Filed under: Capitalism, Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Economy, Foreign Policy, History, Law, Media Bias, Military, National Security, Politics, Progressivism, Terrorism, The United States | Tags: Character, Hillary Clinton, Political Instinct
Hillary’s greatest problem is that though she has a profound interest in politics, she has really lousy political instincts. That is a sense of the right thing to do and a sense for how one’s actions will appear to others. The Clinton administration was full of controversy, the travel office scandal erupted early, as did Hillary’s expectation of being Bill’s co-president.
What she learned instead was a defensiveness and self-protective attitude that led to lies and concealment. Bill had pretty good political instincts, and a good-old-boy, aw-shucks grin that served him pretty well. You would think that observing Lois Lerner and her e-mail scandal would have alerted Hillary to potential troubles, but instead it led her to have her own private server installed in her home. Secretiveness replaced openness. When you try to pretend openness as a protective pose — nobody believes you anyway. It’s too late.
Good political instincts would have prevented the whole catastrophe of Benghazi. Deposing Muammar Gaddafi, refusing security to the ambassadorial mission, denial of the nature of the terrorist attackers, refusing help to the embattled American contractors, and then the absurd attempt to blame it all on a short, dumb video, and then Hillary met the plane with the bodies returning to the United States, and assured mourning parents that they would get the guy who made the video.
Any careful read of Hillary’s history should prevent her from ever being considered as “the first woman president” which seems to be her aim. I don’t accept the idea of first of this sex, first of this ethnicity, first of this color. That is not what is important about a person’s qualifications, but rather their accomplishments and their character. Can we trust them with high office? Do they have a good understanding of American history and character? Do they have a good mind? Do they have good political instincts? Trust it to the Left to always put the emphasis on the wrong things.
Filed under: Foreign Policy, Islam, Middle East | Tags: Bashar Assad, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi, Obama, Syria
In Syria, the Assad regime made a fateful decision this week. They used their army —even including tanks —to kill civilians protesting peacefully. Bashar Assad made the decision that it was better to kill hundreds of unarmed Syrian citizens than to risk the fall of his regime. This is the man whom Nancy Pelosi, John Kerry and Hillary Clinton thought was a peaceful reformer. As Elliott Abrams says:
In Syria and Lebanon, there is confusion about the American position. Many believe we are Assad well-wishers, and certainly Obama’s policy for 2009 and 2010 lent credence to that view. Now, the administration is coy: It talks of new sanctions but does not impose them yet. It talks of U.N. action but it is the U.K. and France that introduce the resolution, not the United States. It will not recall the U.S. ambassador who was so foolishly dispatched to Damascus late last year.
Two weeks ago, al Jazeera turned against Assad and is doing what it did in Egypt — broadcasting whatever it can get its hands on about the brutality of the regime and the courage of the protesters. The Amir of Qatar owns the station.
Syria is closely allied with Shia Iran, and with Hamas and Hezbollah, but the Syrian population is 74 percent Sunni. If the Alawite regime were to fall, it would be widely interpreted as a step toward the fall of the ayatollahs, so what happens in Syria is hugely important for American interests in the region. The president is, um, testing the wind, thinking about sanctions. He could recall our ambassador. He could pressure Turkey very hard to distance itself from the regime. He did say that Mubarak and Quaddafi must step down, he hasn’t even suggested that Bashar should.
He did issue a travelers’ warning.
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, News the Media Doesn't Want You to Hear | Tags: Bill Richardson, Hillary Clinton, Norman Hsu, Tony Rezko
Richardson is out. The man Obama touted as “the best man for the job” of Commerce Secretary is withdrawing his nomination amid a grand jury investigation into a pay-for-play scandal in which it is alleged that as governor, Richardson granted a transportation contract worth $1.48 million in exchange for political contributions. But the investigation was well-known to Obama when he announced the Richardson nomination, so the explanation that Richardson didn’t want an investigation to, “delay the confirmation process,” is nothing but deep-dish Chicago-style horsehockey. Something has changed.
The most logical assumption is that Richardson is guilty and the investvestigation may turn into indictment.
Meanwhile, it is being reported that Secretary of State designate, her royal thighness, Hillary Rotten Clinton, may be embroiled in her own pay-for-play scandal:
A developer in New York state donated $100,000 to former President Bill Clinton’s foundation in November 2004, around the same time that Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton helped secure millions of dollars in federal assistance for the businessman’s mall project.
Hillary Clinton helped enact legislation allowing the developer, Robert Congel, to use tax-exempt bonds to help finance the construction of the Destiny USA entertainment and shopping complex, an expansion of the Carousel Center in Syracuse.
She also helped secure a provision in a highway bill that set aside $5 million for Destiny USA roadway construction. [read more]
The Clintons? Corrupt?! Who woulda thunk!
