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Leverage and Lysistrata

August 20th, 2013 - 10:51 am
The Grand Old Party in action

The Grand Old Party in traditional attack mode

Amazing what a little backbone and a few functioning teeth can do:

You know that Hillary Clinton miniseries that has the RNC all up and arms and people at NBC News all worried?

Well it is more than likely not going to hit the air at NBC.

NBC sources tell FTVLive that the NBC suits have figured the Clinton miniseries ” just isn’t worth it.”

Word is that NBC is going to let it quietly go away without saying a word.

NBC does not want to make it look like the RNC or their own news people “got their way,” so the project will likely die in the “in development” stage.

One NBC source told FTVLive that the miniseries has gone from a 90% “go” to more like a a 60% “No go.”

“They just want it to quietly die before it ever goes into production,” said our NBC source.

Now, whatever could have caused that? Or, for that matter, this:

Fox TV Studios, division of 21 Century Fox and a sister company of Fox News, won’t be the producer of NBC’s planned 4-hour miniseries Hillary, about Hillary Clinton, that has Diane Lane attached to star as the former First Lady and Secretary of State. The network and the studio had been in preliminary talks with the two sides far apart, and they were never able to bridge the gap on the deal terms.

For you civilians, to get a big miniseries off the ground, it takes two to tango: a producing entity (in this case, Fox) and a network on which to show it (NBC). Each side chips in some major dough to get the thing made, and away we go. This was the first sign that all was not well in Clintonland:

NBC began to circle the wagons on its Hillary Clinton miniseries this afternoon, hours after the Republican National Committee blocked the network from GOP primary debates, calling the miniseries a Clinton promo. “The Hillary Clinton movie has not been ordered to production, only a script is being written at this time,” NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt said this afternoon in a statement. “It is ‘in development’, the first stage of any television series or movie, many of which never go to production. Speculation, demands, and declarations pertaining to something that isn’t created or produced yet seem premature,” he added. The statement was issued not long after word got out that Fox TV Studio, which had been in early stages of talks to produce the miniseries, would not move ahead with the project about the former First Lady and Secretary of State.

Ask me about Benghazi. No, wait -

Ask me about Benghazi. No, wait -

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"What took the Republicans so long?"

Spinelessness brought on by political correctness AND desire to stay in political office as a career.
47 weeks ago
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There's also this to consider. I sense a foreboding among some lefties that all is not sunshine and rosebuds in their world anymore and their implacable unity may very well start to shatter. Criminal conspiracies being what they are - and we all know that the power of the left consists of nothing more than a mafia-like oath of mutual support and silence - they eventually unravel. The scandals are too numerous and the corruption courses through their entire system; this cannot be sustained much longer. The scapegoats and fall guys have been in place since the beginning so they can be eventually sacrificed to save the party elite. It's probably just a matter of time before the edifice begins to crumble and takes HRC down along with it.
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Madam Depraved Indifference.
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Lysis testa is the play where war was stopped by women refusing their husbands sex. Or in other words, the dogs of war were for once defeated By the pussies of peace.
47 weeks ago
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Mauren Dowd works for a guy who covered up pedophilia in the U.K.
47 weeks ago
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Maureen Dowd thinks conservatives are cretinous.
47 weeks ago
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If Hillary, 25 years ago, had looked as good as Diane Lane, Bill might not have been such an alley-cat.
47 weeks ago
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No, you don't understand people like him. He could have been married to a drop-dead-gorgeous beauty queen, and he'd still have gone looking elsewhere.

47 weeks ago
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As a Brit famously said during WW-2:
The Yanks will always end up doing the right thing, after they've tried everything else.
47 weeks ago
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"What took the Republicans so long?"

Spinelessness brought on by political correctness AND desire to stay in political office as a career.
47 weeks ago
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I am not PC in any way. When I get it thrown at me, I repeat what I said. No takers appear.
47 weeks ago
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Don't pussyfoot around it, Lance, don't soft-pedal it. Tell us how you really feel!

;-)
47 weeks ago
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"Ted Cruz is an early warning of the Palin-like fear and loathing the junior senator from Texas engenders within the leftist breast."

Hate to break it to you, but he can't win. Too many conservative purists will refuse to vote for him, even if it's to not be seen as hypocrites over complaining about Obama's citizenship. Though, from comments I've read, it seems many conservatives are sincere in their belief that he's not a natural-born citizen and it would be a bad precedent to have him as our nominee.

The law doesn't specify what "natural-born" is, so all you really need to do is be born a citizen, which he was. He's also probably the best thing to happen to the Republican party by putting the party's feet to the fire AND by representing what the party SHOULD be about.

But, as I said, people won't vote for him. I don't think he can win either the primary or the general election.
47 weeks ago
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I'm afraid you are right. In their zeal to discredit Obama, many have gone off the deep end on this.

I think it's clear from the Founder's writings what they intended by that phrase, but the REALITY is, it's not spelled out in clear legal terms, and the current law is murky.

Personally, I'd like to see an Amendment to spell it out.
47 weeks ago
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HOLY SMOKES, are you joking? Both of you?

