America, re-meet the Clintons

Over the past decade or so, Clintonian nostalgia has enveloped America. Prosperity only grew broadly and not just for the few; stock prices only rose; our enemies only yielded; government made only correct decisions; domestic political rivals only worked together for the common good; the occupant of the White House only toked without inhaling as a younger man.

Reality, of course, was rather different. (Well, maybe Bill Clinton actually didn’t inhale.)

Although left-wing critiques of U.S. income inequality typically pretend this phenomenon was invented by Ronald Reagan, in fact the highest-earning households didn’t start to break away from the pack dramatically until the Clinton years. Much of the prosperity of the ’90s was built on a huge stock-market bubble in the tech sector, which was in the process of collapsing as the Clintons left the White House. Al-Qaida built its capacity to strike the West while America took a break from history. The administration was all too happy to go along with policy mistakes such as the repeal of Glass-Steagall.

And the bipartisanship we recall so fondly was built on a sharp rebuke from the voters after the first two years of the Clinton era were so deeply ideological (HillaryCare, anyone?) and on Bill Clinton’s acknowledgment of said rebuke (as opposed to, say, the way Barack Obama has reacted to two such rebukes to his own overreaches).

Lest you forget how highly partisan, cutthroat and combative Team Clinton could be, ABC News has been sifting through some of their emails from recent years, featuring two men considered prime candidates to run a 2016 campaign for Hillary: Robby Mook and Marlon Marshall.

“Copies of a cache of the emails obtained by ABC News, and revealed publicly for the first time, show Mook and Marshall demonstrating an aggressive tone in rallying their friends behind political causes, in exchanges that are often self-mocking and sometimes border on being profane.

“They include rallying cries to, in Mook’s words, ‘smite Republicans mafia-style,’ and, to quote Marshall, ‘punish those voters.’ Mook sometimes calls himself ‘Deacon’ in the emails, while Marshall, now a senior White House aide, refers to himself as ‘Reverend’ in many of the exchanges.”

Later on, we get to Marshall getting more directly to the point: “F U Republicans.” Just for a little extra intrigue, the release of the emails seems to be the work of infighting within Team Clinton.

Now, far be it from me to suggest these are the only political operatives in the world with a penchant for foul language and disdain for the competition. But I’m just guessing that one of Hillary’s selling points will be nostalgia for a time when Washington worked, when the Republican lion lay beside the Democratic lamb (figuratively, natch), when both sides worked together to pass common-sense legislation.

Left unmentioned will be such inconvenient facts as the role government shutdowns (prompted by a Clinton veto of congressional spending plans) and cuts in capital-gains tax rates (for investors in those corporations Hillary says don’t create jobs) played in moving the country to a balanced budget. So, too, will Team Clinton gloss over the two vetoes Bill issued before finally giving in and signing welfare reforms.

There will be a lot of ’90s happy talk over the next two years if Hillary does indeed run for president, some of which will be fair enough. Just don’t get caught thinking that’s all there is to remember, or that the nastier sides of the Clintons’ past has been left in the past.

Note: We are going to start the weekend’s moderation-free commenting a little earlier than usual. I hope everyone stays warm and has a great one.

Reader Comments 0

184 comments
IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

 As for the voters who believed all the misrepresentations, they were more credulous than stupid. Though it was obvious to millions of us that the ironically named Affordable Care Act was never going to increase access to care while also improving quality and decreasing cost, Obama’s supporters thought he was a “post-partisan” politician who could be trusted. They failed to subject his implausible claims to serious scrutiny and therefore missed what was wrong with the rosy picture he was painting. It is these voters who should be most insulted by Gruber’s remarks. It is their naïveté that the President and his co-conspirators cynically exploited.


http://spectator.org/articles/60988/train-wrecks-lies-and-videotape


And he still lies about it.

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

If you need further proof to eschew a cheap frontal lobotomy by a witch doctor from Uganda, Zimbabwe, or Haiti, take a gander at the idiotic FULL-CAP, foam-at-the-mouth "postings" (I use that term loosly) of none other than a poor fool with a self-styled sobriquet of RantNRave - following for too many postings.

(BTW, his or her's was unsuccessful as you can see...I wish we could see the botched face-drop...uh, I meant, face lift that was equally unsuccessful.  No wonder he or she is on a terminal RANT!

blah blah blah
blah blah blah

@MichaelHannigan Mr Ed, news journalist.   Ideal news soource for the stupid libeals

RantNRave
RantNRave

"Where's the outrage rage??? "


BLAH BLAH BLAH


TAKE A CHILL PILL AND CALL YOUR DOCTOR IN THE MORNING


heeheeheehee 

RantNRave
RantNRave

"Where's the outrage rage??? "


BLAH BLAH BLAH


ONLY THE CRAZY HATEFUL CONS LIKE YOU ARE OUTRAGED


WHAT DO YOU WANT............???.


BURN DOWN AMERICA?


TAR AND FEATHER?


