Arianna Slams Hillary
Portrait in Cynicism: Hillary Attacks Obama from Every Angle
[Hillary cynical? GASP! I never would have guessed.]
Hillary Clinton has apparently decided on which lines of attack to use against Barack Obama in New Hampshire: all of them.
When it started, Clinton's poll-tested candidacy came down to telling voters, "Whatever you like, that's what I am."
[This from a woman who switched to being a liberal when it was convenient. ]
But it turns out that, so far, what voters like is Obama. So now her sputtering campaign strategy has shifted to telling voters, "Whatever you don't like, that's what Obama is."
Clinton and her surrogates are attacking from every direction, hoping something will stick.
[Attacks coordinated from her War Room.]
The attacks are as varied as they are contemptible. Let's take a look at the dirty laundry list. Put on your galoshes, the mud is mighty thick.
[I just noticed Bill putting on his rubbers.]
1. Obama is too liberal. HuffPost's Tom Edsall reports: "Hillary's aides point to Obama's extremely progressive record as a community organizer, state senator and candidate for Congress, his alliances with 'left-wing' intellectuals in Chicago's Hyde Park community, and his liberal voting record on criminal defendants' rights as subjects for examination."
[I'm surprised Hillary hasn't yet found out about Obama attending Student Socialist meetings while at Columbia.]
Dear God, not "left-wing intellectuals"! Aren't you grateful Hillary warned us in time? The last thing voters in a Democratic primary want is someone with a "liberal voting record." Apparently, Mark Penn is still advising the campaign.
[I would love to be a fly on the wall watching Hillary cursing out Mark Penn for messing up her campaign.]
2. Obama is too conservative. In a sleazy direct mail letter sent to New Hampshire voters, Clinton tried to twist Obama's record on abortion, saying he has been "unwilling to take a stand on choice."
[Don't worry, Democrats. I believe he is favor of baby killing.]
Really? Tell that to Planned Parenthood and NARAL, both of which have given Obama 100 percent ratings for his support of abortion rights. I asked NARAL about this mailing. "We are fortunate to have such strong pro-choice candidates like Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, as well as former Sen. John Edwards and Gov. Bill Richardson, running for president," Elizabeth Shipp, NARAL's political director emailed me. "We are confident that any one of these candidates would protect and defend a woman's right to choose, if elected president." *
[Whew! Thanx for that reassurance about Obama being in favor of baby killing.]
3. Obama is soft on crime. Hillary's staffers, trying to play up the "too liberal" meme, pointed out that Obama had spoken out against mandatory minimum sentences for federal crimes, saying: "Mandatory minimums take too much discretion away from judges."
[Yet when Republicans point this out in the general election, they will be the ones to be accused of dirty politics.]
How dare he! Imagine a Democrat -- an African American Democrat, at that -- expressing dissatisfaction with the injustice of a system that disproportionately impacts young people of color. It's apostasy!
[Thanx for reassuring us that Obama will be soft on crime.]
What makes this dunderheaded attack especially despicable is that Hillary has taken the exact same position on mandatory minimums. During this summer's debate at Morgan State University, moderated Tavis Smiley, Hillary had this to say about what needs to be done to mitigate the disproportionate number of African American serving prison time in America: "We have to go after mandatory minimums. You know, mandatory sentences for certain violent crimes may be appropriate, but it has been too widely used. And it is [having] now a discriminatory impact." Unbelievable. The hypocrisy is flabbergasting.
[And it looks like Hillary is soft on crime too...except when it comes to made up crimes committed by the White House Travel Office.]
4. Obama lacks depth and specificity. You knew this one was coming. "On a lot of these issues it is hard to know where he stands, and people need to ask that," said Clinton on Friday. And on Good Morning America today, she trotted out a cobweb-covered one-liner from 1984: "As famously was said years ago, 'Where's the beef?'"
Perfect. Twenty-four years ago, Walter Mondale and the Democratic establishment used that zinger and that line of attack to go after Gary Hart. Mondale ended up being the nominee and carried just one state in the general election. Is that what Hillary thinks we should sign up for again?
[I'm surprised Mondull even won one state against the Gipper.]
5. Obama is a dreamer. That's right, Clinton is actually trying to convince voters that Obama is too positive, too optimistic, too inspirational. In a speech she called him "an untested man who offers false hope," and in Saturday's debate she said, "We don't need to be raising the false hopes of our country about what can be delivered."
