Preibus: There’s Going to Be ” An Avalanche of Information on Hillary Clinton” (Video)

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Today’s scandal du jour, (which comes right on the heels on former Defense Sec Robert Gates’ devastating book indicting the Obama Regime[!]) is “BridgeGate”, which Ace thinks may well sink Chris Christie’s chances in 2016 – (and if he had any part of that – it should.) We’ve had quite enough of nasty politicians “targeting their political enemies” for one decade. Whomever the Republican nominee is – has to be squeaky clean, anyway. If Christie isn’t squeaky clean – he shouldn’t waste our time. It’s not like the media is going to give a Republican any kind pass if they smell blood in the water.

As for the presumptive Democrat – well, obviously, Christie has nothing on her. But the MSM sharks won’t be circling the water around her Magesty.  I don’t have to tell you the Democrat media complex will be much more willing to look the other way when it comes to the Queen Bee. There will have to be mass quantities  – a virtual avalanche of dirt, so to speak – on her….

And it just so happens that in an appearance on CNN’s “The Situation Room” with Wolf Blitzer, RNC chairman Reince Priebus  predicted just that:  “an avalanche of information on Hillary Clinton” will be spilled out as she runs for president in 2016.  He added, “she wanders and scandal surrounds her.”

Via The Daily Caller:

The chairman was responding to the revelation in former Defense Secretary Robert Gates new book that Clinton, as secretary of state, told President Obama that her opposition to the 2007 surge in Iraq was political because she was facing him in the Iowa primary.

“I think there will be an avalanche of information on Hillary Clinton and the things she has done over the years,” Priebus predicted, “dating back to the governorship in Arkansas and her role and many of the things that happened back then to her poor rollout of health care to her affiliation with Barack Obama, to her gross negligence in Benghazi, political decisions on the war.”

“This is a very political person who makes decisions based on how the wind blows,” he said, “and this is just the tip of the iceberg.”

Asked if he thinks she will be the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016, Priebus said he wasn’t sure. “But with all of the scandal around her, I’m not sure so it would be all that bad for the Republican Party, to tell you the truth,” he said.

Corrected: It’s Christie, not Christy. I knew that.

Obama’s Policies Are a Tragedy For Out Of Work Americans

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On Tuesday, with the unemployed victims of his policies standing behind him, Obama held a press conference to put pressure on Congress to pass a bill to extend unemployment insurance.

As John Hayward wrote at Red State, “it’s awfully strange to see a President simultaneously claim that his economy is (finally) on the mend… while simultaneously demanding yet another “emergency” unemployment extension.  Obamanomics is a perpetual unemployment emergency.  Five years on, the American economy still can’t rise from its sick bed and pull the IV tube out of its arm.”

President Obama today declared that rallying behind the unemployed, by extending their emergency benefits again, is “who we are as Americans.”  It was better when we were builders, explorers, and entrepreneurs.  But our national identity is now defined by the food stamp, the welfare check, and unemployment benefits that have become functionally equivalent to welfare.  ”Who we are” is a great national hospice, where a dying generation forgets that its grandparents were giants.  The most important thing now is to insulate people from risk and consequence, which means we can never again dare to build and achieve.  The last word anyone would use to describe Barack Obama’s electorate is “daring.”

There’s nothing sadder than listening to Obama regale his child-constituents with tales of mighty projects like the Hoover Dam or Golden Gate Bridge… projects he would kill deader than hell with regulations, if anyone were to attempt them today.  Ask the Keystone pipeline folks whether Obama’s America is the sort of place that builds Hoover Dams.  Obama spends vast amounts of money – more than any American president ever has, racking up more debt than all of his predecessors combined – but he creates nothing, builds nothing, leaves nothing except a pile of past-due invoices for the next generation.

At Breitbart’s Conversation, last week, I suggested that Republicans hold their own press conference at the same time on the Capitol steps, flanked by victims of ObamaCare. Obama used people who lost their unemployment benefits as political props, and the House leaders could have used people who lost their insurance due to ObamaCare. It was brilliant. The whole purpose of Obama’s “pivot” to class warfare is about changing the subject away from the O-Care rolling debacle. But nobody ever listens to me.

The always excellent Senator Jeff Sessions, however, did argue on the Senate floor, that Obama’s policies  were “a tragedy’ for out-of-work Americans,” and outlined his ideas to get the economy working again.

Energy: “The Administration has blocked American energy. They have dragged their feet in every shape, form, and fashion, whether it is moratoriums in the gulf or blocking in Alaska, blocking the pipeline for our neighbors in Canada, or blocking production on public lands. This is not the way to create an economy.”

Trade: “We need to stand up for American workers and American manufacturing on the world stage. It is time to tell our trading partners: ‘We are willing to trade with you… but you have to play by the rules.’”

Immigration: “We admit a million [people] a year legally. We believe in immigration, we support immigration, but at some point you are bringing in workers to take jobs from unemployed Americans. So now we are here trying to extend unemployment benefits to help unemployed Americans. Is there no common sense in this body? How can this possibly be?”

Taxes and Federal Regulations: “We need a tax system that is not always going up but is more growth-oriented, simpler, more focused on creating growth. We need to eliminate every unnecessary regulation that burdens the American competitive marketplace and makes us less competitive globally instead of adding to them, and we have never seen anything like the plethora of new regulations being issued day after day, week after week, month after month, many of them challengeable constitutionally as being beyond the power of bureaucrats to issue…”

Debt: “Our debt is so large—$17-plus trillion—now that it is causing uncertainty in the economic markets. We have to get our spending under control… The unemployment bill that is before us today makes no attempt whatsoever to find spending reductions in other areas of this monstrosity of a government, but borrows every penny of it.”

