Never thought I’d say that, but my animus toward the former president was a bit excessive and, seeing what followed, tremendously short-sighted. His speech today in Shanksville, Pa. commemorating the passengers of United 93 was sublime.
I’d be more likely to see “The Hangover 2″ if the ex-president had a bigger role. Insert dated joke here.
“Maude” was my favorite show as a kid, though my mother made me stop watching it after I told her “God will get you for that!”
For the record, I’m not sure what was lost by a symbolic visit from Bill Clinton. Is the right determined to oppose EVERYTHING, even the
A: Very close ties with Greta Van Susteren.
Van Susteren’s husband used his wife’s journalistic access to meet the Alaska governor. Now John Coale, aka Mr. Van Susteren, has become one of Palin’s top advisors.
Maybe that explains Van Susteren’s series of softball interviews with Palin.
If Van Susteren’s husband is directly advising Palin on what is clearly shaping up to be a national bid for the Presidency–as Van Susteren herself acknowledges–then Van Susteren has some serious conflicts of interest going on here as well. When are the Fox News execs going to call Van Susteren on this clear-cut breach?
It wouldn’t be the first time Van Scientologist crossed ethical lines.
What is obvious is that Van Susteren has had unique access to the Clintons, and she has conducted several soft-ball interviews with them a la Palin over the years, most recently as last week with Hillary, during which time they actually joked about Van Susteren’s performance at a North Korean karaoke bar. Was it simply a coincidence that Van Susteren headed to Mexico to do a piece on the Drug Wars there at precisely the same time that Hillary went there to assess the situation? Come now. The fix is in.
The Petty Queer Establishment’s blind embrace of the Clintons is sort of like the NAACP coalescing behind George Wallace. After all, it was Clinton who signed the Defense of Marriage Act banning federal rights like Social Security and immigration for same-sex couples.
He signed it simply to deprive Bob Dole of a campaign issue, and did so at midnight while denouncing it as gay-bashing. Days later, his re-election campaign advertised on Christian radio that he had signed it.
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is also a byproduct of the Clinton years, and while it’s admirable that he was willing to make the case, it’s undeniable his compromise made matters worse. And it wasn’t necessary, as executive order powers applied. If the president wanted gays in the military, all he had to do was sign.
Barack Obama has vowed to reverse this discriminatory policy, but the HRC (Hillary Rodham Clinton/Human Rights Campaign) would rather carp about Rick Warren.
I was one of the 12 first-ever openly gay White House staff members to take up work the day following President Clinton’s inauguration. His respect for gay Americans was evident even when setbacks and disappointments slowed the change agenda, and he certainly did not deliberately nor unnecessarily scheme to sell out gay Americans on his first day in office to score points with opponents. Ordinary gay Americans will need to hold this new Administration to the tenets of its campaign and to the idealism of its Inaugural language — and to a fundamental expectation for respect. The Warren invitation remains a disgrace and a blemish on day one of the new Administration. *Shame on Obama.
I guess Clinton accidentally signed DOMA, then inadvertently bragged about it.
*Beware anyone who starts a sentence, “Shame on …” And expect more such PQE propaganda in the days and months ahead.
Of late, nothing but fuck-ups, suck-ups, prudes and enablers:
Avert your eyes!
*Janet Reno. One word: Waco
*John Ashcroft. Embarrassed by nude statues
*Alberto Gonzalez. Lied before Congress; made Ashcroft look good in comparison
And now, Eric Holder, who looked the other way as Bill Clinton made a mockery of the president’s pardon powers.
In the Clinton pardon scandal, Holder was deputy attorney general when his duties intersected with the efforts of Rich’s lawyer, Jack Quinn, who had been White House counsel earlier in the Clinton administration.
The entire matter was handled in an unorthodox manner — on a straight line from Rich’s lawyer to the White House, with a consulting role for Holder.
Later, Holder said he told White House counsel Beth Nolan the day before the pardon was issued that he was “neutral, leaning toward favorable” in regard to the pardon. He said he and Nolan “never had a prolonged conversation about the matter.”
To make matters worse, Holder had asked Quinn for his help in becoming attorney general in the event then-Vice President Al Gore won the 2000 election.
His colleagues say he has a “stellar reputation,” but why appoint someone who auditioned so poorly?
They really do think alike. Two examples:
Issue: Hillary for Secretary of State
The consensus: It’s reminiscent of Lincoln, who appointed a “team of rivals” to his Cabinet. (Pundits like to appear well-read and well-versed in history.)
What was overlooked: William Seward’s spouse never raisied money from Confederate generals.
The exception: Fox’s Juan Williams asked, “How do you fire Hillary?” Good point.
Issue Two: Obama’s First 100 Days
The consensus: Obama needs to “hit the ground running.”
