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  • Begala: Democrats are about to fight like crazy

    06/30/2018 10:30:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    KMIZ-TV ^ | June 30, 2018 | Paul Begala
    In these hyperbolic times, it's easy to fall into overstatement. Somehow, the farm-to-table dining preferences of Sarah Huckabee Sanders or the subliminal, sartorial messages of the first lady have become the subject of breathless debate. Cotton-candy controversies swirl for a moment and then disappear. The replacement of retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is not like that. It is, to paraphrase former Vice President Joe Biden, a big doggone deal. So big that Biden's old boss, former President Barack Obama, has descended from his Olympian remove to fire up the troops Thursday. He urged Democrats to quit moping, avoid complacency...
  • Texts expose the obvious: Robert Mueller investigation is colored by politics

    12/14/2017 12:18:43 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 14, 2017 | Washington Examiner Editorial
    A key FBI agent who had been assigned to investigate Hillary Clinton and later President Trump traded text messages during the 2016 election, not only showing his disdain for Trump and preference for Clinton but also cryptically expressing a need for “an insurance policy” against a Trump presidency, whatever that means. This doesn’t prove a conspiracy either within the so-called "Deep State" or between it and Clinton, any more than the dribs and drabs leaked by the FBI to news media proves a conspiracy between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump. What it does show is that even in our...
  • CNN’s Paul Begala: Bill Clinton ‘Didn’t Get Away With Anything’

    11/17/2017 5:28:37 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 39 replies
    freebeacon ^ | November 16, 2017 | Conor Beck
    CNN political commentator and former adviser to President Bill Clinton Paul Begala on Thursday rejected the premise that the media and the feminist community was too light on Bill Clinton for his alleged sexual assaults and harassment. CNN host Jake Tapper brought up the subject by mentioning the deluge of op-eds in the New York Times and other outlets saying that the left should have been more condemning of Clinton's behavior. Despite the fact that Clinton faced no punishment, Begala said he "didn't get away with anything" and called Clinton "a good man." "That conversation did occur 20 years ago,"...
  • Begala: We Should Debate Whether to ‘Blow Up’ Russian Agencies in Retaliation

    07/13/2017 11:36:27 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 62 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 7/13/17 | David Rutz
    CNN commentator and longtime Clinton ally Paul Begala said Wednesday that the U.S. should be debating whether to "blow up" agencies like the GRU in an apparent call for President Donald Trump to bomb Russia. Begala, who like many Democrats praised Barack Obama for mocking Mitt Romney's description of Russia as "our No. 1 geopolitical foe" in 2012, said on CNN that Russia is a "hostile foreign power" and the Trump administration should be "retaliating massively" for Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election in 2016. "We were and are under attack by a hostile foreign power, and they seem...
  • Begala: 'Dump Pelosi' plays right into GOP's hands

    06/24/2017 1:09:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    CNN Opinion ^ | June 23, 2017 | Paul Begala
    Democrats lost a special election for a congressional seat they have not held in decades, so some are calling for the head of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. Huh? Dumping Pelosi, who has devoted her professional life to Democratic values, would be like throwing the captain of your ship overboard when the sharks are circling. It only draws more sharks, but leaves you leaderless. The "Dump Pelosi" movement shines a light on some of the unloveliest instincts of some Democrats: self-loathing, scapegoating and a desire for quick fixes, rather than hard work. Sure, Pelosi is unpopular, but compared to what?...
  • CNN Anchor to Paul Begala: Stop using Russia story to ‘question the outcome of the election’

    03/07/2017 1:53:39 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/07/2017 | John Sexton
    Yesterday, CNN host Kate Bolduan had guests Amy Kremer and Paul Begala on to discuss President Trump’s claim that Trump Tower was wiretapped. Trump originally made this claim two days before this segment aired, so this had undoubtedly been hashed out before on CNN. But apparently, we needed another 9-minute long segment on this topic.Midway through the segment, Paul Begala stepped in to turn the discussion from Trump’s allegations to another claim. “What we need is a credible, independent special prosecutor—two-thirds of the American people want—to get to the bottom of how Russia helped elect Donald Trump. That’s the...
  • HuffPo's Tom Matzzie to John Podesta - "Oversample seniors"

    11/01/2016 6:17:14 PM PDT · by fuzzylogic · 3 replies
    Wikileaks ^ | 4-29-2008 | Tom Matzzie
    Re: Oversample From:pbegala@hatcreekent.com To: tmatzzie@gmail.com, susan@messageinc.com, john.podesta@gmail.com, davidbrockdc@gmail.com Date: 2008-04-29 21:47 Subject: Re: Oversample Good. ----- Original Message ----- From: Tom Matzzie To: Begala, Paul; Susan Mccue ; John Podesta ; David Brock Sent: Tue Apr 29 19:27:54 2008 Subject: Oversample FYI: We are going to try to do an oversample of seniors on the poll. Sample too small otherwise.
  • RE: DRAFT launch statement for progressive media (WikiLeaks: The real Paul Begala)

