Quotes of the day

posted at 10:46 pm on December 28, 2015 by Allahpundit

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, increasingly focusing on Hillary Clinton rather than his GOP rivals, says he’s not concerned by reports Bill Clinton will soon hit the trail for the Clinton campaign.

“I think that Bill Clinton turned out to be a liability against Obama when [Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama] ran against each other in 2008,” Trump said Sunday morning on “Fox and Friends.” “If you look at that whole campaign, it was a mess. [Bill Clinton] said things that were very problematic and troublesome … certainly Bill Clinton is not going to be the end-all in the campaign.”

Trump also explained his charge, made in a tweet Saturday night, that Bill Clinton has a “penchant for sexism.” In the tweet, Trump said “Hillary Clinton has announced that she is letting her husband out to campaign but HE’S DEMONSTRATED A PENCHANT FOR SEXISM, so inappropriate!”

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The controversy has kept him in the headlines over the slow holiday news period, and could contribute to the notion in the minds of voters that the GOP front-runner is closing-in on a one-on-one match-up with Clinton in the general election.

Trump is also conjuring Bill Clinton’s lowest moments in office at a time when he’s preparing to take on a more visible role in his wife’s campaign.

And it’s red meat for Republican primary voters, who have so far been dazzled by Trump’s willingness to tread where few others dare to go.

“Republicans are always complaining that their candidates don’t fight, that they wimp out when things need to get messy,” said Jeffrey Lord, a former Reagan administration official who supports Trump for president.

“This is something establishment candidates don’t do, and it’s why a lot of people are fed up with them,” he continued. “Trump’s response has been to go after people without hesitation and conservatives love him for it. So here we are. This is what he does.”

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Sources in the Trump camp say they will soon launch a major ad blitz that could cost at least $2 million a week, and possibly several times that.

The initial wave of ads will focus on Trump’s vision and his stance on key issues—no bio spots necessary for the celebrity candidate—but that could change if any GOP rivals target him with negative commercials. “If you attack Trump, he will attack you 10 times as hard,” an adviser says. “We will not allow any attack to go unanswered.”…

Their advantage, in Iowa, New Hampshire and beyond, is that the bombastic billionaire can just write a check for the TV campaign. Some pundits have expressed skepticism that Trump really wants to dig deeply into his personal fortune, but these sources insist he is ready to do just that—perhaps as much as $100 million for advertising overall. “Our Super PAC,” says the adviser, “is Donald Trump’s bank account.”…

Trump himself tweeted over the weekend, “The same people that said I wouldn’t run, or that I wouldn’t lead or do well (1st place and leading by 21%), now say I won’t beat Hillary.”

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The simple truth is, the more provocative his language, the deeper and more passionate his support. He is no dummy; there is a method to his proverbial madness. Mr Trump says — to the growing legions who will listen — what tens of millions of Americans are already thinking. Respect or revile him, the man has hit a vein…

Mr Trump delights in unleashing harsh attacks on Jeb Bush, the Republican establishment and the “mainstream media”. His childlike joy in ridiculing his critics is tantamount to healing balm for the millions who have felt silenced, ignored and even scorned by the governing and media elite for so long. Is it any wonder that his declaration of war against “political correctness” is his most potent and predictable applause line?…

[V]oters consistently tell pollsters like me that negative attacks do not work; they hate the ad hominem assaults. Mr Trump? He dines out on them. As his devotees see it, it is not Mr Trump going negative. It is him telling the truth. And when he fights back, he’s throwing punches on their behalf. He said something outrageous? “He’s simply raising an important issue nobody else has the courage to talk about.” He insulted someone? “That’s just him campaigning. He won’t do that as president.” He changed his position? “That was a long time ago. Everyone’s entitled to change their mind.” He doesn’t have many policy specifics? “He doesn’t need them. He’ll surround himself with smart people.” They will justify any action, explain away any contradiction, and dismiss any criticism because they are so personally and passionately invested in him.

