Ari Fleischer tells the truth for once

The former Information Minister for President George W. Bush, “Comical Ari” Fleischer, is appearing on CNN now as a political expert for Election ’08 coverage because, as you know, he’s a master b.s. artist and we can’t have objective analysis sullying our airwaves. But tonight on Super Tuesday, in a rare moment of candor and honesty, he said with a straight face (because he wasn’t kidding) the following on behalf of Republicans:

There is no doubt … we hope and pray every night to run against Hillary Clinton.

And now you know exactly why Fleischer, Ann Coulter, James Dobson, Michelle Malkin, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and myriad other foul hatebeasts of the far right are curiously pulling for Hillary and/or bashing McCain. They don’t care who the GOP nominee is. They want Americans to think the Republican Party is fractured and terrified of Clinton. It has everything to do with ensuring she is the Democratic nominee so they can beat her in November or sink her presidency before the next election. They will achieve one of those goals, guaranteed. They will devote every ounce of energy they have to it.

You all who vote for Clinton are making a mistake. Obama is the only Democrat that the GOP can’t defeat, no matter who they put up against him or how many e-voting machines they tamper with. My only fear is that as Obama is headed for a landslide victory on November 4, we’ll hear from our old pal Osama bin Laden, or another more heinous dog will be wagged.

UPDATE 06 FEB 2008: Pat Buchanan has joined the “Flush John Down the John” Club. Keep taking the bait, Dems. Don’t let the right down.

UPDATE 2.0 06 FEB 2008: Obama knows what’s up.

30 comments on “Ari Fleischer tells the truth for once

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  3. I believe that the right is saying they would hate to run agaainst Obama, but they like Ari, really believe the opposite is true, they understand Hillary would be much tougher,It is another distortion akin to McCain saying Republoicans are the party of Lincoln. Any one with a brain knows Lincoln, today would be a Dem, Dixiecrats became Republicans because of LBJ’s Civill Rights Legislation for those with inquiring minds. Republicans cant wait to demonize Obama , unfortunately

  4. “in a rare moment of candor and honesty”

    Oh come on, you can’t be that naive. He’s part of an ARMY of Republican propagandists* currently saying the same thing. If you want to think that isn’t a “talking point” and is some pure thought that escaped from Ari’s heart … well… have another lollipop. 🙂

    * “Ann Coulter, James Dobson, Michelle Malkin, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and myriad others”

  5. I wish you Hillary haters could think for yourselves; man you buy everything the media sells you, hook, line and sinker.

    let me tell you what:

    Obama’s voting record is identical to Hillary’s; so much for “change.”

    Obama is not on the record as supporting the military, except for voting for funding for a war he keeps trumpeting he was “against from the start” all while he had the luxury of 1)not being nationally visible, 2)Not in a position to VOTE ON THE RECORD, 3) representing the biggest Democrat stronghold in the MIDWEST…OF COURSE he’s not going to voice support for a war he’s not even able to vote against! DUH!

    Obama sought Hillary out during his first term, just 3 years ago, for mentoring…Ohhh, nice identical voting record there buddy….

    Which begs the question: Would someone who has an identical voting record to Hillary suddenly veer during a national crisis even despite the controversy that might cost him votes eventually, and vote in the opposite direction as the established Senator?

    PLEASE…that’s what Bill Clinton was referring to when he said “fairy tale.” But most of you politically correct dumb ones bought the media’s out of context, twisted, lies and linked it to race!!

    Hillary did what she thought was best, when the IR was going to place weapons inspectors BACK into Iraq…McCain CANNOT come back and call Hillary weak on anything!!, Screw Obama’s suggestion Hillary would be weak with “well YOU voted for the war too!”

    As for the energy policy, don’t worry…Obama will build nuclear facilities faster than you can blink.

    Truth? Obama’s winning by black votes, by and large..and HINT HERE: There aren’t MANY BLACKS IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY!

