Apr
23
2015
1

Tweet of the Day, Sing It, Brother @Charleswcooke edition.

Seriously, this is like the Platonic Ideal of the If you’re explaining, you’re losing principle.

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Apr
22
2015
3

The Candidate Who Cannot Run.

This is the sort of article (subject: how Hillary Clinton refuses to actually run a campaign, even now that she’s declared her candidacy) that sounds best if you imagine that the author of it transcribed his drunken rant in a bar, then cleaned it up.  …That is not meant as an insult: cars may not run well on ethanol, but political commentary certainly does.  And there’s some prime stuff in there:

With nine months until the first presidential primary, Clinton can’t afford to actively run for president. Indeed, if she had her druthers, she probably wouldn’t even be unrunning now. She was pressured by the constant press attention about when she was going to announce and the email controversy. That sort of press attention was positive media attention she couldn’t control, and only by announcing could she dial it down. The email controversy was negative media attention she couldn’t control without the attention-deflecting machinery of a campaign. Indeed, she may be the first politician to announce for the presidency in order to decrease attention in her candidacy.

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Apr
19
2015
1

John Kerry, v2.0. …Not that they really wanted v1.0, either.

I kind of agree, kind of disagree.

The more one watches the coverage of Mrs Clinton, the more it becomes apparent that it won’t be the serious scandals – the Benghazis or the private email account – that will matter. Rather, the much greater danger is that she could become a joke.

Unlike Barack Obama’s early days, Mrs Clinton isn’t viewed as “off limits” to the entertainment and media worlds. And unlike her husband, former president Bill Clinton, Mrs Clinton must get elected in a world where conservative websites and citizen journalists with camera phones are ubiquitous.

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Apr
16
2015
6

Quote of the Day, ‘Monolith’ Actually Is The Best Word For Black Voting Patterns, Alas edition.

I dunno whether April Reign of Ebony is raising a warning flag here, or just spitting into the wind.

Some potential Black Democratic voters have indicated that, while they will support Hillary Clinton should she become the eventual nominee in 2016, it will not be with the same fervor as they did for President Obama, in part because of a sense of bad blood experienced during the 2008 campaign.  Indeed, many Blacks are saying that Hillary Clinton is not their first choice to receive the Democratic nomination in 2016 and that they will be anxiously waiting to see whom else enters the race.  These sentiments must not go unchecked by Hillary for America because Black voters, while not a monolith, are a large constituency that must be courted by Democrats to win the presidency. There is a sense of entitlement that Hillary Clinton has not earned within the Black community, allowing her supporters to mistakenly take Black votes for granted. Hillary Clinton will have to earn our support and our votes just as any other candidate does.

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Apr
16
2015
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Hillary Clinton’s media strategy certainly has us talking about her…

…in case you haven’t noticed. I agree with Ed Morrissey that Hillary Clinton’s decision to have her campaign emulate a Los Angeles-class nuclear submarine is probably the smartest thing that she could do: I just don’t buy that she’s going to be able to hide from the country until the 2016 Democratic convention.  I do, however, look forward to seeing her try,

Apr
13
2015
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Hillary to run on Obamaism, although she probably should run *from* it.

Look at Hot Air‘s front page right now and you’ll see the Democrats’ problem, in a nutshell.

point-counterpoint

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Apr
13
2015
6

Team Clinton’s populist store: champagne and Old Fashioneds! – No beer, though.

This is pretty much Hillary Clinton’s actual target demographic in a nutshell: champagne flutes*, cocktail napkins, Old Fashioned** – ZOMG, OLD. FASHIONED. – glasses.  Because that just screams “middle class drinking patterns” to me.  Not to mention “Hey, we’re down with the youngsters!”

no-beer

And not a beer mug to be found.   (more…)

Apr
12
2015
3

Brooklyn #readyforhillary with snarky guerrilla street art mocking her.

Hey! This guerrilla street art thing is fun. Why weren’t we doing it before?

We so totally should have been doing it before. Oh, well, lesson learned. Also, a reminder to those of you out there with discretionary incomes: art costs money.  If you like the novel idea of having guerrilla street art that you agree with, find the people creating it and give them some money.  Then they’ll make more guerrilla street art, only with better production values and a steadier hand because they’re eating more regularly.

It’s a very virtuous cycle.  Particularly if the word gets out that the Right pays better for guerrilla street art than the Left does.  Which shouldn’t be hard: the Left gets away with paying its side peanuts because, really, why should they pay more? Up to now there wasn’t really any competition in the guerrilla street art thing.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

PS: Hillary Clinton is secretive, ambitious, and entitled. These are things that are true. I’m sorry if that inconveniences people.

Apr
12
2015
3

Man, it’s like SNL remembered that you can make fun of a Democrat.

Or maybe they’re looking at their bottom lines. Having a Republican President in office is better for a lot of comedians’ pocketbooks and wallets. They can actually, you know, make jokes without their own side’s killjoys screaming at them “THAT’S NOT FUNNY!!!!!” Anyway, here you go: actual attempts at political humor.

Stunning.

Via Hot Air Headlines.

Apr
10
2015
1

Hillary Clinton to go the Max Headroom campaign strategy route. No, really.

(H/T @charlescwcooke) This will set the tone for the Clinton candidacy: “A person familiar with the Clinton team’s plans confirmed that she will make the initial announcement [that she’s running for President] in a video on Sunday before heading to Iowa.”  Basically, the Clinton campaign has decided to do the bare minimum necessary to signal that she’s running for office, while at the same time giving the press the same mushroom treatment that Barack Obama pioneered.  No questions taken, no opportunities to see how the woman reacts under pressure*, and this may be the first time in history that a major political candidate deliberately attempts to avoid media coverage of her campaign rollout: Ed Morrissey argues here that Hillary wants the media to stay focused on Marco Rubio’s campaign announcement Monday, and not raise inconvenient questions about hers**. (more…)

Apr
09
2015
3

Hillary to announce this weekend?

So sayeth the word on the street. This is me shaking in my boots.  See me shake?  Because I’m soooo scared about this…

Apr
09
2015
1

Democrats: Save us, Lincoln Chafee, you’re ou… no, they’d probably prefer even Martin O’Malley.

Lincoln Chafee is the sort of candidate that runs when your party’s basic electoral strategy can be best described as ‘YOLO.’

(Via The Campaign Spot) How seriously should you take this Q-poll showing Hillary Clinton faring badly in battleground states?

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s lead is wilting against leading Republican presidential candidates in three critical swing states, Colorado, Iowa and Virginia, and she finds herself in a close race with U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky in each state, according to a Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll released today. In head-to-head matchups, every Republican candidate effectively ties her in Colorado and almost all Republicans effectively tie her in Iowa.

This seriously.

Former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee on Thursday announced he will launch a presidential exploratory committee, a surprising move for the Democratic nomination by a veteran public servant who was not previously considered a potential contender… And he’s already indicated that hitting Hillary Clinton on her vote for the Iraq War — which he opposed — will be central to his rationale for running, introducing a foreign policy foil to Clinton’s cast of potential rivals.

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