In Four Freedoms Park


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.

Politics Makes Strange Bedfellows


Clinton CashPolitico 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.

Hillary’s Private Spy Service


popcorn4bkMark 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.

The Maryland Governor’s Race


There’s been a lot of analysis about how Larry Hogan beat Anthony Brown. Governor-elect Hogan worked hard for his win, and I don’t want to minimize his efforts, but Brown actively lost the election.

Brown has been singularly ineffective at any management role he was given while serving as Lieutenant Governor with Martin O’Malley. The disastrous rollout of the state’s nonfunctioning Obamacare website is the prime example.

This lack of basic organizational skills propagated through his campaign. The Gentle Reader may remember a story from a few weeks ago about folks walking out on Barack Obama during a campaign rally for Brown. I spoke with a Brown campaign volunteer who described the event as disorganized and running late. The crowd’s mood turned a bit surly. When the Democrats can’t get a crowd in Prince George’s County, Maryland, to stick around to listen their President, something has gone very wrong, and I began to suspect that Hogan had a chance.

Then, a few days later, Hillary Clinton spoke at a Brown rally on the University of Maryland campus—to a room with a lot of empty seats. At that point, I figured that Hogan would squeak by.

The big surprise was Hogan’s margin of victory. I put that down to his hard work that got the Republican base in the suburban and rural areas of the state out on election day.

Now, we will see how he can govern.

Eating Into the Margin of Theft?


A couple of weeks ago, people walked out of a rally for Anthony Brown, the Democrat candidate for governor in Maryland, and they did it while Barack Obama was speaking. Yesterday, there were empty seats at a Brown rally where Hillary Clinton was the main speaker. Both rallies were held in the near suburbs of DC, a traditional stronghold of the Democrats.

Hmmmm.