It’s official: Hillary Clinton’s word isn’t worth a thing

posted at 8:04 am on January 30, 2008 by Bryan

Well, Florida has certainly clarified the status of the race for the presidency. On the Republican side, much to my chagrin John McCain is the presumptive nominee. The race’s dynamics give him the edge on Super-Duper Tuesday, giving him the inside track toward the nomination.

And on the Democrat side, the choice is between a man who has been endorsed by the lawyers who are representing the terrorist detainees at Gitmo and a woman whose word is absolutely worthless. What a choice.

About Hillary Clinton and her word. 1998 should have taught this country that Bill Clinton’s word on anything isn’t worth anything. Hillary Clinton made it clear last night that she is his equal in perfidy.

In September 2007, Hillary Clinton signed a pledge declaring that she would not support seating the delegates from Florida and Michigan at the Democrat Convention this year. According to the New York Times:

Three of the major Democratic presidential candidates on Saturday pledged not to campaign in Florida, Michigan and other states trying to leapfrog the 2008 primary calendar, a move that solidified the importance of the opening contests of Iowa and New Hampshire.

Hours after Senator Barack Obama of Illinois and former Senator John Edwards of North Carolina agreed to sign a loyalty pledge put forward by party officials in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York followed suit. The decision seemed to dash any hopes of Mrs. Clinton relying on a strong showing in Florida as a springboard to the nomination.

“We believe Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina play a unique and special role in the nominating process,” Patti Solis Doyle, the Clinton campaign manager, said in a statement.

It’s a pledge whose meaning was unequivocal. But after winning the Florida primary vote last night, Hillary Clinton said this:

Eh, what does it matter? It’s just a few scribbled lines on a piece of paper. Didn’t mean anything. It was just Hillary Clinton putting her name to a promise, and we all know how much political promises are worth.

Some of you liberals who have suddenly discovered that the Clintons are of low character, that they’re a pair of conniving snakes who will say and do anything to grasp political power, welcome to the club. This story doesn’t much surprise conservatives and moderates who saw a special sort of easy dishonesty in the Clintons years ago. It shocks some of you liberals now. Better late than never.

Not that it’ll matter much. The Clintons will get those delegates, one way or the other.


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Her voice is just the thing I needed this morning.

=(

CABE on January 30, 2008 at 8:07 AM

Who knew? Hillary Clinton, dishonest? NOooo…

coffee260 on January 30, 2008 at 8:10 AM

“SOOPRISE! SOOPRISE! SOO-PRIISE!”

OK, It’s early for me. But if The Hildebeast can channel Eleanor Roosevelt, I can do the same with Gomer Pyle, USMC.

Seriously, if this surprises anybody, they haven’t been paying attention for at least the last sixteen years, and probably the last thirty-six. Since 1972 to be exact, when Hillary appeared in Time Magazine as an example of the “new, young, idealistic, and committed” Democratic Party.

Committed to the pursuit of power at any cost, and its abuse at every opportunity, that is.

cheers

eon

eon on January 30, 2008 at 8:14 AM

The realization of many Democrats that the Clintons are liars, manipulators, and only interested in power is a realization not only of the obvious, but it opens a wound that Howard Dean healed with Duct tape in early 2002; a wound that never really healed. On September 11, 2001 the world woke up and realized that the vaunted Clinton foreign policy had created blowback (we all knew at the time that the Bush Admin had no foreign policy). Gov Dean and other Democrats led the way in finger pointing with the idea that the attacks happened on GWB’s watch and thus were his responsibility. That’s mostly true, but it was also a distraction from the reality that the causes (America’s ignored war on Saddam in the 1990s and the impotent response to Al Queda’s rebirth in the 1990′s) were results from he failed Clinton policies of procrastination and faux peace. By now realizing that the Clintons are liars, by facing the fact that, “oh yeah, the 1990′s were nice, but we paid for it as soon as the Clintons were gone with recession, terrorist attacks, and a war with Saddam-all of which stemmed from the Clinton admin and should have been resolved before the Bush Admin took office.” No, most Dems are still in denial and using BDS as the knot to their partisan blindfolds, but with every stupid remark Bill makes, every distortion they make, and every lie she says…the knot loosens.

scottm on January 30, 2008 at 8:16 AM

It depends on the meaning of the word “pledge”.

She thought they were talking about furniture polish.

tgillian on January 30, 2008 at 8:19 AM

And in other news, water is wet.

NoFanofLibs on January 30, 2008 at 8:23 AM

In September 2007, Hillary Clinton signed a pledge declaring that she would not support seating the delegates from Florida and Michigan at the Democrat Convention this year.

But, but, in Florida, “Every vote counts!”

