terrorist attack.’
‘Now we find out that while it was happening, they knew it was a terrorist attack. These are answers that we’re going to get to the bottom of.’
Kinzinger’s office told National Review Online that the meeting he referred to was a classified briefing held for all members of Congress.
The congressman appeared on the Fox News Channel on Friday, recalling Clinton ‘basically, in a very loud, angry voice, [saying] “It’s irresponsible to even suggest this is a terror attack. This is a YouTube video. We know that there are protests all over, and we need to be very careful how we’re saying this” — and basically chided this member of Congress.’
At least scapegoated filmmaker Nakoula is now out of jail.
WHAT’S RAND PAUL DOING OVER SUMMER BREAK? Performing free eye surgery on the indigent. Stupid unfeeling libertarians! Why can’t he do something for the less fortunate — like Hillary Clinton is doing!
HOW ABOUT THAT: When Hillary Decided Anthony Weiner Was a Liability, All of His Democratic Friends in Politics and the Media Suddenly Found Out All Sorts of interesting Things. “That’s funny considering Shillary’s husband had an affair with a staffer.”
Plus: “Incidentally… It is now reported that this alleged affair was notorious and obvious, but apparently Bob Filner’s rampage of molestation was a tightly kept secret that No One Knew About.”
WHY THE GOP IS RIGHT NOT TO TRUST CNN AND NBC WITH DEBATES: Reader Matthew Sabian writes: “Speaking of the Candy Crowley debate fiasco, why does no one bring up the debates for the 2008 election where multiple undecided Republican voters turned out to be, well, decided Democrat partisans [most famously, Hillary's general.] The incident with Crowley, or something similar, was inevitable after the farce of 2008.”
There’s no reason to treat opposition operatives as neutral journalists when they’re not.
UPDATE: Reader Josh Davis writes: “Also don’t forget Gwen Ifill moderating the 2008 VP debate when she had a book about Obama hitting store shelves a few months later.”
What intrigues us is the way in which laws restricting political speech–in the areas of both campaign finance and taxation–are vital to, as Firestone puts it, “Ms. Clinton’s political future.”
We noted Tuesday that Mrs. Clinton is using her sinecure at the Clinton Foundation–a charity that is fully tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the tax code–as a “formal apparatus” to prepare for a prospective campaign for president in 2016. Yesterday’s Times features a lengthy investigative report on the foundation. . . .
Difficult it no doubt is. It would be insurmountable if the Clintons (Bill in particular) lacked the star power that makes raising a $250 million endowment a feasible goal. That kind of money will enable the Clintons to buy the legal expertise to make sure everything they do complies with the letter of the law–no matter how shady it may seem to use a 501(c)(3) charity as a political vehicle. . . .
On Tuesday we asked if the Internal Revenue Service would investigate the Clinton Foundation for evidently acting as a front group for a political campaign. The question was facetious; as we wrote, the Obama IRS only goes after little guys.
The biggest problem with the IRS scandal, of course, is that it involved viewpoint discrimination: Conservative groups were at far greater risk than liberal ones of intrusive scrutiny. That is why one cannot rule out the possibility that the 2012 election was stolen on Obama’s behalf.
Democrats have tried to wave this problem away by pointing to a handful of unlucky lefties that got caught in the net. The scandal would be less severe if the IRS had in fact been evenhanded in its persecution of small political groups. But it would still have been a problem for American democracy, and the Clinton Foundation story shows why.
Read the whole thing.
THE RULING CLASS TAKES CARE OF ITS OWN: Corrupt former mayor right at home teaching at Harvard. “Antonio Villaraigosa, a former mayor of Los Angeles who racked up countless ethics violations and used taxpayers money to refurbish his yacht, will lecture at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in the fall.”
