Quotes of the day

posted at 9:16 pm on February 1, 2013 by Allahpundit

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is leaving office with a slap at critics of the Obama administration’s handling of the September attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya. She told The Associated Press that critics of the administration’s handling of the attack don’t live in an “evidence-based world,” and their refusal to “accept the facts” is unfortunate and regrettable for the political system.

In her last one-on-one interview before she steps down on Friday, Clinton told the AP that the attack in Benghazi was the low point of her time as America’s top diplomat. But she suggested that the furor over the assault would not affect whether she runs for president in 2016.

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For all of Clinton’s personal prestige and tireless work ethic, most of the administration’s foreign policy accomplishments — the wind-down of two wars, the Osama bin Laden killing, the Libya intervention — were the product of a group decision-making process, with Obama undeniably at the head of the table and equal weight given to players like U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, Defense secretaries Bob Gates and Leon Panetta, National Security Adviser Tom Donilon and Vice President Joe Biden, a Clinton admirer who own gaze is firmly fixed on 2016…

“I can see the parallels” between her struggles in 2008 campaign and her performance at State, says Kori Schake, senior foreign policy adviser to John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign.

“Ask her assistant secretaries at gunpoint, ‘tell me honestly what her top three priorities have been’ — I don’t think they could answer,” says Schake.

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Hume, on “The O’Reilly Factor”:

“It’s not easy to be a great Secretary of State. Foreign policy is really the province of the president; the Secretary of State is the person who is his emissary… She’s worked very hard, travelled all over the world, 112 countries — but the list of achievements that can be attributed to her is not long, and it’s not major. How well has the reset with Russia worked out? How are things between Arab and Israelis, closer to peace than before? How about Iran, North Korea, their nuclear weapons program? Have they been retarded, held-back, halted? No, I don’t think so. So you look around for a Clinton doctrine… a new way of thinking… I would say not. And what about major treaties? … Was she involved in negotiations that led to any major treaties? The answer to all those questions appears to be no.”

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“She’s coming away with a stellar reputation that seems to have put her almost above criticism,” Aaron David Miller, a former diplomat peace negotiator, said to Paul Richter, of the Los Angeles Times. “But you can’t say that she’s really led on any of the big issues for this administration or made a major mark on high strategy.” A former diplomat who served in the Obama Administration told Richter, “If you go down the line, it’s tough to see what’s happened in world politics over the last four years that wouldn’t have happened without her. So, it’s tough to see how she gets into that category of truly great, transformational secretaries, like Acheson and Marshall.”

It’s hard to quibble with that assessment. Marshall gave his name to an economic-recovery plan for war-torn Europe. Acheson laid down the Cold War policy of containment and helped create NATO. Adams helped conceive the Monroe Doctrine, which defined Central and South America as part of the U.S. sphere of influence. Kissinger pioneered détente with the Soviets, instigated a rapprochement with the Chinese, and did much else besides (by no means all of it estimable). By contrast, Hillary’s signature achievements look like small beer.

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She’s received almost nothing but praise for her tenure as Secretary of State, which neatly elides over the massive fecal tornado engulfing the world from Mali to Islamabad, the Arab Spring’s descent into something that looks more ugly by the day, and the coming festivities in Afghanistan when we close up shop there in 2014. Other than that, Mrs. Clinton, how did you enjoy the play?…

The media loves consistency and narrative, but they also love the shock of the new. They love the prospect of another Obama, who electrifies their fantasy lives in a way that Hillary never quite did. Oh, she’s entirely preferable to any Republican in their minds, but 2008 should have been a cautionary tale for those who are today declaring her inevitability. No, there probably won’t be another Obama, but there may well be someone and something else that captures attention…

Hillary Clinton, though beloved by the Acela Corridor, in reality has a kind of fuzzy brand image right now. Name ID is necessary, but not sufficient, and unfortunately for her, there isn’t a single, defining philosophical principle by which she can be identified, and part of the predicate of a future Hillary run is that Obama’s brand and her association with it will be a political asset…

Hillary 2016 is a pleasant little parlor game, but there’s many a slip twixt the cup and the lip between now and the next inauguration.