Add these scandals to the Blagojevich appointment selling, and the upcoming Rezko and Hsu sentencings, and Obama, as president-elect, is already involved in more real corruption than the Bush administration saw in all eight years.
Precisely the kind of “change” those of us paying attention to Obama’s record warned he would bring.
Filed under: Election 2008, Politics | Tags: Democrats, Hillary Clinton, Obama, Republicans
Well, technically, the fat lady hasn’t sung yet.
Democrat pundit, Bob Beckel, claims he’s heard credible rumors that some new bombshell about Michelle Obama will surface — perhaps as soon as today. He naturally blames Republicans, but won’t say what the bombshell is. Rumors are, there’s possibly a video of her using the term “whitey” as a pejorative in an appearance with Farrakhan. Ed Morrisey at Hot Air doubts it’s for real.
Who knows! I certainly wouldn’t put it past the senator’s wife, given some of the other things she’s said. But one thing is for sure, if such a tape did surface it would devastate the Obama campaign and put Hillary right back in the race. It would certainly explain why she’s still hanging on.
But I agree, it sounds a little fishy.
I suppose we will find out soon enough.
Filed under: Election 2008, Liberalism, Media Bias, News, Politics | Tags: Democrat Lies/Dirty Tricks, Democrats, Elites, Hillary Clinton, Obama, Puerto Rico, Ricky Martin
Hillary has beaten Barack Obama in yet another landslide victory. This time in Puerto Rico, where the former first lady beat the upstart senator from Illinois by a two-to-one margin. Coming on the heels of other decisive victories, including Indiana and a shellacking in Kentucky and West Virginia, and with Obama’s victories getting fewer and farther between, you would think someone would stand up and say, wait a minute! This ain’t over!
You would think.
Yet the Democrat elite machine is determined to deliver the nomination to Obama. The narrative is set. This weekend’s rules committee debacle determined that voters from Michigan and Florida would only count as half a person, and conjured a slate of Michigan delegates for Obama out of thin air towards just that end. You see, if Democrats count the votes in those states, and count them equally, Obama’s lead falls into question.
So much for counting all the votes. For that matter, so much for democracy in the Democrat party. Democrats fervently believe the people are too stupid to be trusted with decisions like these. That’s why Democrats concocted super-delegates to begin with.
For all intents and purposes, the Democrat nomination was decided this weekend by the rules committee, regardless of who is winning or eventually wins the popular vote.
In related news, showing he knows on which side his bon bon is buttered, Ricky Martin came out, so to speak, in support of Hillary, endorsing her just prior to Puerto Rico’s primary.
What a weekend!
Filed under: Election 2008, History, Liberalism, News, Politics | Tags: Democrats, Hillary Clinton, Obama, Reverend Pfleger, Reverend Wright, Trinity United Church of Christ
Well, unfortunately, no.
I was hopeful when I saw the headline, “Obama Quits Trinity United Church of Christ.”
I thought, Finally! after 20 years of sitting in the pews, listening to the hate, racism, anti-Americanism and antisemitism spewed by the Wrong Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Wrong Reverend Michael Pfleger and others — after 20 years of a congregation cheering the damnation of America, cheering as their pastors blamed America for everything from 9/11 to AIDS — that finally Barack Obama realized that he could no longer condone such hate and lies with his continued membership.
But, I was wrong.
Yes, he finally quit his church, but he made very clear it wasn’t because he was denouncing the church or their hate, anti-Americanism, racism or antisemitism, but to protect them…
“I’m not denouncing the church and I’m not interested in people who want me to denounce the church,” he said, adding that the new pastor at Trinity and “the church have been suffering from the attention my campaign has focused on them.”
And this is the man who claims it is his judgment that qualifies him to be President of the United States?
If you had good judgment, senator, you would have stood up and walked out of that church as soon as you had heard the kind of bile they preach and as soon as you had seen the congregation raucously applauding it. If you had good judgment, sir, you wouldn’t have been married by Reverend Wright, your children would not have been baptized by that racist, nor would you allow them anywhere near his hateful, dishonest teachings. If you had good judgment, Mr. Obama, Rev. Wright wouldn’t have been your “spiritual guide,” nor your mentor, and you certainly wouldn’t have made him a campaign adviser because you would have denounced him long ago.
If you had good judgment, sir, you would realize there is a great deal to denounce about Trinity United Church of Christ.
The truth is, senator, you have horrible judgment.
Filed under: Election 2008, Politics | Tags: Convention, Democrats, Hillary Clinton, Obama
A Hillary supporter displays a little righteous indignation upon learning that the Democrat party has decided to treat Michigan and Floridian voters as half a person, as party elites help Barack Obama steal the nomination from the candidate with more votes.
I think riots in Denver are looking increasingly likely.