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    Hillary Rodham Clinton needs to be kept very far away from the White House for the rest of her life. Heading up health-care reform was the only major administrative job she has ever tried to do. And she was a complete flop at it. She had neither the grasp of policy substance, the managerial skills, nor the political smarts to do the job she was then given. And she wasn’t smart enough to realize that she was in over her head and had to get out of the Health Care Czar role quickly.
    So when senior members of the economic team said that key senators like Daniel Patrick Moynihan would have this-and-that objection, she told them they were disloyal. When junior members of the economic team told her that the Congressional Budget Office would say such-and-such, she told them (wrongly) that her conversations with CBO head Robert Reischauer had already fixed that.
    Hillary Rodham Clinton has already flopped as a senior administrative official in the executive branch–the equivalent of an Undersecretary. Perhaps she will make a good senator. But there is no reason to think that she would be anything but an abysmal president

~ Brad De Long, Democrat-leaning economist and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Treasury under Bill Clinton.

Link via Greg Mankiw


Written by Admin

November 23, 2006 at 2:59 pm

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  1. What’s interesting is what he left out about Hillary.

    Her far leftism culminating in supporting communitarianism at one point ( now Julia Gillard’s baby).

    Her rank dishonesty. Cattle futures

    Her immorality : at one point the Committee investigating Nixon she worked for advised that she never be allowed to work for the Government again because of her dishonesty in work related matters.

    Her incompetence.

    Her supporters. Hollywood.

    A thoroughlky dislikable individual


    November 23, 2006 at 3:15 pm

  2. JC, you forgot her bagman brother who arranged a few of the more notorious of Bill’s last-day pardons – for a large fee.


    November 23, 2006 at 3:30 pm

  3. it would be suicide for the democrats to put hilary up…i don’t thin theyre that desperate yet…

    senators have poor showings at presidential elections…you want a governer…

    go gubernator for 2008!


    November 23, 2006 at 3:33 pm

  4. I was one of those who thought Hilary for Prez was for people who didn’t think but she has been very impressive as a Senator.

    If she continued what she did re healthcare I would agree but she has learnt on the job very very well.

    Anyone who says this lasy is left now just is too lazy to do any homework.

    Having said all that it remains to be seen whether she can convince the electorate.

    Bring Back CL's Blog

    November 23, 2006 at 3:43 pm

  5. c8to, it’s impossible for Arnie to run in 2008 isn’t it?


    November 23, 2006 at 3:51 pm

  6. Yes,
    you must be BORN in the USA

    Bring Back CL's Blog

    November 23, 2006 at 4:06 pm

  7. Cl
    Yes I forget. Even till the end she was a dishonest person.

    Homer: How do you know she is a good senator anyway. What does it mean that she’s a good senator. Please define the parameters in measuring her immense abilities.


    November 23, 2006 at 4:17 pm

  8. work put into committees.

    even her opponents are impressed by her work ethic.

    The other thing that impressed me was her ability to stand in the background and learn what was going on.
    Once she knew the system she went for it.

    I doubt if she can win it but then again who will be the Republican candidate.
    All the decent ones can’t win the primaries

    Bring Back CL's Blog

    November 23, 2006 at 4:20 pm

  9. Republicans should think out of the box. Like why don’t they try and poach Lieberman to run for VP?

    Jason Soon

    November 23, 2006 at 4:22 pm

  10. All the decent ones can’t win the primaries

    By whose standards, homer. yours?


    November 23, 2006 at 4:22 pm

  11. A Colin Powell-Joe Lieberman ticket?

    A Giuliani-Rice ticket?

    Something for everyone.

    Jason Soon

    November 23, 2006 at 4:24 pm

  12. they could change it to allow arnie to run…although thats probably unlikely given the current makeup of the house…

    (i think the house decides these things)


    November 23, 2006 at 4:30 pm

  13. No Jase,

    It merely takes some knowledge of who votes in primaries.

    Bring Back CL's Blog

    November 23, 2006 at 4:33 pm

  14. Listened to Romney On U tube seeing he actually won some straw polling and came second somewhere else.

    Excellent artculation, warm, funny and very engaging. He is very telegenic and can actually string a few sentences together.
    Was the former CEO of bain and company a large management consultancy.

    I think the stuff about him being a mormon isn’t going to wash.

    This is will be a formidable candidate. I still maintain the GOP needs to run a north easterner this time to put some of the north eastern and north western states in play. I think he could actually put california in play A good southerner will take care of Florida.

    The GOP needs to learn something from Joe L’s senate candidacy. the right candidate can win lots of blue states.


    November 23, 2006 at 4:34 pm

  15. this business about romney being a mormon is silly. it’s not as if they practice polygamy anymore!

    Jason Soon

    November 23, 2006 at 4:37 pm

  16. They can’t cato and they won’t. you need a consitutional amendment to pass with all states and a super majority in the senate. Takes years to get through. That’s the beauty of the US system. Everything takes a very long time and substantial majorities to get anything done.


    November 23, 2006 at 4:37 pm

  17. errr JC,

    Joe easily lost his party’s primary.

    Winning primaries is different to winning elections

    Bring Back CL's Blog

    November 23, 2006 at 4:38 pm

  18. Should read:
    A good southerner as the VP CANDIDATE will take care of Florida.


    November 23, 2006 at 4:39 pm

  19. c8to,
    Arnie would need a constitutional amendment. See here for the process and these words:

    No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President

    from here for why.

