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NEWS TO MUSE: Pressing Press Questions, More Liberal Lack of Logic and “The Winner is … “

Gottcha Scott Walker

Obviously, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker does not appreciate stupid press questions and he got two of them recently.  Does he believe in evolution and does he believe that President Obama is a Christian.  In both cases, the presidential hopeful refused to answer the questions.  His refusal is well grounded, but his reply was a bit maladroit.  In that regard, the School of Gottcha Journalism won another round as virtually every news and talk show spent an enormous amount of time debating whether the questions were appropriate or the product of a biased press — or whether Walkers answers were some sort of policy statements on God’s creation … oooops … God’s evolution and Obama’s relationship with God.  If he was not running for President of the United States, he could have just said: WTF?  An interesting footnote: Way back when, when Hillary Clinton was asked is Obama was a Muslim, she hedged her response, “I think he’s a Christian, AS FAR AS I KNOW.”  Geez! All this debate over Obama’s religions.  Personally, I don’t think he is all that religious no matter what he is, and there’s nothing wrong with that AS FAR AS I KNOW.

Bashing Bush Liberal Logic Style

Democrats and the press are most eager to hang everything they did not like about George W around the neck of Jeb Bush even though he was never part of either his father’s or his brother’s administrations.  I note this be cause a panel of libs on MSNBC made every argument they could to tie Jeb to what they believe are the sins of the father (and the brother).  However, when the conversation turned to Hillary Clinton, the same group opined that she would bear no burden for any unpopular policies of President Obama because they were his policies, and not hers.  In case you missed the liberal logical lapse, here it is.  If you are related to the President, but not part of the administration, you are tied to the policies (if you are a Republican, that is).  However, if you are the top Cabinet officer, an advisor to the President and faithfully caring out presidential policies (and you are a Democrat), you are absolved from all blame.  The mistake liberals make is assuming the public is stupid (a la Jonathon Gurber) or “low information voters” as liberals often call the unwashed masses.  Actually, the public has good common sense.  It is probably why FOX News gets the highest ratings.

Piling on Rudy

Rudy does not think Obama loves America.  His private opinion, along with Scott Walker’s lack of opinions, has dominated the news for two days already.  Maybe it was a poor choice of words, but I think a LOT of Americans wonder why this President always seems to be criticizing and apologizing for America.  He relegates American Exceptionalism to nothing more than common chest-pounding nationalism.  What struck me is the volume and nastiness of liberal animus.  White House spokesperson talked of Giuliani as if  he was getting senile, and pitied they hopeless damage to the former mayor’s lifetime reputation.  I found Earnest to be pitiful, but that is his job description under the Obama White House.  Another pundit on MSNBC said he found Giuliani’s comments “incoherent.”   When Joe Scarborough argued that as a private citizen, Giuliani is entitled to his opinion, co-host Mika Brzezinski insisted he is not a private citizen.  And they call the voters “low information.”  Of course, ever predictable Al Sharpton reached deep into his one-word vocabulary to call Giuliani a racist.

Hollywood’s High Holiday – Academy Awards Night

I have determined that the Academy Awards’ PR people have only one post awards press release with a number of blanks to fill in.  There is that political statement — this time women pay equality from a woman making a gazillion times more than most men.  Then there is the dress.  The new twist in the overexposed category was host, Neil Patrick Harris, appearing in his tidy whities.  J. K. Simmons elevated the “thanks ma moment” to a universal show of appreciation usually reserved for Mothers’ Day.  It was all so … so typical … so boring.

Post Script

Has the liberal press forgotten that ISIS is on a rampage, innocent people are being murdered every day, Russia continues to advance in the Ukraine, etc., etc., etc.  Well, I guess a press that can ask the Attorney General to quack like a duck or ask then President Clinton if he wears boxers or briefs cannot be expected to focus on serious issues.

DAILY OBSERVATION: Why is Bill Clinton so damned popular?

I was recently asked why Bill Clinton is so popular.  I decided to skip the topical news of the day to give my take on that question.  Maybe I am the one to explain because I sort of like the guy, myself.

Most Republicans, and virtually all my conservative colleagues, cringe at the mere mention of his name.  After all, he is, by all accounts, a scoundrel.  His trail to the White House is scattered with serial moral lapses and a few official corruptions to boot.  He disgraced the presidency with an inappropriate, to say the least, sexual relationship with an underling. He faced the American public via television and lied, lied and lied.  He took his lies to court and turned them into perjury.

