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October 31, 2007

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Jane

I actually saw that exchange, and it sounded like typical Hillary to me. She always gives me whiplash. I guess the news is that someone actually called her on it.

FTR when asked if anyone opposed giving licenses to illegals, only Dodd raised his hand.

Other Tom

I probably don't have to remind everybody here that I'm the world's biggest pessimist when it comes to the inevitability of a Hillary presidency. What we saw last night is what we saw for eight years when her husband held the office, and what we will see for at least four years when she holds it.

Will the electorate see this kind of performance and catch wise? It's nice to think so, but I doubt it. The overwhelming majority of the people who will vote next year aren't paying any attention at all at this point.

clarice

Why did she attack Bush for not passing a comprehensive immigration law? He was for it.
Why does she suggest such a law would obviate the need for such licenses? Is it that she believes there won't be illegals once the law is passed?
Why do Dems think that we aren't onto their plan to give illegals licenses so they can vote illegally?

Contrary to all the punditblather that the failure to pass comprehensive immigration legislation would hurt the Reps, isn't it increasingly obvious that their base--the poor and Black--are hurt most by illegal immigration? And isn't it likely that sooner or later, the Dems are going to realize that despite what their media friends rold them, this issue is a killer for them?(Spitzer's original plan put a lot of Dem seats in the NY legislature in jeopardy--tat's how badly it polled for them.)

clarice

***Told them, this issue is a killer for them?(Spitzer's original plan put a lot of Dem seats in the NY legislature in jeopardy--tHat's how badly it polled for them.)***

maryrose

Of course Hil supports it -she is the beneficiary if all these illegal immigrants-{not the cutesy undocumented workers handle}vote illegally for her. I wouldn't be surprised if Spitzer and Hil cooked up this scheme together. Unfortunately as clarice states it's a political loser in the general election. Hillaryland lost big time last night in the debate, and now have to deal with the fallout. Roger Simon's article is the best reference for what went down.I saw the debate-she was waffling all over the place and lying{which she is particularly good at doing. Some would say she's been taught by the master.

Tonto

Only slightly OT -- any guesses (particularly knowledgeable ones) who/what this might be? Not Edwards, per Rosenbaum.

Ron Rosenbaum

LindaK

Hillary was looking for a cheap shot against Bush and despite being the smartest woman in the universe, fumbled the ball. She was trying to dodge the question by setting up with the always popular "blame Bush." Surprisingly Dodd called her on the national security implications, but obviously didn't want to correct her on the immigration issue because as was pointed out Bush supported the bill Hillary was implying he opposed. The rest of the dems were pathetic. The exchange made it clear to me that it doesn't matter how much Hillary dodges, lies and weaves, her competition for the nomination are a bunch of snivelling boys.

Rick Ballard

"her competition for the nomination are a bunch of snivelling boys."

You have to admit it is very difficult to face down a dominatrix when one doesn't possess a spine.

Clarice,

It's remarkable to watch the shrinking of the immigration "issue". The Dems are really having a helluva time finding suitable groups to use in evoking the pathos necessary to cloud judgement.

AFAICT the popular consensus is that the AA community has received a sufficency of "help", Juan Valdez can damn well hie himself back to Colombia and get to picking more coffee beans and the Feckless Dimwit family can go find a real JOB to PAY for insurance. What's a committed class warrior to do when the electorate won't buy any more of the tried and true drivel that has purchased votes so easily in the past?

I'm actually feeling rather cheerful at the moment with the under 45 segment of the population. They don't appear to be nearly as dimwitted as the Boomers and Geezers who swallowed the progressive hook.

