I am not sure how much of this is just Bill Clinton being a jackass, or how much of this is an entire media creation, but I am officially tired of the alleged Bill Clinton/Obama rift the media has been pimping the last couple of weeks. If I had to guess, I would place it at about 35% Bill to 65% media creation. Over the weekend it was “Obama can kiss my ass,” today we are breathlessly told they will meet within 48 hours.
What do you expect? They’re bored. It’s not like anything is happening anywhere, like say, Iraq.
howie the ho fineman on countdown intoned clinton’s absence from the unity, nh meeting as something sinister. howie the ho, of course, failed to acknowledge the highly publicized events in london celebrating the birthday of nelson mandela — which bill clinton was attending.
of course, had clinton been in unity, all the yammering yakkers would have been bitching about his upstaging his wife and barack obama.
it’s a win win for the clinton haters.
I’d say about 95-98% media creation, hence the “Obama/Bill” meeting immediately after the rumors. I can imagine that he thinks Obama won’t win, I can imagine he’s irate that his wife lost and it’s partially his fault, but I can’t imagine he’d want to be quoted denigrating the candidate while his wife is appearing with him.
Oh, but all the drama the media is creating will make the “kiss and make up” session so much better for ratings.
As a former Arkansan, I’m sure Bill’s pissed, his temper is well known, but the Bard says it best, “it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”
Shorter Entire Press Corp: “OHMYGOD. I HEARD THAT BILL AND OBAMA DON’T LIKE EACH OTHER. I WAS OVER BY THE LOCKERS THE OTHER DAY AND I HEARD HILLARY SAY…”
If anyone had told me when I graduated High School that I wouldn’t actually ever be escaping High School, I might have just taken up oil-painting and mind altering drugs on the spot.
They will settle this matter. Like men.
Oiled wrestling !
Is it weird that the thing I find disturbing about this is that they went to the trouble of printing up business cards but then went about inelegantly spray-painting cars? Seems a little incongruous is all.
The media want a close race… somewhere. Somehow. Easy wins and settled controversies do not sell papers or advertisers. Look for a lot more of this.
My prediction : If it looks like Barr might throw Georgia, the libertarian party will get more press this year than ever in its history – just to recede back into obscurity November 5th.
Flush Limpbag’s Minions of Mayhem are reverting to form.
I heard this story on the radio yesterday morning but couldn’t find anything on the Internons.
>>Police also found that many of the vehicles had open gas tanks.
Man, gas prices are so high that even vandals have to take the time to steal gas.
Thanks Cleek, I can see the pundits now, “While Obama did dispatch his enemy by explosive decapitation, is he a ‘true Spartan’?” of course, in Sparta, the pundits might have to fend off violent decapitation, themselves. Bill Kristol would have to be a champion warrior to survive and the Maureen Dowd-Al Gore deathmatch would require its own epic poem.. Jonah Goldberg would have been left on some mountain as a toddler, his pitiful prose left tdeemed worthy only to feed the wolves. This somehow makes Sparta seem not so bad..
I suspect that Bill finally realized that spouse-of-the-Vice-President is a pretty low rank in the scheme of things. And no, I’m not under any illusions about either the he-Clinton or the she-Clinton being a person I’d like to deal with, but why insult them? That makes no sense.
Beat me to it. And let me add that because of this, when I hear the inevitable bleating about the liberal bias of the media by the usual suspects, I will be more tempted than ever to let my Agent Orange act up and go all Major Payne on their asses.
John, if you want post-able material today, this article is a gold mine.
Let’s look at some Sadly, No-esque quotable quotes:
He heard from a friend of a friend from hundreds of miles away that he may do something. He is stupid or really fucking stupid?
“devoted” = Christian bigot, natch. Great family man, to boot.
Oh, this explains it:
Shorter: N*ggers should be picking my fields, not running for President. That’s WAY too much “development”.
Anyone who thinks Obama will run away with this is clueless about just how pervasive racism still is in this country.
