Bill Clinton Absolutely Crushes Republican Anti-Obama Fearmongering (Video)

bill-clinton-speakingI’m a fan of President Obama, but I’m not sure if there’s a president I’ll ever like more than Bill Clinton. While I know he (just like every other politician in United States history) is far from perfect, I’m not sure if there’s anyone better at getting their message across to the American voter. Well, at least those voters who have the ability to think for themselves.

During a campaign stop in Arkansas for Senator Mark Pryor, the former president absolutely ripped into right-wing anti-Obama rhetoric when it comes to this year’s elections.

Clinton said:

“You can not afford to do what their opponents want. They want you to make this a protest vote. All three of these races they’re saying hey, you may like these guys, but you know what you gotta do. You gotta vote against the president. After all, it’s your last shot. It’s a pretty good scam, isn’t it? Give me a six year job for a two year protest. That’s Mark Pryor’s opponent’s message.

Yeah, I voted to cut student loans. Yeah, I voted to raise the interest rate. Yeah, I voted against the Violence Against Women Act. No, I’ll never vote for equal pay for equal work. Are you kidding? Would I vote for raising the minimum wage? No way, but I’ll give you one more protest vote. To do it, you gotta give me six years for a protest that will be irrelevant in two. Does that make any sense to you?”

Mark Pryor is currently in a campaign battle against Republican Arkansas Rep. Tom Cotton.

But the former president is exactly right. Because Republicans couldn’t beat President Obama in 2008 or 2012, they’ve used the midterms (where liberal voters unfortunately show up in smaller numbers) to try to “defeat” the president. Even though no matter what voters decide on this November, President Obama isn’t going anywhere for another 2+ years.

And let’s think about that for a moment. The senators who are elected this November aren’t serving two-year terms. Oh, no. The candidates the American people elect to the United States Senate this November will be in office for the last remaining years on Obama’s second term plus the entire first term of the next president.

So, like Clinton said, how does it make any sense to vote against a candidate based on a president that won’t even be in office for most of their next term?

Besides, it’s asinine to vote for or against any politician based on who the president is. Vote for or against each individual candidate based on their voting record and what they stand for, not who currently occupies the White House.

And this whole anti-Obama propaganda is such b.s. anyway. Most conservative voters can’t even name five factual statements about the president. Most of what they dislike about him is based on misinformation or outright lies pushed by Republicans and the conservative media.

If you don’t like a president’s policies, that’s fine. But at least know the truth about those policies. Not some made up political drivel that’s based on propaganda rather than facts. Which is exactly what Republicans do.

I just hope for our country’s sake, Arkansas voters were listening.

Watch his speech below via ABC News:

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Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • OY humid

    Ted Nugent for President 2016. Killing and Grilling BABY.


    • Avatar

      Is that supposed to be satire or?

      Do you realize that user past activity private turned on tends to be anti-Obama crowd…

  • Kelly Scott Gilford

    ummm, no.

  • Ivan Renko

    Washington Post today:

    The Insiders: Voters have turned decidedly against President Obama

    Voters have turned decidedly hostile toward President Obama and his policies. That’s not just my partisan view; it is empirical data. A poll released over the weekend shows that 32 percent of voters are using their midterm election votes to send a message of opposition to the president. That is “the highest ‘no vote’ percentage in the last 16 years” as measured by Gallup. I have never seen a White House or a political party as hollowed out as the Democrats appear to be now. The Obama presidency isn’t officially over yet, but it is receding further into our rearview mirror. And it is becoming clear that many in the Democratic Party think the Obama presidency is effectively over, and they are acting accordingly.


    Go read the whole thing.

    • Leslie (eserafina42)

      If they think it’s “over,” why are they going to “send a message of opposition”? That makes no sense. Or are they saying people are just stupid and illogical?

      • Ivan Renko

        That’s why I suggested you read the whole thing, Leslie.

        From former secretary of defense and CIA chief Leon Panetta’s recent scathing criticism of President Obama’s foreign policy (or lack thereof) to the myriad of Democratic campaign ads aimed at distancing candidates from the president, all signs point to Democrats’ disillusionment with the president. Their disengagement from President Obama is remarkable, given how financially dependent many Democrats are on the president’s fundraising abilities.

