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Ready to Torpedo Hillary

Rush Limbaugh mentioned today how it wasn’t just conservative media (barely a media, more of a medium) going after Hillary Clinton’s dodgy foundation funding, but a vast left-wing conspiracy too.

Case in point:

The Clinton Foundation accepted millions of dollars from seven foreign governments during Hillary Rodham Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, including one donation that violated its ethics agreement with the Obama administration, foundation officials disclosed Wednesday.

Most of the contributions were possible because of exceptions written into the foundation’s 2008 agreement, which included limits on foreign-government donations.

The agreement, reached before Clinton’s nomination amid concerns that countries could use foundation donations to gain favor with a Clinton-led State Department, allowed governments that had previously donated money to continue making contributions at similar levels.

The new disclosures, provided in response to questions from The Washington Post, make clear that the 2008 agreement did not prohibit foreign countries with interests before the U.S. government from giving money to the charity closely linked to the secretary of state.

That’s the WaPo, but you can read similar stories in the NY Times, USA Today, MSNBC, CNN, Reuters.

So, what is the Clinton Foundation?

We believe that the best way to unlock human potential is through the power of creative collaboration. That’s why we build partnerships between businesses, NGOs, governments, and individuals everywhere to work faster, better, and leaner; to find solutions that last; and to transform lives and communities from what they are today to what they can be, tomorrow.

Everywhere we go, we’re trying to work ourselves out of a job.

Sounds like Hillary’s just about managed that.

But why? Let’s set aside the least likely possibility: that the mainstream media is just doing its job. Since when?

No, they have a motive. Could they be anti-Hillary? Surely, she’s made her share of enemies, and her political ear is about as tin as the Woodman in the Wizard of Oz.

But come on. Don’t be thick. There’s one overriding reason the media is Not Ready for Hillary.

This isn’t hard, people.


Bull’s Eye

Who doesn’t love a good hit piece?

Heckuva job, Rovey!

Bush man Karl Rove’s group American Crossroads uses soundbites from Elizabeth Warren in this campaign ad targeting Hillary.

Of course, you have to listen to that grating voice of Crockagawea, and Hillary would have had to shake the hands of a lot of reprobates as Secretary of State for four years—but let’s not spoil the moment!


How to be Wrong and Keep Your Job

Work for the New York Times.

Being serially wrong is a prerequisite:

Whenever I mention that Hillary Clinton is an overwhelming favorite for the Democratic nomination — and would be even if Senator Elizabeth Warren ran — the conversation usually comes back to 2008. “She was supposed to be inevitable last time,” the refrain goes, “and she lost.”

I get it. I remember that Mrs. Clinton was “inevitable,” and I see why today’s discussions of Mrs. Clinton’s strength sound familiar.

But there is no equivalence between Mrs. Clinton’s strength then and now. She was never inevitable eight years ago. If a candidate has ever been inevitable — for the nomination — it is Mrs. Clinton today.

Maybe so. I say otherwise, and in fact have guaranteed Elizabeth Warren will run, and will clean the floor with Hillary. But I have been wrong before.

Nothing like this guy, however.

Polls show that the Republicans have an advantage in the fight for control of the Senate. They lead in enough states to win control, and they have additional opportunities in North Carolina and New Hampshire to make up for potential upsets. As Election Day nears, Democratic hopes increasingly hinge on the possibility that the polls will simply prove wrong.

But that possibility is not far-fetched. The polls have generally underestimated Democrats in recent years, and there are reasons to think it could happen again.

He doubled down a few days later:

The Republicans are looking forward to having a good week. They are favored to win the Senate, and they could pick up enough House seats to finish with their largest margin since 1928.

But perhaps more important to the party’s long-term prospects than Tuesday’s results is what unfolds in the presidential battleground states. If the night ends with tight races in Iowa, North Carolina, Colorado and Georgia, as the polls suggest, then the results will not be as great for Republicans as many analysts will surely proclaim.

How did this guy still have his job on the morning of November 5th?

Eight years later, though, it’s clear that it’s still possible for a candidate to approach inevitability, and it is Mrs. Clinton who, in a twist, deserves the distinction.

