Bush and Rove comment on Hillary 2008
In an exclusive for
DRUDGE, the story is out about the new book by Bill Sammon which
includes on the record comments from George W. Bush and Karl Rove about
Reporter Bill Sammon, who joins the
WASHINGTON EXAMINER as Senior White House Correspondent, is set to launch
new book, STRATEGERY.
In the Book, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned,
Rove is quoted on the-record and is unleashed on Hillary:
There is a “brittleness about her” that could
prove a weakness in November 2008.
But Rove added that the “hard-driving”
Clinton will easily vanquish Democratic primary rivals like New Mexico Gov.
Bill Richardson and former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, who are merely
“preening for the vice presidential slot.”
President Bush cautioned that Hillary Clinton
should not be underestimated.
“She is a smart person, and obviously has got
a lot of experience,” the president said in an
exclusive interview for the book STRATEGERY,
which is being published Monday. “It is helpful, to a certain
extent, to have seen the presidency and presidential campaigns firsthand.”
Angry Hillary reacts
Angry Hillary went into reaction mode today attempting to counter already
published comments made by Karl Rove regarding a 2008 Hillary Clinton
presidential run [see
DRUDGEREPORT], Her Liberalness told WROW-AM radio in Albany, NY, that
Karl Rove "spends a lot of time obsessing about me."
The AP article, carried by
Breitbart.com, gives further comments from Hillary:
"He [Rove] spends more time thinking about my political future than I do,"
"Karl Rove is a brilliant strategist. So, if I were thinking about this,"
Clinton told WROW-AM radio in Albany, "I'd say why are they spending so much
time talking about me?"
"What they're hoping is that all of their missteps, which are now numbering
in the hundreds, are going to somehow be overlooked because people, instead
of focusing on the '06 election, will jump ahead and think about the next
one," Clinton said.
Florida editorial: Hillary don't run
Hillary Clinton, in Tampa for a fundraiser, has been met with an editorial
Tampa Tribune that states simply... Dear Hillary Clinton: don't run.
We expect that after your re-election this fall as junior senator from New
York, you will dedicate yourself to seeking a higher office. But you're a
pragmatist, Hillary, so we urge you to be satisfied with the Senate.
If you run for president, chances are good that you'll secure your party's
nomination. But realistically, how do you think you can win the White House?
You are the most polarizing figure in the Democratic Party, and your
negatives among likely voters are prohibitively high. Many people simply
don't trust you. You may share your husband's name, but what people liked
about him is not transferable to you....
They fear, Hillary, that you would doom Democrats to impotence for decades.
But even if you moderate your positions, you do so at some political risk.
When you suddenly support a constitutional amendment to ban flag-burning,
your changing position seems superficial and self-serving. Hillary the
"moderate progressive" candidate would be a hard sell.
Think, Hillary, not about what you want, but what's best for your party and
Please, don't run.
Governors in D.C.
Much of the media is covering the Governors Meeting in Washington, D.C. Dan
Balz of the
Washington Post reports on the political nature of the meeting with
Democrats salivating over putting a majority of the 50 states in the
Republicans hold a 28 to 22 advantage among the governors, but they begin
the campaign year on the defensive. Thirty-six states will elect governors
in November, and the GOP must protect 22 of them to the Democrats' 14. Of
the nine states where the incumbent governor is either term-limited or
retiring, eight are held by Republicans.
Iowa is in the top tier of best opportunities for Republicans to win a
former Democrat seat. The latest move of Jim Nussle picking up his
conservative primary opponent Bob Vander Platts as his running mate will
make for even more Republican wanna-be presidents to visit Iowa.
Former Democrat V.P. Candidate John Edwards was in Iowa City recently and
Des Moines Register
in covering his visit said that he made misleading statements. However, the
news article didn’t offer any proof or evidence of the accusation:
"The legitimate concern of most Americans is that our ports aren't being
provided with the security they need now," Edwards said shortly before
addressing a rally at a restaurant in downtown Iowa City. "Only 5 percent of
the packages are being screened. We aren't doing what we need to do. This a
place where we are vulnerable.
