Where’s the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy when you need it?

posted at 8:25 am on February 29, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

What’s worse in politics than being attacked? Being ignored — and Hillary Clinton wants it to stop. She wants back into the national discourse after mostly being overlooked since the debacle of Super Tuesday:

There was a time not long ago when Hillary Clinton dominated the discourse in both parties’ presidential contests.

Now, she’s struggling to get her message out and remain part of the campaign conversation as the media and her remaining rivals, Barack Obama and John McCain, stampede toward a general election matchup that seems more and more likely. ….

Today, though, after a post-Super Tuesday string of wins by Obama, Clinton hardly draws notice from the Republican party. The daily barrage of press releases from the Republican National Committee almost exclusively targets Obama. McCain, the presumptive GOP nominee, makes almost no reference to Clinton in his campaign appearances, instead zeroing in on Obama’s record.

Oddly, I had thought to write about this exact phenomenon at some point today. Over the last two weeks, hardly any releases about Hillary Clinton have found their way into my e-mail. The RNC’s missives have focused on Obama exclusively, no mean feat considering his thin track record. Even blog readers have stopped sending Hillary material, a sure sign that she represents no real threat to either Obama or John McCain.

That makes Hillary pine for the days of her “vast right-wing conspiracy” fantasy. As Mike Huckabee once said, you know you’re over the target when you’re taking flak. When the flak aims at someone else entirely, you know you’re over. Hillary needs some media oxygen to keep her campaign alive, especially in Texas and Ohio, but Obama has kept the spotlight on himself.

The example given by the Politico amply demonstrates this. Hillary thought she could capture some attention by announcing her February fundraising number — a very impressive $35 million. It briefly created some buzz about a comeback, but Obama’s campaign responded within hours that he had raised close to twice that much. Not only did that take the spotlight away from Hillary, but it reinforced the perception that she keeps falling further behind.

Hillary once complained about media-fueled controversies that surrounded her and Bill. Now she’d put up with a scandal or two if it managed to focus the media and the opposition in both parties back on her campaign. She has discovered that obscurity is worse.


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

what’s with the chirping cricket? hah ha

Alden Pyle on February 29, 2008 at 8:34 AM

People are more jazzed about having the first BLACK president than they are about having the first FEMALE president.

Bob's Kid on February 29, 2008 at 8:36 AM

If I remember correctly Hillary’s charge of a vast right-wing conspiracy was about the Monica Lewinsky scandal. It turned out that the vast right-wing had nothing to do with it as we now know. All she has to do is pretend it exists again and the lefty MSM will champion he cause once more.

jimbo2008 on February 29, 2008 at 8:38 AM

The only spotlight left for her will be when she gives her Ted Kennedy ‘The Dream Will Never Die’ speech in Denver.

Limerick on February 29, 2008 at 8:38 AM

Brings to mind the scene in “Fatal Attraction” where the Glenn Close character screams “I will not be ignored!”.

bbz123 on February 29, 2008 at 8:39 AM

Hillary has been my senator for six years. I’m used to hearing nothing from her. Ironically, she’s been a non-entity of sorts for years.

JiangxiDad on February 29, 2008 at 8:42 AM

Time to bomb an aspirin factory or somehting. Oh, those were the good ol’ days.

davidk on February 29, 2008 at 8:52 AM

A Bradbury quote! You are the man, Captain.

Jockolantern on February 29, 2008 at 8:53 AM

As it turns out there was only a mediocre right winged conspiracy. We were trying to get her nominated to the candidacy not maligned. Too bad it isn’t working so well. Isn’t it strange how her very own tactics are being used against her so effectively, and by the very machine she and her husband set up.

Oldnuke on February 29, 2008 at 8:57 AM

At first the media isn’t fair, now they ignore her. You just can’t please this woman. I’m sorry she is used to having it both ways tho…

twiggman on February 29, 2008 at 9:00 AM

If I remember correctly Hillary’s charge of a vast right-wing conspiracy was about the Monica Lewinsky scandal…

jimbo2008 on February 29, 2008 at 8:38 AM

Maybe Bubba will have to Take One For The Team, as it were, just to get the VRWC engaged again. I am sure he is more than willing to do his part… for the cause, of course!

gridlock2 on February 29, 2008 at 9:01 AM

I think the most amazing thing is how quickly the Media turned against the Clintons. Ever since 92, and even more so after the impeachment of Bill, they could do no wrong in the eyes of the media. And now, all of a sudden, it’s like they are nobodys.

JamesLee on February 29, 2008 at 9:02 AM

I heard on Fox News Channel yesterday, The pundits were talking and someone asked “Why is it that Obama and McCain are sparing against each other and not mentioning Hillary?” The other pundit replies “Because Hillary is NAFTA, Not A Factor To Anyone” I would tell you who the pundits were but I heard it on XM. I did not see them

Guest1.1 on February 29, 2008 at 9:05 AM

Where’s the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy when you need it?