I wonder if constant exposure to "progressive [lack of] thought" in the classroom has actually generated the contempt which it deserves due to its distance from reality?

clarice

I know that it does, Rick, and I share your optimism.
I do think the IT and Fox and alternate news sources are making it harder for the progressives to pull off this stuff. In the WaPo today which buries the good news that we're winning Iraq (see Don Surber) Ruth Marcus takes after the 527s and their role in the Ogonski/Tsongas race, suggesting that unless the FEC really levies meaningful punishment for violations, these CFR sidesteps will just be considered the cost of doing business,

In order words, she just woke up to something that the blogosphere's been reporting for at least 4 years.

clarice

***"OTHER words"**********

P.S. How wrong were the pundits on the pressing desire for comprehensive immigration reform? Totally, it seems to me. Kaus has been reporting that simply enforcing the rules is leading toa substantial flight home out of the border states.And the DREAM Act was a Dem nightmare.

kim

So Tonto, what would the detumescence of Bill's organ of power do for the demeanour of sniveling boys? Kemo sabe?
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kim

And Steve is roasting anew the Piltdown Mann over Bristlecone coals.
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Gmax

I have to tell you that my Hispanic friends have no real love for illegal immigration. As long as the focus is on enforcing the laws and not just picking on Hispanics, that flies even with the Hispanic voters. Now illegals cant vote, which is why I say Hispanic voters. Illegals probably differ from their legal cousins on this, but even in NY they will have a hard time expressing their opinion at the polls.

Jane

I too am optimistic. Then I remind myself that it's early and wonder how many Foley's Hillary has up her sleeve.

jimmyk

I liked this by Senator Dodd:

... we need to deal with the attraction that draws people here.

Yes, we definitely need to make the U.S. less attractive. Raise taxes, weaken security, ... sounds like the Dem platform alright.

clarice

Is it Huma?
http://64.233.167.104/search?q=cache:1WGOWJLNgzYJ:bigheaddc.com/category/huma-abedin/+huma+abedin&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=3&gl=us>C'mon let the story out LAT

Bill in AZ

Poor Hillary - and poor Russert. Oddly enough, he prolly doesn't even remember the debate last night.

Jane

Huma is not big enough. I think it's Bill and Elizabeth Edwards...

MayBee

Oh Clarice. It has to be.

Jane

AS Don Surber says:

These are the same media elites who have had no trouble using counterfeit documents a month ahead of an election to try to bring down a president.

These are the same media elites who put on Page 1 stories about how we are tracking al-Qaeda — legally — when our spies asked them not to.

These are the same media elities that bring us false stories from Jamil Hussein in Iraq and which publish doctored photos from the Middle East.

When did they go all church lady on us?

I now know more about Larry Craig’s restless foot syndrome than I care to.

This is the same LA Times that reported just before the election on Ahnuld’s sexual pranks on movie sets.

Spill it, LA Times. Sitting on a story like this is an abuse of the power of the press. Give the damned light already. We dumb bunnies will somehow manage to find our way.

Rick Ballard

You mean there's gonna be a Hilz' Honey collection to go with the Bill's Bimbos set? I wonder if Adulterers R Us will be the sole sales venue?

I'll give Miz Clinton the nod for taste if that's a good photo.

PMII

I really dislike all of the dinocraps immensely. They are all totally useless but I will change mu opinion of them, if they all go to medical school, move to Mexico, and offer free medical care down there. Bunch of communists!!!

Thanks, I feel better.

Sue

Did anyone else notice John Edwards has removed the mole on his upper lip? You think he thought the mole cost him the 2004 election?

Jane

Oh I just followed the second link and realized it was Hillary having the affair with Huma, I thought Ellen was (which begs the question - where did portia de Rossi go?).

That's a much better rumor. I like it. I really like it.

Paul Zrimsek

We're putting the band back together.

Tom, you were the backbone, the nerve center of a great Right Wing Attack Machine. You can make that live, breathe, and jump again.

Enlightened

Well, if it is Huma, and LAT goes public with it - Hillary can either confirm, or deny.

If she denies - she loses the gay vote.
If she confirms - she loses everything.

Hmmm.

MayBee

Sue-
You're right! I knew there was something different about him. That mole was really distracting. Sadly, now I listen to what he's saying.

kim

Knock? Knock?

Huma's here!
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Appalled Moderate

Nice speculation, folks, but gossip media also spotlights John Cusack.

Jane

The resident lesbian says she might vote for Hillary if she comes out. (I hope I can talk her out of it)

Personally I don't see how she can come out and remain married to Bill. America just doesn't seem quite down with that.

