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Pucker up

No need for a lot of commentary on this one.  Just a little Monday morning fun with our favorite ex clown-in-chief:

As Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were kissing and making up last Friday, Bill Clinton might have had other ideas, according to a report in The (London) Telegraph.

The paper reports that even as the former president and the current presumptive Democratic nominee prepare to meet to make their own amends, Bill Clinton reportedly told close friends Obama can “kiss my ass” to get his support.

The man gets so much more entertaining as he gets older… kind of like that eccentric uncle who places his dentures on the table as he sits down for a Thanksgiving meal.

Story here:

Report: Bill Clinton Tells Friends Obama Can Kiss His Butt

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Concession is good for the soul

It’s official, now. She’s out. And she’s throwing 18 million balls into Barry’s court:

Hillary Clinton on Saturday formally ended her quest to be America’s first woman president and endorsed the Democratic party’s new champion, White House nominee Barack Obama.

Clinton, once seen as the inevitable nominee, bid goodbye to a big crowd packed into Washington’s National Building Museum, after her rival clinched the nomination Tuesday following a turbulent campaign.

“The way to continue our fight now, to accomplish the goals for which we stand is to take our energy, our passions, our strengths and do all we can to help elect Barack Obama the next president of the United States,” Clinton told cheering supporters.

“Today, as I suspend my campaign, I congratulate him on the victory he has won and the extraordinary race he has run. I endorse him and throw my full support behind him.”

Supporters still grieving over her defeat had gathered in snaking lines under a pounding early summer sun to hear the speech in the museum’s ancient Rome-style Great Hall, framed by ornate pillars and open galleries along the walls.

Terry O’Neill, a Clinton supporter from Bethesda, in suburban Maryland, said it was now up to Obama to win her, and the former first lady’s 18 million primary supporters over.

Here’s a snap from the speech. Alas… no boxer boy.

hillary concession

Full story here:

Clinton endorses Obama, ends her campaign



To have been a fly on the wall…

Barack Obama is a braver man than I thought. In a stunning and death-defying move, the Democratic nominee met with Hillary Clinton at her home last night.

Former Democratic rivals Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton met Thursday evening at Clinton’s home in the capital, a surprise ending to a perfectly abnormal day.

Scheduled to fly home to Chicago after an evening rally in a Northern Virginia amphitheater, Obama diverted to huddle with his longtime primary foe, who is set to endorse him on Saturday, a Democratic source confirmed. Obama’s campaign released no details of the discussion and declined to confirm it even occurred.

I imagine she made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. Has anybody checked to see of Barry still has his thumbs intact?

Story here:

Obama and Clinton meet at her home



The question of Hillary

obama and hillary

The Democratic primary is over now – all that remains is to pry Hillary’s cold fingers from the ticket and look ahead at an Obama vs. McCain battle. The buzz now, of course, centers around whether Obama should choose Clinton as his running mate — whether she would be an asset to him or a liability.

While that is being pondered, others are still scratching their heads and wondering just what went wrong with the Clinton campaign in the first place. Why did such a “sure thing” fail? The general consensus is pride, miscalculation and… well… Bill.

The North Denver News says that the Clintons enjoyed the stage a little too much. The were so energized by the adoring crowds and the assumption that this was her pre-ordained moment in history, they became blind and outright hostile to anything signs that might indicate otherwise:

But after entering the primary season as an “inevitable” candidate, the swing to Barrack Obama left the campaign of Hillary Clinton, and the Clinton legacy in shreds, as the campaign became vitriolic and less than honorable at times.

It seemed as the Clintons just couldn’t leave the spotlight, regardless of the cost to Democratic fortunes in the fall, or to the country, as ugly rancor over race came front and center time and again.

And according to Arianna Huffington, this ugly rancor — more specifically Der-Shlickmeister running his mouth about Obama — has not only cost Hillary the nomination, it has also knocked the Clintons from the cherished throne of the Democratic party. And she feels that their “‘damaged goods” status is the chief reason why Obama should not ask Hillary to be his running mate:

Obama is now basically in charge of the Democratic Party. This is the end of the Clinton era of the Democratic Party. This is purely reality,” she said on “Larry King Live.”

Huffington said that putting Clinton on the ticket would mean “having to deal not just with Hillary Clinton and her disappointment, but having to deal with Bill Clinton and the way he’s been running the whole campaign.”

Bill Clinton has come under fire for being too vocal in his criticisms of Obama.

But all this brings us to the million dollar question: is Hillary more dangerous to Obama up-close or at a distance? According to the SFGate’s The Ross Report, it may be the latter. Obama might want to put Hillary on the ticket simply because it would be lethal not to:

As to the aforementioned presumptive Democratic nominee, forget dealing with President Ahmadinejad for a moment, handling the Hillary problem will likely put Obama’s presumed political and diplomatic skills very much to the test.

Possible mantras while pondering: “Keep your friends close but your enemies closer” (Sun Tzu) “It’s probably better to have [her] inside the tent pissing out than outside pissing in.” (LBJ on J. Edgar Hoover)

Disgusting visuals aside (shudder), certainly the Clintons have always been people you need to keep a close eye on… much more so if you have just dealt them a humiliating defeat. But try to imagine Vice-President Hillary and ex-President Bill stepping into the Oval Office again after eight years. The look I see coming into their eyes is not unlike the intense look my cat gets when she sees a tasty finch outside our window, “I’ve GOT to have this thing!”. My prediction is they would shove Obama out the door, lock it tight and stage a coup. If nothing that drastic you can bet they would pretty much act as if they still ran the place.