A key role of the academic sector is to provide landing pads for retired/disgraced politicians, as well as holding areas for those waiting out an election cycle. Related: Politico: Hillary Clinton considering academic options. “Hillary Clinton is fielding offers from colleges and universities — including Harvard and her law school alma mater, Yale — to give her a formal academic role, a move that would give her a platform outside her family’s foundation. . . . The advantage to Clinton of an academic platform, beyond the scope of her policy interests, could be huge for someone considering a presidential run. It would provide her with a credible backdrop for speeches and events that would take her outside of a hotel ballroom or something sponsored by her family’s foundation or another outside group.”
If elected President, she’ll no doubt find a way to return the favor.
GETTING AWAY WITH A LOT, IN “CLINTON WORLD:” If voters ever elect Hillary president, America will get a team of longtime Clinton loyalists too. And that may be a bad thing. “If elected, could Hillary bring competence without complications? Almost certainly not. What the profile of the Clinton Foundation clarified is that Hillary Clinton would enter the White House with all the complications of a two-term president — at the end of her eight years.”
Also, in her term as Secretary of State she showed no particular sign of competence, just complications.
IS THERE ANYTHING DUMBER OR MORE DATED THAN THE “FEMINIST CASE” FOR ELECTING HILLARY? “She became recognized because of the achievements of her husband. That has nothing to do with advancing women’s rights. She’s revered? Has that been established?! But let’s assume she’s revered. What does that have to do with advancing women’s rights? Like being the wife of a powerful man, a woman’s being revered isn’t an aspect of female empowerment. The most traditional societies embrace the idea of a woman who inspires reverence, someone who’s good and worthy of respect. The Virgin Mary is revered. . . . Parker’s argument has gone from ‘She can save the world’ to ‘We could do worse.’ I can’t believe how bad this column is! Why can’t The Washington Post do better? Perhaps millions are inspired that a Woman has written a column in The Washington Post. The symbolic power cannot be overestimated!”
A lot of women of a certain age are excited by Hillary, because they identify with her. But, like Obama, the fact that a segment of the electorate identifies with a candidate is no guarantee that the candidate is competent. Certainly Hillary’s record as Secretary of State — something no one seems to want to look at too closely right now — doesn’t suggest any particular degree of competence.
EVERY DAY THAT HE’S AROUND REMINDS PEOPLE OF THE DRAMA THAT ALWAYS SWIRLS AROUND THE CLINTONS: Clintonworld vs. Weiner.
2012 FLASHBACK: Obama crowd suggests Romney is naive for not trusting Russia.
HILLARY’S PRE-2016 THEME WILL BE “WOMEN WHO BREAK BARRIERS.”
Well, she’ll do better with that one than with Women Who Do Well As Secretary Of State.
HOW’S THAT “SMART DIPLOMACY” STUFF WORKIN’ OUT FOR YA? (CONT’D): Russian foreign minister tells US to behave ‘like grown-ups.’ Good thing we’ve got smart folks like Obama, Hillary, and John Kerry running things, instead of that dumb cowboy Bush.
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Also, Cuisinart SPB-600 SmartPower Deluxe Die Cast Blender, $79.99 (52% off). Hope the “SmartPower” works better than it has for Hillary . . . .
THE BIGGEST WEINER OF ALL:
Amid the spectacle that has become Anthony Weiner’s campaign for mayor, New Yorkers have heard many arguments calling for him to withdraw. Surely the least persuasive of these is the one advanced on national TV by Dee Dee Myers: that Bill and Hillary find his continued candidacy distasteful.
Like so many others statements that involve the name Clinton, Myers later “clarified” her comments by saying she hadn’t actually spoken to the Clintons before saying they wanted Weiner out. Her remarks, however, fit with all the other anonymous complaints we hear that the Clintons are “livid” over the comparisons between Anthony and Bill — or Hillary and Huma.
And here we have Weiner’s real sin: It’s not that he’s treated women shabbily. It’s that the national focus on Carlos Danger is an uncomfortable reminder of Bill Clinton’s own antics in office — and the way those around him fought to help him remain in office.
