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What difference, at this point, do The Hillary Papers make?

What difference, at this point, do The Hillary Papers make?

Confirming the bitter, brutal, belligerent Hillary … who secretly supported single payer

Alana Goodman at The Washington Free Beacon has published The Hillary Papers (embed at bottom of this post).

Here’s Alana’s summary:

The papers of Diane Blair, a political science professor Hillary Clinton described as her “closest friend” before Blair’s death in 2000, record years of candid conversations with the Clintons on issues ranging from single-payer health care to Monica Lewinsky.

The archive includes correspondence, diaries, interviews, strategy memos, and contemporaneous accounts of conversations with the Clintons ranging from the mid-1970s to the turn of the millennium.

Diane Blair’s husband, Jim Blair, a former chief counsel at Tyson Foods Inc. who was at the center of “Cattlegate,” a 1994 controversy involving the unusually large returns Hillary Clinton made while trading cattle futures contracts in the 1970s, donated his wife’s papers to the University of Arkansas Special Collections library in Fayetteville after her death.

The full contents of the archive, which before 2010 was closed to the public, have not previously been reported on and shed new light on Clinton’s three decades in public life. The records paint a complex portrait of Hillary Clinton, revealing her to be a loyal friend, devoted mother, and a cutthroat strategist who relished revenge against her adversaries and complained in private that nobody in the White House was “tough and mean enough.”

Much of the portrayal is of the bitter, brutal, belligerent Hillary we all know.

But her early support for single-payer, despite later denials, is directly relevant to the Obamacare debacle that will be an issue in the 2016 election.

Again Alana summarizes:

On Feb. 23, 1993, Blair joined the Clintons for a family dinner at the White House. The subject of health care reform came up.

“At dinner, [Hillary] to [Bill] at length on the complexities of health care—thinks managed competition a crock; single-payer necessary; maybe add to Medicare,” Blair wrote.

The account is at odds with public statements by the former First Lady that she never supported the single-payer option.

In an interview with the New York Times as she ran for president in 2008, Hillary Clinton said she had never seriously considered adopting a single-payer system, in which the government, using funds appropriated from taxpayers, pays for all health care expenses.

“You know, I have thought about this, as you might guess, for 15 years and I never seriously considered a single payer system,” said Clinton in the interview.

What difference will this all make?

It’s mood music, screeching, cackling, annoying Clinton mood music. Do we really want to go back to those days?

Hillary’s Hit List tells us we will if she’s elected President.

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“…I never seriously considered a single payer system,” said Clinton in the interview.

No, no. It was all a lark, a larf, a great big joke she would pull on America, given the chance.

It is our job to see she never gets that chance.

    Why is it that Obama was able to advance this cause when Hillary couldn’t?

      Dawn in reply to Yujin. | February 10, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      I apologize, Yujin. I hit the down thumb instead of the up one. preeezy had majorities in both houses and the Bill obviously,was already written in someone´s drawer.

      Ragspierre in reply to Yujin. | February 10, 2014 at 2:31 pm

      Several reasons…

      Hill-larry was not the president.

      The Congress was not made up as it was with Baracula.

      Bill was not a dedicated, dogmatic Collectivist, but a much more pragmatic political opportunist.

      There had been years more battle-space preparation (lies).

      TugboatPhil in reply to Yujin. | February 11, 2014 at 2:03 pm

      Because everyone is scared of the (half) black guy.

Sounds like Sandy Berger better make a trip to the U of Arkansas library.

Anyone who was alive and interested in politics in the 90’s knew Hillary wanted single payer. Hillary is one of the most prolific liars to ever hit DC (and that’s saying something) and she depends on the media combined with the ignorance of younger voters to propel her into the White House.

“… used to winning…” No. She’s used to having her own way. The only thing she EVER won was the senate seat in NY and that was a gimme. She’s made a career out of being a Profesional Appointee, an entirely different thing.

OTOH, missed the Hit List piece back in January; good to see that Kerry, Leahy, and Rockefeller got sevens from someone else besides me, if for different reasons. I’d give sevens to the voters who put them in government to my list, as well. (Sigh, listen to us, throwing around terms like ‘hit list.’ We should be ashamed.)

I think Hillary is getting tired of Public life. Especially so after the Benghazi debacle. She knows she F’d up, she just can’t admit to that publically, imho.

