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Dr Robert Donating Member (381 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-10-09 06:13 PM
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"Follow Olympia"? Please tell me Bill Clinton was joking
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Edited on Tue Nov-10-09 06:18 PM by Dr Robert
When former President Bill Clinton walked into the Capitol this afternoon for luncheon with Senate Democrats, he pushed a healthcare proposal championed by Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe. But based on the context of his comments he was probably more joking and courteous, than serious.

"I'm gonna tell them Olympia is right. They ought to follow Olympia," he said with a big grin as he walked away. Snowe's proposal would allow a public option to be "triggered" in states only if private companies failed to offer affordable insurance plans.

As was written in First Thoughts this morning, Clinton has strong ties to the Senate centrists who could very well decide the fate of the health-care bill in the Senate. Clinton was governor when Ben Nelson served as governor of Nebraska; Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor just happen to represent Clintons home state of Arkansas; and Clinton and Joe Lieberman used to be very close personally and ideologically -- before the Lewinsky scandal. During the 2008 campaign, Clinton seemed to find his stride campaigning in red America -- in places that are similar politically to Arkansas, Nebraska, Indiana, etc. Clinton's at his best when he's giving others political advice, and he excels at framing an argument better than just about anyone on the political stage.

Clinton had just passed the metal detector at what's called the Senate's "carriage entrance." After Clinton's staff told him he didn't have to walk through the metal detector, he spotted Snowe.

Snowe and Clinton have a long history both inside and outside of Washington. Snowe is the wife of former Maine Gov. John McKernan. Clinton and McKernan crossed paths during their tenures as governors. Snowe and Hillary Clinton crossed paths as governor's wives and later as senators.
Clinton shook Snowe's hand, and there was some faint talk of healthcare as well as his upcoming meeting with Democrats. But after a minute or so, I asked Clinton what his message would be for the Democratic caucus. With his classic smile and laugh, he said simply, "Ask them, 'When I get finished?' "
Before he walked away, he shook Snowe's hand a final time. "I'm gonna tell them Olympia is right," he said. "They ought to follow Olympia."

Just what the Hell is Bill Clinton up to?

Please tell me this is just some shit reporting from Chuck Todd's crew.
He was just telling people to follow her through the metal detector, right?
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  -"Follow Olympia"? Please tell me Bill Clinton was joking Dr Robert  Nov-10-09 06:13 PM   #0 
  - Perhaps he wants to get into Snowe's pants  IndianaGreen   Nov-10-09 06:19 PM   #1 
  - He's trying to protect Lieberman.  ProSense   Nov-10-09 06:21 PM   #2 
  - I rather swap Joe Lieberman for Avigdor Lieberman  IndianaGreen   Nov-10-09 06:22 PM   #3 
  - doesn't Israel have National Healthcare?  Dr Robert   Nov-10-09 06:23 PM   #5 
     - Yes, and Israel also has LGBTs serving openly in the military  IndianaGreen   Nov-10-09 06:26 PM   #7 
        - how can Lieberman oppose Single Payer then? If its good enough for Israel, why is it bad for the US?  Dr Robert   Nov-10-09 06:31 PM   #10 
        - The topic is healthcare, & Bubba's involvement in the issue,....  burning rain   Nov-10-09 09:35 PM   #16 
           - The only thing revealing is your paranoia  IndianaGreen   Nov-11-09 10:50 AM   #23 
  - God damn Joe Lieberman!  Dr Robert   Nov-10-09 06:22 PM   #4 
  - Well he is a conservative democrat in the blue dog mode.  ej510   Nov-10-09 06:26 PM   #6 
  - Probably joking...  itsrobert   Nov-10-09 06:29 PM   #8 
  - You can't ever trust the shit that comes out of FirstRead. They consistently spin Anti-Obama.  Dr Robert   Nov-10-09 06:33 PM   #12 
  - Snowe's most recent talk has been completely against a public option  high density   Nov-10-09 06:30 PM   #9 
  - And I had high hopes for this gathering. Stick to your day job, Bill.  tblue   Nov-10-09 06:32 PM   #11 
  - "based on the context of his comments he was probably more joking and courteous, than serious."  TwilightZone   Nov-10-09 09:05 PM   #13 
  - the point is that this is the kind of controversy that Chuck Todd spins out of nothing  Aramchek   Nov-10-09 09:07 PM   #14 
     - come on, if Todd didn't spin shit, he would actually have to do some reporting...  WCGreen   Nov-10-09 09:36 PM   #17 
     - he should shave. most of the real news gets stuck in his goatee  Aramchek   Nov-10-09 09:43 PM   #18 
     - Yes, he does seem to do that rather often.  TwilightZone   Nov-10-09 09:46 PM   #19 
  - Nothing senators like more than being stroked.  burning rain   Nov-10-09 09:31 PM   #15 
  - +1! Exactly! n/t  rvablue   Nov-11-09 09:18 AM   #20 
  - I'm sick of hearing about Olympia Snowe  euphoria12leo   Nov-11-09 10:18 AM   #21 
  - Bill was joking.  Beacool   Nov-11-09 10:30 AM   #22 

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