Where’s the Left’s Sarah Palin?

BettyJean Kling

A wonderful piece by Taylor Marsh who was a Hillary supporter who just as quickly jumped on the Obama wagon after all she is a Democrat before she s an American! The piece below however, shows her buyers’ remorse- or at least the remorse of most of the buyers- that is the way I chose to read it. This is a piece worth reading. 

Clearly many Democrats now see what the Hillary Hole has wrought them. The greatest female candidate the Democrats had and best possible choice  they could have fielded was literally tossed aside and now there is no one one on the horizon that comes close to filling her shoes.  And for what it’s worth – even Hillary couldn’t get my vote in 2012 – no Obama supporter will evah get my vote evah again! The first woman President of the US may not be Sarah Palin but thanks to the DNC it will not be Hillary  either, if she and the other Dem ladies bent over for the DNC – they are not fit to serve as our first femal president. Our first female POTUS will be a Republican or an Independent! 

Now on to Taylor Marsh

Where’s the Left’s Sarah Palin?

 While Democrats and the Obama White House continue to take jabs at Sarah Palin, the fact remains they can’t resist rising to her bait, with the media loving to pit Palin against Obama whenever the chance arises. Even when Pres. Obama says he’s not going to respond, like he did on Palin’s nuclear policy criticism, Obama goes on to do exactly that. Never mind that Palin and other conservatives completely miss that Pres. Reagan dreamed about nuclear zero. Meanwhile, when you look to the left, there is no anti-Palin, no woman even close to competing with her star power.

Sarah Palin may have no official title, the left calling her a “quitter,” but she continues to rise in power, with even John McCain calling out to his former running mate to save him in Arizona. It must irk the Republican elite to no end. Today, she’ll be giving a speech at the Southern Republican Leadership council. We can only wonder if she’ll be the first Republican there to actually mention Katrina.

Lefties get infuriated when I parse the traditional and new media spin against Sarah Palin. I can hear the caterwauling already, but don’t care much about it, as I’m more interested in following the story, not the negative Hillaryesque stereotyping, the latest of which comes compliments of the latest CBS poll, which I’ll get to in a minute.

The fact remains that there is a “Hillary hole,” with women wanting their turn, while people hunger for something radically different, which is currently being filled by the Tea Party, a star named Sarah and her fans. Not surprisingly, as poll after poll on her rolls out, the narrative on Sarah Palin continues to be filled out unfairly. I know, you’re shocked. But love her or hate her, whether she runs in 2012 or not, when you look at the left, the reality is there’s no anti-Palin progressive who matches what Palin’s got.

The latest poll from CBS on Palin comes with an interesting graphic. Unfortunately, the headline blows the lede and the main data point. The news for Palin isn’t as bad as the CBS headline screams: “Low Favorability Ratings for Sarah Palin.” Do the math.

Just Republicans: 43% approve of her; 16% have an unfavorable opinion; with 29% undecided and 27% haven’t heard enough about her.

In overall opinion, beyond Republicans: 24% favorable; 38% unfavorable; 20% undecided; 17% haven’t heard enough about her.

As for Independents: 25% favorable; 35% unfavorable; 20% undecided; 18% haven’t heard enough.

Then look at the gender numbers. Sarah Palin’s charisma holds a key for why middle-aged right-wing males are on her side. As for women, 40% have an unfavorable opinion of her. But guess what; just as many women “haven’t heard enough” about her, coming in at 39%.

Translation: Sarah Palin has challenges if she’s thinking about 2012, no doubt; but there are plenty of opportunities to change minds her way, according to the CBS poll. Question remains whether she can given her style, the substance of her rhetoric, as well as her delivery.

The truth is that the CBS poll offers some hope for Palin and her people, if the crowds and cash aren’t enough. For all the “she’s a wacko” storyline, there are a lot of people who remain undecided about Sarah, even as the traditional media continues to offer stereotypical “Low Favorability Ratings for Sarah Palin” headlines, even if the data screams a different andmore important story.

Meanwhile, whether Sarah Palin runs in 2012 or not, she’s making money while running from state to state campaigning for Republicans and Tea Party people. She’s also keeping her maverick status intact by going against the insider GOPers by defending Michael Steele, which seems more stubbornly obstinate than smart. It should be noted that right now her approval among Republicans remains high enough to still make her a possible contender, something I’m sure Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee are watching.

Mrs. Palin’s politics aren’t for me, and though I pine to see hot headliners from the left, instead we get the likes of Claire McCaskill, Kathleen Sebelius and other Obama blue dog duds, with no women of any wattage in sight.

From a terrific piece on Huffington Post, there is also a larger Democratic problem, which is outlined in “Power Struggle: Inside The Battle For The Soul Of The Democratic Party”:

[…] Yet for all the real accomplishments, many liberals are celebrating less than they are commiserating about a lost opportunity, an opportunity for progressive change that pales in comparison to ’33 and ’34, ’64 and ’65, when Democratic majorities redirected the course of the nation. “It is only once in a generation that a people can be lifted above material things,” Woodrow Wilson said, perhaps optimistically. “That is why conservative government is in the saddle two-thirds of the time.” This generation reformed health care and built on that foundation, but the contemporary Democratic approach relies more on using government money to prop up private institutions, no matter how broken, instead of expanding the public sector. For instance, a public insurance plan — the “public option” — was part of the health reform discussion until it came threateningly close to becoming law, at which point it was discarded. […]

Part of the ambivalence for Democrats turning independent is the rightward march of the Democratic party under Obama. However, that doesn’t mean these people won’t vote for Obama in 2012 given no other choice. However, the rightward tilt of Democrats, as well as their undemocratic governance on health care, has put the activism level on shrug, leaning towards uninvolved. Maybe that’s at the heart of Gallup’s new numbers, showing the worst brand image for Democrats ever. There simply is no way there will be the enthusiasm for Obama that was seen in 2008. Whether you’re talking Missouri, Nevada or Virginia, Obama has likely already kissed these states goodbye, the Bush states he won in 2008 already trending away from him, with Pennsylvania turning negative for Pres. Obama in the latest Quinnipiac.

