With decades of experience as a political operative within the Democratic Party, including service to both the Clinton and Obama administrations, our ongoing dialogue with the figure simply known as “Insider” continues…
Ulsterman: I was hoping for some quick word association here. Give you a name, or a topic, and you tell us what you think? Is that ok with you?
Insider: Won’t promise to give you an answer every time, but fine-fine. I have to be done with this quick though – no time to waste here. Something needs done right – gotta do it yourself. Yeah?
Ulsterman: What needs to be done?
Insider: Next question. The word association…let’s go. Ask away.
Ulsterman: “Occupy Wall Street”
Insider: Part of the plan I told you about already. Chaos. The imminent threat of violence. Try and mobilize Obama’s base – whatever the f-ck that is these days. That interview you did with –name withheld- was right – it’s mainly the union boys behind the organizational stuff – the funding. The boots on the ground when needed. If there is a march…they brought in a couple thousand for that. Bussed them in. Dropped them off. Then took them back home. Nothing new there. Media wont’ dig too deep into that…not theNew York media anyways. No surprise there. I ain’t afraid of the Occupy sh-t as much as some people…it’s what was coming at us months ago. It’s part of that plan. And…I don’t think they are gonna pull it off. It’s gonna backfire on them. Too unpredictable. Too volatile. For them – the Obama people…some of the foolish Dems…for them to be wrapping their arms around something like that…stupid. Gonna backfire on them. Middle America isn’t liking this sh-t. And Middle America is who will decide the next president. Occupy won’t work unless they pull off something…something radical. A staged event – a serious one. A big deal. A threat. That could happen. It’s been bounced around…the idea of it – for a couple years. Since the Tea Party stuff. They might just prove desperate enough to try something like that.
Ulsterman: Like what? What are you talking about?
Insider: We have the first so-called Black president, right? What would be the extreme of the race-based re-election plan I told you about? The ace in the sleeve for this kind of program? Something that would make White America recoil at the thought of voting against this president? Make them feel just so very bad for this poor little doing the best he can it’s Bush’s fault president of ours?
Ulsterman: Riots? Race Riots?
Insider: No…that card will be played out sooner. And it’s too broad. They would need something much more…specific to Obama. The ultimate in a sympathy vote. And it’s been talked about. I assure you of that. These people are laying out every conceivable possibility to remain in power. Gettin’ real serious now…
Ulsterman: I don’t know.
Insider: All the ingredients are in place. Falling approval ratings. A big uptick in divisive racial talk…the GOP primary race gettin’ on, which has upped the anti-Obama rhetoric. Occupy Wall Street stuff. An aborted terrorist attack inAmerica. The president crisscrossing the country talking the same old sh-t, except playing the victim card even more than before…don’t tell me for a second some of this isn’t all being played out for a very specific possibility. If needed, they will try and pull it off. I got no doubt about it now. None.
Ulsterman: So what is it? Pull what off?
Insider: A manufactured threat against the President of theUnited States. Something easily digested by the media and the American public. Not a real threat – something totally of their own making. They will use it if they need to – got no doubt whatsoever about that. Jarrett has approved the idea…and did so a long time ago. There were whispers of it during the 2008 campaign. McCain was so god-awful it never reached a serious consideration…but the plan was discussed. If needed – they were willing to go that route. It would be the ultimate use of the race card in the history of American politics. And…it would likely work if they got away with it.
Ulsterman: They would go that far? Risk something like that?
Insider: You don’t need to ask that question. Not after what we’ve discussed this past year. Not after what I’ve told you has proven out over and over again. So stop asking the fu—ing question. You need to accept the fact…if you haven’t done so yet – you need to accept the fact these people are playing for keeps. I told you – how many times? How many times have I said it? These are not Democrats. These folks are something else entirely. And they are willing to push the country – all of us, right against the fu—ing wall. Hard. I’m pushing back. Others are too. All of this is part of that effort. A small part, but an important one.
Ulsterman: “Herman Cain”
Ulsterman: Back to the word association – Herman Cain.
Insider: That’s quite a transition there. Think you gave me whiplash…
Ulsterman: Sorry – like you said, we don’t have much time.
Insider: Herman Cain? Interesting move. Likeable guy. No way in hell he gets the nomination. None. He’s already setting himself up for free-fall. The guy is winging it 24/7 and that can’t hold up. Not at this level. Guy should have hired a team to help navigate this stuff. Get up to speed on the issues. He seems to be a nice guy – and frankly, the message…the economic message – it’s a hit with the voters. The polling shows that. He’s cut thought the bullsh-t and hammered that home. I give him credit for that – but everything else has been amateur hour with Cain, and it just won’t hold up under more scrutiny. Maybe he’ll get some pros in there to tighten up the campaign – but time is running out. His mistakes are becoming overwhelming and it’s hurting his image. I just don’t think he would hold up against what the Obama team will throw at him.
