AP to Hillary: Stop making excuses for losing

posted at 9:21 pm on February 12, 2008 by Bryan

It’s rare that a straight political article by the Associated (with terrorists) Press makes me laugh, but this one did. And that’s in spite of the fact that its upshot is that Obama is looking unstoppable right now.

Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has found a lot of ways to explain her string of losses to Sen. Barack Obama.

Caucus states, the former first lady says, are undemocratic and cater only to party activists. Southern states, like Louisiana, have “a very strong and very proud African-American electorate” naturally predisposed to favor a black candidate. And so-called “red” states like North Dakota, Idaho and Kansas — all of which Obama won on Super Tuesday — will never choose a Democrat in the general election anyway.

By this logic, only certain states really matter, such as New Hampshire and New Jersey, states that Clinton has won. Or Texas and Ohio, states she must capture to stay in the race.

So Hillary is dismissing red states except the reddest state of all, Texas, because she might actually win that one. And even though the last Democrat to carry Texas was Jimmy Carter in 1976. And whether she’s the nominee or Obama keeps on rolling, Texas will stay a deep shade of red this fall.

Anyway.

The list of excuses is long, but the justifications are wearing thin as Obama was expected to win primaries in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia on Tuesday after a four-state sweep last weekend plus the Virgin Islands. All the contests Clinton has suggested don’t count are proving in size and scope that they do.

Read the rest. Basically, no one is buying Hillary’s excuses or spin. She’s losing. If she doesn’t figure that out fast, she’s done. If it’s not already too late.

Though I’d rather face her than Obama in the fall, the thought of a Clinton losing ugly and spinning like this and the press smacking her for it, and that she’s losing to the Chauncey Gardner candidate after spending decades preparing for this race…well, that’s funny, I don’t care who ya are.


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Firtst!

boomer on February 12, 2008 at 9:23 PM

Say hello to the nex Ted Kennedy of the democratic party.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 12, 2008 at 9:23 PM

oops blew that one.

boomer on February 12, 2008 at 9:23 PM

Hillary and Mrs. Obama in a cage match.

Great White versus Killer Shark.

Winner take all!

profitsbeard on February 12, 2008 at 9:25 PM

Associated (with terrorists) Press

Heh!

Inevitable inevitability

Kini on February 12, 2008 at 9:27 PM

Does anyone know in general how things are looking for the republicans in congress next election?

boomer on February 12, 2008 at 9:29 PM

Does anyone know in general how things are looking for the republicans in congress next election?

boomer on February 12, 2008 at 9:29 PM

I can tell you Elizabeth Dole is safe for the Republicans in the Senate. She has no democrat foe worth mentioning…not that it would matter.

SouthernGent on February 12, 2008 at 9:32 PM

Caucus states, the former first lady says, are undemocratic and cater only to party activists

… a description that would also apply to her “super” delegates.

photom on February 12, 2008 at 9:32 PM

well, that’s funny, I don’t care who ya are.

Yes indeed! Get ‘Er Done.

misterspork on February 12, 2008 at 9:32 PM

… a description that would also apply to her “super” delegates.

Uh, yeah, actually. About the only way she can win now is to seat FL and MI (against the rules and her own word) and get selected, not elected by the super delegates.

Bryan on February 12, 2008 at 9:34 PM

When is McCain going to start going after Ubama? Like, maybe mention the fact he’s for amnesty. Errrr…wait. Like mention the fact that he’s more liberal than McCain!

SouthernGent on February 12, 2008 at 9:35 PM

Evitable!!!

jukin on February 12, 2008 at 9:36 PM

Uh, yeah, actually. About the only way she can win now is to seat FL and MI (against the rules and her own word) and get selected, not elected by the super delegates.

Bryan on February 12, 2008 at 9:34 PM

Which she definitely will do. Why else keep her name on the Michigan ballot and why else fly to Florida on election night?

SouthernGent on February 12, 2008 at 9:37 PM

Firtst!

boomer on February 12, 2008 at 9:23 PM

Cut it out, y’all! The timing of your post is not as important as the substance.

Tzetzes on February 12, 2008 at 9:37 PM

Does anyone know in general how things are looking for the republicans in congress next election?

boomer on February 12, 2008 at 9:29 PM

Uh not good

Rasmussen reports

Partisan Trends
Number of Democrats In Country Hits Four-Year High During First Month of Election 2008

William Amos on February 12, 2008 at 9:39 PM

That is funny indeed.

She forgot to add that Obama, for all his nothingness, is a gifted speaker and she’s not and that’s just so unfair since she worked so hard to level the playing field and get equal outcomes for the sisters.

