No Rick Lazio Moment for Hillary

Via http://malcontends.blogspot.com/2008/01/ no-rick-lazio-moment-for-hillary.html

Update: Well, shi*, the broadcast media's over-the-top jumping on Hillary for being a human being today is making a liar out of me (see post below). See Pundit Nation's "I think this is ridiculous" So much for my thesis, the media IS the foil, but will it be enough of one?

The problem Hillary Clinton faces in this campaign is that she has no clear political foil in the Democratic primary. No crazed, impeach-Clinton haters, no misogynists, no Rick Lazio.

In Sidney Blumenthal's "The Clinton Wars" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003), Blumenthal chronicles the rightwing Clinton haters' defeat after defeat.

Among the most satisfying passages from the book is that of Hillary Clinton's famous knock-out punch of Long Island Congressman Rick Lazio, a Mitt Romney-esque, say-anything-to-win opponent for the 2000 New York U.S. Senate election.

See: Lazio Invades Hillary's Space Hit OK and let it load.)

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A Clean Break: The Neocons' Next War

[Crossposted at What's the Point?]

(By the way, I just want to mention that I'm aware that this has been written about before, especially on Daily Kos. But, I don't recall seeing it here at MyDD, and if so, I think it was kind of buried with all the Lamont excitement).

I've been feeling particularly humorless of late.

What with all the disgusting political machinations by the GOP, trying to subvert the Lamont victory by tying it to the absurd argument that "some" (read: a majority of Americans) don't get that America is under threat of terrorism, while senior Bush administration officials were fully aware of the pending public disclosure of the British terror plot.

And the "kill them all" rhetoric is really getting to me, too.

I've been meaning to write about the neo-con "Clean Break" strategy, but hadn't gotten riled up enough to do so. But, with all this shameless bluster, and Randi Rhodes pointing out yesterday that Sidney Blumenthal is making some noise about it now, I want to help in my small way to at least get the term "clean break" listed a bit more in the news aggregators.

Maybe many of you are already familiar with it, but if not, you should be...

Cuz, well, it's essentially the official roadmap of the "kill them all" strategy...

Blumenthal writes (my emphasis)...

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