Looking beyond Obama, as much as I like and appreciate Joe Biden, he’s not exactly a 21st century candidate when you look to 2016. The possibility reminds me of a George H.W. Bush situation after Reagan had eight years. That’s assuming Barack Obama will rally Democratic enthusiasm, including young people and women, to hold the presidency in 2012.

Where is the woman on the left who can make headlines and draw crowds like Sarah Palin, Liz Cheney, perhaps even a re-entry of Dr. Condoleezza Rice?

The “Hillary hole” is as wide and deep for Democrats as ever, with no Sarah Palin alternative anywhere in sight.

The heat is on the right.

Taylor Marsh is a political analyst out of Washington, D.C.

Women: Under the bus right on schedule

Another Rant By: BettyJean Kling

Today- I am ashamed to be a woman!

Well it’s done. First let me say that for those of you who voted for Obama you got exactly what you asked for so stop whining about Stupak! For the woman’s groups that are now upset that the Pro-Life Dems held out and got what they wanted, remember POTUS, Nancy and the others let them have it too. I give you your beloved Democratic Party,  who again has thrown women under the bus. Did you really think you were more important to them than this historic presidency? You got the government you voted for!

For those of you who insist on holding on to the Dems simply for your rights to your own body- well I must ask — how’s that working out for ya? Huh?

Now we have a health care bill that doesn’t cover all your needs – you the majority’s needs. You have your right to your own body but pay for it yourself, and if you want breast exams wait till we say you are old enough the we pay for one then you pay for one cause we cutting down. Breast Cancer screening? Sorry ladies- you just lost 5 years of that! You got the government you voted for!

As for everything they do decide they will cover, they will have the IRS up your ass and make sure that everyone pays or is fined. That too sounds like everyone has a right to their own bodies huh? I wonder ladies, if the guys continue to get their Viagra and what else you start to lose! You got the government you voted for!

One more thing lady Dems for the third time now Mr. Obama has restated his dedication to enforce the “conscience clause” so that emergency contraception can be withheld. You got the government you voted for!

As for me- I would be disingenuous if I said there were not parts of this bill that I could live with, I wanted universal health care. Everyone who needs health care will have it, kids will not fall off their parents plan till they are 26, women will not be consider a pre-existing condition, all pre-existing conditions will be a thing of the past, there will not be caps. What you failed to understand is that this bill was not THE right bill but you Dems pushed and you pushed and you pushed because YOUR party told you they were going to take care of you and in the end – you found yourselves under the damned bus – right on schedule. You got the government you voted for!

As a proud Independent for the past 30 years, I got into this particular political arena when Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy and I was specifically interested in her health care plan. I made a video which I attached. I had two children both adults who died from Cancer and we struggled to get medication to make their passing easier.

Mikie had the illness before 18 and fell off and then was so ill the rest of his short life that he would get sick lose his insurance and eventually got too sick to return to work and died of cancer at 34. My Denise fought ovarian cancer for 3 years, she had no insurance and she died at 45. Our biggest problem was not getting medical care it was getting medicine which sometimes cost 1000.00 a month for years on end.

I believe Hillary would have protected women and I believe we could have trusted her not to cut services to women and seniors as I believe this one will. Hillary and her Health Care Plan would also have been historic but it would have cared for the MAJORITY of our citizenry as well as the MINORITY!

Throughout the primaries the DNC proved what they and this president were capable of and still you voted for them. This bill was cut not for you and me this was another historic momentous piece for the record books. This entire fiasco has been historic but again women – the majority- have been left out in the cold and this time I dare say perhaps thrown to the wolves. But– you got the government you voted for!

The Republican Party is no better. If we had any sense at all we would all join together and form a third party but until then we had better clean out the House and Senate and if you can’t let go of your obsession with this damned party of yours at least change the damned characters. You got the government you voted for!

If you want HOPE and CHANGE- Unite the Majority and stop taking the damned crumbs they keep throwing us if when it so pleases them because ladies they are using us at their convenience and we are taking it like a bunch of damned battered wives. Today – I am ashamed to be a woman! When will you finally be ashamed enough to stop taking the battering, you make us all look bad?

IMAGINE– The Majority United!

Rosa Parks can ‘Rest in Peace’

Another Rant By: BettyJean Kling

The roles of gender and race were delineated when Joe Biden’s Judiciary Committee dismissed Anita Hill’s testimony about Clarence Thomas.

That should have been another reminder, we should have recalled when black men got the vote women did not. We should have figured out right then and there that man was always going to be put first and held higher – too bad our sisters of color did step up and stop it back then. They could have and should have joined their sisters; we all could have fought together for a better life!

The message, loud and clear was, women to the back of the bus. And Rosa Parks must have wondered why it was that she and it was not some he who took that seat at the front that day. Rosa who risked life and limb changed everything. Everything for male blacks and yet her sisters are still left behind, black and white alike! I begin to wonder if some black women don’t mind being slaves so long as they are not black ones. As Harriet Tubman said, “I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.”

