Give Me Credit For Yesterday

Last week on Charlie Rose, DCCC chairman Rahm Emanuel had this to say when asked about why President Bush could not make his case to the American people to save his party before the 2006 midterm elections:

Bill Clinton's first lesson in politics to me: elections are about tomorrow, not yesterday.  And George Bush and the Republicans went into the elections saying "give me credit for yesterday."  Big mistake.

They didn't discuss this idea any further, but it struck a chord with me.  Certainly, electoral outcomes are the result of myriad circumstances and choices, with poll points lost and won from this television ad, or that vote on an obscure bill, this silly gaffe, or that photo op.  The reasons why things come out the way they do are complex and subtle, and that's why we have far more supply than demand for political punditry and analysis (ahem).

But there are always the larger themes, the big picture of any given election, and each side competes with the other to determine what that theme will be.  Since 9/11 and until last week, Republicans had successfully made each election about national security, or, more personally, "who will keep you safe?"  I thought about that after listening to Mr. Emanuel, and it made sense within the framework of his lesson from President Clinton.  It was all about the future tense: al Qaeda will try to attack, and the president and his party will keep us safe.  We will defeat the terrorists in this war that will go on for a long time.  It is a dubiously positive message, to be sure, promising doom, only to be thwarted by the heroes in the government, but it was forward-looking nonetheless.  For the most part, it worked.

So how well does this idea of elections being about tomorrow, this ethereal, non-specific concept, hold up when looking at elections past?  Let's see...

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Cheney Promoting Clinton Winning White House. Why?

On Tuesday, Vice President Dick Cheney stated that he thought it was possible Hillary Clinton could win the White House.

"I think Hillary Clinton is a formidable candidate," Cheney said in an interview with Fox News Channel's "Hannity & Colmes" due to air Tuesday evening.

"I think she could win. I hope she doesn't. I disagree with her on nearly all the issues, but nobody should underestimate her. She's a very serious candidate for president," he said.

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Clinton spent $10.1 million on her own Senate campaign!

After Bowers began his "Use It or Lose It" campaign I began to think about how much money was out there that could really be making a huge difference in the next few weeks.  That's why I was so upset when I learned that Senator Clinton dumped $10.1 million into her own Senate campaign in the last quarter!  That is the most money any Senator has spent on their campaign during this cycle.

Considering Clinton could have sailed to victory on November 7th without spending a dime, i'd say calling this $10.1 million a waste of money is more than fair.  The truth is Clinton is pouring money into this campaign so she can blow out her opponent as badly as possible to look good in preparation of 2008.  This is seriously  ridiculous.  Like anyone really cares if Hillary wins her seat by 10% or 20.

Imagine how far $10.1 million could go in Missouri or Tennessee.  The money Hillary decided to waste to inflate her own ego could very well have been used to capture a Democratic Senate.  Hillary's meaningless spending and hoarding of her enormous war chest is truly an outrage to the Democratic Party.  I hope we don't forget this when she runs for President.

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New CNN Poll Shows Clinton Would Defeat McCain Or Giuliani In 2008

A new CNN poll shows that Hillary Clinton would defeat John McCain or Rudy Giuliani in the 2008 general election.

http://robwire.com/?q=node/1242

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Condi The Liar!

I have now come to the sad conclusion, that Condoleeza Rice is a liar!

"We were not left a comprehensive strategy to fight al Qaeda"

Really Condi? Well then how do you explain this:

'As the Clinton administration drew to a close, Clarke and his staff developed a policy paper of their own [which] incorporated the CIA's new ideas from the Blue Sky memo, and posed several near-term policy options. Clarke and his staff proposed a goal to "roll back" al Qaeda over a period of three to five years ...[including] covert aid to the Northern Alliance, covert aid to Uzbekistan, and renewed Predator flights in March 2001. A sentence called for military action to destroy al Qaeda command-and control targets and infrastructure and Taliban military and command assets. The paper also expressed concern about the presence of al Qaeda operatives in the United States." [p. 197]'

Yes girlfriend you lied to me. So from now on, I am going to paint you with the same broad brush that I usually reserve for frat boy and his minions. Of course Condi, I have always suspected you were a liar. I am not buying for a minute your whole child of the segregated South turn the other cheek on Bull Conner crap. That script might have endeared you to white folks and made you seem heroic to them, but the field negro smelled a rat all along. A house rat masquerading as an intellectual, who pulled herself up with her smarts, gravitas, and her above reproach honesty. But even though I suspected you, I always gave you the benefit of the doubt, because I wanted to believe in you. I loved the fact that a black woman was just a heart beat away from the most powerful position in all the world, and that she could even run for the position herself one day. But now....

So sorry Condi, it's been slowly building for awhile. This resentment I feel for you now. I feel like a lover that's been scorned. I mean come on, I forgave your Jimmy Choo and Steve Madden shopping spree while your people drowned. I forgave you for back stabbing my homey Colin to get his job, I excused your terrible mishandling of the Israel Lebanon crisis, not to mention your continuous inaction and silence while hundreds of thousands of your people are being slaughtered in Darfur. But no more. The field has had it with your need a perm lying ass. It's time to call you out Condi!

Your latest lie now involves Bill Clinton and Bob Woodward. When Slick Willey laid a smack down on that FAKE NEWS reporter,- Chris Wallace- you came out and said that the black President was not telling the truth about leaving your sorry ass a plan to fight terror. Well now, as it turns out, the facts prove that he did. And like all the rest of the slime balls in Washington, you are giving us the I don't remember speech. That's funny though Condi, because a lot of other people sure do remember.

When the guy that broke Watergate, Bob Woodward, exposed you and basically called you on your lie in his book, "State of Denial", you denied that too. So let's look at that shall we: Woodward said in his book that you were warned of a possible 911 style attack in an intelligence briefing that occurred in July of 2001. At that meeting, was George Tenet, the Director of the CIA, as well as a top counter terrorism officer in frat boy's administration. Still don't remember Condi? Well let me see if I can help you a little more: Does the name Sean McCormick ring a bell? It should, -unless you forgot that too-you see Condi, he is your chief spokes person, and he said that the aforementioned meeting did take place. At the time, you were the National Security Adviser to the Pre...frat boy, and the meeting took place on July 10, 2001. Remember now? Of course you don't, you have no shame. Not when the day after you were exposed on national television, you still gave the country the I don't remember defense. At the meeting, according to Woodward's book, a report was given to you which said: "The attacks were expected, among other things, to have a dramatic consequence on government..there will be casualties...attack plans have been made, and they will occur with little warning. " Of course we all know by now what happened a few months later.

So Condi, I don't want to hear your we were not informed defense any more. Yes, Clinton should take responsibility for not catching the NBA sized man with the beard, but so should you and your inapt pals in this administration. At least the first black Prez. admitted his mistakes. You, on the other hand, seem to have bought into frat boy's mantra. Deny deny deny, until FAKE NEWS reports your denials as fact. But hey, "stand by your man" girl, you just keep pulling that Tammy Wynette while our young men die, and you keep looking more and more like the band from the Titanic. You just keep on playing while the ship goes down.

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