Thursday, August 10, 2006

Paybacks: Two Presidents to Visit Because of Hutchinson


Yesterday saw the announcement that Bill Clinton would come to Arkansas and visit a Mike Beebe fundraiser on September 7th. Previous to this, the Asa Hutchinson camp announced that President Bush was coming to our state for one of Asa's fundraisers.

Make no mistake, both men are coming to town because of Asa Hutchinson. First Bush and his motivations: It could be argued that Hutchinson served Bush better than almost anyone in his cabinent. There was not one mass terrorist attack on American soil for the four years Hutchinson was in charge of stopping them. If only Rumsfeld, Rice and those other names you hear about more often had served Bush as well as Hutchinson did. Maybe then the administration would not be having the poll troubles that it has. Bush is helping Hutchinson because he owes him, and it is a good idea to publically help those who served you well.

Clinton also "owes" Hutchinson, but in this case it is about payback. It's about revenge. Clinton has no special love of Mike Beebe. Certainly less than for old friend Jimmie Lou Fisher, who he also came to Arkansas for. Maybe about as much love for Beebe as he did for Bill Bristow, who he let twist in the wind in his race against Huckabee in 98. But this one is not about alliance or afftection. It is about payback for Asa's role in the impeachment proceedings.

It is also about flexing his political muscles in one of the few places Clinton may still be able to do so. He endorsed Joe Lieberman in the Democratic Senate primary, but the incumbent senator still lost in the liberal northeast. He was also against Howard Dean getting the Chairman's job. Is he losing relevancy? We will see.

Something else to look for: will Clinton stick up for Bill Halter like Bush is doing for Hutchinson? Rumour has it that there is some friction between the two. I look for Clinton to curse him with faint praise. There will be no special trips to Arkansas for the Halter campaign.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please, Clinton- do all the stumping you want! I can't remember a single candidate Clinton helped that ended up winning...

6:46 AM, August 10, 2006  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

I can. Mike Ross beat Jay Dickey for Congress. That was payback too. Clinton could not stand the idea that the Congressman from his home district voted for impeachment.

6:48 AM, August 10, 2006  
Blogger rob_star said...

Clinton still carries a big stick in this state or any other for that matter except maybe Utah and those folks are crazy. I'd be looking for payback too if I were him, I mean a lowly representative from your own state leading the charge for impeachment because you lied about a blowjob, I'd be pissed too. Then Hutchinson goes to work for a real criminal the hypocrisy makes me nauseous just thinking about it. The real shame is that what Asa really needs is a good old fashioned a** beating with a tire iron for that stunt. Oh well, I am sure he'll get it someday! Karma sure is nice...

2:40 PM, August 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If anything is a motivator for every Republican getting out and voting for Asa it would be the fact that Asa was one of the leaders in the impeachment proceeding for Slick Willie. If that's all I ever heard about Asa was the fact that he was involved in that, that'd be reason enough for me to get out and vote for Asa. Clinton was a failure and everyone knows it. Well, any reasonable person knows it. There are those that have their head in the sand to refuse to see the facts about the Clinton "Administration."

7:38 PM, August 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad Beebe has ads up now so he can communicate directly with the voters. I saw the ads on raising the minimum wage, eliminating the food tax and I am glad someone is finally talking about something important to Arkansas familes in this race.

11:02 AM, August 15, 2006  

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