The resulting roles of gender and race became crystal clear when the first historic woman and black man were both vying for office of president in 2008. Again a committee headed by Democrats dismissed the woman, and Hillary Clinton’s historic run was disfavored in preference of a less qualified Barack Obama

And again a woman bravely stood her ground against the machine but this time without the backing of all her sisters and again things changed for black men and again sisters of all colors were left behind black and white alike.

But in the end without the ground swell from The Majority – all our sisters plus men they attempt to pacify us with a Latina SCOTUS, and sprinkle a few more women around the administration. The women’s groups settle for crumbs as they force half of us to fight with the other half over the divisive issue of reproductive rights.

All 52% of us are subject to the very same problems in our daily lives and share all of the same issues such as poverty, lower wages, lack of jobs, lack of child care, illness, lack of health care, we are victims of abuse and are beaten, maimed and killed and raped. Our children are victimized by pedophiles and are kidnapped and killed by drugs or drunk drivers. All of us are under-represented. Does anyone reading this think for one damned moment that a woman is asked before any of these things befall her or her daughter or grand- daughter what political party she belongs to, what church she goes to, or whether she is Pro-Choice or Pro-Life?

We are women first, not Republicans, not Democrats, not white, black, yellow or red. We are from all corners of the world and from every church. We are sisters and the majority of the world’s and America’s population. How many ways shall we be divided?  Were it not for all the ways we can find to divide ourselves from one another – we would be impervious to what they have done and continue to do the majority of the population seemingly with our full knowledge and permission.

Equal Rights means the human right to do any damned thing you want to do without anyone’s permission to choose or decide for you just because you are a woman. Imagine that? Imagine never again having to hear “The first women to …” After all, too many women were the first to do many things and I have never heard anyone say “The first man to ride in the front of a bus…”

BUT now  “the first woman ” has finally won an Oscar for Best Director so I guess Rosa Parks can Rest in Peace.

The Majority United?
I do!


Obama: Better than the Bitch and Bill Too

Another Rant By: BettyJean Kling

He’s got o be kidding right? Audacity is one thing but this clown is just plain narcissistic.  I did not vote for Bill Clinton – I was a Perot Gal – I didn’t vote for Bush, I voted Green Party then Kerry. Last time around I worked my heart out for Hillary till there was no Hillary to work for then I worked for John and Sarah so it’s safe to say – I never liked this guy. I admit it.

 I never like the audacity of this man who never really held a real job- hell he is not holding this one. Have you noticed congress and the Czars are running everything?  He never won a law case of consequence neither he nor his wife yet ran down Hillary’s experience.  This man who has no real past to point to and has hidden his entire life except for that which he painted for us to believe.

This man who held on to a Pastor for 20 years until he couldn’t hide him anymore- who pretended to be a Christian but no longer attends any church. A man who hid his crazy friends as mere acquaintances or who happen to live in the neighborhood but who actually wrote his books or paid his way or launched his career or appointed him something or affirm him in some way or another for things no one else has ever seen him do.

This man is as impotent a man as they come and now when confronted with the idea of having to come to the Center as Bill Clinton had to do in 94 he has the nerve to say Well, the big difference here and in ’94 was you’ve got me.’ This man can’t shine Bill Clinton’s shoes- and that is not a racist connotation- Its one I use all the time and I ain’t gonna walk on eggs for this president just cause he is half black.  Truth be told- he is the least qualified POTUS we could possibly have chosen with our country in good times let alone bad. And except for the Clinton crew he brought in – his Chicago crew sucks.

Un-be-known to those who did not realize it when he came on the scene with his Obamatrix, this guy has the same mental makeup as every dictator in history. Go through the list of every despot you can think of; each and every one would have privately spoken exactly the same words. This one freely speaks them out loud and often and without conscience. He and his followers call it audacity. A more appropriate description may be severe personality disorder or sociopathology.

Now The Campaigner in Chief brings back David Plouffe- not that he ever left campaign mode himself but he intends to run every democrat’s campaign from now to November – talk about audacity! Good! That ought to help us prevent him from getting back 60 senators! And we thought he was a smart man at least. Not so! He is too damned full of himself to be smart! Narcissist!

Did you hear this fool on ABC? He said” I’d rather be a great one term president than a mediocre two- term president” what an oxymoron- a great president would certainly be re-elected – no? And a mediocre president probably wouldn’t get the second shot? But maybe it’s just me!

So first he thought he was better than Hillary, remember Iowa’s Victory Song by JayZ 99 problems (but the Bitch ain’t one?) and now he thinks he is better than Bill! There is no end to this guy’s conceit! No end- except we can end it and we shall – if we the people clear em out and end his reign and prove he was a mediocre one time lame duck in his first year of his  only less than mediocre term!

Supporting Hillary:

As the dew is drying off the roses and the repulsive gossip book of fabrications attempts to divert our attention from the failures of Obama, a curious phenomenon is occurring. More and more unlikely supporters are coming to the fore to repudiate this negative Hillary campaign rhetoric. While they never raised a finger to help her while she waged her valiant effort alone but for the voters, perhaps watching a true champion fight fair compared to what they have come to learn about Chicago style dirty politics, (not at all the change we were promised) has not only given them food for thought but no stomach to sit by or help them do it to her again. She did not deserve it then and she sure as hell does not deserve to be his scapegoat now! It’s called having a conscience – I guess there is hope for America!