Sue

What about private sexual behavior is relevant? What about a marriage belongs in the coverage of a presidential campaign? Does it go to the judgment of the candidate in question?

Interesting paragraph, when set next to the Hillary/Huma rumor.

MayBee

AM- John Cusak could have been Huma's Lou Diamond Phillips. Or her Reese Witherspoon. Or, for that matter, her Bill Clinton.

Jane

Hillary is having an affair with John Cusack too?

Wow.

clarice

Huma is gorgeous. The early accounts of her is that she is ALWAYS at Hil's side and that she is always dressed in very expensive clothes and well-tootsed out. Now, her parents do not seem wealthy and the Chief of Staff of a Senator isn't raking in THAT much money.
She had no address and claimed she stayed at her sister's Manhattan Apt. A few months ago it was reported she'd bought an apt at 12th and U in D.C. That may be a "transitional" neighborhood, but it's so early in the transition I'd not leave a Hermes bag there unattended.

And now this blogger says she answers Hil's phone at her D.C. address in the mornings.

I don't know if they are having an affair. I don't know if this is the LAT's scoop--but if you look at the earlier Vogue and Daily Observer stories the authors seem to be leaving breadcrumbs on the trail.
Just saying.

cathyf
SEN. CLINTON: Well, what Governor Spitzer has agreed to do is to have three different licenses; one that provides identification for actually going onto airplanes and other kinds of security issues, another which is an ordinary driver's license, and then a special card that identifies the people who would be on the road.

SEN. DODD: That's a bureaucratic nightmare.

Well this is a little picky point, but in IL when they take your picture they have 3 different backgrounds that they switch off. One color is for under 21 (can't drink), one color is for over 65 (get the senior discount), and the other color for 21-64. Even our bureaucrats were smart enough to figure it out.

Or they can get an international drivers license. (Or licence ;-)

Appalled Moderate

clarice:

Wel, if true, it proves Hillary has much, much better taste than Bill.

Seriously, I can undertand the problems LAT is having with this story, if this is the one. There is no sex harassment hook to the story -- just a new wrinkle to the Bill/Hill disfunction. And I am a little bit hard pressed to find the relevence to Hill's ability to do her job. This woman is going to appear in the public eye. Her history, closeness to Hillary, and photogenic looks sort of dictate that.

Appalled Moderate

one last thought -- the blogger is quoting an anonymous DoJ official. How would he know? (If it were secret service - I'd give a touch more weight to this)

Also, I just dont see Hillary being reckless enough to conduct an affair. That's Bill's job.

Sue

The fact that she is Muslim would provide an ethical reason to keep quiet. In their mind, anyway.

MayBee

It isn't that there's no sexual harassment hook. It's that it is a)it involves the first woman with a legitimate chance of getting elected. Do they want to derail that with a personal scandal?
b)It is non-traditional. If it were a man having an affair with his assistant, I think they'd have much less trouble reporting it.
This is new territory.

clarice

AM--We may have a different view of the electorate, but I suspect that if word got out that she was having an affair with (a) a woman;(b) a subordinate on her (govt) payroll, and (c) a Moslem, it would spell trouble for her. It is hard to see how even Lanny Davis and Begala could sweep all that away with "old news", "nothing going on here", can't we just move on.

cathyf
Kaus has been reporting that simply enforcing the rules is leading to a substantial flight home out of the border states.
Nah. The substantial flight home is all about the collapse of the housing bubble eliminating all those construction jobs. The Federal Reserve brought 'em here and the Federal Reserve is makin' 'em go home...

But seriously, before you can generate any support for any law or another first people have to believe that whatever immigration laws we have will be something other than mere wishful thinking.

Porchlight

The early accounts of her is that she is ALWAYS at Hil's side and that she is always dressed in very expensive clothes and well-tootsed out. Now, her parents do not seem wealthy and the Chief of Staff of a Senator isn't raking in THAT much money.

For what it's worth, Googling yields FEC hits for Hillary's campaign suggesting Huma is receiving quarterly disbursements of about $25K-$27K. Here is the most recent I found, for $26,878.25 filed on 10/15/07 (scroll down to Abedin, Huma):

DISBURSEMENTS BY PAYEE

Sue
JURY HATES PHELPS: The father of a fallen Marine awarded $2.9 million by jury that found leaders of a fundamentalist church had invaded the family's privacy when they picketed the Marine's funeral... Developing...

