Quotes of the day

posted at 10:21 pm on June 9, 2014 by Allahpundit

Are you ready for Hillary? If not, this is a week to turn off the television, put aside your morning paper, get off the Internet, never look at your Twitter feed, avoid Facebook and stay out of bookstores…

The book is a careful document designed to preserve, perhaps burnish, future possibilities. The disagreements she outlines are described in collegial terms — although she does mention a “shouting match” with then-CIA Director Leon Panetta over a drone strike. In some cases, she suggests that she had differences with White House officials on policies that ultimately went awry. She says she had reservations, for example, about taking a hard-line stance with Israel over new settlements as Obama initially did.

In her book, Clinton addresses her possible candidacy with a teasing line. “Will I run for president in 2016?” she writes. “The answer is, I haven’t decided yet.” Yet the last few chapters shift from foreign policy to domestic issues with which a future president will have to grapple. The book ends with this: “The time for another hard choice will come soon enough.” In fact, it’s difficult to find anyone with a Clinton connection who does not believe she will be a candidate.

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Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton’s new memoir “Hard Choices” officially launches Tuesday morning, but it’s already being savaged by critics for being overly cautious and, as a result, uninteresting.

“TRUTH BOMB 1: ‘Hard Choices’ is a newsless snore,” Politico’s Mike Allen wrote in his Monday-morning newsletter. He went on to describe the book “written so carefully not to offend that it will fuel the notion that politics infuses every part of her life.”…

“TRUTH BOMB 2,” Allen wrote. “It probably won’t matter. Reporters all raced to get pieces of the book first, the rollout has been masterful, and Americans will see Secretary Clinton at her most likable.”

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In private meetings and public statements ahead of her book’s publication, Hillary Clinton and her allies have presented a united front with President Barack Obama, highlighting their transition from campaign rivals to Cabinet confidants…

“Her record is our record,” former National Security Council and Obama adviser Tommy Vietor, who has joined Clinton’s team to handle response to her book, told Democrats at a recent briefing in Washington…

To that end, describing her often hawkish approach to foreign policy at State is less about Clinton positioning herself as strong – polls show voters believe she is – than it is about not getting dragged down by a president who, according to public opinion surveys, is increasingly seen as ineffective.

“Obama’s taken a lot of hits on foreign policy. He’s not seen as a [strong] leader,” said Ian Bremmer, a foreign policy expert and president of the nonpartisan Eurasia Institute.

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In an exclusive interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, Hillary Clinton said she views the criticism over her role in the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate Benghazi, Libya as “more of a reason to” — rather than not to — run for president in 2016.

“Actually, it’s more of a reason to run, because I do not believe our great country should be playing minor league ball. We ought to be in the majors,” Clinton said. “I view this as really apart from — even a diversion from — the hard work that the Congress should be doing about the problems facing our country and the world.”

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Hillary Clinton has issued conflicting statements on whether she believes the controversial Sgt. Bergdahl prisoner swap was the right thing to do. Initially, she praised the swap, only to promptly backtrack and question the deal…

“I don’t believe in second guessing people who have to make these hard choices,” she said during a lecture evening in Denver, Colo. while promoting her new book. “We do have a tradition – I ascribe to it, it’s a tradition that’s not only embedded in our military but in our country – and that is we try not to leave any of our soldiers on the field. We try to make sure that, insofar as possible … we bring them home.”

Shortly after this, aides began saying Hillary was skeptical of the Taliban-Bergdahl swap, as reported by The Daily Beast.

“Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was personally and intensely involved in the debate over swapping five Taliban commanders for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in 2011 and 2012. But she had severe reservations about the potential deal, and demanded stricter conditions for the release of the prisoners than what President Obama settled for last week,” wrote Josh Rogin.

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[A]t some point between now and 2016, it will be in Hillary’s interest to differentiate herself from the current administration so as to avoid the drag that an almost lame-duck president inflicts. And it will be in Obama’s interest to resist that differentiation, lest members of his own party prematurely decide that Hillary is their de facto leader. (Imagine members of Congress calling Hillary rather than the White House for direction in 2015 and you begin to see the downsides for Obama.) It wouldn’t be hard to read Clinton’s book as an early push in this inevitable shoving match.

