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Newsmax Boss Says He Now Thinks Bill Clinton 'Was a Great President'
Newsbusters ^ | 9/28/09 | Tim Graham

Posted on 09/28/2009 12:00:58 PM PDT by pissant

Which statement here is weirder? Newsmax boss Christopher Ruddy now declaring that Bill Clinton was a "great president"? Or Clinton telling him he did a "good job" hounding him in the 1990s? Howard Kurtz unraveled this bizarre meeting of former adversaries in Monday’s Washington Post:

For those who remember Ruddy's name from the scandal wars of the 1990s, that is nothing short of remarkable. Ruddy wrote a book titled "The Strange Death of Vincent Foster," questioning whether the Clinton aide, who committed suicide, had been murdered. He also questioned whether Commerce secretary Ron Brown, who died in a plane crash, had been shot in the head. And yet here was Ruddy, now chief executive of Newsmax.com, telling Clinton that "I was one of your critics" during his administration, and Clinton responding with a laugh: "You did a good job."

Ruddy says in an interview that he was "overzealous" and "over the top" when publisher Richard Mellon Scaife was financing his Clinton investigations. (Scaife has also made peace with his onetime nemesis.) "I think he was a much better president than I thought," Ruddy says. "I think he was a great president."

If this deep bow is what it takes to gain access for an interview with the former president, the price is too high. It sounds a lot like Joe Scarborough apologizing all over Hillary Clinton a few years back.


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Ruddy is the new David Brock. Did he offer Slick a Lewinsky?
1 posted on 09/28/2009 12:00:58 PM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant

I suggest we wait and get the facts before quoting out of context. We needent eat our own.


2 posted on 09/28/2009 12:02:43 PM PDT by CincyRichieRich (Keep your head up and keep moving forward!)
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To: pissant

You have to be dead from the neck up to think Slick was a “great” President.


3 posted on 09/28/2009 12:03:37 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (The 0 years, Too bad a requirement for adult supervision was not put into the Constitution)
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To: pissant

I would rather wake up from this ongoing political nightmare!


4 posted on 09/28/2009 12:04:05 PM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (Conservatives obey the rules. Leftists cheat. Who probably has the political advantage?)
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To: pissant

I agree with this yutz. Compared to what we have now, Clinton was an accomplished statesman.


5 posted on 09/28/2009 12:04:12 PM PDT by wbill
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To: CincyRichieRich

“I think he was a much better president than I thought,” Ruddy says. “I think he was a great president.”

Hard to imagine the context helping him out


6 posted on 09/28/2009 12:04:40 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

Was this before or after Ruddy consumed massive quantities of tequila?

Clinton still thinks he ‘IS’ President.


7 posted on 09/28/2009 12:05:13 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: pissant

Some people are so easily flattered into submission...and Clinton is the biggest BS artist since....well....since...

I’m thinkin’


8 posted on 09/28/2009 12:06:36 PM PDT by sodpoodle (Never give up- Keep Up!!!)
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To: pissant

Clinton was an exceptionally good liar. I guess Ruddy appreciated that.

When people tell me Clinton was a great president, I play the “How did he do that?”

Clinton was a great president
What did he do that was great?
He cut the deficit.
How did he do that?
Uhhhh.......

Clinton was a great president
What did he do that was great?
He had a great economy
How did he do that?
Uhhhh.......


9 posted on 09/28/2009 12:06:37 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: wbill

If the choice was between Barack McCain, I mean Obama, and Clinton, I would take Clinton any day of the week.


10 posted on 09/28/2009 12:06:42 PM PDT by Colvin (Harry Reid is a sap sucking idiot.)
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To: pissant

Compared to Obama, Clinton was a GREAT POTUS.

I know many Republicans who regard Clinton as a good president only because they experienced success in the 90’s.


11 posted on 09/28/2009 12:08:18 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: wbill

Agreed. Compared to Obama, Clinton was a great President. And I know this will get me some flack, .... compared to Bush in some ways as well ... Clinton wasn’t so bad. I miss Ronald Reagan!


12 posted on 09/28/2009 12:08:34 PM PDT by StolarStorm
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To: pissant

Well, compared to Obambi I’d have to agree with him...


13 posted on 09/28/2009 12:09:11 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour
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To: MNJohnnie

There’s something very wrong here. Either Ruddy is being completely misquoted in or he is raving mad.


