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Hillary Now Having To Defend Bill
Captain's Quarters ^ | Jan. 24, 2008 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 01/24/2008 7:11:25 AM PST by jdm

The Hillary Clinton campaign has a serious problem, and it now forces her to spend time on the defensive. People expected Bill Clinton's history to be an issue in a general election, but few would have predicted that Bill's campaigning would present so many obstacles for Hillary in a primary. She had to defend her husband after a dumb remark about a supposed "hit job" from Barack Obama went viral in a CNN video yesterday:

Hillary Rodham Clinton, defending her husband's increasingly vocal role in her presidential effort, sidestepped questions about whether Bill Clinton's suggestion that Barack Obama had put a "hit job" on him was language befitting a former president. ...

The former president also reacted angrily upon being told that Dick Harpootlian, a former South Carolina Democratic chairman and Obama supporter, had called the Clinton campaign "reprehensible" and suggested it had borrowed tactics from Lee Atwater, the late South Carolina GOP strategist who famously practiced negative campaigning.

In response, Bill Clinton noted that there had been no outcry from reporters when Obama put out a "hit job" on him.

He didn't elaborate on what he meant, and Hillary Clinton refused to speculate in the interview.

Hit job? What hit job? Neither Bill nor Hillary could give an answer for that question, and for good reason -- it didn't exist. Bill simply made it up in order to push back against the question asked of him by the reporter in the video. It's a classic "Vast Right Wing Conspiracy" response, telling a lie loud enough to distract people from the malfeasance at hand.

At one point, not long ago, people considered Bill so brilliant at campaigning that some worried that he would outdo his wife so badly as to discredit her. That analysis obviously no longer applies; instead, the worry is how badly will Bill damage her through his own gaffes. He now has Hillary having to answer for his ridiculous statements to a press that Bill is antagonizing, and he's making Barack Obama look like the latest victim in the Clinton smear machine.

And this is just the primaries. Imagine how the Republicans could goad Bill into more meltdown moments.

How long will Hillary put up with Bill? The better question might be how much more of this will it take to remind American voters of all the dishonest nonsense perpetrated by the Clintons during their first period of power. If this continues, it will just convince Americans that they do not want to put up with either Hillary or Bill for another four years.

UPDATE: Leading Democrats have now gone public against Bill Clinton:

In Washington, Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.), who endorsed Obama last week, castigated the former president for what he called his "glib cheap shots" at Obama, saying both sides should settle down but placing the blame predominantly on Clinton.

"That's beneath the dignity of a former president," Leahy told reporters, adding: "He is not helping anyone, and certainly not helping the Democratic Party."

That concern was also voiced by some neutral Democrats, who said that the former president's aggressive role, along with the couple's harsh approach recently, threatens to divide the party in the general election.

The disaster continues. When Democrats come out and publicly scold Bill Clinton, people see that the damage has been both real and substantial.


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: billclinton; clintons; hillaryclinton
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1 posted on 01/24/2008 7:11:26 AM PST by jdm
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To: jdm

Good Clinton, Bad Clinton?


2 posted on 01/24/2008 7:13:47 AM PST by elizabetty ("Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." .Ralph Waldo Emerson)
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To: jdm

“Hillary Now Having To Defend Bill”

Hasn’t she always defended him?


3 posted on 01/24/2008 7:13:51 AM PST by sweetiepiezer (Card carrying member of the Vast Rght Wing Conspiracy)
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To: jdm

Hehehehehehehe


4 posted on 01/24/2008 7:14:07 AM PST by NonValueAdded (What Would Hobson Choose?)
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To: jdm

Hillary must learn to let Bill be Bill. It’s the only thing he knows how to do.


5 posted on 01/24/2008 7:14:19 AM PST by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: jdm
The whole purpose of the BJKlintons to have Obama talk about what the x pres is saying wrong is to get him off track, Klintons know if they get him talking about him, he won’t have time to talk about the issues...

I hope Obama sees this soon and ignores the Klintons and starts talking about the issues....I would rather run my GOP nominee against Obama than against the Klintons....

6 posted on 01/24/2008 7:15:01 AM PST by HarleyLady27 (Vote for ME for President.....I will continue the war; solve health care; and cut taxes.)
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To: jdm
THESE PEOPLE PLAN EVERYTHING!!!

As much as I dislike Dick Morris, he is right on this. Bill is acting as the distraction so no one is focused on Hillary. Have you noticed that since Bill stepped up in New Hampshire, she has been winning?