Woohoo! I love this jury!

Sue

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/bal-westboro1031,0,7191706.story>Here is the the story on the 2.9 million jury award.

Sue

Shoot. Even if the appellate court throws out the jury award, they had to pay an attorney to defend them. I hope every family that has been hurt by these kooks files suits against them. Make them spend all their time and money defending themselves in court. Every jury in America will do the same thing to them.

clarice

The Phelps really are awful! Good news.

clarice

Porchlight. on about 100k a year, less taxes, no one can afford the stuff she's reportedly been wearing--unless she never pays for food or shelter or anything else.

Sue

Or wears fake. ::grin::

Porchlight

Porchlight. on about 100k a year, less taxes, no one can afford the stuff she's reportedly been wearing--unless she never pays for food or shelter or anything else.

That was pretty much my conclusion, too. Prada bags aren't cheap. Who knows, maybe the designers that were falling all over her in the NY Observer article are comping her some swag, knowing she'll be photographed constantly during the campaign. Oscar de la Renta is apparently a friend of hers. Could free couture for Hillary's aide be considered a campaign donation? ;)

clarice

Let's recap--If Rosenbaum wasn't being pawned..he says everyone knows and is dancing around this..Aside from the Edwards thingy which we know about which he says is NOT the thing the LAT is sitting on we have broad hints from publications as diverse as VIllage Voice, Vogue, NY Daily Observer.
(I assume this is NOT a Rep front runner since we know the LAT has never had any compunction about running stuff on them no matter how thin the sourcing, how damaging to the campaign and hos irrelevant it was.

clarice

OT:The two US Attys charged with wrong doing in the prosecution of a terror case (Convertino and Smith) were just found not guilty.

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071031/UPDATE/710310438>Another DoJ Bomb

Rick Ballard

"The substantial flight home is all about the collapse of the housing bubble eliminating all those construction jobs."

I thought that too for a bit. The numbers don't support the argument:

September Construction Spending -

2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007

The YTD drop of $28.8 billion for '07 only amounts to about 300K jobs (based upon a typical 40/40/20 wages, material, OHP split and the BLS average construction wage). That's a drop in the bucket in comparison to the eleventy gazillion illegals that are claimed to be roaming and ravaging the countryside.

The immigration numbers bear approximately the same relationship to reality as do the "average global temperature" numbers spouted by the AGW warmermongers. Roughly equal to the level of "clamorous public support" for Campaign Finance Reform.

Same shop - same objective.

The illegal immigration numbers were jugged by underestimation of the number of illegals returning home. There has certainly been a substantial increase in the illegal population, just not at anywhere near the rate claimed. A look at Mexico's demographics supports the argument.

As a final note - the pickup in non-residential construction is what is keeping the economy from tanking as it would under normal housing collapse circumstances. If that number slips, then durables will drop like a rock and the Dems dreams will come true - a nice recession just before the election.

Jane

And I am a little bit hard pressed to find the relevence to Hill's ability to do her job

So this is the standard for democrats? Now I get it.

RichatUF

clarice-

We may have a different view of the electorate, but I suspect that if word got out that she was having an affair with (a) a woman;(b) a subordinate on her (govt) payroll, and (c) a Moslem, it would spell trouble for her. It is hard to see how even Lanny Davis and Begala could sweep all that away with "old news", "nothing going on here", can't we just move on.

Hillary was ministering to her. She does it all the time-out of a since of devotion, kindness. She can be so generous, giving herself...also isn't Huma a Saudi, I wonder how closely the background check was done [seeing how well that worked with Hsu...]

Elliott

FWIW, over at Patterico's, Matt Welch of the LAT's editorial page says he hasn't heard anything.

Thanks, Sue, for highlighting this from Rosenbaum:

What about private sexual behavior is relevant? What about a marriage belongs in the coverage of a presidential campaign? Does it go to the judgment of the candidate in question?

