Monday, February 18, 2008

Boo Boo Billy

February 18, 2008 - 6:45am

Democratic political professionals worry that former President Bill Clinton is "out of control" and "destroying his wife's campaign" after he reportedly slapped a heckler at a rally in Ohio and got into a shouting match with another.

Party insiders tell Capitol Hill Blue that the former President's hair-trigger temper is surfacing more and more as he campaigns for his wife and his actions are "detrimental to the party and the Senator."

"We're looking at a man out of control," says one Clinton adviser. "He won't stay on message and too often seems like a madman on stage. He has to be stopped or removed from the campaign."

Sources say an angry and abusive Clinton routinely chews out campaign staffers and even members of his Secret Service detail.

Reports The Associated Press:

A Barack Obama supporter claims former President Bill Clinton slapped his face after he repeatedly heckled him during a speech in Ohio.

Robert Holeman made the allegation after he chanted Obama’s name as Clinton campaigned for his wife at a rally in Canton yesterday.

As soon as Clinton finished speaking, the Canton native darted to the ropeline to give Clinton a piece of his mind.

“This is the last hurrah. After March 4, Hillary Clinton will be out of the race for good, and Obama will take the commanding lead,” he said.

“She should back him with her delegates immediately. That’s what Im asking them to do,” Holeman heckled.

Holeman told MSNBC news that Clinton was “irate” and jabbed his finger at him. “I think he even hit me in the face with his hand,” he said. “He did give me a little pop.”

Clinton could be seen pointing at Holeman, but it was unclear whether there was any physical contact.

In Steubenville, Clinton got angry at another hecker. Reports The National Journal:

A frustrated Bill Clinton angrily raised his voice in response to heckling from pro-life protestors at a rally (in Steubenville tonight.

When protestors first held up signs reading "Abortion Kills Children," the former president responded calmly, outlining his wife's past policies to help children and mothers. But when interrupted a second time by a more vocal heckler, Clinton shouted in response and stabbed his finger at the protestor.

"I gave you the answer. We disagree with you," he said impatiently. "You wanna criminalize women and their doctors, and we disagree."

"If you were really pro-life, you would want to put every doctor and every mother as an accessory to murder in prison," he continued, as the crowd applauded its support. "And you won't say you wanna do that because you know that you wouldn't have a lick of political support."

"This is not your rally," he concluded, still agitated. "I heard you. That's another thing you need is a president, somebody who will stick up for individual rights and not be pushed around, and she won't."

@ Capitol Hill Blue


Judging from the comments after the story, there are not too many people fond of the Billary Bunch. Going to have to duct tape the ex-prez to the seat on the tour bus before he makes a mess of things on the road.

One thing pointed out on Bill Maher Friday was the fact that Obama has remained calm cool and collected throughout, while Bill runs his jaws and ole hill turns on the waterworks for effect.

I'll go with the most stable individual for the most demanding job in the country.

Go Obama, a pillar of calm in a looney filled race!



DEN said...

Bought a new coffee pot at a Prez-Day sale, now if I could just get spike to quit eating the pastries.....

Carey said...

Do remember Obama's calm because he's winning. That's why Bill's losing his temper. It doesn't look good at all for them. It's quite natural for tempers to flare. Hard to watch Bill get upset. I feel for him, I do.

I have a really big announcement.


He's gone, gone, gone. No more fear! Police apparently haven't nabbed him yet, but....

HE's GONE! Yesterday afternoon.

Swing your partner round and round. Do a little jig way all the way downtown. Boogie on!

DEN said...

Good riddance damn dumDan!

Hajji said...


May you now find the sense of calm you covet.


DEN said...

The press is on this like fly's on stink:

CHICAGO – Senator Barack Obama and his former Democratic presidential rival, John Edwards, held a private meeting today in North Carolina, aides confirmed.

Mr. Obama, who canceled an afternoon campaign trip to Wisconsin, flew to Chapel Hill, N.C., to meet with John and Elizabeth Edwards this morning. The meeting was quietly rescheduled after a session Monday with the two men was postponed because too much attention was being paid to it and camera crews were staking out Mr. Edwards’ home.

Since Mr. Edwards dropped out of the race late last month, Mr. Edwards and Mr. Obama have been talking periodically by telephone. Mr. Obama, as well as Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, are vigorously pursuing the endorsement of Mr. Edwards.

Associates of Mr. Edwards have said that Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has paid more attention to the courtship of Mr. Edwards. She held a private meeting with him in North Carolina more than a week ago and associates of both Democrats said it appeared as though Mr. Edwards was leaning to Mrs. Clinton.

Helicopters circling overhead, streets clogged, YIKES!


Hajji said...

While some retort to the heckling is understandable, Clinton should've simply walked away from the phreak at the rope line.

In-your-face yelling, getting close enough for (and possibly making? Yeesh!) physical contact is precisely the way to lose this round with the heckler.

Threats of such ill-mannered behavior is what prompted the Bush Squad to institute harsh "loyalty-only, private rally rules," which I and most others have lambasted them for.

A sign, a shirt, a boo or hiss while others applaud might be understandable. An "attention-getting" remark or question in the rope line would be fine.

Continued interruption by protest usually gets one tossed out of a public gathering. One wonders how the Treasury Boyz let this guy get close enough to Bubba for such to occur?

Some have guessed that he was some kind of "So THAT's how Obama supporters behave!" negative character plant by the Clintons.

I'm thinking that somebody's jet-fuel passion hit Bill's big-time political afterburner and blew up.

I wonder how the guy survived the subsequent encounter with the throngs of Clintonites?


Hajji said...


Paparazzi coverage like this is usually reserved for a Britney freak-out or a big-time Celeb Wedding...

...Let us hope for the latter!



DEN said...

Inquiring minds want to know if BIG O gets BIG E's blessing.

I don't particularly care, hope he waits till the convention, Wisconsin ahead for the next delegate feeding frenzy.

Alan said...

Well, I say that's a silly article by Thompson. With "slap" in the headline, but not in the article. Here's the quote..."“I think he even hit me in the face with his hand,” he said."

"Think"?? I can safely say I never had to think if someone slapped me or not. First off, to some a slap would be worse than a punch. I'm a MAN, fkn HIT me if you feel up to it, but don't slap me like I'm a girl. So yeah, I'd remember that without having to think. The big Dawg doesn't need me to defend him, but I couldn't help pointing out how silly that article sounded.

David B. Benson said...

Let your congresscritters know what you think about

Top scientists want research free from politics


DEN said...

Doc, way more than Science that has suffered under the current regime.

Every Federal branch has been stepped on by these pro-war idiots to cut costs most of which were cut from the last bout of Reagan-Bush slashing.

Money, money, money always.

David B. Benson said...

Den --- It's like the sign which used to be in some libraries:

Books will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no books.

Carey said...

Want some brief, excellent speculation on Edwards' possible endorsement.

Gots it for you right here. John Nichols:

Obama Meets Edwards, Pledges Party Remake

Carey said...

If I don't get a chance tomorrow, I'll mention now that I'll be out of commission a period of time for cataract surgery Wednesday am.

I'm looking forward to new eyes (one lens implant per surgery).

Hajji said...


I'd really like to see it. There'll be plenty of time to trash the candidates after the nomination, of course...

Sure would make MY job in OH alot easier to have Edward's endorsement going in...but I guess if I wanted "easy" I'd've stayed on the couch.


Carey said...

You are extremely dedicated Hajji.

Alan said...

Books will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no books.

haha Dr. B, that's not how I remember that saying! In the hippie days, it was a poster, only change "books" to "pot".