Ulsterman: The rest of the GOP field – who do you like? Who can defeat Obama?
Insider: I’ve always said Romney is the frontrunner. He has the money, he has the right people in place – got a state-to-state operation ready to go. That’s how you do it. That’s how you win a national campaign. And the man has put in the time. Told he spends hundreds of hours each month pouring over briefings. That shows a person very serious about the road ahead. He’s ready – and his debate performances have proven that out. But can he beat Obama? Way too early to say. He’s gotta be ready for the race issue that will try and kick the sh-t out of him. It’s coming his way if he gets the nomination. Big time. The Obama team has been preparing for Romney for some time now.
As for the rest of the field…I’ve always admired Gingrich. I have hated him at times – but always admired him. That kind of contradiction only makes sense in D.C. Nobody is smarter…he’s sneaking up in the polling. Lots of baggage though – got the smell of old DC on him. That might prove too tough to overcome. Perry has been a big letdown. The man is much brighter than he has come off in these debates – he really is. Not Gingrich smart – not even close. But for fu—s sake he looks like a moron…I have been stunned at how poorly he has performed. He’s gotta shake this out in about a month or he’s done – and frankly, that disappoints me. I hear his team is ready to make a big push in the coming weeks – make or break time. They ain’t giving up just yet, and they got a bunch of cash to help get their message out.
If you don’t mind I wanna step off your little word association thing for a moment. Tell you about the other big plan the White House has for pushing up the president’s poll numbers heading into 2012. The internals continue to be very bad for them. Worsening in fact. So there was something I spoke to you about some time ago. That’s now being pushed to the forefront – at the expense of national security I might add. It’s got some in the military very-very upset. There’s quite a power struggle between the administration and the Pentagon – and it’s worsening.
Ulsterman: Go ahead – what is it?
Insider: “Home for the holidays”.
Insider: Home for the Holidays – there is gonna be a huge PR campaign underway to trumpet the Obama administration’s successes in Iraq – their killing off of terrorists, Libya, all of it rolled up into one big made-for-TV Obama infomercial. Home for the holidays – that’s the theme. It’s already underway. Troops coming home from Iraq with the President there to welcome them home, job well done…all that bullsh-t coming from the same man who not long ago was describing what they were doing as carpet bombing villages and killing civilians. Remember that?
Ulsterman: I do.
Insider: So it will be a big deal for the administration – or at least that will be the attempt. Take the attention off of the economy, off of the gaffes, off of the class warfare – use the troops to focus the attention back on the president and his so-called success in Iraq.
Ulsterman: So called? Your description begs the question…
Insider: This president has so little to do with the Iraq situation – with any of the military actions of the last two years…he was dragged kicking and screaming the entire time. For months the military has simply been doing its own thing with very little input from the White House – the word went out that as long as they didn’t do anything to embarrass the president, more power to them. The only thing Obama has taken a real interest in are the drones. Apparently he loves those drone attacks. Thinks they’re cool – how they fly in and just blow the sh-t out of people. No fuss. No muss. President Obama gets off on it. The same guy who was so concerned with giving those GITMO fellas a nice citizen trial because he was concerned with their rights – he loves blowing the hell out of people. A real power trip for him apparently. So much so the military brass are becoming increasingly uneasy. Hillary has heard the complaints, but she’s washing her hands of it all. I’m disappointed in her you know – wanted her to be stronger. She ain’t her husband though…
Ulsterman: Are you still working on a primary candidate against Obama? You said before you wanted that scenario underway by before winter, right?
Insider: Of course…that is still happening – yes.
Ulsterman: Care to tell us who it is?
Insider: No…it’s not one person yet. We are still attempting to convince them to proceed. Negotiating the terms if you will. They won’t defeat the president of course – political collateral damage is what we are after. Have the GOP candidates slam the president from the right, have the primary candidate slam him from the left. Isolate him for a few months – maybe more. The guy is wobbly – we are trying to knock his ass down before voters really start to pay attention.
Ulsterman: Fast and Furious.
