EVEN THOUGH UNDECLARED SO FAR, MARTIN O'MALLY IS MAKING A SERIOUS RUN FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY'S PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION.
AND CRANKY CLINTON IS NOT PLEASED AS HER PERSONAL MAFIA HAS CONVEYED.
REACHED FOR COMMENT BY THESE REPORTERS, CRANKY CLINTON WAS FUMING. IN THE HOPE THAT A DRAG MIGHT SETTLE HER SPIRITS, CRANKY RIPPED THE TAIL PIPE OFF A BUICK AND TOOK A LONG DRAG OF EXHAUST BEFORE DECLARING OF HER RIVAL:
MARTIN'S 52. HE LOOKS FIFTY-TWO. HE LOOKED IT FIVE YEARS AGO, HE'LL LOOK IT TWENTY YEARS FROM NOW. I HATE MEN.
ALL ABOUT CRANKY..
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
Josh Richman (Daily Democrat) notes US Vice President Joe Biden's planned trip to the Bay Area later this week and, "The vice president earlier Thursday will give a major speech at the National Defense University in Washington about progress made in strengthening Iraq's government and military to defeat the self-proclaimed Islamic State, The Associated Press reported. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is scheduled to meet with President Barack Obama next week in Washington." Fred Lucas (Blaze) points out that "the White House is offering little information on why it's Biden, and not Obama, who will be talking about issues of such gravity in close proximity to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi’s visit."
There are actually a number of reasons Barack might want to take a pass on Iraq. But while it's interesting that Joe's been tasked with the important speech, it's also interesting who's rushing forward to hijack Iraq.
Take the always laughable Steve Benen who wants to prove something but only succeeds in proving stupidity. Benen's a producer with the faltering MSNBC talk show hosted by Rachel Maddow. He wants you to know that people who are "wrong" about the Iranian 'deal' were wrong about Iraq.
Who was wrong about Iraq?
When I say someone was wrong about Iraq, I'm speaking as someone who opposed the illegal war and spoke out against it.
Benen's boss is Rachel Maddow who supported the war before it started, supported in 2004 as an Air America Radio host, repeatedly whored out the lie that "we" (the US) "broke it" (Iraq) so "we" had to pay for it and insisted that was The Pottery Barn Rule. There was no such rule. And this was revealed by Al Franken, whose Air America Radio show aired directly after Unfiltered (hosted by Lizz Winstead, Chuck D and Rachel Maddow) but apparently Rachel never caught those broadcasts.
She did manage to support the Iraq War.
She did refuse to present an anti-Iraq War view on Unfiltered. She did refuse to bring on veterans who were opposed to the war (Janeane Garofalo's The Majority Report had no problem bringing those veterans on) Rachel Maddow, throughout the life of Unfiltered, insisted that the US military could not leave Iraq.
So it's really funny that Steven Benen wants to blog about who was wrong on Iraq and to do so at Rachel's website. Good lackey that he is, he knows to avoid mentioning his boss.
Leaving aside the hypocrisy, let's deal with the larger issue, there is no deal with Iran. There's framework for a deal that might be reached at the end of June -- might not be as well. The whores -- that includes Steve -- rushing forward to defend a 'deal' that isn't one is much more embarrassing than anyone objecting to it.
But you could be wrong on Iraq (I wasn't) and be right to oppose the Iranian 'deal.'
I hope Benen realizes he's doing more harm to his own political party than anything else.
Americans know little about the 'deal' because there's little to now.
But if you want to promote that being wrong on Iraq means you're incapable of rational thought, lots of luck turning out voters if Hillary Wrong On Iraq Clinton gets the Democratic Party's presidential nomination (as many believe she will).
The Democratic Party doesn't know what to do. It was running on fumes some time ago.
Now it doesn't even have fumes.
So they're going to try to make 2016 about the Iraq War.
It's pretty much agreed by party leaders that the 2016 Dem candidate can't run on Barack's coat tails. The promised change never came and too many Americans are still without jobs.
ObamaCare remains deeply unpopular and deeply divisive.
So the party's trying to build a strategy around Iraq.
They're going to be running a lot of Iraq War veterans for that reason.
In 2006, the Iraq War let the Democrats win control of both houses of Congress. In 2008, the Iraq War let the Democrats win the White House.
Having nothing to show for the trust the American people placed in the party, Democratic leadership hopes to use the ghost memories of Iraq to scare up voters in 2016. That's what all the idiotic Tweets of late have been about. (The one that outraged Dem honchos today was a 'friendly' who elected to Tweet that Bully Boy Bush was responsible for the 9-11 attacks. Leadership continues that "crazy" and "harmful.")
There are two basic problems with resurrecting Iraq -- largely forgotten by the American public as a result of the only real withdrawal that took place: the US press withdrawl.
Again, Hillary is seen as the likely nominee.
She's hostile and defensive when talking about her own vote for the Iraq War.
Or was, in 2007 and 2008, hostile and defensive.
As she demonstrated in her January 2013 public rage during Congressional testimony, she hasn't honed her social skills since her last run for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.
Reviving Iraq and using it as a club to beat political opponents with risks reminding the American public of how wrong Hillary was on Iraq.
The other problem for the Democratic Party is that Barack owns Iraq.
Didn't have to be that way.
He could have ordered US forces out of Iraq upon being sworn in.
Instead, he wanted to put his imprint on Iraq. And he did.
And it's why Iraq is in crises today.
CNN's Arwa Damon Tweets today:
Damon's referring to Emma Sky's "How Obama Abandoned Democracy in Iraq: Bush's mistake was invading the country. His successor's was leaving it to a strongman" which POLITICO published today and which offers more clarity than most articles on Iraq have in the last four years.
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