Byron York wonders whether Bill Clinton, ever the opportunist, is already looking to lead the discontented. Clinton recently gave such an ambiguous speech to a dispirited, half-empty auditorium that York remarked “does he really want Obama and Dems to win?”
Well if they’ve already lost the 2010 election, maybe not. Because Bill would be looking to lord over the remains. Toby Harnden of the Daily Telegraph thinks so too. He wrote that “as I reported a couple of weeks ago, Bill himself has stated that his principal motivation for going on the campaign trail was to thank those who had supported his wife against Obama”, which sounded a whole lot closer to taking a factional side within the Democratic Party than an expression of solidarity.
The New York Times is catching some vibes too. It reported that ‘Mr. Clinton is not particularly close to Mr. Obama”. That’s not surprising, since Obama took the Democratic Party away from the Clinton Machine in 2008. But Clinton, far too wily to marginalize himself, would support President Obama in a manner indistinguishable from undercutting him. Some sources have characterized Bill Clinton’s two-edged stumps as a “retribution tour”; others have called it a “thank you” tour. In politics as in organized crime, revenge and expressions of gratitude are sometimes hard to tell apart.
He coordinates with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., but makes his own decisions about whom to help. He has focused on aiding Democrats who endorsed Mrs. Clinton against Mr. Obama, like Representative Mark Schauer here in Battle Creek. Some Democrats call it a “retribution tour”; aides said they think of it as a “thank you tour.”
This is the context in which two interesting documents have appeared: a letter from Hillbuzz to Rush Limbaugh asking for the great radio star to take sides in a Democratic “civil war” and Limbaugh’s own Operation Reverse Chaos, whose watchword is, “Dems: Stay Home, Don’t Vote, Help Hillary”. Limbaugh made this seductive appeal to Democrat listeners — and he knows a large number of blue collar Democrats listen — on his radio show, trading on the discontent he knows is there:
You Democrats who know that your party is being destroyed by Barack Obama, you Democrats who know that your chances of ever holding power in Congress again are vanishing before your very eyes because of Obama, you Democrats, you may have problems with this country, but you don’t want to see it destroyed. If you have any desire that Mrs. Clinton someday take the Democrat Party back to where it was, remember those glory days of the nineties, the economic boom, we’d all like to return to those, wouldn’t we? Wink, wink. The best thing that Democrats can do to make that happen is to not vote Tuesday. Stay home, put your feet up on the table, watch a soap opera or two, watch Oprah, do whatever, listen to this program, but do not vote, do not show. The bigger the Democrat defeat on Tuesday, the greater the likelihood Mrs. Clinton is the Democrat nominee in 2012. It’s just that simple
Pundits might justifiably dismiss the Hillbuzz and Limbaugh documents as disinformation and sabotage efforts; attempts intended to divide and conquer. Objectively they might be right, but that would miss the point. Those calls are effective precisely because there is fertile soil to receive it. Limbaugh may be sowing Operation Reverse Chaos, but only because Barack Obama and perhaps the Clintons have tilled the field.
None of this should mask the opposite possibility: that Barack Obama, having despaired of winning the 2010 elections, may be deliberately using the trainwreck to purge his party of rival elements. If Byron York can ask, “does Clinton want the Democratic Party to win?” others have asked “does Obama want it to win?” It isn’t just Clinton who is playing the post Defeat Day game: Obama is also. When the sun rises over the smoking wreck of the Democratic Party after election day, perhaps only the die-hards, true-believers and hard core will remain — by definition Obama supporters. The furnace of November will burn away the Clinton dross, confirming Obama and the Left as sole masters of the slit trenches. As Shelby Steele points out, Barack Obama’s political constituency runs deep. He is the sixties man come to claim his inheritance.
But Barack Obama is not an “other” so much as he is a child of the 1960s. His coming of age paralleled exactly the unfolding of a new “counterculture” American identity. And this new American identity—and the post-1960s liberalism it spawned—is grounded in a remarkable irony: bad faith in America as virtue itself, bad faith in the classic American identity of constitutional freedom and capitalism as the way to a better America. So Mr. Obama is very definitely an American, and he has a broad American constituency. He is simply the first president we have seen grounded in this counterculture American identity. When he bows to foreign leaders, he is not displaying “otherness” but the counterculture Americanism of honorable self-effacement in which America acknowledges its own capacity for evil as prelude to engagement.