    Truth? Obama divided by race when his campaign secretly “leaked” a memo outlining those 4 famous comments by Hillary/Bill, even though he knew there were taken out of context…the result? 85% of blacks voting for him where it counts, to keep him alive and give him a push…

    http://mediamatters.org/items/200801130004

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/01/12/obama-camps-memo-on-clin_n_81205.html

    http://noquarterusa.net/blog/2008/01/27/look-before-you-leap-obamas-mobbed-up-allies/

  6. “in a rare moment of candor and honesty” Oh come on, you can’t be that naive. He’s part of an ARMY of Republican propagandists* currently saying the same thing.”

    Yeah but not in the same way Fleischer said it. He didn’t explain a bogus “grave concern” about McCain’s lack of conservative credentials. That’s because the McCain thing is a red herring intended to make Democrats think Republicans are somehow “fractured” and thus easily beatable in November. “Forget backing a colored guy since the white folks won’t ever vote for him, support Hillary and we’ll beat a divided Republican party!” Face it, lily-white states are siding with Obama, and he will siphon off shitloads of disgruntled GOP rank-and-file who would otherwise be united in Hillary Hate. Establishment Dems are falling right into their trap, just like they have for eight straight years, even while patently dishonest Republicans are in the minority with an incompetent president ripe for impeachment.

  7. “they understand Hillary would be much tougher”

    Au contraire. Do you not understand the depths to which Republicans hate Clinton? Her nomination will unite their supposedly “fractured” party. It’s not just Newt Gingrich’s mom that thinks Hillary’s a bitch.

    “Republicans cant wait to demonize Obama , unfortunately”

    Let them try. They have nothing on the man besides the joke that is Rezko. Oh, they’ll have Coulter call Obama a half-breed, and Beck will say Obama’s high-yella, O’Reilly will take potshots at the uppity fake black guy, and McCain will say al-Qaeda wins if Osama, er, Obama wins… but that childishness will just grow the exodus of GOP voters disgruntled with the vile chickenhawks in charge of their party. Obama isn’t propping Reagan for nothing, you know.

  8. “I wish you Hillary haters could think for yourselves; man you buy everything the media sells you, hook, line and sinker. let me tell you what: Obama’s voting record is identical to Hillary’s; so much for “change.” … Truth? Obama’s winning by black votes, by and large..and HINT HERE: There aren’t MANY BLACKS IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY!”

    Oh, bugger off back to Begala’s office, you plant. This is all you Clintonistas got (besides GOP love).

    As for your race-baiting, not sure if you’re actually looking at vote results, but it appears the Caucasian bastions of Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Utah, etc. (notice how they’re kinda spread out across the US?) have no problem voting for “the black guy.” It also appears the Democrats are showing up to vote in unprecedented numbers. Bodes well for an Obama victory in November. And gee just look at that… he’s behind by less than 100 delegates, and he hasn’t even gotten Edwards’ or Gore’s endorsements yet.

    But never mind all that, I’m sure you’ve got to get down to Texas and egg on the “black hate” lie among Latinos. I reckon Bubba is taking Spanish lessons, too. Off you go…

  9. Ari and the other “Pray it’s Hillary” Republicans are so out of touch with reality. In the same sentence, he said Clinton and Obama hated each other and were headed for some nasty, polarizing fight. The truth is that most Democrats are happy to vote for either of those two and the calls for a Clinton-Obama dream ticket are getting louder and louder.

    People who hate Hillary have never actually listened to what she has to say. She is an amazing debater who could easily beat McCain in the general election.

  10. “She is an amazing debater who could easily beat McCain in the general election.”

    Debates don’t win elections, JE. Please explain to me why Gore and Kerry didn’t win in massive landslides after Bush’s embarrassing debate appearances.

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  12. Jay,
    Take it from a republican. I will vote for Obama if he is nominated but if her evilness is nominated I’ll vote for Satan (AKA another BUSH) before I’d vote for her. ANYTHING is the lesser evil compared to her.

