Video: Michelle wonders if it’s time for Hillary to go

posted at 10:15 am on May 21, 2008 by Allahpundit

“She’s putting her money where her mouth is,” saith the boss, “and it’s time for her mouth to stop and cut the losses.” Is it? The hole’s getting deeper but they’ve only got two more weeks until the last primary; between speaking engagements and a memoir about the campaign (suggested title: “How I (Almost) Beat the Patriarchy”), they could probably recoup most of it within a year. Besides, Her Majesty’s talked herself into believing she’s fighting for a higher cause now:

[I]n private conversations and in interviews, Mrs. Clinton has begun asserting that she believes sexism, rather than racism, has cast a shadow over the primary fight, a point some of her supporters have made for months. Advisers say that continuing her candidacy is partly a means to show her supporters — especially young women — that she is not a quitter and will not be pushed around.

That’s fine, but as our favorite liberal reminds us this morning, the better lesson for young women would have been to run a competent campaign and win the presidency. Instead she’s left with the same sort of dignity as the captain of the Titanic, honorably going down with the ship that he steered into an iceberg. That’s something, but it ain’t much.

Exit question: Is this the answer?

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DfDeportation on May 21, 2008 at 10:16 AM

The iceberg hit an iceberg? Irony!

lorien1973 on May 21, 2008 at 10:19 AM

Someone please tell me where this Supreme Court idea came from. If Harriett Miers wasn’t qualified enough, how in the world can anyone possibly make the case for Hillary?

BigD on May 21, 2008 at 10:26 AM

Instead she’s left with the same sort of dignity as the captain of the Titanic, honorably going down with the ship that he steered into an iceberg. That’s something, but it ain’t much.

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The captain of the Titanic actually survived the sinking, so there’s a difference.

Think_b4_speaking on May 21, 2008 at 10:27 AM

Suggested title : ‘The Kryptonite Ceiling’

Exit Answer : That spot has been reserved for Silky.

Limerick on May 21, 2008 at 10:32 AM

I don’t see how it would be possible to get either silky or the iceberg on the Supreme Court. Wouldn’t that set a pretty ridiculous precedent? Putting former politicians on there? How about we put Newt Gingrich on there the next chance we get?

WisCon on May 21, 2008 at 10:38 AM

Why would we want Hillary out? Her continued presence creates problems for her down the road, so she’ll be damaged for 2012; she can still do damage and distract Obama. Her voters will continue to be demoralized and may give McCain a bigger chance of picking some of them up rather than having them defect to Obama. Conservatives will have her as an alternative to listening to John McCain break their spirit over one issue or another. I say she stays in until Michelle Obama loses complete control and runs over and socks her in the face.

austinnelly on May 21, 2008 at 10:41 AM

WisCon on May 21, 2008 at 10:38 AM

Wouldn’t be terribly difficult with a Dem Pres and a super majority on the Hill. All the commitee chairs, etc etc. is could stop it?

Limerick on May 21, 2008 at 10:43 AM

The captain of the Titanic actually survived the sinking, so there’s a difference.

Think_b4_speaking on May 21, 2008 at 10:27 AM

I think the owner survived, but not the captain.

dedalus on May 21, 2008 at 10:44 AM

Where did Fox get this Hill guy? He talks so fast I can’t understand him. And he is a “professor”?

dalec on May 21, 2008 at 10:47 AM

p.s.
I wish O’Rielly would make up with Michelle. I miss her on “The Factor”.

dalec on May 21, 2008 at 10:48 AM

The ‘Democrat” National Convention… love it!

Hillary… eat it! yeah!

speaking engagements to make the money back?
Nah, all she has to do is write a book: “All You Ever Wanted to Know About Bill*

*But were afraid to Ask…

max1 on May 21, 2008 at 10:51 AM

Why would we want Hillary out? Her continued presence creates problems for her down the road, so she’ll be damaged for 2012; she can still do damage and distract Obama. Her voters will continue to be demoralized and may give McCain a bigger chance of picking some of them up rather than having them defect to Obama. Conservatives will have her as an alternative to listening to John McCain break their spirit over one issue or another. I say she stays in until Michelle Obama loses complete control and runs over and socks her in the face.

austinnelly on May 21, 2008 at 10:41 AM

The only reason to encourage Hillary to get out is to help Obama win the general. We need another month of Obama supporters spitting on Hillary voters (literally and figuratively) to cement the divide and get them to vote for McCain.

