Quotes of the day

posted at 8:01 pm on May 11, 2014 by Allahpundit

Hillary Clinton isn’t a candidate for president, at least not yet. But this week felt like she was very much in the 2016 grind.

One day, she was weighing in on gun control, Obamacare and social inequality. The next she was taking heat over Benghazi and facing questions about whether as Secretary of State she went too easy on the group behind the kidnap of Nigerian girls.

Then there was Monica Lewinsky, reviving the scandals of 1998.

It was arguably the roughest week Clinton has had since she left the State Department early last year, highlighting the tensions between the past and the future that will inevitably come to a head if she runs.

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Sneed hears rumbles former President Bill Clinton, who lied about his affair with White House intern Monica “That Woman” Lewinsky, may opt to publicly apologize for the abuse Lewinsky claims she’s endured since the sex scandal broke more than 15 years ago.

The rationale? To fend off critics of his wife Hillary who blame her for protecting a powerful husband who is a sexual predator. Hillary Clinton is eyeing a 2016 presidential bid.

The big question: Will Bill “I love an audience” Clinton choose to apologize to Lewinsky and his wife for the mess he placed in their lives — and appeal for forgiveness — in order to put the past behind him before his first grandchild is born . . . and reap a lotta love for being a penitent?

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Another Democrat in the room said the vice president “talked about how the system was rigged against the middle class. He said the economic realities of the middle class are diminishing, and that the average middle-class family is finding it hard to make it economically.”

Biden did not mention his own White House ambitions. But several Democrats at the event were struck by one remark he made about Bill Clinton’s presidency: Three sources there told CNN that Biden said the fraying of middle-class economic security did not begin during President George W. Bush’s terms, but earlier, in the “later years of the Clinton administration.” Biden, of course, could face off against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination in 2016 if they both decide to run.

Biden’s speech was described, to a person, as “populist.”

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Now the Boko Haram decision raises a whole new set of questions.

How could the Clinton State Department reject naming Boko Haram as a terrorist group?

Who was involved in blocking Boko Haram’s terrorist designation?

Are any of the so-called experts who were totally wrong still at the State Department?

Did Clinton have anything to do with refusing to designate Boko Haram?

If not, was she even aware of the controversy? Shouldn’t she certainly have been aware, considering the number of federal agencies and members of Congress that were asking her to designate the organization?

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A far more significant threat to her potential candidacy is Americans’ desire for new leadership after eight years of the Obama administration. A Pew Research Center/USA Today poll found this week that 65 percent of Americans would “like to see a president who offers different policies and programs.” Only 30 percent said they wanted ones “similar to those of the Obama administration.”…

As Abramowitz has shown, the incumbent party has typically fared worse in “time for change” elections like 2016 during the post-World War II era. When the incumbent party has held the White House for two or more terms, it has won only two of nine elections since 1948. When the incumbent party has held the presidency for only one term, it has won seven of eight.

Moreover, historical data suggests that the public’s attitude today is similar to the run-up to a previous “time for change” election that didn’t go well for the incumbent party. As the chart indicates, the percentage of Americans who currently favor “different policies and programs” is closer to levels from the 2005-2006 period under George W. Bush, another relatively unpopular second-term president presiding over a weak economic recovery, than from 1999-2000, when Bill Clinton was president and the economy was much stronger.

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Although Biden, like Clinton, supported the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, those calamitous wars have instilled in him a new devotion to the cautious realism that men like Scowcroft and Baker exemplify. In 2009, according to Bob Woodward, the then-secretary of state argued passionately for sending 40,000 more troops to Afghanistan, at one point pounding her fist on the table and declaring, “We must act like we’re going to win.” Biden, by contrast, didn’t think defeating the Taliban was either possible nor necessary, and argued for a narrower mission focused on al-Qaeda alone. What she feared most in Afghanistan was chaos and barbarism. What he feared most was quagmire.

Biden, according to Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes’s book, HRC, was also skeptical of a Western air campaign in Libya. Clinton supported it. Biden considered the raid on Osama bin Laden too risky. Clinton pushed Obama to go for it. Clinton, perhaps remembering the way her husband’s decision to arm Croat forces helped enable a peace deal in the former Yugoslavia, urged Obama to arm Syria’s rebels. Biden expressed caution once again. “Over the last few years, and especially amid the Arab Spring, events have forced the Obama White House to choose between its prudential instincts and its great ambitions,” Traub writes. “In almost every case Biden has sided with the skeptics.”

