14 February 2008

Interview With Brian Jones, Former RNC Director Of Communications - Part 3

Part 3, the conclusion to our interview with Brian Jones.


OL&L: There are some among our conservative friends who, as much as they despise the Clintons, and don’t want them back in the White House, if there must be a Democratic President, they actually prefer Hillary to Barack because they know she’ll do what’s popular, what’s safe, and wont veer hard to the left.

Brian Jones: I think there’s a pragmatism to Hillary Clinton that’s hard to get away from. Hillary is someone to took a poll about where she should live in New York when she ran for the Senate. She’s driven by ambition and calculation. There’s a belief among some that that ambition will keep her kind of on the straight and narrow. She won’t go too far off the deep end. Whether that’s true or not, I’m not sure. It makes sense to me that that’s how she operates, and that’s how she’ll continue to operate. It’s how her husband operated and why you had him talking about things like seat belts and school uniforms and never really doing anything big in his presidency.

Obama is much more of an unknown. Sometimes it seems like he’s coming at Hillary from the right, but then you look at his voting record and find that he is a dyed-in-the-wool liberal.

I do believe there is something to this notion that she would be more of a centrist candidate. And maybe that helps her in the general election.

OL&L: One of our friends, a self-described Libertarian, said that he will vote for Obama because he views him as a symbol of hope and he believes his rhetoric about change. But the thing that struck us about his support for Obama, and we wonder if this is common among Obama supporters, is that despite what Obama is saying to appeal to the base, he believes Obama is smart enough that once he gets in office, he’ll make the good decision, that he won't be ultra liberal. Do you believe that to be true?

Brian Jones: There’s no doubt he’s a very intelligent person. And it’s the game that every politician plays in the primary—some better than others. They start off appealing to the base and then try to broaden their appeal in the general election. They search for ways to appeal to more people—whether that’s through compassionate conservatism or whatever. Ronald Reagan was able to successfully appeal to a group now referred to as Reagan Democrats,

In the case of Obama, I’m not sure you can say which way he’ll go. For anyone who goes through the process, is ambitious enough to seek the Presidency and reach the level Barack Obama is at right now, there have to be elements that, for lack of a better word, are commonsensical. In an Obama Presidency you’re going to see higher taxes. You’re going to see a larger federal bureaucracy. You’re going to wind up seeing more government spending. Remember, Bill Clinton came into office and within a year passed the largest tax increase in the history of the country. You’re going to see policies that aren’t going to get many centrists and Republicans excited.

OL&L: With Democrat turnout and campaign donations at current levels, you don’t see a Democrat in the White House as an inevitability, do you?

Brian Jones: Now way. I don’t see it at all. Elections are about choices. Right now you see a lot of energy for the Democrats. But at the same time, we haven’t reached the point where you’ve got one candidate vs. another candidate where you can really begin to engage on the issues. In the last months or so, as the campaign has become front and center for people, the generic ballot, which tracks whether someone would vote for a Democrat or Republican for Congress, the Democrats, who had a double digit lead for a number of months, have seen their lead shrink to 4 or 5 points. I think that, as soon as we get to focus on the issues, realize what’s at stake, and have a candidate who’s the manifestation of that, it will wind up changing. This notion that the Democrats have it in the bag is a complete misnomer. You could have talked to many Democrats in February 2004who would have said that there was no way George Bush was going to get reelected. And this year we’re going to have a new face, and I think there’s a very good chance Republicans could wind up keeping the White house.

OL&L: Fantastic. Thank you very much for your time, Mr. Jones.

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Justin said...

For the record, I responded to Matt's comments that were directed toward me and was censored by the Administrator. As a matter of fact, the last two times Matt has directed a comment at me, the Adminstrator has deleted my answers. The first deletion was because I used the f word to describe my feelings about two- party politics. The second deletion was because I constructed a very funny (my opinion) retort that "made light of sacred things." I wonder if the Administrator has ever wondered why "sacred things" hate the light? You readers can decide whether you appreciate the Administrator protecting you from bad words and blasphemy.

In one of my comments that was censored, I explained that for years I have taken an opposite position from the Administrator on this blog for the sake of debate. Now that I am no longer writing under a pseudonym, I will try and write from my own perspective, rather than simply trying to present a contrary position. In the future, if I offend the Administrator and his sensitive readers, it will be a by-product of my expression of opinions, and not the purpose of that expression.

Spikers- I really appreciate your comments. It is refreshing to read an opinion like yours and I look forward to continuing this discussion about healthcare. I haven't had a chance to fully digest your latest comments and journal references but I will look into it. I tend to favor smaller government, less regulation, more competition, limited entitlements, etc. but admit that markets do fail at times. Understanding when and why is an area that interests me.

After reading the previous sentences, some of you might wonder why I am enthusiastic about Obama. Like Morgan, I tend to favor economic issues over all others when considering a candidate, but at this critical point in the direction of our country I am taking other things into consideration. Yes, he speaks to the idealistic and emotional side of me- guilty as charged.

dmz said...

Justin just one question about the censorship of your comments.... have you contacted the ACLU?

Justin said...

The Administrator was within every right to remove my comments, and to his credit has tolerated quite a bit from me in the past... still, I didn't like it. As far as the ACLU goes, I don't think they would defend me after my recent public campaign to remove all disabled lesbian eskimo midgets from the boy scouts. Call me intolerant, but it's just something I feel very passionate about.

Mike_D said...

You're cruel Justin, everyone deserves a chance to enjoy the scouting experience.

I doubt you'd have the opinion you do if you knew how they preformed their Eskimo kisses. The kisses are quite the sight to behold, and produce a lot of heat. Their kissing technique can also be used as a survival technique, something they could share with the Boy Scouts. Think about it Justin.

Justin said...

This technique could potentially replace the hypothermia remedy I was taught in scouts. That is, to remove all clothing of the afflicted individual and transfer body heat within a sleeping bag. Unfortunately, you make no case as to why the midget lesbian variety of Eskimos should be tolerated, while the benefits of Eskimo kisses could be enjoyed without tarnishing the reputation of the scouting program.

Mike_D said...

You make a good point. However...

I doubt the Eskimo Lesbian Outdoor Horde of International Midgets, or ELOHIM, would permit their sacred warmth ritual to be shared without acceptance by the Boy Scouts.

To properly learn it you need to know sacred handshakes and code words, something they don't divulge unless they are accepted by others.

jen said...

Golly, Justin and Mike_d, you guys are just so clever and funny!

Justin said...

Thanks for the info mike_d. I've done some follow-up research and found some very interesting tidbits.

The organization you referenced, also known as the Horde, is in the middle of an intellectual property dispute with the Mesopotamian Information Holders Of Living Eternally, commonly known as MIHOLE. This established fraternity claims that the Horde essentially took their secrets of warmth-creation and then made a few modifications and claimed original authorship. It's an interesting power struggle between a lesbian organization and a fraternity, kind of yin and yangish. Tellingly, the original founder of the Horde once was a member of MIHOLE as an adolescent tomboy who disguised herself in boys' clothing.

I don't want the scouts to be drawn into that mess. Besides, doesn't it just make more sense to light a fire?