And now that it is within reach, they will not be denied. Having waited so long, no stinking Tea Party, nor washed-up Bill Clinton, and certainly no Repuglicans are going to keep them from that shining birthright. The trend and worldview Obama represents is deeply embedded by now in America. If Bill Clinton thinks he can blast it out of the Democratic Party, remove the growth that has been yearly increasing since 1968, then good luck to him. But Clinton represents demographic forces too, dating back from before the sixties and born of normal expectations every year. They are the kind of Democrats of whom Limbaugh said: they “may have problems with this country, but … don’t want to see it destroyed”.
It is far from clear who will emerge victorious in the Clinton vs Obama wars.
Still, the president did not really quarrel with Stewart’s notion that Obama has done some of his work in a “political manner that has papered over a foundation that is corrupt.”
“I think that is fair,” Obama granted.
But when Stewart moved, politely, to point out weaknesses in the health-care legislation, Obama pointed at him again. “Not true!” the president argued.
Obama wore a displeased grin as Stewart diagnosed, with high accuracy, the administration’s condition: “The expectation, I think, was audacity going in there and really rooting out a corrupt system, and so the sense is, has [the] reality of what hit you in the face when you first stepped in caused you to back down from some of the more visionary things?”
“My attitude is if we’re making progress, step by step, inch by inch, day by day,” Obama said, “that we are being true to the spirit of that campaign.”
“You wouldn’t say you’d run this time as a pragmatist? It wouldn’t be, ‘Yes we can, given certain conditions?’”
“I think what I would say is yes we can, but — ”
Stewart, and the audience, laughed at the “but.”
Obama didn’t laugh. “But it’s not going to happen overnight,” he finished.
Try shouting that slogan at a campaign rally, dude.
The Arizona GOP has uncovered hundreds, if not thousands, of bogus voter registrations by the far left SEIU group Mi Familia Vota.
The AZ GOP reported:
Ballots being mailed illegally, forged ballot requests, felons and illegals registering to vote and pressure on county employees by ACORN like groups. Chicago? Nope. Yuma, Arizona.
The Arizona Republican Party has uncovered direct evidence that Mi Familia Vota, Border Action, and Faith.Hope.Vote! who have direct ties to SEIU are attempting to influence the elections in Yuma County through fraudulent means. In the last 48 hours before the Permanent Early Voter List (PEVL) registration deadline of Friday, October 22nd, these organizations submitted 1,328 PEVL requests and then pressured the Yuma Recorder’s Office to process them by Monday.
In reviewing all PEVL requests made through what appears to be canvassing efforts by Mi Familia Vota and submitted on Friday, October 22nd, 113 of the 615 PEVL requests processed and mailed early ballots appear to be forged. Investigations revealed that contrary to state election regulations, an untold number of PEVL requests were not signature verified against Motor Vehicle Records, and investigators found concrete instances of forgery among the processed PEVL requests.
The Arizona Republican Party investigations continue to uncover clear and direct violations of Arizona law and Secretary of State elections regulations. The AZGOP has an active and on-going investigation regarding the extent of election fraud in Yuma County while allegations of illegal activities that appear to be direct attempts for SEIU to steal the election for Grijalva continue to be reported to the investigators in Yuma.
The following findings have been made thus far:
8,000 new PEVL requests have been processed this year which may have been forged.
10,052 registered voters were on the PEVL as of Wednesday, October 20.
1,536 requests to be added to the PEVL were received by the Yuma Recorder on Thursday the 21st and Friday the 22nd.
376 of the 1536 requests (24%) were rejected for reasons ranging from requests from felons, illegal aliens, and those not registered to vote to incomplete forms and duplicate requests.
113 of a sampling of 615 PEVL requests (18%) by Mi Familia Vota appear to be forged, yet were sent early ballots.
1160 voters were added to the PEVL over the weekend and mailed ballots on Monday, October 26th. An untold number of which were not signature verified and may have been forged requests.
Mi Familia Vota and Border Action both used the State Seal of Arizona on their PEVL forms without obtaining permission from the State as required under Arizona law.