It would be a good thing for Democrats, and the country, if the private debate between Biden and Clinton went public. Otherwise, it’s likely that during the campaign Clinton will take stances more hawkish than Obama’s—partly because Ukraine has made hawkishness fashionable again and partly because that’s where her own instincts lie—but barely anyone will notice.

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It is not a tone that works well on the stump, and, as she demonstrated when flying off the handle during earlier Benghazi hearings, and in her nasty primary fight with Mr Obama in 2008, Mrs Clinton’s record in televised debates is shaky…

If Republicans can find a fresh, plausible candidate ruthlessly focused on improving middle class lives rather than the Culture Wars, then Mrs Clinton will have to struggle to explain to voters why they should embrace what Republicans will tout as “four more years” (of failure).

Perhaps the twin novelties of being a “first woman president” and a “first First Lady to be president” will be sufficient to get her over the line, but she shouldn’t bet on that…

The smart money says Mrs Clinton will run but, for all her current pre-eminence, she should prepare for a dogfight, not a coronation tour.

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It’s not just that her position is now so formidable; the prospect or call for an ideologically pure challenger is based on a flawed premise. Hillary won’t be a purist, but she will run as a progressive.

First, she actually is—with her politics sensibly tempered by pragmatism—but so were FDR and JFK’s. Second, she’s smart—and she knows that it would be a mistake to create an opening for a potential primary opponent. She did that in 2008 by campaigning initially as a candidate of restoration, not change—and by neglecting to organize in caucus states. She won’t misread the Democratic landscape again…

Biden would be the clear favorite if Hillary didn’t run. But Barack Obama is just recognizing the realities. This Clinton won’t be denied by her own party on the basis of a purist, parsed out, and phony test of her progressive credentials. Hillary won’t walk away from history; she will run to make history. She’s not retiring to be an ersatz ex-president before she becomes the next president of the United States.

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Via the Daily Caller.


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ahhh…

can she play well to middle America??
who knows her name outside of the upper east coast?
can she get the massive funding??..

id love for them just once to run say.. SJLee..
in 50 states…
or San Fran Nan… both would get clobbered Nationally..
could you imagine HReid running..?…laffs..

what about Cuomo or Richardson?

going2mars on May 12, 2014 at 1:54 AM

do you think the 14 election will sway Hillary..

as in if the R’s take the Senate would she want a piece of that?
if her side can keep the Senate I would think that bodes well for her..
if they loose both the House and Senate the D’s may look harder
for a fresh face..??.. maybe?

going2mars on May 12, 2014 at 1:58 AM

G’night all. I am going to the basement to avoid tornadoes…

OmahaConservative on May 12, 2014 at 1:59 AM

be safe OC… cheers

going2mars on May 12, 2014 at 2:00 AM

Bmore

Schadenfreude on May 12, 2014 at 2:05 AM

Be safe and well OC – nite now, for sure :)

Schadenfreude on May 12, 2014 at 2:06 AM

Wilbert Harrison – Kansas City

non-nonpartisan on May 12, 2014 at 2:13 AM

Maria McKee – Season of the Fair

non-nonpartisan on May 12, 2014 at 3:16 AM

non-nonpartisan on May 12, 2014 at 3:16 AM

evening..
how’s the night on your side of the globe..?

going2mars on May 12, 2014 at 3:25 AM

Hillary comes across as phony.

She comes across as a cold, manipulative, fake bitch looking out for herself.

Her demeanor is not attractive at all. If she were a Republican, she would be eviscerated and vilified by the media as the wicked witch.

bluegill on May 12, 2014 at 4:12 AM

Hillary comes across as phony.

She comes across as a cold, manipulative, fake b***** looking out for herself.

Her demeanor is not attractive at all. If she were a Republican, she would be eviscerated and vilified by the media as the wicked witch.

