“Saying that Hillary has Executive Branch experience is like saying Yoko Ono was a Beatle”
The New York Times is running an article this morning that questions the leadership and managemnet skills possessed my Mrs. William Clinton. The article suggests that Clinton has recently tried to have more of a hand in the actions of her campaign, but for much of this primary season she has taken a back seat and let her advisors handle much of the dirty work. My favorite piece was the attempt to justify all the bickering that seems to surface in the Clinton campaign:
â€œShe thinks the way to manage effectively is to get a lot of smart people around who donâ€™t agree and let them work out their differences creatively,â€ said Howard Wolfson, her communications director. â€œLet them hash through things, and as a result, you come up with the best process.â€
Both Michigan and Florida had their caucus’ and primary’s results negated by their violations of DNC rules in scheduling their primaries too early. Now that the Democratic contest is in such a dead heat the Democrats in those States want their votes to count towards the delgate battle. I don’t blame them. So far it seems like Michigan will hold another caucus and pay for it themselves while Florida asked the DNC to foot the $18 million dollar tab. Howard Dean, the chair, said “no dice.”
Now, the Clinton camp doesn’t want a revote in Florida because they won.Â This will likely not hold up because a lot people didn’t vote on the grounds of it not emaning anything and no one campaigned there. The DNC will tell them they can pay for it themselves or sacrifice their votes. In Michigan, Obama nor Edwards were even on the ballot so if anything’s fair there, it’s a re-do. These States would be significant in deciding the nominee should their delegates count.
Today’s Op-Ed piece from Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post very well may be satire. I can’t tell. But based on his track record, I think he wants us to take him seriously. Considering everything that has come to light regarding McCain’s recent relationship with the FEC over his public financing any reference to McCain-Feingold should be laughed at. Yet, Krauthammer writes with conviction:
On the difficult compromises that required the political courage to challenge one’s own political constituency, Obama flinched: the “Gang of 14″ compromise on judicial appointments, the immigration compromise to which Obama tried to append union-backed killer amendments and, just last month, the compromise on warrantless eavesdropping that garnered 68 votes in the Senate. But not Obama’s.
Who, in fact, supported all of these bipartisan deals, was a central player in two of them and brokered the even more notorious McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform? John McCain, of course.
Yes, John McCain — intemperate and rough-edged, of sharp elbows and even sharper tongue. Turns out that uniting is not a matter of rhetoric or manner, but of character and courage.
Yes, what we really need is a President with enough courage to bring hypocrasy to new levels, and who has a track record of putting himself at arms length of the rules. AÂ President who used to be able to cross party linesÂ but now all of a sudden has pledged himself to the Bush agenda.Â A President whose campaign rhetoric has turnedÂ out to be aÂ messageÂ for aÂ dedicated Iraq war “victory.” WE ARE NOT AT WAR WITH IRAQ!!! We are occupying Iraq, and in the process making an attempt to supress al-Qaeda (which is only one piece of the transnational jihadist movement in the Middle East). Isn’t it working splendidly? It’s driven our economy to the gutter, it’s taken as many as 160,000 people away from their families in our own country, forced millions of Iraqis from their homes, and it’s creating incentive for generations of good Muslims to resent America. Bravo, let’s keep it up?Â
Krauthammer has also come to the conclusion that Barack Obama’s uniter image is really only believeable because of his heritage crosses racial lines. His logic goes like this:
Because Obama transcends race, it is therefore assumed that he will transcend everything else — divisions of region, class, party, generation and ideology.
If you ninjas knowÂ a single person who thinks of Obama’s candidacy in this light, I’d love to meet them. Obama is a black man and race has been an infinately less significant talking point this primary season than what Clinton has tried to do with the gender-card. Rediculous.
Thanks, as always, to TPM for making this frightening clip of McCain and his evangelical endorser. McCain is getting a press pass in accepting John Hagee’s support. Hagee is known to have linked Catholicism with Nazi fascism, and referred to it as “the Great Whore.”