        A piece written by David Graham in The Atlantic argues that President Obama is facing a “friendly-fire problem,” but his problems obviously run deeper than criticisms from ex-Administration officials. The Democrats are already pointing fingers and assigning blame — even though it is too early to do an election 2014 post-mortem — and nothing the president is doing is helping. David Axelrod even called President Obama’s assertion that his “policies are on the ballot” “a mistake” on “Meet the Press” this weekend.

        I wrote back in July that President Obama was already acting like a former president, which prompted some others to claim that President Obama’s last two years might actually be the most important two years of his presidency. Obviously, he isn’t literally a former president, but I still think the famously bored Barack Obama has settled into a caretaker role, without an affirmative agenda or fresh energy to drive new plans. After November, I think we can expect the occasional staff-written executive order and that the president will remain on call for decisions that have to be made. Everyone in the administration will continue to enjoy their perks of office, hoping nothing really bad happens. The same is true for the Democratic leadership if they maintain control of the Senate. They are all about the privileges of the majority. It doesn’t appear that anyone in the Democratic leadership thinks there is any urgency to get anything done during the next two years. And that is really too bad, given all the problems we have and the threats we face.

      • Betty Eyer

        Yes. And people ARE stupid and illogical.

      • Steve Brains

        Which one causes the other?

      • Betty Eyer

        being illogical can be a choice. Education can sometimes cure it. Stupid is pretty much incurable.

      • Steve Brains

        hehehe 🙂

    • Nemisis

      It reads like a desperate attempt to get the people to “give up” and either not vote or switch to the “winning side”.

      32% of voters as opposed to 68% of voters using their vote to elect congressmen, not just more opposition to the president.
      In what way does that equal a win?
      Let’s ask Paul Ryan, he’s good with numbers.

      • Steve Brains

        Sounds like 1/3 of the voters are buyingt he RED PAC’s bullshit ads with Obama Golfing and Congressmen AGREEING with the President on 99% of all votes.

        Neither of which is true, but the swiftboaters are a foolish lot.

  • Steve Brains

    I think the BLUE voters will surprise the over confident REDS. Just like they SQUASHED Cantor and that monster in Mississippi. BLACK DEMS coming out in a PRIMARY for an ancient, feeble and addled old white Racist? WHO’D of thunk it? But it happened. How many women will turn out and vote the REDS back to hell?

    THAT will be the early return stat to watch. Doesn’t matter RED or BLUE, if women have had ENOUGH RED discrimination, humiliation and abuse… we might even get the House back.

    • Ivan Renko

      I think the BLUE voters will surprise the over confident REDS. Just like they SQUASHED Cantor

      That’s not true, Steve. No evidence exists that Democrats showed up to cross party lines and vote for Steve Brat in the Republican primary. It was Republicans in his district who wanted him out.

      we might even get the House back.

      Highly, highly unlikely.

      • Avatar

        Unlikely in 2014 but in 2016, Democrats are primed to take house and senate while retain White House under Bernie Sanders leadership. He is the one who will make middle class and poor people who climb into middle ranks to sleep better in nights while wall st. would have complete nightmare and plot to get him out of the White House sooner than 2020.

      • Sandy Greer

        Isn’t Bernie Sanders an (I)? I’d like to see an (I) in the White House.

        People usually go ‘private’ to avoid being followed. I can think of two pro-Obamas right now who are ‘private’.

      • gailillly

        The problem with an Independent he/she will NEVER have enough votes to win the wh. In fact all an (I) does is screw up the vote. You either have to go Dem. or puke and I know which way i am going and it is Dem where they will at least make an attempt to help the people of the U.S. unlike the repukes that want to take everything away and destroy us and America.

      • Steve Brains

        I bet you HAT that Republicans can’t win elections no matter how they corrupt the law or CHEAT any more. 2004 was the last straw for them. Even the NRA only got ONE of all the people they backed in 2012 into office. out of 24 or so.

    • Betty Eyer

      Sorry but the tea party crazies crushed Cantor. There was a cross over from the Dems but the district is so solidly red that it did not make a significant difference. I was really hoping so cause I knew some people working on the cross over, but the numbers don’t support it.

      • Steve Brains

        I was mostly referring to Cochran’s win over the racist zealot McAsshole. Not that many Dems voted in the VA GOP primaries… where ONLY GOP registered voters can vote.

