Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Hillary Clinton drooling over President Obama again

I just read a very ridiculous piece where Hillary is slobbering all over Obama again. If I were the President, I'd be starting to feel just a little bit uncomfortable right about now.

The Washington Post: Could Obama be the next Supreme Court justice? Hillary Clinton is intrigued.

Hillary Clinton, while repeatedly trying to downplay Bernie Sanders' chances of being more "electable" than she is, attempts to threaten fear-monger the Democratic base and liberal-leaning Independents by always reminding us that the next president could appoint between one and three Supreme Court justices. But EVEN SHE admits that it would take a Democratic Senate to get them confirmed.

So, just like Bernie's bold plans to get his widely popular "pie-in-the-sky" proposals passed through Congress (or to get Hillary's more moderate and watered-down plans passed in Congress), it will still take a Congress who is willing to work with the President. Bernie would need more progressives (real ones, with backbones) in Congress or Hillary would need more Democrats (of any centrist/blue dog flavor) to get any of her own proposals passed through a Congress that is dominated by Republicans in both the House and Senate.

So what EXACTLY can Hillary Clinton do that Obama can't do right now, or that Bernie couldn't do later if he were elected? (I asked this question before). As divisive as Hillary is, and as unpopular as she and Obama both are among Republicans, what can she do to implement plans that she borrowed from Elizabeth Warren (or stole from Bernie Sanders)? What can Hillary do to continue Obama's so-called "legacy" when even Obama himself can't do much of anything with the current Republican Congress?

That's why it doesn't matter if Bernie is a socialist, a democratic socialist, a social democrat, a Marxist, a communist or a Wall Street shill like Hillary — unless he also had a majority of like-minded people in Congress. After all, no U.S. president can be a dictator. Neither Bernie nor Hillary can do much with a GOP dominated congress. At least Bernie moves the Overton window back to the left (true center), whereas the "moderate" Hillary keeps the status quo.

* Here are two recent posts on this subject...

The Future of the Democratic Party
http://baselinescenario.com/2016/01/26/the-future-of-the-democratic-party

Hillary Clinton’s Lobbyist Fundraisers Want Baby Steps: America Needs a Political Revolution
http://wallstreetonparade.com/2016/01/hillary-clintons-lobbyist-fundraisers-want-baby-steps-america-needs-a-political-revolution

* To be fair and balanced, I included another post by Mark Thoma, an economist who supports Hillary. I usually agree with Mark Thoma, but of course, I disagree with this particular post.

Bernie Sanders Says He’s a Democratic Socialist. Here’s What That Means
http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Columns/2016/01/26/Bernie-Sanders-Says-He-s-Democratic-Socialist-Here-s-What-Means

* Recent polls:

The last Quinnipiac Poll for Iowa shows Sanders at 49% and Hillary a 45% (Those between the ages of 18 and 44 back Bernie by a whopping 78 to 21 percent, compared to those over 65 who choose Clinton by a 71 to 21 percent margin.)
http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/265555-quinnipiac-poll-sanders-surges-to-lead-in-iowa

And Hillary Clinton’s national lead over Bernie Sanders is falling, according to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll out this morning. Over the past month, Hillary’s edge shrunk by 12 points – and she now tops Bernie among Democrats 55 to 36 percent (Last month she led 59 percent to 28 percent).
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/poll-clinton-leads-nationally-by-double-digits-but-margin-shrinks/2016/01/26/7e73971c-c477-11e5-8965-0607e0e265ce_story.html

7 comments:

  1. Beside the comments left at Mark Thoma's post at the Fiscal Times, also read the comments on this subject at Mark Thoma's blog:

    http://economistsview.typepad.com/economistsview/2016/01/you-say-you-want-a-revolution.html

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  2. Robert Reich, the Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton, endorsed Bernie Sanders

    "HRC is the most qualified to head the political system we have. Bernie is the most qualified to create the political system we should have."

    https://twitter.com/RBReich/status/691441968031772672

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  3. Pretty boy has-been Rob Lowe bashes Bernie Sanders on Twitter. I replied. FYI: I had to mis-spell "you're" with "your" to make my Tweet fit with the limited characters ;)

    https://twitter.com/RobLowe/status/691807380703703046

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    1. In 1988, Lowe was involved in a sex scandal over a videotape of him having sex with a 22-year-old woman and a 16-year-old girl he met in a night club. They were videotaped with Lowe during the night before the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. As the age of consent is 16 in Georgia, both were of legal age to engage in sexual activity, although not to be recorded. At the time, Lowe was campaigning for Michael Dukakis.

      Another part of the same tape was leaked at the time, showing Lowe and his friend Justin Moritt both having sexual intercourse and oral sex with a young American model named Jennifer, who was never identified, in a hotel room in Paris. This part of the original tape was sold as one of the first commercially available celebrity sex tapes, damaging Lowe's public image. Eventually, his career rebounded, and Lowe mocked his own behavior during two post-scandal appearances as host of Saturday Night Live.

      Lowe also sued his ex‑nanny for spreading "malicious lies."

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Lowe

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  4. I wonder what the private meeting between Obama and Bernie today is all about.

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  5. The Pantsuit Panderer strikes again..

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  6. Michael Moore endorses Bernie Sanders:

    This year they are claiming that there’s no way a “democratic socialist” can get elected President of the United States. That is the main talking point coming now from the Hillary Clinton campaign office. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary recently announced the most looked-up word in their online dictionary in 2015 was “socialism.” If you’re under 49 (the largest voting block), the days of the Cold War & Commie Pinkos & the Red Scare look as stupid as “Reefer Madness.” If Hillary’s biggest selling point as to why you should vote for her is, “Bernie’s a socialist!” or “A socialist can’t win!”, then she’s lost.

    http://michaelmoore.com/myendorsementofbernie/

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