Dunne compares Clark to Clinton and Key to Obama

February 24th, 2008 at 10:14 am by David Farrar

Peter Dunne, one of Helen Clark’s Ministers, has compared Clark to Hillary Clinton and Key to Obama.

The Key-Obama theory is fascinating.  How are they alike, apart from the polls?

  1. Both had a parent born in another country
  2. Both are in their 40s
  3. The little known fact that Key’s full name is John Hussein Key
  4. Obama beat Alan Keyes to win his Senate seat, Key beat Brian Neeson win his.
  5. Both were helped into power by a Michelle – Michelle Obama and Michelle Boag
  6. Obama and Key have both lived in New York
  7. Both have campaigned against electoral fraud
  8. Both have two children
  9. John Key has served on a advisory board to the US Federal Reserve, and Obama if he wins will appoint the Fed Chairman
  10. John Key is actually very good at dancing

So I think Peter Dunne is onto something here.  I am surprised more media have not picked up the similarities.

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61 Responses to “Dunne compares Clark to Clinton and Key to Obama”

  1. Michaels (1,318 comments) says:

    How riveting.
    Someone should try comparing Klark with… oh say Mugabe.

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  2. tim barclay (886 comments) says:

    I have a lot of respect for John Key but the differences between him and Obama are vast. And much as I respect John Key he does not even come close the inspiring and electrifying way Obama can move a mass audience. I pity any congressman or senator who is obstructing Barack Obama. He will just need to make his case is their seat/state and they will be toast. Obama through the power of the Presidential bully pulpit will be able to get things done that Hillary Clinton can only dream about.

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  3. Andrew W (1,629 comments) says:

    Wow! They could be brothers.

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  4. LabourDoesntWork (290 comments) says:

    The similarities are superficial because in all the important points they’re totally different. Obama=total commy. This is Woman’s Day political analysis from Dunne. lol

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  5. SPC (5,619 comments) says:

    What Dunne is saying, is that neither would mind the comparisons – and he wants to work with one or the other after the election.

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  6. metcalph (1,430 comments) says:

    I think Romney might have been a better comparison for Key than Obama.

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  7. george (388 comments) says:

    Dunne is a cretin. He was allowed to remain an MP by Jim Bolger who gifted him his seat. Then he decided to support Labour in Government. Now, as the polls turn back in National’s favour, he is criticising Klark, comparing her to Klinton. National should have nothing to do with him.

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  8. PaulL (5,981 comments) says:

    National will have to have something to do with him.

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  9. Chuck Bird (4,883 comments) says:

    I would love to comment on the Clark Clinton comparison but unfortunately my comments would have to be deleted.

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  10. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    does key have an idiot son called john w. key..?

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  11. SPC (5,619 comments) says:

    I suppose we can expect the sincerest form of flattery to apply in 2009 with Cey as PM and Not’in’elle (but we want their higher wages and lower tax rates) in power.

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  12. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    metcalf said..

    “..I think Romney might have been a better comparison for Key than Obama..”

    yes..!..priceless..!

    you mean the ‘tailors dummy’ thing..?..they both have ‘going on’..?

    or..do you mean that neither really stands for anything..?

    ..and that it depends purely on who they are talking to at that particular moment..?

    or..does key put dogs in boxes strapped to the top of a car for long journeys also..?

    or..do you mean the ‘money-thing’..?

    (funny how the national party record of donations shows nothing from john key..eh..?

    is he a ‘scrooge’ sorta millionaire..?

    or has it been put through the national party anonymous..

    ..(nudge..!..nudge..!..wink..!..wink..!)..

    ..money-laundering ‘trust’..?..)

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  13. John Dalley (394 comments) says:

    Obama – John Key Could be brothers. John Key the token Negro/Maori
    John Key must be an honourary Maori by now after all he has a new bro in Tama Iti John Key the Hip Hop artist.
    Sounds like another Tui billboard.

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  14. george (388 comments) says:

    PaulL – the latest polls don’t suggest National has to have anything to do with Dunne.

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  15. Yvette (2,819 comments) says:

    “Sounds like another Tui billboard.”

    KEY-WI

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  16. peterwn (3,271 comments) says:

    re George’s comment: Peter Dunne is being a realist in cosying up to National by stating that comparison, but is excessively optimistic if he thinks he can screw a Ministerial position out of Ntional for his support.