But it turns out that there are powerful reasons for the two camps to stick to the arrangement for as long as possible, even through what would appear to be a provocation as serious as the Clinton book. For Hillary, no political persona has been more rewarding than her team-player persona. Her approval rating jumped 10 points when she agreed to become secretary of state in 2008, the significance of which was not lost on her advisers. As Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes report in their book HRC, sublimating her political ambitions to the Obama agenda was one of her team’s key self-imposed imperatives during her tenure as secretary. “The second she becomes political and partisan,” a Clinton campaign adviser told Allen and Parnes, “she becomes a little bit more radioactive.”

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Since this is Hillary week, here are a couple of suggestions I’d make for getting queasy Obamaites like me off the fence. The first, especially in the next year or so, is an indication that while Clinton will obviously be different than Obama, in a few key respects, she will be vital to his legacy. In other words, a Clinton campaign in 2016 would not be zero-sum, as Obama’s was in 2008. It would be both an expression of support for Clinton but also for Obama.

I see her potential victory as confirming two big Obama-era shifts: universal healthcare and a less reactionary Supreme Court. In those two areas, Clinton would entrench Obama’s achievements, the way George H.W. Bush did Reagan’s. Of course, Obama is highly unlikely to end his two terms with Reagan’s ratings, so this will not be easy. On the other hand, it makes Clinton’s task as president less of an onerous one. She will not have to grapple, as Bush did, with matching his superstar predecessor, and also being vulnerable with the base. She has a superstar mantle herself – the first woman president – and an extraordinarily wide base of support in the grass roots. She’s right, in other words, not to run against Obama. If she’s canny, she’ll use him as well as he used her in 2008.

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Clinton has probably burnished her résumé by serving as secretary of state. But her approval ratings haven’t risen because Americans have intimately followed her diplomatic strategy in Burma and the Middle East. They’ve risen because she’s no longer representing partisan combat. That’s why first ladies are almost always popular (the only recent exception being Clinton herself, a problem she solved by removing herself from the partisan spotlight), and it’s why even hated former presidents like Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush recover their popularity.

But by definition, it’s not a strategy that can survive a presidential campaign. The project of transferring conservative rage back from Obama to Clinton has only just begun. If — or, more accurately, when — Clinton gains her party’s nomination, Republicans will forget all the things they learned to appreciate about her when Obama displaced her as the leader of the Democratic Party a half-dozen years ago. By this time in 2016, it is just as likely that Clinton will need to attach herself to Obama’s popularity as the other way around.

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I wonder if this week could be high water mark of the Hillary campaign, and if it could be all downhill from here. I even wonder if the downhill pace could be so fast that she decides next year not to run.

Wishful thinking? Perhaps. But consider this possibility. Hillary has entered a risky zone. She’s a celebrity. That’s great as long as you can pull it off, being famous for being famous, people talking about you even if you’re not doing much of anything. But celebrityhood can also fade pretty fast. People can get bored with someone who’s famous for being famous. It can occur to them that that person isn’t saying anything particularly interesting or doing anything particularly notable.

Obviously the hype will generate big book sales at first, and maybe a few additional TV viewers. But I’m doubtful this can be sustained. And when the next month is finished, Hillary won’t be back where she began. Hype followed by letdown, puffery followed by debunking, doesn’t restore you to the position you occupied before, when there was anticipation in the air. High expectations and over-exposure aren’t a recipe for success. You end up deflated, worse off.

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To invoke an example from this year’s grim centennial, the post-Obama Democratic Party could well be the Austro-Hungarian empire of presidential majorities: a sprawling, ramshackle and heterogeneous arrangement, one major crisis away from dissolution.

