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Posts For: February 26, 2008

The Last Word on Hillary Clinton’s Performance

[youtube]http://youtube.com/watch?v=5_cRpkLcURQ[/youtube]

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That SNL Skit. . .

. . . was pretty much on the mark. Other than offering a glass of water I think Russert in particular did everything possible to make Obama’s time as easy as possible and hers as miserable as possible. He succeeded.

. . . was pretty much on the mark. Other than offering a glass of water I think Russert in particular did everything possible to make Obama’s time as easy as possible and hers as miserable as possible. He succeeded.

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“Do You Know His Name?”

I hate to say it, but Hillary’s whining about comparative treatment isn’t completely without justification.

I hate to say it, but Hillary’s whining about comparative treatment isn’t completely without justification.

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A Little Dicey

Hillary did force him to back peddle and his inexperience, in a different setting and in different circumstances, would have been a problem. You never fail to “reject” support from racist or anti-Semitic groups. She knows that and now he does too.

Hillary did force him to back peddle and his inexperience, in a different setting and in different circumstances, would have been a problem. You never fail to “reject” support from racist or anti-Semitic groups. She knows that and now he does too.

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“Unacceptable and Reprehensible”

Obama says flatly that Louis Farrakhan’s anti-Semitism is disgusting. He then says he wants to restore the frayed relationship between blacks and Jews. He says he spoke out on anti-Semitism in the black community. As his Jewish support in the Democratic party instantly began to approach 100 percent, Hillary jumped in to say she rejected the support of New York’s Independence Party in 2000, which was run by an anti-Semite named Lenora Fulani — and she wants to know why he won’t say he “rejects” Farrakhan’s support. He says he doesn’t see the difference between “denouncing” and “rejecting,” but then he says, okay, “I concede the point, and I reject and denounce.” In New York, Hillary outpaced him 72-17 in the Jewish vote. In Ohio, it’ll be 72-17 the other way.

Obama says flatly that Louis Farrakhan’s anti-Semitism is disgusting. He then says he wants to restore the frayed relationship between blacks and Jews. He says he spoke out on anti-Semitism in the black community. As his Jewish support in the Democratic party instantly began to approach 100 percent, Hillary jumped in to say she rejected the support of New York’s Independence Party in 2000, which was run by an anti-Semite named Lenora Fulani — and she wants to know why he won’t say he “rejects” Farrakhan’s support. He says he doesn’t see the difference between “denouncing” and “rejecting,” but then he says, okay, “I concede the point, and I reject and denounce.” In New York, Hillary outpaced him 72-17 in the Jewish vote. In Ohio, it’ll be 72-17 the other way.

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Public Funding, Tax Returns, and Troop Withdrawal

All in good time, apparently.

All in good time, apparently.

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What About Your Promise On Campaign Financing?

Barack Obama is still waffling on public financing. And then he not very effectively changes the subject. Russert asks, “You may break your word?” He ducks again and there’s no reason for Russert to make things any more difficult for him by following up again, right?

Barack Obama is still waffling on public financing. And then he not very effectively changes the subject. Russert asks, “You may break your word?” He ducks again and there’s no reason for Russert to make things any more difficult for him by following up again, right?

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This Isn’t Even Close

She is arguing that she is a “fighter” and comes up with a couple of specific examples on bankruptsy reform and the energy plan. Not bad, but too little and too late. Obama makes a very effective point that she can’t have it both ways to claim credit for the good things from Clinton presidency, but disclaim responsibility for the bad things. He also makes the case for mobilizing people to take interest in their government.

She is arguing that she is a “fighter” and comes up with a couple of specific examples on bankruptsy reform and the energy plan. Not bad, but too little and too late. Obama makes a very effective point that she can’t have it both ways to claim credit for the good things from Clinton presidency, but disclaim responsibility for the bad things. He also makes the case for mobilizing people to take interest in their government.

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Obama Twists the Knife

He just said “it doesn’t work” for Hillary Clinton to cite her eight years as First Lady as part of her experience and then pick and choose what from the Clinton years she wishes to claim as her own and what she wishes to distance herself from. There is no good answer to this jibe, because it’s undeniably true.

He just said “it doesn’t work” for Hillary Clinton to cite her eight years as First Lady as part of her experience and then pick and choose what from the Clinton years she wishes to claim as her own and what she wishes to distance herself from. There is no good answer to this jibe, because it’s undeniably true.

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Russert: Do You, as President, Reserve the Right to Re-Invade Iraq?

On this, perhaps the worst evening of Hillary Clinton’s professional life, Tim Russert isn’t exactly covering himself with glory either with his extremely peculiar questions.

On this, perhaps the worst evening of Hillary Clinton’s professional life, Tim Russert isn’t exactly covering himself with glory either with his extremely peculiar questions.

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Tim Russert Is Upset . . .