To Heilemann, Halperin and Politico: I’ll Proudly Defend Hillary Clinton, On the Record

Peter Daou
Political consultant, former adviser to Hillary Clinton

Ben Smith writes a cover story for Politico titled Game over: The Clintons stand alone. The piece is based on John Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s ‘Game Change‘, the latest in an ever-expanding series of 2008 campaign books — none of which, in my view, capture the entire story of what happened in that historic Democratic primary. (I include in that assessment David Plouffe’s The Audacity to Win, which is undeniably a definitive version of what transpired inside the Obama campaign from the perspective of an exceptional campaign manager, but overlooks key reasons for Hillary Clinton’s defeat and doesn’t articulate the full scope of the online commentariat’s impact.)

I am reading Game Change now and will update this entry once I’ve completed the portions about Hillary Clinton but I wanted to post something immediately in response to the Politico story.

Ben Smith is a savvy, well-connected reporter and Heilemann/Halperin are about as plugged into Beltway culture and DC power centers as anyone can be — whether that’s good or bad I’ll let others judge. I became acquainted with Halperin during the campaign — and with Smith — but never spoke to the former about the book, nor with the latter about his article, so I’m coming to this as an outside observer. I don’t dispute that Heilemann/Halperin have high level sources. I just want to be sure their readers get an accurate picture of Hillary Clinton’s conduct during the campaign.

Smith’s Politico article makes the case that the Clintons have few remaining defenders:

What’s notable about the highly publicized release of “Game Change,” however, is the virtual silence from the Clinton camp. The lack of public outrage seems to mark the sputtering end of what was once known as the Clinton political machine and underlines a fact that onetime Clinton loyalists acknowledge: The book’s primary sources about the former candidate and current secretary of state are her own former staffers and intimates. As a result, there is no campaign of veteran Clintonites spinning the press corps and trying to pre-emptively discredit the book’s scathing depiction of Hillary Clinton as a rudderless candidate and a cheerleader for vicious tactics against eventual winner Barack Obama. … “Game Change” peels back a decade of careful renovations off Hillary Clinton’s carefully constructed public face, casting her in the terms that defined her at her lows in the mid-1990s: scheming, profane, sometimes paranoid, often tone-deaf.

Here’s my response: as a former adviser and a senior staffer/department head at her presidential campaign, I’ll proudly defend Hillary Clinton and I’ll do whatever I can to counter lies, smears and mischaracterizations.

Let me start by recounting how I first got to know her. Nearly four years ago, I was asked by her long-time communications maven Howard Wolfson to join her senate campaign. I was very happy running my site, the Daou Report, and advising a number of organizations in the then-nascent field of digital media consulting. I considered it an honor to be asked, but I knew it was a life-changing decision. Heeding Howard’s warning that once I became part of ‘Hillaryland’ anything I said or did could become a media story (examples here and here), I had a series of conversations with people I trusted and whose unique perspective could help me make an informed decision.

I discussed it first with close friends and family.

I then spoke to Joan Walsh at Salon, who hosted/supported my site and always gave great advice. I spoke to Arianna Huffington, who openly warned me against giving up the world of blogging to join the Clinton team. I spoke to David Brock at Media Matters, who had a long history with the Clintons and understood the media landscape in great depth. I spoke to John Kerry, who I respect deeply and for whom I worked in the bitterly contested 2004 election. I fought on his behalf when he was trailing badly going into the 2004 primaries, and after he won the nomination, I lived, worked, ate and slept in his war room for the epic battle against Bush/Cheney/Rove. He understood and taught me the rigors of a campaign better than anyone I knew. And because one of my overarching tasks for Clinton was to connect her to the netroots, I spoke to bloggers like Digby, Markos (Kos) and others to get a sense of the challenge ahead.

In the end, I couldn’t miss the once in a lifetime opportunity to work with one of the most dynamic, inspiring women in the world. And even though the entire focus when I joined her was on the senate campaign, I, like many others, was looking ahead to the 2008 race. I’ve blogged for years about the pervasive abuse of women and the rampant sexism that affects our world, and the idea of electing a woman president was beyond exciting.

Our first meeting was set for 15-30 minutes but lasted over an hour. Contrary to the myth that she was clueless about the Internet, Hillary was well aware of the importance of technology, of the role of the online community, and most importantly to me, the value of a strong progressive infrastructure centered around blogs, CAP, Media Matters and the like. We discussed the Middle East and my childhood in Beirut during Lebanon’s bloody civil war. Not unexpectedly, she knew virtually everything about every topic we discussed. And she was as down to earth and funny as anyone I’d ever met in politics — or outside politics.

A week later, fighting flared up in Lebanon. Very early on a Sunday morning, my home phone rang. I answered groggily. It was Hillary, calling to make sure my friends and family in Beirut were OK. That’s the person she is, the person I encountered throughout the campaign, privately and publicly.

But this is not about psychoanalyzing Hillary Clinton or probing her personal attributes — others have made a living doing that. It’s not about making her out to be a saint. Nobody is. This is about describing how she ran her campaign and how she treated her opponents when the cameras and microphones were off.

Was I on every call and at every strategy session? No. Can I vouch for every single thing said and done at the campaign. Of course not. But having participated in countless senior strategy meetings, crisis management and rapid response drills and emergencies, “war rooms within war rooms” (a term used by Heilemann/Halperin), debate prep, calls, emails and private conversations with the candidate, and having slept with my BlackBerry under my pillow and been stationed at the center of her communications operation for the duration of the campaign, I can confidently state that Hillary Clinton did not push for ‘vicious’ or dirty tactics against any of her opponents, nor did she encourage or ‘cheer on’ that behavior from her staff. The ethos of the campaign, which she conveyed in word and deed, was that she would win because she was best prepared, worked the hardest and had the most compelling ideas.