14 posted on 09/28/2009 12:09:39 PM PDT by Rational Thought
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To: Colvin

***I would take Clinton any day of the week.****

Only if we could have him under the thumbscrews of a Gingrich congress.


15 posted on 09/28/2009 12:10:09 PM PDT by sodpoodle (Never give up- Keep Up!!!)
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To: pissant

It’s official. Conservatives have no friends in the media.


16 posted on 09/28/2009 12:10:59 PM PDT by BertWheeler (Dance and the World Dances With You!)
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To: pissant

Obama does kind of make clinton look good.

Clinton just skimmed a few billion off the top. Obama is blowing trillions. Clinton was corrupt, and probably killed a lot more people than Obama, but he was not a Communist extremist, even if his wife tried to urge him in that direction.

Heck, I don’t much care what Ruddy says about clinton now. He did a good job on him back then, when it counted.

I would also say that these comments have probably been taken out of context.


17 posted on 09/28/2009 12:11:10 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: sodpoodle

“and Clinton is the biggest BS artist since....well....since...”

OBAMA!;)


18 posted on 09/28/2009 12:11:43 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: StolarStorm
And I know this will get me some flack, .... compared to Bush in some ways as well .

Name one.

19 posted on 09/28/2009 12:12:40 PM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages - In Honor of Standing Wolf)
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To: pissant

They got to him and forced the supposed H1N1 vaccine on him. Now with the chemicals therein, he’s a liberal puppet — brainwashing accomplished.


20 posted on 09/28/2009 12:13:28 PM PDT by George from New England (escaped CT 2006; now living north of Tampa Bay)
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To: pissant
He left out the word despicable.

In 1995 or 96 in his state of the union speech, Clinton said their were noi missiles pointed at the US (after the US dealing with Russia for 6 years or so).

Clinto took campaign money from the Chinese military and then he approved the sale of Loral missile guidance technology to China and the Cray supercomputers to run it.

When Clinton left office the Chinese had 200 missiles capable of reaching the west coast of the US.

I don't care of Clinton saved 1 million school buses from going over cliffs. He is a traitor and belongs in prison for the rest of his life.

21 posted on 09/28/2009 12:15:02 PM PDT by nufsed
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To: StolarStorm
Generally, I'd agree with you re: Bush vs Clinton.

I wasn't surprised when Clinton acted like a Democrat. I was more than a little surprised when Bush acted like one.

22 posted on 09/28/2009 12:15:58 PM PDT by wbill
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To: MNJohnnie

No, it’s in comparison to Obama. Bill Clinton looks like a great president compared to Obama. It’s very sad!


23 posted on 09/28/2009 12:16:19 PM PDT by luckystarmom
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To: wbill

What are you talking about Obama is the best president elected in the 21st century!

but then he’s the only one elected in the 21st century.
but when compared to the rest of the former presidents of all time he’s going to rate in the bottom 5 when all is aid and done.


24 posted on 09/28/2009 12:18:25 PM PDT by mtnjimmi (“When you choose the lesser of two evils, always remember that it is still an evil.” Max Lerner)
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To: CincyRichieRich
We needent eat our own.

Ruddy is not one of my own. I always thought he was more interested in his own publicity than he was in finding the truth. Newsmax is a garbage site IMO.

25 posted on 09/28/2009 12:20:12 PM PDT by pgkdan ( I miss Ronald Reagan!)
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To: pissant
There's thinking that maybe BilL Clinton wasn't so bad when you compare him to Obama, and then there's calling him a great President. I've even done the "wasn't so bad" but then I remembered all the lovely things the Clintons did including this gem courtesy of Obama White House counsel, Greg Craig:

Doesn't matter how bad Obama is, Bill Clinton was still an awful President. Wake up, Ruddy!

26 posted on 09/28/2009 12:20:54 PM PDT by Dahoser (The missus and I joined the NRA. Who says Obama can't inspire conservatives?)
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To: pissant

I’ve never met a woman who would put up with Clinton style behavior in a man, likewise I’ve never met a woman that wouldn’t make excuses and outright lie for him.


27 posted on 09/28/2009 12:21:53 PM PDT by Waco (OK Libs, stop emiting)
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To: johnthebaptistmoore
I would rather wake up from this ongoing political nightmare!

OK, your wish is granted, it is now back in the middle of the Clinton impeachment proceedings. Would you go to the Democrat leadership and tell them you had a vision of the future where it would be better for them to impeach Clinton and get their boy Gore in office right then because he would lose the 2000 election?

