As I was about to drive to work in a car that averages 44 mi/gal, I found this about Hillary Clinton’s rented private jet which burns 347 gal/h.
Part of the conventional wisdom among many of us right wing nut jobs is that a Republican who runs as a Democrat Lite will lose to his Democrat opponent because the voters will choose the real thing.
It appears that a similar effect may be at work among the Democrats too.
Olivia Nuzzzi has a piece over at The Daily Beast about Hillary Clinton’s opening campaign event: Welcome to Hillary Island, a Pleasant Little Police State. This paragraph struck me.
Here would be Hillary Island—formerly Roosevelt Island—a strip of land located in the middle of the East River between Manhattan and Queens that some 10,000 New Yorkers call home. More specifically, here is Four Freedoms Park—a grassy island enclave named for the Four Freedoms FDR spelled out in his 1941 State of the Union speech: Freedom of speech, of worship, from want, and from fear—where the Clinton team has assembled a red and blue stage, in the shape of an H, for her to pace on as she delivers her first major campaign speech.
Read the whole thing. That captures a bit of the Orwellian nature of so much of the Left’s politics these days.
Freedom of speech? The Left now wants to partially repeal the First Amendment in order to correct the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling. (I probably I should have included a trigger warning for some Progressives.)
Freedom of worship? Ask the Little Sisters of the Poor about that. Or a former pizza shop owner. For many, worship extends beyond a meeting house and throughout their lives.
Freedom from want? Ask one of the structurally unemployed who can’t find a place in a stagnant economy.
Freedom from fear? Ask that question tonight in one of several Baltimore neighborhoods—if you’re not afraid to go.
BTW, those first two freedoms are about what the government isn’t supposed to be able to take from us. The second pair are gimmes Progressives imagine government can provide. There’s much to be said about the differences between them. The comments are open. Discuss among yourselves.
Jeff Greenfield has a post over at The Daily Beast about Why Character Attacks on Hillary Won’t Work. It’s a good analysis as far as it goes, but he misses one significant factor. You can’t attack what isn’t there.
Politico reports that Fox News and the New York Times have both cut exclusive deals for early access to the anti-Hillary research to be published in Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich by Peter Schweizer. The book is due out on 5 May and can be pre-ordered here.
Mark Hemingway has a piece over at The Weekly Standard about a group of folks who have functioned as a private intelligence network of sorts for Hillary Clinton. One of them is a guy named Cody Shearer; that’s a name that may ring a bell with those Gentle Readers who are familiar with Mark Singer’s Citizen K, and in the discussion of Shearer on page 3 of Hemingway’s post the name Brett Kimberlin appears.
BTW, Cody Shearer is not the only connection between Brett Kimberlin and the Clintons. Others have been discussed here at Hogewash!, and others will be revealed as The Saga unfolds.
Read all of Mark Hemingway’s piece, and stay tuned.
Just ask Hillary Clinton.