The fact that Mrs. Clinton seems poised to clear the field is the surest evidence that 2016 is not 2008. It means that Ms. Warren is getting a very different message from the one Mr. Obama received when Senator Harry Reid reportedly urged him to seek the presidency. Instead, many of the first people to endorse Mr. Obama in 2008, like Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri, have already endorsed Mrs. Clinton.

Even if Ms. Warren did run, it is hard to argue that she is as strong as Mr. Obama was eight years ago. Not only is it a stretch to compare the enthusiasm for Ms. Warren to that for Mr. Obama, but the differences between her and Mrs. Clinton on inequality and finance are also less clear — and probably less salient — than Mrs. Clinton’s vote to authorize the war in Iraq. Ms. Warren won’t replicate Mr. Obama’s support among black voters, either, and it is hard to see how she would make up for it.

Again, I could be wrong. But if you’re going to be a bear, be a grizzly. Cohn is right that Lieawatha does not light the same fire as Barack Obama in 2008. But Hillary doesn’t light the same fire as Hillary of 2008 either. We’ve known her for almost a quarter century; if we’re not in love with her yet, when will we be?

Here’s a metaphor to describe my take: Hillary’s “inevitability” is like a warship, say a US destroyer, say the USS Cole. Indomitable. Invincible. Fauxcahantas is like a motorized dinghy, a skiff. With explosives packed in her bow. All Crockagawea has to do is set her sights on USS Hillary and torpedo her below the waterline. She’ll sink faster than you can say Waterloo.


Or maybe not.


The Courage of Our Convictions

A couple of days ago, I told you that Elizabeth Warren would not only run for the Democrat nomination, she would beat Hillary Clinton like the proverbial red-headed stepchild.

Others don’t have the BTL’s ‘nads:

Indeed, even as Elizabeth Warren denies she’s running for president, Team Clinton continues to be anxious about whether she jumps into the race, forcing Clinton to take positions to the left of the political sweet spot. She’s focused on the wrong Democrat. For all the hype, Warren is unlikely to run and won’t be the Democrat pushing Clinton to the left. It will be Obama himself.

This writer’s point is that Obama is driving the party to the left in order to herd Hillary that way.

I had a different take.

Also, Obama’s antics lately are all about positioning the party to Crockagawea’s liking. Goodness knows, there’s no love lost with the Clintons, and the 0/32nds Cherokee has always been his squaw.

Did I really write that adolescent twaddle? Good for me.

Let me elaborate. Warren won’t be running? Why on earth not? Seriously, unless she just doesn’t want to run, every factor points toward her running (deer). This is her time: as Obama made clear, even the most shallow, improbable, lie-based biography is a winning platform on which to run. She’s been senator for barely two years, but she’s already our senior senator—she’s supposed to languish in the Senate for another four or eight years? It’s just as far beneath her as it was beneath Barack Obama. Her supporters will feel betrayed? Hardly. They are urging her most ardently to run. We can and will replace her with another robotic liberal (as we replaced Kerry with Markey). She can’t beat Hillary? You wait and see. She will beat her like Buster Douglas beat Mike Tyson. Like Ali beat Liston. Like Krystal beat Alexis.

Remind me if I prove to be wrong. You can be sure I’ll remind you if I prove to be right.


Pull up a Cherokee

The stars are aligning for Lizzie Warren.

I wish I had been a fly on this wall:

Progressive activists haven’t agreed on what to call the movement urging Elizabeth Warren to run for president, but they largely concur on this: with every recent anti-establishment move the Massachusetts senator grows more attractive as a 2016 candidate, both in her own right and as a progressive foil for Hillary Clinton.

Such sentiments were on vivid display this week at RootsCamp, a gathering of some 2,000 progressive activists held in Washington, D.C. The event was held as Warren and others on the left have been denouncing the “cromnibus” spending bill winding its way through Congress over provisions they say are too friendly to Wall Street.

One panel at the conference, for instance, was called #HillaryProblems, and it delved into the disconnect between the Democratic establishment and the grassroots. Another was devoted to the “Draft Warren” movement, and included members of groups such as, which has pledged to spend at least $1 million to nudge the senator into the race, something she has said she won’t do.

Who am I kidding? I bet the walls were covered with flies. And lice.

“This is Elizabeth Warren’s moment,” said Ben Wikler, MoveOn’s Washington director, during the “Draft Warren” panel. “[We] can see [that] this week when the bill that was about to sail through Congress became a national fight because Elizabeth Warren raised the alarm.”

