Skip to comments.Clinton says GOP strategy is ‘weak’
Posted on 07/11/2006 8:06:20 AM PDT by GeorgiaDawg32
ASPEN Democrats should perform well in November if they focus on issues like climate change, former president Bill Clinton told an Aspen Ideas Festival audience Friday.
Historically, we should win, Clinton said. We might well win one or more houses. In a wide-ranging, hour-long interview, Clinton discussed AIDS, Sudan, limits to executive power, climate change, Rwanda, oil, Iraq, Democratic Party strategies and GOP mastermind Karl Rove.
The Republican strategy is weak, he said.
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"Aspen" is all one needs to know about the audience.
We should listen. There are fewer experts on weakness than Bill Clinton.
What does Ford or Bush41 have to say about the Democrats strategy?
This sex-fien has not changed a bit....still full of hot air....
At Starbucks on Broadway...maybe,,,
He HAD to be bullshitting somebody to have said this.
Bubba heard those hippie chicks still put out for guys who spout the right politics.
Same old Democratic talking points garbage - that they're gonna win, and then when they don't, there's another excuse. We see this every election cycle, and it's only parroted in the media.
"Democrats should perform well in November if they focus on issues like climate change"
Sure enough. Democrats do their best with phony baloney dogma and scare tactics. The huge number of Americans who pay no attention to anything are readily duped by Democrat crap.
"Democrats should perform well in November if they focus on issues like climate change". Yea that's the ticket, focus on climate change while people are paying $3 a gallon. The Rats are really bankrupt on ideas.
There, fixed it.
All those things he discussed had something in common. They were all issues that he did nothing about.
And why he never took action on any of these issues!
"Bubba heard those hippie chicks still put out for guys who spout the right politics."
Also naive young college women who have been indoctrinated by our public schools and universities (apologies to any intelligent young college freeper women, but you are a rarity, esp. in the humanities). I'm betting Clinton is done and over with hippie chicks aka was Hitlary really used to be...
"Anybody here see my Legacy?"....
"No, not HILLARY, MY Legacy!"
What's Bill been inhaling? Please. Let's have a months' long discussion of the previous administration's brilliant diplomatic manuevers as a genocide slowly unfolded before our very eyes. With a sidebar on our reliance on the U.N. Hero of Rwanda, Kofi Annan, ordering the peacekeepers to stand down.
That should win a lot of votes.
Coming from Mr. Hot Air who's married to Mrs. Freeze!
In other news Clinton remarked "The French soccer team BLOWS!"
1)He is partly playing to the crowd.
2) He is sending a signal to the other dem candidates as to what direction they should take.
3) If they take the bait and run left, Hillary will cover the middle. As the left implodes, she gets a lock on the nomination.
With every passing day I become more convinced that Bill Clinton is really just a Republican mole -- planted in the Democratic Party to ensure that they look as silly as possible.
How else could one explain this idea that his recipe for Democratic success in November is to focus on the one freaking issue that hardly anyone cares about?
At least they have a stategy.
Clinton's character is "weak".
Oh please oh please oh please.
I *pray* they go for this as an issue.
It's so easy to slam dunk.
This a$$hole is bullsh*tting more now... than he did when he soiled the Oval Office. Where the hell is a disgruntled, office-seeker when you really need one?
thank you so much for posting this. Be sure and repost it on Election Night so we will be reminded of Bill Clinton's prediction.
The day after the election could be a lot of fun.
Somebody tell this pervert to shut up.
Two things: First, don't be an idiot and run when you said you weren't going to run. Second, don't trust Ross Perot.
If the Democrats pick this issue, I have no doubt that the Republicans will rise to the challenge of missing the slam dunk shot anyway.
Republicans will agree that human-induced global warming is a reality, and then will focus on competing with Democrats over how best to grandstand by claiming a solution (that will not work).
Talk about a weak strategy. Ask any pollster, no one votes on this issue -- no one.
Oh, man, I'm sure you're right!
Lindsey Graham uses a metaphor from the links to describe his political discomfort. His fellow Republicans remind him of a tournament golfer who ignores the leader board and thinks he is ahead going into the 17th and 18th holes, when he really is trailing.
"It's like we think we'll get by with pars on the last two holes when we really need birdies," Graham told me. He referred to the 2006 mid-term election, where he sees a real danger of Republicans losing control of both houses in Congress for the first time since the 1992 elections. Such foreboding reflects Graham's fear that demographic changes in America will extend beyond this year's elections and return the Republican Party to minority status.
Graham's remedy to avert short-term and long-term disaster: return to fiscal integrity by seriously cutting spending -- clean up entitlements, develop sane environmental and immigration policies .....necessary for the party's health .... find little GOP support on Capitol Hill and only mixed backing at the White House.
It is not merely lack of enthusiasm for Graham's agenda. Since talking to the senator, (Novak talking)I have tested his theories with a dozen prominent Republicans.
Each of them says the American voter will stick with the Republicans after taking a good look at Democrats, a mind-set that often is a precursor of defeat. To follow Graham's metaphor, perhaps they are not reading the real leader board of American politics.
