change you can replicate perfectly

by twit

… is probably what Xerox ™ would like Hillary’s endorsement of Obama to mean.

it was an endorsement, right? it sure sounds like one.

and I realize Queen Clinton is hard up for cash these days, but corporate sponsorship?

Is there anything she won’t do for pity or money?

the twit’s not holding her breath.

Obituary for the Clinton Campaign

by twit

Ramussen reports on Feb 14, 2008 that Obama is polling as the favorite for the Democratic nomination and the general election.

… Obama is the most popular candidate at the moment, viewed favorably by 55% and unfavorably by 43%.

Clinton is viewed favorably by 44% of Likely Voters nationwide, unfavorably by 53%.

McCain’s is viewed favorably by 50% and unfavorably by 47%.

Opinions about Clinton are more strongly held than opinions about either Obama or McCain.

While Hillary’s shining personality may be a key factor in the stumbling failures of her campaign, there are also reports of massive planning failures within the campaign itself. From the New York Times on Feb 14, 2008:

She and her team showered so much money, attention and other resources on … Feb. 5 that they have been caught flat-footed — or worse — in the critical contests that followed, her political advisers said.

She also made a strategic decision to skip several small states holding caucuses, states where Mr. Obama scored big victories, accumulating delegates and, possibly, momentum.

Her heavy spending and relatively modest fund-raising in January compounded the problems, leaving the campaign ill-equipped to plan after Feb. 5, advisers and donors say.

The Clinton campaign appears to be working from a playbook that reads like a strange blend of the Bush “Mission Accomplished” strategy and the Guiliani “New York and Florida” death-rattle. Focus on the big states, ignore the rest, and expect that it will be smooth sailing to the coronation nomination, because Hillary will be greeted as a liberator, of course.

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Hillary may be a top-of-the-line VCR, but Obama is a DVD player

A letter to a Hillary Clinton supporter

by lestro

Recently I discovered that a friend of mine is a supporter of Hillary Clinton and what follows is my response, with links added for reference purposes:

Well, thankfully your reasons for Hillary are actual reasons and not just ‘it’s a woman’s time.’ I hate that shit. It’s so anti-feminist. I am all for a woman President. But not Hillary Clinton. and I voted for her for Senator.

Which is where she belongs, working on the legislation, fighting over the details, making the sausage.

Presidents, however, are about vision, leadership and direction. The policy will follow.

Presidents do not write laws, Congress does. The President sets the vision. Think of your city councils. The mayor doesn’t have a vote. The federal government is supposed to function in the same way on a larger scale.

Presidents provide vision and direction by rallying the country around a set of ideas and a series of goals. Congress then responds to that by writing those laws.

And Hillary has no vision. Obama has vision. He’s the first candidate since Reagan to have vision. Don’t get me wrong, I am not a fan of Reagan’s but he definitely changed the entire political culture of the country. We are still living in Reagan’s America. And I, for one, am done with it.

It is time for something different.

Hillary Clinton will lose to John McCain (you asked who needs Reagan? really? He’s the second most popular president ever. Clinton is fourth. Kennedy is third) because the change she offers is essentially the same he offers. There would be changes in policy, sure, but the time of the baby boomers is over. They are all VCRs and Hillary may be a top-of-the-line VCR, but Obama is a DVD player.

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pimp pimpity pimp pimp

by lestro

Yeah, I said it. And why not, it’s just a word.

But it’s a revealing word, especially when judging someone’s reaction to it.

By now we all know that the Clinton Mafia went apeshit last week when an MSNBC reporter described the Clinton Family Campaign machine like this:

“Doesn’t it seem like Chelsea’s sort of being pimped out in a weird sort of way?”

The reporter, David Shuster, was immediately forced to apologize and suspended after Hillary Clinton adviser Howard Wolfsen responded like this:

Asked about Shuster’s “pimp” comment, Wolfson denounced the comment as “disgusting” and “beneath contempt,” adding: “It’s the kind of thing that should never be said on a national news network.”

