Thursday, October 18, 2012

With Friends Like These

Via Washington Post:

The Obama campaign has been hit with an epidemic of off-message-itis. First it was Bill Clinton: “Governor Romney’s argument is ‘we’re not fixed, so fire him and put me in.’ It is true, we’re not fixed. When President Obama looked into the eyes of that man who said in the debate, ‘I had so much hope four years ago and I don’t now,’ I thought he was going to cry because he knows that it’s not fixed.” The “it is true” part in reference to anything Romney is saying is not helpful to Obama’s everything-Romney-says-is-a-lie theme. It isn’t the worst thing Clinton has said (Romney’s “sterling business record” takes that prize), but when everything else is fraying this does not help.

Could Bill be damning with faint praise because Obama has told Hillary that she's going under the bus on the Benghazi attack? My guess is that Hillary knew she was going to be blamed, and she blunted future accusations by admitting her responsibility for the operation.

Anyway, the Clintons know how it works. Their very first Presidential scandal was handled by their throwing of Billy Dale under the bus. He's the White House Travel director who they had prosecuted because they got caught firing everyone and installing their cronies in the Travel Office.

(which, I was reminded of recently, when the pretend trigger of the Benghazi attack, the video maker, was marched past the media in the middle of the night and later jailed. Would he be in jail if it didn't help make Obama's fairy tale of Benghazi more believable? Once again, like Billy Dale, ruining a guy's life isn't a factor when making a plan to avoid presidential embarrassment)