Ahem. It didn’t hurt that conservative Republicans opposed it as well. In fact, it took Obama twisting Democrat arms to get the thing passed.

But fine. Make it all about her.

As David Brooks says:

[T]hat’s why Elizabeth Warren owes it to us to run, or somebody like owes it to us to run to make our lives interesting, of course.

My life is plenty interesting enough walking the Bloodthirsty Puppy and keeping up with bogus rape charges (not against me, I assure you). I can do without Warpath ’16, thank you very much.


Liz Warren and the Tea Party Smoke-um Peace Pipe?

I was just thinking this myself. I bet a lot of us have:

[Politico:] The tea party’s opposition to the rider puts it in rare agreement with progressives, who also are criticizing the provision but for different reasons. Democratic Party committees would also benefit from the measure, but they do not have the same level of intra-party strife as the Republicans.

“So help me God, I have no way to refute the basic point that the Democrats are making about the CRomnibus fight right now,” RedState’s Leon Wolf wrote. “In fact, I might even go so far as to say they are right.”

“Here we have a bill that will kick the funding question almost a full year down the road, increases government spending, funds a wildly unpopular and probably unconstitutional executive amnesty, and continues the very practices voters sent Republicans to Washington to oppose,” he added. “In this context, what possible good faith reason can the Republicans have for threatening to gum up the whole works over doing a favor to Wall Street?”

That compelling argument caught the eye of no less a figure than Warren herself who approvingly cited this passage on the floor of the Senate on Thursday.

“These conservative activists are right,” the Bay State Senator said after quoting Wolf at length. “If you believe in smaller government, how can you support a provision that would expand a government insurance program and put taxpayers on the hook for the riskiest private activities?”

On Friday, Warren will join with conservatives like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in an effort to get another 39 of their fellow senators to kill the “Cromnibus.” The fact that the two populist wings of both parties are beginning to look more and more alike is not lost on their opponents. “Elizabeth Warren clearly now a Democratic Ted Cruz,” an unnamed GOP House member said according to CNBC’s John Harwood.

Let me be clear: I have no use for that fake Indian, none whatsoever. And much of what she’s doing is grandstanding for 2016.

I’ve read one account praising her stand, another critical of it. Both agree that the hill she vows to die on is a rather small mound. Which fits the grandstanding theory.

I’ve let this post stew for about an hour to think it over. Ultimately, I still can’t agree with Betty Buckskin. We’re not “bailing out” big banks, but letting them resume derivatives and other hedging instruments they’ve long employed—as much to lessen risk as to take on more. If it’s a repeat of 2008 we fear, it was more government’s social engineering (government-backed, government-mandated mortgages to people who couldn’t afford them) that melted down the system than capitalist avarice (so-called predatory lending).

There’s way too much spending and way too little spine in the “Cromnibus” for my liking, so I’ll stand in opposition next to Miss 0/32nds Cherokee. But I’ll be checking my back for her tomahawk.


Hail to the Chief!

What will Elizabeth Warren say when she breaks her pledge not to run for prezzy?

So Sioux me:

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren becomes the officially anointed shadow candidate of the left today in an old-fashioned, Kremlin-style “vote” where she’s the only contender and there is really only one choice: Run, Elizabeth, Run.

The online “voting” run by the influential liberal organization,, to launch a presidential-style campaign to draft Warren may have been slightly rigged, but could give the Massachusetts senator and her breathless backers a significant new push to test the waters against presumed front-runner Hillary Clinton.

“Our members want to see a contested Democratic primary,” said Ben Wikler, Washington director of “This moment was made for Elizabeth Warren. So we’re putting it to a full vote.”

Okay, ‘vote’ may not be the right word. The old communist leaders of Russia and China would have been envious of the percentage Warren will get when the results of the online coronation are announced late this morning. Joe Biden, Howard Dean and Dennis Kucinich, sadly, were left off the ballot.

The liberal group’s 8 million members did have a chance to say they oppose a draft Warren effort, and while they may not have been shipped off to Siberia like in the old communist days, they did risk getting kicked off MoveOn’s mailing list. But there’s no need for that kind of terrifying threat.

“We are pretty confident we are going to soar way above the 50 percent threshold,” a cheeky Wikler said.


