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Blue Dress Democrats and the Clinton Scandal Effect
Townhall.com ^ | November 2, 2007 | Lorie Byrd

Posted on 11/02/2007 5:22:46 AM PDT by Kaslin

Michael Reagan is asking Democrats to lay off Hillary so that Republicans can have another go at her. I say to Republicans, beware of the “Blue Dress Democrats” and the Clinton effect.

Reagan recently wrote, “I know you Democrats don't want to do us Republicans any favors, but just this once let us have our way. Give us the opportunity to give the Republican attack machine another shot at Hillary Clinton. Let her coast to victory in the primaries. Then we'll take it from there.”

It appears, barring some spectacular development, that Hillary Clinton will most likely be the Democrats’ choice in 2008. I am not so sure that Michael Reagan and other Republicans should be celebrating that prospect though.

There are certainly plenty of skeletons in Hillary Clinton’s closet. Just off the top of my head, I remember the Whitewater billing records, the White House travel office firings, the harassment of women so callously referred to as “bimbo eruptions,” the FALN terrorist group pardons, and recently, the Norman Hsu campaign contributions. In addition to those matters, Clinton has problems with her high profile failure to come up with a reasonable health care proposal during her husband’s term and, on her own side of the aisle, with her various positions as a Senator on the war in Iraq.

All of these matters are already well known though. At least they are well known to the media covering the presidential election. It is true that many of the pesky, unattractive details are not known to the public. It is unlikely though, that the media will see any reason to revisit those issues and give the public any more information than they already have on those matters.

When Hillary ran for the Senate in New York we were told the tough New York press would pounce on her and show her no mercy. We learned that the New York press is not so tough when it comes to questioning Clintons. Just think of the media coverage Hillary has received so far in the presidential race. Many of the interviews, particularly the ones on the highly rated morning talk shows, look more like infomercials than interviews. There is no reason to believe any interviews done after she wins the nomination will be any less friendly than the ones she has done already.

When Republicans step in to fill the role the media has neglected and remind the public of Hillary’s skeletons, they will be slammed as negative right wing conspirators. Or Neanderthal cavemen afraid of a powerful woman. Or Clinton haters – that one worked particularly well for Bill.

Michael Reagan wrote “Republicans want to have the honor of exploiting the lady's negatives for all the world to see. She likes to boast that she has faced the worst the so-called Republican attack machine can throw at her and has survived. Let me tell you, she ain't seen nothing yet. We have long memories and a huge arsenal of ammunition to fire at her when the time comes.”

He is absolutely right about that. There is plenty of ammunition there and there are many Republicans who would genuinely enjoy it, too. But even if the “attack machine” did a first rate job of revealing every questionable, unethical or illegal thing Hillary Clinton had either said or done, I doubt it would make a difference. Or at least not the difference Republicans would like.

She is about as well known as a person can be and those who know her love her or they hate her. What the Republicans would reap in bad media for going back into Clinton attack mode would far exceed any benefits gained from exposing the details of the various Clinton scandals.

Jack Kemp at The American Thinker recently said the following about a comment he read at Lucianne.com, “You've heard of Blue Dog Democrats? Now we have Clinton-supporting Blue Dress (of Monica Lewinsky fame) Democrats who will vote for Hillary and the return of Bubba to power.”

Just remember, were it not for the Clinton-Lewinsky sex scandal, Hillary Clinton would almost certainly not be sitting in the U.S. Senate today. The Clintons seem to flourish in the midst of scandal. Hillary is currently unable to hit 50 percent in national polls and she will very likely hurt the chances of some down ballot Democrats, especially in the South, if she is the nominee.

I would not be surprised if the one thing that could actually help Hillary break that 50 percent mark, though, is a high profile attack machine for her to run against. If she could play victim to a Ken Starr figure again there is no telling how many percentage points she might pick up. Don’t underestimate the power of the Blue Dress Democrats and the ability of a Clinton to turn a scandal into an advantage.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: campaignfinance; corruption; hillaryscandals; transparency

1 posted on 11/02/2007 5:22:48 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Hillary is a Classic BULLY!! Face her down and she collapses. Timmy asked her one little semi tough question and she COLLAPSED.


