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Hillary's Got a lot of Gall

Hillary Clinton has an amazing amount of gall. Here she is trailing Barack Obama in delegates and the popular vote, yet she has the gall to say that he'd make a great vice president for her. She's banking that most Americans aren't paying enough attention to the primary to know that she is actually losing to Obama right now. Obama, however, did an effective job ridiculing her comments:

"I've won more of the popular vote than Senator Clinton," Obama went on. "I have more delegates than Senator Clinton. So, I don't know how somebody who's in second place is offering the vice presidency to somebody who's in first place."

Hillary doesn't care how ridiculous she looks or what the pundits or the media think of her. She only cares about bamboozling as many people as possible for long enough to get the nomination. In fact, as Right Pundits notes, Hillary is going to try to get Obama's pledged delegates to switch to her.

A couple of weeks ago or so, Fox and Friends had two political strategists on, one Democrat and one Republican. They both speculated that in the end, Hillary will bow out gracefully when it becomes obvious that she has lost the primary. They are flat wrong. Hillary Clinton doesn't know the meaning of grace or bowing out. She will do anything to win this nomination, including subverting the will of Democratic primary voters. She has a scorched earth mentality when it comes to gaining political power, and if she has to destroy the Democratic party to gain power, she will do just that.


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Comments (13)

Of course, now she says it'... (Below threshold)

Of course, now she says it's too early to talk about the vice presidency. She looks like a complete idiot. It was obviously a transparent attempt to persuade people who like both candidates to vote for her since they would get Obama as VP.

Bunch of bullcrap.

All I have to say is read u... (Below threshold)
Dave W:

All I have to say is read up on your Saul Olinsky.

Do that, and you will understand Hillary.

Sorry, thats Saul Alinsky. ... (Below threshold)
Dave W:

Sorry, thats Saul Alinsky. And he said this:

"There's another reason for working inside the system. Dostoevsky said that taking a new step is what people fear most. Any revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people. They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and change the future. This acceptance is the reformation essential to any revolution. To bring on this reformation requires that the organizer work inside the system, among not only the middle class but the 40 per cent of American families - more than seventy million people - whose income range from $5,000 to $10,000 a year [in 1971]. They cannot be dismissed by labeling them blue collar or hard hat. They will not continue to be relatively passive and slightly challenging. If we fail to communicate with them, if we don't encourage them to form alliances with us, they will move to the right. Maybe they will anyway, but let's not let it happen by default.."

The key phrase is "They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and change the future."

Change anyone? Victim-class anyone?

Perfect analysis of what the Clinton machine is rolling out. Read anything this guy has said and it's like it came out of Clinton inc. But by reading him, you will know where Clinton Inc. spawned from.

If you remember that this n... (Below threshold)
LGD:

If you remember that this nomination will be settled by the superdelegates, then her offer of the Veep slot makes more sense.

This is her suggestion to them for how to back her without making the Obamaniacs go berserk.

When he rejects the offer at the convention, then he gets the blame for tearing the Party apart, not her and not them. And between Hillary and the superdelegates, they have enough allies in the media to get it played that way.

Oh, and if you think she's ... (Below threshold)
LGD:

Oh, and if you think she's happy to engage in scorched-earth politics now, wait until she's about to lose the general election. That's gonna leave a mark on the country, not just the Party.

LGD wrote, "then he gets th... (Below threshold)
Mike:

LGD wrote, "then he gets the blame for tearing the Party apart"

I'm not so sure. I think that if Obama is clever enough, and the press is willing to accept his narrative, he can portray a nomination loss/VP offer as the white man keeping the black man down yet again; as Hillary and Bill Clinton keeping that glass ceiling for blacks in place and using it whenever someone of color threatened their power. Such a narrative might just work. But ... if it does, it will be the end of the Democrats as we know them. That would probably be a good thing.

I agree with LGD that this ... (Below threshold)

I agree with LGD that this was directed to the super delegates, showing them her willingness to extend the olive branch (by offering the VP slot which Obama would never accept, and would be a fool to accept, just to placate his followers).

Now she backtracks a little with the "too soon to talk VP" stuff, which acknowledges this little salvo didn't shake Obama up. No matter, especially if it keeps her SDs committed, and the neutral SDs from endorsing Obama. There are few contests remaining, and some time between them. It's a long time between now and late August, a full five months. A very long time to play not to lose your lead. Time for many little strategies to be tried and traps to be laid. Time for gaffes by a candidate or his advisers. Time for events to change things on their own.

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Mike ~ Obama could do that, but he would be a fool to do it. His own future would be most affected. If he plays the "unifier" instead, he becomes the default frontrunner in four years if Hillary loses, in eight if she wins, and keeps the political machine intact.

Hillary is not going to win... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Hillary is not going to win...but after ridiculing Obama that he is not ready to be president, to offer him the vice -president position only a heartbeat away from the presidency, shows that she does not even take her own rhetoric seriously. Why should the rest of America?

This appears to be the Clin... (Below threshold)
Steve L.:

This appears to be the Clinton party line. Every one of her flacks that appears in the media says the same thing. I agree that this is the campaign smoothing the way for the supers to pick her over him.

Jim, I don't think Obama wo... (Below threshold)
Mike:

Jim, I don't think Obama would ever *say* he was victimized, he would simply let his minions do the talking for him.

Obama might be a hero if he plays the "unifier," but on the other hand if he accepts a VP offer from Hillary he would be putting his political future in the hands of the Clintons, which would be a very bad move.

Furthermore, virtually every poll right now says that a McCain-Hillary race will end with a comfortable McCain victory. So why would Obama want to have second billing on a losing ticket with a megalomaniac who is married to a walking ego?

Hillary! It seems to this o... (Below threshold)
GM Cassel AMH1(AW) USN RET:

Hillary! It seems to this old Airedale Seadog that Mrs. Clinton will do whatever, whenever and wherever to get the job. After all she is under the illusion that 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is "owed" to her. That's just my take on the democratic campaigns.
But what do I know. I just gave this country 20 good years. In those 20 years, I didn't have a lot of say in anything. I could vote and did I. Absentee ballots for everyone from 1976 to 1992. Being gone, you know.

Yeah...at this point I woul... (Below threshold)
moseby:

Yeah...at this point I wouldn't be surprised to hear about shrillary studying Aztec petroglyphs just so she knows exactly where to plunge the knife into Chelsea's chest...

She has a scorched... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
She has a scorched earth mentality when it comes to gaining political power, and if she has to destroy the Democratic party to gain power, she will do just that.

And we can only hope she's successful in destroying the Democratic party and then fails to gain power.




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