#DNC2012: Bill Clinton continues to do Barack Obama no favors

I love it:

More Bill Clinton-induced headaches for President Obama’s re-election team?

Clinton told CNBC today that that the U.S. is in “a recession,” and that Congress should extend all the George W. Bush tax cuts due to expire at the end of the year.

“What I think we need to do is find some way to avoid the fiscal cliff, to avoid doing anything that would contract the economy now, and then deal with what’s necessary in the long term debt-reduction plans as soon as they can, which presumably would be after the election,” Clinton said.

Obama wants to extend the Bush tax cuts only for middle class taxpayers. He wants to end them for individuals making more than $200,000 a year, and couples making $250,000, saying the wealthy should contribute more to reduce the federal debt.

Republicans, who want to extend all the Bush tax cuts, gleefully e-mailed and Tweeted Clinton’s comments.


Clinton’s latest comments come less than a week after the former rankled some Obama supporters by praising the “sterling” business record of Republican candidate Mitt Romney. Clinton later said his comments were twisted, and he was in no way endorsing Romney.

The article goes on to say Clinton has criticized Romney since his now-infamous comments about Bain Capital, but the reality of it is no matter how much Clinton attacks the Romney campaign, he – a high profile “promoter” of President Obama for reelection – will be quoted extensively by the opposition in Tweets, on talking head shows, ads, etc. when he portrays Romney in a favorable light …. especially when you consider that Clinton’s core praises of Romney have been on the very issues the Obama campaign has directly targeted for sustained criticism.

Clinton, as I’ve said before, is a liability for Obama 2012 but at the same time gives the President some much-needed “gravitas” by the very nature of being able to say “Former President Clinton supports my campaign.”   It’s a Catch-22. And Clinton, unlike Vice President Biden and Mayor Cory Booker, can’t and won’t be muzzled by the Democrat machine.

To be continued (hopefully) …

If you’re skeptical of man-caused global warming, you are like German putschists — Updated

**Posted by Phineas

Don’t look at me like that. I’m not the one who compared rational skepticism about a seriously flawed theory to a Nazi coup d’etat:

…However, not everyone agrees with me on this, and one of my most perceptive critics, David Brin, whose insightful columns on science often appear here in the San Diego Jewish World, too, is one of them….[Brin] ”Especially since the recommendations do not amount to ‘sitting in the dark and shivering while ruining the economy.’ Nobody wants that. Not even hippies. There are prudent measures we could take now, to prevent the worst mass extinction event in 65 million years. ’This is political. It is a putsch by the same Junkers feudal caste that foisted Hitler on the German people… “in order to prevent socialism.” It is a Big Lie campaign by the feudal aristocracy that started and maintained the diaspora for 2000 years’

Umm… New Tone Alert? Godwinning?

Of course, this isn’t the first time skeptics of dangerous man-caused climate change have been accused of being little better than Holocaust-deniers; CBS’ Scott Pelley (1) did that years ago. And besides, it’s kind of a step down: What’s being a genocidal maniac compared to being a traitor to the whole planet?

We Holocaust deniers Jew haters skeptics have our standards, after all.

Unlike, apparently, some best-selling science fiction authors.

via Climate Depot

(1) Have I mentioned that Scott Pelley is a smug, arrogant jackass? Why yes, I believe I have.

UPDATE: To clarify the intent of the title of this post, my sarcasm was not directed at Danny Bloom, the author of the quoted San Diego Jewish World article, but David Brin, the science fiction author, who made a very ill-thought and degrading comparison of climate-change skeptics to backers of an attempted coup by the deeply anti-semitic Nazi Party. I’ve edited the quoted portion to be more precise. I’ve also edited the title to more closely reflect Brin’s words.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

#WIRecall: Final polling numbers show Gov. Walker with an edge

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock the last several months, you know there’s a Governor recall election in Wisconsin today – the third of its kind in our nation’s history – which is pitting reformist WI Governor Scott Walker (R) against his Big Labor-backed 2010 opponent Mayor Tom Barrett (D) of Milwaukee. The race is being treated by political observers as a bellwether for the November Presidential election. Let’s hope it is, if 538’s Nate Silver’s calculations are correct:

Two polls released over the weekend suggest that Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, a Republican, remains the clear favorite to win Tuesday’s recall election.

Although the contest is fairly close, polls of gubernatorial races are ordinarily quite reliable in the late stages of a race. We have not officially released a forecast
for the race, but Mr. Walker’s lead of about six points would translate into almost a 95 percent chance of victory if we used the same formula we did to evaluate gubernatorial races in 2010, which derives its estimates from the historical accuracy of gubernatorial polls over the past 15 years.

One of the new polls over the weekend, from Public Policy Polling, which conducts polling on behalf of Democratic clients as well as publishes its own polls independently, showed a somewhat tighter race, with Mr. Walker’s Democratic opponent, Mayor Tom Barrett of Milwaukee, having closed his deficit to three percentage points. However, the firm has showed somewhat more favorable results for Mr. Barrett than other polling firms, and this reflected a relatively minor change from the firm’s previous poll, which had Mr. Walker ahead by five percentage points.

At the same time, the Public Policy Polling survey had Mr. Walker at 50 percent of the vote and had very few undecided voters. The presence of undecided voters tends to correlate with higher unpredictability on Election Day, while the absence of them, as in this case, means that even a small lead is more likely to hold up.

Another poll from We Ask America, which is a subsidiary of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association and often shows Republican-leaning results, had a larger lead, 12 points, for Mr. Walker. There had been no change from the firm’s prior poll, which also had Mr. Walker 12 points ahead.


From a macroscopic view, the mechanics of why Mr. Walker is likely to prevail are not that hard to discern. The results of another recall election last August, in which Democrats succeeded in recalling two Wisconsin state senators but failed in efforts to oust four others, had served as something of a referendum on Mr. Walker. My interpretation of the results was that they implied that opinion in the state was about evenly divided on Mr. Walker at the time in terms of how it translated into actual votes.

Since then, however, Mr. Walker’s performance ratings have improved, with his approval rating exceeding his disapproval rating in most surveys. It is difficult for an incumbent to lose with a net-positive approval rating under any circumstances, and it is probably more so in the case of a recall election, when some voters might give Mr. Walker the benefit of the doubt to allow him to serve out his term. (Mr. Walker, if he wins on Tuesday, would be up for a vote again in 2014 when his original term expires.)

With that said, recall elections are rare events, and it is plausible that the true margin of error in polls of recall elections is intrinsically higher than in regular contests. The results are worth watching, but it would be a true upset if Mr. Barrett were to prevail.

Even if Walker does win today, don’t expect this to be over. Organized Labor never goes away quietly into the night. Bank on it.

Also to keep in mind are other GOP politicos in Wisconsin facing recall elections:

The Walker-Barrett race is in the national spotlight for obvious reasons, but also on the ballot are recall elections for GOP Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, who faces Democrat Mahlon Mitchell, and four GOP state Senate seats. If Democrats can win any one of those seats, they will hold a majority in the Senate for the first time since 2010 and could obstruct any further advancement of Walker’s agenda if he wins.

Are you a Wisconsin voter headed to the polls today? Let us know what you see/hear.