The LAT answered that when they reprinted a Chicago Tribune article about a Senatorial race in another state.

hit and run

This spooked me this morning.

Three plead guilty in fake voter scheme

Listen, just so we're clear.

The first rule of Vote Club is - you do not talk about Vote Club. The second rule of Vote Club is - you DO NOT talk about Vote Club. Third rule of Vote Club, someone yells Stop!, goes limp, taps out, the vote is over. Fourth rule, only two browsers to a voter. Fifth rule, one vote at a time, folks. Sixth rule, no shirt, no shoes, but you must wear earmuffs. Seventh rule, voting will go on as long as is has to. And the eighth and final rule, if this is your first night at Vote Club, you have to vote.

clarice

I believe that Huma's mother is an Indian, her mother a Pakistani and she was raised in Saudi Arabia.IIRC her father headed something or another there and writes on Moslem minorities in India.

Rick Ballard

"This spooked me this morning."

H & R,

That's how you know that you're a Republican at heart. It's Halloween - pretend you're a Democrat and vote like one.

Not in front of the little ones though - you don't want them waking up screaming.

Sue

The article I read said her father died when she was 17. Her mother teaches in Pakistan.

clarice

**FATHER is an Indian******

SteveMG

Sorry, off topic but did anyone think while watching this that Racquel Welch in a lionskin bikini was going to go running by?

Or a giant pterodactly would come swooping down and pick Krugman up and fly away with him?

No such luck. Fourty-one tortuous dinosaur-like talking minutes. Geez, I'd admit to being involved in 9/11 after 3 minutes.

SMG

hit and run

Rick:
you don't want them waking up screaming.

Actually after the bug princess hit and run has given me, which she got from hit and run jr, making them scream only seems just.

Sue

You know, if you are the first woman who has a legitimate shot at the presidency, it would be in your best interest to not act like the 'boys' were beating up on you in a debate. If you can't handle the 'boys' in a debate, how the hell are you going to handle national defense?

clarice

It's not exactly a first bench team she's playing against, is it?

maryrose

Sue;
You are so right.
After the comment on Drudge about Russert being belligerent she then made an ad called "The Politics of Pile-On. What a wuss! If she can't stand the heat she should get out of the kitchen! She doesn't like baking cookies anyway.
OT: I need the JMAX voting link please. It has been 24 hours so I can vote again.

narciso

Not to distract from this conversation but des the acquittal of Rabi Osman as the mastermind of the Madrid bombing; They threw out his confession, on TV poor translators, I guess (jeez how many people were in on this plot (Zougam, Darkanzali, Yarkas, the Algerian fellow Oahalane, who met his fate in Iraq)the release of Jamal Badawi, the Yemen plotter;I know plotting Jihad isn't illegal according to the Koran, Abusyr for the Bali bombings, Moussaoui's weird partial sentence and the David Hick's plea bargain basically scotch any idea of using the criminal justice system to try terrorists. You can also throw in the HLF
trial fiasco, where jury foreman sought to
be political officer to those ignorant jurors in Dallas

Jane

Huma a Saudi, I wonder how closely the background check was done [seeing how well that worked with Hsu.

Therein you have the #1 reason why the LA Times must come forward: The blackmail potential. What wouldn't Hillary sell out to have her secrets kept?

Sue

It's not exactly a first bench team she's playing against, is it?

No.

clarice

I hope Hil isn't under the impression that she can run a listening campaign for the presidency...

windansea

We may have a different view of the electorate, but I suspect that if word got out that she was having an affair with (a) a woman;(b) a subordinate on her (govt) payroll, and (c) a Moslem, it would spell trouble for her.

it would be game over

Prada bags aren't cheap

just a little Hsu money :)

cathyf

Hmmm... Is the $100K/yr in addition to her regular government salary as HRC's chief of staff? The law takes rather a dim view of double dipping.

cathyf
We may have a different view of the electorate, but I suspect that if word got out that she was having an affair with (a) a woman;(b) a subordinate on her (govt) payroll, and (c) a Moslem, it would spell trouble for her.
It's ok -- unlike Wolfowitz, she's neither a Jew, a republican or a man!
clarice

Heh,Cathy--I think she was on the Senate staff and probably switched over to the campaign payroll.

