When Does Hillary Clinton Get Some Credit?

The New Republic, the same publication whose literary editor once referred to Hillary Clinton as a “hellish housewife,” is at it again.  Only this time instead of sinning by degrading an accomplished woman, The New Republic is sinning by pretending she does not exist.

In Jonathan Rauch’s TNR article this week, he offers high praise for President Obama’s achievements on the world stage.  Mr. Rauch states that he “never drank the Obama Kool-Aid in 2008” but at least on matters of a “post-partisan, pragmatic, generally successful foreign policy, he now “hereby eat[s] half a crow”:

Two major surprises have marked [Obama’s] presidency, one negative, one positive. On the downside, the silver-tongued orator who inspired millions as a candidate turned out to be a mediocre communicator as president. On the upside, the greenhorn candidate who had barely any experience of, or interest in, foreign policy has proved to be an impressively adept presidential diplomat. On almost every front ­internationally, he has improved the country’s position since 2008.

An adept presidential “diplomat”?  He is no diplomat.  He is the President.  His chief diplomat has a name and her name is Hillary Clinton.  The “adept diplomat,” widely recognized by left and right alike to be a superb Secretary of State, is arguably the one improving our position around the world, if anyone is, putting out fires with a toughness that has her nicknamed “the iron fist in the velvet glove.”  And often, she is smoothing over the President’s gaffes.  Clinton is the one holding “town-terviews” in every foreign country she visits to raise awareness about the U.S., to share our values and improve our image worldwide.  She is the one tirelessly fighting for women’s rights and gay rights.  She is his Secretary of State, which is not the same as being his secretary.  She does more than run his errands.

Out of curiosity, does it strike Mr. Rauch as a coincidence that the area which has prompted him to “hereby eat half a crow” about his previous Obama skepticism is the one area where Hillary’s footprints can be found?  These are the foreign policy successes Mr. Rauch notes:

  • Ending two wars.
  • Stabilizing relations with Russia.
  • Stabilizing relations with China.
  • Isolating Iran.
  • Strengthening America’s brand.
  • Prosecuting the war on terror.

Whether or not you agree with Rauch’s assessment, Hillary Clinton’s name is not mentioned anywhere in his article.  While it is politics as usual that the President gets the credit for the work of the people he appoints, does anyone really believe that Mr. Rauch’s so called “greenhorn,” who racked up barely two years in the Senate before running for the Presidency, figured this all out by himself?  Or that getting Osama bin Laden didn’t have Secretary Clinton’s, Secretary Gates’ and Leon Panetta’s fingerprints all over it?  Wasn’t it Hillary who called out certain elements in Pakistan for knowing the whereabouts of bin Laden a year before the raid?  While she retracted those statements after the fact, and we can speculate as to the reasons for this, it would seem that when it counted, she was stirring the pot.

Typical that some are filled with such bitterness towards her, they cannot bring themselves to utter one kind or even acknowledging word.  This reminds me of the New York-based Hasidic newspaper that, for religious reasons, literally airbrushed Hillary Clinton out of the photo, (and out of history), where the President and senior staff were watching as Seal Team Six executed the raid on Bin Laden.

An article by Edward-Isaac Dovere in Friday’s Politico on the other hand, called Hillary Clinton President Obama’s Foreign Policy Shield: 

“For all of my life, this might be the first campaign that we’ve gone into where Democrats are ahead on foreign policy,” former Clinton political consultant James Carville said. “I was told before that it mattered when we were behind. She can take some credit for a political party that for a long time has been behind on a key element, that we’re now ahead.”

2008 McCain strategist Steve Schmidt noted:

“She provides a big shield for the president on any number of [foreign policy] issues….Any time you can lay claim to one of the most popular people in the country and one of the most admired people in the country, then it’s a benefit for you.”

Pundits who have unearthed a sudden willingness to give Secretary Clinton favorable press are arguably doing so because that too helps the President’s chances; a not so subtle hat tip to millions of her supporters who still burn from the injustice of their past coverage.  I doubt they would still be kind if she were to throw her hat back in the ring — should 2016 unfold that way.

At the moment, however, political operatives clearly see Secretary Clinton’s hard work and toughness as bolstering the argument for President Obama to win a second term.  First, this is ironic because Clinton lost votes in the 2008 primary since she was considered more hawkish than Mr. Obama, whereas she found his campaign’s foreign policy notions naïve.  Secondly, calling Secretary Clinton his shield and also, presumably, declaring that she bolsters his re-election chances is tricky since she has been unrelenting in her assertion that she will step down at the end of this year.

What kind of a message does it send that a woman is acknowledged for her achievements only to benefit the man or not at all?

Once Hillary is no longer President Obama’s shield – whether invisible to Mr. Rauch or otherwise – let’s see if he’s “eating half a crow” then.

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Anita Finlay is the author of Dirty Words on Clean Skin: Sexism and Sabotage, a Hillary Supporter’s Rude Awakening, available on Amazon in print and kindle editions.

