How quickly we forget the media and mass attacks against Hillary in 1992- "We didn't elect that b*t" " was the refrain. Hillary Clinton was the first First Lady to come into the White House with a full time job and multiple degrees. Difficult for some to accept. In response to some of the criticism, Bill Clinton used to say, "why wouldn't I ask the smartest person I know to help me do the hardest jobs." No matter what you think of her experience in White House it was far better than- "my best international experience is living in a foreign country as an elementary school student" or "i have the ability intuitively" even though I've only spent a few hours in London and never the rest of Europe or South America. Patrick Healy has been doing hit pieces on Hillary Clinton for years- not sure what his beef but he certainly has an agenda.
Bright Star of Mass. Tarnished by Lapses
'Don't Give Up on Me,' Gov. Patrick Pleads
By Perry Bacon Jr.
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, March 18, 2007; Page A04
BOSTON -- Only a few months ago, Deval Patrick was being hailed by his party as a savior, becoming Massachusetts's first Democratic governor in 16 years and only the second African American to lead a state since Reconstruction.
But circumstances have changed quickly for Patrick, as they have often in a life that saw him plucked from the South Side of Chicago at 14 and awarded a scholarship to a prestigious prep school in the Boston suburbs. He was recently forced to plead, "Don't give up on me," to state residents, and at a news conference Friday he found himself repeatedly sidestepping questions about a staff shake-up that included the resignation of a controversial aide."
One rookie mistake after another- There is no one who lives in Massachusetts that doesn't feel the let down. He will eventually be a good governor but big learning curve- Day one -the whole world will be watching the new President- We don't have time for foolish mistakes-no matter how well intentioned.
Gee-I wonder if the Republicans might be voting for Obama to stop Clinton- the most electable Democrat? Seems to me that is a likely scenario- Perhaps those from other parts of the country do not know the story of Obama's siamese twin, Deval Patrick the new governor of Massachusetts but those in New Hampshire might. Anyone who really wants to see what possible trajectory we might have if Obama were elected need look no further- Which prominent African-American politician famously said: "The politics of fear is no acceptable alternative to the politics of hope." Nope- not Barack Obama, it was Deval Patrick (or was it their political operative, David Axelrod??)
Ed Schultz was on Hardball and he made Chris Matthews look fair and balanced towards Hillary Clinton. Wow- that guy not only sounds like Rush Limbaugh but now he twists facts the same way.
He and Matthews are trying to destroy Clinton-wonder what they think she did that was so emasculating. These guys must have very serious problems.
Obama also missed more votes than any other Senate candidate running for President. Additionally- he tried to hit Hillary over the head constantly with the Iran vote (even though his BFF and anti-war senior Illinois Senator, Dick Durbin voted with HIllary) Surprise-surprise-he missed that vote as well. Oops- all talk no walk- His time is not now- he needs to do some hard work and let his ego calm down a bit- He may have been made a rock star but so far his only talent is in the rhetorical sense- Come on folks- he was a part time state senator until 2 years ago-and a lecturer-That is not a Presidential resume- No one but an idiot would hire this smooth talker right now- Put in the time and work-raise your babies (remember one of your New Year's wishes was to see more of them-President's don't have very much time -especially right now in history-we need a FULL TIME leader) then come back to the country -We'd love you with some -yes that dreaded qualification-experience.
Great post- My sense exactly- Obama is really Bush-like. David Axelrod has positioned him to run against Clinton by insinuating that the 90's of the Clintons was worse than 2000 to present under Bush. Somehow this flimflam has worked so far-shame on the press for encouraging this deception.
For those who have not seen the Bill Moyers interview with Kathleen Hall Jamieson, an historian at Anneburg on the misogyny towards HIllary on the internet and the MSM please do and pass it on. This is a must see.
Seems you left out the most important part of Brooks column-let me fill it in for you-
"Hillary Clinton has been a much better senator than Barack Obama. She has been a serious, substantive lawmaker who has worked effectively across party lines. Obama has some accomplishments under his belt, but many of his colleagues believe that he has not bothered to master the intricacies of legislation or the maze of Senate rules. He talks about independence, but he has never quite bucked liberal orthodoxy or party discipline."