Gmax

http://soccer.seniorclassaward.com/public/women/vote.aspx>Vote Jmax!

Ralph L

Hit will hit anyone who hasn't added the sacred link to his favorites yet.

Topsecretk9

BOO!

Happy Halloween all - I've spent the better part of an hour drumming up costumes for 5 pre-teen boys who thought it would be cool to like trick or treat in regular everyday clothes.


SHEESH! I hate it when teeny boppers do that!

Topsecretk9

GMAX

I always vote and very much appreciate the Link in the reminder - how long is voting open though?

Jim Miller

I don't know anything about the scandal that the LAT is suppressing, or said to be suppressing. But I do recall an earlier scandal that just might be relevant. And I hope that you will pardon me for being vague about the details, since it has been a while.

Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski quite obviously had an affair with an Australian lesbian who was, for a time, on her staff. (House staff or Senate, I'm not sure.) The woman, whose name I have forgotten, was so disruptive that, as I recall, about half of Mikulski's staff quit.

Washington Post reporters knew all about it, but put little in print, protecting Mikulski. I recall learning about it during one of her campaigns when she was pretending to like men, and the Post article had to explain why Mikulski was doing that. (Not sure which campaign, perhaps the one against Chavez in 1986?)

There were some blatant illegalities about the matter; in fact I think I recall reading that the Australian woman and Mikulski eventually had to pay some fines.

The Post gave as little attention to the scandal as they could. I'm not sure whether the NYT even mentioned it during the campaign, though they may have later.

anduril
It's ok -- unlike Wolfowitz, she's neither a Jew, a republican or a man!

Posted by: cathyf | October 31, 2007 at 09:19 PM

I agree. Totally. This is being blown way out of proportion if you look at the broad perspective.

However, I would be very interested to know who the mole in Hillary's campaign is, and who the mole works for. I realize Hillary has done a pretty good job of manufacturing her own gaffe's, which the MSM has done its best to cover up, but there also seems to be a steady drip, drip, drip of damaging revelations that point to an insider. I say it's a mole.

clarice

Could that be kept so quiet today, Jim?

anduril

A propos of I'm not sure what, didn't Bay Buchanan emigrate to Australia at one time? She looked like a pretty rough customer--maybe Hillary could hire her to whack the mole.

clarice

It's a perfect cover. Huma's travel schedule is online and it's extensive travel with Hil..But I agree, anduril, it's someone inside. It's amazing how many hints the media who wrote about her have given.

anduril

...a steady drip, drip, drip of damaging revelations that point to an insider? Or, points to an insider? I think "points."

Jim Miller

Just after I put up that post, I found this from Michelangelo Signorile. You'll see that he confirms my story, though he leaves out the illegalities.

Rick Ballard

I'm sure glad the Dark Lord retired from public life. No one can accuse him on this one.

I hope the suspect less is kept to the "inner circle" (Dante's Ninth, if I'm not mistaken). Otherwise we'd have to go through 169,877,246 names of people who would be delighted to pass on a little tidbit about Miz Clinton.

anduril

I'm glad Huckabee went on the Hugh Hewitt show, but he sure was dumb to have done so--go on a talk show with a guy who wrote a puff bio of Romney, and think he'd come out looking good?

Captain Ed must be very disappointed in this thread.

Jim Miller

Clarice - Interesting question, which you are probably better qualified to answer than I am.

But I would say this: Often, even in the modern era, cover-ups are at least partly successful. And it is hard not to think that friendly journalists often help cover-ups succeed.

In 1992, many journalists -- Joe Klein, for instance -- decided not to print what they knew about Bill Clinton's reckless behavior.

Was New Jersey's Governor McGreevey protected by friendly journalists? I don't know enough about New Jersey politics to have an opinion.

Or was Oregon's Governor Goldschmidt (who had an abusive affair with an underage girl) protected by journalists? There, too, you would have to know more about the state's politics than I do to have an opinion.

clarice

I'm not sure I am, Jim. My guess is it's harder now. Someone told Rosenbaum. There are all those hints in the mags/press beginning in about August of this year.

