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Bill Clinton to Help Mediate WGA Strike?

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Posted on Nov 8, 2007
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While Hillary’s out on the campaign trail, Bill Clinton may be offering his diplomatic expertise to help bring a resolution to the Writers Guild of America strike, which has halted several productions in Hollywood and New York.


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“He could absolutely serve as a modern-day Lew Wasserman,” the source confirmed. “Bill Clinton is uniquely positioned because he doesn’t need anything from this. It would strictly be about bringing the sides together. I’d say the only possible deal-breaker could be if his wife’s team somehow feels that it may be perceived as a negative for her Presidential campaign, but I don’t really see how it could.”

To be sure, the former President couldn’t do any harm to a situation that’s grown about as chilly as these things get. At the moment, it’s all about sniping and potshots and ego and the race to hold the higher moral ground. So far, that ground remains pretty much barren, with no fresh growth (in the way of meaningful discussion) in sight.

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By Joe R., November 10, 2007 at 11:13 am Link to this comment
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Bill, after NAFTA the best thing you can do for the working class is to take your expertise and stick it up your WalMart/Tyson Foods loving ass.

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By Douglas Chalmers, November 10, 2007 at 2:55 am Link to this comment

12686 by G.Anderson on 11/09 at 11:26 pm: “To me president Clinton is the embodiment of a perfect politician. He makes you feel good while robbing you blind. And you will feel good for days after, until you realize your wallet is missing….. But even then when the facts are on the table, your not sure that it was President Clinton who did it…... Because his sales techniques are so slick, that the people forget they have bought a lemon….”

Lemons are all that is available as politicians these days, GA. We can thank the political parties for that as they are the ones who should be vetting them for competency - and honesty, uhh.

What we have now in most democracies are lawyers. You can work the rest out for yourself. Bill Clinton has an interesting background, though:-

Quote Wiki: “After graduating from Yale Law School, Clinton returned to Arkansas and became a University of Arkansas law professor. A year later, in 1974, he ran for the House of Representatives. The incumbent, John Paul Hammerschmidt, defeated Clinton with 52% of the vote…..

In 1976, Clinton was elected Attorney General of Arkansas without opposition in the general election….. In 1978, Bill Clinton was elected Governor of Arkansas for the first time; at 32, he was the youngest governor in the country. He worked on educational reform and the infrastructure of Arkansas’s roads, but his first term also was fraught with difficulties, including an unpopular motor vehicle tax and citizens’ anger over the escape of Cuban refugees…”

But the most telling is Clinton’s childhood - and that he became the stepson of a used car salesman:-
“William Jefferson Clinton was born William Jefferson Blythe III in Hope, Arkansas, and raised in Hot Springs, Arkansas. His father was William Jefferson Blythe, Jr., a traveling salesman, who died in a car accident three months prior to the birth of his son….. In 1950, his mother, Virginia Dell Cassidy, married Roger Clinton, a partner with his brother in an automobile dealership…...

It was not until Billy (as he was known then) turned 14 that he formally adopted his stepfather’s surname of Clinton, although he had assumed use of it prior to that. Clinton has said that he remembers his stepfather as a gambler and an alcoholic who regularly abused his mother…”

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By G.Anderson, November 10, 2007 at 12:26 am Link to this comment

To me president Clinton is the embodiment of a perfect politician. He makes you feel good while robbing you blind. And you will feel good for days after, until you realize your wallet is missing.

But even then when the facts are on the table, your not sure that it was President Clinton who did it. 

Because his sales techniques are so slick, that the people forget they have bought a lemon. But a Lemon it was, Mr. Clinton was a Republican, in Democrat clothing.

He fooled us, he really fooled us. And he’s fixing to fool us again.

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By Cynthia, November 9, 2007 at 3:11 pm Link to this comment
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Bill, go away….we dont need you or your wife…we need a NEW direction for america. I know that you want that first laddy spot more than anything…but your 15 minutes has long passed

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By mdruss42, November 9, 2007 at 2:00 pm Link to this comment

Whatever you think of Billy Boy and his lack of a moral compass, you must admit he could sell the benefits of global warming to Eskimos…...

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By anonymous, November 9, 2007 at 8:10 am Link to this comment
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if he can get me back my Daily Show, she has my vote

i’m searching desperately for a reason to vote for her anyway

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By Douglas Chalmers, November 9, 2007 at 3:21 am Link to this comment

#112472 by P. T. on 11/08 at 7:09 pm: “Bill Clinton might negotiate some NAFTA kind of agreement to ship the writers’ jobs to a foreign country where the work would be done more cheaply….”

Which would you prefer as an accent, PT? China, India, Philippines, Mexico or even Pakistan - they all have “Engrish” speakers and you can just get used to the culture, ha ha!

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By Set Designer7, November 8, 2007 at 9:39 pm Link to this comment

I would care more about the Writers on strike if I thought for a second they would support the IATSE membership if we went on strike.  What the writers are asking for is very reasonable ( $.08 instead of $.04 on dollars earned on DVD and multimedia sales) and I wouldn’t think they would need any mediation if the producers/studios weren’t such a slippery bunch. Bills involvement is strictly personally motivated on his part.


Bottom line is this: the writers will always strike at the drop of a hat for what for most will never amount to anything in their residual checks but when it comes to true solidarity among the creative crafts of the motion picture industry the writers care solely about themselves and no one else.  They don’t need Bill Clinton to get involved, they need Mother Theresa.  Unfortunately she’s dead.

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By P. T., November 8, 2007 at 8:09 pm Link to this comment

Bill Clinton might negotiate some NAFTA kind of agreement to ship the writers’ jobs to a foreign country where the work would be done more cheaply.

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By DennisD, November 8, 2007 at 7:23 pm Link to this comment
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Bill “Bubba” Clinton to Help Mediate WGA Strike?

Does this mean we’ll finally get a ruling on the meaning of the word “is”? I can’t f**king wait.

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