  13. Anyone who doesn’t believe that Hillary represents a gigantic target for the GOP slime machine is living in a fantasy. Hillary can’t separate herself from McCain on Iraq without being the new “flip-flop” artist … I was for it before I was against it all over again. Clinton’s votes against the Levin amendment and for the Kyl-Lierberman non binding amendment adds more fuel for attacking her. Of course Hillary’s vote in support of the draconian bankruptcy bill ( until she changed her mind ) will also haunt her.

    Lemme tell you folks … you’ll be seeing video clips of Hillary showing emotion with the voice-over saying something like, ” it’s a tough world that needs tougher leaders”, it may have helped pander for votes but it’s gonna stick around her neck like an albatross.

    Against Obama the GOP will need to depend on racism, John McCain will not stand for any of that.

  14. Against Obama the GOP will need to depend on racism, John McCain will not stand for any of that.

    I would have believed that once upon a time. Now I’m convinced that McCain would don blackface and host his own traveling minstrel show if it would get him into the White House.

  15. “Now I’m convinced that McCain would don blackface and host his own traveling minstrel show if it would get him into the White House.”

    It would backfire. I don’t think he wants to be accused of hypocrisy after being sunk in 2000 by the SC “black child” debacle… and I don’t think he wants to begin using blatant Bush/Rove dirty tricks, ordinary Republicans are sick of that crap. It would only work on Hillary because GOPers already hate her guts.

    McCain keeps hammering away on the war, because that’s one issue where honor is at stake, even if the mission itself is/was fucked.

  16. “McCain keeps hammering away on the war, because that’s one issue where honor is at stake, even if the mission itself is/was fucked.”

    And we all know Billery has no honor!

  17. Not exactly identical voting records. Hillary voted against the cluster bomb ban; Obama voted to ban them. This false argument about his speech in 2002: it was an act of political courage at that time: he had started his run for the primary for the Illinois Senate. Everyone expected it to torpedo his political career. Show me one progressive cause –just one — that HIllary has championed against the political winds. She caves. Bill caved. She’s a warmonger in order to look “tough”. I’d rather have strength instead of her ability to fight the Republican slime machine that she’s a magnet for.

  18. …and Brer Rabbit said,” please don’t throw me into the briar patch!”
    Karl Rove was hammering this before he left WH. Do they think we’re stupid? Well, considering what they’ve put over on America, maybe we are.

  19. I just wish I knew some of that “evilness” of Hillary. Let’s see, was it her efforts toward getting health care for all americans, not just the richest ones? her efforts in humanitarian work? that’s pretty evil but I’m not sure its quite up there with invading another country (or two, possibly three). Maybe its because she’s a woman and women ought to know their place, in the kitchen and bedroom, otherwise be seen and not heard. She’s pretty evil alright.

  20. The Fascist RNC swift boating brown shirts will be in for a very big, big surprise. I am not going to let the cat out of the bag until the last moment. I will give them a clue–We The People are ready, ready, ready.

  21. The only Democrat candidate that could reliably win in November was Edwards, but the corporate DLC and MSM torpedoed him. Unfortunately, McCain will be the next president – eight more years of war crimes, eight more years of war profiteers stealing from our grandkids.

  22. Ari Fleischer? Are you kidding me? What is it about my old home town of New Canaan, Connecticut (1973-2000)?

    New Canaan has produced Ari Fleischer, Ann Coulter, and L. Paul (Jerry) Bremer, the late-lamented plenipotentiary of Baghdad.. It’s also the place where Brian (Blowdry) Williams lives. It was once a nice town, but it’s now the repository for discredited GOP hacks.

  23. I understand wanting to run against Hillary, but I don’t get how bashing McCain helps that. Somebody please ‘splain.

  24. Nope, I don’t buy it.

    1. Asserting that the “rabid, mindless Clinton hatred” (which does, admittedly exist) would be a stronger Rightwing incentive than good old-fashioned racial bigotry is claiming alot.