. . .at the prospect Barack Obama might not evacuate our troops fast enough if the Iraqi government said “Get out.” (What if they plead not to leave?) Russert finally suggests we might have to go back in the case of a resurgence of terrorist activity, but Clinton punts and won’t answer a “hypothetical.” Then she really gets tough and accuses Obama of not holding oversight hearings. Wow, that’s going to sway any voters who are still awake.

. . .at the prospect Barack Obama might not evacuate our troops fast enough if the Iraqi government said “Get out.” (What if they plead not to leave?) Russert finally suggests we might have to go back in the case of a resurgence of terrorist activity, but Clinton punts and won’t answer a “hypothetical.” Then she really gets tough and accuses Obama of not holding oversight hearings. Wow, that’s going to sway any voters who are still awake.

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Tim Russert: What Will You Do If Iraqis Say, ‘Get Out Now!’

Next question from Tim Russert: What will you do if Martians attack Indianapolis?

Next question from Tim Russert: What will you do if Martians attack Indianapolis?

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Traveling to Over 80 Countries

Hillary touts her travels as superior experience. There’s a father in my daughter’s pre-school who has been to 106 countries. I say: Jonathan Moller for president!

Hillary touts her travels as superior experience. There’s a father in my daughter’s pre-school who has been to 106 countries. I say: Jonathan Moller for president!

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Brian Williams: Hillary Will You Stand Up For Yourself?

She reiterates her own experience (which is rather thin beer, by the way) and then makes a lame effort to say his opposition to the Iraq war before he came to the Senate doesn’t really count. (Like all those little Red states don’t count in the delegate race, I suppose.) She never comes out and says: he’s an unrealistic and unprepared novice. But McCain will.

She reiterates her own experience (which is rather thin beer, by the way) and then makes a lame effort to say his opposition to the Iraq war before he came to the Senate doesn’t really count. (Like all those little Red states don’t count in the delegate race, I suppose.) She never comes out and says: he’s an unrealistic and unprepared novice. But McCain will.

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Tim Russert: Mrs. Clinton, May I Defeat You?

Russert asks Hillary to explain how she can promise to create 5 million new jobs when her promise to create half a million jobs in New York State in 2000 went unfulfilled. Her answer: It would have happened if Al Gore had been president. It’s a good question, actually, since a Senator’s promise to create jobs is a ludicrous joke in any case. But in this context, it’s just like he’s taken a shovel and thrown some more dirt on her campaign coffin.

Russert asks Hillary to explain how she can promise to create 5 million new jobs when her promise to create half a million jobs in New York State in 2000 went unfulfilled. Her answer: It would have happened if Al Gore had been president. It’s a good question, actually, since a Senator’s promise to create jobs is a ludicrous joke in any case. But in this context, it’s just like he’s taken a shovel and thrown some more dirt on her campaign coffin.

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Tim Russert: Senator Obama, May I Help Get You Elected?

Tim Russert just tossed Obama an unbelievable softball to allow him to offer the opinion that he doesn’t like NAFTA, he didn’t like NAFTA, he never liked NAFTA, NAFTA is bad, even people who like NAFTA who endorsed him said he hated NAFTA. Just in case you don’t understand this, Barack Obama doesn’t like NAFTA, and Tim Russert wants you to know it too.

Tim Russert just tossed Obama an unbelievable softball to allow him to offer the opinion that he doesn’t like NAFTA, he didn’t like NAFTA, he never liked NAFTA, NAFTA is bad, even people who like NAFTA who endorsed him said he hated NAFTA. Just in case you don’t understand this, Barack Obama doesn’t like NAFTA, and Tim Russert wants you to know it too.

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Obama Is Right

It is beyond reasonable dispute that Hillary Clinton supported NAFTA, and Tim Russert just made sure everyone knows it. She wants to renegotiate NAFTA but not quite get out of it. As wrong as Obama may be in junking the bipartisan support for free trade it is smart politics in a Democratic primary.

It is beyond reasonable dispute that Hillary Clinton supported NAFTA, and Tim Russert just made sure everyone knows it. She wants to renegotiate NAFTA but not quite get out of it. As wrong as Obama may be in junking the bipartisan support for free trade it is smart politics in a Democratic primary.

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A Comment on Hillary Clinton For All My Co-Religionists

Yitgadal v’yitkadash sh’may rabbah

Yitgadal v’yitkadash sh’may rabbah

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Jennifer, That Was Whining Squared. . .

and couldn’t have gone over worse.

and couldn’t have gone over worse.

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Oh Don’t Whine

Hillary complains about getting the questions first and makes a reference to Saturday Night Live’s parody. SNL was funnier than she was — by a lot. If you want to be commander-in-chief whining about who goes first seems weak.

Hillary complains about getting the questions first and makes a reference to Saturday Night Live’s parody. SNL was funnier than she was — by a lot. If you want to be commander-in-chief whining about who goes first seems weak.

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