    10/24/2016 7:12:35 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    WikiLeaks ^ | October 24, 2016 | WikiLeaks
    From: Begala, Paul Sent: Tuesday, February 19, 2008 3:09 PM To: tom@zzranch.com; john.podesta@gmail.com; Susan@messageinc.com Cc: sgreenberg@gqrr.com; agreenberg@gqrr.com; tara@campaigntodefendamerica.org Subject: Re: DRAFT launch statement for progressive media Statement looks good - so long as the lawyers approve. I would reach out to Obama supporters. Let me nominate Jamal Simmons. He's young (to me) Af-Am and way smart. He worked in the Clinton White House and now does commentary with me on CNN. Other prominent African-Americans should be courted, like Donna Brazile. How 'bout Dee Dee Myers? Not African-American, but rumored to be a woman. Knows the media as well as anyone....
  • In advance of Sioux City speech, Begala sees fascinating presidential race

    09/26/2015 9:36:27 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 7 replies
    Sioux City Journal ^ | September 26, 2015 | BRET HAYWORTH
    SIOUX CITY | Top advisers to the last two former presidents will discuss the 2016 election landscape during the 30th annual Siouxland Chamber of Commerce dinner Tuesday at the Sioux City Convention Center. CNN political commentator Paul Begala, a former adviser to President Bill Clinton, and Karl Rove, deputy chief of staff and senior adviser to President George W. Bush, will headline the chamber dinner, yet again giving event participants a chance to hear from well-connected political commentators. Rove could not be reached for an interview, but Begala spoke with the Journal ahead of the event. Begala played a key...
  • Paul Begala Didn’t Want Al Gore On The ’92 Ticket (He “would not count out Ted Cruz” in 2016)

    03/16/2015 9:22:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 16, 2015 | Matt K. Lewis
    Paul Begala who, along with partner James Carville, served as chief strategist to Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign, did not want Al Gore on the ticket. “I was not for Gore,” Begala told Bill Kristol recently. “I don’t think he knows that, so hopefully he won’t watch this tape.” Begala went on to discuss playing George W. Bush in 2000 debate prep for Gore: “I kicked his ass,” Begala boasted. “I watched all the tapes of Bush, and I think, as he would say, they ‘misunderestimated’ him.” At least some of the blame, Begala says, belongs to Bill Clinton, who...
  • Hillary Clinton’s Trained Seals and Their Tiresome Act

    03/09/2015 5:17:00 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 3-9-15 | Peter Wehner
    Good grief. Over the last few days we’ve seen one former Clinton aide and acolyte after another come out of the woodwork to defend yet another Clinton from yet another series of scandals. It’s like a tired, awful syndicated series that’s been cancelled but just won’t go away. In one corner, it was Lanny Davis being methodically taken apart by Fox News’s Chris Wallace. In another corner was the Ragin’ Cajun, James Carville, whining about “cockamamie right wing talking points” being responsible for this story. (The New York Times is well known, of course, for writing its stories based on...
  • Some Dems giving up on trying to spin Hillary’s e-mail fiasco, mumbling “who gives a [expletive]?”

    03/05/2015 10:05:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 5, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Honestly, it may be their best remaining play. They can’t claim that private e-mail is good practice when the State Department itself is on record as saying it isn’t. They can’t claim that it’s basically as secure as government e-mail when even lefty sites are reporting that that’s wildly untrue. On the merits, in terms of national security and as evidence of the creepy lengths to which President Claire Underwood will go in the name of evading accountability, it’s a total disaster. The only move left on this chessboard is to ignore all that and simply insist that voters won’t...
  • Commentary: Hey Rudy, here are 10 ways to show you love America

    02/22/2015 9:07:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    WPIX-TV / CNN ^ | February 22, 2015 | Paul Begala, Democratic Operative
    Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has generated a firestorm by asserting, at a fundraiser for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, “I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the President loves America.” Of course, that’s nuts. Barack Obama’s deep and true love for our country has been a hallmark of his career. “In no other country on Earth,” he said when he was seeking the presidency, “is my story even possible.” Obama said this, it should be noted, in his masterly speech on race — an issue that is America’s most difficult and...
  • Paul Begala: Democrats have no one but Hillary for 2016

    11/06/2014 11:43:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/6/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Sure, it’s Paul Begala, but he’s not wrong — at least, not here. Even more amazing, Van Jones isn’t wrong either in saying that Democrats may need to look harder for anyone else who might still be on the bench. This is what three cycles of decline have produced for Democrats in the Barack Obama era (via Daniel Halper): “If Hillary Clinton doesn’t run,” [CNN's Jake Tapper] asked, “who’s on the bench then?”“No one,” said Begala. “No one. My party–it’s not fair, there are impressive people, that I think could be good presidents, but don’t have I think the...
  • Paul Begala: When can you protect your life against the Government?