    2. Clinton has high negatives. Now. She’s also pretty much at her ceiling. the Republican Attack Teams (RATs) *will* go after whomever the Dem nominee is, like a pack of pitbulls on a porkchop. What they can’t spin, they’ll just make up — they’re not restrained by Truth. By November, our Dem nominee will have high negatives … whoever it is. Obama will just have further to fall. Remember Swiftboating last time, against our “more electable candidate” John Kerry?
    3. You seriously underestimate the hatred that the radical right has for McCain. I have family and acquaintences who are in that camp and they would rather stay home than vote for McCain. It’s not a ploy. McCain has committed the one unforgiveable sin among wingnuts: He questioned George W Bush, during a Herd Mentality period. traitorous dog! ;-D

    Hillary and Obama are both fine candidates and we shouyld be proud to field them. Whichever wins, will do a great job (hell of a lot better than any GOP possibility!). HOWEVER, neither of them is inherently “more electable.”

  25. “Maybe its because she’s a woman and women ought to know their place, in the kitchen and bedroom, otherwise be seen and not heard. She’s pretty evil alright.”

    Elisabeth,

    I’m sorry if you think this is the issue, it is not. Her voting record is. Taken along with her husbands record there is no way I could vote for her and I stand behind my view of her as evil. As far a a woman being in power there are many women out there I would vote for but she will NEVER be one of them. I personally know a number of the bloggers on this site as well as many of the people who comment and they can tell you I am not ant woman but I am very much anti Billery.

  26. Amazing. You acknowledge the guy is a know liar, yet you pass on something he said as true because it supports your bias. No one with a bit of sense should believe one word that comes out of his Rove infected mouth, and yet you do. Unbelievable.

    For the record I’m an Obama voter.

  27. Cathexis said: Whichever wins, will do a great job (hell of a lot better than any GOP possibility!).

    Given the current situation, it’s entirely possible that I could vote for McCain over either Obama or Hillary, and I’m a Democrat. It’s scary to consider, given how bad McCain is, but all three are within my personal margin of error on the issues that matter most to me. And on the issues that REALLY matter, they’re all pretty much equally bad.

    If McCain is the Republican candidate, based off what I see right now, I will have a hard time choosing regardless of who the Democratic candidate is. Unless Edwards somehow wins the nomination.

  28. I’ve donated to and voted for Hillary in her past Senate races (and for Bill in the Presidential races), and will gladly vote for her in November if she’s the democratic nominee. I don’t see cause to call her “evil” or demonize her in any way; she’s a consumate politician, which is both a positive and a negative. Much like Bill.

    That said, I am supporting Obama in this election. I am frankly amazed that he is garnering such widespread support, and pleased to see in photos of his campaign stops that he is surrounded by mostly white faces. The country may have finally moved beyond the cursed “Bradley effect.” I hope.

    I also feel that Obama will be the strongest candidate in November, for these reasons:
    1. He is motivating a large youth turnout, who might be discouraged if HRC is elected despite their efforts.
    2. He is proving to be more popular with Independents, who will be influential in November.
    3. McCain is not motivating the fundamentalist base of the Republicans, indeed there may be enough dislike of him to keep many conservatives away from the polls.
    4. However irrational it may be, there is enough hatred of the Clintons in this country to bring conservatives of all stripes to the polls. Ari hinted at this. It would be the perfect antidote to the anti-McCain sentiment.

    Obama isn’t perfect, and anyone who expects that needs to wake up. While he doesn’t have the experience in Washington that HRC & McC do, he has handled himself well during his rapid ascendency and has created an amazing campaign team.

    The most important thing that Obama brings to the table is that he inspires. I think that HRC falls into the category of Gore and Kerry — brilliant politicians who failed to inspire the voting populace.

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