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From the standpoint of the party primary, it’s almost as though she’s an incumbent president, right, where she even trumps, kind of, the VP, who very often wins nomination after a president is term-limited,” said Silver, who was interviewed by Katie Couric in an evening session. “If you look at polls, you know, 60 to 70 percent of Democrats say they prefer Hillary to be the nominee. There’s no kind of non-incumbent in history with those types of numbers.

Joshua Green:

The Colossal Stupidity of Calling Hillary Clinton ‘Too Old’ for the White House
On Sunday the New York Times ran a front-page article previewing what appears to be the emerging consensus in GOP circles on how to stop Hillary Clinton from winning the White House in 2016: by portraying her as too old for the job. Clinton will be 69 on Election Day. In the piece, the Republican Senate leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, likened the Democratic field to “a rerun of The Golden Girls,” since it may also include Joe Biden.
This is a terrible political strategy. Anyone who is married, or has a girlfriend, or a mother, can probably spot the weakness: Calling a woman “old” is guaranteed to enrage, and thereby motivate, legions of women of all ages, because the charge carries deep psychological and gender implications of which the architects of this strategy are somehow unaware. A nation of angry, motivated women would be horrible for Republicans’ electoral prospects. Last year, President Obama won female voters by 11 points (55 percent to 44 percent), an increase from his performance in 2008. It stands to reason that Clinton would do even better. Republicans have exacerbated this trend by saying a series of appalling things about rape, deepening a perception pushed by Democrats that the party is waging a “war on women.”
How do I know this would be a terrible political strategy? Partly because it would force Republicans to explain why age is a problem for Clinton but wasn’t for the sainted Ronald Reagan, who was also 69 when first elected in 1980. This is impossible. But mostly because building a strategy around the physical characteristics of a woman would be, for Republicans, like handing a box of matches to a curious toddler—certain to quickly engulf everyone in flames. Some Republicans wouldn’t be able to resist the temptation to say something impolitic or downright misogynistic—or, even likelier, wouldn’t recognize that they were doing so. The race would become a referendum on gender. That’s a race Republicans can never win.

Ronald Reagan suffered from Alzheimer’s while in office. Respected journalists have maintained this for years now.
He was really old. So was John McCain. Probably too old to be President.

Joshua Green:

The Colossal Stupidity of Calling Hillary Clinton ‘Too Old’ for the White House

On Sunday the New York Times ran a front-page article previewing what appears to be the emerging consensus in GOP circles on how to stop Hillary Clinton from winning the White House in 2016: by portraying her as too old for the job. Clinton will be 69 on Election Day. In the piece, the Republican Senate leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, likened the Democratic field to “a rerun of The Golden Girls,” since it may also include Joe Biden.

This is a terrible political strategy. Anyone who is married, or has a girlfriend, or a mother, can probably spot the weakness: Calling a woman “old” is guaranteed to enrage, and thereby motivate, legions of women of all ages, because the charge carries deep psychological and gender implications of which the architects of this strategy are somehow unaware. A nation of angry, motivated women would be horrible for Republicans’ electoral prospects. Last year, President Obama won female voters by 11 points (55 percent to 44 percent), an increase from his performance in 2008. It stands to reason that Clinton would do even better. Republicans have exacerbated this trend by saying a series of appalling things about rape, deepening a perception pushed by Democrats that the party is waging a “war on women.”

How do I know this would be a terrible political strategy? Partly because it would force Republicans to explain why age is a problem for Clinton but wasn’t for the sainted Ronald Reagan, who was also 69 when first elected in 1980. This is impossible. But mostly because building a strategy around the physical characteristics of a woman would be, for Republicans, like handing a box of matches to a curious toddler—certain to quickly engulf everyone in flames. Some Republicans wouldn’t be able to resist the temptation to say something impolitic or downright misogynistic—or, even likelier, wouldn’t recognize that they were doing so. The race would become a referendum on gender. That’s a race Republicans can never win.

Ronald Reagan suffered from Alzheimer’s while in office. Respected journalists have maintained this for years now.

He was really old. So was John McCain. Probably too old to be President.

(via apsies) 

Cameron: We’ve made friends all over the world. We’re still in touch with Elunga, a man we met on safari in Tanzania. 
Mitchell: We actually send him all of our old clothes.
Cameron: He was a very nice man when we met him, but based on his recent letters I have a small fear he’s become a war lord.
Modern Family, 1x23 Hawaii  

Oh, the memories.

(via apsies

Cameron: We’ve made friends all over the world. We’re still in touch with Elunga, a man we met on safari in Tanzania. 

Mitchell: We actually send him all of our old clothes.

Cameron: He was a very nice man when we met him, but based on his recent letters I have a small fear he’s become a war lord.