Sorry- my source was wrong- it was 1986 so she must have been 37ish- still the youngest and first woman. She might not have been the biggest hero on the board but she certainly did make some positive changes. As a woman of the same age I can tell you that it wasn't and still isn't so easy for woman to get those kinds of board appointments. Sure she was First Lady of Arkansas but she was also a highly praised lawyer (top 100 in America) with a diverse and sophisticated resume.
Have you read Hillary Clinton's floor speech on the vote?
"My vote is not, however, a vote for any new doctrine of pre-emption, or for uni-lateralism, or for the arrogance of American power or purpose -- all of which carry grave dangers for our nation, for the rule of international law and for the peace and security of people throughout the world.. .A vote for it is not a vote to rush to war; it is a vote that puts awesome responsibility in the hands of our President and we say to him - use these powers wisely and as a last resort. "
To this day, Joe Biden says he would still have voted the same way. Many of the seasoned Senators that voted in favor voted because they believed that our Presidents in situations like this should have the authority to use force as a last resort- The fault of this war lies with George Bush and the Republicans- they are the enemy -not Hillary Clinton. Unfortunately many people on these blogs prefer to demonize our own rather than those who deserve it.
Hillary was the first woman ever on their board and was only 29 years old. "Mrs. Clinton used her position to champion personal causes, like the need for more women in management and a comprehensive environmental program, despite being Wal-Mart's only female director, the youngest and arguably the least experienced in business." http://www.gambling911.com/Hillary-Clint
Her work on that board just shows another dimension of her wealth of experience.
Why doesn't anyone mention Obama's years of molding by David Axelrod? How does Obama get away with his faux "authenticity."
ARTICLE | posted February 6, 2007 (February 19, 2007 issue)
The Nation: Obama's Media Maven
"Given his rhetorical skills, Harvard Law pedigree, up-by-the-bootstraps bio and, well, his race, it is hard not to compare recently elected Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to his friend Barack Obama. Both men entered crowded primaries in which they were definitively not favored. They both inspired a kind of personal pride among supporters that is rare in politics. On the evening of Obama's convincing primary victory, the crowd and the candidate joined in chanting, "Yes We Can!" and if you listen closely to video of Patrick rallies, you'll hear the crowd chanting the very same thing. When Patrick looked into the camera in one ad and said the state's problem wasn't a "deficit of dollars but a deficit of leadership," it was hard not to hear echoes of Obama's oft-used line that the country's biggest problem isn't a budget deficit but an "empathy deficit." And in Patrick's most effective ad, he stands on a stage delivering an impassioned speech to a crescendo of applause as Obama sits on a stool just behind him, nodding approvingly, his head perfectly framed in the shot.
Which brings us to something else the two men share: David Axelrod, the 51-year-old reporter turned media consultant who was the key media strategist for both men's campaigns. He's the one who wrote those ads, framed that shot and came up with the "Yes We Can" tag line. . . If the Obama message can be distilled to a single word, it is "hope." It's in the title of his new book (The Audacity of Hope) and the name of his PAC (Hopefund). If you page back through Axelrod's work, it's a word that shows up a lot. All politics traffics in clichés, and hope certainly isn't a new one " http://www.thenation.com/doc/20070219/ha
Really great post! Wish the media would, for a change, give some attention to these issues. Al Gore got smeared by so-called progressives as well and we know what happened to him.
Those of us concerned about an Obama nomination just have to believe (and hope) that when the good people of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina et al actually go to cast their votes-they remind themselves of the realities of life. Good dancer, rap lover, sexy, Oprah approved, sweet talker, just won't cut when it comes to getting the job done. Hillary-bashers/Obama lovers will not listen- I feel that no matter how they are confronted with facts-we have another "I'm a uniter not a divider" and "I want to have dinner with Jesus Christ" (okay so he's not as bad as Bush but there are similarities.)
I do have hope that realism and pragmatism will overcome the rhetoric of it-but it's hard to keep the faith lately. Guess we need to work harder-call every possible person you know -friends of friends, AT T representatives, the person standing next to you in line at Starbucks-get the conversation going -we only have a few weeks left.