    Andrew Reynolds

    November 23, 2006 at 4:39 pm

  20. And the point is what homer? That the GOP is going to follow the Dems down that cliff? Don’t think this time round.


    November 23, 2006 at 4:40 pm

  21. My ORIGINAL point was the problem in winning the primaries JC.

    It still stands!

    Bring Back CL's Blog

    November 23, 2006 at 4:43 pm

  22. If I’m not mistaken Mormons are actually pretty personally conservative. They should really have a lot of appeal to evangelical voters if the evangelicals could overlook their prophet.

    Jason Soon

    November 23, 2006 at 4:44 pm

  23. Homer
    Its different. Governors do well because people don’t know their voting record like the senate.

    Joe was castigsated becasue of hs voting record the mad mullahs of that disgusting party didn’t like. So they skulked round and found the grand son of JP Morgan’s senior party to run against him, thinking that people would think the blue blood wasp would defeat the Jew.
    They were wrong.

    The prez primaries are far different and it’s one of the many reasons why governors do well. Americans like governors for prez. It’s a different kind of job.

    They candidates pander to the base in the primaries and then once nominated head as quickly as they can to the center.


    November 23, 2006 at 4:49 pm

  24. Yes jason.

    Romney’s supporters are out there in the base right now selling that mesage.


    November 23, 2006 at 4:50 pm

  25. grand son of JP Morgan’s senior PARTNER


    November 23, 2006 at 4:51 pm

  26. andrew that statement is an or statement…

    arnie is a citizen…


    November 23, 2006 at 5:03 pm

  27. I’m not so sure about the evangelicals loving Mormons. A mormon friend of mine tells me that many evangelicals think they are the spawn of satan. His most hostile interactions while being a missionary was always with evangelical christians.

    From where I’m sitting I can’t see much difference but in his view there was a lot.

    Steve Edney

    November 23, 2006 at 5:03 pm

  28. oh at the time of adoption…presumably arnie wasnt =)


    November 23, 2006 at 5:03 pm

  29. Edney

    Let’s ask Homer. He’s some sort of born again Christian evangelical.

    Homer, Steve and I would like to know what you and the other worshipers think of Mormon’s?


    November 23, 2006 at 5:08 pm

  30. well it ain’t christian JC.

    The book of Mormon seems to be a plagiarised version of some the apocryphal books.

    I doubt Romney could win many primaries.

    Bring Back CL's Blog

    November 23, 2006 at 6:27 pm

  31. Have to agree with Homer on that. The Book of Mormon is up there with L. Ron Hubbard and the Koran as far as Christians go.

    Complete heathenism.


    November 23, 2006 at 7:08 pm

  32. Via the indispensable RealClearPolitics:

    Gingrich ’08: The stealth candidate.


    November 23, 2006 at 7:21 pm

  33. My favourite political analysis re: Hillary comes from Grover Norquist:

    >Norquist: I passed out a piece on 2008 and I’ll summarize it. My assumption is that Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee. I believe the debates will be Hillary Clinton and seven guys sitting around a table, her chair will be four inches taller than everybody else’s, and Biden will say things like, “I was thinking today how clever and brilliant and witty Hillary was, which reminded me that Evan Bayh is an idiot.” And so, they’ll kick each other under the table while praising Hillary, and then one of them gets to be vice president. So that’s my operating assumption on the Democratic Party.

    Daniel Barnes

    November 23, 2006 at 8:00 pm

  34. Guys stop dreaming. No mormon or Jew or Mulsim will be US president any time soon.

    The next election will be interesing. In the US voluntary voting systmem you need to win the centre AND mobilse the base. At the moment nNeither party seem to have candidates who can do both. This may change though.

    Demcrats are approaching this from the position of strength but Hillary nomination can backfire. I do not think she can win the centre.


    November 23, 2006 at 9:24 pm

  35. Romney’s father George was the hot tip for Republican nominee in 1968, and he faded too. Mitt (one of those odd onomoatopoeic American names, like Chuck or Biff) will also flame out. A straight-talkin’ foreign policy naif just won’t cut it in a turbulent world – this is why Eisenhower, Nixon and Bush I won when they did.

    McCain is making a mistake pandering to Bush and the right, particularly the big-government, nanny-state, Bible-without-the-compassion right that was so comprehensively shafted a few weeks ago. The moment he stood up for that military commissions legislation his whole legitimacy was undermined.

    Hillary has none of the strengths of her husband and, apart from sexual promiscuity, all of the weaknesses. She’ll spend big and get beaten, then the discipline will slip and she’ll show her true self – then she’ll get thrashed, long before November 2008. Like Ted Kennedy, she should accept that she is never going to become President and that beavering away in the Senate is no bad thing for a politician.

    Nobody took Bill Clinton seriously as a candidate until just before the election, which is why all the fuss over Obama is premature to the point of foolishness.

    Evan Bayh has a silly name and has peaked as a dull provincial governor. Condoleezza Rice has run for nothing and the top job is the wrong place to start. John Edwards’ moment has passed and he needs to do something else in politics other than having been a Senator at some point in the past. Kerry and Frist are dead, Gingrich is a joke (and no sensible person pays any heed to Grover fucking Norquist).

    JC – the point about Florida is that it’s not really part of the south. The influx of sun-seekers from the north and Hispanics from the south means it has more in common with New Jersey than, say, Alabama.

    Andrew Elder

    November 24, 2006 at 11:51 am

  36. Andrew Elder, who do you pick?


    November 25, 2006 at 3:47 am

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