Hagee has also claimed the creation of independent Palestinian and Israeli states would bring terrorists to America because of our immigration policy. I know, it makes loads of sense. Just watch:
I don’t know if this would have been an issue at all if Barack hadn’t gotten hit hard by the Mrs. William Clinton and the press for not rejecting and denouncing Louis Farrakhan‘s support. But for what it’s worth, this man has no business being recognized for supporting a presidential candidate other than to create a buzz.
The GOP really wants Hillary to win this thing. There is nothing that would give them more statisfaction than beating a Clinton in a Presidential race. In the past few weeks they have been dying to give us their input on why the Dems ought to go with Hillary over Obama, or concocting scenarios where she can do it. Robert Novak is one such Clinton supporter. In today’s Post he claims:
The decision to deprive Michigan and Florida of delegates because their primaries were scheduled too early cannot stand in a contested convention.
The force unleashed against Clinton if she wins the nominationÂ would be unrelenting, cruel, and effective. Her greatest ally in the raceÂ would beÂ gender, and half of the women in this country have a hard time giving her their support at the moment. You can give the independant vote to McCain in such a scenario too.
[Remember when she looked like this?]
I am of the opinion that the press will turn on Hillary, and I hope they do it soon. There are basic things that the Clintons & Co.Â have to do that they have not done and that they have not been held accountable for. Andrew Sullivan seems to understand what’s coming and he can’t wait:
The secrecy and paranoia also remind one of the Clintons’ history, especially Senator Clinton’s. From Whitewater through the long nightmare of cattle-futures through legal documents mysteriously “discovered” long after they were sought, to the secret healthcare task force that helped kill healthcare reform for over a decade, the Clintons are now following their long pattern. They hide stuff they need to hide and stuff they don’t need to hide. What we are learning is that these people have not changed. And their sense of personal privilege, their boundless paranoia, and their constant lies about themselves must be front and center in this campaign. Do we want to go back there again? After Bush and Cheney, do we really want another couple of co-presidents in love with total secrecy and above-the-law personal privilege?
I can’t stand to listen to Hillary speak. That brutish, masculine tone she uses on the stump to compliment her handsome looks makes me nauseous.
Iran’s President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said yesterday that he will not engage the EU in dialogue over Iran’s nuclear energy program. The prez said that the only institution Iran will communicate is the IAEA. A few days ago the UN Security Council approved another round of sanctions against Iran which prevents certain people from travel and freezes some foreign assets. Iran claims they are fully complying with the IAEA’s requirements for transparency. If they were, however, I don’t see why the Security Council would have gone ahead with these sanctions. Ahmadinejad said
“I have to stress again we will not have any nuclear negotiation with any individual and organisation outside the framework of the agency”
I wonder how long it will take for this issue to come to a head. Iran doesn’t want to play ball with the international community and the international community is not willing to offer Iran any incentive to do so. It’s clear why Iran wants nukes, but if they were to clearly and honestly rid themselves of the program the economic and social rewards would be more than significant.
After yesterday’s contests Obama still leads Hillary inÂ totalÂ delegates 1,564 to 1,463. Hillary has 39 more super-delegates than Obama, 243 to 204. There are still 1094 delegates up for grabs. [numbers according to the Washington Post]
On the GOP side of things: Mike Huckabee has finally dropped out of the race. In a lengthy, unnecessary speech Huck bowed out after Sen. John McCain clinched the nomination by passing the threshold for delegates needed to clinch the ticket.
President Bush has invited McCain to the White House for a private lunch today and will publicly endorse him as the Republican presidential nominee. Ninjas will remember that these two men have a long history of beefing. It seems that McCain has been willing to adopt a Bush platform since becoming the frontrunner for the GOP, too.
Well, my ninjas, it’sÂ a sad day for Obama supporters. Yesterday Sen. Hillary Clinton won three out the four contests and is likely to gain 10 delegates on Obama’s leadÂ as a result. This still leaves her way behind in the count (around 140 back).
