Skip to comments.Dick Morris: Billís library is launching pad for Hillary
Posted on 11/26/2004 6:36:10 PM PST by Libloather
Bills library is launching pad for Hillary
By DICK MORRIS
Last weeks events in Little Rock had less to do with a library retrospective of the Bill Clinton years than a campaign launch for the prospective presidency of Hillary Clinton.
Doubt it? Then why was it Hillary, not Bill, who appeared on all the talk shows? Its his library. But its her candidacy. So she did all the softball TV interviews, not him reminding voters of her availability for 2008 while seeming to talk about the 90s.
The timing is perfect: Democrats demoralized by John Kerrys defeat get to behold hope for the future.
It also re-launches Hillary as a red state kind of girl. Needing to live down her recent New York pedigree, Mrs. Clinton gets to renew her identification with Arkansas so she can avoid the label of bi-coastal liberal.
And it gives Hillary a moment to bask in the reflected glory of her husbands middle-of-the-road policies and presidential programs. To wash away the Kerry identification with gay marriage and opposition to the war in Iraq, Hillary can summon forth memories of welfare reform, balanced budgets, anti-crime initiatives and the Defense of Marriage Act her husband signed.
In short, the library gives Hillary the chance to moderate her image, relocate her venue and update her profile to position her for a White House.
Promoting a nonpartisan event, interviewers let Hillary get away with anything she wanted to say. For example, when she spoke of the transparency of the architecture of the library building as symbolic of the openness she deems admirable in government, Larry King didnt ask why the names of the donors to the library remain cloaked (let alone why Hillary sued to keep the records of her health-care task force secret) if she is so committed to transparency.
Plus, Hillary now has all the staffing she needs for a White House run. When she sought the Senate seat, she used the White House staff. Now she has the library workers to prepare her background papers, develop policy initiatives and provide the staffing overhead it takes to run for president. Paid for with donations from Democratic Clinton allies, the library is really a support network for Hillarys candidacy.
How typical of the Clintons to refuse to release the names of the library donors or the amount of their contributions. And how exemplary of their shady ethics are the known contributors: Denise Rich and others who benefited from Bills outrageous presidential pardons.
Give money directly to a president, and its a bribe. Contribute to a campaign, a party or a 527 committee, and the use of the cash is severely restricted by law. But donations to a presidential library can be used in any way the Library Board allows. And Bill can replace the board anytime he chooses. Sure, the library cant spend money on overtly political purposes, but it can provide the staff and creature comforts the former president and his candidate/wife require.
Why did Bill Clinton build a library with hidden donations and use the opening ceremony to promote his wifes candidacy for president three weeks after his partys defeat? Because he could.
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Maybe in the land of OZ...
man a face only a Lib could love. Yikes
Gives new meaning to the word "fatwah."
Same reason why a dog licks his wiener.
Reminds me of Megalito Loveless from 'The Wild, Wild West.'
Good analysis--thanks. That pic--OUCH!
Dick gets things right now and again. On this one, I think he's spot on. The remaking of Hillary is underway.....
Too much stuff has been published in the past 12 years. They'd have to buy Whiteout by the tankcar.
Dick Morris is delusional. The DemocRATs will not nominate a liberal senator from a northeast state for generations.
Sometimes I feel I'm alone in the thought that a person so obviously seeking to mask herself in a cover she feels will be more acceptable to the general population will fail. Even the Libs openly admit this is what occuring, no one is fooled.
I just don't think Americans are as stupid as so many warning of the "makeover" believe.
Could she win? Maybe. Will she win because people believe she is a Christian conservative? No.
IMO, she is wasting her time to appear as something she is not. That only works if you are relatively new to the American public. You cannot remake a 20 year Liberal Senate record and you cannot erase a decade of known Liberalism from Hill.
She'd be better off running as an unabshed Liberal that is accepting of divergent views she may not personally embrace. People would respect that position.
She's all they've got....they'll buy the whiteout. Does it mean we won't expose her for the fraud she is.....of course not!
"Dick Morris is delusional. The DemocRATs will not nominate a liberal senator from a northeast state for generations."
You must believe there is a decent amount of sanity amongst the Dims - when their Minority Leader pledges to lead a crusade to "save civilization as we know it" and the best customer of Chivas continues to spew out Dim hate, I don't think there's much rationality to worry about. I'd say Hitlary has a fair chance of being the candidate.
I read that headline and had an image of someone launching Hillary off of Bill's unfinished bridge into the Arkansas river.
Bubba had a catapult installed?
Quick, contact the range control officer.
They're really pretty stupid to think she even has a chance.
They just can't understand how their party needs to change to attract moderate voters.
Same old tired crap with the same old faces isn't going to cut it. They're so full of themselves and their thirst for power that they can't see the obvious, even when its squarely staring them in the face.
Ever since Bill Clinton's success in getting elected to two terms, the dems think they can trot out any liberal and pull off the same thing.
It's not going to happen. There was only one Bill (thank God) and once Hill baby sees her internal polling numbers, I doubt she'll seek the nomination.
Launching pad for her doomed flight of fancy (fantasy).