Looking forward to answers from one and all that care to consider alternate history lines (with appropriate recognition to the master of same, Harry Turtledove.)

28 posted on 09/28/2009 12:22:13 PM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: mtnjimmi
yep.

I've been pleasantly surprised by his fall from grace. I figured that we'd have at least 6-8 months of fawning newscoverage about how BO is "The First Black President to (whatever)".

Instead - 8 months in - the honeymoon is over and now we have "The First Black President with Ratings Lower Than Jimmy Carter".

Ok by me.

29 posted on 09/28/2009 12:24:49 PM PDT by wbill
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To: StolarStorm
Agreed. Compared to Obama, Clinton was a great President. And I know this will get me some flack, .... compared to Bush in some ways as well ... Clinton wasn’t so bad. I miss Ronald Reagan!

How long ahve been suffering from amnesia? Clinton's Presidency was a non event thanks to the fact that Ronald Reagan's policies successfully ended the cold war. The 90's were the decade of the co-called "peace dividend' so Bill had time to jack off and get bj's in the Oval Office. All the while bin laden and his ilk were carrying out terrorist attacks that went unanswered while planning, with impunity, the attacks of 9-11.

Yeah Bill Clinton was a great president. Give me a freaking break!

30 posted on 09/28/2009 12:26:08 PM PDT by pgkdan ( I miss Ronald Reagan!)
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To: USS Alaska

He dropped the health care fiasco, while Bush gave us a huge expansion in medicare. That’s one.


31 posted on 09/28/2009 12:26:23 PM PDT by StolarStorm
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To: pgkdan

I said he wasn’t so bad, not great. Bush wasn’t that great either. Where is my IRS reform and flat tax? ... he had both the senate and the house. Bush was more a dem than many dems. Other than the defense issues, he was not so hot.


32 posted on 09/28/2009 12:28:37 PM PDT by StolarStorm
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To: pissant

Just one example of how 9 months of Obama can affect your judgement and perceptions...


33 posted on 09/28/2009 12:30:40 PM PDT by sourcery (Party like it's 1776!)
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To: Dahoser

How many children were roasted in Waco by Janet "Shake and Bake" Reno? And what of Randy Weaver's wife shot dead in Ruby Ridge?

34 posted on 09/28/2009 12:45:36 PM PDT by Obadiah (Obama: Chains you can believe in!)
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To: sourcery

Man, that must be the reason!


35 posted on 09/28/2009 12:48:43 PM PDT by Obadiah (Obama: Chains you can believe in!)
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To: AppyPappy
How did he do that?

Remember the little thing so warmly called "the peace dividend" by the left. You know, "the peace dividend" that gutted military funding and funding for our protective agencies, i.e., the CIA (remember CIA director James Woolsey who could never get even one appointment with Clinton) and the FBI.

Remember how Clinton stated he hated the military?

Yeah, and then we had 9/11.

That's how Clinton cut the deficit. Oh, and don't forget the tech bubble and irrational exuberance.

36 posted on 09/28/2009 12:54:57 PM PDT by Obadiah (Obama: Chains you can believe in!)
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To: Obadiah
FBI Sniper Lon Horiuchi assassinated Vicki Weaver at Ruby Ridge in August of 1992. The first George Bush was President then. Waco we can hang on Clinton, but not the Weaver family killings.

But it all goes to an increasingly trigger-happy mode the law enforcement agents tend to slip into. BTW (as Rush would say), so you know the first casualties at Ruby Ridge? If you guessed "the Weaver family dogs", you'd get a prize and a free shootout with Lon Horiuchi. These "heroes" sure are tough when it comes to killing dogs and women.

37 posted on 09/28/2009 12:57:06 PM PDT by chimera
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To: chimera

I stand corrected.


38 posted on 09/28/2009 12:58:24 PM PDT by Obadiah (Obama: Chains you can believe in!)
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To: StolarStorm
Where is my IRS reform and flat tax? ... he had both the senate and the house

Last I heard a President had to sign a bill FROM the Senate and House.

Did they send him one? Why not?

Too bad conservatives didn't get on their reps to create these bills back then like they're now acting on health reform. Instead conservatives just took the lazy way and bashed Bush.

39 posted on 09/28/2009 1:05:14 PM PDT by what's up
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To: what's up

As the leader of the party Bush needed to lead congress to pass those bills... and he didn’t. Bush was no conservative. He was a good, morale man, but he was not a particularly effective president.


