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Game over: The Clintons stand alone
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Posted on 01/11/2010 4:24:04 PM PST by Sub-Driver

Game over: The Clintons stand alone By: Ben Smith January 11, 2010 06:05 PM EST

A new book is out with a highly critical but unsourced portrait of Hillary Clinton. This familiar occurrence — it’s happened too many times to count over the years — has usually been greeted with an equally familiar response: A fast and furious counterattack from the Clinton inner circle.

What’s notable about the highly publicized release of “Game Change,” however, is the virtual silence from the Clinton camp. The lack of public outrage seems to mark the sputtering end of what was once known as the Clinton political machine and underlines a fact that onetime Clinton loyalists acknowledge: The book’s primary sources about the former candidate and current secretary of state are her own former staffers and intimates.

As a result, there is no campaign of veteran Clintonites spinning the press corps and trying to pre-emptively discredit the book’s scathing depiction of Hillary Clinton as a rudderless candidate and a cheerleader for vicious tactics against eventual winner Barack Obama. There is no team of Clinton proxies going on cable television to denounce authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann as scurrilous and unworthy of belief.

This time, Bill and Hillary Clinton are virtually alone.

While the low-key response to a brutal portrayal of Clinton in part reflected a decision to keep a prominent face of the Obama administration’s foreign policy above the fray, it was also a recognition of reality: The same senior aides who had leaked damaging gossip could hardly be expected to rebut it.

These people have violated the Clinton world’s final taboo: After savaging one another in the press for more than a year, the former aides finally turned on the principals.

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: billary; clintonistas; gamechange; halperin; heilemann; hillary; x42
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1 posted on 01/11/2010 4:24:05 PM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Twisting, slowly in the wind...


2 posted on 01/11/2010 4:27:07 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: Sub-Driver

The book’s primary sources about the former candidate and current secretary of state are her own former staffers and intimates.

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How deliciously fitting...


3 posted on 01/11/2010 4:27:42 PM PST by Atom Smasher
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To: Sub-Driver
After savaging one another in the press for more than a year, the former aides finally turned on the principals.

Yeah, kind of like that final scene in "The Evil that Men do."

4 posted on 01/11/2010 4:30:13 PM PST by rabidralph ("Precedenting" is a lot tougher than community organizing.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Obama obviously looks good in comparison which makes one wonder if Emmanuel and his other cronies played a role in this final nail in the Clinton coffin - her ambition to be POTUS??
5 posted on 01/11/2010 4:30:35 PM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Sub-Driver

An erect Bill Clinton has no conscience.


6 posted on 01/11/2010 4:31:38 PM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: RichInOC

Thanks, Rich, for the smile on my face.


7 posted on 01/11/2010 4:36:47 PM PST by bicyclerepair (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida)
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To: Sub-Driver
 Bill is Bill
8 posted on 01/11/2010 4:37:12 PM PST by Tawiskaro
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To: Sub-Driver
>>>The Clintons stand alone<<<<

—Pity. They'll always have that dance on the beach to forever remember....

9 posted on 01/11/2010 4:37:39 PM PST by Shqipo (Palin/Thompson 2012)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

“A hangin’ on a white oak tree” twisting-what a delicious sight/thought.


10 posted on 01/11/2010 4:37:50 PM PST by izzatzo
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To: RichInOC

It only reveals what honest people have always known: Bill is a whoring a**hole and Hillary is a power hungry bitch and a compulsive liar. This marriage was made in Hell. Aren’t they the poster children for government supported euthansia?


11 posted on 01/11/2010 4:38:33 PM PST by dumpthelibs (dumpthelibs)
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To: Sub-Driver

So then, this article says that The Clintons, and particularly Hillary, have finally been exposed for what they are.

Shocker, that. They are what we Freepers have known they were for years.


12 posted on 01/11/2010 4:41:52 PM PST by 70times7 (Serving Free Republics' warped and obscure humor needs since 1999!)
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To: Sub-Driver

List of Clinton scandals: ttp://www.uhuh.com/clinton/list-cli.htm


13 posted on 01/11/2010 4:42:00 PM PST by EverOnward
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To: Tawiskaro; Chieftain

Tawiskaro....you are a GENIUS!

Your screen page is awesome!!You must be a professional artist!!!


14 posted on 01/11/2010 4:42:41 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (Ok, joke's over....Bring back Bush !)
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To: Sub-Driver

No more ashtrays to throw.

Gee, I wonder if Hillary has time left to run for her old Senate seat.


15 posted on 01/11/2010 4:45:24 PM PST by Mobties
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To: Sub-Driver

With any luck at all, it won’t take so many years for this to happen to Barack 0bama.


16 posted on 01/11/2010 4:45:44 PM PST by vvpete ("I can’t have somebody who would put us in peril with one errant sentence.”)
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To: Sub-Driver

The article about the book reads like an ad for Obama.


