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Jamie Rubin Flogs Andrea Mitchell

MABlue helpfully provides us with this link of Jamie Rubin getting his point across and lazy@$$ “journalist”, Andrea Mitchell having to sit there and take it.  Rubin is frickin’ brilliant.  He had all of his notes prepared in advance and called her on all of the distracting, discrediting points she was prepared to make.  The point he kept driving home again and again is that the race will not be decided by pundits or the clique of Washington DC press (ie, The Villagers).  Hillary’s  not getting out of the race just because they demand it and there are millions of voters out there who havent’ been heard from and THEY will decide.  Not YOU, Andrea.

So, there.  :-p

39 Responses

  1. Way to go James!

  2. Once upon a time, when a woman took a professional job, she worked a 60-hour week on average. Her boss was a man and she thought she had to prove herself. She didn’t make any more money than the guys who worked 45-hour weeks. She thought this was the glass ceiling, so she started working 65 hours instead. Still, she made no more money. She did, however, get promoted to head of her department. She was the lowest-paid department head in history, so she worked even harder.
    http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2008/03/23/working_women_where_did_we_go_so_wrong/

    I really identify with Hillary’s outworking these other two dilletante candidates….

  3. Wednesday, March 26, 2008
    Judge rules Michigan’s primary law unconstitutional

    This is yet another hit for any chance of Michigan’s January primary results counting

    A federal judge on Wednesday ruled Michigan’s presidential primary law unconstitutional and blocked the state from giving voter lists from the Jan. 15 election to the state’s major political parties.

    U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds in Detroit ruled that the law’s provision giving the list of voters’ partisan preference only to the Democratic and Republican parties violated the rights of several small parties, who argued that the information should be distributed to all who wanted it or to no one.
    http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080326/METRO/803260443/1361

  4. Jamie Rubin was tremendous! I loved it when he told Andrea Mitchell that as a woman she should recognize when some “crackpot” in Ireland is trying to demean and diminish Hillary’s hard work with sexist comments about how “she might have accompanied her husband on a trip.” God I’m sick of the media and the misogyny. If nothing else, this campaign has demonstrated how far we still have to go before women in this society are treated equally. Anytime a woman tries to break a barrier, this happens. It happens in politics, in the boardroom, in sports.

    It’s been a real wakeup call for me. I agree with Riverdaughter. I’m not handing my power over to the Democratic Party. If they want my vote they are going to have to earn it. And right now they have a very long row to hoe before I’m voting for any Democrat other than Hillary Clinton.

  5. By Greg Sargent – March 26, 2008, 2:34PM

    Twenty top Hillary fundraisers and donors have sent a scathing private letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, chastising her for publicly saying that the super-delegates should support the winner of the pledged delegate count and demanding that she say that they should make an “independent” choice.

    I’ve obtained a copy of the letter, which comes from some of the most influential fundraisers in the Democratic Party, including Hassan Nemazee, Steven Rattner, Maureen White, Stan Shuman, and Alan Patricof.
    http://tpmelectioncentral.talkingpointsmemo.com/2008/03/in_letter_a_dozen_top_clinton.php

    thank god we are not alone…

  6. James Ruben was not only brilliant in this segment; he is so much more knowledgeable about geo-political policy and foreign affairs, it’s no wonder why KOlbie, Tweety and Scarbie don’t interview him more often. They don’t want his views allowed on their shows; he might just embarrass them.

    I was there during the negotiations in N.I., as well as knowing some of those involved from the different parties.

    Jamie Rubin was right on the money when he referred to David Trimble as a “crankpot.” No truer words were ever spoken.

    Trimble is a CONSERVATIVE, affiliated with the Unionist Party (that’s union with Britain, not “union” as in “labour”) apparently Andrea Mitchell doesn’t know that or she wouldn’t have brought up the man’s name.

    The male dominated “unionist” parties in N.I. are notoriously anti-women, elitist, and aligned with the British Tory party. Thus, David Trimble’s statement as “evidence” is preposterous and laughable–sor of like saying, well, “Rush Limbaugh Said…”

    I watch “pundits’ like Mitchell, Scarborough and Matthews, and it is alarming to realize how LITTLE THEY KNOW NOTHING about the world they judge every day in their commentary.

    No one with any comprehension of the N.I. peace process would think otherwise–trust me, even the British government thinks David Trimble is a “crankpot.” And, his own “crankpot” Ulster Unionists party–the party of old, white men in N.I.–threw him out as leader. Even they couldn’t stand him.

    Having said all that, I am afraid I must close with this:

    Despite the fact that I’ve seen him a million times before: I think I just fell in love with Jamie Ruben during that segment. Not only is he brilliant; he’s also beautiful. Christianne is a brilliant, brave, and beautiful woman as well; but Jamie Ruben was just too gorgeous for words in that segment.

