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Monica Lewinski: The price of shame.

Monica Lewinski: The price of shame.

Truth is, I have never understood the amount of narcissism and libido that let Bill Clinton ruin the lives of three people and bitterly disappoint an entire country, if not the world, for a few moments of fleeting pleasure. If he was unsatisfied in his marriage, so were millions of other men, but they didn’t all act on it. Around the same time this was happening to the Monica and the Clintons, I was going through my own marital crisis in New Hampshire. And although I w as a college teacher I was surround by young attractive and often flirtatious coeds, I let my fantasies remain just that —...

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Dear Mitt: You lost the election.

Dear Mitt: You lost the election.

According to a report from Business Insider, the failed GOP candidate for president in 2012 has taken time out of his “busy” schedule to ridicule Hillary Clinton for pushing the metaphorical “reset button” on our relationship with Russia. Mitt was never Secretary of State. He was never President. Wasn’t he a governor somewhere down south? Oh, yes, Massachusetts. Given that track record, he’s in no position to critique Hillary’s foreign policy expertise. There are many decisions that presidents and secretaries of state make that look, in retrospect, like the wrong decision. Give me the name of one president in the last 100 years who never made a foreign policy...

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First Lady Hillary Clinton strikes back at her critics.

First Lady Hillary Clinton strikes back at her critics.

“What I do not like and what I find regrettable is the amount of hatred that is being conveyed and really injected into our political system. I don’t have any problem with anybody disagreeing with this President on any policy position. But this personal, vicious hatred that for the time being is aimed primarily at the President, and to a lesser extent myself, I think is very dangerous for our political process.” — First Lady Hillary Clinton After enduring months of highly personal attacks against herself and her husband, First Lady Hillary Clinton lashed back at her most outspoken critics in a discussion of health care reform with reporters. The...

Hillary: GOP presidents leave behind economic “mess.”

During her economic policy speech at the New School today (07/12/15), Hillary reminded her audience that presidents Clinton and Obama both had to “clean up the mess” left behind by their GOP predecessors. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new...

Hillary: GOP presidents leave behind economic “mess.”
posted on: Jul 13, 2015 | author: Frank Marafiote

Is a candidate’s net worth a good predictor of success in an election?

“Money (That’s What I Want)” The best things in life are free But you can keep them for the birds and bees Now give me money That’s what I want That’s what I want, yeah That’s what I want (Lennon/McCartney) During the lull before the real campaigning begins, reporters and pundits focus on rumors, irrelevant candidate factoids, and whatever spin is being sold by the ever-present “anonymous sources.” One of the more enjoyable pastimes is scouring the candidate’s finances to see who has what and where “what” comes from. In his April blog post,  Ranking Every 2016 Presidential Candidate by Net Worth, InsideGov’s Ben Taylor shows us who the wealthiest and “poorest” candidates are. There were only a...

Is a candidate’s net worth a good predictor of success in an election?
posted on: Jun 8, 2015 | author: Frank Marafiote

Elizabeth Warren, No! Al Sharpton, Yes!

Wanna know how to guarantee a third Bush presidency? Dump Hillary Clinton and nominate Elizabeth Warren. It’s that simple. If it wasn’t such an obvious strategy, I’d suggest that the mastermind behind this sudden flurry of pro-Warren media attention is none other than Karl Rove. How else to explain it? Who really knows anything about Elizabeth Warren and her policies other than lesbians and a handful of new age lefties from academia? I practically live next door to Lizzy’s home state and all I know is that she wants to screw over some bankers. Admittedly, that’s not a bad idea, but beyond that she is something of a mystery. And from what I have seen on the news, Elizabeth...

Elizabeth Warren, No! Al Sharpton, Yes!
posted on: Apr 16, 2015 | author: Frank Marafiote

Fade or flourish: Hillary after the 2014 Midterms.

When Bill Clinton’s Administration got hammered during the 1994 midterm elections, many pundits blamed Hillary: it was health care reform, she was too liberal, the was too powerful as first lady, etc. etc. One of the few who called it correctly was our own hyperventilating Chris Matthews. I personally called Matthews the day after the election. In fairness, he didn’t really know who I was, though the Hillary Clinton Quarterly was certainly well known among most political reporters at the time. I taped the telephone interview with Matthews: This is what he said, verbatim: Hillary’s Caboose If Zuckerman was wetting his pants with joy over Hillary’s comeuppance, Chris Matthews, a new-Democrat type who writes for the San Francisco...

Fade or flourish: Hillary after the 2014 Midterms.
posted on: Nov 5, 2014 | author: Frank Marafiote

Some pundits think voters are fools.

As I was looking at today’s news stories about Hillary, this article from CNN popped into view. Give Glenn Beck credit for knowing how to generate publicity for himself. If you didn’t read or hear this, he is predicting that Hillary will be the next president. His spin on Hillary’s electability is that she harkens back to the “glory” days of the Clinton Administration. Well, of course. Where the story gets funky is the idea from some “friends of Hillary” and media pundits that voters will consider her “Barack Three” if she runs and will therefore reject her. They must think voters are stupid. I don’t. Most voters know that there are distinct differences between Hillary and Barack....

