I’m not going to be posting anything about Hillary Clinton running for president in 2016 until she actually says she is.
Monday, April 8, 2013
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) gets the full load.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
President Obama will meet with Afghan President Karzai.
Alaska oil rig re-floated; towed to shelter.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton returned to work yesterday.
The Supreme Court lets embryonic stem cell research continue.
Google North Korea and see what comes up.
They call Alabama the Crimson Tide… and BCS Champs, too.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is still in a New York hospital being treated for a blood clot in her head after suffering a concussion in December.
“It did not result in a stroke, or neurological damage,” Dr. Lisa Bardack of Mt. Kisco Medical Group in New York and Dr. Gigi El-Bayoumi of George Washington University said in a joint statement released Monday.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to make a full recovery after spending a fourth day in a New York City hospital for a blood clot in her head that developed following a fall and concussion she suffered last month. NBC’s Anne Thompson reports.
“To help dissolve this clot, her medical team began treating the secretary with blood thinners. She will be released once the medication dose has been established.”
This is a standard and safe therapy for such a blood clot, according to a review published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2005. Dr. Jan Stam of the University of Amsterdam said the clots are rare – affecting 3 to 4 people out of a million every year. Some doctors fear that blood thinners for a clot near the brain could be dangerous, but it’s the best way to dissolve the clot. “More than 80 percent of all patients now have a good neurologic outcome,” Stam wrote.
Meanwhile, the vultures on the right are saying it’s either a conspiracy to keep her from testifying about Benghazi or that President Obama ordered a hit on her so she would never testify (I’m not making that up but I refuse to link to the site that’s saying that because my mom taught me better than that). They’re also saying that it proves she’s too old or too frail to run for president in 2016 when she’ll be the same age as Ronald Reagan was when he ran in 1980.
I also don’t remember anyone on the right bringing up the fact that when he was nominated to be vice president in 2000, Dick Cheney had a long history of heart attacks (going back to the 1970′s), or suggesting that he resign or leave the ticket in 2004 because of continued heart problems. That’s probably because he’s a man and men are stronger and can take the rigors of politics even if you have a heart problem… just walk it off. But a woman? Pshaw!
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The E.U. toughened sanctions against Iran.
Secretary of State Clinton takes the responsibility in Libya attack.
Poll: Obama still has a slim lead.
F.D.A. warns of further risks from infected drugs.
Retail sales rose in September as people bought a lot of stuff.
Tropical Update: Hurricane Rafael is going to pass to the east of Bermuda before turning toward Europe.
The Tigers resume the ALCS tonight in Detroit against the Yankees.
Monday, May 30, 2011
Friday, October 30, 2009
Iran rejects the draft deal to send its uranium out of the country.
Secretary of State Clinton talks tough with Pakistan.
Somebody accidentally leaked a House ethics inquiry report.
The House puts out its own version of healthcare reform, public option and all.
Speaking of health insurance, Broward County Schools learns what it’s like to buy from an insurer who doesn’t face competition.
A spousal abuse claim could grant a woman from Guatemala asylum in the United States.
Colorado and Wyoming get hit by a big snowstorm, closing down roads, schools, and airports.
Joe’s turn — A few days after the president, Vice President Biden swings through Florida.
The Series: The Yankees beat the Phillies 3-1, tying it.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wait and See — The Obama administration is waiting to see what the release of the two Americans might mean toward further talks with North Korea.
Two more GOP senators — Bond of Missouri and Gregg of New Hampshire — say they will vote to confirm Sonia Sotomayor.
Drug deal — “Pressed by industry lobbyists, White House officials on Wednesday assured drug makers that the administration stood by a behind-the-scenes deal to block any Congressional effort to extract cost savings from them beyond an agreed-upon $80 billion.”
Car deal — The Senate works out the kinks in re-upping cash for clunkers.
Hillary Clinton in Africa — The Secretary of State is calling on Kenya to clean up its act after last year’s tumultuous election.
Squeaky Fromme gets paroled.
Astroturfing in Broward attracts the usual suspects.
The Tigers win against Baltimore.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Mission accomplished — Former President Bill Clinton leaves North Korea with the two American journalists.