[Only a couple of years in the Senate and NO executive experience. Untested and inexperienced.]
Oh, yeah, that's the last thing we need, someone who actually seeks to inspire Americans to allow their reach to exceed their grasp. That's the problem with leaders like Lincoln, Kennedy, and Martin Luther King -- they just weren't realistic enough. King shouldn't have said, "I have a dream!," he should have said, "I have a realistic view of what we should settle for! We probably won't be able to pass the Civil Rights Act, but we might be able to pass a bill condemning segregated water fountains. You probably won't be able to sit at the front of the bus, but I might be able to get you to the middle."
[I have a dream of Hillary melting down for our entertainment.]
This is who Hillary Clinton is, through and through. "I have always tried to strike a balance," she said in 2004. "I think you have to view the world as it is, not as you would wish it to be." That's a long, dispiriting way from Bobby Kennedy's "Some men see things as they are and ask, 'Why?' I dream of things that never were and ask, 'Why not?'"
[I dream of Petra Verkaik and ask, "Why not?"]
6. Obama is too big a risk for America. That's right, Clinton is again taking a page from the Bush fearmongering playbook -- insinuating very bad things could happen if we don't elect her. "Look what happened in Great Britain," she said. "Tony Blair leaves, Gordon Brown comes in, the very next day, there are terrorist attacks... So you've got to be prepared on Day One with everything ready to go." It's a sequel to her husband's Roll the Dice -- which, in itself, was a sequel to the entire Bush/Cheney reelection campaign.
[Anybody else out there wondering if Arianna has been putting the make on Obama? She is known for that. Mrs. Obama better keep a close watch on her hubby whenever he is in the vicinity of the Zsa-Zsa columnist. BTW, watching Chris Matthews lately, I wonder if he has put the make on Barack. The way Matthews dreamily talks about Obama, it wouldn't surprise me if Chris bends over and slaps on the vaseline whenever in Barack's presence.]
So the New Hampshire race is now officially too close to call, Hillary's hypocrisy running neck and neck with her cynicism. Be very afraid, indeed.
[Mrs. Obama. Be very afraid when Arianna is anywhere near your husband. And now to hear from the rest of the HUffies...]
What concrete accomplishments as a Democrat has Barack done in the Senate?
[He got to breath the air there.]
I've always enjoyed your attacks on the Bush Administration but your all too obvious promotion of Obama and his bogus change message will lead the Democrats to a disaster in November.
[Shhh! Don't discourage Zsa Zsa.]
I may be wrong, but I don't remember ever seeing a Democratic candidate so attack negatively another democratic candidate as Hillary is continually attacking Obama.
[She's just warming up.]
The Clintons are brilliant people. After 8 years of stupid we don't have time for a learning curve. That won't happen though, the Republicans will destroy Obama, just ask Harold Ford Jr. in Tennessee.
[Hillary will destroy Obama first but the EVIL Republicans will get the blame.]
I'm celebrating today. I am so happy to see the prejudice gone with so many people. A black leader with white followers..How about that? And that's not what we have been hearing from many in the media and some leaders who really do not know what's going in our hearts and minds. So I wish my sweeet Mother were here to witness this day in America. I have always prayed for the Hillaary Machine to be crushed but not in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine it would be by some real, nice, handsome, humble black guy.
[Also clean and articulate.]
Hillary is going to "lose ugly."
Obama speaks in poetry, the others talk in prose. Barack is that human Black Hole which draws us all into its cosmic embrace to be reborn in a more hopeful Universe (pun intended)!
[You can remove your lips off Barack's butt now, Chris Matthews.]
Obama looks like hope, sounds like hope and could probably align himself with folks that have experience, smarts and ability. But so far he speaks only and although it is very good...he misses important votes and hasn't a viable record.
[GASP! How dare you insinuate that our Messiah is less than perfect?]
The right is just salavating over Clinton or Obama in the general. Will we get all starry eyed and lose again?
Obama is such lady. He'll handle it with patience, honesty and charm. He's not JFK. He's Jacqueline Kennedy.
[He needs to start wearing a pink pillbox hat and practice talking in Marilyn Monroe's voice.]
Don't compare Obama to Jesus or any Jew for that matter.
[How about to Mel Brooks?]