We’re right over here, honey.

And much to my surprise, many of us are defending Obama from you.

Enjoy your upcoming obscurity.

dinasour on February 29, 2008 at 9:07 AM

People are more jazzed about having the first BLACK president than they are about having the first FEMALE president.

Bob’s Kid on February 29, 2008 at 8:36 AM

Can’t understand their enthusiasm. Obama is only half black, and Hillary is only half female.

Aristotle on February 29, 2008 at 9:15 AM

by announcing her February fundraising number — a very impressive $35 million. It briefly created some buzz about a comeback, but Obama’s campaign responded within hours that he had raised close to twice that much

Where do Democrats get all this money? Do Republican numbers look anything like this?

TX Mom on February 29, 2008 at 9:18 AM

Clnton and Obama are incredible. Neither have accomplished anything of any significance and now, suddenly, they intend to create a Nirvana on earth. I know they’re both manipulating phonies but the really bothersome thing is the mindless dolts that blindly follow them.

rplat on February 29, 2008 at 9:18 AM

bbz123 on February 29, 2008 at 8:39 AM

So funny, and so true!

I love the Bradbury quote, Ed.

TX Mom on February 29, 2008 at 9:18 AM

People are more jazzed about having the first BLACK president than they are about having the first FEMALE president.

Bob’s Kid on February 29, 2008 at 8:36 AM

Well YEAH- shoot, the libs feel WAY BETTER UPLIFTING A BROTHER. It makes them feel so… color blind and special! If voting for Obama didn’t help them assuage their white guilt by letting them REACH DOWN TO HELP HIM UP, there wouldn’t be such a warm fuzzy feelin’ attached.

You can’t get that same LIBERAL BUZZ by helpin’ a Clinton.

Ex-tex on February 29, 2008 at 9:21 AM

Another nail for Shrillary’s coffin:

Who the heck wants a President who can’t read the tea leaves for what they are and/or is in utter denial she refuses to take the OBVIOUS hints? If she can’t read THESE signs, why’d anybody expect her to take more subtle ones from those who threaten us? Shoot, we’ve already got a RINO who’s clueless about the price of gasoline.

When everybody starts ignoring person A for person B, person A needs to realize they’ve completely lost relevance. And if person A starts trying to be a squeaky wheel and whine for attention, typically what happens is their rate of plummet accelerates.

Mark my words – - if she starts whining loudly that nobody’s paying attention to her, Obama’s numbers will totally skyrocket and hers will plunge in both OH well BEFORE next Tuesday, and in PA also.

Hitlery seems to just totally EXCEL at doing ALL the things she needs to do, to completely ENSURE she’ll lose the nomination, by turning off everybody who’s even still bothering to pay any attention to her.

Found my jar of Skippy, pulling out my butter and jam ‘coz Hillary is TOAST.

Shirotayama on February 29, 2008 at 9:21 AM

It is only so long that people can put up with a nasty lesbo teacher whining and complaining all the time about how she has it so tough.

Maggie Thatcher would never let herself look as weak, pathetic and stupid as Hillary.

benrand on February 29, 2008 at 9:24 AM

Urkel vs. Sister Mary Elephant (or was that Mrs. Doubtfire)?

Shirotayama on February 29, 2008 at 9:25 AM

Somewhere in a 23000 sq ft NC mansion, Silky cracks a smile.

Gartrip on February 29, 2008 at 9:26 AM

Brings to mind the scene in “Fatal Attraction” where the Glenn Close character screams “I will not be ignored!”.

bbz123 on February 29, 2008 at 8:39 AM

Does this mean Obama can continue his platform of “A Rabbit in Every Pot”?

Rovin on February 29, 2008 at 9:36 AM

Better to be in a vast right wing conspiracy than the “half-vast” left wing one…

psrch on February 29, 2008 at 9:43 AM

“There is only one thing worse than being talked about. And that is not being talked about.”

CUS on February 29, 2008 at 9:44 AM

Where do Democrats get all this money? Do Republican numbers look anything like this?

A lot of the nutroots are using their charge cards, according to them.
Second answer is no. Not Yet any way lol.

ArmyAunt on February 29, 2008 at 9:44 AM

Now she’d put up with a scandal or two if it managed to focus the media and the opposition in both parties back on her campaign.

Paging Bill Clinton! Paging Bill Clinton! You have a call on the white courtesy phone!

The_Real_JeffS on February 29, 2008 at 9:52 AM

If voting for Obama didn’t help them assuage their white guilt by letting them REACH DOWN TO HELP HIM UP, there wouldn’t be such a warm fuzzy feelin’ attached.