And here is the prediction that will furrow brows on both sides of the Atlantic. Mr Trump’s supporters today will be Mr Trump’s supporters next November if he is still a candidate — no matter what party banner he runs under. Half will follow him out of the Republican Party if he breaks his promise and declares as an independent. For better or worse, his supporters will follow him to the ends of the Earth — or to the White House. Whichever comes first.

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Six months out from Donald Trump’s foray into American politics, the national media is finally coming to terms with a hard truth: It’s Trump’s world, and they’re just covering it.

The Republican front-runner has dominated the media since he entered the race, in more ways than one: He has garnered far more coverage than his rivals. He has repeatedly proven the pundits wrong. He has bent the media to his will by driving daily, sometimes hourly, news cycles. He has determined the focus of the national debates, and redefined the parameters of acceptable discourse. And he has done all of this while sticking his finger in the eye of the media that has done so much to fuel his rise.

Meanwhile, the media have kept their focus squarely on Trump, even as he rails against the press as “dishonest scum” and encourages his supporters to boo and heckle reporters at his campaign rallies. Trump frequently accuses the media of refusing to show the large crowds that turn out for his rallies, and, at one recent event, in Michigan, he shamed a camerawoman into turning her lens on the big crowd behind her — literally directing the media’s coverage of his own campaign…

“He clearly loves the media on some level because it represents attention, which he craves, and many have argued that a large part of his success is due to all the free media he gets,” said Molly Ball, who covers the presidential campaign for The Atlantic. “Yet bashing the press and practically siccing his supporters on the press pen is easily a third of his current stump routine.”

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Today, sensible centrists of the left and right are confronting the same issue with Trump’s supporters, who appear to be motivated by economic concerns but are uninterested in an economic response — at least as economics is usually addressed by policy experts. They are left cold by the piecemeal, technocratic proposals of candidates like Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush. But neither can one imagine them gravitating to Bernie Sanders, the real economic populist in the race — or, for that matter, to Hillary Clinton, who has been goaded by Sanders’ (and Elizabeth Warren’s) strength to embrace an economic agenda far more economically populist than the one that her New Democrat husband championed in the White House.

No, what Trump’s supporters appear to want is someone to rail rudely against economic, racial, ethnic, and demographic aspects of contemporary American life that they find distasteful, dangerous, and unfair; to place the blame for these trends on somebody besides themselves (immigrants, liberals, big business, stupid people, Muslims, big government, the media, the president); and to promise a magical fix brought about by superhuman feats of commonsense competence. Trump gives them all of this, and his followers love him for it. That makes him a textbook example of a demagogue and them a political force that everyone from Aristotle to Alexander Hamilton would recognize as a mob.

How can the members of this mob be persuaded to abandon their cultural populism and the candidate who assures them he will turn back the tide?

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If you let the corrupt media set the debate terms, Republicans lose because those rules are always structured in a way to benefit Democrats. Creepy, extremist, dishonest issues that should have disqualified Barack Obama from running for dog catcher, much less president (Reverend Wright, Bill Ayers, Tony Rezko, hidden records, and Benghazi), were declared OFF LIMITS. Unable to take the media pressure, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Mitt Romney surrendered.

In preparation to usher Hillary Clinton into the White House, as we saw on CNN the night prior, when Don Lemon shut off the microphone of a guest who dared raise the issue, the DC Media is declaring off-limits numerous reports damaging to Hillary that come from numerous women who claim to be victims of rape, groping, sexual harassment and other forms of sexual abuse…

Trump understands the potency of the Democrats’ phony War on Women card. Trump also understands that when it comes to playing that card, the DC Media is a huge ally to Democrats. This is why Trump long ago positioned his chess pieces to immediately shut down these phony attacks.

Using the truth, Trump will GO THERE.