Modern Family, 1x23 Hawaii  

Oh, the memories.

I just recommended your blog. I was probably going to do it anyway but that thing you wrote about Hillary pushed me over the edge.

Thanks! That post hit a nerve with some, but all the cool kids liked it (even if they didn’t agree with the premise).

(photo via SFist)
Hey there Democrats.
Why so glum? How are things going? Not good? Depressed about healthcare reform? That’s too bad. Sorry to hear you lost your super-duper-jumbo majority. I hear the reconciliation process is a real bitch. Well Dems, I wish you’d turn that frown upside down. Chin up, Big D! Because I’m here to remind you things could be much, much worse.
As depressing as our politics seem right now, what with the tea parties and the filibusters and the socializms, imagine a world where healthcare reform is permanently tabled by an affair. Instead of dealing with the financial meltdown, picture the Capitol roiled by a sex scandal. Envisage a scenario where climate legislation is flushed down the toilet by a love child.
Remember 2007? Boy, what an ugly brawl that was. Remember the endless, vicious intraparty fight? Remember the arguments about experience vs. change? When the black guy with a terrorist-rhyming name was an insane risk, and only an artless yahoo would pit him against a popular war hero?
I do. I didn’t forget. Here’s a picture of the safe bet:

I really can’t blame you for Edwards. It’s too bad you couldn’t see him for the used-car salesman he was. You wouldn’t be the first Democrats to try and win the White House with a white Southerner. But MAN did you rubes pick the wrong pony. No more character judgments from you, Edwards supporters. Time to sit in the corner and think about what you’ve done.
But the Clinton fangirls? You ladies are another story. You and I have a bone to pick. Everyone saw this train coming a decade away:


"Over the last few years, aides have winced at repeated tabloid  reports  about Clinton’s episodic friendship and occasional dinners out  with Belinda  Stronach, a twice-divorced billionaire auto-parts heiress  and  member of the Canadian Parliament 20 years his junior, or at more   recent high-end Hollywood dinner-party gossip that Clinton has been seen   visiting with the actress Gina Gershon in California. There has been  talk of a female friend in Chappaqua, a woman in a bar  at a meeting of  the Aspen Institute … four  former Clinton aides told  me that, about 18 months ago, one of the  president’s former assistants  … had heard so many complaints about such reports from Clinton   supporters around the country that he felt compelled to try to conduct   what one of these aides called an “intervention,” because, the aide   believed, ‘Clinton was apparently seeing a lot of women on the road.’"


Like you, I’m really enjoying Hilldawg at State. In a weird way, she’s become the repository for all my good feelings about the Obama candidacy. (I know, I can’t believe it either.) She’s truly blossomed in her new role. She may very well end up being one of the most significant Secretaries of State in the post-war period.
She’s still horrible at running a campaign. She insulated herself in a cocoon of incompetence. She exhibited poor decision-making skills in the heat of the primaries. It cost her the Presidency. But her time at Foggy Bottom has been near-flawless. I hate her stance on Af-pak, but that’s an honest beef among liberals. And us Obamaniacs must now eat our words on her ability to govern. So here’s me tipping my hat to the Clintonistas. Except:
"[Hillary’s] campaign to set up a ‘war  room within a war room’ to establish whether he was having another one.  They  concluded that he was conducting a “sustained romantic relationship’."

They knew. And, frankly, so did most of us. The only ones who didn’t? Clinton primary voters. Y’all have some ‘splaining to do. It’s not unsubstantiated rumor, it’s a lifelong pattern. How a Democrat would willingly put that marriage front and center in the White House again is beyond me.  It bespeaks either a profound arrogance or a naiveté — I can’t decide  which. Fool me once, shame one you. Fool me twice — you can’t get  fooled again.

"Hillary Clinton initially rejected the post of  Secretary of State despite rare pleading by Mr Obama, citing her  husband. as the reason.“You know I can’t control him,” she is  paraphrased as saying. ‘At some point he’ll be a problem.’"


If former Clinton supporters are going to argue with a straight face that Bill Clinton hasn’t had an affair since Lewinsky, there’s nothing left to argue. If former Clinton supporters are going to argue with a straight face that any marital infidelity wouldn’t have come at great cost to our issues, I’ll be confiscating your Serious Person membership, too.
I don’t blame the Clintons and the Edwards’ for being human and deceitful and ambitious all at once. I blame you  primary voters for not being able to tell. I blame you for being gullible naifs while insisting we Obamaniacs had acquired a taste for kool-aid. Consider this a molotov cocktail of I Told You So.
Thank god we wrested the party away from you.

(photo via SFist)

Hey there Democrats.