  7. I have always liked him and he never disappoints. She
    needs lots more of that!

  8. Why are (some) Democrats afraid of democracy?

  9. To those all brilliant scholars, the exclusive Obama’s base, here’s another installment of:

    Stoopid, stoopid, stoopid voters!

    Twenty-two percent (22%) of Democratic voters nationwide say that Hillary Clinton should drop out of the race for the Democratic Presidential nomination. However, the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that an identical number—22%–say that Barack Obama should drop out.

    A solid majority of Democrats, 62%, aren’t ready for either candidate to leave the race. Nationally, Clinton and Obama are running essentially even among Likely Democratic Primary Voters in the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll.

    Forty-seven percent (47%) of Obama supporters think Clinton should drop out. Thirty-eight percent (38%) of Clinton supporters say Obama should drop out. Those who remain undecided are a bit more likely to suggest that Obama should leave. But, it’s worth noting that less than half of Obama supporters say Clinton should withdraw, less than half of Clinton supporters say Obama should withdraw, and less than half of undecided voters say either should withdraw at this time.

    What say you Big Boiz Bloggers, low IQ columnists Maureen Dowd, David Brooks, Frank Rich, rantmeister Keith O’Reilly and other talking heads of that swamp infested mess MessNBO?

  10. I can just picture the bloviating gasbags next October if Obama is the nominee and is getting hammered by McCain:

    “Hillary was right about Obama not being vetted.”

  11. The president of a prominent watchdog group said Wednesday that he believes Democratic presidential frontrunner Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) “intended to leave no paper trail” during his time in the Illinois Senate. Judicial Watch, which has been seeking access to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s (D-N.Y.) records from her time in the White House, argued Wednesday that the Illinois senator, who has criticized the former first lady for a lack of openness, has his own “records problem.”

    “The more we learn about the Illinois Senator, the more obvious it becomes that he is anything but the ethically upright outsider he purports to be,” said Tom Fitton, the president of Judicial Watch.
    http://thehill.com/campaign-2008/judicial-watch-obama-intended-to-leave-no-paper-trail-2008-03-26.html

  12. I heart Jamie Rubin. He should be on every show.

    Honestly, the campaign should make a list of these surrogates, who are simply fabulous, and put them on every show.

  13. David Axelrod, the top Obama political strategist, for one, knows better. After all, he and his wife were direct beneficiaries of Hillary Clinton’s personal kindness and public policy experience when, in the midst of the impeachment trial of her husband, she travelled to Chicago to support Susan Axelrod’s efforts to raise money for her foundation, Citizens United for Research on Epilepsy (CURE), established by her after one of the Axelrod children was afflicted with the malady. As reported in the New York Times in April, 2007 (with thanks to eriposte of the Leftcoaster blog for his research):
    http://www.taylormarsh.com/archives_view.php?id=27295

  14. Is Andrea Mitchell supposed to be an “objective” journalist, or is she an opinion person? If she’s the former, that was a remarkably disgraceful performance, even by MSNBC’s already basement-level standards.

  15. prohillary–

    I was so excited to read that letter “chastising” Nancy Pelosi that I actually went over to TPM for the first time in weeks. Thank goodness there are some powerful people standing up for Hillary and I’m glad her campaign is finally started to push back against the Obama and media narrative. You are always posting such great links!

  16. Steve,

    Andrea Mitchell is not a opinion person. She is a reporter and is *supposed* to be objective, but on MSNBO, they don’t do objective anymore.

  17. “None of these politicians are gonna have anything like the tough time half the people in this audience have already had for the last seven years,” he said to applause. “This is about you. Don’t you let anybody take this election away from you.”

    This is Clinton’s first appearance in West Virginia ahead of the state’s May 13 primary. The former president thanked the crowd of about 500 for the state supporting him in his presidential campaigns, and said it’s time for the state to return to the Democratic column in November.

    “In spite of the best efforts of a lot of the elites in the media and other places it looks like we are gonna have an opportunity for everybody to vote in this primary, and I think your vote should be counted, don’t you?” he asked. “I know Hillary’s gaining on them when they say, ‘Oh, let’s shut this down now; we don’t want to be divided.

    Let’s just disenfranchise several of the million people who could vote. Wouldn’t you like to vote and have your votes counted? Wouldn’t you like to have a voice in this election? Don’t you think that your vote should count as much as the people who voted in Iowa first? Yeah, well so does Hillary.”
    He also said that West Virginia is a “special place,” and said it has the kind of profile that bodes well for his wife.
    http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/03/26/813659.aspx

  18. OH MY GOD. I LOVE JAMIE RUBEN! Why haven’t we seen more of him? The Clinton campaign should seriously consider making him the spokesperson of her campaign. He has made more sense than ANYONE on the Obama or Clinton campaign in this election. In less than 10 minutes he articulated everything we’ve been talking about for weeks. Good for him. He deserves a raise.
    Andrea Mitchell is a total ass! I’m so glad he told her, Maureen Dowd, and all of the other pundits to stuff it because the PEOPLE and not the press will decide this election!