You have just answered the final question in this column, What took the RNC so long?

YIKES, conservatives won't vote for Cruz! It will LOOK BAD! The Dems will destroy him. Surrender pre-emptively!

To those who eternally lament our squish nominees, look no further.
47 weeks ago
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Perhaps you misunderstood. I was not (and I suspect Lance was not) endorsing the view that Cruz is ineligible.

Just recognizing that it exists.

Under current court rulings and law, he IS eligible.

I'd like to see the current murkiness cleared up with an Amendment, and I'd make it pretty strict if I had my way.

But it is what it is, and being what it is, Cruz is eligible, and I'd be happy to vote for him. No, that would NOT set a bad precedent. The precedent is already set and needs to be fixed.

I think it would be foolish to turn away from an excellent candidate on the basis of a blind insistence on what the Founders probably meant to say, when in fact, they didn't say it clearly. (It's one of several mistakes they made in the writing of the Constitution.)

But some will.

That's not good, but neither is refusing to recognize that attitude exists.
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"NBC does not want to make it look like the RNC or their own news people “got their way,” so the project will likely die in the “in development” stage."

If they're not making the movie AND the GOP still boycotts NBC, then that's exactly what happened...the RNC "got their way."
47 weeks ago
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We can hope.

More likely, this is jiu jitsu. They were never going to make the puff.. , er, documentary, but now they've boxed the RNC into a corner where they can't back out out of staged debates, which is what NBC wants.

But, they can. Will they? We can hope.
47 weeks ago
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Hang in, RNC! If CNN doesn't come through in time for the primary debates, at least get Jake Tapper a major role in the debates in the general election. BOOM, Hillary goes down under a Benghazi. BOOM, she's down again, the character issue. BOOM, Hillarycare. And how does her immigration "plan" promote jobs for Americans? BOOM!
47 weeks ago
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The RNC needs to borrow a page from Augusta National, in the way they handled CBS over The Masters: Produce it yourself, sell the on-site advertising yourself, and let the networks bid for the right to carry it without - or with a minimum of - commercial interruptions.
47 weeks ago
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This is about more than just Hillary.
The forces of darkness probably won't boost her prospects much (we can all agree she's deeply unlovable), so...the Orwellian group-hate chants that lie dead ahead will be instructive: you can easily tell what, and who, MSM and old-guard GOP fear most.
All together peasants! Today let's hate: Palin, Paul, Cruz and (maybe) Ryan -- kind of like a sleazy low-brow propagandized ranting version of ''Follow the money", turned into a mantra-for-morons with extra hypocrisy and loathing tossed in.

The good news is below the surface: yesterday's dolts are getting weaker and more muddled by the hour, and they're dying off, too. Easy pickings ahead, especially in the GOP, and absolutely no need for the rest of us to show mercy. 'They' (that would include all the usual suspects, especially Dowd) have done enough harm already.
Lysistrata may help a bit, but only on the casting couch.
47 weeks ago
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As much as pop culture has made fun of her, I think Palin is our best bet. People claim she's dumb, but everyone seems to like her (I think even the people who claim to hate her secretly like her). I wish it could be Cruz. I agree with him more than any other. But, it's Palin who has the charisma and likeability factor and, trust me, that's really the ONLY thing that matters in an election.
47 weeks ago
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Palin-Cruz in '16!
47 weeks ago
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Palin only became a non candidate because of the hatchet job done by the media on her.

If half the attention on Palin was done on B.O. he would still be trying to get a position as dog catcher.
47 weeks ago
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I like Palin better than Cruz. I think Cruz is making a big mistake to be putting everything on his Government Shutdown tactic to defeat Obamacare - it's just feeding the beastly lefties and alienating the rest of the party for a grandstanding pose that won't work. But Cruz is one up on Palin where the media and LIVs are concerned, he went to Harvard. And Palin didn't. Stupid nonsense that doesn't matter, except to the MSM and the LIVs
47 weeks ago
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Cruz has rightly identified a true threat to the continuance of The Republic, and has willingly taken a strong stance on the issue.
He should be supported for that.
47 weeks ago
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There's also this to consider. I sense a foreboding among some lefties that all is not sunshine and rosebuds in their world anymore and their implacable unity may very well start to shatter. Criminal conspiracies being what they are - and we all know that the power of the left consists of nothing more than a mafia-like oath of mutual support and silence - they eventually unravel. The scandals are too numerous and the corruption courses through their entire system; this cannot be sustained much longer. The scapegoats and fall guys have been in place since the beginning so they can be eventually sacrificed to save the party elite. It's probably just a matter of time before the edifice begins to crumble and takes HRC down along with it.
47 weeks ago
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Math is coming...
47 weeks ago
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It isn't even math, it is what we used to call 6th grade arithmetic, when the take-aways are bigger than the put-ins the answer will be less than zero.
LOL
47 weeks ago
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Like others have pointed out, who will be left without a chair? US taxpayers as always. MF Global laid off bad Eurobonds on their clients using the same thinking.
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