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PPP’s newest Texas poll finds that, at least for now, Hillary Clinton could win the state in 2016. This follows on the heels of a survey last month where we found she would have a decent chance of winning Kentucky if she makes another White House bid.

50% of Texas voters have a favorable opinion of Clinton to 43% with a negative one. She’s universally well liked by Democrats (91/5) and a majority of independents view her positively as well (52/41). She holds narrow leads in hypothetical match ups with Marco Rubio (46/45) and Chris Christie (45/43) and a wider one in a contest against Rick Perry (50/42).

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Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday that she is “not inclined” to run for president in 2016 but left the door open for what is widely considered her likely return to politics after she steps down as secretary of state.

“I’m not thinking about anything like that right now,” Clinton smilingly told a questioner. “I am looking forward to finishing up my tenure as secretary of state and then catching up on about 20 years of sleep deprivation.”

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Clinton … has shown that women can wield official power and can do so with moral force equal to, and in some ways greater than, men. Mrs. Roosevelt did this, too, both through her influence on her husband, and with her own clout in the public square. She continued on, many people forget, as an important figure long after she left the White House, playing a key role in the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 and leading the reformers’ wing of the Democratic Party in the 1950s and early 1960s.

For Columbia historian Alan Brinkley, it’s a close call, but: “I do think that as a woman in government and politics, Clinton probably has been the most important woman in American politics—and may become more so. She was probably the second-most important person in the White House during Bill Clinton’s presidency. She was one of the most important senators during the Bush years. And she has been one of the most powerful secretaries of state since Dulles.”…

[I]n upstate New York, away from the city’s bumptious glare, even when she was giving so-so speeches, I observed something else powerful going on. It was the look in women’s eyes, and especially in their daughters’ eyes, when they met her; waiting for hours, at a skating rink in Elmira I think it was, or a minor-league ballpark in Jamestown. How nervous they were, even overwhelmed, to meet her. How patient she was with every one of them, every last one of them, working those rope lines for hours and hours, posing for pictures, signing autographs—even obligingly signing some of those idiotic attack books, by Laura Ingraham and Peggy Noonan and so forth, if that’s what people shoved under her, always smiling, smiling…

But even if that doesn’t happen, she has been one of the most remarkable Americans of our time. In the 20 years she’s been on the stage, the country has gone from wondering whether women could handle the toughest jobs to knowing they can. That is a huge cultural change—barriers that were a given for most people a generation ago are just completely socially unacceptable now, and thousands more women know they can aim for the top. No one is more responsible for that change than Hillary Clinton.

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Via Mediaite.


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Axe on February 2, 2013 at 3:06 AM

His location must remain a secret, so as to remain unseen from the drones, lest he get his FEMA camp assignment like I, so his key strokes must appear to say where he could be, but really isn’t;)

MarshFox on February 2, 2013 at 3:13 AM

Axe, the vital ingredient was missing. I had to search all over to find it. I’m not a vam*ire, dude. Lol. No ‘homeless person’ either.

tommy71 on February 2, 2013 at 3:13 AM

sparkplug. you aren’t here. you are there.

cogitate on that for awhiles.

tom daschle concerned on February 2, 2013 at 3:14 AM

Lol, Marsh. Don’t want the drones to identify me. :-)

tommy71 on February 2, 2013 at 3:18 AM

Hey 4Grace, you didn’t play my game. Throw a name out there. Come on.

tommy71 on February 2, 2013 at 3:03 AM

Ok, ok. I don’t think anyone who is “peaking” & generating a lot of buzz at the moment (a la Rubio) will be the nom. Crap. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s someone that decided NOT to run this last cycle.
A Pence or Daniels.

4Grace on February 2, 2013 at 3:18 AM

Excellent. Pence or Daniels it is. Thank you.

tommy71 on February 2, 2013 at 3:19 AM

His location must remain a secret, so as to remain unseen from the drones, lest he get his FEMA camp assignment like I, so his key strokes must appear to say where he could be, but really isn’t;)

MarshFox on February 2, 2013 at 3:13 AM

OOOOOOO. Geez. Why didn’t he just say so? Perfectly reasonable. :)

Axe on February 2, 2013 at 3:21 AM

Going to hang out with the bard and *fingers crossed* wake up to a new day, having successfully evanesced, paused, and then coalesced again through a process I’ve never understood yet have managed to use almost daily for all my 327 years, give or take.