I recently tried submitting this comment uncensored, but it didn’t post. The word starting with B probably got it flagged.

bluegill on May 12, 2014 at 4:13 AM

evening..
how’s the night on your side of the globe..?

going2mars on May 12, 2014 at 3:25 AM

Things are ok over here. How about with you?

non-nonpartisan on May 12, 2014 at 4:18 AM

I recently tried submitting this comment uncensored, but it didn’t post. The word starting with B probably got it flagged.

bluegill on May 12, 2014 at 4:13 AM

All that cussing is going to get you into trouble.

non-nonpartisan on May 12, 2014 at 4:19 AM

Lone Justice – If You Don’t Like Rain we’ll make it go away

non-nonpartisan on May 12, 2014 at 4:21 AM

Good morning ladies and gentlemen. Looks like I didn’t miss much from last night. It’s raining here again or still. High water and hail in some places. Accidents. I won’t know how much rain I got until daylight and I can look at the gauge.

crankyoldlady on May 12, 2014 at 5:09 AM

To the gentleman who said I should expect to be banned for saying his children were Eagle Scouts … I guess you’re not as connected as you thought you were. I guess your letter to the folks at Salem got passed around and perhaps, laughed at like your comments here?

Mores the pity since you said I spent too much time here.

Soooo … What are you doing with your time now?

hawkdriver on May 12, 2014 at 5:57 AM

‘Morning, Hawkdriver.

crankyoldlady on May 12, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Mornin COL.

hawkdriver on May 12, 2014 at 6:08 AM

Morning all

So we have to feel bad for Hillary cuz she had a bad week….. the meme will continue… don’t be mean to Hillary… that’s a sexist thing to do

Don’t talk about her record…. that’s sexist

cmsinaz on May 12, 2014 at 6:09 AM

I didn’t know she had a bad week.
I don’t care that she had a bad week.
I hope all her weeks are bad.

crankyoldlady on May 12, 2014 at 6:13 AM

COL if you’re in FL I’m looking at the Doppler right now on my flight program. Still one heckuva big storm on you guys. We drove through one in SC and one was waiting for us when we got to Savannah about 8 last night.

hawkdriver on May 12, 2014 at 6:13 AM

cmsinaz on May 12, 2014 at 6:09 AM

Nail it.

hawkdriver on May 12, 2014 at 6:14 AM

COL if you’re in FL I’m looking at the Doppler right now on my flight program. Still one heckuva big storm on you guys. We drove through one in SC and one was waiting for us when we got to Savannah about 8 last night.

hawkdriver on May 12, 2014 at 6:13 AM

I’m in Ohio

crankyoldlady on May 12, 2014 at 6:15 AM

cmsinaz on May 12, 2014 at 6:09 AM

Nailed it.

hawkdriver on May 12, 2014 at 6:15 AM

cmsinaz on May 12, 2014 at 6:09 AM

they show the interview where “14 years at the public trough makes me fit to run for president” rubio where he bashes hillary.

mika more interested in his climate change denial.

renalin on May 12, 2014 at 6:17 AM

COL
:)

We’ll be hearing about all of her weeks until election

Rubio did not make a rational response about climate change
-mika and meacham

Here we go again…. you’re -delusional if you don’t believe in climate change

cmsinaz on May 12, 2014 at 6:17 AM

Ah, Ohio. I recall you saying that now. Ah well, I hope them Munfords are ok.

hawkdriver on May 12, 2014 at 6:17 AM

Morning HD :)

Yepper Renalin

Just playing to the base
-mika

cmsinaz on May 12, 2014 at 6:19 AM

My niece lives in SC. In Trey Gowdy’s district.

crankyoldlady on May 12, 2014 at 6:26 AM

anybody else having trouble getting into AOSHQ?

DanMan on May 12, 2014 at 6:30 AM

anybody else having trouble getting into AOSHQ?

DanMan on May 12, 2014 at 6:30 AM

I don’t know. What is it?

crankyoldlady on May 12, 2014 at 6:35 AM

Hilarity could kick an abandoned dog in the stomach and then set it on fire and they would still run her. She’s next in the donk ascendancy. Liberals are in denial about she negatives. Liberal want the first female president as a trophy. Two trophies in a row.

hawkdriver on May 12, 2014 at 6:35 AM

anybody else having trouble getting into AOSHQ?

DanMan on May 12, 2014 at 6:30 AM

It is not opening for me either.

esr1951 on May 12, 2014 at 6:36 AM

Jumping beans…

“her” negatives…

hawkdriver on May 12, 2014 at 6:36 AM

Ding ding ding….spot on HD

cmsinaz on May 12, 2014 at 6:37 AM

I don’t know. What is it?

Ace of Spades, the cleaner version of HA, no autocraps

DanMan on May 12, 2014 at 6:39 AM

Good Morning, Patriots! And, Trolls.

When Christians become “radicalized”, we want to share the testimony of what God has done for us through His love, with everyone we meet. We get involved in our local church and we become better fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, and American citizens.