    With the way the polls are going, Katrina Shank’s chances of taking Ohariu off Peter are looking better all the time.

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  17. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,903 comments) says:

    Dunny knows that Sharples and Turia are going to dispatch him to the whare tiko come the election. He will be reDUNNEdant.

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  18. tim barclay (886 comments) says:

    Dunny would have more credibility if he withdrew the confidence and supply agreement he has with Labour. It is no use saying he supports National during the election campaign and then promptly goes over to his home party labour afterwards. PhilU. On what basis can you call John Key’s son an “idiot son”. I know you hate the National Party well the National Party hates you.

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  19. Yvette (2,819 comments) says:

    In the same article . . .

    “Engineers union national secretary Andrew Little said . . . rising petrol and food prices, high debt and increasing interest rates, were biting hard into budgets.”
    Who’s side is he on?

    “I have enormous admiration for the job Helen Clark has done and I’m totally supportive of her doing that job.” – Phil Goff
    Who’s side is he on?

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  20. Ross Miller (1,704 comments) says:

    John Dalley ….. so, in Labour’s brave new world it sux to:

    talk with Maori
    talk with the EBs
    talk with ‘Rich Pricks’
    talk with ordinary Kiwis sick of the ‘nanny state’
    talk with ordinary Kiwis sick of a failing hospital system
    talk with ordinary Kiwis sick of a dumbed down education system
    talk with ordinary Kiwis who want a better future for their families
    talk with anyone who doesn’t follow the Labour Party line

    Doesn’t leave too many people to talk to does it?

    talk with farmers
    talk with taxpayers
    talk with hospitals
    talk with educationalists
    talk with ordinary New Zealanders

    but it is ok to

    talk to

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  21. Pique Oil (39 comments) says:

    Well last time I checked they both had the usual allocation of fingers, arms, eyes etc. Anything else is purely a figment of the fools imagination. If he thought there was a chance of political survival in it he would probably find a link between Obama and a secretive exclusive sect!!

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  22. SPC (5,619 comments) says:

    “Engineers union national secretary Andrew Little said . . . rising petrol and food prices, high debt and increasing interest rates, were biting hard into budgets.”

    Yes we are going for wage increases this year, but we are also campaigning for government to use the surplus with this in mind.

    “I have enormous admiration for the job Helen Clark has done and I’m totally supportive of her doing that job.” – Phil Goff

    I’m waiting until she resigns in 2009 and am only maintaining party networking in the meantime for social reasons.

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  23. casual watcher (289 comments) says:

    Peter Dunne has nothing to add to any discussion. He is desperate for someone to notice of him but doesn’t realise that he is irrelevant – take your pension and piss off Dunne !!

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  24. Manolo (13,767 comments) says:

    The meretricious MP from Ohariu-Belmont hedging his bets again.
    Isn’t this man despicable?

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  25. SPC (5,619 comments) says:

    What the world needs now, is an alliance between an electorate MP with no party poll rating and a party with no electorate seat. Now it’s either the Greens or … it’s United New Zealand.

    Peter Peters or Winston Dunne, Peter Winston (could be a smokers and recreational fishing party) or Peters Dunne (a law firm).

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  26. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,903 comments) says:

    Tim B, I think phil u was making a clever (and I thought quite funny) reference to what he sees as George Bush’s ‘idiot son.’ That’s the idiot who hasat a Yale degree, a Harvard MBA, flew jet fighters for the USAF, made $11mil out of a baseball team, defeated A Qaeda in Iraq and beat the shit out of the Dems at every turn for this past eight years.

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  27. SPC (5,619 comments) says:

    Of course while it assure Mr Dunne of a perpetual place in coalition government, whichever way the wind blew, it would come at a price, losing pet MP status with the Dom-Post (they are not as fond of Mr Peters).

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  28. SPC (5,619 comments) says:

    AF

    So George W (with no H) is claiming a new victory in Iraq then.

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  29. simo (150 comments) says:

    SPC…she’s gone very soon, get use to this unpalatable fact now, she may be trying to beat the drum from the ninth floor, but no-one is listening.

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  30. GPT1 (2,121 comments) says:

    Nothing more than a vague eyebrow raise and a shake of the head that Dunne thinks this is worthy of comment. Key and Obama are massively different where it counts – one is a screaming lefty and the other is a pragmatic tory. Peter Dunne is a has been and a waste of space in the Parliament.