Then Wolsfon added: “You have to question whether or not there is a pattern here on the part of the network.” He added: “Is this part of a pattern? I don’t know, but [it’s] beneath contempt.”

So I looked up the verb “to pimp” and found this at Merriam-Webster’s Web site:

“to make use of often dishonorably for one’s own gain or benefit”

That sounds about right to me, especially when you add the “in a weird way” part of Shuster’s question. Chelsea has been pulled away from her job and fiance in order to help circle their race-baiting wagons around her mother’s flagging campaign.

But beyond that and the fact that they are sinking and they know it and grasping at straws (MSNBC is apparently part of yet another vast conspiracy to bring down the Clintons. Easier than blaming the candidate or the lack of a coherent, consistent message, I suppose, though it is worth noting that the Campaign Manager and assistant have both been canned this week…).

But what it really shows is the generational divide developing both in the country and especially the campaign. It reminds us that the Clintons, and many of the Baby Boomers, whose time, as we know, is coming to an end, have turned into the Old Guard who are completely out-of-touch with both culture and the changing uses of words.

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Since when are we not allowed to call Hillary a pimp?

by twit

NBC NEWS STATEMENT REGARDING CHELSEA CLINTON COMMENT:

On Thursday’s “Tucker” on MSNBC, David Shuster, who was serving as guest-host of the program, made a comment about Chelsea Clinton and the Clinton campaign that was irresponsible and inappropriate. Shuster, who apologized this morning on MSNBC and will again this evening, has been suspended from appearing on all NBC News broadcasts, other than to make his apology. He has also extended an apology to the Clinton family. NBC News takes these matters seriously, and offers our sincere regrets to the Clintons for the remarks.

but the comment wasn’t about Chelsea. it was about Hillary being a pimp. Since when are we not allowed to call Hillary a pimp?

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morning cartoons

by twit

Super Obama Girl vs. The Legions of Doom:

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Bananas

by twit

First, there was this rumbling from the LA Times blog on January 15, 2008:

“Not that it’s going to diminish her ambition to live there again, but Hillary Clinton says she views the White House as something of a prison.”

Then, there was this from Breitbart today:

Clinton also said she was asked by other women “all the time” about what to do with unfaithful husbands.

“I say you have to be true to yourself, no one story is the same as any other story,” she said.

“‘I don’t know your reality. I cannot possibly substitute my judgment for yours, but what I can tell you is you must be true to yourself, you have to do what is right for you.’”

All this made possible today by The Tyra Banks Show. The Hillary YouTube channel promises its own dramatic footage, but at present, there is instead a video that talks about how cool Chelsea is, how original the Hillary is, whoop. ee. the. inspiration…

and if you dare try to escape that, you might fall into the rabbithole of playlists and propaganda from Clinton, Inc.

So here I am, driven half-mad by listening to Hillary give a ‘relaxed’ interview in the ‘ridin’-on-the-bus’ genre, that I dare not watch because the combo of watching a rocking countryside go by in the background is more than this chick can bear at the minute.

So I have a question for the brilliant genies out there who might be able to explain why we would ever want someone who thinks the White House is like a prison to have the responsibility of running it. Or someone who could seem so callous as to compare the lap of luxury at 1600 Pennsylvania to prison. Haven’t we had enough of the bubbled-in mentality? Don’t we want someone who believes they can make a difference?

As to the bit about those unfaithful husbands, I get what she is trying to say, the standard “You are the one with the most information about the situation and are therefore in the best position to decide what to do.” Classic empowerment chitchat, but instead of quitting while ahead, it seems to run amok.

One of the holy screeds of crisis intervention, as I understand it at least, is that the idea of responding to a random request for help is to give people a sense of their options. Telling people what they “must” and “have” to do is out of bounds.

So until the video evidence can be carefully examined and reviewed, such is the rant.

UPDATE: oh, oh, the video… she never doubted bubba’s love. never? not even a teensy weensy little bit?

hmm… I can’t get the video from Wonkette to embed.

Thus concludes the pundit improv session for the night.