But this is where Hillary Clinton comes in. If her party is Austria-Hungary, she might be its Franz Josef — the beloved emperor whose imperial persona (“coffered up,” the novelist Joseph Roth wrote, “in an icy and everlasting old age, like armour made of an awe-inspiring crystal”), as much as any specific political strategy, helped keep dissolution from the empire’s door.

I really have no idea what proposals Clinton will run on, what arguments she’ll make. But as with Franz Josef, it’s not her policies that make her formidable; it’s the multitudes that “Hillary” the brand and icon now contains. Academic liberalism and waitress-mom populism and Davos/Wall Street/Bloomberg centrism. Female empowerment and stand-by-your-man martyrdom. The old Clintonian bond with minority voters and her own 2008 primary-trail identification with Scots-Irish whites. And then the great trifecta: continuity with the Obama present, a restoration of the more prosperous Clintonian past and (as the first … female … president) a new “yes we can” progressive future.

Like the penultimate Hapsburg emperor with his motley empire, then, she has the potential to embody a political coalition — its identities and self-conceptions, its nostalgias and aspirations — in ways that might just keep the whole thing hanging together.

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Via RCP.


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going2mars on June 10, 2014 at 3:18 AM

They have incredible coverage of the Isle of Mann on Velocity, doing a full week of coverage of all the major races. I always enjoy it. Nothing compares to it.

The video is simply incredible, even if the helicopters can’t keep up with the bikes on some parts of the course. Incredible speeds on a confined, dangerous, and beautiful road course.

Signing off.

Good night, my friends.

novaculus on June 10, 2014 at 3:29 AM

novaculus on June 10

agreed.. one of the best races of anything anywhere…
sleep well..cheers

going2mars on June 10, 2014 at 3:32 AM

Hillary and ALL the Dems are for amnesty. But that shouldn’t be the case with our side. Well, Breitbart has a good article just out on the Eric Cantor / David Brat race:

In the closing hours of the campaign, Randolph-Macon economics professor David Brat launched yet another immigration broadside on Cantor, declaring, “a vote for Eric Cantor on June 10th is a vote for open borders and lower wages” and that “Cantor’s absolute determination to pass amnesty knows no bounds.”

On Friday Cantor himself said he wants to join Obama in giving the masses of illegal children that have just stormed across border.. amnesty. Please, it was Cantor’s own words. And once the children get amnesty, in short time the parents will to (duh!). This is insane. Cantor is batting for Obama’s side. Vote Brat.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/06/07/Eric-Cantor-on-Border-Crisis-Let-s-Work-with-Obama-to-Give-Kids-Amnesty

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/06/09/Dave-Brat-Eric-Cantor-Primary-Last-Chance-to-Stop-Amnesty

Our best chance to put a stake through the heart of the amnesty push is to put fear into the hearts of RINOs. The best way to do that is to get rid of Eric Cantor.

anotherJoe on June 10, 2014 at 3:32 AM

anotherJoe on June 10, 2014 at 3:32 AM

Totally agree with you Joe. Kudos to Laura Ingraham for her spot lighting this race.

celtic warrior on June 10, 2014 at 3:47 AM

going down.. Bonamassa, Hill, Trucks and Gibbons

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6uKpwCZnkk

going2mars on June 10, 2014 at 4:03 AM

Good morning. It looks like rain today. Another election day. If your state is having one go and vote.

crankyoldlady on June 10, 2014 at 5:44 AM

Wow, this site now reminds me of that sci-fi flick ,The Day the earth
stood still.

celtic warrior on June 10, 2014 at 5:48 AM

Well, what do you know… With my new monetized youtube page and thanks to the 185 page hits from kind folks here, I have earned… $1.15… I’ll be rich in no time…

oscarwilde on June 10, 2014 at 1:53 AM

Did anyone post a link? If so, I missed it.

crankyoldlady on June 10, 2014 at 5:53 AM

The busty babe wears the bikini, not the essays.

