Friday, October 26, 2007

Happy 60th birthday Hillary!

Isn’t there a rule that a husband never tells how old his wife is?

Dear Friend,

In 36 years, Hillary and I have shared a lot of birthdays, and each year I'm amazed at everything she has accomplished. This is a very special year: we're celebrating Hillary's 60th, and I hope you'll join me in sending her a birthday message, sharing your wishes for her and your hopes for the coming year.

I'll make sure to share your message with Hillary. And please encourage your friends and family to send their messages as well.

You can see my birthday message to Hillary and add your own here: Click here to sign the card

I know how happy Hillary will be to hear from you on her birthday. Thank you for helping me to make her day special.


Bill Clinton

Thursday, October 25, 2007

dj BC nominated for a Boston Music Award

Bob Cronin, AKA dj BC, is a friend of LBOTC. Vote early and often.

Sent: Thursday, October 25, 2007 10:07 AM
Subject: dj BC (Bob) nominated for a Boston Music Award- I can has vote?

Hey guys!

I just found out I have been nominated for a 2007 Boston Music Award in the category of best DJ/Dance artist. It's pretty flattering! I am in good company, being nominated alongside bands like The Dropkick Murphys, Dinosaur Jr, Big D and Guster! As a result i am shamelessly spamming my friends in a desperate bid to gain votes, since I think i am up against DJs that are actually famous, such as the great DJ C and Porches On The Audobahn.

Anyway if you have a moment and would like to vote for me (or anyone else, for that matter), you can check it out here:

Again, it's in the "Outstanding DJ/Dance Artist" category. I'm choice #1, DJ BC.

Also worth mentioning are my buddy Dj C (also in the Dj category, damn him), Big D and The kids Table (best indie album, best punk band).

Thanks! GO SOX!

PS Apologies if you got this more than once! And happy halloween.

RE: Bland on Bland

Of course, these things are deceptive. No one in the public at large knows who Richardson or Huckabee are, except that they are Democrat or Republican. So their 33% and 34% are a baseline based on party identification. Hillary’s negative number is really the 17% above that baseline. And one would really like to know who those 17% are. For example, if some significant portion of that 17% are anti-war democrats, they may “dislike” her because they like Obama or Kucinich or Gravel better. But are they really going to vote Republican or for some third party candidate come next fall? The folks who ran to Nader back in 2000 will need to take a deep breath and a long hard look before they refuse to come out for Hillary.

I was talking to a friend last night who is down on Hillary because he doesn’t think she will get us out of the war. So he likes Ron Paul, even though that would be his first Republican and he’s having some trouble with that. Now, if you were a mischief maker like Karl Rove, and Hillary locks up the nomination quickly as expected, you might try to goad Ron Paul into running as a third party candidate, just to draw off support from Hillary.

But here’s the thing about Hillary. If she wins, the war is over. Even if she wanted to continue the war, where would she get the troops? Are Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid going to go out on recruitment drives? Are they going to extend service enlistments? No, if she is elected she has to end the war.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Bland on Bland

Looks like it is going to be Thompson/Huckabee v. Obama/Richardson (see below). Bland on Bland. You heard it from me first.

Although if Peggy Noonan organizes traditional conservative Republican women to cross over in the primaries and vote for Hillary … (And why not, they’re pro-choice, often have prominent husbands who cheat on them, want national health care for their adult children who can’t hold on to a paycheck, don’t want to send those children to Iraq, don’t want to see their maids deported back to El Salvador.)

Guiliani/Romney v. Clinton/Gore. That’s my other prediction. Guiliani and Romney will team to spoil Thompson, who came in to spoil them. Clinton needs someone to help her with the left, and she can’t pick Obama because he is more photogenic and charismatic than her.

How does McCain end up with higher negatives than Guiliani or Romney? I have enormous respect for the man as a person, but he seems to have taken political implosion to a high art.

From: Zogby PollSent on: October 20, 2007, 11:30 PMSubject: Zogby Poll: Half Say They Would Never Vote for Hillary Clinton for President

Zogby Poll: Half Say They Would Never Vote for Hillary Clinton for President
Other top tier candidates in both parties win more acceptance; Richardson & Huckabee favored most

While she is winning wide support in nationwide samples among Democrats in the race for their party's presidential nomination, half of likely voters nationwide said they would never vote for New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, a new Zogby Interactive poll shows.

The online survey of 9,718 likely voters nationwide showed that 50% said Clinton would never get their presidential vote. This is up from 46% who said they could never vote for Clinton in a Zogby International telephone survey conducted in early March. Older voters are most resistant to Clinton -- 59% of those age 65 and older said they would never vote for the New York senator, but she is much more acceptable to younger voters: 42% of those age 18-29 said they would never vote for Clinton for President.