Wait, it gets better. Missed this:
There’s levels of stoopid that I really didn’t know existed outside of Mississippi and Indiana. Holy fucking WOW.
which is why i chuckle every time some pundit gets all excited about “the 527s”. who needs 527s when email does it all for free?
Don’t worry — it looks like the major news producers get to obsess now over whether or not it’s permitted for Democrat-leaning military leaders to make the obvious statement that being a fighter pilot and getting shot down is NOT a qualification for being President.
Please don’t make Bob Schieffer cry — remember, it’s only okay to dismiss the war records, whether tangential or enormously relevant, of liberals and Democrats. Republicans get to wear purple bandaids at their conventions, but OMIGOD WHUH DID YOU SAY GENRUL CLARK BUH BUH BUH JOHN MCCAIN FLEW A FIGHTER JET!!!
obvious reply: “yet another thing McCain has in common with George W Bush.”
We never seem to get the cheesy soap opera, play by play inside details on the GOoPers.
I wonder why?
City vehicles? What the hell did city vehicles ever do to Hillary Clinton? Good grief, they couldn’t have at least gone to the effort of finding cars with Obumper stickers?
Bob In Pacifica
When Clinton starts rapping about Kobe I’ll start paying attention.
Dennis - SGMM
The rediscovery of the virtues of Vietnam service by the Republicans and the press is nothing short of amazing. Considering that both downplayed Gore’s service there, insisted that Kerry’s service wasn’t in any way a qualifier for the presidency, and gleefully trashed Max Cleland – the press standing idly by during the last example.
Now that the Republican candidate has served in Vietnam that service makes him an unimpeachable expert on all things military and is a guarantor of his ability to provide for the security of the nation.
The Gold Standard for hypocrisy has been met.
Sounds like the Senator from Illinois accepted the offer.
Middle aged white women out tagging?
Hmmm. What’s wrong with this picture?
I toldja you should run for President this year.
The censors wouldn’t allow it. Seriously, if we put up the GOP shenanigans, network news would be receiving fines from the FCC.
Ouch, rim shot.
>I would place it at about 35% Bill to 65% media creation.
Mr. Cole, I believe it to be another ratio:
35% media creation, 65% GOP rodent manufacturing
I heard Monica took the job.
“Gave,” not “took”
Dare to Dream
Clearly, military service qualifies Republicans for public office, and their incredibly noble sacrifice may only be spoken of in awed, hushed tones by supposedly adult, mature newscasters & pundits.
This does not apply to Democrats, who are terrorist enabling surrender monkey French-looking ivory tower fake purple heart losers and any suggestion that they can deal rationally with security matters with or without military service is either worthy of ignoring or outright laughable.
These shall be temporarily known as The Schieffer Rules.
The Clintons SERIOUSLY need to go away. All the media spotlight is on the Clintons or on the Clintons and Obama. If the Clintons actually cared about Obama and the Democrats winning the white house they would take the spotlight off of themselves. Obama needs to shut this down, get this idiotic meeting with Bill out of the way then never ever do another joint appearance or mention their names until the convention.
The sad thing is that newspaper readership continues to decline despite the attempt by shallow publishers to stick to their “winning formula” for whipping up reader interest.
MSNBC tries concern trolling in a desperate attempt to whip up election year controversy. So much for the presses “duty” to inform the public.
I agree. Judging from the comments PUMAs left at my blog this weekend, you’d think they’d have a hard time figuring out how to get spray cans to work:
“You mean, this metal thing blows paint out? Where do I put my lips?”
Dennis - SGMM
I’ll settle for free beer!
For those that will not bite on a permanent state of war, a permanent state of outrage will do.
Yeah Punchy, I saw that crap just before I came over here and it was deeply discouraging and just plain sad. Teh stupid just overflows from the “opinions” quoted in that article. To borrow and then mutate Gene Pitney line, that’s one Pity of a Town they’ve got there.
I wouldn’t say they’re a narrow-minded bunch, but I have the feeling you could poke out both eyes on some of those Patriots with a single jab from a sewing needle.