Insider: Ah…it…it is either going very well for us – or very bad. Information coming out of Congress is in lockdown mode again. Nothing. Nothing is coming out from there. My gut says that is a good sign – they are now waiting for the top tier news items to cycle out…the Occupy bullsh-t, the Libya bullsh-t… then push this thing onto the front page. You really need to step back and see how far we have come in all of this. Subpoenas announced just as I promised. Calls for a special prosecutor. I have personally confirmed recent preparations at the White House for Holder’s departure – Jarrett is handling all of that herself. They are preparing for worst case – just as we hoped. Still gonna be a fight, still gotta count on Issa and others following this through to a real conclusion…but so far so good.
Ulsterman: Bill Daley.
Insider: Finally – about time you asked about that.
Ulsterman: He announced he is leaving – I assume that was what you were referring to. The significant staff departure announcement you promised was coming soon.
Insider: Yeah – something like that. Not sure how exactly I put it to you , but that sounds about right. It’s a signal you know – to the Dems, to the donors. To Wall Street, the business community, operatives – people back inChicago. A big flashing neon sign – the White House is officially out of order.
Ulsterman: Why are you so certain of that?
Insider: Because I know. Some of this stuff I get from secondary sources. Some of it I have to rummage through…find the facts among all the garbage. But some of it I get first-hand. Some of it is almost real-time as it happens information. This was one of those times. Daley’s announced departure is huge. I cannot stress that enough. The guy has been on the job for less than a year. The secondChicago boy to leave the position as Obama’s White House Chief of Staff.
Ulsterman: So does that mean Valerie Jarrett won the power struggle between herself and Daley? She is remains there and he is leaving?
Insider: Did the people who stayed on the Titanic as it was sinking into the water win? Bill Daley is much brighter, much tougher, much better connected than Valerie Fu—ing Jarrett could ever hope to be. He went in trying to remedy a situation because he’s a loyal guy – a party guy. Like a lot of us. Sure, ego played a part. Always does… when he realized just how difficult the situation was…other options were put in place. His announcement is according to plan. Right on schedule in fact.
Ulsterman: According to plan?
Insider: According to plan.
Ulsterman: Can you elaborate?
Ulsterman: Will you elaborate?
Insider: No…this is…this is part of something you won’t get. Not the specifics. Not yet. I can’t piss these people off. Just take what I said and leave it at that. For now. According to plan. That’s as accurate as we need to be for now.
Ulsterman: Would it be accurate to say that the Obama White House needs Bill Daley far more than Daley needs the White House?
Insider: That would be a big fu—ing understatement. Look at the clues here – Bill Daley has acted with immunity since day one. Remember that time he took the president to task when he was speaking to the business community? When he agreed with them – their anger and frustration at how the administration was killing jobs? How their policies were…hell, he came right out against the president. He called what Obama was doing “indefensible”, right? The White House Chief of Staff ripped into the President of theUnited States publicly. And nothing happened to him. No response from Obama. None. During the debt negotiations not so long ago, Daley was getting an earful from both the Dems and the Republicans about how clueless this administration was – how little the president seemed to care about working out a deal. How Obama would abdicate his role over to a few advisers and repeatedly ask that they just get him something to sign – and Daley…privately with them – he agreed things were not right. Not good. Fu—ed up. Bill Daley’s announced departure is very good news. It’s the message some of us realized a while back – this White House cannot be saved from itself. The dysfunction runs way too deep. You saw – read about…confirmation of the description I gave you about the president’s White House setup. His second floor study. The time spent watching TV up there in that room, smoking away. How he defers to Valerie Jarrett and a couple other advisers. Little or no communication his own Cabinet. As outrageous as what I told you was – as borderline insane it sounded – what was the result? What was reported later?
Ulsterman: It became – your description …it was verified in the media. The Heileman book…other reports.
Insider: That’s right. And now Daley’s leaving. The walls are collapsing in on the administration. They are gonna spend millions and millions trying to portray a different version of reality. Call in every media favor they can. It’s our job to make sure they don’t succeed, right? It’s our job to keep pushing the truth out there. Daley is leaving. The party…hell, you got Democratic Party candidates purposely avoiding being seen with the president. That is about as bad as it gets son. You have the military boys ignoring the Commander in Chief time and time again – given the ok to do their own thing as long as they don’t embarrass the president. Wall Street is turning against him – telling his campaign to f-ck off. The Chamber of Commerce is planning to spend “whatever it takes” to defeat him in 2012. Poll numbers are at all time lows. The internals are even worse for them. The likelihood of a primary opponent increasing. Fast and Furious and other scandals finally getting a bit of media traction…that White House…if they thought things were tough for them before – it’s about to hit a whole other level of sh-tstorm.
Ulsterman: Still confident?