Meanwhile, the other diplomat named Clinton is talking to Kenya.
28 — That’s the number of GOP senators who plan to vote against Sonia Sotomayor.
The Senate is expected to extend the cash-for-clunkers program.
Bring ‘em on — Standish, Michigan, would love to house the Gitmo prisoners in their maximum security prison.
In the game — Former football coach Lou Holtz is considering running for Congress here in Florida.
Fewer hurricanes are predicted for the rest of the season. (Zero would be fine with me.)
The Tigers lost to Baltimore.
Monday, July 27, 2009
North Korea keeps sending mixed signals.
Secretary of State Clinton has a message for Iran on nukes: don’t.
Sarah Palin quit her job yesterday.
There are many ways to pay for health care.
South Florida employers have two small requests for health care reform: make it cheap and easy.
Honduras’s ousted president’s attempt to return isn’t getting much ground.
R.I.P. Florida State Sen. Jim King.
All’s Fair? — A candidate who lost an election is suing over an attack ad.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Not in August — As the White House negotiates, the health care bill moves back.
The world likes him — Obama’s popularity overseas helps our image.
Organ recital — 44 people in New Jersey are arrested in a corruption scandal that involved the sale of body parts.
“Neener, Neener” — That’s pretty much the response by North Korea to Hillary Clinton’s comments on the hermit regime.
Brainless — A neurosurgeon and lobbyist here in Florida circulates racist photos and jokes about the president over health care.
Even Microsoft is facing tough times in the recession.
Another week, another family-values Republican caught screwing around.
Perfect Game — White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle does it against Tampa Bay.
Tigers lose to Seattle and fall into a tie in the division.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
President Obama’s press conference on health care was long on details.
The Senate blocked an amendment that would have allowed people to carry concealed weapons across state lines.
Secretary of State Clinton talks tough about North Korea and Iran.
They’re in the money — Wall Street pay is back up to where it was before the crash.
After his tough questioning of Judge Sotomayor, you’d think Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) would plan to vote against her confirmation. You would be wrong.
After a brief imitation of the Bush White House, the Obama administration releases the names of the health care executives that met with the president.
NPR says Osama bin Laden’s son was killed in an attack by a drone missile.
The heat may have killed thousands of fish in Florida Bay.
Tigers lost a close one to Seattle.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Let’s Talk a Little — President Obama is open to some compromise on the stimulus package, but not the whole thing.
$150 Billion for education is in the stimulus package, which would double the budget for the DOE.
Not Too Stimulated — South Florida Republicans are among those who are not yet on board with it.
Crist Vetoes Some Budget Cuts — and ticks off the Republicans in the process. Seems they don’t like being made into the bad guys.
The Florida Senate race got another candidate on the Democratic side: State Sen. Dan Gelber of Miami Beach announces he’s in, joining Rep. Kendrick Meek in the primary.
Waiting to Exhale — Secretary of State Clinton says the world can relax now that Bush is gone.
Bombs Mar Ceasefire in Gaza.
Stop Digging — “Friendly” witnesses sandbag Norm Coleman’s case in his lawsuit in Minnesota.
Karl Rove is asking the White House to help him in his plea to dodge a subpoena from Congress.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
I think Melissa McEwan speaks for me.
Monday, June 2, 2008
Hillary Clinton won the Democratic primary in Puerto Rico, picking up votes in a lot of demographics that would have in the past gone to Barack Obama. And she continues to make her case for her dimming chances for the nomination.
In a telephone interview with The Washington Post after her victory by a 2 to 1 ratio over Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.), Clinton stressed that she will press forward through the final contests of the primary season on Tuesday, brushed aside the idea that she was searching for an exit strategy, and said she will continue to weigh both her immediate- and longer-term options in the race.
Asked whether she will challenge a Democratic National Committee ruling on Saturday awarding Obama some disputed Michigan delegates even though his name did not appear on the state’s ballot, Clinton said she had not yet decided. In her victory speech Sunday afternoon, Clinton again claimed triumph in the overall popular vote in the primaries and held out hope that she would still see a reversal of fortune.