7 posted on 01/24/2008 7:15:29 AM PST by TexasNative2000 (Is this tagline governed by McCain-Feingold?)
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To: jdm
If I were Bill, I'd be watching my back.

Hildebeeste could rack up a lot of sympathy votes running as the po' widdle widow-woman ...

8 posted on 01/24/2008 7:15:46 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: jdm

I can’t decide if Bill is doing this on purpose to take attention away from Hillary. Everyone is talking about him now, and not her. In the meantime, she gets to “charm” people and looks somewhat good in comparison.


9 posted on 01/24/2008 7:16:32 AM PST by ChocChipCookie (Homeschool like your kids' lives depend on it.)
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To: jdm

She is defending what is appearing to be the UN-defensible......


10 posted on 01/24/2008 7:18:39 AM PST by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: elizabetty

Good cop, bad cop? Yeah, the Clintons are on the same side - it’s just a way to game the American people - trick us - play us for fools.


11 posted on 01/24/2008 7:19:46 AM PST by GOPJ (McCain's NOT the man for the job.)
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To: sweetiepiezer

12 posted on 01/24/2008 7:20:09 AM PST by Wolverine (A Concerned Citizen)
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To: sweetiepiezer
Hasn’t she always defended him?

Only in public. In private, he has become expert at dodging flying ashtrays and lamps.

13 posted on 01/24/2008 7:21:34 AM PST by dashing doofus (Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber)
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To: HarleyLady27
 

14 posted on 01/24/2008 7:21:48 AM PST by Wolverine (A Concerned Citizen)
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To: GOPJ

Bad Clinton, Worse Clinton?


15 posted on 01/24/2008 7:22:46 AM PST by elizabetty ("Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." .Ralph Waldo Emerson)
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To: elizabetty

Bad Clinton, worse Clinton........SPADEWORK???? FAIRY TALE??? Good Grief, if a REPUBLICAN said this they would be hounded out of the running.


16 posted on 01/24/2008 7:23:27 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion.....The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: jdm

This is becoming too funny. Hillary, the “Senator from Punjab,” and Bill, “I-want-to-see-Hillary-and-Obama-fight.” (I bet Bill has seen more than his share of mud wrestling, but I doubt Hillary was ever involved.)


17 posted on 01/24/2008 7:24:54 AM PST by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of News)
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To: jdm

Need more popcorn!


18 posted on 01/24/2008 7:25:28 AM PST by McGruff (Fred Thompson. The last hope for conservatism.)
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To: jdm
"That's beneath the dignity of a former president," Leahy told reporters"

I'm confused. Does the dignity bar get raised once you become an ex-President?

19 posted on 01/24/2008 7:29:51 AM PST by vbmoneyspender
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To: jdm

20 posted on 01/24/2008 7:31:47 AM PST by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: jdm

i doubt it.

that’s part of the clinton scam.

afterwards, everyone wonders what happened.


21 posted on 01/24/2008 7:33:16 AM PST by ken21 ( people die + you never hear from them again.)
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To: jdm
That's beneath the dignity of a former president

Considering Leahy & Clinton have neighboring townhouses in the gutter that's rich.

Still, Billy Jeff long ago shed anything resembling dignity - and we got to go along for the ride.

22 posted on 01/24/2008 7:34:16 AM PST by relictele
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To: Ann Archy
I think they were so taken back by the response a likable bright Barak Obama was getting from White America and of course Black America the only way they could slow it down is play the race card. Bill Clinton is showing the rest of the country what we have know all along, he is nothing but a racist sleezeball not fit to inhabit the White House. He and his wife if they win have set the cause of Black Americans back decades by resorting to the tactics used for generations by the likes of a David Duke and Maddox. I hope come November they reap what they sew.
23 posted on 01/24/2008 7:36:53 AM PST by mimaw
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To: LS

Hillary went to the matresses for all those bimbo erruptions over the years for her bill............and I’d be willing to bet she WOULD get into a physical cat fight if the secret service was not around to keep the riff raff away from them.....they are just high rent trailer trash. After all her brothers the Rodham boys HAVE been in those kinds of fights.