You can’t get that same LIBERAL BUZZ by helpin’ a Clinton.

Ex-tex on February 29, 2008 at 9:21 AM

Very well said.

JiangxiDad on February 29, 2008 at 9:57 AM

What’s worse in politics than being attacked? Being ignored — and Hillary Clinton wants it to stop.

Hillary who?

Seriously, the Clintons are the kind of people that need constant drama in their lives. It must be somewhat disconcerting for them to discover that Bill Clinton is increasingly irrelevant to the “national discourse” and Hillary Clinton isn’t the favorite for the ’08 presidential nomination.

Should Clinton fail to get the nomination, my prediction is that a divorce will quickly follow. If for no other reason because it will put the Clintons back on the front page again for a while.

highhopes on February 29, 2008 at 9:57 AM

I think another cackling fit is in order…

D2Boston on February 29, 2008 at 10:01 AM

off topic, since I’m done with her, but Welcome to the Show Ed!

Ann on February 29, 2008 at 10:29 AM

Where do Democrats get all this money?

TX Mom on February 29, 2008 at 9:18 AM

The Soros Fairy leaves it under their pillow at night.
.
.
.
There’s a sure fire way for Hillary to get the spotight shining on her again.

Try wearing a dress.

fogw on February 29, 2008 at 10:29 AM

I believe part of her demise was when someone said during a debate “That’s just what we need, Bill Clinton running around the White House with nothing to do”

Guest1.1 on February 29, 2008 at 10:33 AM

This is the second time that Hill-Billy have been rendered irrelevant.

1) 1994 when the Republicans gained majorities in both houses of congress.
2) 2008 when she ran into somebody more liberal than herself, who also has more charm and just as much inexperience.

To all Republicans in Texas, vote for Hillary. We need a weak opponent.

The Rock on February 29, 2008 at 10:46 AM

She is getting as much attention as is being given to Huckaschmuck. Fair is fair.

pilamaye on February 29, 2008 at 10:46 AM

People are more jazzed about having the first BLACK president than they are about having the first FEMALE president.

Bob’s Kid on February 29, 2008 at 8:36 AM

I thought we’d already had the first black president, and now he wants to be First Lady.

DrMagnolias on February 29, 2008 at 11:26 AM

Given that Hillary’s true gender is in, uh, question, and that her husband was the first black president, doesn’t that kind of make her, by association, a black male candidate, just like Obama? “Hope” springs eternal…

Halley on February 29, 2008 at 11:28 AM

It’s the Vast Left Wing Conspiracy!

silkcat21 on February 29, 2008 at 11:47 AM

How can I top these Hillaryious comments? Well said guys.

leftnomore on February 29, 2008 at 1:09 PM

Sorry, Mrs. Clinton, but the media who adored you, up until now, because you were a Socialist with a vagina, now adores another Socialist, because of the color of his skin.

In the America of today, skin color trumps all – even between competing Socialists.

How do you like that “vast right-wing conspiracy” now?

OhEssYouCowboys on February 29, 2008 at 1:14 PM

If Slick Wille could never get 50% of the vote, why in hell would anyone on the face of the earth think Hillary can? I guess the reason must be there is no doubt that the Clintons are compulsive liars and Obama is just in the process of establishing he is too.

volsense on February 29, 2008 at 3:01 PM

Caution: this woman is dangerous like a wounded bear. She is not going quietly, and there are plenty of Dems who are getting cold feet about the Obauble. Rezko is percolating, and it looks like the NAFTA doubletalk may be going to bite the Anointed One hard. Dems are merely delusional, not stiupid, and many of them know they need to keep Hillary as a backup in case the Obauble, or his little missus, explodes.

It is glorious that the shallowness of the Dems is being so richly displayed – not a whit of difference between them on policy, just body shape and color. I didn’t think the Dems could come up with another Kerry, but they seem hell-bent on it!!

drunyan8315 on February 29, 2008 at 3:31 PM

Hillary is caught between Barack and a dark face!

Her policies are too close to Obama’s to have any meaningful debate in a Leftist primary—as a matter of fact she is a bit to his right.

Any attempt, even legitimate attempts, to counter his messianic rise have been countered with the subtle undertone or overt accusations of racism, not by the candidate but by proxies (including the media).

That has put Hillary dead center between Barack and a dark face.
DKK

LifeTrek on February 29, 2008 at 7:05 PM

Hillary who? :D

“There is only one thing worse than being talked about. And that is not being talked about.”

CUS on February 29, 2008 at 9:44 AM

You posted my Oscar Wilde quote, darn you! :)

JimC on February 29, 2008 at 9:13 PM

I seem to recall a vast left wing conspiracy. It was called communism. I still say we should dub people like Klinton and Obummer neo-coms.

NNtrancer on March 1, 2008 at 2:12 AM