She was centered, dignified and focused throughout, although her frustration and pain did show through at some moments. She knew the media environment was stacked against her, against any woman. She knew what she was up against and drove forward into the furious headwinds of sexism and rightwing-fueled Clinton-hatred.

For Hillary Clinton, it wasn’t about being a woman, it was about being the best.

The unraveling of her huge lead in the polls in late 2007 is an incredibly convoluted and harrowing tale of words, actions, decisions, interpersonal dynamics, internal campaign struggles, dysfunctionality, careless mistakes, leaks, “surrogates gone wild,” (my term for overzealous supporters), reactions, underreactions, overreactions, strategic/tactical brilliance and incompetence, emotional highs and lows on the part of all the candidates and campaigns. Anyone who tries to reduce it to a few pivotal moments or to a simple character narrative does history an injustice. It was literally a minute by minute unfolding, accelerated and complexified by millions of online activists and commentators, who could shape and reshape conventional wisdom in a matter of moments. Any single decision could have changed the course of events — and of history. I have little tolerance for critics who simplify the whole election as some sort of reflection of the supposedly terrible character of Bill and Hillary Clinton, conveniently ignoring the Obama campaign’s brutally effective hardball tactics and overlooking the infinite dimensions — and messiness — of a presidential image/message war.

The fact is, both campaigns slogged it out, played rough, and one came out victorious. And it would be wrong to act like only Hillary faced historic obstacles. Barack Obama was a formidable candidate and opponent who faced almost insurmountable odds. He deserves all the credit for winning and even more credit for appreciating Hillary’s value when the contest ended.

Still, it’s important to state for the record, contra Game Change (or at least Politico’s interpretation of the book), that if anything, Hillary’s campaign let her down, not the reverse. Nor was it just one person’s fault. Her entire senior team bears responsibility. I take responsibility for the role I played. It’s easy to demean her when you’re an anonymous source for a book (and an easy way to absolve oneself of guilt), but let’s get real: far too often, she carried the campaign through sheer force of will and through an endless wellspring of personal fortitude.

Nobody wants to relive 2008, but history is being written now. Generations from today, students will read about a historic campaign where barriers were shattered, and I for one, don’t want the wrong story to be told.

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Hillary: Game Change Truth

The staffers, who reported ill will against Hill and Bill as well as many of us could not accept that the DNC stole from her what she rightfully won and bravely stuck with her party, were wrong to take it out on her. The truth about Hillary is shown below, but instead of realizing that she was showing the world no matter what they did she would fight on – we hurt that she would stick with a party that would do this to her.

Too bad Mark Halperin and John Heilemann’s history of the 2008 election did not include the caucus fraud and the wheelin and dealin that sold and stole the super delegates right out from under her while she was winning and instead bribed the delegates. Oh she was a trooper alright and she won that election but they sucked it away from her just the way they are buying the health care now votes now. Imagine what she would have had – had they not stolen the caucus states and bribed the delegates from the states she won. We tried to tell you – it sounded implausible but all you have to do is watch how they are running things now and it is pretty obvious that nothing is beneath them is it?

Welcome to Chicago style politics and goodbye to American Freedom—we are now more like third world politics than America but as for Hillary read on to see what character really looks like and weep because you settled for less!

The True Character of Hillary Clinton

Joe Scarborough
Host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, former member of Congress
Posted: January 12, 2010 04:00 PM
Crossposted From http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joe-scarborough/the-true-character-of-hil_b_420599.html

There is much ground covered in Game Change and much that readers can take away from Mark Halperin and John Heilemann’s history of the 2008 election. But as Bob Woodward suggested today on the set of Morning Joe, a reader’s guide to the headline-grabbing book may also be in order.

The Washington Post news legend focused on the part of the book that personally caused me the greatest concern. While I understand the news value of Harry Reid’s brainless quotes on dialect and skin tone, I was most surprised by the observation of one of Hillary Clinton’s top aides that the New York senator lacked the character to be President of the United States.

A few thoughts in defense of Secretary Clinton:

A good deal of the interviews for Game Change were written in the summer of 2008. To put that time frame in perspective, that was at the end of one of the longest, most grueling primary seasons in modern history.

The Clinton campaign endured a long political death march along a blistering trail that led them from the snows of Iowa and New Hampshire to the bars and bowling alleys of Pennsylvania to the emotionally charged and historic Democratic Convention in Denver. By the end of that brutish season, even the most loyal Clinton supporter could have been excused for temporarily losing their judgment due to exhaustion. Perhaps, in a weak moment, a Clinton supporter lashed out at their boss and blamed her for their spending a year away from family and friends in lousy hotel rooms in godforsaken settings. Maybe this staffer was stunned by Hillary’s failure to close the deal in Iowa or plan beyond Super Tuesday. Maybe, just maybe, this person said something to the authors that they no longer believe.

I hope that is the case. Because what I saw throughout Hillary’s 2008 campaign was a candidate who kept fighting back even after being badly wounded in Iowa, negligently served by her staff, and treated miserably by a biased press corps.

Hillary Clinton received what should have been a knockout blow in the election season’s first contest by finishing behind Barack Obama and John Edwards in Iowa. The press smelled blood and rushed in for the quick kill. Pollsters began predicting her demise days before voters marched into the voting booths in New Hampshire. Even Bill Clinton apologized to a group of college supporters the night before the election for not being able to make his wife younger, more exciting, and more articulate.

I thought the 48 hours before the New Hampshire primary were the most humiliating any national figure of Hillary Clinton’s stature had to endure in recent political history. It was a political execution that was broadcast across the world in slow motion. And it was ugly.

But Hillary Clinton had other plans. The New York senator shocked every pundit and pollster from Manchester to Manhattan, outperforming the final NH polls by a dozen points or more.