Sessions was not among the  handful of Republican lawmakers who joined Democrats to push the extension of unemployment benefits through the Senate Tuesday.

Meanwhile, House’s GOP leadership say the bill isn’t going anywhere until backers figure out how to pay for its $6.5 billion price tag.

Republicans in the House and the Senate want to see the new benefits paid for with spending reductions elsewhere, and have demanded Democrats come up with the cuts. Democrats countered that it’s up to the GOP to find the cash since they don’t think offsets are necessary — leaving little to negotiate on.

“They’re the ones that wanted it paid for,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Republican, told reporters Tuesday. “We don’t think it should be paid for. Why should the onus be on us?”

But House Speaker John A. Boehner said the House won’t take action on the extension of jobless benefits unless Democrats rewrite the plan to find other savings, and include some other pro-jobs programs.

“One month ago, I personally told the White House that another extension of temporary emergency unemployment benefits should not only be paid for but include something to help put people back to work,” the Ohio Republican said. “To date, the president has offered no such plan. If he does, I’ll be happy to discuss it.”

SEE ALSO:

Weasel Zippers: Pelosi Denies Pivot To Class Warfare Is Meant To Distract Attention Away From Obamacare Train Wreck…

 

Watcher’s Council Nominations – Global Warming Edition

Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

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This weekAsk MarionThe Blue Ridge ForumThe Pirate’s Cove and The Independent Sentinel earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

Simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address ( which won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out Wednesday morning

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It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members. while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

So, let’s see what we have this week….

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Krauthammer on Gates Book: An Indictment Of Obama That ‘Rises Above Everything Else He’s Done in His Presidency’ (Video)

In a new book reviewed by Bob Woodward, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates is harshly critical of Obama:

Reporter Bob Woodward reveals some forthcoming secrets from Gates’ new book, Duty, which will be published next Tuesday. Woodward describes the book as “an antagonistic portrait of a sitting president.”

One of the revelations Gates makes in the pages of Duty is a discussion between Obama and former rival Hillary Clinton regarding opposition to President George W. Bush’s surge policy in Iraq:

Hillary told the president that her opposition to the [2007] surge in Iraq had been political because she was facing him in the Iowa primary. . . . The president conceded vaguely that opposition to the Iraq surge had been political. To hear the two of them making these admissions, and in front of me, was as surprising as it was dismaying.

Gates writes that by early 2010 he had concluded the president “doesn’t believe in his own strategy, and doesn’t consider the war to be his. For him, it’s all about getting out.”

“Which is what is so galling”, says Ace.

Men are being killed at three times the rate as they died under Bush’s leadership, and Obama is not even trying to win.

Those men remain there out of political cowardice. Men are dying for Obama’s political cowardice.

On Special Report, Tuesday night, Charles Krauthammer called it “a shocking revelation.”

“I had assumed that he didn’t believe in the war from his own actions, he said. “But here from somebody sitting with the president, three months in! And I do think that this is an indictment of the president that rises above everything else he’s done in his presidency.”

Well, that’s a tough call – there’s so much to choose from. But sending men into harms way to die at three times the rate of his predecessor (because of his suicidal rules of engagement) for a cause he doesn’t even believe in – is about as bad as it gets.

SEE ALSO:

 Chris Cillizza, The Washington Post: How Bob Gates’s memoir could haunt Hillary in 2016:

I’m guessing the part where she admits her opposition to the surge was entirely political? (Conservatives already knew Democrats were playing politics with the war and were thoroughly disgusted by it. Now the whole world knows.)

Oomph.  Just to jog your memory, Clinton announced that she opposed the Iraq surge being pushed by President George W. Bush in the days leading up to the announcement of her presidential bid. She instead proposed a freeze in troop levels in the country and advocated for a troop increase in Afghanistan.

The Wall Street Journal: Top 10 Revelations From Robert Gates’s Memoir:

 

1. Contempt for Congress
Mr. Gates expresses open disdain for Congress and the way lawmakers treated him when he testified at hearings. “I saw most of Congress as uncivil, incompetent at fulfilling their basic constitutional responsibilities (such as timely appropriations), micromanagerial, parochial, hypocritical, egotistical, thin-skinned and prone to put self (and re-election) before country.” Mr. Gates said he fantasized about storming out of hearings and quitting. “There is no son of a bitch in the world who can talk to me like that,” he writes of his fantasy.

2. Contempt for Vice President Biden
Mr. Gates expresses particular dissatisfaction with Vice President Joe Biden. He describes Mr. Biden as a “man of integrity” who “has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.” Specifically, Mr. Gates said he opposed Mr. Biden’s proposed limited strategy in Afghanistan to focus on counter-terrorism: “Whac-A-Mole hits on Taliban leaders weren’t a long term strategy,” he writes.

3. Suspicion of White House Control
Mr. Gates described the White House and its national security team as too controlling and says that he found himself at odds with Mr. Obama’s inner circle. At one meeting in the Oval Office in 2011, Mr. Gates said he considered resigning because of the White House micromanagement and strategy. “I never confronted Obama directly over what I (as well as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, then-CIA Director Leon Panetta and others) saw as his determination that the White House tightly control every aspect of national security policy and even operations,” Mr. Gates writes. “His White House was by far the most centralized and controlling in national security of any I had seen since Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger ruled the roost” in the 1970s.