Who let the Dawg out?

Roger Simon at Politico:

Bill Clinton out of control on 2012

Bill Clinton has to be the smartest guy in the room even when he’s not in the room.

Clinton is not on Barack Obama’s campaign staff, is not a trusted adviser, does not set Obama’s strategy.

But Bill Clinton is pretty good at sabotaging Obama’s strategy.

He did so last week when he went on television and said Mitt Romney had a “sterling” record while running Bain Capital.

The Obama message is exactly the opposite. The Obama campaign had just run a TV ad claiming that working Americans had been harmed by Bain Capital and included one man saying Bain had been a “vampire” that “sucked the blood out of us.”

Damn those divisive Clintons, saying nice things about people!

Now it gets piled higher and deeper:

Second, there is the little matter of the 2008 Democratic presidential campaign. Hillary Clinton was the early favorite, but she lost to Barack Obama and Bill Clinton helped her lose.

He made one of the biggest strategic mistakes of her entire campaign: He insisted she seriously compete in South Carolina. Hillary’s staff wanted to spend its time and resources elsewhere, judging that South Carolina, with its large black electorate, was unwinnable.

Funny, I remember the primaries really well, and I don’t remember any discussion that Obama was heavily favored to win South Carolina because he was black. I watched the returns coming in on MSNBC and nobody mentioned that Obama only won because he got 80% of the black vote in a state where blacks make up 55% of the Democratic voters. In fact, I’m pretty sure that even mentioning that fact would have been deemed racist.

SC was one of six early primaries/caucuses and the only officially sanctioned (by the DNC) primary in the South and the last before Super Tuesday. The decision to campaign there was made way before Obama emerged as the front runner.

But Bill felt that with his Southern roots and proven appeal to black voters, Hillary could beat Obama there. And Bill campaigned all-out. At Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., an angry, finger-wagging Bill had called Obama’s campaign a “fairy tale.” Jim Clyburn, a highly respected black congressman from South Carolina, felt insulted and publicly told Bill to “chill a little bit” and “tone it down.”

Angry, finger-wagging Bill? I don’t think so:

If you listen to what he actually said, The Big Dawg said that Obama’s repeatedly changing position on the war in Iraq was a fairy tale. He didn’t say anything about his campaign.

But Bill wouldn’t listen. And at a primary day rally in Columbia, S.C., he pooh-poohed Obama’s impending win by saying: “Jesse Jackson won South Carolina in ’84 and ’88,” meaning, in other words, that Obama’s South Carolina victory would be as insignificant for him as it was for Jackson.

This was widely viewed as racially insensitive. Jake Tapper of ABC News referred to it as “race-baiting.”

Let’s check instant replay again:

I didn’t hear anything untrue or offensive, did you?

But wait! There’s more!

Obama would crush Hillary Clinton in South Carolina by 28.9 percentage points, the first blowout of the primary campaign. African-Americans made up 55 percent of the voters, and 80 percent of them voted for Obama. “There was a recoil of people to Clinton tactics,” Obama’s campaign manager, David Plouffe, told me.

A top Hillary staffer told me: “It was so dramatic a loss for us and so dramatic a win for him that it gave permission for Ted Kennedy and Caroline Kennedy and [then-Arizona Gov.] Janet Napolitano to say with a clear conscience, ‘We are going for him.’”

Wait a second, I thought SC was “unwinnable” in the first place? How did it turn into a dramatic loss? How did a statement made the same day as the primary cause such a huge effect?

I’m sure Roger Simon knows that Ted Kennedy was an early backer of Obama’s, but kept his support secret. Teddy was just waiting for an opportune time to announce his endorsement.

Simon should also be aware that playing the race card was a predetermined strategy of the Obama campaign. They dealt that card from the bottom of the deck.

Moreover, the South Carolina victory made it very difficult for superdelegates to go with Hillary without looking as if they wanted to deny a black man the nomination.

Koresh knows we wouldn’t want the superdelegates to go with the popular vote and pledged delegate leader. But how come they weren’t worried about looking as if they wanted to deny a woman the nomination?

Last but not least:

“As the campaign kicked off, there was a conscious effort to not have Bill out there,” Hillary’s campaign manager, Patti Solis Doyle, told me. “We used him strategically to raise money.”

The name Patti Solis Doyle will always live in infamy with Hillary supporters. It’s on the list right below Donna Brazile.

Bill Clinton is the only living two-term Democratic ex-POTUS. He is enormously popular with the Democratic voters who recall fondly the peace and prosperity of the Nineties. He is currently the second-most popular Democrat politician in the country, behind only Hillary.

Patti Solis Doyle’s brilliant “hide Bill” strategy has a lot to do with why Obama was able to steal the nomination.