LYNCHINGS? 


heeheeheeheeheeheehee

RantNRave
RantNRave

"still not his decision and it's called FRAUD...  This whole presidency is a FRAUD."


BLAH BLAH BLAH


YOU REALLY ARE BLAH.......BLAH


FRAUD.....


YOU DIDN'T THINK IT WAS FRAUD WHEN BUSH AND CHENEY LIED ABOUT WEAPONS


OF MASS DESTRUCTION DID YA?


THAT WAS FRAUD .......


DON'T GET ANGRY WITH ME BECAUSE YOU ARE "STUPID VOTERS".......CONS GOT CONNED BY BUSH 


OWN IT BLAH


heeheeheeheeheehehee 

blah blah blah
blah blah blah

@RantNRave Ha ha more insane talk from the crazed liberal RR.  Maybe you didn't hear the news story about WMD but ISIS captured and is now in possession of tons of WMD in Iraq.  Lie debunked.  Try again nancy

Lee_CPA2
Lee_CPA2

Let's not forget that the Democrats under Clinton strong armed the banks to begin making sub-prime loans to minorities which ultimately led to the housing bubble collapse of 2008 - which we still haven't recovered from.

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

And here I thought majority rule was like sacrosanct.


IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

The United States Government, what you don't know will hurt you.

RantNRave
RantNRave

"thats not his decision partner "


BLAH BLAH BLAH


SINCE YOU CONS ARE GIVING HIM CREDIT FOR EVERYTHING ELSE........


BUT YOU DON'T WANT TO GIVE HIM CREDIT FOR SAYING 


"Look, I wish we could make it all transparent, but I'd rather have this law than not," Gruber


heeheeheeheeheeheeheeheehee

RantNRave
RantNRave

CORRECTION'


HEY CONS THIS IS WHAT GRUBER SAID..............................


"Look, I wish we could make it all transparent, but I'd rather have this law than not," Gruber, 


NOW WHO GOT GRUBERED............??


YOU CONS DID


heeheeheeheeheeheehee

RantNRave
RantNRave

HEY CONS THIS IS WANT GRUBER SAID..............................


"Look, I wish we could make it all transparent, but I'd rather have this law than not," Gruber


NOW WHO GOT GRUBERED............??


YOU CONS DID


heeheeheeheeheeheehee

RantNRave
RantNRave

WHINEY


BLAH BLAH BLAH


GRUBER SAID "HE'D RATHER HAVE OBAMACARE THAN NOT HAVE IT"..............................


GRUBER IS PLAYING BOTH SIDE OF THE FENCE


YOU CONS HAVE BEEN POLITICALLY BAMBOOZLED AGAIN.


heeheeheeheeheeheehe

blah blah blah
blah blah blah

@RantNRave  what flavors are those lollipops in fantasy land??? Climb back on that unicorn and ride off into the sunset.  


And yes the CONS have been bamboozled by this administration but so has the whole country.  Where's the outrage rage???  

RantNRave
RantNRave

"The Dems are the only ones who fell for the Gruber con.  Gop voted no!  So, who was grubered? " 


BLAH BLAH BLAH


20 Republicans voted for the final spending bill


WHO GOT GRUBERED???


YOU CONS REALLY ARE STUPID TO THINK NO REPUBLICAN VOTED FOR OBAMACARE



heeheeheeheeheeheee : < )

RantNRave
RantNRave

"They think that have a whole new batch of plantation workers in the Hispanics. They are wrong."


POORGOE


YOU NEED TO STOP "WHISTLING DIXIE" .................


I KNOW "YOU PEOPLE" LIKE TO REMINISCE ABOUT SLAVERY BUT


GET OVER IT....................................................YOU "JOHNNY REBS" LOST THE CIVIL WAR !


heeheeheeheeheeheehee : / )

RantNRave
RantNRave

"democrats are the only ones to vote for Obamacare"


BLAH BLAH BLAH


20 Republicans voted for the final spending bill


HOW SIMPLE YOU ARE TO THINK ONLY DEMOCRATS VOTED FOR OBAMACARE.


YOU CONS REALLY ARE "STUPID" !!


heeheeheeheeheeheee : \ )


poegoe
poegoe

No, but Obama and the dims think that their base is stupid. They think that all they have to do is provide them with a 52 inch tv, free phone and food stamps. If they provide them with these things, they are willing to be turned into Soylent. But what the condescending beareaucrats in the dim paty forgot was that if you take enough of the peoples freedom which is always tied to big government junkies plans, the people will revolt. We haven't even seen the real revolt yet. Once Obama puts his preference of Hispanics over blacks into plain view, which he will through executive action, the real revolt will begin. I think that Obama and the dims are selling the Hispanics way short in their view that they (the Hispanics) will follow lockstep with them. There is a huge difference between the Hispanic population and the entitlement minded black population. The blacks generational government dependence is engrained in them because of the dim party keeping them on the entitlement plantation for generations. The Hispanics are willing to work and learn. And once they realize they have to work and pay taxes for a bunch of people who couldn't care less, they are going to get mad. Dangerous game Obama is playing here. If he does what he says he is going to do the dims are toast for many, many years. The blacks are already turning on the dims only the dim establishment is too stupid and arrogant to understand it. They think that have a whole new batch of plantation workers in the Hispanics. They are wrong.

