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Bill Clinton Obliterates the Latest Republican Attempt to Stop Hillary

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It took Bill Clinton less than 60 seconds to destroy the latest Republican attempt to stop his wife Hillary from running for president:

 

 

Former President Clinton was asked if the Weiner scandal was difficult to watch. He used the opportunity to knock down the Republican attempts to tie his wife to Anthony Weiner.

Clinton said, “Well, not because it is a political campaign. Neither Hillary or I was ever involved in the political campaign, and they understood that from the beginning. There are too many people running for mayor who have been my supporters, who supported her for senator, her for president. One was once a campaign manager,Mr. de Blasio But there are literally five people in that race, including one of the Republican candidates Mr. (John) Catsimatidis, who are personal friends of ours, so we are a hundred miles from that race and everyone understands that we are not going to be involved, as long as our personal friends and people who we feel obligations are involved. So, the feelings I have are all personal and since they are, I shouldn’t talk about them.”

This is all started with a New York Post story that reported that the Clintons were livid with Weiner, but the story went on to baselessly speculate that the Clintons were worried that Weiner’s scandal would hurt Hillary’s potential 2016 campaign. Conservative media picked up on that point, and have been speculating that Weiner’s sexting romps will hurt Clinton if she runs for president.

Former President Clinton’s comments revealed two things. One, there is no way that the Clintons are going to let the right use former Rep. Weiner to smear Hillary, and two, on a personal level they are probably understandably personally angry about what Weiner has done.

Republican strategists are trying their best to connect Hillary Clinton to Anthony Weiner. In a memo released to reporters on Friday, they wrote, “Hillary Clinton, has stayed mum about all of it. For someone who has not-so-veiled aspirations to lead her party, she’s failed to show any leadership in publicly denouncing Weiner’s habits or his candidacy.”

Former President Clinton stopped the whole effort to Hillary Clinton to Anthony Weiner dead in its tracks. Republicans are desperate, so desperate that they are trying to stop Hillary Clinton’s candidacy before she has even had a chance to announce it. The Republican Party couldn’t stop Obama with these types of smears and attacks. It definitely isn’t going to work on Hillary Clinton. Right now, Bill and Hillary Clinton’s messaging is more powerful than the entire Republican Party.

The Clintons have been playing this game with Republicans for twenty plus years. They know what they are doing, and over these past few decades Republicans have never won. Bill and Hillary Clinton are big leaguers, and Republicans are kidding themselves if they think that their efforts to smear Hillary will even make a dent.

 

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Why digital dirty laundry keeps taking down public figures

Former Congressman Anthony Weiner (BRENDAN MCDERMID/REUTERS )

Former Congressman Anthony Weiner (BRENDAN MCDERMID/REUTERS )

Rest assured this will be the one and only article published about “Weinergate” on TFC…

The Washington Post – Wonk Blog

New York mayoral candidate and former congressman Anthony Weiner just apologized for carrying on digital relationships involving phone sex and racy online messages — yes, again.

Public figures have been having affairs since the invention of the term “public figure.” But Weiner’s behavior is a good reminder that even when someone is taking precautions — Weiner reportedly adopted the handle “Carlos Danger” to cover his tracks — it’s almost impossible to carry on an online affair without getting caught.

For example, even retired Gen. David Petraeus was unable to hide his affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.  And Petraeus was the director of the CIA! While they attempted to hide their tracks by leaving messages as drafts in a shared webmail account created using an alias, the IP addresses used to access the inbox were used to pinpoint Broadwell’s identity.

That elevated risk is relatively new. Sure, there was always the risk that Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd might share a handwritten note from FDR with a reporter. But she didn’t have the ability to photocopy it, or to e-mail it to friends at the click of a button. Technology has opened up many new ways for a politician’s scorned lover to capitalize on their story with a vast trove of evidence.

Mobile apps like Snapchat promise ephemeral communications, claiming to delete photos a few seconds after they’re received. But computer security professionals have discovered that there are ways to copy Snapchat photos and keep them permanently.

And even if a scorned lover has no interest in publicizing an affair, evidence may just be sitting in an e-mail account waiting to be hacked. No matter how careful you are, there’s a risk that your illicit partner will get careless and reveal information about your liaisons.

In short, once you release information on the Internet, you can never be sure it’s been completely removed.

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Anthony Weiner’s Revenge

Glenn Beck gloated over ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner's fall from grace. But Weiner's work may be finally putting an end to Beck's sleazy gold company sponsor.

I hope that former Representative Anthony Weiner’s eagle-eyed focus on Justice Clarence Thomas’ corruption and deceit is the next thing to be exposed and dealt with…

Mother Jones

When prosecutors charged executives from the precious metals company Goldline with fraud on Tuesday, it marked an unusual victory for someone who hasn’t had many wins lately: former New York congressman Anthony Weiner.

Before he became infamous and ultimatelyresigned for tweeting photos of his private parts to women he met on the internet, Weiner had earned a reputation as a defender of consumer rights. Among his biggest campaigns was an effort to rein in sleazy gold dealers, from those who were taking advantage of the recession with dubious “cash for gold” deals to shady coin operations like Goldline, who, as Mother Jones reported last year, made millions by peddling their wares on the talk shows of right-wing hosts like Glenn Beck.

In May of last year, Weiner released a report highlighting many of the issues that ultimately ended up being part of the prosecutors’ charges Tuesday. His outspoken criticism of the company sparked a very public feud with Beck, who refused to distance himself from Goldline, which had been one of his most loyal sponsors. Beck asked his listeners to send in doctored photos of Weiner showing the congressman with “his nose as a wiener.” He said he welcomed any “Weiner facts” or photos of the congressman “in front of the wienermobile in front of his house, with his wiener dog, with his little wiener children.” Beck set up a website called weinerfacts.com just to post all the photos.

The day after Weiner resigned, Beck gloated about his nemesis’ downfall in a lengthy on-air rant, saying, “We’re going to have to do without, without one of the most unlikable figures in American political history. Remember, there is a guy who was capable of being completely unlikable. Even when he was arguing for healthcare, for 9/11 responders, he was unlikable…He could say anything, look and sound the exact same way. It didn’t matter if he was lying about Goldline or health care or his own wiener shots.”

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