When it suits them, that is.

Bigfoot on January 30, 2008 at 8:23 AM

As if…

right2bright on January 30, 2008 at 8:24 AM

Hillary sucks.

She’s a liar and a cheat.

madmonkphotog on January 30, 2008 at 8:26 AM

madmonkphotog on January 30, 2008 at 8:26 AM

Hillary does not suck
…that’s what interns are for
she licks

JoeAvg on January 30, 2008 at 8:35 AM

Here’s a t-shirt for all of you.
You’re welcome.

SouthernDem on January 30, 2008 at 8:41 AM

err…umm…isn’t this going to make her look pretty bad?

Wasn’t she the only name on the ballot in Michigan?

Who is known for that kind of stuff….

Oh, yeah Saddam. You know, that harmless guy from the Iraq, he’s dead now. But he was pretty famous for being the only guy on the ballot and then doing very well in elections.

Banana Republic.

Dorvillian on January 30, 2008 at 8:42 AM

a woman whose word is absolutely worthless. What a choice.

Aside from the rest of the Clinton history, why would anyone trust the woman who just told us the other day that Bill has been in attack mode out of “commitment” and “love” for her (Hillary)? I mean, can you think of a bigger and more obvious lie?

RightWinged on January 30, 2008 at 8:42 AM

Well,Hillarys word is doo doo,and whats going to be amusing from this is that her and Obama are going to debate in the next couple of days and that stinging snub,or dare I say
Snub-Gate is going to fester into a political time-bomb
set to go off as soon as Hillary tries to put one over
on Obama,theres going to be fireworks!

canopfor on January 30, 2008 at 8:44 AM

Vince Foster was unavailable for comment

Wade on January 30, 2008 at 8:50 AM

Her voice is just the thing I needed this morning.

=(

CABE on January 30, 2008 at 8:07 AM

If I can coin a phrase, I feel your pain, brother. I feel your pain. She triggered a migraine

srhoades on January 30, 2008 at 9:02 AM

But it’s just a little white lie.

Shy Guy on January 30, 2008 at 9:05 AM

Bill Clinton back in the White House with time on his hands. Caligula Part 2 baby!

Sugar Land on January 30, 2008 at 9:05 AM

KKKlinton ewww

custer on January 30, 2008 at 9:06 AM

But it’s just a little white lie.

Shy Guy on January 30, 2008 at 9:05 AM

Man, can’t we leave race out of this…

RightWinged on January 30, 2008 at 9:13 AM

Again, why was there no Demoncrat voting allowed in Florida yesterday? Because, Florida did not play by the “Party” rules.

Sounds like other ‘Parties’, the Communist Party, The Democratic Peoples Republic party of North Korea, Chinese Communist Party, People’s Democratic Party of Vietnam and many others.

The ploy, show that the ‘Party’ has unanimous support to rule at will.

Therefore, the ‘Party’ does not recognize Florida’s ability to vote the way the ‘Party’ dictates.

MSGTAS on January 30, 2008 at 9:18 AM

Man, can’t we leave race out of this…

RightWinged on January 30, 2008 at 9:13 AM

It’ll be a black day for freedom of speech when it becomes PC to abstain from referring to colors in our posts.

Shy Guy on January 30, 2008 at 9:34 AM

Well, when their HER delegates, well well well…..

…..That’s a whole different waxy ball.

Hawkins1701 on January 30, 2008 at 9:43 AM

Hillary’s oaths aren’t worth the paper they’re wiped on.

ronsfi on January 30, 2008 at 9:46 AM

But after winning the Florida primary vote last night, Hillary Clinton said shrieked this:

Hening on January 30, 2008 at 9:53 AM

It’ll be a black day for freedom of speech when it becomes PC to abstain from referring to colors in our posts.

Shy Guy on January 30, 2008 at 9:34 AM

lol

RightWinged on January 30, 2008 at 9:56 AM

Sorry, Bryan; we’ve known she was a lying sack of crap since 1992. This is nothing new, and the weak-stream media won’t even address it. If anything, Hannity will make a point of sticking it to her, but Colmes will whine about “you want to make this all about Hillary!” and he’ll tell us it’s not an issue. In fact, he’ll probably even bring in HRC’s lapdog Kirsten Powers to back him up.

fourstringfuror on January 30, 2008 at 10:08 AM

Hillary came for a book signing about ten years ago in north Dallas, where I worked at the time. She was signing copies of her book, “It Takes A Village,” which she hadn’t actually written. Hillary not only did not acknowledge that Barbara Feinman ghost-wrote it, but falsely claimed she had written it herself.