At the risk of sounding incredibly naive, I have no problem whatsoever with Sen. Clinton’s intention to pursue the nomination, and I think that in the long run — no pun intended — what we’ve been through since December has actually been good for both the Democratic Party and our political system in general. We do not have a neat and tidy system, but I don’t think it was designed that way. The Constitution is remarkably silent on the process of choosing candidates for office; all it does is set the minimum age and citizenship requirements and gives us a rather cumbersome and circuitous Electoral College. There’s no mention of political parties, of primary elections, of delegate allocations at conventions, or all of the other things that have occupied us since the cold days of the Iowa caucuses. Instead, the Founding Fathers placed their trust in the people coming up with methods at the state and local levels that best suited their needs. And if nothing else, the last six months have provided us with valuable lessons in nuts-and-bolts politics… and in every sense of the word “nuts” to some degree. (Not to mention “bolt” as well, as in former candidates endorsing others and candidates distancing themselves from unsavory characters.)
The system also relies heavily on human nature and the maddening ability we have for short-term memory loss. Just to remind you: who was the leading GOP candidate on December 2, 2007? Was it John McCain, or was it Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, or Rudy Guiliani? (It’s been so long since I’ve written about Rudy that Spell Check popped up with a red wiggler to remind me to check the name.) In his column on that Sunday, Frank Rich didn’t even mention the Senator from Arizona in his musings about the November match-up.
In the next couple of days, the Democratic nomination process will have reached an end… if not the end. At long last the primaries will be over when they’re supposed to be, and unlike those of the last ten or so election cycles, they will have all mattered, not just the ones that got held before Lent. Americans of both political parties will have had ample — some say gluttonous — opportunities to hear the candidates’ stands on the issues, when they weren’t distracted by numerous “look at the kitty!” moments such as flag pins, gauche historical references, and the general stupidities of sexism, racism, ageism, and whatever else it takes to keep Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, and the entire cast of Fox News fluttering around like hummingbirds on crack.
It’s not been a perfect process by any means, but in theatre there’s a tradition that if you have a final dress rehearsal full of errors, missed cues, technical glitches, hissy fits by the actors, temper flares by the stage managers and the crew, and the panic that you’re never going to be ready for opening night, everything will go smoothly on opening night. Well, if this weekend’s events and the past six months were considered rehearsal period, we’re in for a smash run when the curtain actually goes up on in front of the paying audience. Break a leg.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Hillary Clinton offered an apology to black voters for remarks by her husband after the South Carolina.
The New York senator, who is in a tight race with Illinois Sen. Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination, struck several sorry notes at an evening forum sponsored by the National Newspaper Publishers Association, a group of more than 200 black community newspapers across the country.
Her biggest apology came in response to a question about comments by her husband, Bill Clinton, after the South Carolina primary, which Obama won handily. Bill Clinton said Jesse Jackson also won South Carolina when he ran for president in 1984 and 1988, a comment many viewed as belittling Obama’s success.
”I want to put that in context. You know I am sorry if anyone was offended. It was certainly not meant in any way to be offensive,” Hillary Clinton said. ”We can be proud of both Jesse Jackson and Senator Obama.”
I’m sure she meant it sincerely, but when you include the phrase “if anyone was offended” in an apology, you’re giving yourself an out, as if to say, “if no one was offended, then I’m not apologizing.” It’s only the people who took offense who should accept the apology, putting the burden on them.
That’s not how it works. An apology should be without qualification: no ifs, ands, or buts. It should be simple and sincere, without a dissertation on context and intent, and the longer it takes to get it out and the more qualifiers and explanations that are tagged on, the more the force of the apology and the level of sincerity is diminished. Get it out, mean it, and make amends.
Some people, including Senator Clinton, have a tough time dealing with apologizing.
As first lady and senator, Clinton rarely cedes an inch to her critics. On the issue of her vote to authorize the Iraq war, for instance, she steadfastly has refused to apologize, coming close by saying she regrets it, despite calls from many anti-war voters in the party to make a more explicit mea culpa.
