Hillary Clinton has discussion with Pakistani press

bllieddoseGood example of FANTASTIC and RELEVANT questions plaguing the citizens of the country and its neighbors in a time of conflict.

Also an excellent showcase of Hillary Clinton’s knowledge as she serves as Secretary of State.


Part One

Part Two

Postlet #2: Eliot Spitzer Gets a Freebie From NY Post plus Morning Joew


I got hosed out of 2 Mediaite stories this morning by quicker colleagues, but cannot stand to suffer from writeus interruptus, so I’ll splooge my 2 cents worth here.

First, Joe Scarborough compared conservatives to the Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto on Morning Joe today, and my Chief-a-roony Rachel Sklar had a post up before I could say “What the fuck?”  Let me just say that this is a ridiculous extension of the right’s losing “victim” strategy.  You know, the one where any response to their batshit crazy “dissent” is akin to “1984,” or “Waterworld,” or whatever futuristic cautionary tale strikes the fancy?  “It’s made from TEA BAGS!  Soylent Green is TEA BAGS!!!”

Then, there’s the NY Post’s joke of a story about Eliot Spritzer mulling a run for Comptroller, or Senator, or Mongering Czar, or whatever.  The piece was completely fact-free, and had all the attribution of a man-on-the-street gaggle at a Starbucks.  So, what’s the deal?

Well, Spitzer gets a free trial balloon out of the deal, and Ashley Dupre gets to cry alone in the shower.

Billie’s Quickies…”Greed has poisoned men’s souls”

bllieddoseThe President is headed to a New Hampshire town hall today, which could be contentious.  I really hope that some measure of respect will be shown to President Obama, but I’m really excited to see what he will have to say at the event…and who exactly will attend.

Have trouble making a proper grilled cheese sandwich with real cheese? Well, You’re Doing It All Wrong!

Okay, I know that Secretary Clinton’s terse reaction to a questioner was taken as overly sensitive…but really, I would be pissed off too.

“Women scare me!”

Hey, David Lynch has an interview project.  Should be fascinating.

What are insurers up to? It depends on whose story you read

Greta, the 90’s Are on the Phone, They Want Their Catchphrase Back

This argument between Greta Van Susteren and Greg Jarrett is getting a lot of play, even prompting an apology from Greta.  The tiff itself is rather pedestrian, although Jarrett’s slow-burn reactions are amusing.  Never mind Van Susteren’s weird relationship with the Palins, what really stood out for me was Greta’s OJ-era patois: (h/t Hot Air)

Kudos to Jarrett for not instructing Greta to contact “the hand’s” publicist for a statement, or informing her that Homey refuses to participate in shenanigans.  Hey, it’s all good.

Redstate, Hillary Clinton Get Punk’d By White House

Redstate contributor Caleb Howe finds a funny story, makes it funnier :(emphasis mine)spockbama

Yesterday, in what is the latest in a long, hard series of bungles by the White House, reporters who called for an “on-the-record briefing call with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton” were offered the opportunity to provide a credit card if they felt like “getting nasty.”

According to Fox News, the White House distributed an email to the press announcing a conference call, but included the number for a phone sex line rather than the conference call number. Asked for comment White House Press Secretary Bill Burton said the mistake was “one of the stupider things FOX News has covered lately.” I couldn’t agree more Bill, it is one of the stupid things Obama’s administration has done lately and that the press has subsequently covered or, as in this case, not covered.

Good start, I like the juvenile sexual entendres, but he really hits his stride here: Continue reading

Hillary Clinton Criticizes Israel’s Actions as ‘Unhelpful’

Hillary has a lot of foreign policy capital to spend after the primaries, when everyone in the world was talking about how awesome she was.  It will be interesting to see if the hard-liners stay calm about this.

Hillary Clinton Criticizes Israel’s Actions as ‘Unhelpful’

My First Press Conference – Hillary Throws ‘Choice’ Stones at Obama

As I was working on another story yesterday, I stumbled across a Clinton press briefing. More on that later. The conference call was being run by senior Clinton adviser Ann Lewis, and was intended to highlight Hillary’s record on choice, and to contrast it with Barack Obama’s “present” votes. It was clear to me that I wasn’t going to get a comment for the story I was working on, so I was about to bail.

I didn’t even take notes on most of it, but apparently, Max Fullmer over at Huffington Post did. Key quote for me:

Obama, said senior Clinton adviser Ann Lewis, had voted “present” 129 times on a variety of bills, including those that she said would have protected the privacy of victims of sexual abuse, and strengthened state adoption laws.

“Presidents don’t get to vote present,” said senior Clinton adviser Ann Lewis.

After the jump, I’ll give you way TMI about the conference call, and I’ll explain how the Clinton campaign convinced me to endorse Mrs. Emma Peel for President.So, I was looking for a quote about Bob Johnson’s lame explanation of his anti-Obama remarks, and after calling both campaigns all day, I got an e-mail from the Clinton camp about a press briefing. Now, I knew what it was going to be about, but it was my first, and probably last, one. I figured it would be just like a regular press conference, where you just ask whatever question you want and they try to keep you on-message.

I dialed in, and the thing says, “Press 1 if you have a question.” So I do, and the automated voice says, “Your hand is raised.” Sucker, I thought, it totally isn’t!

So, as I’m waiting my turn, it becomes clear to me that if I ask about Bob Johnson, I’m just going to get hung up on. Everybody is staying completely on-message, even the reporters. So, I figure I should bail and try to get ahold of Obama’s camp one last time. But, see, as I was listening, it started to irk me the way Ann Lewis was bragging about Hillary’s “leadership” on choice. So, I figure, my hand’s already “raised”, lemme get a lick in.

So, when my turn came, I said, “I hear you bragging a lot about Hillary’s ‘leadership’ on choice, and I would like to know where that leadership was when it was time to filibuster the Alito and Roberts nominations.”

To me, a perfectly sensible question. What good is passing a bunch of choice laws if you won’t oppose the guys who want to eliminate Roe v. Wade?

She told me I was a little off-topic. What. Ever. Then, she told me they didn’t have the votes. I asked if I could have a quick follow-up question. You’d have thought I said, “Would you please pass the jelly?”

After reminding me again how little Supreme Court Justices have to do with choice issuees, she relented.

“So, let me clarify,” I said, “you’re saying that the definition of leadership is to only lead when everyone already agrees with you?”

Pretty much. She said you have to weigh whether your unsuccessful opposition will hurt your cause and diminish your political power. I don’t get that logic. Whose votes is that going to lose you? And how does giving these guys a pass hurt less than opposing them? If anybody had cover to do it, it was her.

So, based on this new definition of leadership, I give you my new candidate for President, Mrs. Emma Peel. She couldn’t get the votes to filibuster Alito or Roberts, either. She has led several successful filibusters against my living room rug, so she has a record to run on.

Look, I understand to a degree the tough spot the Democrats were in for a long time, and the need to be a little careful when you’re running for president. But then, don’t brag about it.