Whom would you NEVER vote for for President of the U.S.?

Clinton (D) 50%
Kucinich (D) 49%
Gravel (D) 47%
Paul (D) 47%
Brownback (R) 47%
Tancredo (R) 46%
McCain (R) 45%
Hunter (R) 44%
Giuliani (R) 43%
Romney (R) 42%
Edwards (D) 42%
Thompson (R) 41%
Dodd (D) 41%
Biden (D) 40%
Obama (D) 37%
Huckabee (R) 35%
Richardson (D) 34%
Not sure 4%

At the other end of the scale, Republican Mike Huckabee and Democrats Bill Richardson and Barack Obama faired best, as they were least objectionable to likely voters. Richardson was forever objectionable as President to 34%, while 35% said they could never vote for Huckabee and 37% said they would never cast a presidential ballot for Obama, the survey showed.

The Zogby Interactive poll, conducted Oct. 11-15, 2007, included 9,718 likely voters nationwide and carries a margin of error of /- 1.0 percentage point.

Monday, October 22, 2007

4 newspapers, 2 oranges, 1 banana

So I’m standing in line at Darwin’s this morning to get a Diet Coke and a Globe. And the tall guy in front of me wearing a Red Sox cap is buying four newspapers, two oranges, and a banana. I see it is David Gergen, advisor to Presidents, Kennedy School guru, and media pundit. I’m thinking of something smart to say to him when the clerk finishes ringing him up, like “that’s a lot of newspapers” or “that’s more newspapers than fruit” or maybe “are you sure that’s enough banana?” (OK, I didn’t think of that last one until just now). But his cell phone rings, and he’s talking to someone about ending the war in Iraq or something, and then he’s out the door.

David Gergen reads USA Today, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal, and the Financial Times.

The smile on the Halloween pumpkin

Q: Who wrote the following about Hillary Clinton in this weekend’s Wall Street Journal:

She is the smile on the Halloween pumpkin that knows the harvest is coming.

A: Peggy Noonan, former speech writer for Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

Peggy thinks that Hillary rather doesn’t have to prove to the electorate that she is as tough as a man as that is already established, but does have to prove she has a soft side too. She also thinks Hillary’s candidacy has the chance to resonate among conservative women voters.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Put it on vibrate!

Q: What presidential candidate said the following and in what context?

She helped me put it on vibrate. If anybody is offended by it, I won't do it again.

Reply: Hillary said it to her girlfriend about her Vibrator.

Reply: Rudy said it about his wife. She showed him how to put his phone on vibrate so he doesn't take calls during any more speeches. He has been taking flak for what was an obvious ruse to win the family values crowd.

Friday, October 12, 2007

New Hampshire yard signs

I was up in New Hampshire this past weekend, and to judge by the yards signs on the country highways, Ron Paul is going to be the next President.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

How to lose an election

Did I miss something or did Michigan and Florida just get kicked out of the Democratic Party?

“The DNC voted to punish both Michigan and Florida by refusing to seat their delegates at next summer's Democratic National Convention.”

So now the Democrats are not going to count the votes at all in Florida, or Michigan?

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Call a cow a chicken

Q: Who said the following and in what context?

I guess you can call something, anything you want, but in Iowa you can't call a cow a chicken and have it be true.

Reply: Eisenhower said it to Khrushchev during a visit to an Iowa farm. OR, Chuck Grassley said it about Bush's veto of the SCHIP bill. I like the first one better.

A: You are closer on the second one. Grassley said it about the other Congressional Republicans who were calling SCHIP the first step toward socialized medicine. And apparently they have the Republican votes to override in the Senate but maybe not in the House.

Note: I don’t believe Eisenhower accompanied Khrushchev to Iowa. Khrushchev went by himself to visit the Roswell Garst family in Coon Rapids. It is interesting how Khrushchev’s belligerence helped elect John Kennedy, who campaigned on the premise that Nixon and Eisenhower were not doing enough to stand up to the Soviets. Garst was a business partner of Henry Wallace, the Progressive Party presidential candidate in 1948. Wallace was VP until January 1945 and would have become President at the end of World War II if FDR had not replaced him with Truman on the 1944 ticket. The big question is whether Wallace would have dropped the bomb on Japan. Wallace undoubtedly would not have started the Cold War with the Soviets. And he might well have put in a national health care program, which happened in most other industrial nations right after World War II.