She is probably one of those people who sees apologizing as a sign of weakness; if she apologizes, that means she was wrong, and if she’s wrong, then her critics are right, and that leads to self-doubt, and on and on. But it comes across as false bravado covering for insecurities. In that regard, she’s in good company; history is rife with non-apologies. Richard Nixon never apologized for Watergate; the only thing he was sorry for was that he got caught. George W. Bush has famously never acknowledged that he’s made any mistakes in his administration, and along with him goes Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, or John Bolton, none of whom has had the guts to admit that they got it all horribly wrong in Iraq, Afghanistan, and just about everything else that they’ve touched.
It’s an old lesson, but apparently it has to be repeated: apologizing without qualification is liberating, and it’s amazing how forgiving people are when you do it. It’s admitting that you’re human, prone to make mistakes like everybody else, and rather than tarnish your reputation, it can enhance it. Senator Clinton could learn a few things from Eliot Spitzer. He apologized, he took the blame, he didn’t try to pin his failings on someone else, he didn’t lash out at the media or try to put it in context (whew; I really don’t want to know why he felt he had to pay for sex).
An apology can bruise the ego for a while, but that’s the point. And leave out the If.
Monday, January 28, 2008
I’ve been a fan of Bill Clinton for a long time. I admire his political skills, and the more we see of what the current administration has done, I think history is going to judge his presidency in a favorable light. The man has his faults, to be sure, and on more than one occasion I’ve been embarrassed by his actions. Fortunately, none of them had anything to do with the running of the country, and the same cannot be said of George W. Bush.
That said, I’m in agreement with Glenn Greenwald on the recent spate of stories about the former president’s campaigning on behalf of Hillary Clinton and the conduct of the Clinton campaign in general.
Many Democrats — including progressives — have an ambivalent attitude towards the Clintons despite Hillary’s relatively conservative record since she’s been in the Senate. They distrust their “triangulation” and soul-less political tactics, as expressed most vividly in Hillary’s case by her years-long support of the Iraq War and general support for war-loving policies.
But they also respect the Clintons for being among the very few Democrats of any significance with the willingness and ability to stand up to and defeat the right-wing monster and, most importantly, to recognize its true character. The Clintons’ behavior over this last week does nothing but highlight the absolute worst parts of their character and make any rational person dread the return of the whole Clinton show to the White House — not because of how their political enemies react to them but because of how they, almost addictively, conduct themselves.
Perhaps if Mr. Clinton would remember that it is Hillary that is running for the presidency, not him, and if there was a way that he could stop thinking of himself as her husband — he’s certainly shown that ability before — he might better serve the campaign as a political adviser and not as the aggrieved spouse defending his wife against unfair attacks. In addition, regardless of the merits of his argument comparing the Obama win in South Carolina as being comparable to Jesse Jackson, he had to know that he was kicking a hornet’s nest when he made it, and don’t think for one minute that he didn’t know it.
Notwithstanding Paul Krugman’s point (see below) that no matter who the Democrats nominate they’re going to get the full monty from the Republicans, it doesn’t do anybody any good if this campaign, already seeing some pretty outrageous actions on both sides, gets off the topic of the current state of the union and how to fix it and spends its time on, as Mr. Krugman calls it, “unpleasantness.”
If we’re going to fight, let’s fight about how to get us out of Iraq, the role of government in repairing the nation’s problems, keeping us safe, educating kids, and ensuring that all citizens are treated fairly and with equal rights. If Bill Clinton wants to talk about that on behalf of Hillary, fine. If not, then he should stay out of the way. And remember that if her candidacy goes down in flames, you can be sure who will get the blame.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Has the media been toughest on Hillary Clinton, as her husband has claimed? Well, yeah, pretty much. Per The Horses Mouth:
The Center for Media and Public Affairs in Washington, D.C., took a look at 481 news stories on ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX from October 1 through December 15, 2007. It concluded that the media hits Hillary the hardest:
TV election news has been hardest on Hillary Clinton this fall, while Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee have been the biggest media favorites, according to a new study by the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University…
On-air evaluations of Hillary Clinton were nearly 3 to 2 negative (42% positive vs. 58% negative comments), while evaluations of her closest competitor Barack Obama was better than 3 to 2 positive (61% positive vs. 39% negative). John Edwards attracted much less coverage, but his evaluations were 2 to 1 positive (67% positive vs. 33% negative). Sen. Clinton was evaluated more often than all her Democratic opponents combined.