Night Grace, everyone. :)

*poof*

Axe on February 2, 2013 at 3:21 AM

Axe and Marsh, play my game and throw a name out there. You may not like or support them, but someone you think is eventually gonna be the ’16 nominee.

tommy71 on February 2, 2013 at 3:22 AM

Goodnight, Axe!

4Grace on February 2, 2013 at 3:25 AM

They want insurance against their laziness. No personal responsibility. Also, materialism has taken away the sense of responsibility. They want it right now. Saving up, paycheck by paycheck, and eventually purchasing what you wanted gives you immense satisfaction. Those were the old days. Now, thats all gone to hell.

tommy71 on February 2, 2013 at 3:30 AM

Can’t remember if someone already posted this.

Eagles: Wasted Time (LOVE this song!)

4Grace on February 2, 2013 at 3:31 AM

tommy71 on February 2, 2013 at 3:30 AM

Good point. I am constantly discussing the virtue of delayed gratification with my son.

4Grace on February 2, 2013 at 3:34 AM

tommy71 on February 2, 2013 at 3:30 AM

You are very right, but the reality is, that the country, and the world is still hooked on the system that Hamilton wrought.

By throwing a name out you mean, what the elites want, or who I would really like to see?

MarshFox on February 2, 2013 at 3:36 AM

By throwing a name out you mean, what the elites want, or who I would really like to see?

MarshFox on February 2, 2013 at 3:36 AM

Pardon me for butting in, but he’s looking for who we THINK the nom will be, not who we want it to be.

4Grace on February 2, 2013 at 3:39 AM

Its the gimme now generation, grace. Its poison to society. Max out credit cards on stuff you can’t actually afford. Look at the housing crisis. Same thing. The gubmint infact encouraged those who really couldn’t afford a home, to buy one. Easy mortgage. How do fight these? We need a cultural revolution on all fronts, fiscal and social. Otherwise, we go the way of Rome.

tommy71 on February 2, 2013 at 3:41 AM

Sweater Vest!

MarshFox on February 2, 2013 at 3:41 AM

Yep, Grace is right. Thats what I asked, Marsh.

tommy71 on February 2, 2013 at 3:43 AM

Sweater Vest!

MarshFox on February 2, 2013 at 3:41 AM

Get out! Seriously? That would truly blow my mind.

4Grace on February 2, 2013 at 3:44 AM

Oh ok, Santorum it is. Thanks. So we got Walker, Perry, Bush, Boehner, Pence, Daniels and Santorum.

tommy71 on February 2, 2013 at 3:45 AM

tommy71 on February 2, 2013 at 3:41 AM

I agree totally, but it has to happen one state at a time, isolate DC, make it irrelevant, you get just five or six states that are either whole or 3/4 conservative/libertarian, no matter what the voting population, especially ones that have self sufficient means, you change the face of power and the country now starts to fall like dominoes back to its former self, why, simple, competition and ruggedness, DC can’t enforce anything if it is truly resisted, you hold it for ransom instead of it holding us for ransom!

MarshFox on February 2, 2013 at 3:47 AM

tommy71 on February 2, 2013 at 3:41 AM

All valid points. However, how do we teach the next generation (and the one after that) to be fiscally responsible when their government, and in some cases their parents, are setting such a poor example?

4Grace on February 2, 2013 at 3:47 AM

4Grace on February 2, 2013 at 3:44 AM

He was last man standing to Mitt, logical next choice, supposed so con creds, not too bad as senator on record, blue collar guy, no silver spoon, family man with kids, bring in some mods and fence sitters but easily controllable and would walk across the isle.

MarshFox on February 2, 2013 at 3:51 AM

4Grace on February 2, 2013 at 3:47 AM

Get rid of Prussian based school system, but honestly, life here soon will teach them all and wipe out a lot of liberalism because reality is fixin to hit the US hard.

