A Tale of Two Clintons

February 9, 2016

imageEarly voting starts today in Tennessee and New Hampshire kicks off the voting in the Nation’s first primary, where Hillary Clinton faces the prospects of a drubbing at the hands of an avowed socialist.

With that in mind, I have a humorous story I’d like to relate about Hillary Clinton that I was once told while I was at the White House.

Hillary, as you might know, was the first FLOTUS to have an office in the West Wing, as opposed to the East Wing. She demanded it.  That was the way things were for Hillary Rodham back in the difficult mid-1990’s. She had to work for everything.

Whereas Bill would have you begging for something that he really wanted, Hillary had to pry from clenched fists. People would marvel at Bill’s ability to lie and make them like him, and gaze with sideways eyes at the calculating and robotic Hillary.  Whereas Bill could puff out his lower lip, gently press his thumb in the general direction of his audience and then get away with murder, Hillary just had to murder.  Bill felt your pain.  If Hillary tried to feel your pain she might break something.  Really, the Clintons were very different people. Different political instincts. Different personalities. Different taste in partners.

For all their differences, Bill and Hillary shared one thing in common: They had mighty tempers. Even in this, though, the Clintons were very different.

Bill possessed a white hot temper that would flash without warning and it would not be uncommon to see the President wrangle a staffer by the collar during one of his perturbances. Bill would bark his angry orders while pinning his assistant to the hallway wall just outside of the Roosevelt Room, in the West Wing, but like with most great bursts of violence, it was short lived. A short time later–moments, really, the President would act as though nothing had happened and everyone would go about their business.

Hillary, on the other hand, tightly clutched the reins of a bitter, smoldering anger. This sort of temper was the glacial kind. The kind that grudgingly melts away, revealing to your dismay a far more menacing lake of fury, trapped for what would seem like eons on the other side.  The lake would burst forth from its icy barrier, and engulf and destroy those who crossed it.

Needless to say, you didn’t want to end up on the wrong side of Hillary Clinton’s temperament. Which, of course, is the reason Abraham Lincoln became such a valued member of the Clinton Administration.

In the West Wing, there still sits to this day a white marble bust of Abraham Lincoln. In the 1990’s, Lincoln’s duty station was on a table just outside of Hillary’s aforementioned West Wing office. White House staffers, understandably wary of Clinton’s swings of disposition, took to placing their unwavering trust in their comrades who met with Hillary early each day, and in good ol’ Abe.

The key, you see, was to secretly position the bust of Lincoln each morning to correspond to the First Lady’s mood that day. This way, staffers could take heed of the bust the same way they might regard a railroad crossing gate. They used this crude early warning system to cope with the demands of working 60 to 80 hour weeks in the First Lady’s long pant-suited shadow.

For Hillary, interns adjusted a bust to get in her good graces. For Bill, interns also adjusted busts to get in his good graces, but in this too, the Clintons were very different.


Is the Republican Party Becoming Too American?

February 4, 2014
Old White men are just itching to take away your rights and build separate restrooms for them "colored folk."

Old White men are just itching to take away your rights and build separate restrooms for them “colored folk.”

We’ve got a problem, old White men!  At least, the conventional wisdom these days says that the Republican Party has a big problem. And really, when I say old White men and Republicans, isn’t it really just a distinction without a difference?  The GOP is becoming way too White.  The implication of course is that the racist platform of the Republican Party (like the respect for life, rule of law, and free markets) is driving minorities away from the party in droves.  How do we know this?  Why, just ask Politico, the Washington Post, the Washington Times, the LA Times, SalonSlate, and any other major media publication.  The GOP is ruining the party by becoming too White in a country that is increasingly brown-ish.  There are just millions of Blacks, Asians and Hispanics who are ready and rearing to become goose-stepping TEA Partiers, if only Republicans weren’t so gosh-darned racist.  It’s great advice, except it’s not true.

Election results would seem to bolster the claims that Republican policies can’t appeal to minorities.  After all, CNN exit polls showed that Barack Obama won the support of 71% of Hispanic voters, 93% of Black voters and a healthy majority of any variation of Asian voters.  But, the Republican Party is not becoming more “White.”  At least, not in the sense that Republicans are gearing their policies and message specifically toward (and thereby only appealing to) Whites.  Rather, White People are becoming more Republican, and in that distinction there is a difference.

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Thoughts on Election 2012

December 5, 2012
Welcome to America in 2012: An increasingly balkanized, European-style welfare state.  Can we recover?  Ever?

Welcome to America in 2012: An increasingly balkanized, European-style welfare state. Can we recover? Ever?

November 6th was a disappointing day for freedom loving Americans everywhere. My projections two weeks out from the election were incorrect. Liberals today seem to want to pretend like Obama’s one to two percent victory was inevitable and that conservatives and polling organizations that believed Romney would win were biased and delusional. This is clearly not so, given the numerous polling outlets and internal polling by the campaigns which led many to believe that Romney would win.