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  31. Michael E (274 comments) says:

    I tend to ignore Peter Dunne – he speaks in meaningless platitudes and slogans. But he might be right about the Key phenomenon. Obama and Key both have a more youthful ‘New’ outlook on politics and talk a lot about having an optimism for the future – something you don’t hear a lot of from their opponents.

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  32. first time caller (384 comments) says:

    Dunne’s a cabbage. This crap is just like the useless analysis of House performance he does every year. We should all ignore him and hopefully he’ll just go away

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  33. PhilBest (5,121 comments) says:

    John “Hussein” Key? Come on DPF, pull the other one……… How come no-one else has pointed out yet that this is just your little joke………..

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  34. Rex Widerstrom (5,354 comments) says:

    The New Zealand voter says Peter Dunne’s latest lacklustre performance has echoes of the US Democratic presidential nominee race with Dunne looking like Alan Keyes who is also noted for gaining “no noticeable voter support or media attention” but perennially inflicting himself on a jaded public.

    “Peter Dunne oozes,” the voters said. “Oozes what? Nothing… he just oozes. You know, like slime. Look, he’s oozing over John Key in that article,” they said, before reaching for a nearby sick bag.

    “If you’ve got a country that’s feeling good about itself, and things aren’t going too badly, the fresh face looks appealing. People are willing to take a punt,” said the voters. “Unfortunately, we have a country that feels sick about itself and things are going to hell, thanks in no small part to the toadyish arse-licking of none other than Peter Dunne, minister of revenue and leader of the oxymoronically named United Future, who are neither united nor do they have a future”.

    Voters said disgust with Dunne’s self-serving antics was now “solidifying”. “And when ooze starts to solidify, it forms a fossil. Which, come to think of it, is a pretty apt description of Dunny,” the voters said, before turning their attention to something altogether more riveting and relevant, like Sudoku.

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  35. PhilBest (5,121 comments) says:

    Note on George W. Bush, that people like Bono and Bob Geldorf are putting in a word for him now, and slagging the media for not giving him credit where it’s due.

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  36. SPC (5,619 comments) says:

    I suppose that would be fighting AIDS in Africa, but opposing support to any effort including condoms or squandering a trillion dollars in Iraq and making a few hundred million in Africa look like a low cost way of making a more positive difference.

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  37. Jum (137 comments) says:

    Sounds like Key is more American than Kiwi – that’s really scary for our future if he becomes P…. I can’t even say it. Way too shuddery.

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  38. Mike Readman (363 comments) says:

    Both in their 40s? Isn’t that putting it a bit mildly? Obama is 4 days older than Key!

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  39. brendensheehan (45 comments) says:

    I have to concur with philbest and wonder why no-one else has commented on this. Middle name Hussein? Yeah right!

    Does this merely prove that many regular kiwiblog contributors are inflamed by prejudice and do not even read the details of the posts? C’mon guys, get with the program!

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  40. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    I am more reminded of Tony Blair when I look at John Key. key has a jewish background doesn’t he? – so where did Hussein come from? Is this why he still refuses to apologise to ‘the children’ of Iraq? Talk about selling out! If his middle name is Hussein, it must really piss the lefties off. Why? well, just fill in the blanks………..

    or something.

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  41. SPC (5,619 comments) says:

    The second name of Charles Windsor is Philip, the second name of Anthony Blair is Charles. The second name of John is actually Philip.

    If Key’s mother had made a second marriage to a Moslem, both he and Obama would have had a Moslem step father.

    As to royal houses once ruling in the ME, John came to prepare the way for one of the house of David, and all new regimes offer the hope of a return to a position of power in the “Jewish” capital (over a land of milk and honey).

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  42. Short Shriveled and Slightly to the Left (786 comments) says:

    “John Key is actually very good at dancing”
    so when you two dance I’m guessing he leads then ;-)

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  43. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    ahem..i bastardised a punchline i heard recently..

    about fidels’ idiot son..fidel w. castro..taking over in cuba..

    and that tim..eh..?

    rightwing sense of humour bye-pass..or what..?

    or is it a ‘speed’ thing..?

    as in ‘slow’..?

