08 March 2008
via drudge retort “Yeah, you’re breaking up,” Mr. McCain added, laughing. But then he said: “I happen to be a Republican and would support, obviously, a Republican nominee, but I have no doubt that Senator Clinton would make a good president.”Asked the same question about him, Mrs. Clinton replied without skipping a beat: “Absolutely.” ~ link
I think it's imperative that each of us be able to demonstrate we can cross the commander-in-chief threshold," Clinton said yesterday. "I believe that I've done that. Certainly, Sen. McCain has done that and you'll have to ask Sen. Obama with respect to his candidacy."in a post he titled 'breaking the final rule' gary hart responds:
This is not a new line for Clinton. A few days before March 4, she said: "I think you'll be able to imagine many things Senator McCain will be able to say. He's never been the president, but he will put forth his lifetime of experience. I will put forth my lifetime of experience. Senator Obama will put forth a speech he made in 2002."
Now, if she wanted to help ensure that a Democrat wins in November, Clinton could say: "Barack Obama is qualified to be commander-in-chief but I'm more qualified." That's a perfectly reasonable argument. Instead she's sowing doubts about a fellow Democrat while talking up the GOP nominee, a strategy that plays right into McCain's hands. When McCain says, in a general election, that Obama is not ready to be commander-in-chief, he'll only have to cite Clinton.
Perhaps this latest line of attack shouldn't be surprising. Just a few years ago, Clinton and McCain's position on the war in Iraq was nearly indistinguishable. On a February 23, 2005 edition of Meet the Press, Clinton was asked whether the US should set a date to withdraw US troops from Iraq.
"We don't want to send a signal to the insurgents, to the terrorists that we are going to be out of here at some, you know, date certain," Clinton responded. "I think that would be like a green light to go ahead and just bide your time."
At the end of the segment, Tim Russert joked: "We may have a fusion ticket right here." ~ link
By saying that only she and John McCain are qualified to lead the country, particularly in times of crisis, Hillary Clinton has broken that rule, severely damaged the Democratic candidate who may well be the party's nominee, and, perhaps most ominously, revealed the unlimited lengths to which she will go to achieve power. She has essentially said that the Democratic party deserves to lose unless it nominates her.hillary clinton's shilling for john mcmadman mccain shouldnt really surprise anyone. after all, they are drinking buddies.
That is not the kind of judgment, or wisdom, required by the leader answering the phone in the night. For her now to claim that Senator Obama is not qualified to answer the crisis phone is the height of irony if not chutzpah, and calls into question whether her primary loyalty is to the Democratic party and the nation or to her own ambition. ~ link
in his october 2006 last trumpet newsletter, david j. meyer observed:
Never in the history of our nation has there been such an utter lack of character and common decency among those who occupy the high offices of our government! On July 28th, 2006, Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and John McCain went on a congressional trip together to Estonia. While in that nation, representing our nation on official business, Hillary suggested holding a vodka drinking contest! John McCain said he was delighted and quickly agreed. McCain commented later on how much fun he found Hillary to be. McCain stated that he didn’t remember details as they were a little fuzzy, but he did say, “Hillary is one of the guys.” (6) Both Hillary Clinton and John McCain are front runners for their party for the 2008 presidential election.new york times 29 july 2006:
[O]n a Congressional trip to Estonia, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton astonished her traveling companions by suggesting that the group do what one does in the Baltics: hold a vodka-drinking contest.
Delighted, the leader of the delegation, Senator John McCain, quickly agreed. The after-dinner drinks went so well — memories are a bit hazy on who drank how much — that Mr. McCain, an Arizona Republican, later told people how unexpectedly engaging he found Mrs. Clinton to be. “One of the guys” was the way he described Mrs. Clinton, a New York Democrat, to some Republican colleagues.
It was during their joint trip to Iraq in late February 2005 that Mr. McCain and Mrs. Clinton appeared via satellite on “Meet the Press,” an appearance that put their civility on display. When Mr. Russert asked Mr. McCain at the end of the interview whether he thought Mrs. Clinton would make a good president, Mrs. Clinton came to his rescue, saying: “Oh, we can’t hear you, Tim!”
“Yeah, you’re breaking up,” Mr. McCain added, laughing. But then he said: “I happen to be a Republican and would support, obviously, a Republican nominee, but I have no doubt that Senator Clinton would make a good president.”Asked the same question about him, Mrs. Clinton replied without skipping a beat: “Absolutely.” ~ link