24 posted on 01/24/2008 7:37:22 AM PST by tioga (Beware: conservative with back to the wall. Proceed with extreme caution.)
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To: jdm

My theory, Bubba is in a titantic internal wrestling match between his lust for power and attention and his fear of having a chastity belt slapped on him by Queen Hillary if she succeeds and becomes president. Can you imagine the life he would have in the White House? There is no way she would allow him to tarnish her moment of glory that she has deserved and is part of her birthright!

At the moment he appears to be more interested in sinking her ship than helping her. They are one messed up partnership. How the Dem voters could want these guys back in charge is beyond me.


25 posted on 01/24/2008 7:37:53 AM PST by Gen-X-Dad
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To: elizabetty

Exactly. The Clintons are playing Good Clinton / Bad Clinton - with Hillary getting to play “Good Clinton”.

The Clintons have gotten BARACK OBAMA off message. They have gotten BARACK OBAMA off center by forcing him to defend himself.

The ironic thing is that OBAMA doesn’t really have to even answer these people’s accusations. EVERYONE knows that the Clintons lie, so OBAMA should use the time proven method of the Clintons when confronted with accusations. “I have done nothing wrong!” - with no blabbering explanation - and get right back on center and on message.


26 posted on 01/24/2008 7:42:07 AM PST by Twinkie (Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God . . .)
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To: mimaw

Trailer Trash Clintons are RACISTS!!!


27 posted on 01/24/2008 7:44:02 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion.....The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Gen-X-Dad

Good theory. I think Bill “thinks” he wants her to be Pres., and “thinks” he might somehow have another shot at power, but also knows exactly what you said, that she would do more than hurl ashtrays if he in any way compromised her coronation.


28 posted on 01/24/2008 7:45:51 AM PST by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of News)
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To: GOPJ

I concur. This is a designed strategy. Let Bill flame everyone while Hillary sits on her massive rump. This gives Hillary the opportunity to play the “female victim” card while, at the same time, letting Bill do her dirty work. Plus, everyone attacks Bill and not Hillary.

Very clever, but typical Clinton. Everything is a lie and misdirection.


29 posted on 01/24/2008 7:46:00 AM PST by whitedog57
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To: LS

With Hill as Prez and a Democratic Congress, watch for the Dems to change the two term limit.

My wife is convinced that Hill will pick Bill as VP. I disagree with her (because I read somewhere that it is illegal since if Hill passed away or stepped down, Bill would be President again, violating the law). I don’t know if this has been confirmed or not.

But Hill will likely pick Bill Richardson to consolidate the Hispanic vote. Or a Anglo male that is non-threatening (or an Asian Democrat to capture that demographiic).

The Anglos have worked hard to erase race as an issue in the county. Its too bad that the Latino and Black communities still cling to racial boundaries for the most part. Hence, this election will be about race pandoring.

This is why the Repubs are probably dead in this election.


30 posted on 01/24/2008 7:53:51 AM PST by whitedog57
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To: elizabetty

Some questions for Obama- Norman Hsu, Charlie Trie, Johnny Chung, James and Mochtar Riady, Pauline Kanchanalak,Craig Livingstone, Josh Steiner, Webster Hubbell, Susan MacDougall,Jim Guy Tucker, Terry McAuliffe, Travelgate, Cattlegate, Whitewater, Paula Jones Gennifer Flowers, The Rodham Brothers, Marc Rich, FALN, The Black Panthers...


31 posted on 01/24/2008 8:00:11 AM PST by Inwoodian
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To: jdm


Democrats at War Over Race

Barry Better Start Fighting Back
RUSH: You can't be nice when Clinton, Inc. tells lies.

Hillary Won't Put Obama on Ticket
32 posted on 01/24/2008 8:02:32 AM PST by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: whitedog57
Hillary can't pick Bill for two reasons--no one ineligible to be President can be elected VP, and they are both legal residents of New York, so the NY electors would not be able to vote for both of them in the electoral college.

The only way Bill could become President again would be if he was Speaker of the House and both the Presidency and Vice Presidency became vacant at the same time. I believe the House of Representatives is permitted to select as Speaker someone who isn't a member of the body, but I don't that has ever actually happened.

33 posted on 01/24/2008 8:08:14 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: whitedog57

The Clinton tactics may briefly upset some of their usual supporters in the press, but we’ve been through this several times before, when the press was mad at Bill for a couple of weeks. They always get over it. Once she’s won the nomination they’ll be behind here almost 100% (all except the handful of Republicans in the media).


