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Monday, June 23, 2014

Is Hillary Throwing Obama Under The Bus?

Here's the Nonsense:  The new book by Edward Klein about the feud between the Clintons and Obamas is nothing but gossip, but it does tell us a lot about them from behind the scenes.

Here's the Horse Sense:  Klein's new book may or may not be accurate, but it certainly may be that he's being used as a tool for the Clintons and doesn't even know it.  The Clintons may just be using him to help throw Obama under the bus.

Speculation of a presidential run by Hillary Clinton has gone on for years. Today she's touted as being the best candidate the Democrats could run, but things in her past haunt her, especially the Benghazi disaster.  Now a new tell-all book may be doing more than just giving a glimpse behind the curtain.  It may be an opportunity the Clinton's are using to attempt to throw President Obama under the bus regarding what happened in Benghazi.

In his new book, Blood Feud, author Edward Klein has written another book opening the doors to what are supposed to be secret, accurate accounts about key figures in American political life.  This time the book is supposed to uncover the hatred between the Clintons and the Obamas.  Unfortunately all too often in these types of books, the sources are not named and quotes are written on condition of anonymity. So, while Klein may have sources he's used to come up with the stories in the book, I wonder if some of those sources might just be planted to get Klein to put out information that will benefit the Clintons.  And Klein might not even realize it.

What makes me wonder about this is what Klein writes about the Benghazi tragedy and Hillary's involvement.  The New York Post has published an article by Klein about this section of the book.  It says:

“Hillary was stunned when she heard the president talk about the Benghazi attack,” one of her top legal advisers said in an interview. “Obama wanted her to say that the attack had been a spontaneous demonstration triggered by an obscure video on the Internet that demeaned the Prophet Mohammed.”
This adviser continued:  "Hillary told Obama, 'Mr. President, that storny isn't credible.  Among other things, it ignores the fact that the attack occurred on 9/11.'  But the president was adamant.  He said, 'Hillary, I need you to put out a State Department release as soon as possible.'"  After her conversation with the president, Hillary called Bill Clinton, who was at his penthouse apartment in the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, and told him what Obama wanted her to do. 

“I’m sick about it,” she said, according to the legal adviser, who was filled in on the conversation. “That story won’t hold up,” Bill said. “I know,” Hillary said. “I told the president that.” “It’s an impossible story,” Bill said. “I can’t believe the president is claiming it wasn’t terrorism. Then again, maybe I can. It looks like Obama isn’t going to allow anyone to say that terrorism has occurred on his watch.” 

That story clearly points the blame at Obama for the mass deception about what happened on that terrible night in Benghazi.  And that would be just what Hillary would want to try to distance herself from responsibility, especially if she decides to run for president in 2016.  

The Benghazi scandal is the key issue that could derail a run by Hillary for the presidency.  Even though no one, not even Hillary herself, has been able to list a single accomplishment of any part of her role as Secretary of State (or any other part of her life including as First Lady and senator), Benghazi is the one issue that could hurt her.  

Everyone is willing to look past her worthless and unaccomplished career, but what happened in Libya haunts her.  It will be a critical issue that Republicans would try to keep at the forefront of the news should she run in 2016.  If the Clintons can successfully make the public believe that she was not responsible and Obama was, then they have a chance at making her look like a victim that was just following orders (Not a good defense, but that doesn't mean they wouldn't try to make it work.).

The Clintons are known for doing whatever it takes to win, even if it means blaming others (ask the women who had to deal with them when Bill got himself in trouble with sex scandal after sex scandal).  And even though Klein writes the book with the idea that some undisclosed source has revealed this, I would like to suggest that it wouldn't be surprising to find that the Clinton's made sure this story got into the book in an effort to try to clear Hillary of responsibility.  Klein's sources may very well have been planted to make sure he got the information they wanted made public.

I am still not convinced that Hillary will run in 2016.  She ran in 2008 and it was said the nomination was hers for the taking long before the primaries started. But something changed during that primary season (a story too long to go into here) and suddenly she was pushed out of the way for Obama.  That could happen again.  The media was sure she had the nomination in 2008 and they're sure now.  They've certainly been wrong about enough things in the past that their view should not be taken that seriously.

But the Clintons play every side of issues until they decide what they are going to do. Right now they are positioning themselves so they're ready should they decide that Hillary will run.  If she doesn't, this story still helps to clear her name for her legacy.  The looming question that remains is whether this story will cause retaliation by the Obamas against them.