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All Clintoned Out

July 13th, 2014 - 7:41 pm

Distancing Her Own Disaster from a Disaster

Even if Obama were at 60% approval ratings, if the economy were booming, if there were no alphabet soup of scandals — AP, IRS, VA, NSA, etc. — Hillary would have some trouble contextualizing her disastrous record as secretary of State during a popular administration.

But now she must distance her own disaster from a disaster. I suppose that it is conventionally wise for her to junk Obama (e.g., “he did it, not me”), but there are pitfalls nonetheless. She must over the next two years cut herself off from everything Obama. She must do so on the premise that she was secretary despite, not because of, Obama and that all the disastrous decisions that she made were really her boss’s — the exact nature of which each month she may reluctantly disclose.

If Obama’s popularity dips below 40% — the point at which a presidency is reduced to irrelevance — with more than two years left on his tenure, Hillary will only speed up the process. She will de facto run against Obama (on the premise that she is promising a continuum of Bill Clinton’s Democratic mainstream successes) in the manner that Adlai Stevenson sort of ran against lame duck Harry Truman in 1952, and in the way in which John McCain often seemed as critical of George W. Bush as was Barack Obama.

Yet trashing your kindred predecessor is a hard thing to pull off (ask Al Gore). Presidents in their last year of office don’t appreciate it, and occasionally have ways to push back. Sometimes the base doesn’t like such ingratitude either. The electorate asks, why elect another Democrat or Republican to follow an unpopular Democrat or Republican? For Hillary to escape Obama’s unpopularity, she must in circular fashion over the next two years only make him more unpopular by her very efforts at distancing herself from him — while avoiding the charge of,”well, then, what were you doing from 2009 to 20013?” Adlai Stevenson and John McCain, of course, were not cabinet officers in the respective Truman and Bush administrations.

None of these hurdles — or questions about both Hillary’s and Bill’s age and health —  is insurmountable for a contortionist like Ms. Clinton. Hillary believes that Obama’s great achievement is that he left a permanently divided America, by his various “wars” of race, gender and class. Accordingly, she can reforge that adversarial coalition of young women, gays, greens, minorities, unions, elite liberals and wealthy progressives against “them” by virtue of her gender and politics — and do so is a less grating way. The feminist who hunted down Bill’s interns and who makes $200,000 from cash-strapped universities for brief pep talks will soon lecture us on the evils of a misogynist one-percent nation (e.g., don’t we all hate those who make more in 30 minutes than we do in four years?).

Current polls suggest that she will pull it off. (In the way the early polls had assured that she would in 2008?) What then is likely?

Who knows, although we can be certain of one fact: If the Republican candidate campaigns according to the Marquess of Queensberry rules in the fashion of John McCain or Mitt Romney and politely deflects each hour the insinuation that as a rich, old white guy de facto he is culpable for some –ism or -ology, Hillary will be elected.

But if such charges are either inapplicable to the Republican candidate or are answered in slash-and-burn Lee Atwater style — who was so despised by establishment Republican political operatives — then nothing is certain.

(Artwork created using multiple Shutterstock.com images.)

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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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