My Bullshit Meter gives Mr. Simon 5 steaming turds.

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62 Responses to Who let the Dawg out?

  1. Oswald says:

    And they wonder why we’re bitter.

  2. HELENK says:

    when bill speaks about backtrack, it is kind of like when a southern lady says ” bless his heart” He does it with a smile

  3. DeniseVB says:

    SC was probably a safe state to call unwinnable since it was Edwards’ home state too. Though the combined votes of both HRC and JRE still wouldn’t have beat Obama.


    • Oswald says:

      Then why was it such a dramatic loss for Hillary?

      BTW – Isn’t Sleazy from NC?

      • DeniseVB says:

        Edwards grew up in rural SC, went to Clemson, transferred to NC State, got his law degree at UNC. I did like the Edwards v.2004. Still think if he were on top of the ticket that year he would have won. He was the Palin to Kerry’s McCain. Stole too much of JK’s spotlight so they pretty much buried him too.

  4. jeffhas says:

    Tell it Klown.

  5. WMCB says:

    He’s full of crap that Bill’s Jesse Jackson comparison about the SC win was calling it insignificant.

    Bill was merely pointing out the very obvious truth that a large black electorate was likely going to vote for the black man, regardless. I am sick and tired of pointing out that TRUTH being called racist.

    Black voters will by and large always vote for the black candidate. They will vote for the black candidate if he has crack buying convictions, or if he has a freezer full of dirty cash. It’s no secret. It’s demonstrably true. If there is nothing wrong with them doing that, then why do people get all butthurt when you point it out? You can’t have it both ways. If it’s fine for them to do that (and it is), then how is it “racist” to say that they do?

    • jjmtacoma says:

      I can’t figure that one out either. Why is that a problem?

      Remember the criticism that women were “vagina voters” if they wanted Hillary? That was not a problem, interestingly.

    • angienc says:

      They will vote for the black candidate if he has crack buying convictions, or if he has a freezer full of dirty cash.

      Hey! Berry was entrapment! And Jefferson was — well, Jefferson was in NOLA, that kind of thing (freezers full of cash) is not only common, it’s expected (have you met our ex-Gov. Edwin Edwards?) 😉

  6. Lola-at-Large says:

    I left this mind-f*cking comment:

    Bill Clinton was the original PUMA, and 2012 will be PUMA revenge. Message to Democrats: Don’t **** with women. We can outvote every constituency you have.

    That was fun!

  7. Lola-at-Large says:

    BC being off message is the story on John King right now. He recently doubled down and called for extension of the Bush tax cuts.

    • WMCB says:

      He also went on CNBC and talked about “so many people on foodstamps, so many on unemployment….”


    • votermom says:

      I love Payback time. 😀

    • cj says:

      Hmmm, it’s almost as if someone at the WH is whispering in a few media ears.

      • Lola-at-Large says:

        Well, you won’t find more friendly ears with a veneer of plausible deniability than John King. He’s not Chris Matthews, but you know which direction his panties twist when they wad.

      • cj says:

        Oh I know, he’s a total Obama hack. Most of CNN is, they’re just a little less in-your-face about than MSNBC.

  8. angienc says:

    I’m not going to read the entire Simon article, but did it mention how at the NYC fundraiser last night, while standing onstage with Obama, Bill reminded the audience that he was “the only guy to give you 4 surplus budgets?”

    ‘Cause that was totally awesome.

    • DeniseVB says:

      And, it’s totally the headlines on most of the conservative sites today 😀

    • r u reddy says:

      If we were to let the BushCobama tax cuts sunset altogether and let the former Clinton-era tax rates re-emerge, we could get to that debt-paydown result again. I hope Mr. Clinton ends up saying THAT.

      Because the fact is, in my tinfoil opinion, that Obama wants to make the Bush tax cuts permanent. He wants to do that to deepen the debt and the deficit still further, to create more pressure to destroy Social Security and Medicare. His clever reverse-psychology trick for maintaining the Bush tax cuts is to pretend to want to repeal them “for the very richest Americans”. That little hand-grenade of discord is designed to inspire the Republicans to oppose any modification to the Bush tax cuts at all. Boehner and McConnell are not Obama’s opponents. They are his secret co-conspirators.

      Given all that, I hope Clinton eventually says: let the Bush tax cuts sunset and die.

  9. Lola-at-Large says:

    LMAO@ IowaHawk!

  10. Lola-at-Large says:

    LMAO again! One of the comments on the article linked in this post compares Obama to this guy, who’s nickname was “Toast”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Izel_Jenkins

  11. DandyTiger says:

    Now there’s some rewriting of history. The real question is, does he know he’s lying through his teeth and changing history, or is he so in denial and crazy that he actually believes that crap.