Many people are concerned that her success yesterday will flat-line Obama’s momentum (which attributed to his string of 12 consecutive primary and causcus victories throughout February). After considering the results of Clinton’s victories in Ohio, Texas and Rhode Island it seems to me that thisÂ ain’t no bigÂ thang. The fact that Obama did as well as he did in Texas is tribute to his outstanding campainging. That should have been 100% Hillary Country and he took a huge chunk of it. In the rural areas Hillary dominated, but in all the metropolitan areas Obama trounced her. Then there was Ohio. Now, I’ve never been there, there’s never been too much ofÂ a need for ninjas in Ohio, but from what I understand Ohio is not living in the 21st century. Racism is live and well in the south easetern part of the state, close to West Virginia, clearly not ready for Obama. But they would be for him over McCain, seeing as how voting GOP in 2004 has left a sour taste in their mouths (the mortgage crisis is very real in Ohio right now, and the economy was the most important issue there).
It’s also clear that Hillary’s bash techniques of the last two weeks have done wonders for herÂ campaing. She told us in the most recent debate, “I am a fighter” and fighter she is. She has come at Obama on anything and everything that could possibly affect people’s opinion of the Illionois Senator and it has proven to work. NAFTA, Farrakhan, Rezwhatever, it’s all been effective. We should continue to expect to see more negative campainging from the Clintons, but also, don’t be surprised if Obama fights back in the coming weeks. You’d better believe there are some questionable behaviors in Hillary’s past, and the skeletons will be coming out of the closet (Bills’s over-seas business, tax forms, etc.).Â If Obama can win the coming contests I think more and more superdelagates will start showing their heads and show their support for Obama. The math is still way in his favor and his chances of gaining the nomination, despite recent events, are still great.
Tomorrow’s the day, my ninjas. Sen. Hillary Clinton must win Ohio and Texas to have a chance at wooing enough super-delegates to make her the presidential nominee. Even if she wins both primaries, due to the Democrtic primary rules, the delgates will be proportionally split between she and Obama, leaving her trailing in pledged delegates. She has to win BIG. Considering Hillary’s bash techniques and quibbling, and Obama’s raw momentum I find it hard to imagine a Clinton surge tomorrow. That being said, the polls in these two States, for some ill-informed voterific reason,Â are really really close. Remeber, Obama has won 11 straight primaries and caucuses, leaving Hillary without a victory for the entire month of February. Also, ninjas should strongly consider the fact Sen. Barack Obama has a much better chance of beating Se. John McCain than Sen. Clinton does. Clintons just seem to have a bad habit of leaving a bad taste in peoples mouths (yes, that was an inuendo). All you ninjas out there who are voting tomorrow should browse through our archives and see just why we here at the dojo are so pro O. The other States holding contests tomorrow are: Wyoming, Vermont, Mississippi, and Rhode Island.
Russia has a new president in Dmitry Medvedev. Apparently, he will be acting as a Putin surrogate. Said to be a diciple of Putin, Medvedev recieved 70.2% of the vote. These results are widely regarded as phoney. The international community, however, has commented very little on the election, and many observers boycottedÂ covering the election. I have to brush up on my Russian political knowledge to further my ninja education, but it seems to me like this election was far from free and clear. Protestors were promptly arrested after the results were announced. Putin has said he will remain very involved in governmental affairs, and Medvedev says protecting Russian security and interests will be of utmost concern. Medvedev headed the Russian gas monopoly Gazprom.
I just wanted to make sure you ninjas understand that just because over here in the dojo we may throw a post up about a conservative topic, this in no way means that we prescribe to the atrocious neo-conservative movement that plagues politics today. Just because you see Reagan here doesn’t mean I think he’s a great guy (he certainly was not a ninja). I think understanding what he started is critical for ninjas to grasp. Know thy enemy, right? Conservatism has come a long way since Sir Edmund Burke and the Glorious Revolution.
The rediculous nature of this report is, unfortunately, not going to be unique as Obama emerges as the Democratic nominee. From the site:
“Nothing in Barack Obamaâ€™s history or his choice of advisers suggests he will be a friend to Israel,â€ said Hobbs. â€œOn the contrary, supporters of Israel should view a possible Obama administration with extreme caution, as Americaâ€™s ally is being put in the cross-hairs by the anti-Jewish left.”
Now this statement is notÂ only is this horribly factually inacurate, it’s just pathetic politics.