Posts Tagged ‘clinton’

Affairs Determinism

August 11, 2008

Wow.  This obnoxious little statement from Howard Wolfson almost legitimates Chris Matthew’s “analysis” that but for Bill’s affair, Hillary would have had no shot at elective office.

Which always struck me as one of the stupidest and most offensive things the television told me all primary season.

Hillary Clinton is an amazingly talented person– she’s been extremely helpful and graceful since her concession, overcoming her mistakes in surrounding herself with assholes during the campaign.

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Deflation

June 4, 2008

Somebody somewhere was saying that Obama should name a VP really soon to tamp down the clamor for him to name Clinton.  But the air is going out of the Clinton balloon.  Her speech last night managed to make McCain’s look regal and inspiring by comparison.

She lost, the focus turns to Obama vs. McCain.  Her appeal is on the decline.  Obama should just let it happen, if she chooses to “stay the course” Bush-style.

No, the Right Wasn’t Right about the Clintons

June 4, 2008

In the wake of Hillary Clinton’s somewhat unfortunate performance last night, some Democrats are rending garments, claiming that the Clinton-haters were right all along.

No.

During President Clinton’s term in office, the US balanced its budget, saw sizable economic growth, built a coalition to prevent genocide in Yugoslavia, was respected abroad, and ameliorated poverty.  His administration is not immune from criticism on any of those points, but his achievements were real.

It’s fine to be frustrated with the things that both Clintons have done during this campaign.  But don’t let it distract from what Bill Clinton did when he was in office.  Policy matters.

Not a Credit

March 12, 2008

Between Code Pink and Geraldine Ferraro, I’m embarrassed to be white today.  I’ll have to think about soccer for awhile to cheer myself up.

(It’s true, I’m white! My facade of anonymity is that much more transparent now).

The Role of Superdelegates

March 8, 2008

Steve Benen is concerned that superdelegates are forming state and regional blocs, hoping to wrangle concessions on important issues such as trade from the eventual nominee.  I disagree, and I welcome this development.

He quotes Michelle Cottle, who believes that it is a part of one congresswoman’s “duty as a member of Congress” to look out for their constituents’ interests, whereas “[a]s a superdelegate, she is supposed to worry about the best interests of the party as a whole.”  He continues, “What’s to stop them” from demanding all manner of favors.  “Nothing. That’s why superdelegates shouldn’t exploit their role in the process this way.”

Of course.  That’s why I’m glad that they’re making policy demands, rather than simply demanding patronage like I expected.

Cottle’s separation of congressmen’s duties makes some sense, but being a superdelegate is merely a subset, or a perk, of the role of congressman.  The overall good of the party is certainly a relevant consideration, but it hardly seems out of bounds to seek out some assurances from the nominee they pledge to support.

If politicians, rather than voters, select the nominee, expect legislative-like politics to play some role, with all that entails.  Better for it to be open and about policy than hidden and about jobs for pals.

Innovations in Press Relations

March 4, 2008

John McCain had a whole bunch of reporters to his house in Sedona for a barbeque yesterday.

Hillary Clinton stationed the press corps in a men’s room for five hours tonight.

Of course this sort of stuff wouldn’t affect coverage in an ideal world.  But it’s hard for me to see what purpose is served by antagonizing the press like this.

First Runner Up

February 29, 2008

I’ve often gotten frustrated with the Clinton campaign, but Gail Collins gets it right this morning:

If Hillary is stumbling, it may be because there just isn’t any good path to take. Nobody wants a bloodbath, and fighting against the first possible African-American president can be as tricky as going after the first possible woman. Still, she might have been able to handle all that, and the fact that he is a product of Kansas and Hawaii and Kenya, of Christians and Muslims, of a single mom on food stamps and Harvard Law, if he didn’t also turn out to have the best learning curve in political history.

It was unwise to fail to plan beyond February 5, as was the unfortunate series of belittling comments about Obama from campaign surrogates.  But even Obama hasn’t run a completely flawless campaign, with his Social Security and health care rhetoric.  He just happens to have really taken off.  That, more than anything else, is his opponent’s downfall.