I once knew a Senator who never fired anyone and I wondered why. Now I know why. Keep everyone who knows close. OTOH Hillary seems to think she's untouchable since she and Bill have gotten away with so much over the years, she might well have been careless . There's been so much talk about Hillaryland and how tight lipped all her cadre of women are..

cathyf
This is being blown way out of proportion if you look at the broad perspective.
Uh-huh.
Topsecretk9

In 1992, many journalists -- Joe Klein, for instance -- decided not to print what they knew about Bill Clinton's reckless behavior.

Decided. The Deciders.

PaulL

Rosenbaum tends to make unwarranted leaps in logic. My guess is he was strung along as a practical joke.

clarice

Possible..but there are also those online who think the GQ article that was killed contained details.
Who knows..But from the tone of the earlier articles I cited, it is apparent the story has been swirling in media circles for almost three months now.

Rick Ballard

Clarice,

If it's true, I can't figure out what damage this does.

She's a codependant consort to a rapist as it stands - what's the downside? Where does she lose any support? It would have to be with Democrat "family values" voters too dumb to have figured out her "willing handmaiden" schtick while Bubba was running around with his pants around his ankles.

If they're that damn dumb, this winds up under the carpet next to Monica.

It's a curious play for this stage of the game.

clarice

I think you are being too cynical. Soccer moms and the muddled middle would dessert in droves.

Neo

I keep coming up with "tilt" every time I try to figure out immigration policy.

Hiliary come across as a real political "honk" when every thing is reduced to needing "immigration reform".

I mean start here .. I was once told that you can differentiate a technician from an engineer because the technician looks at a problem assuming the design is sound and there is one small problem with this one particular product, while an engineer assumes the design is flawed, therefore all products based on that design are flawed instead of just this one particular product.

Hiliary takes on the role of a political "engineer". To her, all the laws on the books are flawed, so we need new legislation to fix the problem, while most people just assumes as a technician would, that the laws are perfectly fine (or fine enough) and that maybe they just ought to be enforced.

Frankly, Hiliary's position is one of somebody who has been in politics way too long and ought to retire. At the very least, she had no business in the White House, where the chief executive's main purpose is to enforce the current laws. If Hiliary is in Washington at all, her addiction to new legislation should keep her on the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue.

Topsecretk9

Well...Elvis, Army Man, Hippy, sheet ghost, bloody Chef and Inspector Gadget all made it home in one piece.

My son's - Inspector Gadget -- has taken to wearing a fedora all the dang time -- I call him Bing, he says "what"? He didn't even really know who Gadget is....

I think I have a leg up to my mom, though. She put her 70's blonde perm WIG on my 4 year old head, wrapped a trench coat me, gave me a bike horn and told me I was HARPO MARX - my parents delighted at the sight of me.

Friends asked who I was and I said "I don't know"

Topsecretk9

Allah's header is good funny

Media aghast at Rumsfeld memos that criticized media, used talking points

linky

I have so many boxes of tissues waiting for these pooor, poor abused a-holes.

I once mocking called for a tissue drive for NYT's when they found out Scooter Libby was afforded defense attorneys

It's got me thinking....I got a really good idea....if there is a programmer willing to merge or work with, let me [email protected]

BR

Jane at 10/31/07, 7:08 PM.

You have it exactly right - the importance of Hillary's vulnerability to blackmail and her putting US national security at risk.

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Are we even sure that Hillary's papers aren't fake? Perhaps she's one of those moles from the old USSR, where they taught 'em the heavy midwestern accent like Woodward's. Hee, did China take over the orphaned moles after the USSR collapsed?

bgates

I have so many boxes of tissues waiting for these pooor, poor abused a-holes.

Um....I'm not a doctor, but if you have an a-hole that's been "abused", it's probably going to need more than tissues.

bubarooni

any chance there will be a thread on the foreign service employees over at state dept. complaining about being assigned to work in iraq?

i can't believe the ridiculousness of afsa (their employee assoc./union). i'm not sure it's the union or if it is just the mind set of state dept. employees in general.

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