    10/30/2014 2:44:10 PM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    On CNN, "progressive" operative Paul Begala reiterates a question asked by leftist Ed. Kilgore: The Washington Monthly blogger Ed Kilgore has asked the right question -- the one any Iowa voter should be putting to Ms. Ernst: "Since you brought it up, exactly what circumstances would justify you shooting a police officer or a soldier in the head?" If he wanted the standard political answer for these questions, it is found in the Declaration of Independence.  The actual shooting started when the British crown attempted to confiscate arms and military stores from local governments. But we do not need...
  • Does Dick Cheney believe his lies? (Does Paul Begala believe HIS lies about Cheney?!)

    07/17/2014 6:23:54 PM PDT · by Innovative · 37 replies
    CNN Opinion ^ | July 17, 2014 | Paul Begala
    As an American, I am appalled by Dick Cheney and his relentless, pathetic and ultimately doomed effort to revise the history of his failures. Cheney's endless media appearances, including this remarkable interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, reveal a nearly sociopathic refusal to admit any error, express any remorse, apologize for any mistake. And so let us review the Cheney record: No vice president has done more damage to our country, not even Vice President Aaron Burr, who shot and killed Alexander Hamilton 210 years ago.
  • CNN's Paul Begala Sneers: 'Destructive' Dick Cheney Is a ‘Sociopath' (VIDEO)

    07/16/2014 10:45:28 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 27 replies
    News Busters ^ | July 16 2014 | Connor Williams
    CNN: the home for hate-filled rants against conservatives. On the July 16 edition of New Day, a panel reacted to Jake Tapper’s testy interview with former Vice President Dick Cheney. Democratic strategist and CNN contributor Paul Begala became unhinged, resorting to personal attacks on Cheney in response to his explanations of the Iraq war. Asked by host Kate Bolduan as to why Cheney is speaking out right now – as if the chaos in Iraq didn’t make that self-evident – Begala snapped: “Well, either he's a secret plant from my party, reminding people of an administration that they hated. When...
  • Paul Begala: 'California, Illinois and New Jersey - Places Where They'd Hunt Romney Down With Dogs'

    11/02/2012 7:47:47 PM PDT · by markomalley · 54 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 11/2/12 | Noel Sheppard
    Imagine the media outrage if a conservative commentator listed states where Barack Obama would be hunted down with dogs.On CNN's OutFront Friday, liberal contributor Paul Begala said, "When Bush Sr. carried Pennsylvania, he also carried California and Illinois and New Jersey, places where they would hunt Romney down with dogs" (video follows with transcript and commentary):PAUL BEGALA: It's a tough race. It's a tough year. Come on, [Obama's] not going to win Pennsylvania by ten or eleven or thirteen or whatever he won by last time. You know, Reihan might be right, but he's not. This is a bad move...
  • Paul Begala on Mitt Romney’s Charmless Win in New Hampshire

    01/11/2012 9:14:45 AM PST · by Fred · 13 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 011112 | Paul Begala
    Mitt Romney came out on top in New Hampshire, but he should have done far better against the hapless competition. You gotta hand it to the Mittbot 3.0. With all the charisma of a foreclosure agent and all the charm of a calculator, Mitt Romney rolled to a win in New Hampshire, a state in which one of Mitt's many mansions sits—and right next door to Massachusetts. Given those advantages, Romney looks weak even when he wins. Sure, he managed to surpass his 2008 total in New Hampshire (75,546 votes). But look at his competition this time! The field is...
  • CNN's Begala: 'At Least 10 Percent of Us Are Gay Or Lesbian'

    07/16/2011 6:05:08 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 80 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 16 Jul 2011 | Mike Bates
    Friday night on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 Degrees, the lead story was on a counseling clinic owned by presidential candidate Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and her husband. Cooper spoke of "allegations that the clinic engages in so-called reparative therapy," described by Cooper as "based on the theory that gay people can be turned into heterosexuals through a combination of prayer and willpower." The host's use of "so-called" set the stage for CNN political analyst Paul Begala to fulminate. Using the word "crackpot" to characterize reparative therapy no fewer than nine times, Begala insisted Mrs. Bachmann should be interrogated: BEGALA: She should...