As a matter of fact, what I heard tonight of her Texas speech was god awful. She is the world’s worst public speaker (next to the moderator of the Iowa Dem debate).

Buy Danish on February 12, 2008 at 9:40 PM

Though I’d rather face her than Obama in the fall

Not me: I’d rather lose to Obama than to her. Whichever of the two is nominated (and then elected) will have similarly bad policies. But do you really want this exact kind of spin for another four years? Four years of red-faced finger-wagging and never being able to trust a word they say? Four years of memory-holes and the politics of personal destruction? Yuck! Go Obama!

(Of course, the fact that McCain will be “our” guy means we’ve lost already. Even if he’s elected, we’ve lost.)

Tzetzes on February 12, 2008 at 9:41 PM

Uh, yeah, actually. About the only way she can win now is to seat FL and MI (against the rules and her own word) and get selected, not elected by the super delegates.

Which would be suicide for the entire party.
Against what’s coming to be conventional wisdom, I think McCain stands a better chance against Obama than Clinton.

billy on February 12, 2008 at 9:42 PM

So if it goes like Rush says and Clinton wins, dirty lets say, will the disgruntled Obama supporters revolt and vote McCain or fall in line and vote Hillary? This after Hillary has pretty much said that none of the people’s votes, that went with Obama, meant anything.

Vigilante on February 12, 2008 at 9:43 PM

What are you, some kind of woman hater, Danish? ;)

fourstringfuror on February 12, 2008 at 9:46 PM

Tzetzes on February 12, 2008 at 9:37 PM

Are you kidding? If we don’t have any fun once in awhile with the way things are shaping up we’ll be on anti-depressents.

boomer on February 12, 2008 at 9:49 PM

All of the lies and deceit are coming home. Obama has no idea of the evil he is about to endure. He is beating her with no agenda and absolutely no long range plan, but it is working because of who she is. The stench of her past victims is driving him into the White House.

volsense on February 12, 2008 at 9:53 PM

fourstringfuror on February 12, 2008 at 9:46 PM

Hell no. There are many women I admire. It just so happens that none of them are liberal Democrat feministas. Or women who vote for Huckabee. :-)

Buy Danish on February 12, 2008 at 9:55 PM

Hillary’s campaign is in trouble. Big trouble…

eanax on February 12, 2008 at 9:57 PM

Firtst!

boomer on February 12, 2008 at 9:23 PM

People should get banned for proclaiming “First” and beaten with sticks for misspelling it.

JammieWearingFool on February 12, 2008 at 9:57 PM

Tonight she’s screeching in Texas.

She just had to gall to say George W. was all hat and no cattle.

Trust me, W has LOTS of cattle.

Domino on February 12, 2008 at 10:03 PM

EVERYBODY LEAVE BOOMER ALONE.

TexasDan on February 12, 2008 at 10:16 PM

Since Hillary has always wanted to POTUSOA,and she probably
was running a pre-campaign out of her mothers womb,I betcha
the in-coming mail posed a real challenge,but its Hillary
were talking about here!

So,it appears Hillary is loosing,or has lost control
of trying to be the nominee,i think Democrats are getting
tired of Hillary trying to run the DNC in the same spirit
as Leona Helmsly ran her hotels.

So does Hillary emplode by herself,or does she attempt
a coup at the DNC convention,she might swallow every
indescresion of Bills exploits,but I can’t see her letting
the nominee slip this easily out of her fingers!

canopfor on February 12, 2008 at 10:18 PM

I think Americans are sick of double-speaking democrats and their socialist candidates. Americans understand what the war is really about, and want to win as opposed to facing Sharia law; they want to keey their money, not donate it to DC to redistribute to drug addicts and other assorted parasites (personal or corporate); they believe our country was based on Judeo-Christian tenets, not on homosexual, trans-gendered, atheistic philosophies; they respect the laws – all laws, not just the ones they choose to respect; they believe federal judges should argue the constitutionality, not the popularity or social holistics, of laws; they believe that capitalism and free markets work, especially given 10,000+ year of fine-tuning, and don’t want social experimenting on ideas like communism, state-run healthcare, and income redistribution; and they don’t like being lied to, as the ends do not justify the means.

You gotta give credit to the people.

stonemeister on February 12, 2008 at 10:19 PM

It will be sweet to see if it comes down to the Super Delegates, this will put Hillary in an untenable position and will fracture the Dems worse than we are on our side. Amazing.

echosyst on February 12, 2008 at 10:27 PM

This is hilarious – it was posted over at The Huffington Post in the comments –

Blogging from the campaign trail…..