Why so glum? How are things going? Not good? Depressed about healthcare reform? That’s too bad. Sorry to hear you lost your super-duper-jumbo majority. I hear the reconciliation process is a real bitch. Well Dems, I wish you’d turn that frown upside down. Chin up, Big D! Because I’m here to remind you things could be much, much worse.

As depressing as our politics seem right now, what with the tea parties and the filibusters and the socializms, imagine a world where healthcare reform is permanently tabled by an affair. Instead of dealing with the financial meltdown, picture the Capitol roiled by a sex scandal. Envisage a scenario where climate legislation is flushed down the toilet by a love child.

Remember 2007? Boy, what an ugly brawl that was. Remember the endless, vicious intraparty fight? Remember the arguments about experience vs. change? When the black guy with a terrorist-rhyming name was an insane risk, and only an artless yahoo would pit him against a popular war hero?

I do. I didn’t forget. Here’s a picture of the safe bet:

I really can’t blame you for Edwards. It’s too bad you couldn’t see him for the used-car salesman he was. You wouldn’t be the first Democrats to try and win the White House with a white Southerner. But MAN did you rubes pick the wrong pony. No more character judgments from you, Edwards supporters. Time to sit in the corner and think about what you’ve done.

But the Clinton fangirls? You ladies are another story. You and I have a bone to pick. Everyone saw this train coming a decade away:

"Over the last few years, aides have winced at repeated tabloid reports about Clinton’s episodic friendship and occasional dinners out with Belinda Stronach, a twice-divorced billionaire auto-parts heiress and member of the Canadian Parliament 20 years his junior, or at more recent high-end Hollywood dinner-party gossip that Clinton has been seen visiting with the actress Gina Gershon in California. There has been talk of a female friend in Chappaqua, a woman in a bar at a meeting of the Aspen Institute … four former Clinton aides told me that, about 18 months ago, one of the president’s former assistants … had heard so many complaints about such reports from Clinton supporters around the country that he felt compelled to try to conduct what one of these aides called an “intervention,” because, the aide believed, ‘Clinton was apparently seeing a lot of women on the road.’"

Like you, I’m really enjoying Hilldawg at State. In a weird way, she’s become the repository for all my good feelings about the Obama candidacy. (I know, I can’t believe it either.) She’s truly blossomed in her new role. She may very well end up being one of the most significant Secretaries of State in the post-war period.

She’s still horrible at running a campaign. She insulated herself in a cocoon of incompetence. She exhibited poor decision-making skills in the heat of the primaries. It cost her the Presidency. But her time at Foggy Bottom has been near-flawless. I hate her stance on Af-pak, but that’s an honest beef among liberals. And us Obamaniacs must now eat our words on her ability to govern. So here’s me tipping my hat to the Clintonistas. Except:

"[Hillary’s] campaign to set up a ‘war room within a war room’ to establish whether he was having another one. They concluded that he was conducting a “sustained romantic relationship’."

They knew. And, frankly, so did most of us. The only ones who didn’t? Clinton primary voters. Y’all have some ‘splaining to do. It’s not unsubstantiated rumor, it’s a lifelong pattern. How a Democrat would willingly put that marriage front and center in the White House again is beyond me. It bespeaks either a profound arrogance or a naiveté — I can’t decide which. Fool me once, shame one you. Fool me twice — you can’t get fooled again.

"Hillary Clinton initially rejected the post of Secretary of State despite rare pleading by Mr Obama, citing her husband. as the reason.“You know I can’t control him,” she is paraphrased as saying. ‘At some point he’ll be a problem.’"

If former Clinton supporters are going to argue with a straight face that Bill Clinton hasn’t had an affair since Lewinsky, there’s nothing left to argue. If former Clinton supporters are going to argue with a straight face that any marital infidelity wouldn’t have come at great cost to our issues, I’ll be confiscating your Serious Person membership, too.

I don’t blame the Clintons and the Edwards’ for being human and deceitful and ambitious all at once. I blame you primary voters for not being able to tell. I blame you for being gullible naifs while insisting we Obamaniacs had acquired a taste for kool-aid. Consider this a molotov cocktail of I Told You So.

Thank god we wrested the party away from you.

Handicapping Infidelity in 2007

yellowbricks:

generic1:

I don’t blame the Clintons and the Edwards’ for being human and deceitful and ambitious all at once. I blame you primary voters for not being able to tell. I blame you for being gullible naifs while insisting we Obamaniacs had acquired a taste for kool-aid. Consider this a molotov cocktail of I Told You So.

Thank god we wrested the party away from you.