From Wikipedia:

The majority of the book was reportedly written by ghostwriter Barbara Feinman.[8] When the book was first announced in April 1995, The New York Times reported publisher Simon & Schuster as saying “The book will actually be written by Barbara Feinman, a journalism professor at Georgetown University in Washington. Ms. Feinman will conduct a series of interviews with Mrs. Clinton, who will help edit the resulting text.”[9]

Feinman spent seven months on the project and was paid $120,000 for her work.[10] Feinman, however, was not mentioned anywhere in the book. Clinton’s acknowledgment section began: “It takes a village to bring a book into the world, as everyone who has written one knows. Many people have helped me to complete this one, sometimes without even knowing it. They are so numerous that I will not even attempt to acknowledge them individually, for fear that I might leave one out.”[11] During her promotional tour for the book, Clinton said, “I actually wrote the book … I had to write my own book because I want to stand by every word.”[2] Clinton stated that Feinman assisted in interviews and did some editorial drafting of “connecting paragraphs”, while Clinton herself wrote the final manuscript in longhand.[2]

This led Feinman to complain at the time to Capitol Style magazine over the lack of acknowledgement.[12] In 2001, The Wall Street Journal reported that “New York literary circles are buzzing with vitriol over Sen. Clinton’s refusal, so far, to share credit with any writer who helps on her book.”[13] Later, in a 2002 article for The Writer’s Chronicle,[14] Barbara Feinman Todd (now using her married name) related that the project with Clinton had gone smoothly, producing drafts in a round-robin style. Feinman agrees that Clinton was involved with the project, but also states that, “Like any first lady, Mrs. Clinton had an extremely hectic schedule and writing a book without assistance would have been logistically impossible.” Feinman reiterates that her only objection to the whole process was the lack of any acknowledgement. A 2005 Georgetown University web page bio for Barbara Feinman Todd states that It Takes a Village was one of “several high-profile books” that she has “assisted, as editor, writer and researcher.”[15]

So Hillary shows up at a local bookstore to sign her book and a long line of Hillary supporters forms. This particular bookstore had a playground inside for kids, which went with Hillary’s theme about it all being about the kids. However, Hillary didn’t actually sign the books of her supporters but handed out books that she had already signed.

About a week after the event, a disgruntled Hillary supporter wrote a letter to the editor of the Dallas Morning News complaining about Hillary. She had compared her book to another Hillary supporters’ and was startled to find them identical. They started comparing them with other books from Hillary supporters and found that there were three different autographs repeated over and over.

They realized that Hillary hadn’t signed the books but had used an autograph machine. To fool her supporters, Hillary used three different autographs to make it look like she’d actually signed them.

That seems to me a Classic Clinton Moment: Hillary looking her supporters right in the eye and claiming credit for a book she didn’t write and handing them copies she claimed to sign but never did. The Clintons really believe you can fool all the people all the time.

If Hillary will lie to save herself some writer’s cramp, she’ll lie about anything. She can’t be trusted and certainly should never be given the public trust.

Tantor on January 30, 2008 at 10:22 AM

I can hardly wait to hear her say:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

/sarc
I wonder how seriously she would hold to that oath if she were elected?

Catseye on January 30, 2008 at 10:52 AM

“I am shocked, shocked to find that lying is going on in here!”

Just move Claude Rains from being Renault to being Sen. Paine in “Mr Smith goes to Washington”

OBQuiet on January 30, 2008 at 10:57 AM

It’s only a matter of time before this is all exposed as just “a vast right wing conspiracy”

striper1 on January 30, 2008 at 11:03 AM

Again, why was there no Demoncrat voting allowed in Florida yesterday? Because, Florida did not play by the “Party” rules.
MSGTAS on January 30, 2008 at 9:18 AM

I don’t know- I kind of agree with them on cracking down on this effort by various states to move earlier and earlier. The Republican party penalized Florida as well by cutting their delegates in half.

Hollowpoint on January 30, 2008 at 11:07 AM

Hillary lied, supporters were snide.

RobCon on January 30, 2008 at 12:10 PM

My idea for a remake of the movie Taxi Driver:

Everything is pretty much the same, except the presidential candidate is Hillary Clinton. In the “you talkin’ to me” scene, Travis Bickle realizes that he can’t compete with her lying. So he just shoots himself.

The Race Card on January 30, 2008 at 2:15 PM

Maybe she crossed her legs when she signed it.

Chuck Schick on January 30, 2008 at 2:23 PM

Some of you liberals who have suddenly discovered that the Clintons are of low character, that they’re a pair of conniving snakes who will say and do anything to grasp political power, welcome to the club.

And I think we`re owed an apology. It also sends a message to other countries that America (with President Hillary) can`t be trusted.

ThePrez on January 30, 2008 at 2:27 PM