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All Clintoned Out

July 13th, 2014 - 7:41 pm

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Barack Obama did not blow apart Hillary Clinton’s huge lead during the 2008 Democratic primaries just because he was a landmark African-American candidate, new to the scene, and a skilled campaigner. Even Democrats were all Clintoned out.

By such weariness, I don’t suggest that either of the Clintons is unpopular. Indeed, Americans apparently look fondly back on the high-growth 1990s as the continuation of the Reagan-Bush boom years, and a time when Democrats and Republicans finally fixed budget deficits. (Note well that when Obama went back to the Clinton-era tax rates for the more affluent, the deficit dipped, but certainly did not approach the balanced budget that was once achieved by spending discipline under the Clinton-Gingrich compromise.)

The problem instead is Hillary Clinton herself. She is not a very good speaker, and is prone to shrill outbursts and occasional chortling. She has a bad habit of committing serial gaffes (e.g., speaking too candidly), and what she says on Monday is often contradicted by her rantings on Tuesday. She seems cheap and obsessed with raking in free stuff. When Bill steps in to correct her mistakes, either sloppily or out of some strange psychological spite, he usually makes things even worse. We saw that often in 2008 and are seeing it again now. But aside from the cosmetics of her political style, the Clintons are faced with two fundamental obstacles in 2016.

One, Hillary Clinton seems to be interested in running on the elite progressive themes of equality and fairness. The problem here is obvious. Few Americans have more enriched themselves by trading on their public service than have she and her husband. A George Marshall in retirement Hillary is not.

With the Clintons there is always a catch to the apologies for their progressive graspingness. At a time of record student debt, sky-rocketing tuition, and scandalous university perks, Hillary Clinton is now charging over $200,000 for a brief run-of-the-mill “I am Hillary” speech — no landmark political announcements, no insights into foreign policy, nothing much other than standard liberal therapeutic boilerplate trading on her increased market value due to her recent tenure as chief foreign affairs officer of the United States.

When these exorbitant fees were questioned by the liberal media, she seemed stunned that any would doubt her progressive fides, and cited her past caring for the poorer off. Then she backed off and assured us that the money went to “charity.” Of course, with the Clintons, we know there is always a nuance and tweak to follow. So next, the “charity” turned out to be the Clinton Foundation, which tends to fund the extravagant private jet travel of mostly Bill and Hillary and their appendages.

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All due respect to Dr Hanson but reports of Hillary's demise are greatly exaggerated. Hillary need not run away from Obama, not when 40+% of Americans still support him. Indeed she need do but two things to convince the other 11% needed for election; promote herself as continuing Obama's policies which 'simply need more time' and most importantly, remind everyone that electing her means electing 'The First Woman President'!

In 2008 Barack Obama had no executive experience and a brief record as the most radical leftist Congressman. None of that mattered given the 'opportunity' for America to elect its First Black President. America then doubled down in 2012. Why should it be any different in 2016 with the 'opportunity' to elect THE FIRST WOMAN PRESIDENT?

Dr Hanson's recitation of historical fact regarding Hillary Clinton is preaching to the choir. An inconvenient fact is that 1/2 of America no longer cares about facts, all that matters is advancing the left's ideological agenda toward the utopia they are certain lies before us.
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Dr. Hanson, Hillary Clinton is not running on any policies or agendas, but solely on her gender...that's it, and that is what she is counting on to get elected...that women voters will vote for her because she IS a "she".

God help us, it MIGHT work...with much the same results as we have seen with the Odministration.

The facts about her candidacy,(other than her gender), is that she is an incorrect answer to a question that nobody asked back in the late 1990's.

From a partisan viewpoint, her "Hillaryous" overstaying of her allotted time on the national stage has that happy effect of sucking the sunlight and nutrients,(airtime and campaign donations), away from any other potential DemocRat candidates.

Let's remove Hillary today from the batting order...who are the remaining "sluggers" in the Democrat lineup?

Joe Biden?
Elizabeth Warren?
Martin O' Malley?