  12. DeniseVB says:

    Here’s some good news. A recent (??) poll has Independents at the highest ever at 38%. Which means more people are kissing off the Dems and Repubs. GOOD !

    Sorry, my NOOK skills suck, so will try and retrace my steps now to find it on the laptop. BRB.

  13. WMCB says:

    New video up at Breitbart. Female poll watcher threatened, told he’d “bang her head against the floor”.


    • DandyTiger says:

      Apparently that’s one of the Dem operatives, er, I mean bus drivers, who are bringing in tons of same day voters, i.e., Chicagoans, to vote. The poll watcher wasn’t too happy about the cheating I guess. Ain’t the new Dem party grand.

  14. Lola-at-Large says:

    Attacking Bill Clinton is also the story de jour on on Erin Burnett’s Out Front. Shrum defending him. Someone I’m unfamiliar with attacking him.

    • cj says:

      And, I’m happy to see that no matter how much Begala’s paid to shill for Obama, he will never, ever, ever stab BC in the back. 🙂

      • Lola-at-Large says:

        Right, it was Begala, not Shrum. Thanks for the correction. And agree. 😀

    • DandyTiger says:

      I suspect we have some widespread cheating. Lots of busloads of kids from Chicago are registering same day to vote. It’s like the ’08 Dem caucuses all over again. The real reason Dems want to shut down all these voter ID laws, sadly.

      • Lola-at-Large says:

        Hopefully Walker’s team was smart enough to bus in some folks from Minnesota. I don’t support such tactics, but I wouldn’t blame anyone for fighting for a level playing field.

  15. Lola-at-Large says:

    One hour until polls close. We’re about to stuff our faces with a big homemade four-meat pizza, salad, and beer. We’ll be ready for the show!

  16. DandyTiger says:

    Bill is well liked, but not by Obama, or most of his reelection staff. And Bill is clearly slipping these things in on purpose. You have to ask yourself then, why is the Obama campaign using him at all?

    • DandyTiger says:

      Here’s a hint, it has to do with who really holds purse strings and who has the loyalty of many major money people.

      • Lola-at-Large says:

        Also, he can’t win afford to not put him out there. They both know it too. The best part is that they made all that rayciss ruckus in 2008, to which he responded, “Aw, shucks.” And now he can just say he didn’t mean it. He’s screwing them back with the screws he removed from his own back. Keep going, Bill!

  17. DeniseVB says:

    Althouse is liveblogging from Wisconsin. Not sure wassup for the TCH posts planned. Here’s a good start though 😀


    Also have been scanning sites with BUSLOADS arriving from out of state but have been cautioned to take that with a grain of salt if they use anonyomous sources. Though same day registration worries me.

    Early Fox exit polls are favoring Barrett ?

    • DandyTiger says:

      If the difference was going to be around 3-5%, and we have near 120% turn out (read, lots of busloads of Chicagoans), then I’m sensing a sizable Barrett win. We’ll see. But don’t be surprised.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Sounds like a test for the General in Nov. What next, putting me on a train from Norfolk to NYC in Dec. Yeah, right, like I’m going to trust that /snort.

      • r u reddy says:

        Is that percentage figure based on “percent of registered voters in the state”? That’s what I had always understood “percentage turnout” to be based on. Or is it based on comparing it to numbers of people voting this election compared to numbers of people voting in the last election there? I wonder because I have heard that the “percentage turnout figure” is based on that arcane redefinition of the word “percentage turnout”. If that’s what somebody is doing . . . arcanely redefining the term “percentage turnout” . . . then the question is “who and why”?

  18. SophieCT says:

    He is currently the second-most popular Democrat politician in the country, behind only Hillary.

    Whooo hooo!!

    • DandyTiger says:

      Every time Bill is on stage, there is something in the air that he doesn’t even have to say out loud. “Miss me” To which the audience has already said “Yes”.

      • leslie says:

        How right you are! When I visited the Clinton Museum last fall, I saw a magnet that is, on the face of it, a license plate. Smack dab in the center is
        IMISSBILL“Big and Bold. I bought several.

    • Oswald says:

      Can you imagine a GOP primary where the candidates run away from Ronald Reagan?

      Democrats are stupid.

  19. Lola-at-Large says:

    CNN just called it for Walker!

  20. leslie says:

    I’m losing the font game on crawdad hole again tonight.

    • Lola-at-Large says:

      That’s gotta be something with your computer, or a virus or something. I hope you get it fixed soon. 😦 Love your commentary!

  21. foxyladi14 says:

    the Wonce couldn’t find his shoes. 😆

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