Only a sadomasochist would consider it a genuine prospect. A failed presidential candidate, the louse in the locks of the Democratic Party, keen to make yet another vain tilt at the White House.
But in the rogues’ gallery of the defective and disturbed, Hillary Clinton can count herself as pre-eminent, a historical creature who should be preserved as a warning for the party faithful.
But she refuses to lie (and lie) quietly, and has given ventriloquised clues via her husband that she might be readying for a return to competition.
The way Clinton disturbs the news bubble is through complaint heavy with spite. She gazes at the mirror in self-loathing, and claims to spot the faults of others. (The loathing is understandable to some degree: it was Clinton and her circle who decided, disastrously, to elevate Donald Trump as electable material ahead of rival Bernie Sanders.)
The story she bores her audience with lacks variation: The 2016 loss to Trump could never be put down to her, veteran political figure, establishment doyen. No, that would be inaccurate for a person with the credentials for office.
A person in such a state is bound to see any contender as dangerous. Heap upon them; dismiss them as lacking that scoundrel factor of patriotism. Hide behind some rich, over-egged notion of fact-checked veracity, while casting grave accusations of foreign control and veiled treason.
One of the Democratic fold has proven particularly troubling to Clinton (kudos to the candidate). Tulsi Gabbard’s views on US foreign policy and the imperium’s insatiable appetite for interference and meddling is particularly worrying for the former Secretary of State.
Gabbard, in her electoral platform, insists on bringing “about a bold change in our foreign policy that bends the arc of history away from war and towards peace. That stops wasting our resources, and our lives on regime change wars, and redirects our focus and energy towards peace and prosperity for all people.”
The United States best be done with notions of “gunboat diplomacy” focusing, instead on “differences with communication, negotiations, and goodwill.”
Light-on-hill romanticism was bound to figure in the rhetoric, and Gabbard insists that the United States lead in ensuring “the survival of the human race”.
Power should only be used for “good”; the sleepwalking towards nuclear war stopped in what she hopes to be “the turning point of human history, that era in which the world’s greatest powers chose to abandon the path to confrontation and war and agreed to pursue the path of cooperation, diplomacy, and peace.”
There is much in Gabbard’s words to question, and these should linger with persistent tenacity. But the scorn from Clinton towards such views was evident, coming out in the Campaign HQ podcast last month that made the rippling rounds.
I’m not making any predictions, but I think they’ve got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be a third-party candidate. She’s a favourite of the Russians. They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of support for her so far.”
While there was some doubt as to whether Clinton had intended Gabbard to be the subject of the barb, spokesman Nick Merrill’s remark on NBC news “if the nesting doll fits” suggested as much.
(Merrill insisted, however, that the “grooming” reference was to Republicans, rather than Russians, but who, in this hyperventilating world of addled speculation can tell?)
To this resentment of slander, Gabbard was quick and sharp. On Twitter, she thanked Clinton with acid gratitude.
You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain.”
A challenge was duly issued.
“It’s now clear that this primary is between you and me. Don’t cowardly hide behind your proxies. Join the race directly.”
Another to receive the Clinton splash was Jill Stein, the Greens candidate for the White House in 2016. The Clinton set have had issues with Stein since she attended a media conference in Russia in 2015.
To merely be in Russia was to be a Putin supporter; to have “Red Square as her backdrop” in a video that was attacked was sufficient to disqualify her from office.
Penning her defence in The Guardian, Stein saw dark clouds over US politics.
The efforts by Clinton and her campaigners “to shift responsibility for their electoral failure to ‘Russian assets’ has fuelled a new era of McCarthyism – a toxic brew of warmongering, political repression and censorship now poisoning our public discourse.”
In response to the Clinton wounded vanity machine, Stein issued a challenge similar to Gabbard’s. “It’s past time to give the American people the real debate they deserved in 2016, but were denied by the phony DNC/RNC-controlled Commission on Presidential Debates.”
As before, the Clinton ability to stir and invigorate Trump has no parallel.
They provide the president with a bounty of low lying fruit. In a cabinet meeting in October, Trump openly asserted that Gabbard was “not a Russian agent.”
He considered the entire Clinton show to be “sick. There’s something wrong with them.” The common denominator remains, as ever, Russia.
Such adamant stirring leads to the question that refuses to leave the Democrats: will Hillary accept the challenge and run?
Husband Bill is making sure his wife’s name blots the electoral news though, as ever, he can never avoid making an observation without referencing himself. “She may or may not run for anything, but I can’t legally run for president again.”