MarshFox on February 2, 2013 at 3:54 AM

MarshFox on February 2, 2013 at 3:54 AM

That’s the logical answer. I mean, it makes perfect sense to you and me and most others. However, will even THAT teach them? Oh, some will definitely learn their lesson from what is coming down the pike. It just seems that too many are ruled by emotions and an elevated self-interest. So, will those people learn, or will they simply become enraged and demand even more freebies…even when all the freebies are gone?

I’m tired and rambling a bit. Hope that made sense.

4Grace on February 2, 2013 at 4:00 AM

I’m toast.

Goodnight, MarshFox.
Goodnight, tommy.

God bless!

4Grace on February 2, 2013 at 4:08 AM

Both of you make sense. But it ain’t gonna be easy. Its like taking away drugs from an addict. They’d rather curl up and die rather try and overcome. Thats the worrying factor.

tommy71 on February 2, 2013 at 4:11 AM

Nite, grace.

tommy71 on February 2, 2013 at 4:12 AM

Nite, all.

tommy71 on February 2, 2013 at 4:18 AM

Good night you two.

MarshFox on February 2, 2013 at 4:21 AM

Anyone home? Power is out. Under 10 degrees outside. Under winter storm warning. This is so much fun. Reported the outage 40 minutes ago and called again just now. Some knucklehead snow plow driver apparently hit something that knocked 500 off service. Yeehaw. My front door is iced shut and my back door leads to the garage – with an electric door opener. My uverse router service box is beeping away in the other room. I had no idea there is a battery in that thing. Kind of annoying. So I have Enya’s watermark album playing on my iPhone here for now.

Back to the topic. I am quite offended that Hillary is so dismissive of Benghazi regarding a 2016 run for president. Very arrogant on her part.

karenhasfreedom on February 2, 2013 at 4:58 AM

You have to admit that these morally degenerate leftists have taken arrogant deception to a new level of professionalism.

I expect a course on “Advanced Modern Deceptology” to be offered at most institutions of higher learning. Taking it will be a prerequisite to hold office. (It will include a field trip to the New York Times, the Washington Post and an oral exam to be given live on MSNBC.)

Don L on February 2, 2013 at 5:39 AM

thatsafactjack on February 2, 2013 at 12:43 AM

THAT is insightful.

Cleombrotus on February 2, 2013 at 7:08 AM

They control the cult of personality right now. We have no leaders that invoke confidence and trust on a broad scale. When you can’t explain the obvious, the cult of personality takes over.

They have Devon(short cut)Patrick and Hillary on tap.

tomas on February 2, 2013 at 7:26 AM

karenhasfreedom on February 2, 2013 at 4:58 AM

Wow. Where are you located? Sounds like we need to send in the Mounties to rescue you.

Weather not too bad here in Indiana.

esr1951 on February 2, 2013 at 7:36 AM

Gone

KCB on February 2, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Did any of you know that George W. Bush is a talented oil painter? Check out this painting he did his late dog:

http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2013/02/former-first-dog-barney-bush-passes-away-at-age-12.html

bluegill on February 2, 2013 at 8:06 AM

bluegill on February 2, 2013 at 8:06 AM

I did not know that. Nice painting.

KCB on February 2, 2013 at 8:10 AM

I observed something else powerful going on. It was the look in women’s eyes, and especially in their daughters’ eyes, when they met her; waiting for hours, at a skating rink in Elmira I think it was, or a minor-league ballpark in Jamestown. How nervous they were, even overwhelmed, to meet her.

Why must all “progressive” champions be assigned some mystical powers as some sort of supernatural beings hovering above we the little people meteing out their benificence? The 2016 campaign has already started, my friends. The media emperor is naked as a jaybird.

Huckabye-Romney on February 2, 2013 at 8:18 AM

Benghazi, Arab spring implosion, muslim brotherhood explosion? WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE? Hillary’s a woman – that apparently trumps all. Those damn republicans will probably try to put up a BLACK woman as secretary of state next time they can just to try to keep up….what’s that?….they did?….oh….nevermind.

