Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Raise the Balloon

The Low Road to Victory

Published: April 23, 2008

The Pennsylvania campaign, which produced yet another inconclusive result on Tuesday, was even meaner, more vacuous, more desperate, and more filled with pandering than the mean, vacuous, desperate, pander-filled contests that preceded it.

Voters are getting tired of it; it is demeaning the political process; and it does not work. It is past time for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to acknowledge that the negativity, for which she is mostly responsible, does nothing but harm to her, her opponent, her party and the 2008 election.

If nothing else, self interest should push her in that direction. Mrs. Clinton did not get the big win in Pennsylvania that she needed to challenge the calculus of the Democratic race. It is true that Senator Barack Obama outspent her 2-to-1. But Mrs. Clinton and her advisers should mainly blame themselves, because, as the political operatives say, they went heavily negative and ended up squandering a good part of what was once a 20-point lead.

On the eve of this crucial primary, Mrs. Clinton became the first Democratic candidate to wave the bloody shirt of 9/11. A Clinton television ad — torn right from Karl Rove’s playbook — evoked the 1929 stock market crash, Pearl Harbor, the Cuban missile crisis, the cold war and the 9/11 attacks, complete with video of Osama bin Laden. “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen,” the narrator intoned.

If that was supposed to bolster Mrs. Clinton’s argument that she is the better prepared to be president in a dangerous world, she sent the opposite message on Tuesday morning by declaring in an interview on ABC News that if Iran attacked Israel while she were president: “We would be able to totally obliterate them.”



Does anyone think this is a legitimate response?

If bullys tear down your fort does that give you the right to 'obliterate' theirs?

I realize Israel is an ally and should be supported to some extent unless they prove themselves to be more trouble than they are worth, which is anytime now unless they patch up their relationship with their Arab neighbors.

The point is Iran is NOT nuking Israel and will not be nuking them until they build and test a thermo-nuclear device which has not happened and probably will not happen if diplomacy works at all.

So why the tough rhetoric from HRC? Likely eager to shed the 'vulnerable' image and sound like a tough broad? or Eager to fatten the coffers of the Military Industrial Complex like the insane clowns are doing now, continuing the process.

Is it necessary to become a bully to defeat a bully? What are the consequences of the 'bully' mentality picked up by someone who is not one to begin with?

What are the consequences of being the worlds bully, threatening offenders with nuclear annihilation?

Being alone in a world wrapped in fear of your very being thats what.

Peace becomes an quaint concept, people die.



carey said...

Darlingkins, don't analyze Hillary's arguments that much. This is campaign rhetoric. Really, it is. What came out of her mouth was campaign advisor talk. I'm not going to place too much emphasis on it like everything else I try to ignore in this filthy campaign.

HOWEVER--fears of Hillary's warlike positions are sooooooo valid. She'd do it, she go into Iran.

I bring news, albeit bad. Petraeus is Centcom Commander. The yes man, as we all expected is indeed in position now.

Here we come Iran.

Hillary's just giving us a taste. Gerald is never far off the truth. They have all, Dems included jumped on this bandwagon. There's money to be made in this scary world.

Now I know what it feels like to wake up the next day, Micki, and have all the press say what a loser your candidate is (Obama). Like they've done with Clinton.

Anonymous said...

The other news out of So. Calif.?

Blackwater didn't go anywhere. They have proposed an underground facility now in the same area near the border.

Fuck a royal duck.

Cheney is winning.

Anonymous said...

Shoot, of course, that was me.

carey said...

Okay Densters, Google won't print my name. I'll sign in, god darn it.

Carey said...

For gosh sakes, Google's tempermental.

micki said...

Petraeus Picked to Lead U.S. Central Command

Gen. David H. Petraeus, affectionately nicknamed "Old Brown Nose" by his peers, and the top American commander in Iraq, will be nominated to lead the command responsible for military operations in the Middle East, including Iraq and

David B. Benson said...


Play nice now...

DEN said...

