Quote of the Day: “Not a Single Hint”

 

“Know what I was most proud of?” former Vice President Joe Biden said last week during a campaign event. “For eight years, there wasn’t one single hint of a scandal or a lie.” Or from “The View,” “not one single whisper of scandal.”

Both of these are fairly recent quotes from Vice President Biden – and of course, they echo the Obamas saying there wasn’t a “smidgen” of scandal in his administration.

I am about halfway through reading Andrew McCarthy’s book Ball of Collusion. If you have been keeping up with everything to do with “Russian collusion,” it is sort of overkill, but it does fill in a lot of the details. One thing I had not known of is the extent of the Obama administration’s meddling in the Israeli election using the same techniques that later were used against Trump.

From pages 72 and 73 of the book:

“At some point, the administration weaponized the NSA’s legitimate monitoring of communications of foreign officials to stay one step ahead of domestic political opponents,” says a pro-Israel political operative who was deeply involved in the day-to-day fight over the Iran Deal. “The NSA’s collections of foreigners became a means of gathering realtime intelligence on Americans engaged in perfectly legitimate political activism—activism, due to the nature of the issue, that naturally involved conversations with foreigners. We began to notice the White House was responding immediately, sometimes within 24 hours, to specific conversations we were having. At first, we thought it was a coincidence being amplified by our own paranoia. After a while, it simply became our working assumption that we were being spied on.” Smith elaborates: This is what systematic abuse of foreign-intelligence collection for domestic political purposes looks like: Intelligence collected on Americans, lawmakers, and figures in the pro-Israel community was fed back to the Obama White House as part of its political operations. The administration got the drop on its opponents by using classified information, which it then used to draw up its own game plan to block and freeze those on the other side. And—with the help of certain journalists whose stories (and thus careers) depend on high-level access—terrorize them.

This is the Russia-gate scenario to a tee: Political spying under the guise of legitimate national security monitoring. Subterfuge by the Kremlin is incontestably a legitimate basis for intelligence collection—a compelling one, in fact. Yet, even a compelling rationale can be used pretextually.

I guess the operative word was “single.”

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There are 11 comments.

  1. Arahant Member

    WillowSpring: I guess the operative word was “single”.

    Indeed.

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    • September 11, 2019, at 1:22 AM PDT
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  2. Ralphie Member

    And not a smidgen or hint of integrity either.

    • #2
    • September 11, 2019, at 3:41 AM PDT
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  3. OkieSailor Member
    1. It’s not scandalous if it helps their side.
    2. It’s not a scandal unless the MSM screams about it continuously for weeks on end.

    So, by their definition of things, there were NO Scandals!!

    Rules are for Republicans.

    • #3
    • September 11, 2019, at 4:47 AM PDT
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  4. Vectorman Thatcher

    It’s the Chicago way….


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    • #4
    • September 11, 2019, at 4:52 AM PDT
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  5. Stad Thatcher

    WillowSpring: Quote of the day: “not a single hint”

    You meant this to be “Lie of the Day”, right?

    • #5
    • September 11, 2019, at 7:00 AM PDT
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  6. Arahant Member

    Stad (View Comment):

    WillowSpring: Quote of the day: “not a single hint”

    You meant this to be “Lie of the Day”, right?

    The real quote is from Andy M.

    • #6
    • September 11, 2019, at 7:09 AM PDT
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  7. WillowSpring Member
    WillowSpring Post author

    Arahant (View Comment):
    The real quote is from Andy M.

    I guess it was a ‘three-fer’ with quotes from Biden, Obama and Andrew McCarthy.

    • #7
    • September 11, 2019, at 12:02 PM PDT
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  8. PHenry Member

    OkieSailor (View Comment):

    1. It’s not scandalous if it helps their side.
    2. It’s not a scandal unless the MSM screams about it continuously for weeks on end.

    So, by their definition of things, there were NO Scandals!!

    Rules are for Republicans.

    If a tree falls in the forest and there is nobody there to hear it, does it make a noise? 

    If a democrat is caught in corruption and there is no media to report it, is it a scandal? 

    • #8
    • September 11, 2019, at 2:09 PM PDT
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  9. Western Chauvinist Member

    PHenry (View Comment):

    OkieSailor (View Comment):

    1. It’s not scandalous if it helps their side.
    2. It’s not a scandal unless the MSM screams about it continuously for weeks on end.

    So, by their definition of things, there were NO Scandals!!

    Rules are for Republicans.

    If a tree falls in the forest and there is nobody there to hear it, does it make a noise?

    If a democrat is caught in corruption and there is no media to report it, is it a scandal?

    I was going to use that adage as:

    If it weren’t for lies, would Democrats have anything to say?

    • #9
    • September 11, 2019, at 5:42 PM PDT
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  10. MACHO GRANDE' (aka - Chri… Coolidge

    Hey! Let’s make the government even bigger and more powerful!

    That’s what’s best for Americans. You can almost feel the freedom ringing, from sea to shining sea.

    • #10
    • September 12, 2019, at 3:26 AM PDT
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  11. OkieSailor Member

    PHenry (View Comment):

    OkieSailor (View Comment):

    1. It’s not scandalous if it helps their side.
    2. It’s not a scandal unless the MSM screams about it continuously for weeks on end.

    So, by their definition of things, there were NO Scandals!!

    Rules are for Republicans.

    If a tree falls in the forest and there is nobody there to hear it, does it make a noise?

    If a democrat is caught in corruption and there is no media to report it, is it a scandal?

    That depends completely on where one get his news. If you only listen to the MSM then the answer is no. So how many voters are in that group? Those are Biden’s target.

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    • September 12, 2019, at 3:36 AM PDT
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