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anotherJoe on December 29, 2015 at 2:56 AM

Wishing you a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. TY again for the informative links and context of the issues at hand.

nuclearoptional on December 29, 2015 at 3:02 AM

Shalom. RIP Meadowlark…sadly the GOPe can’t beat the Washington Generals

nuclearoptional on December 29, 2015 at 2:06 AM

….sad….he WAS The Harlem Globetrotters, for my money…….

williamg on December 29, 2015 at 2:15 AM

People die, that sadly is what we do, Meadowlark Lemon on the 27th, and Lemmy Kilmister on the 28th. One day, much unlike Meadowlark and Lemmy, I too will shuffle of this mortal coil, not that anyone will notice (Hence the difference between us), but it shall happen.

I think I was fortunate, I lived when some amazingly talented musicians lived. Perhaps, when I am worm food, people will again start writing amazing music.

It won’t be me, but, hopefully it will be somebody.

oscarwilde on December 29, 2015 at 3:03 AM

Wishing you a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. TY again for the informative links and context of the issues at hand.

nuclearoptional on December 29, 2015 at 3:02 AM

TY too! And Merry Christmas!

anotherJoe on December 29, 2015 at 3:06 AM

Led Zeppelin “The Rain Song”

oscarwilde on December 29, 2015 at 3:13 AM

oscarwilde on December 29, 2015 at 3:03 AM

I appreciate your sentiments. I like to think there is some great jammin’ in Heaven. When I was younger I wanted to be famous, to write something that would outlive me. Now I am content with the ability to occasionally lend a hand and be of service…to inspire laughter…to use my gifts to ease pain. I am reminded of 2 such instances in my life. I was going into a grocery store in Charlotte, NC and I heard moaning. There was a man in pain on the bench. I used my Reiki skills and they seemed to help him. He was a professor of anthropology at a local college and a very nice man. How many had just walked past him on their errands.

Another time I was dropping my daughter off at the downtown San Diego train station. I was living in El Cajon at the time. I had the sense I was to be of service, but was unsure how. I thought it was to offer a ride to someone, but she was gone when I left. As I exited I saw a man under a tree on the street who was in physical pain. He was a drunk who had been hit by a car and had been dismissed from the ER. Again I gave Reiki, and his mind cleared and he felt better. A police car stopped and made me stop giving the Reiki, a different kind of hand job. Anywho I love being activated for these special moments and soul connections. I hope I am adding brownie points with spirit for my life review.

Yes Oscar…life in a body is both fragile and resilient. I just know, and I mean it sincerely, that I prefer to live in a world with an OW in it as long as possible. I followed the links to your two songs recorded by other bands…you are a gifted lyricist and musician. I literally applaud your efforts.

Your posts here combine so many facets of the diamond that you are…and yes I am an admirer.

nuclearoptional on December 29, 2015 at 3:18 AM

Good morning y’all

I’m no trump fan, but I am glad he’s going after Bill and not letting the lsm define what is allowed to be discussed re Hillary

Getting back into the groove
Happy 2016 HA family :)

cmsinaz on December 29, 2015 at 4:39 AM

Good morning everybody.

Racistanyway on December 29, 2015 at 4:58 AM

Good morning R and cmsinaz

Returning your good wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year

nuclearoptional on December 29, 2015 at 5:13 AM

I agree Bill and Hillary Clinton are an *ahem* target rich environment

nuclearoptional on December 29, 2015 at 5:14 AM

The Sisters of Mercy – “Dominion”

Anti-ControI on December 29, 2015 at 5:40 AM

nuclearoptional on December 29, 2015 at 5:13 AM

:)

Anti-ControI on December 29, 2015 at 5:40 AM

excellent :)

cmsinaz on December 29, 2015 at 5:56 AM

how are obama and hillary always the most admired man and woman every year via the gallup poll

who are they polling for cripe sakes….

cmsinaz on December 29, 2015 at 5:57 AM

Bolshoi-Away

cmsinaz on December 29, 2015 at 6:00 AM

ruth marcus see’s the brutal brilliance of Trump. hillary bought up sexism and is sending bill out as a campaign surrogate. it’s fair game.

eugene robinson already declaring hillary president. rest of panel agree its a bad idea to attack bill.

howard dean is sure that bill cllinton will destroy Trump, just like he did gingrich.

renalin on December 29, 2015 at 6:20 AM

That makes him [Trump] a textbook example of a demagogue and them a political force that everyone from Aristotle to Alexander Hamilton would recognize as a mob.