17 posted on 01/11/2010 4:47:34 PM PST by kitkat (Obama hates us. Well, maybe a LOT of Kenyans do.)
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To: elpadre

Wonder if we will ever hear the ‘inside’ of Obama’s White House/. . .doubt it. As ruthless as Clinton’s could be; again, even here; Obama out performs them.


18 posted on 01/11/2010 4:47:58 PM PST by cricket
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To: Sub-Driver

The Clinton’s, their hangers-on, the political weasels who surround them are low lifes - the lowest of the low, disgusting people who have done this country great harm.

The Obama crowd is worse.


19 posted on 01/11/2010 4:48:35 PM PST by centurion316
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To: vvpete
Yup...it was only a short, few years ago that Clinton was the young, bright, articulate, sexy spinner that powered the news cycle and seemed invincible.

Next up....Ozero. Somehow, I don't think his demise will take as long.

20 posted on 01/11/2010 4:50:08 PM PST by Siena Dreaming
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To: Sub-Driver

This book is all about clearing the field for the maoist in 2012.


21 posted on 01/11/2010 4:50:51 PM PST by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

Thanks.


22 posted on 01/11/2010 4:51:11 PM PST by Tawiskaro
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To: Sub-Driver
That said; where do these 'political animals' go; when politically abandoned? Who will they invite to Chelsea's wedding (if in fact, it is still on.) Maybe it will be 'family only'?

Has to be a bit difficult for these things to be discussed per 'nightly news'. . .and for Hillary to keep a strong 'Secretary of State' face. . .

That said and no matter the danger/sarc/. ..do want to hear more about Obama. . .which direction Obama faces when he takes his 'daily prayers' via his Blackberry; and a few other questions as well./sigh

23 posted on 01/11/2010 4:53:52 PM PST by cricket
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To: Sub-Driver

So O has finally checkmated the Clintons.

I wouldn’t count them out totally, though, because O’s turn is coming, and when it does there will be one last scramble by the Clintons to try and retake the ramparts.

Soros had three horses in the 2008 race; Hillary, Obama, and McCain. He was set to win no matter who came out on top.


24 posted on 01/11/2010 4:55:28 PM PST by marron
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To: Carley
This book is all about clearing the field for the maoist in 2012.

Yes; and they are clearing it early. Good message to those who are thinking about stepping on to it. They have only just begun. . .

25 posted on 01/11/2010 4:56:41 PM PST by cricket
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To: Sub-Driver
As a result, there is no campaign of veteran Clintonites spinning the press corps and trying to pre-emptively discredit the book’s scathing depiction of Hillary Clinton as a rudderless candidate and a cheerleader for vicious tactics against eventual winner Barack Obama. There is no team of Clinton proxies going on cable television to denounce authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann as scurrilous and unworthy of belief.

Why would the Clintonites draw attention to the charges against their leaders if the media still hasn't?

26 posted on 01/11/2010 4:57:40 PM PST by x
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To: 70times7

Maybe the Clintons will have the guts to finally expose the Kenyan Muslim.


27 posted on 01/11/2010 5:01:12 PM PST by Frantzie (TV - sending Americans towards islamic serfdom - Cancel TV service NOW)
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To: cricket
Yes; and they are clearing it early. Good message to those who are thinking about stepping on to it. They have only just begun...

And it is up to us to continue "clearing the field" for the good of our country and those following us.

28 posted on 01/11/2010 5:03:14 PM PST by brushcop (SFC Sallie, CPL Long, LTHarris, SSG Brown, PVT Simmons KIA OIF lll&V, they died for you, honor them)
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To: rabidralph
Yeah, kind of like that final scene in "The Evil that Men do."

Without the Limo...

29 posted on 01/11/2010 5:04:53 PM PST by null and void (We are now in day 355 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Not even carville? after all the damage these two 60s radicals have done. Now rich, they just scoot across the stage, no one cares.
Well I do. Cancer is too good for each of them, hell it's to good for all that carried water for so long for these phony disgraced individuals.
30 posted on 01/11/2010 5:08:12 PM PST by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
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To: izzatzo

Like that “Tom Dooley’’ reference. The Kingston Trio. Remember them well.


31 posted on 01/11/2010 5:08:57 PM PST by John-Irish ("Shame of him who thinks of it''.)
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To: Carley

***This book is all about clearing the field for the maoist in 2012.***

Yep!

Watch for Hitlery being replaced as Secretary of State.


32 posted on 01/11/2010 5:11:59 PM PST by kitkat (Obama hates us. Well, maybe a LOT of Kenyans do.)
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To: kitkat

The book and its timing are just TOO TOO in Obama’s favor—now we all have to remember that he’s black, AGAIN>>>>>>>>>>>>


33 posted on 01/11/2010 5:17:05 PM PST by browniexyz
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To: cricket

I find today’s WH much more sinister.