40 posted on 09/28/2009 1:08:36 PM PDT by StolarStorm
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To: Rational Thought

“There’s something very wrong here. Either Ruddy is being completely misquoted in or he is raving mad.”

Or Clinton has the pictures, I suspect there’s a lot of that going around, with both the media and politicians.


41 posted on 09/28/2009 1:09:46 PM PDT by Peter Horry (Never were abilities so much below mediocrity so well rewarded - John Randolph)
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To: StolarStorm

I miss the 1990s.......surpluses! Bush and the GOP Congress spent them. Obama and a Demo Congress buried them. Of course, there never were any real surpluses anyway.


42 posted on 09/28/2009 1:10:54 PM PDT by mono
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To: Obadiah
No biggie. It all points to an increasingly “police state” mode of operation. I understand the context of the things done post 9/11 and generally don't have a problem with most of them, but this tendency to shoot first and ask questions later, from the FBI and ATF cowboys down to local S.W.A.T., drug busts, and cops on the beat, is really disturbing. The siege of Ruby Ridge typified that. The assassination sequence seems to be, kill the dog(s), kill the wives and kids, then kill the adult males. Disgusting.
43 posted on 09/28/2009 1:15:49 PM PDT by chimera
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To: StolarStorm

Wasn’t so bad? How about 9-11? That wasn’t so bad either, was it? What about the Cole? Unless you were one of the 19 kids killed that wasn’t so bad either, was it?


44 posted on 09/28/2009 1:25:16 PM PDT by pgkdan ( I miss Ronald Reagan!)
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To: pgkdan

Missile technology to Red China for campaign cash...not so bad.


45 posted on 09/28/2009 1:28:35 PM PDT by Moby Grape (Formerly Impeach the Boy...name change necessary after the Marxist won)
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To: Moby Grape

Not to mention that gem of a deal Clinton Albright and Carter made with North Korea. Not bad, eh?


46 posted on 09/28/2009 1:29:50 PM PDT by pgkdan ( I miss Ronald Reagan!)
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To: pgkdan
Those were bad, but Bush had his moments as well. Look, I don't like Clinton, I think he is evil. I'm just saying that as far as running the government, Bush was sucky as well.

He was in for 8 years, and none of the initiatives that we all should have seen came about, yet we got huge deficit spending, the medicare expansion, the banking disaster and many other examples of poor management.

The SEC under Bush was a toothless joke as well as the other regulatory bodies. Banks and hedge funds laughed at enforcement.... there was practically none. Cronies of the Wall Street firms were put in charge.

How can any conservative really not have been disappointed with Bush's administration???? We went backwards, not forwards. But at least he wasn't Gore, that would have been a horrible alternative.
47 posted on 09/28/2009 1:34:48 PM PDT by StolarStorm
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To: pissant

Obama may make even lowly Carter look like a good President before he’s through. Well, okay maybe up to “crummy President” from “worst President ever”? Carter was mostly just a dumb boob, Obama is a dangerous Marxist that seems to hate his own country. That’s a bad combination.


48 posted on 09/28/2009 2:18:30 PM PDT by Reagan is King (Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave.)
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To: pissant

Hey, don’t knock it. Bill was a great President.

He had three of the top three accomplishments of any recent modern President.

#3) After only two years of hard work, he gave us the first Republican controlled Senate in TWELVE years.

#2) Again after only two years of hard work, he gave us the first Republican controlled House in FORTY years. Think about that - FORTY YEARS !!! That takes extreme skill.

#1) His greatest accomplishment took longer - it took 8 full years to achieve. But after much hard work, he finally managed to pull it off. He gave us President George Bush !

Now can you name any recent President with three finer accomplishments than these three?

Now that great President Jimmah Carter did give us 8 years of President Regan.


49 posted on 09/28/2009 2:41:52 PM PDT by Pikachu_Dad
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To: pissant

I always found Ruddy strangely lethargic in his aspect and almost prissy, though I liked his Vince Foster book a lot.
His NEWSMAX stewardship, though, has turned into a real joke, an irrelevancy, and by now is WAAAAAAYYYYYY behind the times, when it used to be a bit ahead of the times.
NEWSMAX seems to have become some kind of advertising machine which seems more interested in selling emergency radios rather than a source for news.


50 posted on 09/28/2009 8:12:05 PM PDT by supremedoctrine (The squeaky wheel doesn't always get the grease. Sometimes it gets replaced.)
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