But some folks think electing a fan of The Decemberists and Hamas would be worth it if the GOP “learns a lesson.”

funky chicken on May 21, 2008 at 10:52 AM

What both MM and Professor Hill (not Anita, thankfully!) are not factoring into their predictions about Hillary is the Friday the 13th factor. Hillary is remarkably like Jason from those movies. She always, always returns. It does not matter what carnage is visited upon Jason. He always comes back for more. That is Hillary and Bill in a nutshell. The details about his conduct with Monica did not make Bill slink away. Anyone else would have hid and never returned. Bill’s humiliation of Hillary through all his tawdry extramarital affairs didn’t dampen Hillary’s need for power one iota. The Clintons can never exhibit any gallantry or class. The only thing that matters to them is obtaining power and being the center of attention. That is why she can never give up the ghost and just leave the scene.

Larraby on May 21, 2008 at 11:00 AM

I think Michelle is incorrect here. I’m certain Hillary is hurting Obama. As KP says:

But now she’s left stoking the flames among her supporters. The more she feeds the anger that she has been mistreated because she’s a woman, the worse it gets for Obama.

This campaign, and the longer it goes on, gets us talking about identity politics and grievances, etc. This is bad news for Dems. The longer is goes on, the more it hurts them. With no Hillary in the race, sweetie-gate is irrelevant. But with Hillary in, women end up talking about how offensive it is. It’s also worth note that Hillary is the one who has been winning. And it’s her winning that even generates the conversations about Obama’s weaknesses.

I don’t think it hurts Hillary anymore then it hurt Reagan or Kennedy.

Spirit of 1776 on May 21, 2008 at 11:02 AM

I had never noticed the bizarre backgrounds given to the Fox guests until last night — specifically the fake bookshelf behind Mark Steyn, when a real bookshelf would have been fine.

Why does Michelle get a seedy dockyard, of all things?

p.s. – I’m fine with Hillary staying in. Widen that schism, baby.

Tanya on May 21, 2008 at 11:17 AM

The entire Clinton legacy at this point for both of them is either win or crash into the Marianas trench.

If Hillary isn’t the nominee neither of them will have a shred of credibility with the Democrat party.

All or nothing at this point.

Speakup on May 21, 2008 at 11:19 AM

After June 3 would be the ideal time for her to go, because she wouldn’t have to go back to Washington shame-faced. The Senate will be in recess, she can take the summer off in New York or wherever and resurface in August at the convention.

The general campaign will begin as soon as she gets out, which will take her off the news pages as the MSM starts working on McCain and following the demise of Ted Kennedy. And no disrespect meant in that; my stepfather died of brain cancer earlier this year and the Kennedy’s have my empathy.

For what it’s worth, Arlen Specter ain’t doing so well, either. And was I the only one absolutely horrified at the speactacle of Robert Byrd the other day? Seriously, he needs to go; he simply is no longer up to the job.

BigD on May 21, 2008 at 11:20 AM

I think the owner survived, but not the captain.

dedalus on May 21, 2008 at 10:44 AM

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You’re right, I was thinking of Lightoller (2nd officer)

Think_b4_speaking on May 21, 2008 at 11:20 AM

I don’t see how it would be possible to get either silky or the iceberg on the Supreme Court. Wouldn’t that set a pretty ridiculous precedent? Putting former politicians on there? How about we put Newt Gingrich on there the next chance we get?

WisCon on May 21, 2008 at 10:38 AM

It’s been done already. President Taft was appointed to the Supreme Court. But he had some experience as a judge.

Bobbertsan on May 21, 2008 at 11:24 AM

I’m fine with Hillary staying in. Widen that schism, baby.

Tanya on May 21, 2008 at 11:17 AM

Oh-yeah. Too much fun to listen to her speaking the lines that will make up the RNC commercials in a few short weeks.

Jaibones on May 21, 2008 at 11:37 AM

Ya’ll need to go back to posting all of MM’s appearances on TV. You used to do it all the time. Now not so much anymore. It’s always good to see her. Since she doesn’t have a regular time anymore, it’s hard to find her unless you are glued to the TV.

ThackerAgency on May 21, 2008 at 11:37 AM

PS On-topic, kind of, is yet another opportunity to be reminded of Fox’s affirmative action bona fides, via the continuing embarrassment of broadcasting know-nothing nitwit Professor Mark Lamont Hill next to the divine Ms. M.