When Muslims become “radicalized”, they want to “kill the Infidels” in the name of “Allah the Merciful”. – KJ

My take: Liberals Pushing “Moral Equivalency” Between American Christianity and Radical Islam

kingsjester on May 12, 2014 at 6:53 AM

My take: Liberals Pushing “Moral Equivalency” Between American Christianity and Radical Islam

kingsjester on May 12, 2014 at 6:53 AM

I blame the Muslims. They themselves do not differentiate between Radical Islam and the more peaceful sort. Sure, when the Boston Marathon is bombed or Muslims fly 757s into buildings they denounce “radical Islam” but they never actually get around to denouncing the terrorists or the act itself.

Happy Nomad on May 12, 2014 at 7:01 AM

Liberal want the first female president as a trophy. Two trophies in a row.

hawkdriver on May 12, 2014 at 6:35 AM

They definitely seem intent on running a birth canal this time. Which could be why Joe Biden is looking at his transgender options.

Happy Nomad on May 12, 2014 at 7:03 AM

cripe
cotton is trailing pryor in arkansas….

ugharoo

cmsinaz on May 12, 2014 at 7:07 AM

kingsjester on May 12, 2014 at 6:53 AM

great take KJ
:)

cmsinaz on May 12, 2014 at 7:10 AM

cotton is trailing pryor in arkansas….

ugharoo

cmsinaz on May 12, 2014 at 7:07 AM

I guess the good news is that we still have a long time before the election. The bad news is that Arkansans affirms every stereotype of Southerners being ignorant hicks too damned stupid to know that Pryor is a world class pinhead.

Happy Nomad on May 12, 2014 at 7:10 AM

Good morning everyone. I hope all the moms here had a wonderful Mothers’ Day. I sure did; spent the whole weekend up to my neck in wedding plans.

fresh air on May 12, 2014 at 7:15 AM

anybody else having trouble getting into AOSHQ?

DanMan on May 12, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Pixy’s hamster must have escaped again….

ProudinNC on May 12, 2014 at 7:22 AM

Sobh beh’khayr COL and the rest of the fine folks here this morning. Eating a Boars Head Chipotle Chicken Wrap and it ain’t bad. Will do a little chatching up on last nights YQOTD.

Good day to all.

HonestLib on May 12, 2014 at 7:24 AM

Happy Nomad on May 12, 2014 at 7:10 AM

*sigh*

cmsinaz on May 12, 2014 at 7:26 AM

HonestLib on May 12, 2014 at 7:24 AM

morning HL…enjoy

cmsinaz on May 12, 2014 at 7:27 AM

Is it just me or do others get the ad on the front page of HA showing an old dude; with no shirt on; holding his beer belly; and sporting dirty looking long hair?

I’m starting to get a complex.

HonestLib on May 12, 2014 at 7:51 AM

Good morning everyone. I hope all the moms here had a wonderful Mothers’ Day. I sure did; spent the whole weekend up to my neck in wedding plans.

fresh air on May 12, 2014 at 7:15 AM

It sounds like you’re having a wonderful time being a mom.

crankyoldlady on May 12, 2014 at 8:05 AM

Is it just me or do others get the ad on the front page of HA showing an old dude; with no shirt on; holding his beer belly; and sporting dirty looking long hair?

I’m starting to get a complex.

HonestLib on May 12, 2014 at 7:51 AM

It’s just you.

crankyoldlady on May 12, 2014 at 8:12 AM

Theodore Dalrymple on Hillary Clinton:

“As I get older the world, or at least the Western world, is rapidly filling up with the talentless ambitious.”

Cleombrotus on May 12, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Theodore Dalrymple on Hillary Clinton:

“As I get older the world, or at least the Western world, is rapidly filling up with the talentless ambitious.”

Cleombrotus on May 12, 2014 at 8:13 AM

It comes from letting just anyone go to college. Too many people are educated beyond their intelligence. They shouldn’t have been let in in the first place and because they were they have an inflated idea of their abilities. That’s why the world is being run by idiots.

crankyoldlady on May 12, 2014 at 8:22 AM

Are we witnessing an Obama “Wag the Dog” moment with Boko Haram in Nigeria? I say yes.