  19. Jamie Rubin was brilliant!

    God it felt so good to watch him hand it to Andrew Bitchell!

    BAM!!! Take that Andrea.

  20. Wowzer! Can we clone Rubin? What an effective advocate.

  21. Clinton is currently viewed favorably by 74% of Democrats nationwide, Obama by 67%.
    http://www.talkleft.com/story/2008/3/25/125454/451

  22. Who Wants A Candidate To Drop Out? 22% Say Clinton, 22% Say Obama
    Wed Mar 26, 2008 at 11:35:52 AM EST
    http://www.talkleft.com/story/2008/3/26/123552/302

  23. I’m starting a new series: Why Won’t Obama Quit. In honor of the Big Blog Boyz.

  24. Based on how California voted, Nancy should be URGING the serial losers who are ruining Dem chances this year–Howie Dean, John Kerry, Ted Kennedy, Richardson, Chris Dodd and BO–to back Hillary NOW. Hillary has been vaccinated against GOP viruses, she even now has Scaife pictures to peddle!! We are going to remember Jeremiah Wright like we remember Chappaquidick….

  25. Hey, I just heard that Hillary is going to be on Hannity and then Greta van Sustern tonight. I don’t know if I have the courage to watch. Is anyone else planning to?

  26. Jamie Rubin was, as he has been recently, excellent.

    He also cleaned Andrea Mitchell’s clock in mid-March when the MCM (Mainstream Corporate Media) first began “investigating” — aka demeaning — Hillary’s work as first lady. Andrea had a quote from David Trimble saying Hillary was a “cheerleader” for her husband’s visit.

    Rubin had a quote from John Hume which demolished Trimble’s statement.

    Andrea looked as if she heard and understood what Rubin read, but when reporting on NBC Evening News she only referred to the Trimble remark.

    I was looking for the transcript or video of this Mitchell-Rubin exchange, but couldn’t find it, alas.

    Anyone have a link?

  27. The MCMers, btw, are working overtime on this “Why Won’t Hillary Just Quit” thing. Grrrrrr.

  28. Joseph Cannon has a really interesting post on Obama’s top foreign affairs advisor, Zbignew Brzezinski, including his urging the Chinese to support Pol Pot in 1981. Is this really the person we want in charge of our foreign policy?

    http://cannonfire.blogspot.com/

  29. Jamie was great. We need to get him more exposure on the tube.

    Did you notice how Andrea just couldn’t bring herself to say Jake Tapper’s (of ABC) name even though it was in text right on the screen. What, she didn’t want to credit another reporter for something. You know, these reporters make me sick. It’s always about them. Pathetic.

  30. Where has Rubin been all this time?? He should be on TV more often. Andrea Mitchell is nothing but a mediocre presstitute and she made a horse’s ass of herself in this interview.

  31. Finally, somebody said what I was dying to hear.

  32. At last somebody makes a spirited and intelligent defense of Hillary
    Jamie Rubin should be the only one authorized to speak for her, Hillary included

  33. Is anybody listening when Barack Obama, John Kerry, Howard Dean and other Obama surrogates self-righteously proclaim “We can’t change [the rules in midstream]” with respect to re-enfranchising Florida and Michigan democrat voters? Does anybody see the irony when the ‘Candidate of Change’ declares “We can’t change?” Facing a predicament that begs for a constructive solution, Senator Obama essentially calls for ‘staying the course’, and thus prolongs the pain. He disingenuously promises to abide by whatever the Democrat National Committee decides, knowing that Howard Dean, an Obama supporter, is committed to NOT decide. While Mr Dean disingenuously claims to be seeking a settlement that satisfies both camps, knowing that the Obama camp opposes any CHANGE that might rectify the situation. They hope to steal the nomination by denying Florida and Michigan democrat voters a voice.
    Senator Obama claims to represent a new kind of politics; change, bringing people together. But in reality its still the party wonks in the smoke-filled room calling the shots. The only thing different is what they’re smoking.

  34. So glad to see Bill in West Virginia. Yes, it is a good state for Hillary.. at least in my experience of the panhandle part of the state.. people need decent paying jobs and health care. Beautiful rhetoric? not so much.

    Good for Hillary going on Greta and Hannity’s shows. I can’t stand Hannity but she has the nerve to speak to her critics and I don’t see that Obama does. Not to mention.. AFAIK Greta Van Susteren started her career in West Virginia, practicing law out in Morgantown.. so she has a pretty big audience in the state.

