Hillary Clinton 2008 presidential campaign
The much ballyhooed presumptive nominee and "inevitable" general election winner according to her media allies as the 2008 Democratic presidential primaries approached, Hillary Clinton finished a dismal third in a Democratic field of three in the Iowa Caucuses. On June 7, 2008 she conceded defeat to Barack Obama although she did not release her delegates until the convention itself.
A pro-Hillary website, Stop-Obama, which billed itself as "a multiracial team of Democrats dedicated to critically think about BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA...will challenge the Obama image through scrutiny and analysis. We will ask tough questions about Obama’s past, present, his associations, and identity." The group stated,
Obama had the misfortune of rich grandparents who lavishly spent their time and money on him, pampering him with attention and prep-school. Far from thanks, Obama grew resentful, and instead of softening his drive to “Rule the World,” only increased it. As his relatives and colleagues witness, it would come to define his life.
There were a string of murders in Chicago from 2005-2007 that involved men who were killed because they had knowledge of Jeremiah Wright’s Down Low Club and the closeted gay black men who partook in the club’s orchestrated cover-up of their homosexuality. Young, gay, black men are mentored into the club and are eventually paired up with often unattractive and difficult to deal with straight black women who have trouble finding boyfriends. Besides Obama, other high-profile cases are the marriage of Steadman Graham and Oprah Winfrey, Star Jones and her gay husband, Terry McMillan and Jonathan Plummer, and Will Smith and Jada Pinckett.
In 2007 a man named Donald Young was murdered. Young was said to be killed because he started talking about Barack Obama being gay. Hillary’s campaign knew of Obama’s reputation in the Chicago gay scene where he was known as “Bathhouse Barry”. Departing from her key strategy of using sexual-blackmail on political rivals, Hillary couldn’t use anything salacious she had on Obama because she needed the black vote behind her if she won the nomination. Hillary’s hands were tied. If public knowledge of Obama's homosexuality were traced back to her, blacks would be alienated from the Clintons if they ruined the first viable black presidential candidate.
Promises made, promises broken
In late August 2007 Senator Bill Nelson and other members of Florida's Congressional delegation protested the Democratic National Committee's scheme to deprive Floridians of equal voting rights protection in selection of delegates to the 2008 DNC Presidential nominating convention. A letter sent to DNC Chairman Howard Dean, threatened legal action "to determine whether this could violate any state or federal laws governing and protecting individual voting rights.... It always has been a priority of our party to protect the rights of every eligible American to vote...We would hope the DNC will continue to honor this right." The move prompted Hillary Clinton to pledge not to campaign in Florida. A week later she was campaigning in Florida.
Exploitation of Mother Teresa
Hillary Clinton was chastised by a Catholic Advocacy group for using an image of Mother Teresa in a campaign ad. Clinton continues to support abortion. The U.S. Catholic-based advocacy group Fidelis, an organization working with people of faith to defend the sanctity of life, traditional marriage, and religious liberty rights, called for Hillary Clinton to remove the image of Mother Teresa from their campaign video. In a press release the group declared the video, narrated by her Bill Clinton,
|“||is wholly inappropriate, disrespectful and disturbing ...using an image of blessed Mother Teresa as a political tool, especially given their radically different views on abortion...Mother Teresa tirelessly fought to protect unborn children, while Hillary Clinton staunchly supports abortion on demand in all nine months of pregnancy, including partial birth abortion and taxpayer funding of abortion||”|
When the image of Hillary and Mother Teresa appears in the video the former president is heard saying “Hillary, in effect, was the face of America … in India;” the video then cuts to a clip of the former first lady addressing the 1995 Beijing Conference where an effort was made to declare abortion a fundamental “human right.”