The remark came during the course of an event at Georgetown University School of Law, one shared with Hillary and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Philippe Reines, an advisor who has earned his bread from advising Clinton over the years, has also added kindling to the prospects.
In a discussion with Tucker Carlson on Fox News, Reines speculated that:
there might be a reason that she’d be the best person, not only to beat Donald Trump, but to govern after Donald Trump, which is a part we don’t talk about much. And, look, you can make fun of her all you want, but 65 million people voted for her and that’s second more to anyone except Barack Obama.”
This is not an issue of making fun, let alone making light of matters. If there is one candidate who can issue an iron-clad guarantee for a Trump victory, it is the same person who did so in 2016.
Should the Democrats entertain the notion seriously, their inability to win the White House will be assured and long-lasting.
Dr. Binoy Kampmark was a Commonwealth Scholar at Selwyn College, Cambridge. He lectures at RMIT University, Melbourne. Email: [email protected]
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Apologies as usual for being late to the fray. I received this from the Tulsi campaign yesterday:
“Last week, at the 9/11 Tribute Museum in New York City, I stood side-by-side with family members of the victims from the deadly attacks and demanded that the Federal Government declassify and release all information regarding the September 11, 2001 attacks so as to provide answers to survivors, the families of the victims, and the people of the United States. All Americans deserve to know the truth about exactly what led to the attacks on 9/11, and who was involved. Will you join me in calling on the Trump Administration to declassify and release this information? Add your name, and join me in demanding full transparency.”
The rest of the message suggests a belief in the “Saudis helped Al Qaeda” meme, but what the Hell?
Then in Common Dreams there was this article asking which of the 2020 candidates would pick up JFK’s opposition to nuclear weapons:
I hope that there might be a hunger for truth now that the MSM pabulum has lost its flavour….
I think there’s always a hunger for truth in ordinary people – but speaking personally I don’t buy any of this recent move to promote ‘radical’ figures like Tulsi.
It’d be nice to think it meant something, but what I see is a major move to co-opt a large section of the currently disaffected populace (like us) by seeming to concede to or agree with us on a few of the issues, while cynically using that as a cover for pursuing even more draconian and fascistic policies under a new cover of ‘radicalism’ or even fake socialism.
Good example is the Green New Deal. But Tulsi’s ‘911 Truth’ is likely another. All we are gonna get out if that is a lot of handwringing fake confessions from various hypocrites about not holding the Saudis to account.
It’s also looking at the moment as if the PTB may have cut a deal to back Labour for this election. Which, if true, dovetails exactly with these worst case concerns.
We all need to recall at this point that power doesn’t suddenly see the light. It changes its strategy, never its goals.
Agree 100% with your comment Catte, espec the co-opting part.
Gabbard is being groomed by all the usual suspects as a 3rd party candidate to siphon off votes from Trump. More controlled opposition, like Counterpunch, Democracy Now, and our very own favourite faux left rag The Guardian. She just had a big fund raising shindig with 28 luminaries of Wall Street and the Zionist establishment.
Bingo. Didn’t know about that fundraiser Mark, tho for some time I’ve strongly sensed: Female Obama for the Idpol zombies. Concerning that a lot of people at a variety of alternative media sites (some who I wouldn’t classify as gullible or blind seemingly taken in by Tulsi’s spiel).
Catte nails it in her comment. Look at the actions, not the talk. Oh, and who voted for that anti BDS bill recently…
Hi, Catte. You are probably right about Tulsi being hijacked and she may be incredibly naive by Offguardian standards, but in her defence, she has asked some very hard questions of the likes of Ash Carter (one of the architects of 9/11). Also, her (seemingly) principled support for Sanders last time around. She has recently spoken some hard truths about HRC despite the best efforts of the NYT and WaPo to paint her as a Russian stooge.
Not knowing quite what else to have hope in, I will give Tulsi the benefit of the doubt for now. Those who surf sometimes have different perspectives on the meaning of life.
I think you may be on to something here, Catte. Four years ago, I would’ve walked a mile on broken glass barefoot just for a chance to vote for Tulsi. But these days I’ve gotten so cynical that I can’t anything for granted anymore, and there’s too much about her background that makes me suspicious: Council on Foreign Relations, Vice-Chairwoman of the DNC, raging Zionist.
I respect the fact that she’s opposed to régime-change wars, but her stated justification for this stance is that these wars get in the way of the war on terror! How could she not have figured out by now that the so-called ‘war on terror’ is just a big psy-op to facilitate/justify régime-change throughout the middle east?
