OMG, IT’S THE INVASION OF HILLARY’S MENOPAUSAL LEGIONS — Drudge Report’s top news items for today at noon — “HILLARY. SUNDAY. NOON. – SHE'LL DO IT ON TWITTER... – 60 million menopausal women in USA by 2020...”
— Drudge Report 4/10/15 [Now, that’s funny]
Meanwhile, Martin O’Malley takes his whacks at the dynastic-inevitable Mrs. Clinton
Oh ! And don’t forget Jim Webb — He took his whacks at Hillary’s AND Bill’s foreign policy while talking at a David Axelrod gathering
It’s been talked about so much in the last 24 hours, that the announcement of the “formal announcement” of Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president for 2016 is no longer news. In fact, like so many things about Hillary, it’s so much more about what is old, borrowed and blue than it ever is about what’s new. Nonetheless, there is always room for tweaking....
DRUDGE DOES A NEW TAKE ON HILLARY’S ANNOUNCEMENTYou’d have to go a long way to be as snarky as the folks at Drudge Report with their juxtaposition of the news items concerning Hillary Clintons latest roll-out as a presidential candidate with one about a shift in the demographics of America’s women ( See “HILLARY. SUNDAY. NOON.”; “SHE'LL DO IT ON TWITTER...” and “60 million menopausal women in USA by 2020...” [various links] – 4/16/15 at Noon EDT, The Drudge Report [http://www.drudgereport.com/]). Here are the links are to these articles: “Exclusive: Hillary Clinton to launch 2016 campaign on Sunday en route to Iowa” [http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/apr/10/exclusive-hillary-clinton-to-launch-presidential-campaign-sunday-en-route-to-iowa-source]; “Former secretary of state scheduled to announce presidential run on Twitter -- Video, email, conference calls on plane to precede tour of US primary states” [Same cite for Guardian article]; and “Hillary Clinton Is the Perfect Age to Be President” [http://time.com/3763552/hillary-clinton-age-president/]. However those articles aren’t really the point. It was all about the presentation by Drudge and not the content.
Frankly, I found the Drudge prank to be quite amusing — Yuh gotta luv it.....
Meanwhile, perhaps more important for the future prospects of Hillary Clinton and her nascent (perhaps not the best word for something that already was born and died in 2008) campaign are the goings on inside the Democratic Party, but outside of Hillary's campaign.
MARTIN O’MALLEY LOOKS LIKE HE IS CAMPAIGNING HARD AGAINST HILLARY’S NOMINATION — SAYING “THE PRESIDENCY IS NOT A HEREDITARY RIGHT” — AND “... AN ‘INEVITABLE’ FRONT RUNNER... REMAINS ‘INEVITABLE’ RIGHT UP UNTIL HE OR SHE’S NO LONGER INEVITABLE...”One thing is now clear about former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley – he is not on board the Hillary Clinton bandwagon.
According to a report in the Washington Times, “... Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley continued to poke at the notion of political dynasties this week in the early presidential state of Iowa, declaring that the presidency is not a ‘hereditary right.’ *** The presidency is not something to be passed ‘back and forth between two families,’ he told MSNBC’s Ari Melber in Des Moines. *** ‘It is a sacred trust to be earned and exercised on behalf of the people of our country,’ he said. ‘I think that the way it’s supposed to work is if you feel that you can lead our country forward and you have the ideas and the experience to do it, you offer it. And then once you offer it, it’s up to the people to decide. But I don’t believe that it’s a hereditary right.’...” ( See “Martin O’Malley: Presidency not a ‘hereditary right’” by David Sherfinski, 4/10/15, The Washington Times [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/apr/10/martin-omalley-presidency-not-hereditary-right/]).
O’Malley continued with these remarks obviously aimed right At Mrs. Clinton: “There is an ‘inevitable’ front runner who remains ‘inevitable’ right up until he or she’s no longer inevitable.... And the person that emerges as the alternative is the person that usually no one in America had heard of before — until that person got into a van and went county to county to county....”
AND DON’T FORGET THAT FORMER VIRGINIA SENATOR JIM WEBB IS ALSO CAMPAIGNING UNDER THE RADAR — SPEECH AT DAVID AXELROD’S EVENT SHOWS THAT, CLEARLY, HE’S NOT FOR HILLARY EITHERPolitico says that Jim Webb didn’t attack Bill or Hillary by name, but his analysis of some of their policies is highly critical.
According to a report by Ben Schreckinger in Politico. “... Jim Webb laid out an implicit critique of two decades of Clinton foreign policy in Chicago on Wednesday night, saying the country has lacked strategic direction since Bill Clinton assumed the presidency.
He also took aim at the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the 2011 NATO intervention in Libya. *** The former Democratic senator from Virginia continued to shy away from criticizing Hillary Clinton directly, as he has in recent months, but his critique amounted to one of the strongest contrasts he’s drawn between himself and Clinton to date. *** “We really have not had a clear strategic doctrine since the end of the Cold War. I would say particularly since about 1993,” said Webb at an event at David Axelrod’s Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago. Left unsaid was the name of the president who took office that year: Bill Clinton....” (See “Jim Webb critiques Clinton-era foreign policy” by Ben Schreckinger, 4/8/15, Politico [http://www.politico.com/story/2015/04/jim-webb-critiques-clinton-era-foreign-policy-116796.html]).
WEBB REMINDS EVERYBODY THAT HILLARY SUPPORTED DESTABILIZING WARS IN IRAQ AND LIBYAWebb also went on to talk about the toll of the Iraq War, citing an op-ed piece he had written in 2002, in which he warned that invading Iraq would be a “strategic blunder”; he did not directly refer to then-Senator Hillary Clinton’s vote to authorize the Iraq invasion or that President Barack Obama’s opposition to that war became a decisive distinction in his 2008 primary victory over Clinton.
Webb then said the Obama administration’s response to the Arab Spring, with Hillary Clinton as head of the U.S. State Department, had set back the United States’ standing in the Middle East, singling out the U.S.-led intervention in Libya in particular. Specificlly Webb said, “Sure, Qadhafi was a bad guy, we understand that, but we had no treaties in place, we had no Americans at risk, we were not under any threat of attack....”
Both Martin O’Malley and Jim Webb will be in Iowa when Hillary gets there on her first day of active campaigning.