Monday, March 9, 2015

As Simple as ABC: As Attacks on Hillary Escalate, Cuomo as Alternate?

A prominent Democratic elected official added, “There’s an ABC factor at work here. It’s ‘Anybody but Cuomo’.’’... Fred Dicker
Hey, Randi, start getting those Cuomo robo calls ready. We know Randi will stick with Hillary all the way -- but ... what does she do if she goes away and there is the dark prince pulling some of the same crap --- what are the options? The AFT/UFT/NYSUT tandem is part of the Democratic Party infrastructure. I can't wait for the Unity slugs to stop by and tell us how we have to back Cuomo.

But --- One would think that this could have been the Dark Prince's moment -- in fact, I would suspect Cuomo for taking a behind the scenes hand in the attacks on Hillary. (And I should point out right now that the Clintons are no better friends of teachers than Cuomo is -- read the Kahlenberg Shanker bio to see just how much they were amongst the first ed deformers - in partnership with Shanker, I might add. - read the Pavone/Scott review here.)

As reported in Capital Playbook channeling Fred Dicker:
TOP-ED – “Democrats: ‘Anybody but Cuomo’ for president,” by Post’s Fredric U. Dicker: “Top New York Democrats are whispering for the first time that Hillary Rodham Clinton may not be their presidential candidate next year. And while they’re far from agreeing on who it might be, they do agree on one thing: It won’t be Gov. Cuomo. ‘People in the party all hate him,’ one of the state’s best-known Democratic operatives told The Post. A prominent Democratic elected official added, ‘There’s an ABC factor at work here. It’s ‘Anybody but Cuomo’.’ In a series of interviews remarkable for their hostility toward Cuomo … Cuomo … was widely described as detached and aloof from his party’s activities and, as a result, without a significant party following.”
Perdido St also has a story on this issue:  "People In The Party All Hate Cuomo".

People are zeroing in on Cuomo.

The Hillary problems are real. Here are some attacks and not just from the Republican right but the progressive left.

Last night I read a devastating summary of 30 years of Hillary transgressions from the progressive Undernews: Hillary Clinton: Thriving in the gap between criminal law and political integrity

And today in Capital Playbook, there's a gaggle of stuff.

HILLARYWATCH -- “Clinton Drops ‘Texts from Hillary’ Twitter Avatar,” by Time’s Justin Worland: “A humorous photo of Hillary Clinton reading on a Blackberry served as the former Secretary of State’s Twitter avatar for more than a year after she left the State Department. But on Sunday, less than a week since news broke of the Clinton email controversy ... [she] changed the photo. Her new avatar is a female silhouette with text that includes the web address of No Ceilings, a group that fights for equal rights for women. Clinton announced the move on Twitter as an attempt ‘to raise awareness on how far we’ve come in reaching equal rights.’ ... Clinton’s Twitter header photo remains an image of her checking her Blackberry aboard a plane.” ...

-- “Hillary in Nixon’s shadow,” by Todd Purdum in Politico: “It is a twist of history not likely to be lost on Hillary Rodham Clinton that only one person in modern times has managed to win the presidency after roughly two decades as a famous and polarizing figure in the first rank of political life. His name: Richard M. Nixon. ... [A] reflexive wariness about her enemies – a wariness that sometimes seems to border on paranoia – ... has long dogged Clinton, and that struck at least a few old Nixon hands as familiar. ... The real damage from the email controversy may lie less in any specific embarrassing revelations ... than in the seeming proof that the aspect of Clinton’s personality that is suspicious, defensive, contemptuous of the press and scornful of political adversaries will never change. Such traits have hurt her repeatedly in the past, and could well do so again, despite the protestations of her staff-in-formation that she has learned her lessons and will approach her next campaign differently than her last one.”

