on Thu 28 Sep 2006 05:28 PM EDT | Permanent Link
Word has spread about a blogger's conference call held yesterday with Dick Morris that was hosted Allen Roth of The One Jerusalem Blog.
Among the bloggers on the call: Banagor from Broadsword, Don from Liberally Conservative, Jerry Gordon from Israpundit, Pamela from Atlas Shrugs, Anne Lieberman from Boker Tov Boulder, Michael Illions and Hank Butehorn from Conservatives with Attitude, Omri from Mere Rhetoric, Jim Hoft from Gateway Pundit, Kim Priestap from Wizbang, and Chad from GDLL.
"Last week, Mr. Morris and Eileen McGann published a critical article about the Clinton's that the Main Stream Media largely ignored. Entitled "Emir's A Gusher for Bill and Hillary" the op-ed charges that Bill Clinton and those in the inner circle of both Clintons have enjoyed large financial benefits from Clinton's relationship with Sheik Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. This story involves the controversial Dubai ports deal."
In addition to predicting that the Clinton couple's financial dalliance with the emir of Dubai would be "the scandal of '08" when Hillary Clinton runs for president, Morris called Senator Clinton a "European socialist" and warned that she was "Nixonian" in her ambitions.
Kim Priestap of Whizbang took note of how Bill Clinton's outburst last Sunday might draw attention away from Hillary:
"I asked Dick how Bill's outburst on Fox News Sunday could actually help the Dems when the interview did one thing: focus everyone's attention on Bill Clinton rather than on issues that actually help the Dems. After all, when Bill Clinton takes center stage, it's all Bill Clinton, all the time, and he sucks everything away from the Dems - it's cannibalistic in a way. Dick agreed and said that Bill Clinton's interview will hurt the Democrats for a variety of reasons. First, the interview brings attention back to terrorism, which is always bad for Democrats. Second, it also brings attention to Bill's temperament. Finally, it sucks all the attention away from Hillary, so now the question is how is Bill going to help get the attention back to her?"
The New York Post reported that John Spencer observed how Senator Clinton and her husband were now resorting to theatrics.
"This act is getting old and the American people realize it. The time has come to stop the theatrics."
Pamela at Atlast Shrugs agreed that Bill Clinton's outburst was calculated.
Today on ABC News— - Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich believes former President Clinton's blow up during an interview on "Fox News Sunday" -- and the escalating war of words over whether he or President Bush mishandled opportunities to catch or kill Osama bin Laden before the Sept. 11 attacks -- was premeditated to shore up support for Democrats ahead of the November midterm elections.
"I think that as the most experienced professional in the Democratic Party, he didn't walk onto that set and suddenly get upset," Gingrich said. "He probably decided in advance he was going to pick a fight with Chris Wallace."
This, Gingrich said, may have been a good strategy.
"I think as a calculated political decision, it's reasonably smart," he said.