Hillary Clinton appeared in El Paso tonight in a dark adobe colored pant suit with stylish nouveau Mandarin cuffs.
She was met on stage just before the speech began by a poor Hispanic boy, selected to be humiliated to her purposes by being forced to appear in an arcane border town tourist souvenir outfit complete with velvet sombrero.
Looking like the racially stereotypical and insensitive images once seen in Speedy Gonzales cartoons, he presented her with tropical flowers and offered Hillary a photo op with him before being manhandled off stage by campaign officials.
Hillary, frog voiced from years, and most recently, campaign trail miles of shrill, maladroit vociferation, began her oratory.
She spoke of her history in the region registering voters and visiting the haciendas of the underclasses in the past, greedily consuming vast pots of frijoles and tortillas along the way.
This appeared to resonate with the audience for a few moments before she quickly turned to ramblings of healthcare outside of free emergency rooms, esoteric discussions of mortgage repossessions and predatory lending practices that quickly left the audience confused about these all but alien topics.

As the crowd descended into a restless hush she struggled to regain their attention through the use of obtuse hand gestures and ever more strident rhetoric about issues that seemed well outside their general sphere of experience.
At times she appeared almost angry with the crowd for their lack of exuberant response. Finally she mercifully concluded allowing the earnest but confused crowd to disperse as the incongruous but jubilant music blared at them seeming to signify fiesta without the customary pinata.

Undaunted some members of the audience charged the stage in confusion, swatting at the candidate with broomsticks as she ran off stage. Presumably she was mistaken she was for an oversize pinata.
The secret service restrained the revelers peaceably.

AprilOrit on February 12, 2008 at 10:44 PM

TexasDan on February 12, 2008 at 10:16 PM

You would think they were cops in Maryland!

boomer on February 12, 2008 at 10:48 PM

Can you just imagine what Hillary is doing behind closed doors right at this moment? Screaming at all her staff and cussing a blue streak. Ha, Ha, Ha. She is such a liar!!! I’m enjoying watching her implode.

But….it ain’t over yet. There is a whole lot of time left before the conventions and Nov. There is no telling what is up the pike! This is a soap opera.

Chelsea is having breakfast with super delegates to help her mother’s campaign while Bill is most likely sleeping with them!!!!

Winebabe on February 12, 2008 at 10:50 PM

Contemplate some of Obama’s potential Cabinet members:
Secretary of State- Either Clinton
Attorney General- John Edwards or Ted Kennedy
Secretary of Defense- Wesley Clark
HHS – Hillary Clinton or Al Sharpton
Homeland Security- Charley Rangel
Press Secretary- Helen Thomas

Sleep well tonight, folks.

michaelo on February 12, 2008 at 10:58 PM

Obama, watch your kneecaps and keep your cat indoors. When the Clintons get desperate, strange and horrible things start to happen. This woman is like Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction. She will rise from the bathtub, like an undead bloodied monster, and go right for the carotid with claw and fang.

whitetop on February 12, 2008 at 11:01 PM

Of course Shrillary makes excuses. She has no class.

She is a power hungry harpy forced to watch her power fade. Much like the Wicked Witch of the West, her screams will haunt your nightmares as water dissolves her into a puddle.

The Presidency of the Socialist States of Amerika is slipping from her clenched claws. Without that title she can’t forcibly install monitors in our houses for her ddaily “dialogue” with us.

And poor William Jefferson. He can’t use her Presidency to fake his legacy.

But fear not my Shrill-Shrill, Obama is cut from the same Socialist mold as you; it isn’t your fault that the gene pool inflicted you with a ear-grating voice and bestowed a soothing voice to Obama the Magical Empty Suit.

Montana on February 12, 2008 at 11:39 PM

(Of course, the fact that McCain will be “our” guy means we’ve lost already. Even if he’s elected, we’ve lost.)

Tzetzes on February 12, 2008 at 9:41 PM

Oh!! Well put Tzetzes.

Montana on February 12, 2008 at 11:43 PM

Firtst!

boomer on February 12, 2008 at 9:23 PM

Congratulations on being first! You win the ire and contempt of Hot Air Hotties. The jealously of left wing trolls and a life time supply of being first on this thread.

Prises subject to catastrophic network failure, electro-magnatic-pulse, the State of New Jersey, friends of red dye #9 and sudden cardiac arrest.

Kini on February 12, 2008 at 11:55 PM

Chelsea is having breakfast with super delegates to help her mother’s campaign while Bill is most likely sleeping with them!!!!