-- “Emails May Be a Key to Addressing ‘Pay-to-Play’ Whispers at Clinton Foundation,” by National Journal’s Ron Fournier: “‘Follow the money.’ That apocryphal phrase, attributed to Watergate whistle-blower ‘Deep Throat,’ explains why the biggest threat to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential dreams is not her emails. It's her family foundation. That’s where the money is: corporate money, foreign money, gobs of money sloshing around a vanity charity that could be renamed ‘Clinton Conflicts of Interest Foundation.’ ... One of [Bill Clinton’s] longest-serving advisers, a person who had worked directly for the foundation, told me the ‘longtime whispers of pay-to-play are going to become shouts.’ ... I wonder what a young Hillary Clinton would think of a private charity run by a former U.S. president and a potential future president that collected hundreds of millions of dollars from countries and companies hoping to influence the pair. Actually, I don't wonder: She would think it smells.”

--“5 questions: The Clinton email: Here are the major issues that need to be resolved,” by Tarini Parti: “1. Did anyone give Clinton the green light to use personal email in 2009 and was the issue discussed when she was leaving the department? ... 2. What’s in the emails, and what wasn’t turned over? ... 3. How much did the State Department’s request to former secretaries for additional records last year have to do with Benghazi? ... 4. What role did Eric Hothem play in all this (and does it matter)? ... 5. What are the chances other congressional committees will get involved and obtain and release all 55,000 pages of emails?”

--Times A1, “Hillary Clinton Faces Test of Record as Women’s Advocate,” by Amy Chozick:“It was supposed to be a carefully planned anniversary to mark one of the most important and widely praised moments in Hillary Rodham Clinton’s political career — and to remind the country, ahead of a likely 2016 presidential campaign, about her long record as a champion for the rights of women and girls. Instead, as Mrs. Clinton commemorates her 1995 women’s rights speech in Beijing in back-to-back events in New York, she finds herself under attack for her family foundation’s acceptance of millions of dollars in donations from Middle Eastern countries known for violence against women and for denying them many basic freedoms. This was not how she intended to reintroduce herself to American voters ... Even her most strident critics could not have predicted that Mrs. Clinton would prove vulnerable on the subject.”

--“The Guy Behind Obama’s Smartphone Diagnoses Hillary’s Dumb Move,” by Jason Zengerle in GQ: “Dickie George, a cybersecurity expert at Johns Hopkins University, spent 40 years at the National Security Agency ... After all, during his time at the NSA, George was the guy in charge of engineering the special, super-secure BlackBerry that President Obama uses. We spoke about the President’s smartphone, the Secretary’s sketchy email, and the government's most badass IT department.” Q&A:

--“Hillary’s Secret Email Was a Cyberspy’s Dream Weapon,” by The Daily Beast’s Shane Harris: “On March 14, 2013, Guccifer—his real name is Marcel-Lehel Lazar—broke into the AOL account of Sidney Blumenthal ... disclosing a set of memos Blumenthal had written to Clinton in 2012, as well as the personal email address and domain she’s now known to have used ...Her email account was the ultimate hacker’s lure. It’s a common technique to impersonate a trusted source via email, in order to persuade a recipient to download spyware hidden inside seemingly innocuous attachments. Indeed, Clinton’s own staff had been targeted with such highly targeted ‘spear phishing’ emails as early as 2009, the year she took office ... Lazar ... was within digital striking distance of the secretary, inside the email of a Clinton ally who, as one longtime Blumenthal friend told The Daily Beast, is ‘a blooded member of Hillaryland, perhaps the personification of that corps who are closest to her inner circle.’”
And one bit of cheer:
SKI TRIP ENDS IN INJURY—Matthew Turner for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise: Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul was treated at an Adirondack hospital after she fell while skiing on a tourism promotion trip led by Cuomo. Hochul, a former congresswoman from Buffalo, said she fell while skiing and injured her ribs and wrist. She was seen wearing a sling at a Sunday afternoon awards ceremony, but was “okay.” Cuomo sponsored the trip, the latest in a series of junkets designed to showcase tourism opportunities within the Empire State.
See what happens when you speak at a Moskowitz rally?

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