Republicans surely seem to need some birdies to keep Senate seats in 2006. Rick Santorum remains far behind in Pennsylvania. Conrad Burns is in trouble in Montana. Jim Talent trails in Missouri. Mike DeWine is threatened by a noxious Republican atmosphere in Ohio. Lincoln Chafee is endangered in Democratic Rhode Island. Jon Kyl faces a surprisingly tough race in Arizona. Despite excellent candidates in Minnesota and Washington state, no Republican challenging for a Democratic-held Senate seat is in the lead. Thus, a six-seat takeover capturing the Senate is possible.
This is of special concern for Republicans because the third of Senate seats contested in 2006 is more favorable to their party than what will follow. The long-term outlook troubles Graham, who sees a bleak GOP outlook north of the Mason-Dixon Line. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins in Maine and Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania may be the last Republican senators from their states. The rising Hispanic-American population not only has transformed California into a Democratic state; freshman Democratic Sen. Ken Salazar looks like the new political face of Colorado, and Arizona is no longer safe for Kyl conservatives.
These demographic changes suggest an end to the gradual political realignment that began in the late '60s and produced consistent electoral success for Republicans. As a South Carolinian, Graham must worry about his party suffering the fate of Democrats in the 1920s. Democrats elected only 20 House members and won no presidential electoral votes outside southern and border states in 1920.
Accordingly, Graham is one conservative Republican who supports President Bush on immigration. He and Bush advisers agree that the immigration hard line may alienate the Hispanic vote with disastrous consequences. But Graham has little backing at the White House for a softened party line on global warming and entitlement reform that includes greater contributions by upper-income Americans.
Graham sees the highest Republican priority as controlling federal spending. He proposes renewing the campaign for a constitutional amendment mandating a balanced budget, backed up by self-restraint on earmarks. That agenda evokes limited applause in party circles. Sophisticates in Washington roll their eyes over constitutional limits on spending. Senators John McCain and Tom Coburn have not made friends by fighting earmarks. After all, why should Republicans clap if they think they are ahead going into the last two holes?
OK to have a few laughs at Bubba's expense entre nous, but he is one smart politico. Bubba is shoring up the base right now and I would take him very very seriously ... not to say the GOP should follow his lead. But dammit, I don't think we look at all good in the coming election. Whatever the GOP is going to do, (and I would love to know) they had better start doing, or GW is going to be one very lame duck indeed.
The truth is there's very little the Democrats can bring up without splitting their party.
I think the truth is, the 'moderates' have abandoned both parties as regular members. The moderates will still vote at election time, but they don't really vote in primaries or participate in party building between elections.
Which leaves only the fringe Ls as the basis of the D party. And to please them, you gotta pretend to believe some crazy stuff! Which will kill them come time for the general election.
E.G. "You know Al Gore, in addition to inventing the internet also forced the low volume flush toilet through the Senate. It's a typical Democrat solution in that it now takes 25 gallons of our precious water resources to accomplish what 7 gallons used to do.
BTW, the Democrat/Green Loony Left Solution to the problem their stupidity and political correctness caused?
Or how about the switch from R-12, to R-134 Refrigerant in Automotive AC. It's 30% less efficient, thus requires larger components, is prone to leakage, is explosive, corrosive ... and worst of all, the "hole in the ozone layer" pseudo-science that the switch was based on turns out NOT TO EXIST.
Ducks suffering from lead poisoning, ethanol fuels, special gasolines, etc ad inf. All based on bullsheep science .... all costing us billions. Even the damned glue used to hold the heat tiles on the shuttle was changed because of environmental regulations ... and now the tiles fall off!
Jeez, Attack, Attack. Attack! Remember the Dems always have a head start, and they always have fraud going for them in the close ones! 50+% of the American public simply cannot be too stupid to understand, if we tell it right.
OH PUHLEASE.....I hope they all take this advice!
The election campaigns really don't start until after Labor Day.
Compared to the Democrats' platform of "climate change"????
This is the crucial "marketing" period for the election, during which directions and major themes are tested and established. It's just like a retail establishment: now is Christmas. The Back-to-School ads are getting ready to go in the can, the media buy is ready to go.
It is also a period in which the Democrats, who IMHO, are always better at this, have a thousand different weasels out there following coherent scripts, establishing directions and themes. We are lucky they haven't hit on a big winner yet, but they certainly seem to have a lot of little ones!
So far, the GOP is telling itself:
"Any fool can see the Democrats are complete and traitorous weasels, loony-left green maniacs. Why, see here, no sane person could possibly vote for them!"
This ain't a winning strategy. (One really cannot count on analytical intelligence among one's audience, especially if one is leaving it up to them to get the data one might already have. One has to show them.)
Novak, who ain't my cuppa tea neither, is giving a platform to Lindsey Graham, to whom I think it is worth listening, and with whom I largely agree as to the attitude of the Republicans.
Hey, I hope I am dead wrong on this. But I am very nervous about the Democrats taking over the house and Senate when this country is at war, and in danger.