What was overlooked: The economy is in crisis. Prudence is called for, not bold new initiatives. We can’t afford big mistakes.
Worst pundits (tie): Fred Barnes (Fox), Hillary Rosen (CNN), otherwise known as GOP strategist Fred Barnes and Democratic Party strategist Hillary Rosen. (Added disdain for Rosen, formerly chairwoman of the soulless Recording Industry Association of America.)
We all know the Clinton spin by now — Hillary wasn’t deafeated by Barack Obama, but by sexism, particularly that demonstrated by the MSM. Ask for proof and you’ll get vague generalities that are usually out of context or inconsequential.
But that doesn’t matter, not when the Clintons drill a meme into the ground. Trust the MSM to cower, as it always does when accused of an -ism or -phobia.
How could the GOP not exploit this opening? In the coming months prepare to hear noted feminists like Sean Hannity allege sexism whenever criticism is leveled at Sarah Palin.
Earlier today, Laura Bush fired a warning shot:
First lady Laura Bush said today that sexism aimed at Sarah Palin was a very real prospect and suggested Democrats watch what they say about the Alaska governor and John McCain’s ticketmate.
“The other side will have to be particularly careful,” Bush said in an interview on Fox News from St. Paul, “because that’s something we all looked at.”
The three cable news channels have taken sides, and they don’t even bother to veil it anymore. CNN is, in fact, the Clinton News Network, employing former advisers James Carvillle, David Gergen,
Wolf Blitzer and the execrable Paul Begala, who on Wednesday actually described Joe Biden as “half-steelworker, half-patriot.” CNN is the establishment’s choice — the best place to pitch talking points and partisan blather.
Fox caters to the Hannity wing of the Republican Party — blindly conservative and dim. It’s been a parody of itself for years now, which keeps me watching from time to time.
Meanwhile MSNBC has cast its lot with the self-righteous asshole wing of the Democratic Party. Pied piper Keith Olbermann is so much like his adversary, Bill O’Reilly, that it’s obvious he hates himself. And he says “shame on you” a lot.
The former sportscaster’s smug certitude appears to be wearing thin among colleagues.
We’d be stuck with either a slimeball — rational observes know that Edwards has yet to come clean about his mistress and their spawn — or Hillbot, whose campaign operatives are whining what coulda been had Edwards been upfront about his personal life.
Let that sink in: Hillary, wife of Bill, bemoaning the lack of exposure of a sex scandal. Michelle Cottle revisits Clintonia:
John Edwards has been outed as a pathetic lying tool. His widely revered wife has been implicated in his politically idiotic coverup. There is a baby out there whose paternity will remain a matter of gross public speculation because of the breathtaking childishness and selfishness of the parents (whoever the hell the dad is). And Team Hillary wants us to think for one second about what this may have cost them? Boo hoo hoo.
“Every living soul on this planet has some highly-justified anger. Everyone. If you know anybody who was a P.O.W. for any time, they can be going on for years and all of a sudden something will happen that will trigger all those bad memories.”
Like, say, a violent flashback? And what excuses Bill’s churlishness, besides a bloated sense of entitlement?
Making peace with the Clintons would challenge any diplomat:
It’s hard to fathom why Obama should be mau-maued into paying off the debt that Hillary and Bill accrued attacking and undermining him, while mismanaging the campaign and their nearly quarter-billion-dollar war chest so horribly that one Hillaryland insider told The New Republic that it bordered on fraud.
Sounding every bit the arrogant jerk some of us always knew him to be, Bill Clinton says Barack Obama will have to “kiss my ass” in return for his support.
“That’ll show him for taking what was rightfully mine, er, ours.”
What exactly did Obama do or say that would make the former president — a seasoned pol — so bitter? Hell, Paul Tsongas called him Santa Claus, an obvious dig at his graying hair, red, bulbous nose, past enslavement of elves and expanding gut, and Clinton got over that.
Maybe it’s this:
“I think that they played the race card on me. And we now know, from memos from the campaign and everything that they planned to do it all along,” Bill Clinton *said in a telephone interview with WHYY’s Susan Phillips. “I was stating a fact, and it’s still a fact.”
Has anyone thought to ask where they might get a copy of these race-baiting memos? Makes you wonder why the Clinton campaign didn’t distribute them, as it would it would’ve benefitted Hillary and damaged Obama.
Of course, that assumes they actually existed, which would require an epic naivete.
*In that same interview, Clinton said “you have to really go some place to play the race card on me,” listing a number of accomplishments on behalf of African-Americans. Tops on on the list? His office in Harlem.
Not all feminists agree that sexism derailed Hillary’s campaign:
“Is there sexism? Probably so. Is it responsible for the defeat? I really wouldn’t have the scientific knowledge – all of the information – to know that,” Pelosi said after a pause. “I do think that being a woman has a positive upside in the campaign that probably off set some of the sexism.”