She also knows it’ll hang around her neck like a millstone if she tries to run for President, though it pains her so not to keep the dream alive.

This diary donation and public revelation may be just a way for her to bow out gracefully. One can only hope so, though one can never quite tell with Progressives.

    Paul in reply to Paul. | February 12, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Part of me hopes you are correct… she is awfully long in the tooth and she knows she is in for a fight that will make John Kerry’s ‘swift boating’ experience look like a cruise through the tunnel of love.

    But the other part of me is so sickened by the past five years, and the Clinton years before that, that I cherish the thought of being able to watch her get destroyed in the process, just like they have done to so many others. Gee, does that make me a bad person?

I think many, many still underestimate Hillary.

Do we not have to question her motivation for wanting to become President? Is it for all of the flowery things? Or, something much darker.

No one can say for sure what motivates her, but a look through history tells us some seek power to create, other seek power to destroy.

No question is my mind Obama sought power to destroy. His approach was slow and steady, fundamental and academic.

The same approach that forced Karl Marx to be exiled to Germany. The Stalin’s of the world have to time for milquetoast intellectuals that seek to change minds first, peaceful revolution later.

I remind everyone of Hillary’s first move the moment she entered the White House. She didn’t just replace the apolitical appointee that ran the travel office. She didn’t just fire him. She sought to destroy him.

they show how many of bills supposed decisions were actually hers.
they show the administration at the time had an unelected person running things.
she was the power there.
they show how dangerous she is.

Q. What difference, at this point, do the Hillary papers make?

A. Probably more than ever.

    snopercod in reply to Owego. | February 10, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Actually, the fact that Hillary is now confirmed to be bitter, brutal, belligerent, ruthless, and unprincipled will only enhance her stature among her supporters. The dems have always craved a “strong leader”.

As conservatives, the safest path is not to wonder whether Hillary will run or not – assume she will. It’s impossible to call unless she openly declares. On one hand, she has all that name recognition, contacts from decades in Washington DC, and contacts with major donors. On the other hand, politically, familiarity breeds contempt among Americans – few presidents remain popular throughout two terms – and the idea of the Clintons back in the White House leaves many cold. A long primary and then the actual race may well remind Americans how sick they are of the Clintons. A run for the WH means constant, daily media content on Hillary, Hillary, Hillary. It may backfire. It will also expose her very thin resume of achievements as a NY senator and Secretary of State, which is more dotted with scandals and goof-ups than accomplishments.

Don’t trust my memory, but I believe it was Newt Gingrich who first said of ‘Hillarycare’ in the early 90s that it was a Trojan horse for single-payer.

Sammy Finkelman | February 11, 2014 at 4:42 pm

Those are not all the papers, or at least all the papers that ever existed. On June 21, 2000 I heard Hillary Rodham Clinton speak in person tonight at a graduation
ceremony, which was not quite a political speech.

One very peculiar thing she mentioned was about visiting a dying friend. I actually I think read something about it in the newspaper except that that did not even give the sex of this person. She mentioned it was a women, that this person lived in Fayetteville and she was a teacher.

I thought this is probably Diane D. Blair, author of Arkansas Government and Politics, and wife James (Jim Blair) who is notable for being the person who coordinated all the details of the $100,000 commodity profit in 1979.

I thought at the time that she and Bill visited her before she died in order to try to make sure that all diaries and letters were destroyed or returned.

But it looks like they didn’t take everything, leaving behind the less serious stuff. Which, however was not available until 2010.

Now Arkansas Government and Politics told me that Arkansas had a two year budget cycle. In 1992, Bill Clinton told a big lie, saying he had balanced 11 budgets in a row – he wasn’t even in office for 11 years in a row. Not to mention of course a balanced budget was required by the Arkansas constitution. They would pass temporary sales taxes on items.

They really emphasized that about 11 budgets IN A ROW. Al Gore repeated it in his speech at the 1992 Democratic convention There must have been some correspondence between Diane Blair and the Clintons about that.

Sammy Finkelman | February 11, 2014 at 4:49 pm


* I actually I think I read

* wife of James (Jim Blair)

Most of the stuff on scribd seems to be from after 1996. Scribd things are not easy to read or download – is this any place else?