Warren’s repeated denials that she “isn’t” running aren’t deterring progressive groups. They were only more emboldened by the former Harvard professor’s comments in the hard-hitting People magazine interview where she said “I don’t think so” to the presidential question.

To Warren enthusiasts, that means full-steam ahead.

I’m immune to her charms, but her supporters see Kate Upton in a tankini when they look at her.

She sure knows hot to whip them into a frenzy:

Senator Elizabeth Warren, in an increasingly public spat with the White House, on Tuesday issued her fiercest salvo yet about President Obama’s choice for a key Treasury Department post.

The Massachusetts Democrat — in a 4½-page speech with 34 footnotes — rebutted criticism about her opposition to Antonio Weiss, the nominee for undersecretary of domestic finance. She denounced his qualifications for the job, cast the relationship between Wall Street and the White House as dangerously unbalanced, and further dug a divide between the administration and her allies.

In a strikingly personal jab at Weiss and a broader knock at the White House, Warren noted Weiss’s employer, the investment bank and asset manager Lazard, would give Weiss a multimillion-dollar payment if he left for public service.

“Mr. Weiss’s friends at Lazard are giving him a golden parachute valued at about $20 million as he goes into government service,” Warren said at a Capitol Hill event. “For me, this is one spin of the revolving door too many. Enough is enough.”

“Hey there, liberal weenie. Is that a ballot in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?”


Hillary, the Half-Ton Truck

I’m not intentionally sexist (I didn’t make a crack about her mud flaps, after all), but how else am I supposed to take this ad?

I almost want to ask if she comes with a Hemi.

Who is this video for? I’m not a huge country music fan, I’m by no means an expert on the regions of the country where country music is popular, but I like to think I know a little about them from my travels, friends, family and readers. But when I watch this, I’m at a loss as to who they think this is for?

Why, it’s for all those red neck good ol’ boys who appreciate Smart Power, a reset button with Russia, and four murdered Americans in Libya whose deaths at the hands of Muslim terrorists prompted a shrug.

That’s who. As Allahpundit says, it’s like writing a song about Microsoft: “The product is mediocre on its best day, but through some mix of luck and ruthlessness, it’s turned itself into an American institution.”

Typically tone deaf, patronizing, and embarrassing—it’s the perfect Hillary commercial.

Even more typical, it’s reactive:

That painfully lame campaign video? You totally built that.

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Ready for Hillary?

So you’re the one.

GOV. DEVAL PATRICK (D-Massachusetts): Well, I think first of all, Hillary Clinton, Secretary Clinton, excuse me, has been an extraordinary public servant and would be a terrific candidate for president. But I think that the narrative that it’s inevitable is off-putting to regular voters.

CHUCK TODD: So she should be challenged in the Democrat party?

GOV. DEVAL PATRICK: I don’t mean that as a criticism of her. I just think that people read inevitability as entitlement. And the American people want and ought to want their candidates to sweat for the job. You know, to actually make a case for why they’re the right person at the right time.

Boy, if the image of a sweaty Hillary Clinton, Secretary Clinton, excuse me, doesn’t torpedo her chances, Elizabeth Warren doesn’t stand a chance.

The 2014 winner of my annual award for “Member of Congress of the Year” goes to the politician who had such a good year she now defines her party’s future — Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

The Massachusetts senator could become the Barack Obama of 2016, able to grab the Democrats’ presidential nomination from the favorite, Hillary Clinton, by coming at her from the left. The defining issue for Democrats in 2008 was Iraq. In 2016 it will be the economy. Warren is much more in step with the party on this issue than is Clinton.

My head is swimming. Warren had the best 2014? Robin Williams had a better 2014. In what sense does a scheming careerist and serial “spiritual genocidist” ever have a good year?

In the sense of Democrat politics:

Warren’s surprising power is evident in her ability to force Clinton, the former senator from Wall Street’s home state and a well-paid speaker for top brokerages, to go on the attack against income inequality.

“I love watching Elizabeth give it to those who deserve to get it,” she said at a late October rally in Boston. Clinton was referring to Warren’s calls for increased regulation of big banks and Wall Street brokers who have “tried to trick and trap and cheat our families.” Clinton also echoed Warren’s rhetoric when she said at the same rally: “Don’t let anybody tell you that, you know, it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs.”