Obviously one needs to be cautious about reaching overall conclusions based on this sort of stuff. The pool of news orgs and the time period selected here both feel somewhat arbitrary and are of course tiny compared to the overall roar of campaign coverage. The designation of stories as “positive” or “negative” doesn’t feel all that scientific, either. What’s more, Bill obviously has his own political reasons for making these criticisms at this particular moment.
Still, there’s at least a bit of statistical evidence here that Bill’s claims aren’t all that wild-eyed after all and just may have at least some basis in reality.
What’s interesting is that in spite of these stories, Sen. Clinton is still strong in the polls in both Iowa and nationally (depending, of course, on which poll you read). Either the electorate has already got the media’s number on the hit jobs, or they’re not paying that much attention. I suspect it’s a bit of both.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Michael Gerson, former speechwriter for President Bush, takes a look at Sen. Hillary Clinton’s faith and practice.
Clinton is neither secular nor awkward about her faith. She cites her Methodist upbringing as a formative experience, with its emphasis on “preaching and practicing the social gospel.” As a teenager in 1962, she heard and met the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Chicago — what would have been a profound experience for a spiritually alert youth — and was later politically radicalized by his assassination. The likely Democratic nominee participates regularly in small-group Bible studies and is familiar with the works of Reinhold Niebuhr, Paul Tillich and Dietrich Bonhoeffer — the theological heroes of mainline Protestantism (and of some stray Evangelicals like myself).
In a nation obsessed by the influence of religious conservatives, it is easy to forget that liberal Protestants were once the dominant cultural influence in America. Beginning in the early 20th century, the social gospel advanced swiftly through most American denominations. Progressive presidents such as Woodrow Wilson spoke in the cadences of this movement: “Christianity was just as much intended to save society as to save the individual, and there is a sense in which it is more important that it should save society.”
Of course his main obsession with Sen. Clinton is how she squares her stand for social equality with her stand on reproductive choice.
At the same time … her defense of abortion rights has been strident, even radical. She has attacked pro-life people as enemies of “evidence,” “science” and “the Constitution.” And she has blamed pro-life “ideologues” for the prevalence of abortions because of their “silent war on contraception” — a remarkable accusation that Roman Catholic opposition to birth control is somehow responsible for abortion in America.
At the risk of teaching biology without a license, lack of contraception is the leading cause of pregnancy, and people who become pregnant have been known to choose whether or not to carry the pregnancy to term. So, yes, opposition to contraception does lead to abortion.
It is interesting that Mr. Gerson is willing to give Senator Clinton the same credit for being a person of faith without accusing her of coldly calculating to garner votes from the religious voters, but he wonders if she can pull it off.
How are religious voters likely to respond to a religious believer who is also a social liberal? Roman Catholics, with their strong commitment to the poor, should be open to a Democratic message of economic justice. A majority of Christians, Catholic and Protestant, support the goals of broader health coverage and increased humanitarian aid abroad. But the most intensely religious Americans of both traditions also tend to be the most conservative on moral issues such as abortion. And it is hard to imagine that these voters will be successfully courted by the most comprehensively pro-choice presidential candidate in American history.
Not all religious voters are single-issue voters, and the Religious Reich weren’t going to vote for Hillary Clinton regardless of her stand on abortion. And if they have trouble squaring her social views and religious views, at least she has been consistent compared with the Republicans; John McCain jumps between Baptist and Episcopalian depending on who he’s pandering to (I was surprised to see he didn’t wear a yarmulke last week for Yom Kippur); Rudy Giuliani, a nominal Roman Catholic, has been all over the map on choice and gay rights in between writing alimony checks; Mitt Romney’s Mormonism is still seen as a cult by the True Believers, and Fred Thompson doesn’t go to church at all. Yet the GOP is willing to give them all a pass while giving Hillary Clinton the third degree?
Perhaps I’m incredibly naive, but I’ve never cared what religion a candidate was when deciding whether or not to vote for them, and I really don’t care whether or not their faith informs their public policy. I do care how they practice their public policy, and that’s all that really matters anyway.