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Are you young woman who lives for lipstick and short skirts? You could become a scientist!!!

This is one of the beautiful astronomy photographs from a website that PUMA Helen K has posted around.  They have a different photo every day.  Since it seems more women read here than men (heck, most people ARE women!), and “women can’t do science” (cough, cough!), I want to make it very clear that astronomy is a science!

The reason I bring this up is, several posts back Ani mentioned how women are not fairly represented in many fields.  Science is one of them.  America has not done the best job combatting the popular memes that science is not “feminine” or that women don’t have the cognitive ability to handle something as hard and manly as “science”.  Any science that uses math is a “hard science”, and as we’ve all been told our whole lives, women are better suited for the “soft sciences”- you know, social science, dealing with people’s emotions.  And hey!  How handy that delineation has worked out, because we’ve also always been taught that emotions aren’t very manly.  And plus, men are hard, and women are soft and lovely.  Men – hard science, women – soft, emotive science.  It just all makes sense!

Well, thank goodness for Europe!  The European Union is making a concerted effort to attract more young women into science.  Their outreach program is called “Science – it’s a girl thing”, and here is their first outreach video:

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Hmmmm.  Epic fail, there.  IMO, that video is only going to attract girls who are looking for the next cool thing, and who will leave it in the dust once they learn more about it.  It would have been helpful to craft a video that actually introduces and interests girls in the substance of different sciences, so that those who are curious will check it out more, and those who develop a passion for it will continue on in it.  Well, Dr. Meghan Gray, an actual scientist – an ASTRONOMER! – says it way better than I can.  It’s a 9 minute video, but please don’t skip it – she speaks very well!

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Here’s a young British chap who gets it!  (Although, he seems to think this outreach to women is trying to say science should be JUST for women lol)

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If you look at the EU website for this outreach or read articles about their intent, they do seem to be genuinely interested in getting more women into science.  But I think maybe they used 3rd-wave chicks to do this initial marketing attempt!  If you look around the web, you will find a whole lot of backlash to their first video – so even if the EU screwed up out the gate, at least a lot of other people “got it”!!!  As I  said, they do seem to be genuine, so maybe backlash will result in more appropriate videos that don’t portray young girls as the stereotype of fashion-obsessed dancing fools!

You know he’s been a liar all his life….

Video shamelessly stolen from HelenK in NoQuarter comments

Oh, Obama.  You’re at it again.  Telling one person one thing, and presenting a different face to the world.  Obama is such a sly suave guy!  He’s so cool, he thinks he can pull the wool over our eyes, even in front of a hot mike!  Here’s his latest snafu with Russia.  Oh, Russia, let me lie to my people until after the election, and then we can make beautiful music together!  Just give me a little time!

Does it remind you of anything?  Say, something that happened when we first became aware of this slick and wonderful foreign policy whiz?  Canada!  Let me tell my people one thing, just ignore what I’m telling them, after my election we can make beautiful music together!  Just give me a little time!

Of course, it wasn’t that long ago that he carefully polished our relationship with Israel and France.   Let’s you and me be friends, let’s not play with that other guy anymore.  He doesn’t stare at women’s butts like we do, so we won’t let him into our secret tree house anymore!  But keep it a secret!

Oh, wait, here’s a better presentation of his skill working with world leaders:

But he doesn’t just present one face to one foreign leader, and another face to another foreign leader – no, he works his magic with US, too!  He tells US one thing, then turns around and does the opposite with THEM!  For THEIR benefit!  Here’s his foreign policy wizardry at work with Brazil.

I’m certain he does like us more than the other countries, though, because he presents both of his faces to us!  Here he is, on some insignificant stuff – just some little stuff about war and all:

Oh, my, there’s more.  Oh, wow, I just realized why he’s so comfortable looking like a tennis game observer when his head turns left then right then left then right as he reads his ever present teleprompters – it’s from having to talk out of both sides of his mouth all the time!  He’s just so used to alternately showing both sides of his face!  He just figures we won’t notice when he contradicts himself!

This may be the one time when a Reagan quote comes in handy for me!

Why does ANYONE trust this guy anymore?  Why did they trust him in the FIRST place?  Trust is supposed to be earned!  Not awarded willy-nilly like a junk Nobel Peace Prize!  Politicians aren’t exactly known for their honesty, but he really must be the politicians’ politician!

The anecdote is Hillary.  We lost so much, as a country, and as a world, when Hillary had her primary win stolen.  Another anecdote is knowledge – buy Ani’s book and if you can, buy a couple of books to give others as a present.  If times are too tough right now, email UW, and we’ll get a book off to you! Help other people understand how this liar got into office so they can put all his subsequent sleaziness in context – and then they can help us to vote him out in the fall.

Image stolen from Crawdad!

This is what we’re shooting for – permanently!

Drip… drip… drip… Eurospeak and “stealth jihad”

I pulled this out of a file folder for “fun week” – looks like it was sent to me in an email way back in 1999!