Axe on June 10, 2014 at 2:07 AM

Let me know when it’s ready so I can avoid it.

crankyoldlady on June 10, 2014 at 5:57 AM

Someone really does have to ask Hillary why it was when she learned about the problems at the VA as Senator, when she toured a facility with Da Maverick, that she or the two of them didn’t start reform legislation for it under W? Really, she had a perfect opportunity to be ‘bipartisan’ and work with Da Maverick to burnish their records before 2008. Yet she just made hand-waving gestures about how bad the paperwork was and did NOTHING ABOUT IT.

So what’s up with the memory hole on that, Hillary?

Traumatic amnesia of agreeing with a RINO?

ajacksonian on June 10, 2014 at 6:01 AM

So msdnc hacks are already defending poor Hillary …
…she had too many debts to pay off

Multiple houses by Romney. Evil rich guy
multiple houses by Hillary …no worries you’re being sexist for ragging her

cmsinaz on June 10, 2014 at 6:01 AM

Mike Allen will backtrack on his comments on mj this am…guaranteed

cmsinaz on June 10, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Sadly, the GOP will implode before 2016 and Hillary will move Bill back into the White House.

kregg on June 10, 2014 at 6:07 AM

Folks are being hard on Hillary and her debts…she should have framed it differently
-mika

Not true there mika
-halperin

Shes handling benghazi well
-mj panel

She bloody lied about the video in front of the caskets…arrrgh

cmsinaz on June 10, 2014 at 6:12 AM

Theres nothing in the book about why she wants to run
-halperin

Wall street and Hillary…she can get away with it

Wall street and gop…..evil

Wow mika 180° turn….Eugene and others defending Hillary against mika

cmsinaz on June 10, 2014 at 6:23 AM

The real question is; Will Karl Rove and the elitist GOP (amnesty is us) will beat up their conservative base long enough that Hillary will get the prize?

Don L on June 10, 2014 at 6:32 AM

When I see Paul Ryan I think of the movie ‘On The Waterfront’. The lines by Marlin Brando,”I coulda had class,I could have been a contender, I could have been somebody,instead I’m a bum”.

celtic warrior on June 10, 2014 at 7:07 AM

When I see Paul Ryan I think of the movie ‘On The Waterfront’. The lines by Marlin Brando,”I coulda had class,I could have been a contender, I could have been somebody,instead I’m a bum”.

celtic warrior on June 10, 2014 at 7:07 AM

You wonder if politicians like him just get stupid or did somebody get to them with money or threats.

crankyoldlady on June 10, 2014 at 7:08 AM

Hillary being rich is ok, its the american dream…but we will continue to rag any gop candidate who is rich
-mj panel

cmsinaz on June 10, 2014 at 7:16 AM

Hillary being rich is ok, its the american dream…but we will continue to rag any gop candidate who is rich
-mj panel

cmsinaz on June 10, 2014 at 7:16 AM

Hypocrasy is ok as long as it’s us.

crankyoldlady on June 10, 2014 at 7:18 AM

crankyoldlady on June 10, 2014 at 7:18 AM

yepper

cmsinaz on June 10, 2014 at 7:21 AM

Let me know when it’s ready so I can avoid it.

crankyoldlady on June 10, 2014 at 5:57 AM

I shall.

No — wait. I’ll have my people call your people. I’m sort of a big deal. I keep forgetting. And that’s even without rolling in YouTube bling earned by a little honest American exploitation.

*sip*

Anyway, after the Kentucky Derby — My beloved wife Sophia and I missed this last one, so we’re having them do it again — Wilde and I will launch our YouTube venture — if he has time, of course — he’s still out buying Cabo.

. . . Sophie’s out swimming with Republican dolphins this morning. I wonder if they are ever going to find the golden platypus, anyway? Her mum’s obsessed with it, in my opinion, but

– Ah, damn it, I fell asleep at the computer again.

Axe on June 10, 2014 at 7:23 AM

Hillary / Julian Castro 2016 !

Just get it over And merge with Mejico officially.

Imagine the ravings about ‘”income inequality” when these two start pushing the issue to 30 million new illegals that have the power to vote!!!!

And people STILL think the gop is a viable national party?

BWWWWWWHHHHAAAAAAA!!!!