How can the members of this mob be persuaded to abandon their cultural populism and the candidate who assures them he will turn back the tide?

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Damon Linker (who?) calls Trump supporters “a mob.” I’ve never seen such vilification of Obama supporters, Webb supporters (one of whom physically attacked someone he saw as a political threat to Webb when running for Senate) or HiLarry! supporters, who are a mob. Unknown pundits and analysts trash Trump supporters every day, every hour with the complicity of biased, highly visible, dominant media.
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This borders on unhinged hysteria.

ExpressoBold on December 29, 2015 at 6:21 AM

howard dean is sure that bill cllinton will destroy Trump, just like he did gingrich.

renalin on December 29, 2015 at 6:20 AM

SMH

cmsinaz on December 29, 2015 at 6:25 AM

“He lied! [Bush] got us into the war with lies! And, I mean, look at the trouble Bill Clinton got into with something that was totally unimportant, and they tried to impeach him, which was nonsense. And yet Bush got us into this horrible war with lies, by lying!”

– Donald Trump, 2008

rubberneck on December 29, 2015 at 6:45 AM

clip of obama interview on npr. he’s warning candidates that the job of president entails more than just being a celebrity and enjoying the trappers.

the guy who was interviewed by “pimp with a limp” pontificates.

renalin on December 29, 2015 at 7:04 AM

howard dean is sure that bill cllinton will destroy Trump, just like he did gingrich.

Only problem with this theory is Trump’s a lot more likable than Gingrich. Oh, and Trump’s not approved of by the abhorrent GOPe.

Racistanyway on December 29, 2015 at 7:08 AM

For those who were wondering…

Trey Gowdy voted for Paul Ryan’s Omnibus.

Magicjava on December 29, 2015 at 7:10 AM

clip of obama interview on npr. he’s warning candidates that the job of president entails more than just being a celebrity and enjoying the trappers.

Yes, you have to play golf and mustn’t be openly seen smoking cigarettes. It’s not all Hawain vacations ya know.

Racistanyway on December 29, 2015 at 7:15 AM

My bad… that link was to the 2014 Omnibus.

Gowdy opposed the 2015 Omnibus.

Magicjava on December 29, 2015 at 7:17 AM

new york times magazine article on bil diblasio writer on. His kid was one of the “lucky 69K that got “free” pre school care.

So why do these stupid new yorkers focus on the squeegee men?

renalin on December 29, 2015 at 7:53 AM

brr 9 deg with wind chill -3 and up to 14″ snow today.
oh well ready for it.

dmacleo on December 29, 2015 at 8:05 AM

how are obama and hillary always the most admired man and woman every year via the gallup poll

who are they polling for cripe sakes….

cmsinaz on December 29, 2015 at 5:57 AM

No-Information-Non-Voters

NINVs.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on December 29, 2015 at 8:06 AM

Stay warm dmacleo

cmsinaz on December 29, 2015 at 8:07 AM

Good Morning, y’all!

One more year to go.

My take: https://kingsjester.wordpress.com/2015/12/29/if-i-were-a-socialist-u-s-president-december-2015-edition/

“If I Were a Socialist U.S. President [December 2015 Edition]”

kingsjester on December 29, 2015 at 8:09 AM

oh well ready for it.

dmacleo on December 29, 2015 at 8:05 AM

My solution is just a phone call away….1-855-229-6643!

HonestLib on December 29, 2015 at 8:13 AM

Frank Lutz, Obama’s jetboy… part of the DC combine.

Donald Trump says: “pan the crowds” to show you the scope of your own thought is common.

Frank Luntz does the opposite. In essence his focus groups, as broadcast, are intended to STOP THE PANNING and focus in only on that aspect he is paid to control and deliver targeted toward you – us – all of us.