On the material facts, it’s easy to understand why Weiner is resisting calls to step down. For every argument against Anthony applies even more forcefully to Bill.
Read the whole thing.
HILLARY’S RESET HAS GONE ABOUT AS WELL AS THE REST OF OUR “SMART DIPLOMACY,” I GUESS: Why Russia Helped Snowden: 5 Grievances Against the U.S.
SOMEBODY IN THE WHITE HOUSE IS PROBABLY WONDERING JUST THAT: “Jake Tapper reveals classified information about CIA in Benghazi – should his sources go to prison? Should he?”
Meanwhile, scapegoated filmmaker Nakoula is still in jail.
Related: Remember when Rand Paul asked Hillary about gun running in Libya? Yeah, that nutty conspiracy theorist. . . .
INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY: Will David Ubben Blow Roof Off ‘Phony’ Benghazi Scandal?
The former commander of special operations in North Africa says he, like our president, was incommunicado during the Benghazi attack. We may soon hear from the hero who survived 20 hours waiting for help.
During the second wave of attacks on Benghazi, diplomatic security agent David Ubben was on the roof of the CIA annex with two former Navy SEALS. Eventually, several rounds of mortar attacks found their mark, killing Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty while shredding Ubben’s right leg.
Ubben was stuck on that rooftop for 20 hours before help finally arrived. He can tell us and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “what difference does it make”that help was not sent — at least two American lives. Ubben sustained injuries at Benghazi so severe he’s still being treated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
The important thing is, they were able to keep it under wraps until after the election. And scapegoated filmmaker Nakoula is still in jail.
LEGAL ISSUES: Weiner didn’t declare costs for lavish 2010 wedding. “Anthony Weiner may have violated federal law when he failed to disclose his lavish six-figure wedding in his financial disclosure forms, says a government accountability group. . . . Abedin’s wedding dress may have been almost as expensive as the wedding. Made by world-famous designer and dressmaker to Hillary Clinton, Oscar de la Renta, the custom dress would have gone for over $50,000.”
FLASHBACK: Jake Tapper: Remember when Rand Paul asked Hillary about gun running in Libya? “There’s little question there’s a massive, ongoing cover-up in progress: the question now is whether it’s motivated more by national security or by politics.”
Related: Hiding The Benghazi Survivors?
DID I MENTION THAT HE’S A DEMOCRAT, AND CLOSE TO THE CLINTONS? Conflicting accounts about Anthony Weiner’s 2011 text flirtation with high school girl.
Weiner’s collapsing mayoral campaign has suffered communications problems of its own. After a Weiner intern described the campaign as rife with staff departures, non-payment of workers and lying in an article for the New York Daily News Tuesday, Weiner’s communications director shot back in an interview with Talking Points Memo, calling the intern a “twat,” “bitch,” “cunt” and “slutbag.”
JAMES TARANTO: Hypocrisy and Hypergamy: Behind the Huma-Hillary double standard. “So Hillary is admired and Huma maligned because Hillary married better. Isn’t feminism wonderful?”
WOMEN: “Baffled” By Huma’s Choice? “Such pathetic nonsense about Hillary and her place in history. And as for Huma, the notion that she could now be some pathbreaker is so stupid I don’t know where it came from. Some people — who are they? — got fixated on her — why? Because she’s somewhat attractive? Because she’s somewhat attractive and Muslim? Because she’s somewhat attractive, Muslim, and close to Hillary? I’d like those people to confess what they’re so enamored about. I bet they won’t, because it’s nothing but stupidity.”
UPDATE: A reader emails: “Hilary is throwing Huma under the bus so she doesn’t get dragged down. First the husband betrays Huma. Then her mentor. Could be powerful narrative.” Maybe it could be an NBC mini-series!
ANOTHER UPDATE: Michael Lotus writes: “If Diane Lane is going to play Hillary, can we have a similar lack of verisimilitude and have Padma Lakshmi play Huma?”