The thinking black man’s Al Sharpton. Same message; better haircut.

Jaibones on May 21, 2008 at 11:40 AM

I think Hillary would despise the notion of a position on the Supreme Court. For what, to be a Ginsberg-wannabe without the resume? To have one vote, no more privledged than the others? Hillary is running for president to be an absolute monarch – and nothing short of it. That’s the power-rush she craves. She ran for the Senate to serve her own interests, as a stepping stone position, not because she gave a damn about serving the interests of the public.

Yes, she’d going to have to downsize her ego and accept that King isn’t in the cards. But there are plenty of little kingdoms and well-paying petty dictatorships to be found in the public and private sectors and I predict she’ll end up in one or the other. But public servant in the best sense of the word? She doesn’t have it in her and never did.

sanguine4 on May 21, 2008 at 11:58 AM

He talks so fast I can’t understand him.

dalec on May 21, 2008 at 10:47 AM

On purpose. Most liberals do it. They figure they have to talk fast 1) because they have to get as many talking point words in as possible for their liberal viewers to think they know what they are talking about and 2) they know conservative viewers will stop listening after the first ridiculous sentence of spin.

Connie on May 21, 2008 at 12:09 PM

How the heck could Hillary be considered for Supreme Court Justice?!

Seriously?!

I don’t consider having lots of experience being a defendant as qualifications for SCOTUS.

Domino on May 21, 2008 at 12:10 PM

I don’t see how it would be possible to get either silky or the iceberg on the Supreme Court. Wouldn’t that set a pretty ridiculous precedent?
WisCon on May 21, 2008 at 10:38 AM

It would almost be as ridiculous when Harding appointed former President William Taft as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

/sarc

My belief is that it helps to have a couple of politicians on the Supreme Court to have a wider mix of opinions. No matter how original intent-y we’d like the SC to be, the SC is going to face questions of interpretation. Politicians make their intent vague to pass laws. It’s best to have several different types of eyes when having to interpret.

thuja on May 21, 2008 at 12:11 PM

How the heck could Hillary be considered for Supreme Court Justice?!

Why not? Legal background, political power. It’s been known to happen.

Allahpundit on May 21, 2008 at 12:12 PM

How the heck could Hillary be considered for Supreme Court Justice?!

Why not? Legal background, political power. It’s been known to happen.

Allahpundit on May 21, 2008 at 12:12 PM

Allahpundit, with all due respect, I think you owe a better answer.

Also, what was your position on the Harriett Miers nomination? (I can’t remember the time frame or I would have searched the archives.) I am not defending it, mind you, only asking since you seem to think Hillary could be nominated.

BigD on May 21, 2008 at 12:24 PM

I wish O’Rielly would make up with Michelle. I miss her on “The Factor”.

dalec on May 21, 2008 at 10:48 AM

Ditto! I want to see Michelle back on Fox prime-time. I think MKH has replaced Michelle as a regular guest on O’Reilly (she’s appeared twice a week now for what, three weeks running?), but maybe Michelle can talk her way into the Hannity & Colmes or On The Record rotation.

As for Hillary, I think she is going to stay in through the convention. Why not? She’s only got 2 weeks to go and all the primaries are over. After that point, she doesn’t have to spend a lot of money anymore. So, at that point you get your attack dogs to leak negative stories on Obama and try to gin controversy while simultaneously pushing hard to get the Michigan and Florida delegations seated. Then you sit back and see what happens. If Hillary wins on Michigan and Florida and if more negative press comes out on Obama and she STILL can’t sway superdels, then my guess is she’ll throw in the towel and say “I won more popular primary votes and I fought to get Michigan and Florida counted and now that I have, for the good of my party and the nation, I’ll step aside.”

Outlander on May 21, 2008 at 12:33 PM

Allahpundit, with all due respect, I think you owe a better answer. [as to why Hillary could be appointed to the S. Ct.]

BigD on May 21, 2008 at 12:24 PM

Supreme Court appointments, prior to Reagan, traditionally were patronage jobs, albeit much classier patronage jobs than your average political appointee or Hill staffer. District Judges and Court of Appeals judges still are patronage oriented positions. Under that old system, a bright political insider could, for political reasons, be appointed to the Supreme Court. There are dozens of examples.