Trump says: “remove the blinders“. Luntz says: “use my blinders“…

Getting pretty sick of this stuff…

Fallon on December 29, 2015 at 8:15 AM

brr 9 deg with wind chill -3 and up to 14″ snow today.
oh well ready for it.

dmacleo on December 29, 2015 at 8:05 AM

Welcome to Colorado. It was 1(f) degree here a half hour ago. Snow on ground (been there for three weeks).
No snow for this week (that’s good, driving drunk on New Year’s in mountains on snow-packed roads bad, no good at all).

Walter L. Newton on December 29, 2015 at 8:17 AM

Morning everyone:)

Jerry Lewis on ISIS, Refugees, Trump and more
Amanda Prestigiacomo
Amanda Prestigiacomo

Published on Dec 23, 2015
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ND96cCi8qf8

The Daily Wire [email protected] 5h5 hours ago

WATCH Comedic Icon Jerry Lewis Slams Obama; Talks Trump, ISIS, Refugees, and More http://ow.ly/Wp7HF
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https://twitter.com/realdailywire

http://www.dailywire.com/news/2089/watch-comedic-icon-jerry-lewis-slams-obama-talks-amanda-prestigiacomo?platform=hootsuite

canopfor on December 29, 2015 at 8:17 AM

I’m no trump fan, but I am glad he’s going after Bill and not letting the lsm define what is allowed to be discussed re Hillary…

cmsinaz on December 29, 2015 at 4:39 AM

Yup. I’m starting to think people run as Democrats because they couldn’t stand the media glare if they were Republicans. It must be nice to have the media cover…

Fallon on December 29, 2015 at 8:20 AM

Jerry Lewis Full Video,
on ISIS, refugees, Trump:
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World Over – 2015-12-17 – Jerry Lewis Exclusive with Raymond Arroyo
EWTN
EWTN

Published on Dec 18, 2015
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A World Over EXCLUSIVE, hour-long interview with Hollywood icon JERRY LEWIS. He talks with Raymond Arroyo about his 8-decade career, his beloved partner Dean Martin, and he finally discusses why he dedicated so much of his life to the Muscular Dystrophy Association…and much, much more.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGmyHivWyN8

canopfor on December 29, 2015 at 8:22 AM

Finally snowing here in Portland, Maine. 6 to 9 inches expected before it turns to sleet and freezing rain.

Cleombrotus on December 29, 2015 at 8:28 AM

Has anyone heard from Ms. Jackie lately with all the storms and ice?

HonestLib on December 29, 2015 at 8:28 AM

Has anyone heard from Ms. Jackie lately with all the storms and ice?

HonestLib on December 29, 2015 at 8:28 AM

Who’s Ms. Jackie? nonpartisan? Verbie?

Walter L. Newton on December 29, 2015 at 8:32 AM

Finally snowing here in Portland, Maine. 6 to 9 inches expected before it turns to sleet and freezing rain.

Cleombrotus on December 29, 2015 at 8:28 AM

Cleombrotus: Heres the gruesome:)

https://twitter.com/NASA

NASA [email protected] 17h17 hours ago

Satellites collect data on a powerful storm in the Central United States. Take a look: http://go.nasa.gov/1UeewOY
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http://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/satellite-animation-shows-powerful-storm-in-central-us/

http://goes.gsfc.nasa.gov/

canopfor on December 29, 2015 at 8:33 AM

Bakokitty

Hope you are doing well today and receive some good news.

Brat on December 29, 2015 at 8:39 AM

Has anyone heard from Ms. Jackie lately with all the storms and ice?

HonestLib on December 29, 2015 at 8:28 AM

Who’s Ms. Jackie? nonpartisan? Verbie?

Walter L. Newton on December 29, 2015 at 8:32 AM

Heaven forfend she is ThatsthefactJack

nuclearoptional on December 29, 2015 at 9:41 AM

Welcome to Colorado. It was 1(f) degree here a half hour ago. Snow on ground (been there for three weeks).
No snow for this week (that’s good, driving drunk on New Year’s in mountains on snow-packed roads bad, no good at all).