PARALLELS: Huma, Hillary, and Humiliation. “It’s not Anthony, I suspect, that is gnawing at Hillary and Bill but Huma. Huma’s made herself into the object, first, of pity and then of disgust; her relationship with Hillary is just a little too close. Too power-hungry, too transparently self-delusional, Huma suggests that she learned all the wrong lessons from Hillary.”
BOO-FRICKIN’-HOO: Bill and Hillary Clinton are ‘livid’ at comparisons to Weiner’s sexcapades and Huma’s forgiveness. Bill’s like, “How can you compare me to that guy? He didn’t even actually get any!”
UPDATE: “It’s Just About Sex!”
THINGS DO SEEM A LITTLE SHADY: Senator calls for further investigation into Huma’s money. “Huma Abedin, the wife of New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, AKA Carlos Danger, is facing an ongoing Senate investigation into the consulting fees she earned while also working as a State Department employee for then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.”
I can only imagine the outcry if Karen Hughes had been doing shadowy “consulting” while working for Secretary of State Condi Rice.
MORE TROUBLE FOR TERRY MCAULIFFE: Former worker raises concerns about Greentech’s progress.
Plus, a connection with Tony Rodham’s visa scandal. Yes, that’s Hillary’s brother Tony.
HUMA UPDATE: The good wife? Oh, give us a break!
Related: She’s Even Worse: Why We’re Mad At Huma. “Mind you, from what the couple now tells us, she knew when she was pushing him to run that he’d kept up the sexting for months and months after he left Congress. And, as the two were plotting his political comeback, Abedin posed for soft-focus People Magazine photos painting the picture of a happy family that had moved on from Weiner’s indiscretions.”
And don’t miss this piece from Andrew McCarthy on the things about Huma it’s apparently impolite to bring up.
Related: Questioning The Timing.
SHOCKER: Reuters: Obama’s pick for No. 2 at Homeland Security under investigation. “The source said investigators are looking into whether Mayorkas had assisted in securing an investor visa – which had previously been denied twice – on behalf of Gulf Coast Funds Management. Gulf Coast Funds Management is run by Anthony Rodham, the brother of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.”
Rodham was last seen stiffing Barbara Boxer’s daughter Nicole for child support and alimony.
GENERAL CARTER HAM: Sure, We Knew Benghazi Was A Terror Attack Right Away. “The former head of U.S. forces in Africa, General Carter Ham, told the Aspen Security Forum that it quickly became clear the assault on the American consulate in Benghazi last year was a terrorist attack and not a spontaneous demonstration. ‘It became apparent to all of us quickly that this was not a demonstration, this was a violent attack,’ Ham said. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton initially had portrayed the embassy attack as a response to an inflammatory internet video.”
Filmmaker Nakoula is still in jail.
THE PARTY OF OLD PEOPLE WITH OUTDATED IDEAS: NPR: Despite Youth Support, Democrats Having A Senior Moment.
Voters under the age of 30 were key to President Obama’s electoral success. But Obama’s going gray and his most prominent potential successors aren’t paragons of youth.
Hillary Clinton, who would be the presumptive Democratic favorite for president the minute she decided to run, will be 69 in 2016. Vice President Biden is already 70.
The party’s congressional leaders aren’t spring chickens, either. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California are both 73. Pelosi’s top two lieutenants in House leadership are also septuagenarians.
Overall, the of Democrats in Congress tops 60, with the party’s caucuses in both the House and Senate skewing older than the Republicans.
“Their leadership is out of step with their base,” says GOP consultant David Carney. “It’s also very white and main-line religious.”
Despite all this, Democrats harbor little doubt that they can continue to run up big margins among young voters.
As long as they retain their support in Hollywood and the news media, they’re probably right.
HILLARY’S RECORD AS SECRETARY OF STATE AND HER CHANCES IN 2016: Apparently we’re not supposed to talk about that. Of course not. Anything that hurts Dem political chances is always either irrelevant, or somehow impolite to bring up.