      • Betty Eyer

        Sorry, but you are wrong about that. Virginia by law has open primaries. Not only did I live there for about 60 years, but I have Democrat friends who were part of the effort to vote out Cantor in the primaries. Plus I just looked up the law to make sure. VA has open primaries, anyone can vote.

      • Steve Brains

        “On October 1, 2007, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled that the Virginia mandatory open primary statute was unconstitutional as applied to the Republicans because it imposed a burden on their freedom to associate under the First Amendment, although it explicitly did not rule on the question of whether an open primary law was in general unconstitutional as a burden on association.[9]”


        “The open primary could be seen as good for voter participation. First, the open primary allows nonpartisan or independent voters to participate in the nominatingprocess.[3] If these voters are allowed to help select the nominees then they may be more likely to vote in the general election, since one of the candidates could be someone the non-partisan voter voted for. Also, a moderate member of one party may agree more with a candidate for the nomination of another party. This voter will have more of an incentive to participate in the general election if there is a nominee whom he or she agrees with.[3]

        The open primary could also be viewed as bad for voter participation. Statistics show that voter participation in the United States was higher when people could only vote in the primary for their own party. In Hawaii, primary voter turnout fell from 74.6% in 1978 to 42.2% in 2006 after changing to open primaries.[4] The closed primary system had more of an incentive for people to join one of the major parties. This led to people being more involved in the voting process. With the open primary, some argue, more voters become independent and are less likely to participate in the nominating or election processes.[3]”

        Not only are you too old to debate because of geriatric difficulties, you are poorly informed for the same reason.

  • Doug

    I miss Bill.

  • Cat Marcuri

    THIS Arkansas voter (AND her family) were listening! Tom Cotton is a waste of space, and doesn’t deserve any more time in government, even as dog catcher. He claims to be a combat vet, when in reality all he did was sit in a nice, safe JAG office somewhere and tell soldiers why he wasn’t going to do anything to help them. He’s nothing more than an entitled wannabe, and any vet with any integrity AT ALL (including myself, my husband, my son, my daughter, my parents, my husband’s parents) will NOT vote for Cotton. End of Statement.

    • Steve Brains

      Amen!! Now go VOTE him OUT! And his stinking Governor too!

  • John Cross

    Doesn’t seem to be much of a defense of Obama.

    • Leslie (eserafina42)

      You use the message that works where you are.

      • John Cross

        Well these things are for TV. Obviously those showing up to a campaign rally are unlikely to need much persuading. But it sure helps to motivate them if you can give a clear positive or negative message. Bill Clinton is great for this. But this message seems a bit too cerebral. Its not “vote for me because I’m better than the other guy,” or even “vote for me b/c the other guy is worse,” its “don’t vote for the other guy just because you don’t like our guy.” You need to give the guys who show up at rallies some RED MEAT.

      • Eugene Berkovich

        I thought the message was actually very strong – vote for Cotton is a protest vote, nothing more. And just to make a protest vote you will give up all those other things that you don’t hate. Very clear to me.
        And, yes, those in front of Clinton will, most likely, not vote for Cotton anyways. But those watching on TV, listening to the radio, may not have made up their minds. And Bubba is still the most popular politician in Arkansas. He may be able to persuade that 1.5% (at most) that Pryor may need to save the Senate for the Democrats.

      • Steve Brains

        A SIX year commitment to make a 2 year protest? That is just plain old REPUBLICAN stupid!

    • Daddycool67

      We don’t need to defend or blame Obama.
      That’s the whole point of this article.

      Obama isn’t even on the ballot.

      • Guest

        Finally, someone who gets the point!

      • Steve Brains


  • Macdoodle

    Wow even Jimmy Carter is criticizing Obamas foreign policy today.Ouch…that has to smart.

  • just me

    Bullshit. The video doesn’t sync with the audio. OH lets just say whatever we want over a video to try and push propaganda. Politicians are no longer people, because they do not understand the needs of an average person.

  • The Reader

    The aim of the Republican party is and has always been to destroy the Obama presidency, and despite all he has done to save the country from nearly crashing, there are those uninformed people who are buying into their plan. It doesn’t speak well for Americans when a party that has done nothing but obstruct progress can lead a whole group into voting against themselves.

  • George Williams

    Did you forget about ‘Party Platforms?’ Vote for the ‘individual?’ That’s exactly what the slick schmoozers want you to do; ie. Rick Perry.