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The Left goes after.. Bill Clinton?

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Politico published an attack article today attempting to pain former president Bill Clinton as “out of control” and “sabotaging Obama’s strategy”. Has the left gone so extreme as to dismiss it’s former hero and replace him with .. Barack Obama?

“I think he had a good business career,” Clinton said of Romney and added that “a man who has been governor and had a sterling business career crosses the qualification threshold.”

Obama does not need Clinton undercutting him. The two are not close, but they are not supposed to be enemies. They have golfed together, they attend fundraisers together, their staffs talk and, oh, yeah, Clinton’s wife is Obama’s secretary of state.

Independents and center-left moderates love Bill Clinton so it’s difficult to understand why the liberal media would start attacking the left’s version of Ronald Reagan. Despite his fun with a White House intern, lying under oath and other suspicious activities while in office, Bill Clinton was wildly popular and his economic record is often the one spoken of when attempting to show that Democrat policies work. Now, however, it seems more important to get the progressive candidate for President of the United States re-elected than to understand and use President Clinton’s success.

Calling Clinton out on the “sabotage” wasn’t enough for the liberal website. Oh no – they went straight into full-on smear mode:

There are two things going on here. First, Clinton has always been cozier with Wall Street than Obama. In January 1999, I was at a very odd event for then-President Clinton on the 106th floor of the World Trade Center.

Richard Grasso, then-chairman of New York Stock Exchange, stood up and said, “In my little corner of southern Manhattan, the Dow Jones industrial average during the course of President Clinton’s tenure tripled. We have the lowest unemployment in 30 years, and 16 million jobs have been created!”

The crowd, which included a number of financial titans, cheered. This was a year after the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke and months after Clinton had been impeached, but Wall Street did not care. Bill Clinton had been good for The Street, and The Street liked him.

So now Bill Clinton is a Wall Street insider, a 1%er – the next face on a poster at an Occupy Wall Street protest. The politico can’t stop there, now they blame Bill Clinton for the primary loss of Hillary Clinton:

Second, there is the little matter of the 2008 Democratic presidential campaign. Hillary Clinton was the early favorite, but she lost to Barack Obama and Bill Clinton helped her lose.

He made one of the biggest strategic mistakes of her entire campaign: He insisted she seriously compete in South Carolina. Hillary’s staff wanted to spend its time and resources elsewhere, judging that South Carolina, with its large black electorate, was unwinnable.

Why is it so important for the left to now distance itself from a moderate like Clinton and cozy up to an extremist like Obama? Because the two are incompatible.

Clinton understood that the free market was necessary to get the tax revenues needed to pay for his pet projects and philanthropy. Obama does not. To Obama, the free market is an obstacle preventing him from doing what he thinks is best for all of us.

Clinton moved to the middle when he saw that far left policies were not only unpopular, they were ineffective. As a total opposite, even some on the left are describing Obama as tone deaf and unobservant as demonstrated by his moving further left. This presidency has to have seen the largest number of “doubling-down” references in media reports in American history.

The left must destroy Clinton’s legacy in order to install and grow Obama’s. Both of them cannot be the symbol of the Democrat party and it would seem that liberal media is choosing sides. Watch your back Bill, they have a new favorite son now.

Are "Skittles" Advertisements Being Shown At The Beginning Of Videos Featuring The Trayvon Martin Story?

Oddly enough, in at least one case, the answer is yes.  This article at Politico.com, as of today, is still showing advertisements for Skittles candies prior to a video of President Obama discussing the Trayvon Martin case.  This is odd, considering that Trayvon Martin was said to be killed while carrying a package of the colored candies on his way home in February of this year.  One has to wonder if Skittles just so happens to have a deal to advertise their products in Politico’s player or if this is contextual advertising gone wrong.

A more detailed screen capture.

 

**Update: Cain Camp Blames Perry For Leaking Sexual Harassment Story


It’s going to be a long week for Herman Cain, if this is dropping so late on a Wednesday night….

This just in from Politico:

Cain’s inflammatory charge came in an interview with Forbes:

In the summer of 2003, Cain recalls briefing Anderson—his general campaign consultant at the time—that sexual harassment claims were brought against him while he was chairman of the National Restaurant Association from 1996 to 1999.

“I told my wife about this in 1999 and I’ve got nothing to hide,” Cain told me Wednesday. “When I sat down with my general campaign consultant Kurt Anderson in a private room in our campaign offices in 2003 we discussed opposition research on me. It was a typical campaign conversation. I told him that there was only one case, one set of charges, one woman while I was at the National Restaurant Association. Those charges were baseless, but I thought he needed to know about them. I don’t recall anyone else being in the room when I told him.” …

Aside from knowing about the alleged sexual harassment accusations, Cain campaign officials point to the timing of Anderson’s hiring by Perry as evidence of his involvement. The campaign announced Anderson’s role on October 24, just a week before Politico broke the story.

Does he regret telling Anderson about it? “I don’t regret it at all,” Cain says. “The guy who was supposed to help with strategy should know everything. I put it on the table right from the get go. I wasn’t trying to hide it.”

UPDATE:
Herman Cain’s campaign manager, Mark Block, went on Fox News to personally accuse the Perry campaign of leaking the sexual harassment charges to Politico.  He says, “The actions of the Perry campaign are despicable.”  Video is below.


UPDATE 2:

Now the Perry camp points their finger at the Romney camp. (I kid you not, people)
This via CBS.com:

Rick Perry’s presidential campaign says it is “absolutely not” responsible for leaking the fact that Herman Cain was accused of sexual misconduct while head of the National Restaurant Association to Politico, which broke the explosive story Sunday night.

“That is false, patently untrue, no one at this campaign was involved in this story,” said Perry communications director Ray Sullivan.

Sullivan then suggested to CBS News and National Journal reporter Rebecca Kaplan that Mitt Romney’s campaign is behind the allegations.

“I wouldn’t put it past them,” he said, stating that blog posts have noted that Cain’s successor at the Restaurant Association “is a big Romney donor.”

“There are much closer connections between the Restaurant Association, Cain and the Romney camp than there are with us,” he said.

Federal Election Commission records show that Steven C. Anderson, who succeeded Cain as the Restaurant Association’s CEO, gave $1,000 to Romney’s campaign on July 14, Kaplan reports. He also gave a total of $1,000 to Cain in two $500 installments during Cain’s 2003-2004 Senate campaign.

In response to Sullivan’s comments, Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul offered two words to CBS News: “Not true.” She declined to elaborate.