I was reading and nodding along until I got to this last bit, at which point I thought, “Wait, wait, hold on.”  Sure, based on what we now right this minute about the private lives of these politicians, Obama looks like a gem.  And maybe he really is; I don’t as yet have any reason to doubt that he is everything he claims to be.  But let’s be real, shall we? 

Your post focuses on four politicians, three of whom have (for a time, at least) successfully pulled the wool over the eyes of certain segments of the voting public.  At one time or another, some people thought Hill, Bill, and “Johnny” (gag, amirite?) were just as rad as they appeared to be, despite the fact that their profession is (unsurprisingly, when you consider the way the political game is played and won) filled to the brim with liars and cheats. 

Please correct me if I misunderstand your point (really, ‘cause I’m hoping I do), but you seem to be suggesting that the poor saps who voted for Edwards and Clinton are somehow less insightful than those of you who voted for the President.  Do you suppose that Bamz doesn’t have any legitimate skeletons rattling around in his closet - that, unlike pretty much everyone else in his profession, he really is as rad as he seems?  Because that is a very special brand of naivete.  That is why people talk about Kool-Aid. 

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columninches:

“Bitch is the new black!” -Tina Fey

Really, Tina? Because I remember this sketch and its context.
I remember a bitch who couldn’t Get Stuff Done. I remember a bitch who ran an awful campaign.
She squandered every advantage. She surrounded herself with inept yes-folk. She couldn’t reign in her spouse. She couldn’t do delegate math. And she would be President today, had she Got Stuff Done.
Just sayin.

columninches:

“Bitch is the new black!” -Tina Fey

Really, Tina? Because I remember this sketch and its context.

I remember a bitch who couldn’t Get Stuff Done. I remember a bitch who ran an awful campaign.

She squandered every advantage. She surrounded herself with inept yes-folk. She couldn’t reign in her spouse. She couldn’t do delegate math. And she would be President today, had she Got Stuff Done.

Just sayin.

apsies: awomansplace:


Rockstar of State


Obama really was clever, internationally leveraging the Clinton brand like that. Look at the faces of those young women.

apsiesawomansplace:

Rockstar of State

Obama really was clever, internationally leveraging the Clinton brand like that. Look at the faces of those young women.

apsies:

Secretary Hillary Clinton waves as she arrives in Downing Street for a breakfast meeting with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on January 28, 2010 in London, England. (via)

Hey girl.
Listen, I see you’re dabbling with the gray, sending up a trial balloon. It looks good. Rock that shit, Hilldawg. Go where Maggie Thatcher wouldn’t. No one ever said Ann Richards wasn’t fierce. You got those steely blue eyes. Work it.

apsies:

Secretary Hillary Clinton waves as she arrives in Downing Street for a breakfast meeting with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on January 28, 2010 in London, England. (via)

Hey girl.

Listen, I see you’re dabbling with the gray, sending up a trial balloon. It looks good. Rock that shit, Hilldawg. Go where Maggie Thatcher wouldn’t. No one ever said Ann Richards wasn’t fierce. You got those steely blue eyes. Work it.

bremser:

Paula Bronstein, Kabul, Afghanistan, 2009

I’m no fan of Hillary, or the Clintons as a whole. But I can’t help but love seeing her at this stage in her life. Her enjoyment in this role is almost palpable.
Let’s see what she does with it.

bremser:

Paula Bronstein, Kabul, Afghanistan, 2009

I’m no fan of Hillary, or the Clintons as a whole. But I can’t help but love seeing her at this stage in her life. Her enjoyment in this role is almost palpable.

Let’s see what she does with it.

"When I ran for president, I started saying all the time, you know, that in effect we were seeding our fiscal sovereignty and that China was our banker. So it’s not news that that’s going to be in the papers on the eve of our visit to China. We have to get back to fiscal responsibility. It, it breaks my heart, David, that in 2001 we had a balanced budget and a surplus; and if we’d stayed on that path, we were heading toward eliminating our debt. Well, here we are eight years later, thanks to wars that weren’t paid for, thanks to financial collapses and so many other crises that we inherited. But the president understands clearly that, you know, we have to get back some control over time of our fiscal sovereignty."
— Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Meet The Press
(quote via apsies)

"When I ran for president, I started saying all the time, you know, that in effect we were seeding our fiscal sovereignty and that China was our banker. So it’s not news that that’s going to be in the papers on the eve of our visit to China. We have to get back to fiscal responsibility. It, it breaks my heart, David, that in 2001 we had a balanced budget and a surplus; and if we’d stayed on that path, we were heading toward eliminating our debt. Well, here we are eight years later, thanks to wars that weren’t paid for, thanks to financial collapses and so many other crises that we inherited. But the president understands clearly that, you know, we have to get back some control over time of our fiscal sovereignty."

— Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Meet The Press

(quote via apsies)