For the next few months, the Clinton campaign took one body blow after another. The media coverage was deplorable. In fact, it was so biased in some quarters that more than a few living legends of broadcast news privately shared with me the embarrassment they felt toward their own profession.

Still, Clinton kept fighting on.

We were told that like New Hampshire, Ohio would be Hillary’s Waterloo. After all, Obama was outspending her there by a margin of 4 to 1.

She still won.

Then we were told that Barack Obama’s victory in Texas would seal the deal and make history.

Hillary won again, despite again being outspent 4 to 1.

Then pundits told America that West Virginia would be a battleground for the type of blue collar voters that helped put JFK on the path to the White House in 1960. If Obama won there, like another young senator, he would be on his way to the Oval Office.

But Hillary won yet again, this time by an astounding 41 points.

The battle next shifted to Pennsylvania, where the two candidates would have a month to make their case to voters. We were told that Pennsylvania would be where Obama would finish Hillary off. After all, the more people got to know Barack Obama, the more they would like him. And, well, the opposite would surely be true of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Working class voters across the Rust Belt got that chance to meet Hillary Clinton up close and personal. So did suburban moms, rural farmers, and urban dwellers. Hillary was dramatically outspent on TV and badly outmaneuvered by a brilliant Obama ground game.

But at the end of a Tuesday night in April of 2008, Hillary Clinton had once again picked herself up off the floor and won an election that shouldn’t have been close. In fact, this one wasn’t close, but it was Barack Obama who found himself on the wrong side of a lopsided margin.

In the end, history caught up with the Clinton campaign. Hers was a battle that was doomed from the beginning by a mistaken belief that the Clinton machine would have the Democratic nomination sealed by Super Tuesday. Given her party’s rules for awarding delegates, it was a miscalculation that caused Hillary the Democratic nomination and most certainly the presidency of the United States of America.

Character is rarely revealed in its sharpest contrast after a glorious victory. Instead, you find out what a person is made of after they sustain a soul crushing defeat. In her long, tortured march toward Denver, Hillary Clinton showed more character, more resilience, and more true grit than any presidential candidate I can recall.

And in that losing cause, Secretary Clinton served as a great example of character not only for my young daughter, but for us all. It is that type of strength that we need in our leaders now more than ever. 

Did You Think Our Work Was Done?

By Ms.Behaved

New Years Resolution:

Resolved that in 2010 no woman running for office will be subjected to the sexism and misogyny that brought down Hillary and Sarah.

Food for thought:

The little rift between the sexes is astonishingly widened by simply teaching one set of catchwords to the girls and another to the boys. ~Robert Louis Stevenson

Men are taught to apologize for their weaknesses, women for their strengths. ~Lois Wyse

The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says, “It’s a girl.” ~Shirley Chisholm

We’ve begun to raise daughters more like sons… but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters. ~Gloria Steinem

One of the things about equality is not just that you be treated equally to a man, but that you treat yourself equally to the way you treat a man. ~Marlo Thomas

Women have been taught that, for us, the earth is flat, and that if we venture out, we will fall off the edge. ~Author Unknown

Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, “She doesn’t have what it takes.” They will say, “Women don’t have what it takes.” ~Clare Boothe Luce

[Feminism is] a socialist, anti-family, political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians. ~Pat Robertson

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition. ~Timothy Leary

The world has never yet seen a truly great and virtuous nation because in the degradation of woman the very fountains of life are poisoned at their source. ~Lucretia Mott

Resolved, that the women of this nation in 1876, have greater cause for discontent, rebellion and revolution than the men of 1776. ~Susan B. Anthony ( and still so in 2010 msbehaved)

It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union…. Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less. ~Susan B. Anthony

I asked a Burmese why women, after centuries of following their men, now walk ahead. He said there were many unexploded land mines since the war. ~Robert Mueller

I am working for the time when unqualified blacks, browns, and women join the unqualified men in running our government. ~Cissy Farenthold

I think it’s about time we voted for senators with breasts. After all, we’ve been voting for boobs long enough. ~Clarie Sargent, Arizona senatorial candidate

I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a door mat or a prostitute. ~Rebecca West, “Mr Chesterton in Hysterics: A Study in Prejudice,” The Clarion, 14 Nov 1913, reprinted in The Young Rebecca, 1982  

Add your own quotes and get ready for battle.

Money, Sex and Power

Another Rant By: BettyJean Kling

In order to protect them, something needs to be done about the exploitation of women and girls around the world. Unfortunately, even in America women and girls have been marginalized to believe their dress is to be dictated by others. Be it the veil or the hajab in the most conservative of circles or the thong in the most liberal the point is that women’s fashion has been dictated to them by either their religion or politics/society both run exclusively by men whose main priorities are either and/or a combination of money, sex and power.

The French are on to something here. I certainly hope they are able to pass this and I hope every other country follows suit. My only regret is that the US was not first to propose the idea. This is not about Islamophobia by any stretch of the imagination – no—this is all about sexism and misogyny disguised as religion. Both the religion of godliness and of ungodliness. Both of conservative and of liberal. Both of the extreme right and extreme left. Both of those who want to be guided and those foolish enough to believe they are free thinking!

Our government has laws that protect its citizens from injustice; however, women and girls appear to be exempt from those protections. The 10th and 14th Amendments would seem to cover all citizens, however clearly they do not. The 19th. Amendment would not be needed if they did and clearly they are not protected the same under the law. men beat them and are released on their own recog. to go home and beat them again – often they kill them.