RantNRave
RantNRave

CONS HAVE BEEN GRUBERED AGAIN...........


ACCORDING TO GRUBER "VOTERS ARE STUPID" AND HE DID NOT


SINGLE OUT JUST "DEMOCRATS"


heeheeheeheeheeheeheeheeee : \ )

RantNRave
RantNRave

GRUBER ALSO SAID "I'D RATHER HAVE OBAMACARE THAN NOT HAVE IT"


SO WHOSE BE GRUBERED???

RantNRave
RantNRave

WHINEY


OBAMA DID NOT CALL THE AMERICAN VOTERS STUPID...............................GRUBER DID


HE WAS RIGHT BECAUSE YOU CONS KEEP HAILING GRUBER AS A HERO 


AFTER HE CALLED ALL "YOU CONS" STUPID.


HE ALSO SAID HE'D RATHER ............................."HAVE IT OR THAN NOT"


WHOSE BEEN GRUBERED???


YOU CONS ARE STUPID VOTERS


heeheeheeheeheeheeheeheeheehee : / )

blah blah blah
blah blah blah

@RantNRave thats right, we'll call him a honest hero cause all Obama has done is LIE


Impeach the fool obama.  Bring on Joe Biden cause thats the best the democrats got..


RantNRave
RantNRave

In general, polls consistently show that Americans WANT Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform and are frustrated with the LACK of progress in Washington.


Immigration reform opponents promote two core myths.  One holds that Republican politicians have to choose between Latino voters and their base when it comes to immigration reform.  The other is that the path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants is controversial among voters overall.

straker
straker

Bitter


Here's a tip.


When Bill Clinton was President, his wife, Hillary, was first lady.


She was NOT the President.


If she runs and is elected, I imagine she will put her own stamp on the office and won't be a puppet for Bill.

BitterEXdemocrackkk
BitterEXdemocrackkk

...???...here I come on here thinking this is gonna be about the murderous Clintonistas, but NOooo, you people 

have to turn it into a barrage of bushite ...


WE the PEOPLE need to educate the YOUNGER voters as to the MANY EVILS of the Clinstonistas, because they are 

too YOUNG to know any better than what the media shows them.   I'd rather NOT 're-meet' the Clintonistas, nor any of their heinous realm.

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

Bush's amnesty plan was voted down and Congress was taken from him, gruber.

RantNRave
RantNRave

Bush Amnesty Plan Threatens U.S. Economy........................ SAYS FOX NEWS  heeheeheeheeheehee


In January 2004 there was no one among Republican voters who would have said that fixing the problem of illegal immigration to the U.S. meant granting amnesty to an estimated eight million illegal aliens, the majority of whom have entered the U.S. without a visa by walking across our border with Mexico. 


But that is precisely what President Bush said last week he intends to do, as he posed for pictures before a Mexican flag in Monterrey, Mexico. To his left was Mexican President Vicente Fox (search ), who -- in an even more alarming image -- was framed by the Stars and Stripes as he smiled for the cameras. 


NIGHT NIGHT CONS

blah blah blah
blah blah blah

@RantNRave and you think Obama's amnesty plan doesn't threaten the US economy???  At least Bush was honest and straight forward unlike the current Gruber!!!



sweet dreams dippy

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@RantNRave 

RnR:  Tell me I'm seeing a mirage!  You post something from FOX NEWS??? You "Progressive" (God! What a filthy euphemism!) turncoat!!

RantNRave
RantNRave

GOOD NIGHT CONS !!!


Who Lied? Jonathan Gruber Linked to Getting Obamacare to Illegal Aliens - See more at: 


And Jonathan Gruber, who confesses that the Obama administration deliberately sold its program by lying about it, has now been tied to supplying data on health care for those illegal immigrants. Illegal immigrants who would instantly become beneficiaries of the very same ACA once granted amnesty -- exactly as Obama HHS Secretary Burwell said was the goal.



https://newsbusters.org/blogs/jeffrey-lord/2014/11/14/who-lied-jonathan-gruber-linked-getting-obamacare-illegal-aliens#sthash.BvPbTHQJ.dpuf

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@RantNRave 

OMG!!! And Newsbusters, too?  Be still my slowly exploding heart...WAIT!  It now hit me!  You HAVE TO WATCH FOX NEWS and read NEWSBUSTERS to get the T-R-U-T-H!!! NOW, it makes sense.  Keep reading, sport, you may save yourself after all.

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@RantNRave 

Perhaps we judged you too harshly and should be a bit more lenient, Rant.  After all, you admit to watching FOX News to get the truth.  Betcha 10 to 1 you'll never see the same articles in the lamestream press or media.