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  44. Short Shriveled and Slightly to the Left (786 comments) says:

    I can’t remember John Key’s middle name but doesnt it start with a “P”
    Peter?
    Would like to delete this comment now.
    SPC has already answered that.
    Can’t delete so I’ll just edit.

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  45. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    oh look..phil-the-inferior..!..too..!

    priceless..!

    duh..!..how long did it take..?..einstein..?

    and listen..!..phil-the-inferior..!

    i’m going to apply to the royal society of phils..

    to have you disbarred/de-philed..

    you’re a bloody disgrace to a proud name..!

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  46. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    and lee c…!

    all the rabids are showing themselves up..as being as thick as pigshit..

    heh-heh..!..

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  47. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    tim said..

    “..I know you hate the National Party.. well the National Party hates you..”

    aww..!!..wot..?..all of them..?

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  48. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    was it something i said..?

    tim..?

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  49. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    aah..!..tim..!

    you’ve been such good value over the years..

    you are one of those people who is funny..

    but dosen’t know they are funny..

    which only adds to the ‘funny’..eh..?

    anyway..on behalf of us all..

    thanks for the belly-laughs/’memories’..

    when did you say you were ‘going’..?

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  50. David Farrar (1,894 comments) says:

    It seems my sense of humour is too subtle at times. I thought the middle name would have been a giveaway, as would the dancing comment.

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  51. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    no david..you just need a better class of sycophant..

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  52. mickysavage (786 comments) says:

    But Obama is the real deal and Key is a phony. There is no comparison. Does Key intend to improve health entitlement and keep us out of Iraq? Will he work on improving our unemployment rate or will he trade financial prudence for tax cuts for the rich? Does he actually support multiculturalism or does he just say nice thing hoping that ethnic people will vote for him even though he is the leader of a party that abhors people with a darkish skin?

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  53. Peak Oil Conspiracy (3,324 comments) says:

    Mickysavage:

    Sorry, could you please speak up? I couldn’t hear you over the high-pitched whining noise. Oh, that was you?

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  54. Short Shriveled and Slightly to the Left (786 comments) says:

    DPF
    You have a sense of humour? :shock:

    Mickysavage
    You’re getting my first “bad karma” for your “abhors people with a darkish skin” comment.

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  55. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    Is it a ‘natural rhythm’ thing? I still think he should apologise .

    To the children.

    By the by, re. thick as ‘pigshit’ those who use this term have evidently never encountered

    ‘pigshit’

    which

    is

    actually …………….

    quite

    runny.

    eh?!

    and they should know
    ;
    better than

    to offend muslims like
    John …

    Key

    Lee (MWT)

    or something.

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  56. Brabus (31 comments) says:

    Well done Lee C, I was about to post that someone who writes like Philu should not cast aspersions about others intelligence, but your post has done so far more eloquently.

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  57. bwakile (757 comments) says:

    We will hear plenty of claptrap from Dunne this year
    as he tries to work out what he actually wants to say.

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  58. Ben Wilson (523 comments) says:

    I’m surprised no one has mentioned this already: Another similarity is that their current opposition seeks to paint them as long on rhetoric and short on policy.

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  59. PhilBest (5,121 comments) says:

    Lee C –2 Says:

    February 24th, 2008 at 8:18 pm
    “I am more reminded of Tony Blair when I look at John Key. key has a jewish background doesn’t he? – so where did Hussein come from? Is this why he still refuses to apologise to ‘the children’ of Iraq? Talk about selling out!”

    I don’t get you, Lee C. Who owes “the children of Iraq” an apology, and why? NZ politicians, because if it was up to us, they would still be in the vast prison and torture chamber that was Saddam’s Iraq?

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  60. PhilBest (5,121 comments) says:

    philu –7 Says:

    February 24th, 2008 at 9:31 pm
    oh look..phil-the-inferior..!..too..!

    priceless..!

    duh..!..how long did it take..?..einstein..?

    and listen..!..phil-the-inferior..!

    i’m going to apply to the royal society of phils..

    to have you disbarred/de-philed..

    you’re a bloody disgrace to a proud name..!

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

    “philu”, this reminds me of a poem I heard once. I can’t remember it word for word, but it was about a drunk lying in the gutter next to a dog. A couple of ladies come past, and one says to the other;
    “You can tell a man who boozes
    By the company he chooses
    And at that
    The dog got up and walked away………”

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