Saturday, April 19, 2008

If You Can't Stand the Heat...

Don't run for the highest office in the land, Barry. Seriously. If you are going to whine and whine and whine about being giving a hard time for 20 minutes or so (don't forget that the 45 minutes about which Barry has been complaining included hard questions to HILLARY, too). Could this guy BE more of an arrogant crybaby? The kicker was him flipping Hillary off in a speech in Raleigh the next day - I am sure you have seen the videos by now (and there is one that show two women behind him TOTALLY getting what he did, and cracking up over it). Honestly, I did not think that the political discourse in this country could get much worse than it did in 2004, and that was at least between the two parties. Nope - Barry, Mr. Hope and Change, Mr. Uniter Guy, has taken us to an all new low.

NoQuarter had some EXCELLENT examples from previous debates in which Clinton was hammered over and over and over. You never heard HER complaining, except about always being asked to answer first. Other than that, she KNOWS this is the time to be asked tough questions. Oh, and you sure didn't hear any of the Obama people chiming in saying this was all over the top. Nope, nary a sound was uttered from the Obamabots. Here are a few examples from NoQuarter:

Did you hate Stephanopolous and ABC last August, when they warmed Obama up and threw HIM, not Clinton the first question about her negative, and premised the whole thing with a Karl Rove quote:

STEPHANOPOULOS: Let me turn now to the second question I raised, the topic question about Senator Clinton. And outgoing White House counsel Karl Rove opined on that this week. He was on Rush Limbaugh. Here’s what he had to say.

(Beginning of video clip)

KARL ROVE: There is no front-runner who has entered the primary season with negatives as high as she has in the history of modern polling. She’s going into the general election with, depending on what poll you’re looking at, in the high forties on the negative side and just below that on the positive side.

And there’s nobody who’s ever won the presidency who started out in that kind of position. (End of video clip.)

STEPHANOPOULOS: Now, Senator Obama, I know you’re loathe to agree with Karl Rove on just about anything.


OBAMA: I am.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But the Associated Press this week wrote an article. They talked to 40 Democratic activists and officeholders across the country. It led to the series of headlines across the country: “Democrats worry Clinton may weigh down lesser candidates”; “Democrats worry Clinton may hurt the rest of the ticket.”

Are they right to be worried?

Did Clinton at least get the follow up? Nope, the next question was also to Obama:

But when you say that, are you saying that Senator Clinton is part of the failed politics of Washington, or not?

After he answered it, Stephanopolous let Edwards chime in:

STEPHANOPOULOS: So the answer is yes?

OBAMA: The answer is: I would not be running if I did not believe that I was the best person to do this.

EDWARDS: Well, let me just say — I have a slightly different view. Here’s what I believe. I think we were out of power in the Congress for 13 years. In November of 2006, the Democrats took over the Congress again. I think there was a reason for that. Because the Democrats in November of 2006 stood for change.

America wants change in the most serious way. And if we become the party of status quo in 2008, that’s a loser.

followed by more follow-up, TO EDWARDS:

And you’re seeing that Senator Clinton is not?

Clinton was never asked to address the question. Instead, the next question to her was a shift, based on something Edwards said, and clearly another shot at her:

EDWARDS: Senator Obama is not taking it in this campaign. I applaud him for that. And I’ve said: Why don’t we all make an absolutely clear statement that we are the Democratic Party; we’re the party of the people; we are not the party of Washington insiders?

And we can say it clearly and unequivocally, by saying we will never take another dime from a Washington lobbyist.

HERE'S SOME MORE (Comments inbetween quaotes are also from No Quarter): Do you remember this exchange, before the break? They gave Obama a long opportunity to talk about invading Iraq, and cut Clinton’s response off because they needed to go to a commercial break. They did it with a promise to return to her on the return:

MR. RUSSERT: Senator Clinton, on the issue of jobs, I watched you the other day with your economic blueprint in Wisconsin saying, this is my plan; hold me accountable. And I’ve had a chance to read it very carefully. It does say that you pledge to create 5 million new jobs over 10 years.

And I was reminded of your campaign in 2000 in Buffalo, my hometown, just three hours down Route 90, where you pledged 200,000 new jobs for upstate New York. There’s been a net loss of 30,000 jobs. And when you were asked about your pledge, your commitment, you told The Buffalo News, “I might have been a little exuberant.” Tonight will you say that the pledge of 5 million jobs might be a little exuberant?

So, what was the first question on the return, and who got it?

Senator Obama, we started tonight talking about what could be construed as a little hyperbole. Happens from time to time on the campaign trail. You have recently been called out on some yourself. I urge you to look at your monitor and we’ll take a look.

Something else funny happened there, too. When they played Clinton videotape, they asked Obama about it. When they played Obama videotape, they asked Obama about it. Ain’t that grand?

Russert raised the FRAUDULENT National Archives argument again in this debate:

MR. RUSSERT: One other issue. You talked about releasing documents. On January 30th, the National Archives released 10,000 pages of your public schedule as first lady. It’s now in the custody of former President Clinton. Will you release that — again, during this primary season that you claim that eight years of experience, let the public know what you did, who you met with those eight years?" (

So, what has Hillary said about all of this? This, from her website:
Senator Clinton Responds to Senator Obama’s Complaints about the other night’s debate
PHILADELPHIA – In response to a question on Fox 29 Good Morning Philadelphia this morning about Barack Obama's complaints on Wednesday night's debate questions, Senator Hillary Clinton had this to say:

YouTube link and transcript of Hillary Clinton's response:

"Can I say that I’ve been through, what, 23 of these debates? And as I recall, I was asked some pretty tough questions in nearly every one of them. That goes with the territory. Having been inside the White House, I know the pressures inside the White House; I know how hard it is every single day. When the going gets tough you can’t run away. And it’s going to be tough going to deal with these hard problems; getting out of Iraq in the right way, turning the economy around, getting universal health care, ending our dependence on foreign oil. The special interests are going to be a lot tougher than 90 minutes of questions from two journalists and we need a president who is going to be up there fighting everyday for the American people and not complain about how much pressure there is, and how hard the questions are.”"

No freakin' kidding. So shut up and stop whining, Barry. Woman up already and get a GRIP. We have already had one short-tempered, ill-prepared, bullying baby in the White House. We sure don't need another one!!!

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