How many people can be fooled by her/their next attempt at repackaging???
My guess is that, if the Dems will nominate Hillary for President it will be the Death knell of the Democrat Party.
Not only we will solidify our presence in the House and Senate, but we will win the Presidency as well, who ever, that candidate might be.
The Democrats still do not comprehend that the US is not ready for a female candidate for Presidency, not to mention Hillary.
She is such a polarizing figure, it will make John Kerry look like a Kennedy.
This ticket would alarm me: Hillary/Richardson.
Morris still hasn't gotten over the fact that the Hilderbeast was elected senator. He is living for a second chance to bring her down. No one will be more disappointed than Dick if she doesn't run.
I can't believe that Dick Morris is still alive, considering Ron Brown, Vince Foster, etc., etc.
Can Bill really do that?
I'll betchya Dick has notified the Clintoons that if he dies a violent death his attorney will give evidence of where all the bodies are buried. Since the toe-sucking incident the Clintoons have nothing further to reveal about Dick.
...be afraid...very afraid..This carpetbagging female from Arkansas in all probability with a the most real "body" trail of any American politician EVER somehow "got" elected to the senate...in all probability through the judicious application of information obtained from a variety of stolen FBI and IRS files...
Hillary is as renewed with her Arkansas life as I am renewed with hand milking 45 cows twice a day. NOT!!!!!
She is a drama queen and there are lots of stupid people out there who will vote for her no matter what.
We need to pray that the court actions pending with Peter Paul are enough to finally indict both of the Clintoons.
Actually, Planned unParenthoodlum, the NOW gang, the NEA, the AAUP, the ACLU, the Trial Lawyers Assn., more than half the illegal Hispanics and most Moslems here would all LOVE for Hitlery to be CIC. As to whether the USA is ready for a female president, well, my informal FR observations tell me that a lot of us here would go for Condi.... Hell'ry would fight to save 'Amerika' from the GOP candidate....whomever we have running will be cast by the Dims as 'bad as Bush was, or worse.' And we would proceed to destroy her, God help us!
No, "Kiss it Bill" only treats women like dogs and has them do it....Bill Clinton has set respect for women back into Mohammed's era.
Pray for W and Our Troops
Well, it sort of bends to the left. I reckon he can't reach it.
"Dick Morris is delusional. The DemocRATs will not nominate a liberal senator from a northeast state for generations.
Hmmm... Nominating Michael Dukakis was such a success, they decided to nominate his lieutenant governor.
Some people never learn.
Dick Morris is right on track.
What I am anticipating from Hillary in the near future:
-Hillary and Bill will buy a second home in Arkansas to get back in touch with their "Southern roots."
-Hillary will get a gun permit and go hunting.
-Hillary will get back in touch with the Bible. Expect to see her quoting from it on Meet the Press. Maybe she can even write a sequel to "It Takes a Village", applying Biblical principles to government policy.
-Hillary will be granting interviews to all sort of obscure sources (local radio, college newspapers), and testing conservative positions on foreign policy. Then, in 2008, when somebody asks why she has changed her mind, she can tell them to go pull a 2004 transcript from some AM radio station in Binghamton, and see that she's always been a conservative gal.
Hillary is a lot smarter than Kerry, and won't make his mistake of changing positions at the last minute. She will go ahead and change all her positions and principles right now.
I'm also wondering who the Clintons have ordained as a third party candidate (Ross Perot, Part II) to draw off votes on the right. We already know the Mark and Denise Rich have the checkbook to finance it.
Can anyone say "Mrs. President?" The Clintlers have had this one planned since the sixties. In football it's called the flea-flicker.
Middle of the road ?... Compared to what Dick...?
He really is obsessed with that women. I wish he would give it a break.
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
Getting elected in liberal NY is one thing. The rest of the country for the most part hates her guts.
And for darn good reason.
Oh, that whore.
I'm looking forward to it. I'll be retired by then and can devote a lot of energy to the project.
Why not? They tried it with Kerry and millions of know-nothing voters bought into it.
We need to start grooming candidates for '08 now.
There needs to be a separation in the thought that because someone undergoes a "makeover", that makeover is responsible for their vote tally.
As I stated, Hill could win but it will not be because people believe she is a conservative Christian.
Kerry's makeover was not successful. No one believed he was a heroic moderate that would unite this country and construct a better plan to bring us peace and prosperity. The majority of his votes were given to him by the ABB crowd and the folks that automatically vote "D" without thought.
With Hill, she'll probably registar votes that are FOR her as opposed to against her opponent, but those votes will not be registered because her makeover is successful. People may vote for her because they know she is a Liberal, they may vote for the first woman president, they may vote to try and redeem the Clinton years, they may vote for her because they don't like the alternative we select...
They will not vote for her because they believe she is a conservative evangelical.
It dosen't take Dick Morris to figure this out. Also the only thing RED about hitlery is she is a Commie, cultural marxist, or Nazi. Choose any one of the three.
If that's the case, it looks like hillary's 2008 campaign blew up on the launch pad like one of those giant Russian rockets in the 60's.