OK Dad!

DEN said...

More talk of impeachment at OPED.

Reviewing the chimpy admin. and their BS makes me physically ill.

These people need to go away forever never again to scourge the USA with their BS.

DEN said...

OOPS got page two instead of page one.

micki said...

Scientists say accumulation of greenhouse gases accelerating


micki said...

Carey -- As you know she isn't "my candidate" -- but she's my choice when it's her v. Obama.

Here's what might happen: There's a brokered convention, the party pooh-bahs try to convince Gore to agree to the nomination, he says no dice; then they ask Edwards and he says, SURE!

Edwards is the presidential nominee and he asks Obama to be his running mate.

But, alas, they lose in the General Election because John Edwards got a $400 haircut.


David B. Benson said...

Micki --- Thank you for the AGGI link!

carol said...

The Stuff of Life

Will they let me post the link above?

carol said...

Well, that posted but I hit return instead of clicking on preview. Now I'll try the one from the other night with first a preview.

Nope. Said my URL contains illegal characters.

I'll try just posting w/o the preview.

Free Rice word game

For each word you get right we donate 20 grains of rice through the UN World Food Program to help end hunger.

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It worked. Just can't use preview first anymore I guess.

micki said...

Dr B -- You are quite welcome.

Saladin said...

DEN, can you please explain to me what makes Israel an ally? Since they tried to sink the USS Liberty and murder all aboard that places them in the high treason category, doesn't it? They have been spying on us, there's that whole Pollard fiasco, the Franklin spy scandal and now this new spy scandal. They have perpetuated hundreds of lies that have drug us into wars that may never end, wars against THEIR neighbors that they can't get along with and will not even CONSIDER sharing the region with. They are the only power in the M.E with nuclear weapons, yet they refuse to sign the NPT or even allow inspections. They imprisoned Vanunu for daring to speak the truth. They are committing mass genocide against the Palestinian people, and have been doing so for 60 long years. They have aggressively attacked Lebanon, TWICE, just to gain control of the Latani river, slaughtering thousands of innocents. They did the same thing in the Golan Heights, for the same reason, water. They have been allowed to run rough shod over more than 70 UN resolutions, break every law against humanity on the books, murder American citizens, like Rachel Corrie, for nothing more then standing up for innocent people. They have been caught red-handed, numerous times, committing false flag attacks in their attempts to embroil us in their never ending conflicts. They are largely to blame for the clusterfuck in Iraq and will be to blame for Iran as well. So please, tell me again, how are these lunatic killers our allies exactly? Any politician that expresses support for that psychotic, racist, terrorist regime in Israel, this is where Clinton, Obama and McCain agree 110%, can burn in hell, and the sooner the better.

David B. Benson said...

Saladin --- Maybe there is a defense treaty?

Supreme law of the land. It says so in the constitution.

Saladin said...

Mr. Benson, DEFENSE TREATY?? Defense from who? They say Israel is our best friend in the M.E., strangely enough we had no enemies in this region before the Zionist regime, the so-called "Chosen People" came along, now, everyone seems to be our enemy. Our Constitution does NOT provide for the blind support of a foreign empire, especially one that has proven itself time and time again to be utterly against any and all forms of peaceful negotiation, and has aggressively attacked our nation more than once. What the hell has happened to the people?? Are they ALL blind to what is going on? We rose against Apartheid South Africa and brought it to a halt, but Israel and their horrid wall gets a free pass? WTF?? Have the people not seen enough beheaded children or murdered babies? Do they need the f*&KIN videos? I have them, by the hundreds. But maybe those people don't count, you won't see them on that so-called "liberal Media" they have interfered with the Sovereign State of Israel and their right to possess all that God gave to them 3000 years ago, who are we lowly gentiles to object?

DEN said...

Sal, why don't you go there and yell at them, it does not matter one damn bit if they killed every man woman and child, technically and diplomatically they are still an ally. So don't come around here trying to bite my head off for making a simple statement!