All of these scenes are hypotheticals of course, and as a conservative I suppose I should be spending my time visualizing McCain in that office. But at the moment, the drama on the other side intrigues me too much. Just what does Barack do with a hot potato like Hillary?

The one thing he’d better NOT do is ignore her.



All bad things must come to an end

Hillary Clinton

It’s semi-official now. Whispers are that Hillary Clinton may soon throw in the presidential towel and join arms with Barack Obama as his running mate (so long as he doesn’t call her sweetie):

WASHINGTON – Hillary Rodham Clinton told colleagues Tuesday she would consider joining Barack Obama as his running mate, and advisers said she was withholding a formal departure from the race partly to use her remaining leverage to press for a spot on the ticket.

On a conference call with other lawmakers, Clinton, a New York senator, said she was willing to become Obama’s vice presidential nominee if it would help Democrats win the White House, according to a participant who spoke on condition of anonymity because this person was not authorized to speak for Clinton.

Way to keep a secret, Nancy.

Clinton’s remarks came in response to a question from Democratic Rep. Nydia Velazquez, who said she believed the best way for Obama to win key voting blocs, including Hispanics, would be for him to choose Clinton as his running mate.

“I am open to it,” Clinton replied, if it would help the party’s prospects in November.

“I deserve some time to get this right,” she said, even as the other lawmakers forcefully argued for her to press Obama to choose her as his running mate.

Clinton also told colleagues the delegate math was not there for her to overtake Obama, but that she wanted to take time to determine how to leave the race in a way that would best help Democrats.

So, get out your hankees Hillary supporters (and grab a daiquiri and a cigarette if you are Harriet Christian), the time is drawing nigh for your candidate’s gracious concession. Lo it is here, even at the gate…



Hillary’s death wish… for Obama

You may recall a previous post where I jokingly warned Barack Obama about the life-threatening risk he would be taking if he decided to choose Hillary as his running mate. Actually I was only half-joking. As we can see from recent comments Senator Clinton made to the editorial board of South Dakota’s Sioux Falls Argus Leader, the thought of Obama being assassinated HAS crossed the woman’s mind. In fact, the future possibility of a bumped-off Barack appears to be one of the beacons of hope that keeps her in the race.

Check out this unnerving clip in which she callously likens Obama to the late Robert Kennedy:

And this wasn’t just an off-the-cuff remark. Hillary expressed the same gruesome sentiments to TIME Magazine on March 6 of this year:

TIME: Can you envision a point at which–if the race stays this close–Democratic Party elders would step in and say, “This is now hurting the party and whoever will be the nominee in the fall”?
CLINTON: No, I really can’t. I think people have short memories. Primary contests used to last a lot longer. We all remember the great tragedy of Bobby Kennedy being assassinated in June in L.A. My husband didn’t wrap up the nomination in 1992 until June. Having a primary contest go through June is nothing particularly unusual.

So obviously Hillary has thought about this scenario… a lot. As we begin to cut through Senator Clinton’s condescending saccharin-laced persona and delve into the darker fantasies of this obsessively ambitious politician, the picture is… ahem… not a pretty one.

On second thought, Barack, don’t wait until the campaign is over — hire that food-taster NOW.

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama



The Untouchables

Michelle Obama

Sen. Barack Obama is apparently hopping mad at a YouTube video targeting his wife which was posted by Tennessee’s Rebublican Party last week:

Obama, his party’s presidential front-runner, and his wife, Michelle, were asked in an interview aired Monday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” about an online video last week by the state’s GOP taking her to task for a comment some considered unpatriotic.

“The GOP, should I be the nominee, can say whatever they want to say about me, my track record,” Obama said. “If they think that they’re going to try to make Michelle an issue in this campaign, they should be careful because that I find unacceptable, the notion that you start attacking my wife or my family.”

He called the strategy “low class.”

Stand-up kinda guy aren’t you Barack? So what about the video in question?

The video, posted on YouTube, centered on remarks Michelle Obama made while campaigning in Wisconsin last February, when she said: “For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country.”

Michelle’s valiant knight angrily rose to her defense:

“Whoever is in charge of the Tennessee GOP needs to think long and hard about the kind of campaign they want to run, and I think that’s true for everybody, Democrat or Republican,” Obama said in the ABC interview, adding: “These folks should lay off my wife.”

Excuse me Senator Obama, but is this the same woman who one year ago reduced her professional responsibilities by 80% so that she could actively campaign for you? Is this the same woman who, according to the Wall Street Journal, recently “appeared at 33 events in eight straight days” and furthermore has earned the nickname of “the closer” because “she often pushes harder to seal the deal with voters” than you do? Sorry, Obama-boy, you can’t have it both ways. She’s fair game.

Same thing holds true for Chelsea Clinton, who gets paraded around to appear and speak at her mom’s campaign stops, yet acts taken-aback whenever a reporter dares to approach her, snobbily berating them and then walking off. She even snubbed a 9-year old kid, for God’s sake. So what happens when the press starts getting a little too close to Bill and Hill’s poor innocent little 28-year old daughter? Mommy pulls out her claws, of course.

You’re either in or you’re out, people. If you’re going to display yourself proudly on the front lines of a campaign battle, don’t be surprised when a few arrows come whistling your way.