Some pundits think voters are fools.
posted on: Sep 3, 2014 | author: Frank Marafiote

Surprise! Gun owners don’t like Hillary.

On the web site/forum “Guns Tips and Talk,” several commenters had less than flattering things to say about the former secretary of state. In all candor, the quote they picked about Hillary’s explanation of her accomplishments at State is not the most elegant or persuasive. If gun owners as a group oppose Hillary, that will surprise no one. But if there is another message in the quote from Hillary is that she needs to do a better job of articulating her accomplishments and strategy. Give her time and I’m sure she will find a more articulate way to describe her accomplishments. Relative to guns as an issue, Hillary is something of a moderate. Here’s what she said about...

Surprise! Gun owners don’t like Hillary.
posted on: Aug 27, 2014 | author: Frank Marafiote

Dear Mitt: You lost the election.

According to a report from Business Insider, the failed GOP candidate for president in 2012 has taken time out of his “busy” schedule to ridicule Hillary Clinton for pushing the metaphorical “reset button” on our relationship with Russia. Mitt was never Secretary of State. He was never President. Wasn’t he a governor somewhere down south? Oh, yes, Massachusetts. Given that track record, he’s in no position to critique Hillary’s foreign policy expertise. There are many decisions that presidents and secretaries of state make that look, in retrospect, like the wrong decision. Give me the name of one president in the last 100 years who never made a foreign policy mistake, or a secretary of state who never gave...

Dear Mitt: You lost the election.
posted on: Aug 22, 2014 | author: Frank Marafiote

Did Hillary throw lamp at Bill Clinton?

We first heard about it from a reporter at the Dallas Morning News. There was a fight in the middle of the night at the White House between Bill and Hillary Clinton. It got nasty, he said, and Hillary threw a lamp at the president. The Dallas reporter thought the story originated with Chicago radio station WLS. We called the station. “No, no,” they told us, “we didn’t break the story. It was Bill Zwecker at the Chicago Sun-Times.” So we called Bill Zwecker, who writes a column for the Windy City newspaper. Yes, Mr. Zwecker told us, he had written about the incident, not in any malicious way, but just as a matter of fact. His story...

Did Hillary throw lamp at Bill Clinton?
posted on: May 18, 2014 | author: Frank Marafiote

Rove and Newt: bad week for GOP.

The has not been a good two weeks for late, middle-aged white men. First, Newt takes another stab at Hillary, this time calling her responsible for the kidnapping of almost 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria. This week we had George Bush’s former political guru, Karl Rove, suggesting that Hillary suffered brain damage when she had a concussion. Although she was only in the hospital for three days, Rove doesn’t let facts get in the way of his hypothesis and says Hillary was hospitalized for a month. Then this past Tuesday, Newt comes out to say he is offended by what Rove had to say. As reported in Politico: Newt Gingrich said that he was “deeply offended” by Karl Rove’s...

Rove and Newt: bad week for GOP.
posted on: May 14, 2014 | author: Frank Marafiote

Gingrich still running against Hillary.

Why am I not surprised that leading the charge on the far right against Hillary is Newt Gingrich? You might remember that in 2008 there were some mumbles about Gingrich getting into the race on the GOP side so that he could take on Hillary. Gingrich was wrong on three counts. First, no one in the GOP wanted someone with his sordid history representing Republicans. If he ran, he would lose the GOP primary. Second, he didn’t have the guts to take on Hillary directly, so he did what he does best — shoot spitballs from the back of the room. Third, in a very close primary race, Hillary did not get the nomination. Now he’s a commentator...

Gingrich still running against Hillary.
posted on: May 10, 2014 | author: Frank Marafiote

Loss in ’08 energizes “Ready for Hillary” today.

Today the New York Times reported that “Ready for Hillary,” the group trying to build support for Mrs. Clinton, has raised more than $1.7 million for the former first lady and secretary of state. If you think this is just politics, you’ve been living on another planet. For most Hillary supporters, this is personal. The people who are giving money and time to make Hillary president have a grudge that motivates them. There’s a feeling that the Democratic nomination was stolen from Hillary in 2008. The Obama team didn’t “play by the rules” and Hillary lost because she did follow the rules of the party. We all remember, don’t we, the bitterness that lingered for an unusually long...

Loss in ’08 energizes “Ready for Hillary” today.
posted on: Apr 10, 2014 | author: Frank Marafiote

Was Hillary’s performance at State just average?

It was just a matter of time before politicians and talking heads with an agenda to push started their “assessments” of Hillary Clinton and her performance as Secretary of State. If you want to guess what kind of grade she will get, assume that anyone to the right of her, any Republican, any journalist or writer pushing a right-wing agenda OR pushing for a Democratic candidate other than Hillary, will give her a barely satisfactory grade. It is also fair to assume that anyone with a left-leaning or pro-Hillary point of view will give her high grades for her ground-breaking work in “X” country or situation. Here’s how she was graded by the people contacted by Politico. The...

Was Hillary’s performance at State just average?
posted on: Dec 10, 2013 | author: Frank Marafiote

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