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Four Days in Denver

Posted by Mark on April 20, 2008

Political prophecy?  This week may decide. Either way, this from a writer of the West Wing is a great read.

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Is Ferraro Right?

Posted by Mark on March 17, 2008

 Geraldine Ferraro committed a gaffe last week, and has paid the price for it.

Gaffe. Hmmmm.

Michael Kinsley has a better definition.  “A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth.”

Telling the truth always costs you when you work for the Clintons.

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First South Carolina, then Caroline, and Now Teddy…

Posted by Mark on January 27, 2008

things just keep going downhill for the Clinton gang:

WASHINGTON — Senator Edward M. Kennedy will endorse Barack Obama for president tomorrow, breaking his year-long neutrality to send a powerful signal of where the legendary Massachusetts Democrat sees the party going — and who he thinks is best to lead it.

Kennedy confidantes told the Globe today that the Bay State’s senior senator will appear with Obama and Kennedy’s niece, Caroline Kennedy, at a morning rally at American University in Washington tomorrow to announce his support.

That will be a potentially significant boost for Obama as he heads into a series of critical primaries on Super Tuesday, Feb. 5.

Kennedy believes Obama can “transcend race” and bring unity to the country, a Kennedy associate told the Globe. Kennedy was also impressed by Obama’s deep involvement last year in the bipartisan effort to craft legislation on immigration reform, a politically touchy subject the other presidential candidates avoided, the associate said

Now, I’m no Osama Obama fan, as Ted Kennedy himself called him in a now famous soundbite.   But right now, watching Bill and Hillary suffer defeat after defeat is a lot of fun. Here’s hoping for more and more, with the final defeat coming in November, when the Dem who defeated Hill and Bill gets defeated himself.

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And Now, a View From a Glass House…

Posted by Mark on January 25, 2008



Oopsie. I’m thinking Hill and Bill should be a little more careful before throwing the Rezko stone at Barak.  But of course, as Hillary said to Matt Laurer on the Today show, “I just don’t remember.” This is a quotation we should get very used to as the campaign wears on. For one who claims to have 35  years of “experience” , there seems to be a lot she can’t recall.

Hat tip to Drudge for this wonderful photo…

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Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Peggy Noonan

Posted by Mark on January 25, 2008

The civil war feared by the Left for Iraq didn’t happen. At least not in Iraq.

It has happened in the Republican and Democrat parties this year, and it’s a good thing…a very good thing.

The cause of the breakup of the old conservative base of the GOP is brilliantly analyzed by Peggy Noonan. As usual, she is the best columnist out there. At the end of her column, she says what needs to be said:

On the pundit civil wars, Rush Limbaugh declared on the radio this week, “I’m here to tell you, if either of these two guys [Mr. McCain or Mike Huckabee] get the nomination, it’s going to destroy the Republican Party. It’s going to change it forever, be the end of it!”

This is absurd. George W. Bush destroyed the Republican Party, by which I mean he sundered it, broke its constituent pieces apart and set them against each other. He did this on spending, the size of government, war, the ability to prosecute war, immigration and other issues.

Were there other causes? Yes, of course. But there was an immediate and essential cause.

And this needs saying, because if you don’t know what broke the elephant you can’t put it together again. The party cannot re-find itself if it can’t trace back the moment at which it became lost. It cannot heal an illness whose origin is kept obscure.

I believe that some of the ferocity of the pundit wars is due to a certain amount of self-censorship. It’s not in human nature to enjoy self-censorship. The truth will out, like steam from a kettle. It hurts to say something you supported didn’t work. I would know. But I would say of these men (why, in the continuing age of Bill Clinton, does the emoting come from the men?) who are fighting one another as they resist naming the cause for the fight: Sack up, get serious, define. That’s the way to help.

 I’m still very much a George W. Bush fan. If he could run for a third term, I’d vote for him without hesitation. This support does not in any way cloud my agreement with Peggy Noonan.  And, until we admit what President Bush has done to the Party, we cannot begin to put it back together again in time to confront the Clintons in November.

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Obama and Alinsky: Using Hillary’s Mentor Against Her

Posted by Mark on January 11, 2008

Hillary has long used the philosophies of Saul Alinsky to her advantage. It would appear Barak may be “out-Alinskying” the ‘ole girl this time, despite Hillary’s tears and her close win in New Hampshire…

Hillary should have known what she was up against when she read up on how Obama won his state senate seat in Illinois.
Obama had returned to Chicago and practiced civil rights law for 3 years, when he spied an opportunity to run for the state senate. A longtime, widely-revered matron of the civil rights movement named Alice Palmer had held the seat for a number of years, but she announced that she wanted to run for Congress. So, Obama seized the opportunity and proclaimed his intention to run for Alice’s open seat.
Well, Alice lost the congressional race and decided that she wanted to hang onto that hard-won state senate seat. Most of the community leaders tried to persuade Obama to withdraw and wait his turn; he was a newcomer after all.
Instead Obama performed his first real act of political jujitsu. He sent his aides to the courthouse to carefully examine all of Alice Palmer’s signatures to see if enough could be disallowed to knock her off the ballot altogether. And indeed, some of Alice’s signatures were fake. The aides also found enough other fake signatures on opponents’ ballot initiatives to knock them off the ballot as well.
By the time Barack Obama walked handily into his state senate seat, everyone there knew him as “the man who knocked off Alice Palmer.” Quite a feat indeed for the newcomer, the young whippersnapper with the odd name.

Perhaps Hillary will win some states and stay in the game a while longer, but I fear this knight with his adoring, fawning followers is just too slick for her and ole Bill, and he seems to know how to play Alinsky ends-and-means hardball without actually breaking the law.

Sooo, maybe Obama isn’t quite the “nice guy” of his adoring press clippings? Might make Hillary cry for real before this is over.

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Hillary: Couldn’t Have Said It Better Myself

Posted by Mark on January 10, 2008

From Camille Paglia,  a well-thought out look at Hillary.

 But Hillary herself, with her thin, spotty record, tangled psychological baggage, and maundering blowhard of a husband, is also a mighty big roll of the dice. She is a brittle, relentless manipulator with few stable core values who shuffles through useful personalities like a card shark (“Cue the tears!”). Forget all her little gold crosses: Hillary’s real god is political expediency. Do Americans truly want this hard-bitten Machiavellian back in the White House? Day one will just be more of the same.

After all of this, the last paragraph says she’ll still vote for Hill if she’s the nominee. Amazing.

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Who’d ‘a Thunk It?

Posted by Mark on January 7, 2008

The siren screaming from the Drudge headline is profound. Talk of a Hillary exit? Here’s the story, before it disappears…

Mon Jan 07 2008 09:46:28 ET

Facing a double-digit defeat in New Hampshire, a sudden collapse in national polls and an expected fund-raising drought, Senator Hillary Clinton is preparing for a tough decision: Does she get out of the race? And when?!

"She can't take multiple double-digit losses in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada," laments one top campaign insider. "If she gets too badly embarrassed, it will really harm her. She doesn't want the Clinton brand to be damaged with back-to-back-to-back defeats."

Meanwhile, Democrat hopeful John Edwards has confided to senior staff that he is staying in the race because Hillary "could soon be out."


Key players in Clinton's inner circle are said to be split. James Carville is urging her to fight it out through at least February and Super Tuesday, where she has a shot at thwarting Barack Obama in a big state. But others close to the former first lady now see no possible road to victory, sources claim.

No possible road to victory? After one loss? or even two? Good thing another George didn’t take that attitude back in 1776…

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