  35. Dear Barack O., Howard D., Nancy P.,Teddy K. John K., Bill (AKA “Judas) R., Donna B and anyone else that I missed,

    Thank you for your support as fellow democrat who has dedicated 35 years for civil rights, women rights, universal healthcare and many other issues important to the Democrat party.

    Thank you Teddy for allowing me to campaign for you when you ran into some problems in your senate race when I was first lady. Thanks for speaking out against those critics that called me and my husband racist, oh ya shout out to Donna B who worked for and with us it seems like forever thanks for having our back….both of you could have easily thrown us under the bus….wait a minute you did throw us under the bus…and then you had the driver back up and drive over us again…..ok never mind

    Bill R ( AKA Judas), my husband had a great time at your Super Bowl Party, thanks for the assurances that you would endorse me…I’m soooooooooo lucky to have you as a friend…I had my doubts when Bill appointed you to not one but two cabinet positions in the Clinton Whitehouse and campaigned for you when you ran for govenor of NM..I thought you were kind of wishy washy not my Bill he had faith in you, your the best…you would never betray a friendship….ooppps you did…never mind.

    Howard,,,your the best leader of the Democrat party ever………you showed Florida and Michigan who was boss…you told them, move that primary or loose your delegates..they didnt listen….you had no choice..2.2 million votes
    who needs them ( well actually I kinda need them) in the general election anyway….Barack has Georgia, Utah, Mississippi, the Dakota’s and Wyoming..those are blue states with a lot of electoral college voting stuff, right Oh ya thanks for pushing real hard for a revote in Michigan and Florida…..I’m bad….you didnt. Never mind…

    SENATOR OBAMA…..THANK YOU FOR UNITING THE PARTY AND BRINGING THE PEOPLE TOGETHER….THANK YOU RUNNING A CLEAN CAMPAIGN…I HATE THE NEGATIVE STUFF….SO WHEN YOUR CAMPAIGN MANAGER CALLED ME A LIAR…THANKS FOR FIRING HIM….AND WHEN JESSE JACKSON JR…SAID I COULD CRY IN NEW HAMPSHIRE …BUT NOT FOR THE PEOPLE OF KATRINA ( TO BE HONEST I DIDNT GET THAT) THANKS FOR PUTTING HIM IN HIS PLACE…AND WHEN YOUR GENERAL MCSPEAKY ACCUSED A FORMER PRESIDENT (MY MAN) OF MCCARYTHISM..THANKS FOR FIRING HIM….AND THANKS FOR CALLING ME OUT REGARDING MY TAXES..THE AMERICAN PEOPLE REALLY NEED TO SEE MY DEDUCTIONS….WHO NEEDS TO DISCUSS ISSUES LIKE HEALT HCARE THE ECONOMY…THE WAR…THAT IS SO 2007…..THANKS FOR RUNNING A CLEAN CAMPAIGN….OH STOP THE PRESS…YOU DIDNT..NEVER MIND.

    TO MY PEEPS THAT HAD MY BACK…THE VOTERS MAY DECIDE I’M NOT THE ONE AND WHEN THAT DAY COMES..I WILL STEPP ASIDE….MY QUESTION FOR MY PEEPS….WILL YOU NEED BILL AND I TO LET SAY DO SOME CAMPAIGNING FOR THE CHOSEN ONE….YOU KNOW MAYBE IN FLORIDA AND MICHIGAN…MAYBE PUT IN A GOOD WORD FOR THOSE “TYPICAL WHITE FEMALE VOTERS” YOU KNOW BILL ARE I ALSO KIND OF POPULAR WITH THE ASIAN AND HISPANIC VOTERS..NAHHHH YOU WON’T NEED US…PRESIDENT GOR DIDNT.

  36. I was sitting here with the teevee on and for whatever reason put it on MSNBC (which hardly ever happens anymore).

    I caught Mrs. Alan Greenspan with her interview with Jaime and sat there slack-jawed and open-mouthed! W H O A ! That needs to happen more often, in general and with Mrs. Greenspan. It was a wonder to behold! LOL!!

  37. Hillary turned up over here in Northern Irealnd and mugged for the photo ops. Feelgood stuf and not unwelcome. Claining that this was instumental in ending terrorism here is however a complete lie.

    Having her attack dog make sectarian, false and offensive remarks about a man who did substantial work and suffered a painful backlash from those opposed to the peace process exposes an ignorance of what went on here, confirming her lack of knoweldge and involvement.

    It also signals just what a bunch of lowlifes are running the Hillary campaign.

  38. nrg, please see http://mediamatters.org/items/200803130007

    I think an argument based on facts will help your candidate a lot more than namecalling.

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