PappyD61 on June 10, 2014 at 7:37 AM

Good Morning, Patriots! And, Trolls.

“We can work on the border security bill together. We can work on something like the kids.” – House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) to President Barack Hussein Obama

My take: Vichy Republicans Support Mexican Munchkin Migration…Still Seek Amnesty

kingsjester on June 10, 2014 at 8:00 AM

My take: Vichy Republicans Support Mexican Munchkin Migration…Still Seek Amnesty

kingsjester on June 10, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Laura Ingraham was on Fox. She says make a lot of noise. Too many people are sitting on their hands and decide not to try to do anything because they think they can’t win. Good thing the founders didn’t think that way.

crankyoldlady on June 10, 2014 at 8:25 AM

She’s running away from our dear leader as fast as her tubby little legs will carry her. Before this is over, she’ll have promised to repeal Ocare, lower taxes and have a plan to fix the VA.

Kissmygrits on June 10, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Highlight reel babies! Kooky as a loon.

Bmore on June 10, 2014 at 8:34 AM

Updating Susan’s blog as I type this. Funny!!!

Bmore on June 10, 2014 at 8:40 AM

oscarwilde on June 10, 2014 at 1:53 AM

Did anyone post a link? If so, I missed it.

crankyoldlady on June 10, 2014 at 5:53 AM

Oh… silly me…

oscarwilde on June 10, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Lolz! The gilled one. (Susan)

Bmore on June 10, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Bmore..my sides are hurting!
I missed last nights freak show.

bazil9 on June 10, 2014 at 8:48 AM

h… silly me…

oscarwilde on June 10, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Thanks. You are good.

crankyoldlady on June 10, 2014 at 8:55 AM

bazil9 on June 10, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Good morning b! You just can’t make this stuff up. The crazy grows stronger with Susan T.

Bmore on June 10, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Getting ready to go out and get groceries. I need to start thinking more about food. I hardly ever do any real cooking. I get involved in things and suddenly I realize I’m hungry and there is no time to fix anything. I envy people who like to cook and are good at it.

crankyoldlady on June 10, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Bmore on June 10, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Mornin B. I know…lmao.

bazil9 on June 10, 2014 at 8:59 AM

I envy people who like to cook and are good at it.

crankyoldlady on June 10, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Why thank you. ;)

bazil9 on June 10, 2014 at 9:00 AM

COL, you have a crock pot? May fit you well.

bazil9 on June 10, 2014 at 9:01 AM

COL, you have a crock pot? May fit you well.

bazil9 on June 10, 2014 at 9:01 AM

But that would require thinking ahead. I have been known to make chili and use it for several meals.

crankyoldlady on June 10, 2014 at 9:08 AM

But that would require thinking ahead. I have been known to make chili and use it for several meals.

crankyoldlady on June 10, 2014 at 9:08 AM

I see..
Chili is a good one. So is spaghetti or stew.

bazil9 on June 10, 2014 at 9:17 AM

There is an article over at American Thinker about Conservative Feminism that is pretty interesting. The author references women such as Katie Pavlich, Dana Loesch, Michelle Malkin, and Mia Love as examples.

Apparently the Liberal Feminists are in an uproar about the new Miss USA being a black-belt in taekwondo and encouraging women to learn how to defend themselves.

lineholder on June 10, 2014 at 9:32 AM

leave susan t alone!

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 10, 2014 at 10:45 AM

I’d like to see lance and plug back.

wolly4321 on June 10, 2014 at 1:24 AM

Glasses are in order.

Schadenfreude on June 10, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Bmore on June 10, 2014

lol!…(I’m getting off …on it!

KOOLAID2 on June 10, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Apparently the Liberal Feminists are in an uproar about the new Miss USA being a black-belt in taekwondo and encouraging women to learn how to defend themselves.

lineholder on June 10, 2014 at 9:32 AM

But I thought they wanted women to be empowered. No, huh, they really want them to be victims.

crankyoldlady on June 10, 2014 at 11:04 AM

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