2 posted on 11/02/2007 5:31:54 AM PDT by Suzy Quzy (Hillary '08...Her PHONINESS is REAL!!!)
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To: Suzy Quzy
Hillary is a Classic BULLY!! Face her down and she collapses. Timmy asked her one little semi tough question and she COLLAPSED.

Doesn't matter. If Hillary! can put together the people who like her for her (unfathomable, I know, but there it is) and the people who will vote for her just to poke a stick in the eye of those meanie Republicans, she can win this thing.

In New Jersey, it is a real possibility that the people will vote next week to throw Billions of taxpayer dollars into a rat-hole and authorize a new statewide sales tax increase and a personal property tax just for the pleasure of spitting in President Bush's eye over embryonic stem cell research. A lot of people are not thinking rationally about these things.

3 posted on 11/02/2007 5:49:55 AM PDT by gridlock (ELIMINATE PERVERSE INCENTIVES)
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To: Suzy Quzy

Hillary is a Classic BULLY!! Face her down and she collapses. Timmy asked her one little semi tough question and she COLLAPSED....

just wait until she must debate a republican and cannot have all questions provided in advanced.....

talk about an empty pants suit!!!!

she will be more like a pant load!!!


4 posted on 11/02/2007 5:51:55 AM PDT by nyyankeefan
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To: Suzy Quzy
I still contend that the grassroots Democrats who are collecting signatures to put AlGore on the ballot as their “fave” Candidate, will ultimately surge in popularity just as Hillary is fading.

Maybe a slow fade for Hillary, but I foresee a Gore-Obama ticket in the future.

If I’m wrong, when I drive up to watch the Republican President's inauguration parade, I'll buy one lucky Freeper a cup of coffee.

5 posted on 11/02/2007 5:52:52 AM PDT by HighlyOpinionated (http://auntiecoosa.blogspot.com -- read, learn, blog, or get out of my way.)
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To: HighlyOpinionated

Obama’s not going to be on ANYONE’s ticket!! Dems don’t NEED the BLACK OR the ARAB vote...that’s locked up for them. Many, Many people would love to see the first REALLY black person as President, if you get my drift.


6 posted on 11/02/2007 5:56:37 AM PDT by Suzy Quzy (Hillary '08...Her PHONINESS is REAL!!!)
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To: gridlock

screw them....idiots.


7 posted on 11/02/2007 5:57:46 AM PDT by Suzy Quzy (Hillary '08...Her PHONINESS is REAL!!!)
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To: Suzy Quzy
screw them....idiots.

The problem is, if you screw them, they'll screw you right back... And there are more of them...

8 posted on 11/02/2007 6:01:21 AM PDT by gridlock (ELIMINATE PERVERSE INCENTIVES)
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To: Kaslin

Careful Mikey.

Hillary may be an incompetent fool, but she will be running not against herself, but against a Republican, none of whom are exactly Reaganesque icons.


9 posted on 11/02/2007 6:15:12 AM PDT by oldbill
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To: oldbill
First yellow dog democrats and now blue dress democrats!

I can't tell you how many really conservative people who I've met in my life who were life long, dedicated, voting democrats. No matter what.

10 posted on 11/02/2007 6:23:56 AM PDT by cb
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To: Kaslin

The reason we want Hillary to lose the primary is that if she wins, there WILL be a 3rd party candidate (I’m betting Ron Paul) to siphon votes from Republicans and give her the Ross Perot effect that she knows she can’t win without. She will make sure of it.

Qwinn


11 posted on 11/02/2007 6:41:54 AM PDT by Qwinn
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To: Kaslin
Most yeller dog blue dress idiots will ask “who are the white men voting for”? They will vote for the opposite candidate. Pure and simple answer.
12 posted on 11/02/2007 6:49:55 AM PDT by Lewite (Praise YAHWEH and Proclaim His Wonderful Name! Islam, the end time Beast-the harlot of Babylon.)
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To: Suzy Quzy

if she doesn’t like the question, she makes up her own question then answers what she wants to.


