David Kirkpatrick

December 1, 2008

Bill Clinton in the Senate?

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 7:31 pm

Pretty nutty concept and I’d  be very shocked if that’s something he’d even be interested in taking on.

From the link:

On Monday, President-elect Barack Obama announced that he asked his former rival to be his secretary of state.

That means the scramble begins to replace Clinton on Capitol Hill. Among those mentioned to take her seat as New York’s junior senator is her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

At a news conference in Chicago, Illinois, on Monday, after Obama announced her selection, Clinton said she wanted to “thank my fellow New Yorkers who have, for eight years, given me the joy of a job I love with the opportunity to work on issues I care deeply, in a state that I cherish.”

Clinton added that “leaving the Senate is very difficult for me.”

The task of choosing a successor falls to David Paterson, New York’s Democratic governor. Whomever he picks would serve for two years, before a special election in November 2010 to decide who fills the last two years of Clinton’s term.

June 15, 2008

Ross and his charts

Filed under: et.al., Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 11:54 pm

Ross Perot, the founder of EDS and one-time presidential candidate who pretty much put Bill Clinton into the White House, is known (and parodied) for his love of charts. To that end he has an interesting website full of various charts — Perotcharts.com.

Two particularly outline the out-of-control budget deficit, and the GOP’s complicity in the situation.

Here’s one on surpluses and deficits over the last 40 years:

Federal Surpluses and Deficits 1968 - 2007

This next chart and analysis covers the national debt for the same time period. Notice how the debt fell only during Clinton’s time in office. It’s distressing to me how fiscally irresponsible the GOP has become. There’s absolutely nothing conservative about the fiscal policy this nation has operated under the last seven-plus years.

The Growing National Debt Debt Held by the Public 1968 - 2007

But wait a minute! All of the so-called “debt clocks” show that the national debt is now in excess of $9 trillion. Where is the $4 trillion discrepancy? Answer: See the next two charts (Growing National Debt: Intragovernmental Holdings and The Growing National Debt: Combined).

This is the cumulative amount of money that the government has borrowed from outside sources to meet its obligations during the years that it runs deficits. Debt Held by the Public includes domestic buyers, such as mutual funds, state and local governments, Federal Reserve banks, commercial banks, insurance companies, and individuals, as well as private foreign entities and central banks of foreign countries. Of the $5.1 trillion in outstanding public debt at the end of 2007, domestic investors owned 55 percent ($2.8 trillion) and foreign investors held 45 percent ($2.2 trillion). When the government runs surpluses, the debt gets paid down as can be seen from the trough in the late 1990s.

(Hat tip: the Daily Dish)

April 23, 2008

Andrew Sullivan sees …

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 11:59 pm

no relief for Democrats in the coming weeks.

From the link:

Bill Clinton directly accusesthe Obama campaign of hostility to working class voters. When you see the brutal politics the Clintons are still eagerly deploying, you have to believe this will go to the convention. The Clintons are prepared to use any argument, any Republican tactic, and any social or cultural division to stay in the game. By tactically morphing into Rove Republicans, they are deliberately pivoting off a myth about Obama to make him unelectable. I think the idea that they will withdraw when Obama reaches the actual number of delegates required for the nomination is a myth. They will insist on having their say at the convention and changing the votes of pledged delegates if they need to. This is their party, in their minds. Obama has no right to lead it. Until he waits his turn and the Clintons give their blessing.

April 2, 2008

Bill’s all jacked up

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 5:32 pm

Intense anger is never a sign of confidence.

From the Daily Dish:

The San Francisco Chronicle on Bill’s tirade at a super delegate meeting:

…as the group moved together for the perfunctory photo, Rachel Binah, a former Richardson delegate who now supports Hillary Clinton, told Bill how “sorry” she was to have heard former Clinton campaign manager James Carville call Richardson a “Judas” for backing Obama.

It was as if someone pulled the pin from a grenade.

“Five times to my face (Richardson) said that he would never do that,” a red-faced, finger-pointing Clinton erupted.

The former president then went on a tirade that ran from the media’s unfair treatment of Hillary to questions about the fairness of the votes in state caucuses that voted for Obama. It ended with him asking delegates to imagine what the reaction would be if Obama was trailing by just 1 percent and people were telling him to drop out.

“It was very, very intense,” said one attendee. “Not at all like the Bill of earlier campaigns.”

March 22, 2008

What happened to the GOP?

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 7:32 pm

What is going on with the Republican Party? I’ve happily pulled the lever for GOP candidates in the past and expect to in the future, but as a ruling philosophy the GOP is an abject failure right now.

It’s fair to say over the last ten years the GOP has controlled the United States. I’d give the Democratic Party the nod these last two, but can’t because of shrinking violet levels of timidity. Bill Clinton’s last two years in office were clearly defined by GOP opposition, and the Republican Party actually held the presidency, House and Senate for most of the last ten years.

What is the result of this reign? Well, the GOP is certainly “old”, more certainly not “grand” and there’s not much “party” in it. Right now the country is in a very serious recession nobody wants to acknowledge, in an even more serious monetary crisis that could possibly cripple the nation, and we’re caught in a true quagmire in Iraq based on lies.

On top of all this is the ridiculous level of incompetence at the highest levels of governance. If I believed the Bush 43 regime had a plan to give governing a keystone kops sheen, I’d applaud the effort. In reality I think the answer is much more banal and sad. Somehow our entire nation has been turned into the lowest possible level of public service.

And the final indignity is an inability to even handle a scandal correctly.

From the link:

White House Says It Destroyed Hard Drives

Older White House computer hard drives have been destroyed, the White House told a federal court yesterday, and some, but not necessarily all, of the data on those hard drives was moved to new ones.

The White House revealed the information about how it handles its computers in an effort to convince a federal magistrate that it would be fruitless to undertake a plan proposed by the court to recover millions of possibly missing e-mails from 2003 to 2005.

It would be costly and time-consuming for the White House to institute an e-mail retrieval program that entails pulling data off each individual workstation, the White House said in a sworn declaration filed with U.S. Magistrate Judge John Facciola.

March 1, 2008

It looks like Matthew …

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 10:42 pm

… Yglesias, blogging at theAtlantic.com, thinks Team Clinton has essentially given up.

From the link:

It seems to me that Bill Clinton must have concluded that Hillary Clinton can’t possibly win the nomination at this point, or else it’s hard to see why he would be holding a high-profile event with Frank Giustra at this time. Giustra, the Times reported, is a businessman who Clinton helped get a lucrative contract in Kazakhstan in exchange for a large donation to the Clinton Foundation.