Friday, March 07, 2008

The Dem primary continues on its inscrutable ways

After the Read More! The Clintons keep the pardon papers locked in the library. Fausta looks at who will win the Puerto Rico Dem Primary. An Obama adviser withdraws her characterization of Hillary as a "monster".

Captain Ed writes of the Clinton decision to keep the legacy secret: "Hillary is a curious candidate. She wants to run on her “experience” as First Lady in the Clinton administration — but she wants us to see as little evidence of that experience as possible. In fact, she says that “experience” is so compelling that we would want her in the White House answering the phone at 3 AM when a crisis occurs. If it really is that impressive, why is she and Bill going to such lengths to hide it? The pardons present a very tricky problem for Hillary. That really does speak to the character of the Clinton administration, and obviously not in glowing terms."

If the race between Obama and Clinton becomes close enough, Puerto Rico may play a pivotal role. Fausta writes, "Puerto Ricans living in the island do not vote in the US Presidential elections. Puerto Ricans living in the fifty states do." But it has 8 superdelegates and 55 of the regular kind. "So here we have the Democrat party candidate for President possibly being decided by people who aren't voting for him/her."

Rick Pearson reports the Obama campaign in damage control mode. "Sen. Barack Obama suffered another foreign policy snafu with one of his advisers, who told a newspaper that his rival, Sen. Hillary Clinton, was a 'monster' who is 'stooping to anything' to try to win the Democratic presidential nomination. Samantha Power, who is advising the Obama campaign, made the comments to the Scotsman newspaper of Scotland. Power later apologized and Obama said there was no place in his campaign for such descriptions of his opponent."

Obama might have said, "Hillary's not a monster. As far as I know." But his disavowal was much more categorical. He is controlling the message, after two successive incidents of staff straying from the talking points. The talking points are one thing; but what in fact does Obama know or think about Hillary or NAFTA? Does Samantha Power's characterization of Hillary as a 'monster' tell us anything about the buzz in Obama's inner circle?

Here's my guess. Politics involves multiple narratives and public figures have to tell different stories to different people. That's the definition of their occupation. The more skillful the politician the greater the variety of stories he can tell without actually lying. Or at least without being caught lying.

The problem voters face is deciding which of the multiple personalities the candidates serve up on the platform is the real one. Or maybe they're all real. That would make more sense.

It was quite a challenge to find video clip that would tie together the themes of Puerto Rico, monsters and secret archives described above. But here's a B-movie clip whose plotline involves "NASA astronaut Col. Frank Saunders-- who happens to be an experimental android-- shot down by an alien warship. Frank survives the attack, crash-landing on Puerto Rico. The space aliens—led by Princess Marcuzan and her putty-eared lieutenant, Dr. Nadir -- decide he must die, so they give chase, but manage to only disfigure him before commencing with their ultimate endeavor: steal bikini-clad young women to re-populate their nuclear-ravaged planet!"

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Blogger Doug said...

Obama - Building a Religion

3/07/2008 06:07:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

L. Ron Obama

3/07/2008 06:38:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Dumbo Mounts a Sermon

3/07/2008 06:53:00 AM  
Blogger Marcus Aurelius said...

The JFK Lama may actually believe he will tear up or renegotiate NAFTA. However, the team of advisors he has do not believe in that, if his advisers don't believe it, it isn't happening and all his talk about NAFTA is just that talk. The more things "change" the more they stay the same.

3/07/2008 08:15:00 AM  
Blogger Charles said...

My favorite tune of this genre is called Flying Purple Eater This dates from 1958. had the 45 as a kid.

3/07/2008 09:36:00 AM  
Blogger regretleft said...

Samantha Power has "stepped down" - - very curious portrait of the new elite - transnational family (Ireland, ME, US) - 2 Ivy degrees - NAMED professorship at Harvard -at the tender age of about 35 (tho pretty "soft" - "..for the study of global leadership" - just what kind of "discipline" is that?) - must be Soros money (that surely fits) - Pulitzer - glossy spreads - in Esquire and/or GQ - a Hollywood "pal" (says one of those) - George Clooney - loves the UN - DeMeillo subject of her next book - (slyly blames the AQ op that took him out in Bagdad in 03 on W) ... all that and an absolutely gorgeous woman (if I may be so paleo) ... and one who, at the age of 38, remains unmarried and childless. ...

3/07/2008 10:11:00 AM  
Blogger eggplant said...

I find myself wondering which Democrat would be easier for McCain to knock out in November. My first guess is that Hillary is the easier target because the moonbats would stay at home after their messiah lost. However Barack Hussein could do a full melt down if the Republicans hit him hard enough and/or the MSM got tired of playing cheer leaders. I can imagine Barack Hussein doing some full throated public shrieking when his campaign started to fail. That would snatch away the fig leaf very nicely.

3/07/2008 10:25:00 AM  
Blogger RWE said...

The evening of Super Tuesday II, Carl Rove showed some interesting analyses on Fox News Channel.

It showed that if the actual election was held on that day, McCain would well and truly clobber Hillary. For Obama, it still looked pretty good for McCain but there was rather more uncertainty in certain states.

I found these results a bit difficult to believe but I am sure that he knows a lot more about the subject than I do.

3/07/2008 12:44:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

As Mark Steyn declared on the program yesterday :

"It’s a bit like some psycho version of Driving Miss Daisy, this primary race."

3/07/2008 02:06:00 PM  
Blogger hdgreene said...

Hillary "The Monster" Clinton. That sounds like a middle name we shouldn't use. No wonder Senator Obama could relate.

But it does have a certain ring to it. Maybe Hillary should be a wrestler instead of a politician. Or both.

3/07/2008 02:08:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Arnold, ready to Climate Change Tax CA to death, takes a
flying to Sacramento and back to his Hollywomb.

3/07/2008 02:23:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

From the TGIF link:
"What does all this mean for Obama, who is obviously connected to Rezko but hasn't been accused of any wrongdoing?
Not much, yet.
The standard boilerplate line we hear over and over, of course Duke is in jail for taking gifts, and Barry obviously benefitted from a LARGE Gift in the real-estate deal, but once again, the MSM and GOP will let another Dem crook run free.
As Hewitt points out, the law is you can't take a quarter as a gift.
...unless you're a Dem w/a freezerfull of greenbacks, and black to boot.
(Jet rides excluded)

3/07/2008 02:27:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

"Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.
It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.

The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."

M. Simon ·
As noted oat NRO the two Obama advisors that got in trouble for their mouths are Austin and Powers.

3/07/2008 02:41:00 PM  

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