Wives go missing in record numbers day after day. Children are taken off the streets. Serial rapists and child molesters are set free and never followed up on while those freaks have child prisoners who are being raped and reproducing for them in their back yards for 18 years.

Next you cannot defame any other citizen as you can a woman. Case in point; Imus was fired for “Nappy headed Ho”. It was the napped headed term that got him fired- the term ho should have been enough.

When calling a former first lady a Bitch is acceptable and calling a vice presidential candidate a Cunt is acceptable and hanging her in effigy is acceptable but calling the presidential candidate a Prick is unheard of and hanging him in effigy is a jail able offence, there is a problem in our country. A problem that leads to four women a day killed in domestic violence, a state senator is sworn into office days after attacking his girlfriend with a broken glass requiring 40 stitches on her face, who then gets a slap on the wrist by a judge and now refuses to step down a state Senator.

Women and girls are being attacked in America in record numbers– it is an epidemic and we have a battle on our hands as it is the last thing we need to add to that is the influx of the world most hideous religion that hides the battered women under clothing and totally diminishes them not even allowing them to attempt to get legal aid.

And while under reported – for PC reasons, we have Islamist-style honor killings in America. We have had wife beheadings, we have had stabbings , we had a daughter run over. The entire family has hunted down the female child and murdered her for likeing a boy the father did not choose! yes right here in America. Women dare not ask for a divorce or press charges for assault or they will loose their heads and their children will witness this. 

Minister says burqa-style veils impede citizenship
By ELAINE GANLEY (AP) – 18 hours ago

PARIS — France’s immigration minister said Wednesday that he wants the wearing of Muslim veils that cover the face and body to be grounds for denying citizenship and long-term residence.

Eric Besson said he planned to take “concrete measures” regarding such veils, which are worn by a small minority of women in France but have become the object of a parliamentary inquiry into whether a ban should be imposed.

Besson spoke during a hearing before the panel of lawmakers as their nearly six-month inquiry draws to a close.

Besson said he believed a formal ban on veils that cover the face and body seemed to him “unavoidable,” with a ban in public services as a minimum step.

Whether such veils are banned or not, he said he intends to personally move forward to ensure that women wearing such veils and seeking French nationality or residence cards are denied.

“I want the wearing of the full veil to be systematically considered as proof of insufficient integration into French society, creating an obstacle to gaining (French) nationality,” he said.

He said he would advise prefects, the highest state representative in the various French regions, that the wearing of such veils is a motive for not delivering 10-year residence cards.

Besson said he was prepared to put the measures before parliament to make them law. In November, Besson ordered a nationwide debate on the French identity, to conclude by the end of January with possible measures.

Conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy is the force behind both the national identity campaign and the targeting of full-body veils, which he has said are not “welcome.” Critics claim he is playing to traditional far-right fears of immigration, particularly by Muslims.

There is concern that some immigrants and citizens, including members of its Muslim population — at some 5 million the largest in western Europe — are failing to fully integrate and even defying the nation’s secular values. A law was passed in 2004 banning Muslim headscarves from classrooms.

Wake up America. Wake up world – Wake up women! There are more of us then there are of them- how is it that 52% of us along with those who love us and our children can not put a stop to this? ?Get your heads out of whereever you have them please – this is serious. Wake up! We need an army- a peaceful revolution – a refusal to go along to get along! Please wake up.

All 3 pale in comparison to Hillary’s Lifetime Achievements!

By Barbara

Barack Obama picked up his Noble Peace Prize having been awarded to him for things he might accomplish in the future and since in his acceptance speech he included himself with Peace Prize winners King and Mandela the world stage awaits his “labors” of what he might accomplish.

The Vital Voices Global Leadership Network is comprised of over 5,000 women from more than 150 countries in every region throughout the world. The women who make up this network are established, emerging and rising women leaders who work in the public and private sectors to promote positive change in their communities. As social entrepreneurs, political, economic and civil society leaders, our Global Leadership Network members are committed to bringing women's voices to the table to facilitate good governance, economic prosperity and social change as well as combat human rights violations that hinder nations' abilities to move towards progress.

Speaking of those who have accomplished on a world stage, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton received the Eleanor Roosevelt Lifetime Achievement Award. What’s that you say? You didn’t know that? It didn’t make the news huh?

Oh yes, on the same day the POTUS was in Oslo picking up his award for what the NPP committee hoped he would do,  but he didn’t do, but he might do it in future award, AKA “Future achievement Award”, Hillary Clinton was in Sweden receiving an award for things she actually has done. She was awarded for her “woman’s rights are human rights” campaign.

What’s that you say? Not a word in the media?

You did hear Michelle Obama was the “Most Fascinating Person of the Year”? Yep 2009 most fascinating person. Her husband was most fascinating in 2008. But 2009 belongs to Michelle. IMHO the only thing fascinating about Michelle is that Barbara Walters finds her fascinating.

So Mr. Peace prize winner and Mrs. fascinating claimed their awards on the same day Hillary Clinton claimed hers and I guess between all the talk about how much Barack has done to earn the award in the future and how fascinating Michele was this past year, and of course Tiger Woods, Hillary got lost in the shuffle, besides it was A Women’s Award and that is soooooo boring and who gives a crap about actual accomplishments when we have Barack and Michelle and Tiger.

So Hillary received an award for actually accomplishing something. Boring when you can concentrate on what someone might accomplish and of course a woman who was the First Lady of Arkansas, First Lady of the America, US Senator, Presidential Candidate, Secretary of State, Children rights advocate, Human rights advocate, FEMINIST, and of course devoted daughter, wife and mother is not at all “fascinating” when up against the fascinating accomplishments of Michelle Obama.