Consider all the scandals facing the Obama administration, especially Benghazi and the Select Committee, which Rep. Nancy Pelosi referred to as a “political stunt.” Really? Four Americans die, we’re told it was because of an anti-Islam video, no one has been “brought to justice” and THAT is a phony scandal and a political stunt? Boy, if this had been a Republican president, he or she certainly would never have been reelected because the media would have been all over it. Instead the media is doing everything possible to protect Obama.

Fallon on May 12, 2014 at 8:29 AM

crankyoldlady on May 12, 2014 at 8:22 AM

There is an awful lot of truth in that statement. And couple it with the constant fortification of the natural tendency of the young to think more highly of themselves than they ought to think in today’s academic environment and we’re faced with a surplus of people with no accomplishments to justify their overrated self-esteem.

Humility, prudence, patience, modesty, shame? Hell, virtue itself is passé these days.

Cleombrotus on May 12, 2014 at 8:30 AM

It comes from letting just anyone go to college. Too many people are educated beyond their intelligence.

crankyoldlady on May 12, 2014 at 8:22 AM

And, they’re too dumb to realize it.

Fallon on May 12, 2014 at 8:31 AM

Good morning Fallon. ; )

Bmore on May 12, 2014 at 8:33 AM

I thought frank was alright.

Bmore on May 12, 2014 at 8:35 AM

http://www.omaha.com/article/20140511/NEWS/140519706/1685

Some photos from the storms around Omaha, last night.

pambi on May 12, 2014 at 8:49 AM

And couple it with the constant fortification of the natural tendency of the young to think more highly of themselves than they ought to think

It’s kind of normal for kids to do that. I fell right into it when I went to college. The first time I went home I proceded to tell everyone what was wrong with them because I had had a few psychology classes.

crankyoldlady on May 12, 2014 at 8:49 AM

crankyoldlady on May 12, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Right. In earlier times, people, having a Biblical worldview, understood that tendency and, in their child rearing, incorporated practices that encouraged the higher virtues as habits and discouraged the baser impulses.

Spanking was only one of those practices. Having them do chores was another. Discouraging vanity and dishonesty were others. Making them earn their rewards was another.

We’ve come a long way, baby. What the end of the matter will be is open for debate but I’m not optimistic knowing human nature.

Cleombrotus on May 12, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Good morning Fallon. ; )

Bmore on May 12, 2014 at 8:33 AM

‘Morning, Bmore. I’m heading out to walk the dogs before it gets too hot. Muggy and 80′s today. *blech*

Coffee?

Looks like my Col. West Procol Harum post was premature. New thread popped up.

Too soon to be goofing on the name? Apologies if I offended anyone.

Fallon on May 12, 2014 at 9:05 AM

We’ve come a long way, baby. What the end of the matter will be is open for debate but I’m not optimistic knowing human nature.

Cleombrotus on May 12, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Things probably have to hit bottom before they improve. I haven’t seen any civilization in history come back, though.

crankyoldlady on May 12, 2014 at 9:20 AM

I saw one interview where the guy referred to Killary as the 2nd coming of Jackie Onassis. They did have a couple of things in common, both were/are married to philandering husbands and both liked their public images. Killary’s has been just as well crafted by the media as Jackie’s. We know better of them by their actions not the words written by a fawning press.

Kissmygrits on May 12, 2014 at 9:32 AM

OmahaConservative on May 12, 2014 at 10:48 AM

I just emailed a friend in Omaha to check on her. Hope you’re okay, OC.

Fallon on May 12, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Tornadoes cause damage across eastern Nebraska
I am fine. There are many more pics in this link…

OmahaConservative on May 12, 2014 at 11:17 AM

667

OmahaConservative on May 12, 2014 at 11:18 AM

I saw one interview where the guy referred to Killary as the 2nd coming of Jackie Onassis. They did have a couple of things in common, both were/are married to philandering husbands and both liked their public images. Killary’s has been just as well crafted by the media as Jackie’s. We know better of them by their actions not the words written by a fawning press.

Kissmygrits on May 12, 2014 at 9:32 AM

The difference is Jackie had class.

crankyoldlady on May 12, 2014 at 11:40 AM

crankyoldlady on May 12, 2014 at 8:05 AM

I am, Ms. Cranky. Please stop me if I become like a broken record, lol…

fresh air on May 12, 2014 at 1:42 PM

I am, Ms. Cranky. Please stop me if I become like a broken record, lol…

fresh air on May 12, 2014 at 1:42 PM

I would never think of stopping you.

crankyoldlady on May 12, 2014 at 4:24 PM

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