"The president says that one of the few nations that officially recognized
the Taliban in Afghanistan should be in charge of security at those ports,"
Some of Edwards' comments were inaccurate or misleading.
Edwards appears to be keeping more than his options open in seeking the
Democrat presidential nomination in his recent visit to Iowa.
U.N. abuses to continue
CNSNews reports that the United Nation's efforts at reforming its Human
Rights Commission (which allowed for murder and rape by its peace keepers)
will not succeed. One of the major sticking points is that the commission
would allow for those people who were creating the greatest atrocities to
continue to chair the committee, as has been the case in the past:
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan wants the world body this week
to approve plans for a new U.N. human rights council, but critics say the
reform proposal has been watered down to the point where it should be
The United States is at the center of a growing tussle between those who
argue that the proposal for a new human rights council is an improvement on
the discredited Commission on Human Rights and should be embraced; and
others who say accepting the proposal as it stands would squander the
biggest U.N. reform opportunity in decades.
Annan has been joined by some governments, human rights groups and a dozen
Nobel peace prize laureates in urging the U.S. and other governments to
accept the plan for a new-look council.
But U.S. ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton questioned whether the proposal
released late last week would bar notorious rights violators -- a key factor
in the decision to scrap the Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) in the first
Former President Jimmy Carter supports the enabling of further torture and
murder of these fascist states.
Frist leadership on ports
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist sent the following to those who might help
him be president:
Americans are concerned about plans to allow Dubai Ports World to manage
operations at six major American ports. Indeed, over 1,500 individuals
posted their thoughts on the deal on my blog, and I know many Congressional
offices were flooded with calls and emails.
I called for a delay to further review this deal. There's no such thing as
being 'too careful' when it comes to matters of national security, because
decisions of this consequence warrant open and extensive debate.
Over the last week, I have heard from Americans on both sides of the
issue…and regardless of where each stood, security was foremost on their
minds…and each wanted something constructive to come from the debate.
After discussions with the White House and with DP World, I feel confident
that an exhaustive, transparent 45-day review of the national security
implications of this deal will be undertaken by the Committee on Foreign
Investments in the United States (CFIUS). I also expect that relevant Senate
committees will vigorously investigate not only the deal with DP World, but
also the question of how best to reform the CFIUS process.
I believe the ongoing debate over this deal has brought a much-needed public
focus on port security. And I will continue to ensure that the Senate
supports the President and helps secure America.
Unfortunately, the debate has also brought on overheated demagoguery from
Democrats willing to use anything to attack President Bush and to hide their
weakness on national security.
The Party that FDR led is a fading memory…and the Democrats of today, led by
Senators Clinton, Kerry and Reid continue to show us why they are unable to
lead America forward during these challenging times…so while the Democrats
continue to bluster, we will act to secure American ports and borders.
I encourage everyone to continue to discuss this issue at home, at work and
among friends…because when we focus our attention on national security
Gingrich and Hannity draw large GOP crowd
The Republican Party of Iowa has a problem of not having enough seating room
for this year's annual Iowa Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner on April 29.
What's the big deal? It's the double-header winner of Newt Gingrich and Sean
Hannity, both tapped to headline the event.
Solution? Two more rooms have been added to the location, equipped with big
screens to accommodate the overflow crowd. Because there are only 750
tickets for sale at $100, large contributors of $1000 or more are being
asked to go just to the reception so that the party can sell their tickets.
Here are the latest details of the event and you can order tickets by
Saturday, April 29th, 2006
Embassy Suites Hotel
101 E. Locust Street
Des Moines, Iowa
Host Reception: 5:00pm at Bill Van Orsdel's Sugar Shack Guest Residence
General Reception: 6pm at Embassy Suites Hotel
Host: Buy or sell $1,000 table of ten, Host reception for two and photo.
Individuals: $100, Dinner and General Reception.