In the current Real Clear Politics average of polls asking Democrats to select their top choice as the party’s 2016 presidential nominee, Warren is running second. And she trails Clinton by a huge margin, 51 percentage points.

But a poll taken this month by the progressive group Democracy for America found Warren to be the most popular choice for party activists asked whom they wanted to see run. Warren drew 42 percent support, overshadowing Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) 24 percent and Clinton’s 23 percent.

And who votes in primaries but zealots?

Hillary Clinton is old news, and she’s politically tone deaf. She was divisive as a First Lady, a complete fiasco as Secretary of State, but adequate as a Senator. (And a hell of an investor in cattle futures.) She will not be the nominee, much less the president.

I think Warren will be, and I can’t wait.

Cherokee people! Cherokee tribe!
So proud to live, so proud to die.

It’s your funeral, Crockagawea.


Sing Along With Liz

What’s the matter, Crockagawea? Didn’t your mammy teach you the words?

Rather, your great-great-great-great grandfather? (Who was white anyway?)

As Senator Elizabeth Warren announced that the Keystone XL pipeline vote had failed to pass, the wailing strains of the Lakota unci maka wiwayang wacipi song floated down from the gallery.

It was Greg Grey Cloud, enrolled member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and founder of Wica Agli, a group created to bring back traditional values of masculinity and eradicate violence against women and children.

“Grandfather look at me, I am standing here struggling, I am defending Grandmother Earth and I am chasing peace,” Grey Cloud sang, according to a translation he provided to Lakota Life.

Oh, that explains it. Cherokees hate Sioux music. It’s like east coast and west coast rap. I’m surprised their wasn’t a drive-by bow-and-arrowing.

Who left her in charge of the Senate anyway? How long has she been there, two years? Not even. Pushy broad. Squaw. Whatever.

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Off the Reservation and on the Warpath

I think this is racist, but I can never tell for sure:

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s opposition to President Obama’s Wall Street-backed pick for a top Treasury gig shows she isn’t veering from the populist path she’s ridden to political stardom, despite her new post in party leadership, observers say.

Warren’s office said yesterday she won’t support Obama’s nomination of banker Antonio Weiss as the Treasury’s undersecretary of domestic finance, a position that underscores the Cambridge Democrat’s long-held crusade against Washington’s cozy ties to Wall Street.

A former Treasury official herself, Warren is increasingly concerned about the number of appointees the Obama administration is plucking from Wall Street at the expense of different perspectives, according to her office. She also thinks Weiss’ past work on corporate inversions is a major red flag.

Weiss is a major Democrat donor. Don’t you think his financial support buys him a role in the Obama regime—or are you some kind of Indian giver?

Warren’s opposition, first reported by Politico yesterday, is noteworthy, given just a day earlier she was named to a new post as strategic policy adviser to the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee.

“That’s a fancy way of saying that I’ve been asked to join the Democratic leadership in helping decide how we can fight most effectively for the people who are counting on us,” Warren said in an email to supporters.

Admitting that they created an identity for her out of thin air is uncharacteristically honest for Exalted Cheekbones. Now, if she’d just confess to her equally fraudulent Cherokee heritage.

Why bother? I’m telling you here and now she’ll be the Democrat nominee in 2016. They nominated Obama in ’08 with even less of a resume than hers. If I had a farm, I’d bet it.

Some of them may be “ready for Hillary”, but I think we’ll all have to get ready for this:

Et tu, MV?

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Lieawatha Up For Promotion

Deputy Assistant Chief, but it’s a tight race:

Senate Democratic leaders are considering adding Sen. Elizabeth Warren to their leadership team, according to a source familiar with the discussions.

The source wouldn’t say which position the Massachusetts liberal is under consideration for, but the four top leadership jobs are expected to be held by the senators currently holding them: Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York and Sen. Patty Murray of Washington.

One possible post would be the head of the steering committee, which helps dole out committee assignments to Democrats. That position is currently held by Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska, who lost his re-election bid, although he told reporters Wednesday night he won’t formally concede until every vote is counted.

It’s not like she hasn’t climbed to her prominent height over the bodies of the fallen—Ted Kennedy, the Cherokee Nation. What’s one dead Eskimo?

And how perfect that Exalted Cheekbones will be in a leadership position for the minority party. Today, the wigwam; tomorrow, the White House!

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