Whether it would fly in 2009 is a different story, thanks to groups like the Federalist Society (conflict alert-I’m a member) which have caused increased emphasis on the intellectual and judicial credentials of S. Ct. nominees. Under that analytic rubric, I think a Hillary nomination could get derailed.

Outlander on May 21, 2008 at 12:38 PM

[I]n private conversations and in interviews, Mrs. Clinton has begun asserting that she believes sexism, rather than racism, has cast a shadow over the primary fight, a point some of her supporters have made for months.

And, of course, incompetence has nothing to do with it?

Sure, Hillary isn’t a quiter. Everyone respects that. But that doesn’t autoamtically make her competent.

What launched Hillary onto the national political scene? Her own efforts? Or the coat-tails of Bill?

The Irony is that the only strong point she has is her sex. Other than this, (the sexism being in her favor), there is nothing all that special about her in context of peer politiicians.

Lawrence on May 21, 2008 at 12:57 PM

But since the Billary keeps loaning $$ to her own campaign to the tune of $30M+, she must be thinking of something in return. Now what could that be? She will not quit IMO, the Clinton Crime family will never give up, they will only go away when they’re carried out fett first!

el Vaquero on May 21, 2008 at 1:10 PM

“Advisers say that continuing her candidacy is partly a means to show her supporters — especially young women — that she is not a quitter and will not be pushed around.”
Bwahahahaha…she won’t quit because she can’t. It’s in her nature to hang on until the bitter end becomes a beginning.
Michelle was spot-on as usual and Marc Lamont’s comment about Ted Kennedy’s diagnosis being a “political crisis” in the Demo party shows how insane they are. I think it’s a sign of hope, but I mustn’t be so mean…
BTW: Savage’s viewpoints aren’t about ‘class’ or ‘being nice’. He lets other people be hypocrites when they take the high road and call him what he is: savage. So be it. The truth (and his take on the truth especially) isn’t pretty, so if you don’t like it, don’t listen. I certainly can’t take him on a daily basis.

Christine on May 21, 2008 at 1:33 PM

Connie on May 21, 2008 at 12:09 PM

You’re giving him waaaaay too much credit for planning, here, Connie. This is an act that clowns like him hone from the moment that they think they can be someone.

Jaibones on May 21, 2008 at 2:18 PM

BigD on May 21, 2008 at 12:24 PM

You don’t even have to be a lawyer. You don’t even have to go to law school.

The sole mandatory qualification for being a Supreme Court Justice is being able to get enough votes in the Senate.

Oh, and being able to see the penumbrous emanation that the Bill of Rights gives off.

Do you know how much of a loon Ginsburg is? She’s argued that the age of consent should be 12. Or Breyer and his loony “active justice” theory?

misterpeasea on May 21, 2008 at 4:01 PM

Carn’ Hillary! CARN! 2 WEEKS! YOU’RE NEARLY THERE!!

..

PUERTO RICO!!! *pumps fist*

Reaps on May 21, 2008 at 4:14 PM

Hillary must remain in the race! Operation Chaos demands it! I have not heard any orders from Command Central to the contrary and neither has Hillary and thus she stays in. Rush will decide when to order her out of the race and only Rush!

sabbott on May 21, 2008 at 4:59 PM

You need to start distinguishing between Obama and Malkin when you say Michelle. It took me a while to switch gears in this post. Yes, you said “the boss” but when I first read it I thought you were referring to her commenting on Michelle Obama’s comments or something.

OneGyT on May 21, 2008 at 7:09 PM

AP thank you for the sevenload it works way better and the video is a lot larger. :)

Malkin still has good commentary and that great smile. :}

thanks for the video.

Chakra Hammer on May 21, 2008 at 7:51 PM

That Black Guy Is A Cross-Eyed LibTurd Of The FIRST Degree…..

That’s Why He Fudged His Way Thru College For A PhD…..

awesum on May 21, 2008 at 8:26 PM

As always, another good job from Michelle.

I don’t think Hillary can hurt Obama much more than she already has. I hope she stays in the race, if not for anything but to try and guess which ploy she’ll try next to get a headline.

And the exit question is a nightmare! God forbid, a Klinton on the Supreme Court. I can just imagine that lecher husband of hers hanging about waiting for the interns to take their breaks.

Zorro on May 21, 2008 at 9:21 PM