Clinton admitted he knowingly gave “misleading and evasive” answers in his sworn depositions, but in true Clinton style, he said he was not actually lying.  The authorities did not agree, and he lost his law license and his place before the Supreme Court.  He even got himself impeached.

His legacy in office is a bit thin.  In terms of foreign policy, it was more like a disaster.

So, what is there to like about the guy?

It has always been my theory that the American public can show fondness for a wide range of personalities – from the most moral to the more corrupt, as long as they are not hypocrites.

At one point in time, Jimmy Carter, the soft spoken moralist, and Governor John Connolly, the back room wheeler-dealer from Texas, were two of the most popular political figures in America.   One became President and one fell few yards short of the goal line.  Both let the public see what they were – sort of a personal transparency.

From day one on the public stage, Bill Clinton came across as the “bad boy” type.  After each moral or ethical lapse, he did not fall on the floor in tears, begging for forgiveness with promises of never doing whatever again. Nope.  He sort of shrugged his shoulders and gave us that what-can-I-say look.

He gains because of his wife.  She is an intense, scolding and overall unpleasant person.  To be frank, she gives Bill a little how-can-you-blame-him automatic forgiveness for his extracurricular actions.  Yes, he says the right things about her in public because he does what he has to do.  But he is perfectly happy traveling the world for business and pleasure sans Hillary.  If she became President, I doubt the maid would have to change the sheets in the spare bedroom of the White House very often.

You should also recall that when she was his number one policy person, driving her version of Obamacare, Clinton was not too popular.  Once that failed, and she was relegated to more traditional First Lady duties, he became a more centrist president and his numbers improved.  In some polls, his numbers were worst during Hillarycare than the impeachment.  Go figure.

I have always thought his domestic policies were not so terrible.  He kept the momentum of Reaganomics going.  He did some real reform in welfare.  He knew how to produce economic growth.  While there are always varying views on policy, Clinton did not use divisiveness as a political tool.

One thing I personally appreciate about Clinton, although it was not his intent and many will deny it even happened, but he virtually destroyed the hardliner feminist movement.  Their defense of his inappropriate behavior with Monica Lewinsky was so hypocritical – with one major feminist saying she would perform sex on him for all he did –really turned off the public.  It is not well noted, but after the ladies of the left came to his rescue, their credibility was critically damaged.  The once ubiquitous Gloria Steinems and Patricia Irelands (who?) rarely appeared in the media afterward.

After leaving office, Clinton not only used his popularity to make an enormous amount of money, but he set up a pretty good foundation dealing with world affairs.  He took on genuine charitable projects. He, and the man he defeated, George H. Bush developed a political bromance.  They appeared together soliciting aid after a devastating earthquake hit Haiti.

Clinton may also be the best communicator the Democrats have.  He knows how to make sense of things.  That is why he was brought in so often by President Obama to get the talking points back on track.

Clinton, like Reagan, appreciates and respects other opinions. He does not see Republicans as enemies.  He was the other side of the coin from House Speaker Newt Gingrich when the federal government was actually working to the people’s satisfaction.

Even his sell out to Obama comes across again with a shrug of the shoulders and that sense of I-do-what-I-gotta-do.  There is no secret that he does not admire or even like Obama.  Of course, the fact that it is no secret further enhances Clinton’s popularity

Moralists, like Carter, can never achieve the level of popularity as a cleaver rogue.  Call-me-Jimmy may quote the Bible, saying we are all sinners, but he leaves the impression that he does not believe it about himself. You can admire their zeal, but you can’t help that uneasy feeling when around them.  Clinton lets you know we are all sinners by living out the role openly.  There provides a sense of mutual understanding.  Carter is the type you sit up straight in the pew next to him.  Clinton, you hang in the bar until closing time.

As long as Clinton stays safely in the range of “acceptable” transgressions, he will remain popular.  I mean, if Lewinsky had been 16 years old, it would have been a very different outcome.  He maybe a scoundrel, but as far as the public is concerned, he is a lovable scoundrel.

To me, he is an engaging conversationalist. Getting past his moral lapses, Clinton is an extreme intelligent and well informed person.  He is always on my list of people I would like to dine with – maybe not first, but on the list.