All of the Yellow Dog Democrats were wiped out in the Shellacking of 2010, leaving behind the nuts elected from gerrymandered "safe seats", so there's not much of a bullpen for national candidates on the Dem side who are NOT slobbering neoMarxists, is there?
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Hillary is as wooden as Gore, as imperious as Obama, as "enemy conscious" as Nixon, as back door meddling as Carter and as untethered to ethics as Bill.

She has no platform or position that is motivated by principle. Therefore, she is able to be outflanked on her left, who want fealty to the overthrow.

She will abandon centrism the minute it polls weaker than treason in the corrupt propagandist media doctored opinion steerage.

HOWEVER, she "owns" the center left suburban liberal. She is their darling. Because the corrupt media won't actually investigate Democratic Party scandal, her resume void and dirty deal abuses will remain hidden from view.

She is vulnerable to attack from the left, but not without risk of turning off the "useful idiots".

That isn't Clinton weariness, that's the Woodstock Jihad figuring out whether to crown her or crush her.
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Luckily the Clinton DNA has only produced one grandchild and is well on the way to extinction.
They were chosen to be rich, but not to bear fruit that lasts, and not to have descendants as numerous as the stars. Thus this is only a temporary issue.
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Oh my God, we have three parasites in the White House now: Barry,
Mooch, Mom.
Can we really sustain another three:Bill, Hillary,Chelsea
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Don't forget Chelsea's husband, child, and inlaws. It's a package.
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Anybody who votes for Hillary because she's a female is a sexist bigot. Pass the word.
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Forty seven deaths not including those who were killed in Benghazi-

http://theblacksphere.net/2013/10/47-bodies-left-in-the-wake-of-hillary-clinton-part-i/
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She seems cheap and obsessed with raking in free stuff.

LOL Remember when Hillary established a gift registry right before they left town so that their friends could furnish and accessorize their two new mansions for them? I guess the White House swag just wasn't enough.
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Absolutely nothing would be more fun than a Clinton vs Palin presidential run.
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I never figured to be correcting Victor Davis Hanson, but the budget was never balanced under Clinton. The national debt increased every year he was in office. The "balanced" budgets and vaunted Clinton surpluses (as far out as the eye can see) were accomplished through intragovernmental borrowing from the trust funds.

Remember when Clinton was being harangued about returning the "surplus" to the taxpayers and he finally said he couldn't do that because he couldn't be sure that we'd spend the right way? Who would say something so stupid and impolitic? Well, someone who knew full well there was no surplus to return. He ended up using the excess borrowed money to pay down the public debt, but the nation's total debt increased. I'll give them this: they came as close to a balanced budget as anyone had in many a year, many a decade, but most of the credit for that should go to House Republicans, not Bill Clinton.

Now that I've gotten that off my chest, I'll go back and read the rest of the piece. Thank you.
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Mr. Hanson: With all due respect, we cannot allow you or any columnist,
pundit or blogger to ever refer to Barack Hussein Obama as an
"African American", for nothing could be further from the truth.
Obama is 6.75% Kenyan black, 43.25% Arab and 50% white.
He 'enjoys' absolutely no connection whatsoever to the unfortunate
black people who were first brought to the Americas in the 1600's.
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"All Clintoned out"-isn't this the same as "Clinton Fatigue"?
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Absolutely, positively Off Topic.
Is it legal for state governors to call out their National Guards for emergencies?
Is it, therefore, legal for border states to call out their NGs to stop the invasion?
Is it, therefore, legal for non border states to use their own NGs to stop the foreign invasion?

What would happen if Texas sent its NG to the border, if only for a view days in order to make the point, and stopped the invasion? What would this do to Gov. Perry's Pres prospects????
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All that Obama needs to do, should Texas call out its National Guard to the border, is to nationalize the Texas NG. Under law the NG owes its allegiance to the Federal Commander in Chief. That's precisely what President Eisenhower did in Arkansas in 1957 when Gov. Faubus tried to use the AR NG to stop integration of the public schools in accordance with Brown v. Topeka Board of Education. Ike stopped Faubus in his tracks, and also called in US Amy troops as an additiona reminder of who is the CinC.
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