Huckabye-Romney on February 2, 2013 at 8:21 AM

What is Obama’s mission? My take.

kingsjester on February 2, 2013 at 8:33 AM

Amb. Stevens sent his regrets to the farewell party. How they can use the grieving families and greeting the caskets with such ease, is very telling. Almost like they use women’s reproductive rights as a metaphor for killing babies.

Kissmygrits on February 2, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Wow. Where are you located? Sounds like we need to send in the Mounties to rescue you.
Weather not too bad here in Indiana.
esr1951 on February 2, 2013 at 7:36 AM

I live about 15 miles east of the eastern shore.of Lake Michigan. We are in a pocket of non stop “lake effect” snow for several days. Beautiful landscape outside. Power came back on after 2 hours. Indoor temp only dropped to 60 degrees. Glad they fixed the power when they did.

karenhasfreedom on February 2, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Kissmygrits on February 2, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Amen! Dumping Nature’s God makes such evil so easy….

Don L on February 2, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Gone

KCB on February 2, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Gone.

Fallon on February 2, 2013 at 9:56 AM

bluegill on February 2, 2013 at 8:06 AM

.
I did not know that. Nice painting.

KCB on February 2, 2013 at 8:10 AM

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Think we could get him to do a painting of SARAH PALIN?

It should have a caption at the bottom that reads:

“To bluegill with love, Sarah”

listens2glenn on February 2, 2013 at 11:14 AM

It should have a caption at the bottom that reads:

“To bluegill with love, Sarah”

listens2glenn on February 2, 2013 at 11:14 AM

…lol
(:->)

KOOLAID2 on February 2, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Hey! We have some good news. Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow. Yeah! Early Spring!!!

I watched the whole thing on the weather channel. What a crowd and lots of fun!! It’s online also, LOL

Oh and Tommy71, you left out Jeb Bush, the REAL choice of the RNC.

Don’t forget to watch this, so we’ll know what to do. Especially in the Primaries. Note the date of the article!

PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM

The Republican most likely to re-elect Obama

http://www.wnd.com/2011/11/371177/

bluefox on February 2, 2013 at 12:30 PM

“evidence-based world,”

What sort of idiot even uses a phrase like that?

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 1, 2013 at 10:58 PM

This is classic Clintonian phraseology where, even as she leaves she wants you to know that she got away with it.

Most people would have said “reality-based”. Clintons don’t see it that way because “evidence” can be destroyed, wheras reality cannot.

She may have avoided reality for now, but fortune is quietly re-assembling the evidence she and her impeached consort have obscured in their vain and repulsive life-stories.

virgo on February 2, 2013 at 12:32 PM

kingsjester on February 2, 2013 at 8:33 AM

Great article! Nice history lesson, your take & Rushs’ as well.

bluefox on February 2, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Hillary “What difference does it make?” Clinton summed it up in that tag-line.

Even as an apparatchik just supposed to run a relatively tight ship and protect her employees, she failed.

I’m sure the D’s will want to elevate failure since it will be ‘her turn’… or Biden’s! Won’t THAT be a great Democratic Primary season, if the Nation still exists, that is? Hillary “What difference does it make?” Clinton vs SloJo Biden.

ajacksonian on February 2, 2013 at 1:13 PM

kingsjester on February 2, 2013 at 8:33 AM
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Great article! Nice history lesson, your take & Rushs’ as well.

bluefox on February 2, 2013 at 12:52 PM

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WELL SPOKEN, ‘jester.

It appears I’m in agreement with you, bluefox, and Rush.
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Of course you do realize that makes us all “racists”, don’t you?

listens2glenn on February 2, 2013 at 1:51 PM

listens2glenn on February 2, 2013 at 1:51 PM

LOL I just consider the source and remember that “it’s in the eye of the beholder” You know, projection and all of that.

bluefox on February 2, 2013 at 2:09 PM

I think Queen wrote a song about Hillary!

Oh yes, I forgot: LOL …or something inane like that ….

Sherman1864 on February 3, 2013 at 7:16 AM

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