No, the more I look at Tulsi, the more suspicious I get. And this latest spat with Hellary actually does look like a not-so-subtle attempt at promoting her.
“It’s also looking at the moment as if the PTB may have cut a deal to back Labour for this election”
Sorry Catte I have seen no evidence in the MSM ownerd opinions – indeed quite the opposite, with Woodcock and Austin coordinated and probably illegal coverage all day today.
Nor in the coverage of Gabbard. Still mostly ignored.
I can’t see that either, D.
I think the PTB are cranking up into gear to try to get Bojo some kind of majority.
That is the best outcome from their point of view.
We see all the Blairite Backstabbers mouthing off against Corbyn. Austin, Woodcock, Blunkett, Blair himself, Berger, Ellman, Phillips and the massed bands of utter scum infesting the PLP. They will be shouting themselves hoarse screaming “ANTI SEMITISM!!!!!!” from now till December. With a thousand juicy quotes about how Jezza is a Jew hating, terrorist, communist spy, who isn’t fit to be elected dog catcher to choose from for every Tory speech and election flyer, and for every garbage article in the MSM. With the Board of Deputies and the Jew newspapers howling that all the Jews will have to leave Britain and flee for their lives if Jezza is elected.
Last election the Mail gave over 14 pages to smears against Corbyn. They have just given over half a dozen pages calling on Farage not to stand against the Tories to give Bojo a free run to Number 10.
Catte, I totally agree with your comment. I have lived in HI for over 20 yrs and Gabbard and her dad are self serving Republicans in Dem clothing. She has a terrible voting record and has done nothing to help us here but plenty of $ for the MIC. I don’t trust her or for that matter any of them. Not to mention the fact that “we the people” haven’t gotten rid of the Electoral College or the power of the Supreme Court in choosing our presidents for us. The system is sooo rigged!
I forgot to mention that she did an interview with Breitbart this morning!
After the war on drugs, war on terror, we now have a war on truth.
I came across something from March 2016. Said Hillary “I am sick of Sanders campaign lies”.
Maybe I will stop having an internet connection if Hillary squeezes in again as candidate.
So what to make of this move by TG?
‘The Gabbard resolution specifically takes aim at Trump’s stated goal of “leaving soldiers to secure the oil” in northeast Syria. It aims to force Trump to abandon the mission by requiring him to withdraw all troops from Syria not authorized by Congress’ 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force, which the White House has used as the legal basis for its fight against the Islamic State (IS) since the Barack Obama administration. ‘
As stated before, I would like to give Tulsi the benefit of the doubt. I watched Lee Camp on “Redacted Tonite” give her some credit for calling out of HRC – the warmongering witch who long since sold her soul to the devil.
What is Cattes take on it?
Talking of obnoxious and poisonous individuals, Watson has just stood down as Labour Deputy and MP.
Really? Best news I’ve heard this week. Anything to do with Galloway’s previously stated intention to contest Watson’s seat?
Don’t know. He had that trouble over Carl Beech, but I thought he could have ridden that out fairly easily. He may be just deserting what he sees as a sinking Labour ship or lining up a little job for himself as Mayor of Upper Snodbury or something.
It’s part of their very last coordinated chickencoup spoilering – expect some others.
I’d like to see Phillips and other hanger-ons walk now rather than after an election which they will win without trying again.
There is certainly some weird superplan either being followed or going off the tracks – it is very likely connected to the exploding can of worms on russiagate as Flynn gets vindicated and the FBI tries to save itself by throwing the Brits under the bus – Boris/Nigel/ the DS and msm and alt-media stooges can feel their legs being swept from under them.
It won’t be long to wait now. And unlike here the UK gov prob can’t stop it coming out in the US because it is ‘election’ time or No10 and Sedwill try to instigate another cover-up.
HRC humiliated by a man with coiffured, orange hair and tiny mitts – you’ll never convince me Bernie didn’t enjoy the epic scale of schadenfreude.
Gabbard naively thinks that the World will do business with the USA without weapons pointed at their heads. There will be hell to pay, and that bill is long past due.
Don’t worry, she’s kidding.
“The way Clinton disturbs the news bubble is through complaint heavy with spite,” compliant with Cartel Media bosses goals & desire to deceive the public and falsify perceptions,
to avoid discussion of their key partners within “The History of the National Security State”.
‘And, look, you can make fun of her all you want, but 65 million people voted for her
I’m going to make a lot more fun of her if she cheats a nomination AGAIN; and gets a lot fewer votes – because this time even the diehard democrats will know all about her rotten core and grand pantomime they will shun her with a vengeance.