34 posted on 01/24/2008 8:10:22 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: mimaw
He and his wife if they win have set the cause of Black Americans back decades by resorting to the tactics used for generations by the likes of a David Duke and Maddox. I hope come November they reap what they sew.

Don't forget O.J. Simpson.

35 posted on 01/24/2008 8:15:51 AM PST by texastoo ((((((USA)))))((((((, USA))))))((((((. USA))))))))
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To: tioga

Bubba should just calm down,did’nt the stress during the Lewinsky scandal bring on an attack of his herpes? (according to Monica).


36 posted on 01/24/2008 8:20:23 AM PST by Maumee (wt)
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To: Verginius Rufus

If the speaker of the House (or the president pro tempore of the Senate or a Cabinet member) is ineligible to be president, then the line of succession would skip to the person below him. For example, Henry Kissinger could not have succeeded to the presidency when he was secretary of state.


37 posted on 01/24/2008 8:21:04 AM PST by Revenge of Sith
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To: jdm

38 posted on 01/24/2008 8:25:37 AM PST by Gritty (The Clintons are angry because the voters are going for a smoother snake-oil salesman - Howie Carr)
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To: jdm

C’mon, Cap’n. Don’t fall for this.

“Defend” Bill? This is just another way to get media coverage of their story and keep it going.

Check out Dick Morris’ analysis of what the ‘Toons are up to in S.C. and it will all fall into place for you.

The ‘Toons know that the more he turns purple, and the more she stands by her man, the more votes they get. That’s just the way it is. So they get up every morning and say, “We can do that.”


39 posted on 01/24/2008 9:28:17 AM PST by fightinJAG ("Tell the truth. The Pajama People are watching you.")
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To: sweetiepiezer

Cue Tammy Wynett.


40 posted on 01/24/2008 9:28:41 AM PST by fightinJAG ("Tell the truth. The Pajama People are watching you.")
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To: HarleyLady27

I would like to rid of the ‘Toons, period, so I’d like to see Obama crush them.


41 posted on 01/24/2008 9:29:40 AM PST by fightinJAG ("Tell the truth. The Pajama People are watching you.")
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To: TexasNative2000

Word to each and everything you said!


42 posted on 01/24/2008 9:30:14 AM PST by fightinJAG ("Tell the truth. The Pajama People are watching you.")
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To: ChocChipCookie

Everything they do is highly calculated. EVERYTHING.

They are doing this because it worked in N.H. They will keep doing, not only throughout the primaries, but through the general and then through her administration.

It will be nonstop hell.


43 posted on 01/24/2008 9:31:23 AM PST by fightinJAG ("Tell the truth. The Pajama People are watching you.")
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To: whitedog57

I don’t think it’s unconstitutional for Bill to be pres IF he comes to office as a VP. And I haven’t read the amendment, but isn’t it “consecutive” terms, and 10 years total?


44 posted on 01/24/2008 9:39:01 AM PST by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of News)
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To: Miss Didi

45 posted on 01/24/2008 9:45:04 AM PST by Right Brother
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To: jdm

there’s always good news out there ... thanks for posting it


46 posted on 01/24/2008 9:46:16 AM PST by InvisibleChurch (" Nobody likes weepy meat." -- Mayor Quimby)
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To: Right Brother

I love that!


47 posted on 01/24/2008 9:48:55 AM PST by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: Gritty

Song cue:

“You picked a fine time to trash me, Lurleen ...”


48 posted on 01/24/2008 10:37:05 AM PST by ShorelineMike (Constituo, ergo sum.)
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To: Revenge of Sith

It was different with Kissinger and with the cleaning lady—both were foreign-born naturalized citizens so they were ineligible to be President. Bill Clinton is ineligible only because he has been elected twice before. I just reread the relevant passages in the Constitution and the law on succession to the Presidency, and it seems to me that if he were speaker and the Presidency and Vice Presidency were both vacant, he would then become Acting President rather than President.


49 posted on 01/24/2008 11:03:32 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: jdm
"He now has Hillary having to answer for his ridiculous statements to a press that Bill is antagonizing, and he's making Barack Obama look like the latest victim in the Clinton smear machine."

*in best bubba jeff voice* Are yew kiddin me? Obama a victim? Thats a fairy tale. We're the victims here. Hillary and I have to go negative because of Obama running hit jobs on me all over the place!

50 posted on 01/24/2008 11:09:10 AM PST by libs_kma (Romney/Thompson 2008)
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