The European Union commissioners have announced that agreement has been reached to adopt English as the preferred language for European communications rather than German, which was the other possibility.  As part of the negotiations, the British government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a five-year phased plan for what will be known as EuroEnglish (Euro for short).

In the first year, “s” will be used instead of the soft “c”.  Sertainly, sivil servants will resieve this news with joy.  Also, the hard “c” will be replaced with “k”.  Not only will this klear up konfusion, but typewriters kan have one less letter.

There will be growing publik akseptanse enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome “ph” will be replaced by “f”.  This will make words like “fotograf” twenty persent shorter. 

In the third year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible.  Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters, which has always been a deterent to akurate speling.

Also, al wil agre that the horible mes of silent “e”s in the languag is disgrasful, and they would also go.  By the fourth year, peopl wil be seseptiv to steps such as replasing “th” and most “s” by “z”, and “w” by “v” for aded zimplisity.

During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary “o” kan be dropd from vords kontaining “ou”, and zimilar changes vud of kors be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters alzo.

After zis fitz yer, ve vil konkor.. ahem.. ve vil hav a reli zenzibl ritn styl.  Zer vil be no mor trubls or difikultis und evrivun vil find it ezi tu nderstand ech ozer.

Achtung!  Ze drem vil finali kum tru!

And now for something completely different! 

The above is obviously a joke – but it reminded me of something I saw once (which is NOT filed neatly away in the filing cabinet, and I can’t find it online right now!)  But it listed different rates of immigration of Muslims into a country, and with each larger amount of Muslims, more demands were made to the host country, more attempts – not to assimilate – but to change the host country to their own.  This is just an example, I’m guessing, but it gave info such as, “as X number of Muslims have moved in, they will start to fly their own flags”, and “as Xx2 Muslims have immigrated, they will start blocking public streets 5 times a day with their (male) prayers”.  Anyway, the joke above reminded me of it, because both are based on a kind of slow gradual change heading towards total change.  I did find what I’ve pasted below, but it’s not exactly what I was looking for:

Muslim Immigration

All immigrants bring exotic customs and attitudes, but Muslim customs are more troublesome than most. Also, they appear most resistant to assimilation. Elements among the Pakistanis in Britain, Algerians in France, and Turks in Germany seek to turn the host country into an Islamic society by compelling it to adapt to their way of life.

On a small scale, they demand that factories keep to the Islamic calendar, with its distinctive holidays and special rhythms; or that public schools be segregated by sex and teach the principles of Islam. A significant body of Muslims, especially followers of Ayatollah Khomeini, appear to hope they can remake Europe and America in their own image. And they are not shy to say so. The editor of a Bengali-language newspaper in England, Harunur Rashid Tipu, explained that the leaders of the Young Muslim Organisation, seek ultimately “to build an Islamic society here.” In the Rushdie affair, the Muslim diaspora in the West and the regime in Tehran created a cultural and political crisis that struck at the heart of Western values of free speech and secularism, confirming the worst fears of many in the West.

Of course, to build an Islamic society means taking political power. And while this is remote, it is just foreseeable. A French woman of North African origins told a reporter, “Tomorrow I will be mayor, the day after president of the republic.”

http://www.danielpipes.org/198/the-muslims-are-coming-the-muslims-are-coming

And speaking of “stealth jihad”, here’s the incomparable Pat Condell on the subject:

Does anyone else have any fun word “games” or fun word observations?  Or, chime in about the Muslim stuff – maybe someone knows the piece I was looking for but couldn’t find.  Or we could talk about Uppity while she’s away  :)  (Hi, UW!  :)  )

The President gave an iPOD to the Queen

In keeping with the pattern of the 12 year-old White House staff member who picked out two model helicopters and a boxed set of DVDs  for a blind man who can’t play them in the UK anyhow, the Obamas  gifted The Queen of England with an iPOD.

The Queen already has her own iPOD.  Apparently, the White House didn’t think she was that With It, being old and all. They were going to bring the woman up to date. Yessir.

Other gifts of  former presidents to the Queen:

Steuben crystal, Boehm pieces and china plates decorated with Winslow Homer paintings, one of a kind  bronze statues, carved desks and other silly things. And now we can insert the one thing that was missing all along to round out the collection and display. An iPOD  preloaded with Barack Obama  speeches. Who knew?

Here’s a video of the Obama’s meeting the Queen.  I am really glad that the Prince didn’t actually fall down when Michelle shoved him out of the way so that she could stand next to the Queen  instead of him for the photo op.  Fortunately, the video  doesn’t show the part where Michelle touches the Queen, much to the horror of everyone in England.

I’ve been kind of thinking that all these embarrassments are a bit deliberate in an impish kind of way. It does bring  with it a special kind of feeling, doesn’t it? Kind of like envisioning the Beverly Hillbillies going to a Five Star restaurant and ordering possum.   Barack probably wanted to wink at the Queen too, but that idea was already taken by another embarrassing guy.