Best for Hillary to leave her dynastic overreach to her daughter, married off and shired with aristo blooded grandchildren.
And yes Bill – you can’t stand again and neither can Barry – turkeys come earlier to the table in the US, here in the UK we have to wait till xmas or at least Friday the 13th!
Just evil personified. Would we all even be alive if this creature had’ve won the 2016 election? Would our Planet now be a smoldering pile of radioactive Ash? Such is the visceral, searing hatred towards Russia and Putin by Clinton and her deranged cronies.
I know quite a lot of people who were absolutely horrified that Clinton lost to Trump. Most of them to my knowledge are The Guardian readers or they watch ABC or SBS news.
They thought the World had just ended. Well, actually, it nearly did. I fully believe we would have been toast had this war criminal won.
So many crimes unanswered. So many dead. And she hasn’t spent one single day in jail.
Have recently been arguing on an Oz website with a poster who cannot bear any criticism of the US Democratic party. My suggestion that the party establishment manipulated the party’s 2016 presidential nomination process seems to have particularly annoyed her. I suspect she is a Clinton fan, although HRC has not been mentioned in any of the posts. I’d like to send that poster a link to the excellent article above, but won’t do so in order not to prolong a futile argument.
This is due to the massive and prolonged propaganda belched out by the mainstream presstitutes here CM.
I actually lost mag customers coz I pointed out prior to the 2016 election that Clinton was an incredibly corrupt war criminal, and the consequences of imposing a no fly zone over Syria…. Well these ‘independently minded’ people went into apoplectic fits of anger in front of me, literally frothing at the mouth! They assumed I supported Trump. Never saw them again.
Thank god we have sites like this to come too. Have a good day CM…
Lest anyone forget, this woman was a campaign aide for the “eat what you kill” maniac Barry Goldwater, as her first political foray. No doubt attracted by his public exhortations to nuke the peasants of Vietnam.
Anything after flows seamlessly from this single revelatory vignette.
Would that be the same Goldwater who declared that extremism in the ‘persoot’ of liberty is no vice?
Or was it “Extremism in the persoot of vice is liberty” or was that Epstein?
Gabbard: “.. a bold change in our foreign policy that bends the arc of history away from war and towards peace. That stops wasting our resources, and our lives on regime change wars, and redirects our focus and energy towards peace and prosperity for all people.”
Hmm. Eerily reminiscent of a Nobel laureate a decade ago.
Has Tulsi vowed to close Guantanamo yet or would that be a little too on the nose?
Could you give me the Obama quote that sounds like that? I remember Obama never saying anything like it:)
Obama made overal overtures to close Guantanamo, but presumably the people who really control America decided otherwise.
Presumably the ‘people who control America’ also decided he should raze Libya to the ground, conduct wars in 7 countries, goad Russia at every possible opportunity and launch a fratricidal war in Ukraine having overthrown its legitimate government.
Presumably he didn’t have much say in any of that because he was presumably such a peace-loving guy.
Agree, a phony and a war criminal who blamed ‘the darned rules’ for not being able to close Guantanamo.
We can all agree that although presidents come and go US war crimes are a constant.
But he did pick up his Nobel Peace Prize shortly before signing off on a $2 trillion programme for more WMD. They don’t call him The Magic Negro for nothing.
The purported Obama quote that stuck in my craw..”It turns out I’m pretty good at killing people”.
They all say the same thing. Dubya, Obomber, the Orange Jesus, Gabbard, they’re all going to end the crazy wars for the kosher folk – till they don’t.
Clinton is not the only murderer haunting the planet that should be, in any just world, safely behind bars: the Blessed Tony Blair, to whom truth is but a minor inconvenience, is also still at liberty to peddle bullshit and have it regurgitated by the liberal press.
TB – a suitable acronym – gets handed the megaphone because he says what his masters want to hear.
Not just the liberal press, but state broadcasters like the ABC which treat his utterances as if they still have a skerrick of credibility.
https://off-guardian.org/2019/11/03/fff/ <—- (Curtin on the Deep State) Pardon? Say what? ****
…your point is?
I might be seriously bias..but for me, every picture of her is a picture of a REAL Psyco….
Worse – a REAL Psycho with an axe to grind. She’s the only one on the planet who could make Trump look human. And isn’t that handy?
….mmm…but Trump looking human???…. A deranged human, u mean?…. 🙂
Clinton takes the prize as the most dishonest, corrupt, mendacious and malevolent figure in US political history, despite some very stiff competition over the years. LBJ, Tricky Dicky, Slick Willie and even Kissinger come across as choirboys by comparison.