So you missed the Hillary news. Here is the link. http://vitalvoices.org/programs/global-leadership-network

 Let’s celebrate Hillary Rodham Clinton and her fascinating accomplishments. Congratulations Hillary, I am so proud of you.


Nobel Prize, Barbara’s Most Fascinating persons 2008 and 2009, possibly the Worlds Greatest Golfer? All 3 persons and their honors pale in comparison to Hillary’s  Lifetime Achievements!

The Hillary Moment: Use it or Lose it

Editorial: Oct. 6, 2009 — The Hillary Moment: Use it or Lose it
October 6, 2009 by John Charlton

by John Charlton

I did not vote for Hillary Clinton. But this week I am a Hilary Clinton fan, in a sense. Let me explain.

Hillary Clinton, the Secretary of State of the United States under Barack Hussein Obama, is, in my opinion, the most powerful person on the planet right now; that is, this week.

She holds this position because the unique circumstances of history which have brought the United States into its present Constitutional Crisis; and of events which have unwittingly put her in the position of restoring the Republic and the Democratic Party, by her action, or destroying the same by her inaction.


Because this week Plaintiffs in two cases are waiting to hear judgment whether they have standing to sue Obama for not being eligible to hold the office of presidency.

And its obvious as heck that the judges are scared to death, in my opinion, of the consequences of granting standing, on the one hand, because of the political turmoil that they believe would result; and, on the other, are concerned about destroying public confidence in the Article III judiciary.

The cases of which I speak are Barnett vs. Obama and Kerchner vs. Obama; and they are in the hands of Judges David O. Carter, of the California Southern Division and Jerome B. Simandle the New Jersey Middle Division federal courts.

This, combined with the massive outpouring of public wrath at the course Congress and the Obama Administration have taken in the last 9 months, the 1.7+ million Tea Partiers who marched assembled in Washington, D.c., last month, and the sinking support in the polls for Obama, put Hilary in an enviable position; unique in her career, unique in the history of the nation.

If Hilary Clinton just simply said simple one sentence, this week, it would cause the Obama administration to implode; resurrect the Democratic party as a viable entity in the 2010 elections, and be met with a swift ground swell of support from the entire people of the United States who still believe in the rule of law.

What is this sentence?

“After careful legal and historical study, I don’t believe Obama is a natural born citizen; and therefore I request Congress to hold hearings to determine whether he lawfully occupies the office of President of the United States, in accord with the objective requirements of Article II, Section ii, paragraph 5, of the U.S. Constitution!”

Such a statement would show the following about Hilary Clinton’s character:

1) It would definitely demonstrate that she is a person of integrity, who puts the U.S. Constitution before all else.

2) It would definitely prove that, as a woman, she is not a follower but a leader.

Such a statement would have the following beneficial results from either her point of view, or objectively speaking.

1) It would show Democrats and Republicans that there is life in the political corridors of Washington, D.C., and that her sense of integrity will not be silenced on any issue.

2) It would revitalize the Democratic Party; not only by energizing the Hilary Democrats, but by giving her fellow Democrats who are Senators and Representatives a way of saving their 2010 relection campaigns, by definitively distancing themselves from the constant parade of lies from Obama and his ongoing campaign.

3) It pull the planks out from under the Republican Party, who has not shown even as much integrity or honesty on the issue; and forestall their claim to this issue in the 2010 elections.

4) It would create a political climate in which Carter and Simandle could uphold the constitution.

5) It would completely demolish the house of cards upon which Obama has built his candidacy and regime.

6) It would be simply be the truth.

7) It would be the consummate political maneuver of the century.

8) It would put her in line to ascend to the presidency, when Obama and Biden are shown to be fraud and co-conspirator in fraud, as they are.

9) It would be her right, for having been robbed of the Democratic Nomination by fraud in the primaries (TX, MI, FL).

10) It would be “impeachable testimony,”* because it is manifestly evident from the books of law and history, and from Obama’s biographies, that his father being a british subject, at the time of his birth, causes him to be ipso fact, NOT a natural born citizen; and therefore ineligible to be president.

Finally, to those who might criticize Hillary Clinton for accepting the position of Secretary of State under Obama; it could easily been shown that for many Americans, even the best legal minds, it has taken more than a year to clarify this issue properly, and that she has now had sufficient time to inform herself and assure herself of the justice of acting now.

Lady Secretary, for the love your bear our great Nation; I ask you to use this power, which Providence has placed in your hands; and speak out!

Finally, Hilary Clinton is at the peak of her power this week, because once this moment passes, she either will be just another stooge on the ship of tyranny, or pirate on the sinking ship of fraud; she will have missed her moment for self-liberation, self-vindication, and rebirth.

If Carter should deny standing, Simandle will certain follow suit; then Hilary would be in a new position, where she could not claim a neutral legal question; and would have reason to believe that no one would heed her.  She would be silenced, and powerless to do anything other than resign, if she wanted to distance herself from Obama.

This week all eyes can look to Washington, and watch Hilary Clinton; is she the creature of a male dominated, demogagic political machine, which just plays up to minority interests, and uses women, especially her, to garner votes for an old boy system; or is she a genuine leader of woman and of men; destined to be one of the leading female figures of American History and patriotic tradition in centuries to come.

It a way Hilary might positioned to be a second mother to the Nation; because its very existence as a free nation lies in a sense in her hands; and she has power of life or power of death over it.

It’s your choice, Madam Secretary.

Choose Life!

* “impeachable testimony” — is not a typo. Think about it. And no, I am not refering to the process of impeachment.