Walter L. Newton on December 29, 2015 at 8:17 AM

mid maine so used to it, just been warm lately so the 40 deg difference in 24 hours sort of sucks.
got to get used to the -25 deg nights in a hurry I guess.

dmacleo on December 29, 2015 at 10:14 AM

Finally snowing here in Portland, Maine. 6 to 9 inches expected before it turns to sleet and freezing rain.

Cleombrotus on December 29, 2015 at 8:28 AM

I’m on the 6-10 or 8-14 line, due to topography I tend to get about 2″ more than bangor

dmacleo on December 29, 2015 at 10:17 AM

A World Over EXCLUSIVE, hour-long interview with Hollywood icon JERRY LEWIS. He talks with Raymond Arroyo about his 8-decade career, his beloved partner Dean Martin, and he finally discusses why he dedicated so much of his life to the Muscular Dystrophy Association…and much, much more.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGmyHivWyN8

canopfor on December 29, 2015 at 8:22 AM

TYVM for this outstanding interview link!!!

nuclearoptional on December 29, 2015 at 10:23 AM

Trump should seat as many of Bill’s victims as he can find, behind him on stage,
There should be a sign off to one side that says “Hillary’s Bimbo Eruption Victims”
Or
Maybe seat them in a group in the audience and introduce them as such.
They might not make the camera with that format though.

It would be Great if one of them was qualified to do the Press Meetings.

Wiley, Jones, etc. I hear there are quite a few, all treated badly.

Whiterock on December 29, 2015 at 11:12 AM

I’ve been harping on the fact that hispanics and blacks won’t vote for a woman to be President for some time now…

Because a new poll, which still has Trump leading the race, shows 40 percent of blacks are lining up behind Trump, as are 45 percent of Hispanics, and even nearly 19 percent of Asians. Blacks and Hispanics, in fact, even support Trump at a higher level than whites.

Prepare for exploding heads everywhere…

Meremortal on December 29, 2015 at 11:27 AM

Led Zeppelin “The Rain Song”

oscarwilde on December 29, 2015 at 3:13 AM

Nice, thanks.
Just listened to it, parked on a sort of stake out, rain falling, dawn in Portland OR.

Hey, which Dirty Harry movie starts with Sandra Loche in a fogged up car, parked, working up a dude just before giving him a new meaning of Blow Job?

Whiterock on December 29, 2015 at 11:30 AM

Finally snowing here in Portland, Maine. 6 to 9 inches expected before it turns to sleet and freezing rain.

Cleombrotus on December 29, 2015 at 8:28 AM

ug 9 here with w/c -5 or worse and snowblowing sucks.
did quick path (4 inches so far) to allow cars into driveway and 12 wide path of 600 feet of road.
cold.
should be all snow here in etna.

dmacleo on December 29, 2015 at 11:45 AM

One day, much unlike Meadowlark and Lemmy, I too will shuffle of this mortal coil, not that anyone will notice (Hence the difference between us), but it shall happen.

I think I was fortunate, I lived when some amazingly talented musicians lived. Perhaps, when I am worm food, people will again start writing amazing music.

It won’t be me, but, hopefully it will be somebody.

oscarwilde on December 29, 2015 at 3:03 AM

…..now – don’t go getting all Morbid and Grandiose on us, Oscar…..as if you are of Such Infinitesimal Importance that “No One” will notice you gone……of Course your profile is Larger than That!

…..I’ll Notice if you’re gone…..damn! Who’s gonna post those tasty Dorian Grey Links Without Your Special Skills?…..

…..yeah – you’re not so little that your Legacy will only be allegorical to the space left in a Bucket Of Water when you Pull your hand out……..you’re impact is greater than that…….

…..Axe’s, too…..now that I think about it…..don’t know why I mentioned the two of you in the same breath….just seems natural for some reason…..

williamg on December 29, 2015 at 7:50 PM

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