What role the Walking Dead played (Chicago, elsewhere) remains to be seen (I’m confident Sheriff Rick would vote for Romney, if the polling place hadn’t been overrun by zombie hordes), as always, but clearly wasn’t the difference in the election. To some degree the events of Hurricane Sandy probably played some small role, but moreover I think there was, in retrospect, an underestimation of the role that Romney’s Mormonism played. Romney’s base did not fully turn out, and it is unclear as to why (other than his Mormonism). A Gallup poll found in 2009 that 22% of Americans would NOT vote for a Mormon and that only 5% would not vote for a Black man. Striking when you consider the areas of the country that Romney underperformed in (evangelical southern Ohio and Virginia, Florida).

That is not to say Romney was a great candidate–he wasn’t. We have always known, win or lose, that Romney was a transitional candidate. Romney is a bridge between the old Republican Party of George W. Bush and the new, hopefully more conservative GOP of the future.

The morning after the election, I wrote down my thoughts about the results and what Republicans and conservatives should do. I haven’t cared to think about politics or the state of our country much since that morning, but I am committed to continuing to fight as Sam Adams said, as a “tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” The Exile will continue. I do not think that it would be right to continue on with the blog without at least addressing the election results and my thoughts from that morning after: Read the rest of this entry »

Final Electoral Update 2012

October 27, 2012

Hurricane Sandy is bearing down on the Eastern Seaboard as the 2012 presidential election reaches its most feverish pitch, and there is a torrent of prognostication out there.  With roughly two weeks left before the 2012 presidential election there is still a lot of bluster about who will win. My blog space is no exception, but the reader should rest assured that your author came within a handful of seats in the 2010 mid-terms of predicting a perfect 63 seat swing.  This in the face of myriad pundits and political analysts who called my careful estimates wishful thinking, bordering on homerism and insanity.  Rest assured, Exile reader, though I clearly favor Mitt Romney, this is purely objective.

Mitt Romney has a clear advantage in the popular vote, holding onto about a 51-47 advantage. When undecideds are factored in on Election Day, the majority of undecideds choose the challenger in 82% of elections, so that number should widen just a little bit, probably to 52-48. This doesn’t amount to a hill of beans without a victory in the Electoral College which requires 270 electoral votes (for those of you who are curious, an election which is tied in the Electoral College gets kicked to the House, where Mitt Romney would undoubtedly win due to the enormous Republican advantage there). In one final election update here, I will try to project the final tally. Read the rest of this entry »


January 23, 2010
This Senator from Massachusetts, John F. Kerry, is the perfect symbol for the Democrats--as a result of the other Senator from Massachusetts, Scott Brown.

This Senator from Massachusetts, John F. Kerry, is the perfect symbol for the Democrats--as a result of the other Senator from Massachusetts, Scott Brown.

January 19th, 2010, exactly one year to the day from president Barack Obama’s inauguration, John Kerry strode, err, hobbled to the podium to welcome the first Republican Senator from Massachusetts since 1972.  And, to spin Brown’s election as something other than the horrific, mind blowing, earth shattering event for Democrats that it undoubtedly is.  Kerry, sporting a set of crutches, was the embodiment of the state of the Democrat Party in the wake of the election.  A 59-41 majority in the Senate, a 256-178 lead in the House, the presidency and all of Washington, D.C. under their sway, and they are crippled. Read the rest of this entry »

Give Him A Chance!

July 13, 2009

Since Barack Obama was nominated in January, much of his presidency has, unlike that of—well, any of his predecessors–been spent attempting to escape blame for the results of his policies, by reminding America that he has “inherited” any of those ill conceived ideas which have gone awry. Many Democrats and Republicans alike have pleaded from very early on for Americans to “give him a chance.” A chance, they say, for Obama’s policies to succeed. My question is: how long should we wait?

In the immediate aftermath of the throngs of American Idol voters who swarmed to the polls and swept Obama to victory last November, the American electorate overwhelmingly granted Barack Obama his grace period, nearly 70% supporting him in Gallup polling. Those who voted for Obama dismissed as rabble rousing and partisan politics ,the cries from many on the Right who warned of Obama’s socialist influences, dangerous associates and liberal voting record. Obama supporters and Republican pundits hailed Obama as a post-partisan uniter and a ‘centrist.’ Read the rest of this entry »

Treatment of Palin Indicative of a Party in Disrepair

July 8, 2009

This week Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska and darling of the conservative movement within the Republican Party, resigned for no apparent reason. And there were those in the Democrat Party and in the Republican Party who cheered. Those Democrats who embraced Palin’s decision were happy because Palin represents a conservative threat not seen since Reagan. Those on the right who cheered are indicative of precisely what is wrong with Republicans today. Read the rest of this entry »