34 posted on 01/11/2010 5:18:11 PM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Tawiskaro

I love your caricatures but why did you use Napolitano’s regular face?

;<)


35 posted on 01/11/2010 5:21:50 PM PST by Eaker (Where I'm from, "Gang Colors" is Realtree and Mossy Oak. You know what I'm saying hoss. Rule.308.)
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To: kitkat

Obamao likes her right where she is. Out of sight.


36 posted on 01/11/2010 5:26:43 PM PST by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: Tawiskaro

you are welcome.

its not just that you are technically adept, but you truly show the artistic view of evoking reaction of mind and emotion.

( from someone who admires art , yet is artistically challenged! ha.)BTW, that Peolosi thing has a real Dali quality.


37 posted on 01/11/2010 5:30:06 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (Ok, joke's over....Bring back Bush !)
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To: John-Irish

As do I-they were great.


38 posted on 01/11/2010 5:30:56 PM PST by izzatzo
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To: Sub-Driver

The Clinton War Room has been disbanded and they have all gone home.

Turn out the lights, the party’s over!


39 posted on 01/11/2010 5:31:42 PM PST by Balata
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To: Sub-Driver
Game over: The Clintons stand alone

WHAT is going on that the democrat party is acting out the ending of Godfather II in front of the entire nation?!?

Reid, Pelosi, Dodd and now the Clintons? Is this a purge of the "old guard"? One shudders at the thought of what the new guard will bring.

40 posted on 01/11/2010 5:31:55 PM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie; Tawiskaro; Chieftain

Brilliant indeed! You’re a hidden treasure of talent.


41 posted on 01/11/2010 5:35:06 PM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: John-Irish
Like that “Tom Dooley’’ reference. The Kingston Trio. Remember them well.

Speaking of the Kingston Trio, I can see the Clintons setting around listening to and drowning their sorrows into the song "Scotch and Soda"! lol

42 posted on 01/11/2010 5:39:53 PM PST by Balata
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To: Sub-Driver

Couldn’t be any better timing with these comments as Bubba is scheduled to travel to Massachusetts this Friday to stump for Martha Coakley!


43 posted on 01/11/2010 5:41:07 PM PST by Nasher
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To: elpadre
I find today’s WH much more sinister.

Definitley agree (and do here in earlier posting) "As ruthless as Clinton’s could be; again, even here; Obama out performs them." We are on same page.

Do think Obama, Rahm and Dave can 'write the bad book'. Just wish someone would do a 'tell all' on them; though for certain, it would be costly; very costly. . .

(Has Michelle done any 'show the family digs and dog and kids in the White House for TV - or have I missed this traditional invitation to come see the First Family at home - in 'our' home. . .) Am guessing we have not yet, been invited; and may never be.

That said; just keep thinking of Tiger Woods; and how anything is possible and not thinking of his 'golf game'. /sigh/

44 posted on 01/11/2010 5:49:58 PM PST by cricket
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To: Balata

Yeah, or how about “It Takes a Worried Man to Sing a Worried Song’’? LOL!


45 posted on 01/11/2010 5:58:41 PM PST by John-Irish ("Shame of him who thinks of it''.)
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To: izzatzo

Do you remember ‘’Randy Sparks and The New Christie Minstrels’’?


46 posted on 01/11/2010 6:02:57 PM PST by John-Irish ("Shame of him who thinks of it''.)
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To: John-Irish

or “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?”

This could be a thread by itself. lol


47 posted on 01/11/2010 6:03:55 PM PST by Balata
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To: Balata

Hey yeah! you’re on to something there.


48 posted on 01/11/2010 6:10:33 PM PST by John-Irish ("Shame of him who thinks of it''.)
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To: Sub-Driver
The revelations carry into Clinton’s present post. The aide who, according to the book and other sources, pushed the darkest anti-Obama rumors most aggressively was Sidney Blumenthal, whom Clinton last year attempted to make her official speechwriter. The book casts her state department chief of staff Cheryl Mills as another hardliner whose most sensitive job was her role on a “campaign within a campaign” devoted to Bill Clinton’s sex life. She reportedly “handled delicate matters where attorney-client privilege might prove useful.”

Daschle “considered Hillary an icy prima donna; her husband … a narcissist on an epic scale; the dynamic between the couple, bizarre; their treatment of their friends, unforgivably manipulative and disloyal,” the authors write.

49 posted on 01/11/2010 6:12:23 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Sub-Driver

Ain’t Karma a beautiful thang?


50 posted on 01/11/2010 6:15:40 PM PST by Danae (Don't think the Constitution matters? Try living in a country without one.)
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