Winebabe on February 12, 2008 at 10:50 PM

Big pimpin’ goin’ on. Me thinks Schuster had a point.

AprilOrit on February 12, 2008 at 11:55 PM

As it turns out, truth really is stranger than fiction.

Could anyone have foreseen such a Shakespearian tragedy of a campaign coming from Clinton,Inc?

Hillary Clinton is the real life Tracy Flick.

Dorvillian on February 13, 2008 at 12:12 AM

With all the talk of insulting debate answers, spousal sabotage, and campaign overspending, Hillary has successfully gotten the discussion away from her real weakness as a candidate, which is that she is an arrogant hag.

pedestrian on February 13, 2008 at 12:29 AM

I can’t help but feel sorry for Shrillary. I mean, she has spent her whole life preparing for this moment.

amkun on February 13, 2008 at 12:54 AM

No, no, it’s better if she loses at this level! She will never be Evita! She will be stuck on the sidelines, plodding after the spotlight, pantsuit bulging unattractively. Bill will be out and seen…dating. Eventually they will retire to their walled estate in Dubai, where they will be treated like old Eurotrash royals without a kingdom.

Obama, the empty suit, the new kid on the block, is the perfect foil for a Republican or a republican, either one. Can’t wait till Hill is out and the media discovers the Che posters everywhere in Obamaland.

PattyJ on February 13, 2008 at 1:36 AM

Uh, yeah, actually. About the only way she can win now is…

Bryan on February 12, 2008 at 9:34 PM

There is one other way she could win. BHO, you might want to steer clear of Fort Marcy Park for a while.

labrat on February 13, 2008 at 4:45 AM

So the AP’s editorializing now…

OneGyT on February 13, 2008 at 7:16 AM

You have to laugh when you see stuff like this. Here is this absolutely ruthless, politically ambitious woman, wife of an equally absolutely ruthless, politically ambitious man, who so thought she was destined to be the First Female President of The United States, literally to the point where she thought she had this election wrapped up about two years back, and who is now getting her clock cleaned primary after primary by a guy who was a virtual unknown a couple of years back and who now stands to not only the Democratic candidate, but who may end of being the First Black President of The United States. And now you have the AP harping on her to stop making excuses for losing the way she is right now? Hey, there is only one excuse for why she is suddenly disappearing into Obama’s dusty wake, and that is that people are finally seeing that she is indeed an absolutely ruthless, politically ambitious woman, and no more than that. The Clintonistas thought they were building a political dynasty. Their big mistake was they failed to see that the foundation they were building on was sinking sand.

pilamaye on February 13, 2008 at 7:26 AM

You have to laugh when you see stuff like this.

pilamaye on February 13,2008 at 7:26 AM.

pilamaye:Excellent analysis,I agree.If Obama is the first
African American President you can take the
Republicans out of the equation,whether he wins or
loses it will be at the hands of the Liberal
Democratic Party!

canopfor on February 13, 2008 at 8:18 AM

So Hillary is dismissing red states except the reddest state of all, Texas, because she might actually win that one. And even though the last Democrat to carry Texas was Jimmy Carter in 1976.

That’s interesting because John McCain’s support is based in the bluest of blue states where he doesn’t stand a chance of winning in the general.

Seriously though, Hillary Clinton has lost 20 of the last 28 primaries. It’s come down to Chelsea Clinton pimping for super delegates. Even a spin machine as experienced as the Clinton’s can’t spin this one by garden variety excuses and tears. Look for the re-emergence of the VRWC as the cause for her downfall.

highhopes on February 13, 2008 at 8:41 AM

all over but the water…

max1 on February 13, 2008 at 9:34 AM

Yup, it would be funny.

And just maybe it would mark the end of Dem party rule by the boomer libs, the 1960′s hippies who never grew up.

That would be a victory for the entire USA.

petefrt on February 13, 2008 at 9:36 AM

I love the “Being There” references!

Though Barack would sink like a stone trying to walk on water!

Your Jewish Master on February 13, 2008 at 9:41 AM

Hillary’s Political Demise:

Originally, in New Hampshire, I was hoping for the stake through her heart. It didn’t happen. However, now I find her death-by-a-thousand caucuses even more enjoyable.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on February 13, 2008 at 10:13 AM

SHILLARY: Nom de broom.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on February 13, 2008 at 10:36 AM

I bet she’s hoping Obama goes for a car ride with Teddy over a bridge.

Torch on February 13, 2008 at 11:26 AM