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Carl Bernsteinís View: A Hillary Clinton presidency
CNN ^ | April 12, 2008 | Carl Bernstein

Posted on 04/13/2008 4:54:18 PM PDT by BulletBobCo

What will a Hillary Clinton presidency look like?

The answer by now seems obvious: It will look like her presidential campaign, which in turn looks increasingly like the first Clinton presidency.

Which is to say, high-minded ideals, lowered execution, half truths, outright lies (and imaginary flights), take-no prisoners politics, some very good policy ideas, a presidential spouse given to wallowing in anger and self-pity, and a succession of aides and surrogates pushed under the bus when things don’t go right. Which is to say, often.

And endless psychodrama: the essential Clintonian experience that mesmerizes the press, confuses the citizenry, confounds members of both parties in Congress (not to mention the Clintons themselves, at times) and pretty much keeps the rest of the world constantly amused and fixated.

Such a picture of Clinton Redux is, by definition, speculation. But it is speculation based on the best evidence at hand: the demonstrable and familiar record of Hillary and Bill Clinton coupled together in Permanent Campaign-mode for a generation, waging a continuous fight on the national political stage since 1992, an unceasing campaign for the White House, for redemption, for their ideas (sometimes) and for themselves (almost always), especially in 2008.

The basic dynamics of the campaign, except for the Clintons’ vast new-found personal wealth and its challenges, have been near-constant since they arrived in Washington: through Whitewater, health care, the battle of the budget, the culture wars, the tax returns released only under duress, the travel office, Monica, impeachment, the pardons and through Hillary Clinton’s often repugnant presidential campaign.

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1 posted on 04/13/2008 4:54:18 PM PDT by BulletBobCo
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“lowered execution, half truths, outright lies (and imaginary flights), take-no prisoners politics, some very good policy ideas, a presidential spouse given to wallowing in anger and self-pity, and a succession of aides and surrogates pushed under the bus when things don’t go right. Which is to say, often.

And endless psychodrama: the essential Clintonian experience that mesmerizes the press, confuses the citizenry, confounds members of both parties in Congress (not to mention the Clintons themselves, at times) and pretty much keeps the rest of the world constantly amused and fixated.”

That sure sounded like the first Clinton Presidency, that’s for sure.


2 posted on 04/13/2008 4:56:17 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Those in the national Republican leadership do the work of three men- Moe, Larry, and Curly.)
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To: BulletBobCo
"...some very good policy ideas..."

"Midnight basketball", Bosnia, welfare reform (stolen from the GOP), school uniforms? What the heck is he talking about?

3 posted on 04/13/2008 4:59:30 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (McCain could never convince me to vote for him. Only Hillary or Obama can!)
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To: BulletBobCo
The Tonya Harding of the Democrat Party!


4 posted on 04/13/2008 5:00:59 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: BulletBobCo

Now if Bob Woodward wrote this I would read it, but since it is Carl Bernstein, I’ll pass. Carl is like the Fredo of the journalism family.


5 posted on 04/13/2008 5:01:12 PM PDT by frankjr
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To: BulletBobCo; Clintonfatigued; All

How the dreaded Hildabeast would view her "presidency"

6 posted on 04/13/2008 5:01:33 PM PDT by cpforlife.org (A Catholic Respect Life Curriculum is available at KnightsForLife.org)
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To: Clintonfatigued; cardinal4

What totally terrifies me that if Godzillary should be elected, along with a compliant congress and three quarters of the governors, we would be faced with a Constiutional Convention. The Clinton crime family could get rid of that pesky 22nd Amendment and we’d be stuck with them forever. And as long as they’re convened, they could get rid of that even peskier Second Amendment. God help us.


7 posted on 04/13/2008 5:06:31 PM PDT by Ax (Hilliary! and Barak: Aberrations in the Divine Scheme)
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To: BulletBobCo
What will a Hillary Clinton presidency look like?

We won't know until the book comes out.


8 posted on 04/13/2008 5:06:31 PM PDT by Polybius
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9 posted on 04/13/2008 5:07:57 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: BulletBobCo

IMHO I think it has really surprised the Clinton’s that they aren’t allowed to get away with what they once did. With better than 60% of American’s having access to news via the internet it makes it much harder to get eveything swept under the rug,Thank-God!


10 posted on 04/13/2008 5:11:21 PM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: BulletBobCo
"A Hillary Clinton presidency" would lead to our USA being nuked and conquered by foreign enemies. There aren't enough SNAGs (sensitive New Age guys) to even supply our military forces with enough bodies willing to serve under her. ...not to mention the total lack of fight-worthy men willing to serve under her.


11 posted on 04/13/2008 5:12:53 PM PDT by familyop (Worthless male weekend warrior has-been trash with no degree.)
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To: frankjr
...but since it is Carl Bernstein, I’ll pass.

If ignorance isn't bliss then you don't know what is.

Bernstein (Fredo) assassinates the Clintons (Godfather) in this piece. You should read it, it defies your false expectations.

12 posted on 04/13/2008 5:17:59 PM PDT by Rudder (Klinton-Kool-Aid FReepers prefer spectacle over victory.)
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To: BulletBobCo
Anyone watching CNN’s ‘Faith & Politics’?
Hillary Clinton is explaining her position on abortion. What a contorted answer!
13 posted on 04/13/2008 5:20:14 PM PDT by kcvl
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Please, Carl: name ONE good policy idea (don’t even pretend that there are any GREAT policy ideas in her lib camp). You can’t. The only good things done in the first Clinton Administration came after The Contract and the GOP takeover of Congress. You better hope that we just avoid disastrous policy ideas that will likely cripple our economy, destroy free trade and the globalization that has benefited our economy for the past decade, and gives aid and comfort to all of our worst enemies. Stop BS’ing us, Carl!


14 posted on 04/13/2008 5:21:04 PM PDT by ReleaseTheHounds ("The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.")
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To: BulletBobCo

This time the Arkansas grifters would be even more dangerous. Last time around they made blunders early on (1000 dollar hair cuts on Airforce-1, Gays in Military, raise record taxes) and lost the Congress.

This time around they would get giant Majorities in Congress, and they know the game now. They have gotten better at it. Media is also more brazen.

Second Klinton Presidency would redefine evil.


15 posted on 04/13/2008 5:24:06 PM PDT by The_Republican (Ovaries of the World Unite! Rush, Laura, Ann, Greta - Time for the Ovulation!)
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
I THINK Hillary just said that back alley (my words) abortion lead to the AIDS epidemic?!
16 posted on 04/13/2008 5:24:49 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: BulletBobCo

“...take-no prisoners politics...”

rather Nixsonian eh Carl?


17 posted on 04/13/2008 5:34:03 PM PDT by rod1 (uestion)
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18 posted on 04/13/2008 5:36:17 PM PDT by Lizavetta
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To: BulletBobCo

Carl is an apologist for the Clintons. Even his so-called tell all book was written to de-sensitize us to the facts about Hillary. This article is much the same.


19 posted on 04/13/2008 5:40:17 PM PDT by HChampagne (I am not an AARP member and never will be.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

A second Clinton administration will be just as disasterous as the first only it would occur in a much more dangerous world.


20 posted on 04/13/2008 5:58:07 PM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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