And asking Hillary defenders to name a single foreign-policy success on her watch is right out. Because sexism or something.
BRYAN PRESTON: Does the Obama Scandal Machine Now Have Its Own Amateurish Break-In? “What if the State Department authorized someone to authorize someone to ‘find out what Fedensin’s lawyers know?’ Fedensin’s allegations touch former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton more directly than anyone else currently in the Obama administration. Clinton was SecState when the eight investigations that Fedensin alleges were scuttled by senior department members, were scuttled. The scandals even touch Clinton’s own security detail as well as her long-time fixer, Cheryl Mills. Exit question: Where’s Sandy Berger these days?”
HECKUVA JOB, HILLARY: State Department official accused of trading visas for sex. But where in the world would anyone get the idea that Hillary would tolerate work-related sexual misconduct?
FURTHER SUPPORT FOR MY THEORY THAT JOHN KERRY WAS NAMED SECRETARY OF STATE TO MAKE HILLARY’S UNINSPIRED TENURE LOOK BETTER IN RETROSPECT: State Department: Yeah, despite our denial, Kerry was on his yacht during Egypt upheaval.
HOW’S THAT SMART DIPLOMACY STUFF WORKIN’ OUT FOR YA? (CONT’D):
THE HILL: White House Chief of Staff McDonough should be fired over IRS scandal. “While Edward Snowden’s excellent adventures, Hillary’s State Department escort services and Obama’s $60 million to $100 million African vacation (er, state visits) have taken some of the spotlight off of the IRS, the pesky timeline of events make it unlikely to go away completely. If, as appears to be the case, the White House never told the IRS to stop its policy of political targeting, heads need to roll, starting with Chief of Staff Dennis McDonough, who, if Jay Carney is to be believed, never even bothered to tell the president about it.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called Wednesday’s Supreme Court ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage Act “a great, historic day for equality in America.”
He went on: “The idea that allowing two loving, committed people to marry would have a negative impact on anyone else, or on our nation as a whole, has always struck me as absurd.”
Pretty strong words from a guy who voted for the Defense of Marriage Act. . . .
Even Bill Clinton — who signed the bill into law — heralded the court’s decision.
“By overturning the Defense of Marriage Act, the Court recognized that discrimination towards any group holds us all back in our efforts to form a more perfect union,” Clinton said in a statement also signed by Hillary Clinton.
Virtually all of the Democrats say, “move on, nothing to see here” — they dropped their support for DOMA years ago. But the Supreme Court ruling allowed them to blast their words of praise to the world without a hint of regret over DOMA — or even an acknowledgment that they had any role in making it the law of the land.
Like Sen. Chuck Schumer, who declared that “the Supreme Court did the right thing here and helps us understand that the march to equality in America is unstoppable.” He voted for DOMA as a House member in 1996.
So did Sen. Dick Durbin, who said the ruling “reaffirmed a founding principle of our nation: equal justice under the law.”
And what about Patrick Leahy, who was ready to put the immigration bill at risk over an amendment to let same-sex couples sponsor immigrant spouses to get their green cards — and who declared that the ruling “confirms my belief that the Constitution protects the rights of all Americans”?
He voted for DOMA in the Senate, too.
They’ve got plenty of company in the club. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer cheered on the Supreme Court even though he voted for DOMA. So did Rep. Rosa DeLauro, who’s rarely, if ever, accused of being a moderate Democrat. And so did Sens. Ben Cardin and Robert Menendez, both of whom were in the House when they voted for the law.
It was opportunism then, and it’s opportunism now. Both times wrapped in self-righteous moralism, as opportunism in Washington generally is.
THIS WEEK IN HYPOCRISY: Clinton Hails Supreme Court Overturning Law He Signed. Hillary supported it, too.
As Bill says, you may be ready for Hillary, but that doesn’t mean that Hillary is ready for you. . . .