Barbara Olson in her 1999 book Hell to Pay  made a convincing case that the former Goldwater girl, raised in a Republican home, while working for the staff of the House Judiciary Committee preparing impeachment Articles against President Nixon, studied Nixon very closely. Olson and others have now commented how Hillary Clinton built her political career by learning to think and act as Nixon did, and modeling herself after him. These writers cite instance after instance of such behavior. When Democratic competitor Barack Obama made a public statement vowing not to use nuclear weapons, Hillary Clinton shot back,
|“||I don't believe that any president should make any blanket statements with respect to the use or nonuse of nuclear weapons||”|
|“||Eisenhower said... "You should never let the enemy know what you will do, but it's more important that you never let the enemy know what you will not do."||”|
Nixon referred to it as "the Madman theory,"
|“||... statements that appear to rule out the use of force, while perhaps meant to be unprovocative, will in fact provoke an antagonist to push for more. ...we should not make statements that we will never launch a preemptive strike. Whether or not we would ever exercise that option, we should always leave open the possibility that in extreme circumstances we might.||”|
Alleged embellishment of career events
Peggy Noonan observed Hillary Clinton's distortions of her record on the campaign trail:
She is having the worst case of cognitive dissonance in the history of modern politics. She cannot come up with a credible, realistic path to the nomination. ... But she is a scrapper, a fighter, and she's doing what she knows how to do: scrap and fight. Only harder. So that she ups the ante every day. She helped Ireland achieve peace. She tried to stop NAFTA. She's been a leader for 35 years. She landed in Bosnia under siege and bravely dodged bullets. It was as if she'd watched the movie Wag the Dog, with its fake footage of a terrified refugee woman running frantically from mortar fire, and found it not a cautionary tale about manipulation and politics, but an inspiration.
"Pants on Fire" from PolitiFact
Hillary received a "Pants on Fire" award from PolitiFact for saying Obama "basically threatened to bomb Pakistan." Hillary received a second "Pants on Fire" award from PolitiFact for this false statement to a Washington, D.C. crowd on March 17, 2008.
|“||I remember landing under sniper fire.||”|
- Hillary Clinton 2008 Exploratory Committee
- Clinton Foundation conflicts of interest
- Clinton scandals
- Obama won Iowa with 37.6 percent of the vote; John Edwards edged out Clinton for second 29.7 - 29.5 percent.
- "Mission" (April 2008 or bef.) Stop-Obama website. Retrieved from July 3, 2008 archive at Internet Archive.
- Chang, Gregory (February 22, 2008). "Obama a dream come true, part II: Ruling the world". Stop-Obama website. Retrieved from July 18, 2012 archive at Internet Archive.
- Kuhner, Jeffrey Thomas (January 30, 2007). "Distortions and lies at The New York Times". Insight magazine website. Reprinted at Jeffrey T. Kuhner website on January 31, 2007.
- Multiple references:
- Clinton, Hillary (December 2, 2007). "Press Release—Sen. Obama rewrites history, claims he hasn't been planning White House run". Reprinted at Peters, Gerhard and Woolley, John T. (2013 or bef.) University of California at Santa Barbara website/The American Presidency Project/Public papers.
- McQuain, Bruce (January 23, 2007). "Those 3 layers of editors do it again (updated)". The QandO blog website. Retrieved from August 11, 2014 archive at Internet Archive.
- Madkour, Rasha (August 23, 2007). "Fla. Democrats warn of voting rights probe if state sanctioned". Associated Press. Reprinted at Jacksonville.com website.
- Nelson, Sen. Bill (August 22, 2007). "Letter from Florida Congressional Democrats to DNC chairman Howard Dean". Bill Nelson for Senate website. Retrieved from February 25, 2008 archive at Internet Archive.
- Zeeleny, Jeff (September 2, 2007). "Clinton, Obama and Edwards join pledge to avoid defiant states". New York Times website/U.S./Politics.
- Eby, Charlotte (September 11, 2007). "Candidates have events in Florida despite pledge". Sioux City Journal website.
- Catholic News Agency (May 18, 2007). "Fidelis covered by Catholic News Agency on Mother Teresa video controversy". Fidelis website. Retrieved from December 20, 2007 archive at Internet Archive.
- Olson, Barbara (1999). Hell to Pay: The Unfolding Story of Hillary Rodham Clinton (Washington D.C.: Regnery Publishing). Amazon book page.
- Poe, Richard (July 6, 2005). "The plan to silence internet journalists" (excerpt of Hillary's Secret War). WorldNetDaily website/Hillary's Secret War
- Nixon, Richard M. (May 1980). The Real War (New York: Warner Books), pp. 253-60. Excerpt reprinted at Nobs blog website/The Real War/The "hole card" on October 23, 1996.
- Noonan, Peggy (March 28, 2008). "Getting Mrs. Clinton". The Wall Street Journal website.
- Adair, Bill (February 27, 2008). "Et tu, Clinton?". Politifact website.
- Holan, Angie Drobnic (March 25, 2008). "Video shows tarmac welcome, no snipers". Politifact website.