13 posted on 11/02/2007 6:58:15 AM PDT by television is just wrong (deport all illegal aliens NOW. Put all AMERICANS TO WORK FIRST. END Welfare)
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To: Kaslin
I know it is hard for hillaryphobics to conceive of her losing but the campaign has not started and she is in trouble already. Wait until the Paul vs Clinton stuff mixes with the already proved and accepted Chinese campaign finance criminality.
14 posted on 11/02/2007 7:25:04 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatives live in the truth. Liberals live in lies.)
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To: Kaslin
If Hillary! is the 'Rat nominee (which is likely) and the 'Pubs go after her, Hillary's popularity will soar. Remember the pollster guy on H&C who was doing the real-time polling during the last 'Rat debate? As soon as Obama or Edwards or Biden went after Hillary!, their numbers went down and Hillary's went up. It's totally perverse, but it shows how the electorate thinks: she's a "girl" and those mean "boys" are picking on her. Stupid and childish, I know, but that is where the electorate is at right now, and I think generally reflects the mood of the country.

So I say, be careful of what you wish for, you just might get it. Those relishing the thought of Hillary as the 'Rat nominee and going after her in the general campaign and tearing her to pieces might have an unpleasant surprise in store come January of 2009 when they are saying hello to Madame President. Senator Lazio can attest to that.

15 posted on 11/02/2007 7:35:14 AM PDT by chimera
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To: chimera

I agree with you 100 percent to be careful in wishing as you might get it


16 posted on 11/02/2007 7:50:15 AM PDT by Kaslin (Peace is the aftermath of victory)
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To: Kaslin; chimera
I agree with you 100 percent to be careful in wishing as you might get it.

Ditto that.

O/T, but I feel the same way about the dreaded return of the Fairness Doctrine. Briefly, IMO all it would mean is a boom for the satellite radio business, as Rush, Laura, et. al. move over to satellite. AM radio stations would initially suffer, as their top-tier talent moves on.

However, I think that would open up the airwaves to an entirely new generation of conservative talk show hosts, who would continue to beat the brains in of liberals.

Similarly, if radio is required to be "fair", why not TV? Russert/Steffie can only deal with conservatives when liberals outnumber them by two or three to one. Surely, they're intelligent enough to see the logical outcome.

17 posted on 11/02/2007 8:11:45 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (Chuck Hagel makes Joe Biden look like a statesman!)
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To: Kaslin

LOL!! Leave Britney Hillary alone, she's a human being!

18 posted on 11/02/2007 8:29:04 AM PDT by Enterprise (Those who "betray us" also "Betray U.S." They're called DEMOCRATS!)
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To: Suzy Quzy

Hillary doesn’t need Obama. He doesn’t bring her anything she doesn’t already have locked up (the black vote, the IL electoral votes). The ‘Rats already have everything Obama could deliver. He needs to be the nominee, or he’s going back to the Senate. He knows it, and they know it.


19 posted on 11/02/2007 8:43:57 AM PDT by chimera
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To: Kaslin
"Just remember, were it not for the Clinton-Lewinsky sex scandal, Hillary Clinton would almost certainly not be sitting in the U.S. Senate today."

Please. Hillary won NY in spite of the Lewinsky scandal.

20 posted on 11/02/2007 9:20:28 AM PDT by Bob J (For every 1000 hacking at the branches of evil, there is one striking at its root)
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To: Kaslin

“Blue Dress Democrats”
***First I’ve heard this term, it’s excellent.


21 posted on 11/02/2007 10:05:51 AM PDT by Kevmo (We should withdraw from Iraq via Tehran. And Duncan Hunter is just the man to get that job done.)
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To: Kaslin

Blue Dress Democrats . . . I like it . . I’ll use it! Good post.


22 posted on 11/02/2007 10:09:01 AM PDT by ChadGore (VISUALIZE 62,041,268 Bush fans. We Vote.)
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To: television is just wrong

Very mormonesque


23 posted on 11/02/2007 10:19:53 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Because they do not wish to be deceived, they cannot be convinced that they are deceived.)
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