Clinton’s efforts to resurrect herself from the political dead are reminiscent of the old Hammer Horror films. No matter how many times the long suffering Van Helsing drove a stake through Dracula’s heart, he always came back to wreak further blood sucking havoc in the sequel. The services of an exorcist are clearly required.
She may simply be demented. Clinton is known to spew out tirades of foul mouthed abuse and assault those around her for no apparent reason. She had to be physically restrained and sedated on the night of the election. Her bizarre behaviour is the product of a witches’ brew of alcohol, drugs, and mental illness.
And this is what currently passes for leadership in the western world.
At least in the Hammer films, Christopher Lee was good-looking, tall and urbane, and only his table manners were of a low and vulgar standard.
What does the Klintonator have?
His bedroom manners were pretty bad as well;) Imagine waking up to eternal life! That would sooooo piss me off.
Oh yes I forgot, he would have been a fly-by nighter.
Yes, I don’t mean any disrespect to Lee. Good actor, even if some of his roles were a bit hammy.
I never ever thought I would agree with you.
“Clinton takes the prize as the most dishonest, corrupt, mendacious and malevolent figure in US political history”
She’s not even the worst democrat in our history. But if you look at her mentors–Kissinger and Goldwater–then you see she’s just one of many torch-bearers for U.S. imperialism
I liked the bit in the last production where she fell down vertically, just like WTC 7.
When the Clintons lived in Georgetown they inhabited a rather swank condominium where an old friend also lived. He related how he attended the condo management meeting and in the moments while curved Willie was out of sight he began chatting up an attractive young woman. The harridan in training stormed over and screamed graciously so all could hear “Why don’t you fxxk her right here!” He apparently declined. You don’t see ugly personalities like that every day.
Well where do we begin???
Willaim Barr and the 17 so called agencies have just released a report. R U ready??????
Not one slav or Russian or Putin interfered with the 2016 POTUS election or the 2018 mid terms .
But we in the west r still going on this Goebblesque the RUSSIANS/KREMLIN/PUTIN ATE MY LUNCH.
So now they(plutocrats /oligarchs )have come with another term. Ready??????.
RUSSIAN/KREMLIN/PUTIN talking points to deny any old fashion debate when facts were used when one would have a debate of any sorts.
POST SCRIPTUM; Crumbling infrastructure ,largest wealth gap since the Gilded age and all we the sheeple get is Russia Russia Russia.
DOCIUS IN FUNDEM; History repeats itself reminiscent of the days of Peter the great when they last tried this BS
We have our own version of this with Dominic Grieve and all the Brussels Groupies hyperventilating about how Putin stole the referendum and all the “evidence” in a “secret report” is being suppressed by Bojo.
Nah, it’s not the same at all. The Elitist Etonian Team Leave & their Elite Press barons have been the ones behind the ‘Russian Interference’ bullshit: Skripals, Commie Spy Corbyn, Douma etc, etc. But on this one they won’t produce the ACTUAL evidence at hand, until after the election. Of course Russia wants to see the EU/NATO broken up, by that is by the by. My point is: rules and ‘fair play’ don’t apply to elitist Etonians. They expect it from others, but won’t reciprocate. They can smear, but won’t accept being smeared – that is the class privilege they expect. Ridding the UK of this attitude is the priority in GE19 – not whether we stay or leave EU – the vast majority of people will notice no difference to their lives.
It seems likely that the Grieve report pulling is linked to the expected debunking of Mueller. It would have relief on the same bs that is russiagate.
The bruhaha about the failure to release by No10 is clearly providing a smokescreen for the report on the Institute of Statecraft and integrity iniative by the Scottish Charity ciommission – the spooks, fco, media muppets and dombum are screwed, they know it.
There is only one electoral gambit the tory supporting DS has left for winning the ge – a major vote rigging caper.
The plans are set and although harder than manipulating a referendum (or two) it has been tested in fptp votes since 2015 is my guess.
For someone as ruthlessly ambitious as her, the last two years must have been a living hell. Watching the Duck stumble/strut around in HER domain.
Stay in hell Hillary.
Powerful comment illuminating further the nature of those who have nothing to contribute to the democratic process, whilst lusting after the power to prevent others from engaging in it. Hers is the public face of the Deep State – hatred, jealousy, resentment and cowardice etched into its features.
The article has a flavour of glorifying psyops chatter emanating from MIC deep state stooges, seeking to protect offshore criminal billions. In my view.