Hillary resurrects the VRWC for Franken

posted at 10:05 am on October 23, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

I wonder if Hillary Clinton considered the ironies involved in giving Al Franken credit for fighting the “Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy” in her endorsement yesterday in Minnesota.  After all, when Hillary trotted out that paranoid fantasy, she meant it as a defense against her husband in the Monica Lewinsky scandal.  When Bill Clinton later admitted he lied when he denied an affair with the White House intern, didn’t that turn the VRWC into something of a joke?

Of course, she is campaigning for a comedian:

Stepping back into the campaign spotlight, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) came to Minnesota tonight to urge the election of comedian-commentator-candidate Al Franken to the Senate.

“Al Franken was taking on the vast right-wing conspiracy before other people even admitted it existed,” she told a crowd of 2,000 supporters on the University of Minnesota campus, urging them to give her rival, Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, a filibuster-proof margin in the Senate. “Al Franken, with your help, can be our 60th vote.” …

“Sure, he’s been a comedian, and occasionally he’s even been funny,” she joked.

Franken faced a controversy even within his own party this year after opponents discovered that the former talk-show host had written sexually-degrading “satires” of women and Asians in the past, including a piece for Playboy entitled “Porn-O-Rama”.  It’s yet another layer to the irony of using the VRWC argument for Franken.  Bill’s fling with Lewinsky was particularly tawdry, with tales of cigars and oral sex in the trappings of the Oval Office, and would have probably been fodder for a similar Franken satire under other circumstances.

In any event, I doubt that reminding Iron Range workers of the Lewinsky affair will help Franken much, although her HillPAC money won’t hurt.  It’s a strange blast from the past for Hillary to indulge on behalf of the foul-mouthed, R-rated provocateur the Democrats have backed for the US Senate.  What’s the message supposed to be: “I was duped, and you should vote for another dupe”?


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Lies (And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them). What a great title for a book.

Tommy_G on October 23, 2008 at 10:10 AM

Irony, or subtle undercut? You be the judge.

Vashta.Nerada on October 23, 2008 at 10:11 AM

the latter. that’s how i took it.

lorien1973 on October 23, 2008 at 10:14 AM

You stay classy Hillary.

Give me a freaking break. Do you think Queeny really wants Franken as a peer? Of course, if he can get in without that being the tipping point to a veto-proof Senate, I would say have at it. Do you think for one minute that Franken can go 3 weeks without melting down on the Senate floor?

Sugar Land on October 23, 2008 at 10:16 AM

Al Franken is Al Six-Pack on the outside now, in his campaign commercials, but he remains Cynthia McKinney on the inside. I just underestimated his acting skills. I guess after all those years around talented people, he picked up a few tricks. Very few, but near enough.

RBMN on October 23, 2008 at 10:16 AM

I always loved that pic of Monica & Bill… it’s almost like she’s saying “So that’s what you look like from this angle!”

CC – BHO: “my Muslim faith”

CapedConservative on October 23, 2008 at 10:18 AM

Lies (And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them).

Um….hey Al? By definition, a “lying liar” is telling the truth. Just sayin, is all.

ManlyRash on October 23, 2008 at 10:19 AM

Yeah well, she didn’t want to kiss him on the mouth either.

Speakup on October 23, 2008 at 10:19 AM

Sounds to me like Hillary is trying to sink Franken, even while she campaigns for him.

The only people who believe in the VRWC are the lunatic fringe, and they are already voting Democrat.

The undecideds remember, as Ed mentioned, how the idea of the VRWC was discredited when BC admitted that everything was true.

The Republican base is going to be reminded of the Clinton years, and this will fire them up.

I just don’t see any upside for Franken from this comment.

MarkTheGreat on October 23, 2008 at 10:21 AM

She likes Franken because that will put another woman in the Senate.

Wade on October 23, 2008 at 10:24 AM

I am Joe the Plumber.

I am a card-carrying member of the VRWC.

I approve of this message.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on October 23, 2008 at 10:24 AM

I just can’t wait to have a veto-proof Senate full of people like this,gives you a warm feeling all over dosn’t it.

budaside on October 23, 2008 at 10:25 AM

“Sure, he’s been a comedian, and occasionally he’s even been funny,” she joked.

Well, she certainly got something correct in that statement.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on October 23, 2008 at 10:26 AM

Al Franken was taking on the vast right-wing conspiracy before other people even admitted it existed

By physically attacking them, shouting them down and flying into a rage over everything he didn’t like.

The Loon: Minnesota’s state bird.

Bishop on October 23, 2008 at 10:26 AM

Here’s the vast conspiracy:
Talk radio.
Left-wing conspiracy: Newspapers, magazines, TV networks, academia, Hollywood.

jgapinoy on October 23, 2008 at 10:27 AM

Looks like Hillary has perfected the art of talking out of both sides of her mouth simultaneously.

Or her campaigning statements for this moron and that other 1/2 white moron for prez (racist!) has code for “do what I mean, not what I say”.

tru2tx on October 23, 2008 at 10:28 AM

of course, she is campaigning for a comedian joke:

FIFY Ed, :)

BKennedy on October 23, 2008 at 10:30 AM

A lot of people seem to forget that literally millions of conservatives crossed over in the primaries to vote against Hillary, or later on, to vote for her to keep the dem primary going. These people are not going to vote for Obama in the general. Add that to the social cons who stayed home in 2006, and a better picture of the electorate emerges. Hillary, by her statements, is exhorting the lunatic fringe, which will ultimately turn off moderate voters. Works for her, works for me, at least in this election cycle.

Vashta.Nerada on October 23, 2008 at 10:30 AM

Doesn’t sound like much of an endorsment.

Blake on October 23, 2008 at 10:30 AM

Hillary is a shameless liar. Obama is a shameless liar. Franken is a shameless liar. I’m not smart enough to figure out why people would ever vote for these people.

marklmail on October 23, 2008 at 10:30 AM

All she needs to do now is to quietly point out that her presidential dream is permanently over, because she believes Barry will win in 2008, and by 2016 she will be too old.

Vashta.Nerada on October 23, 2008 at 10:33 AM

Yeah, I was actually feeling bad for her after the way she was treated in the Primaries. I was looking for that certain, I don’t know to get my disgust back on for her.

ding, ding, ding…

We have a winner.

hawkdriver on October 23, 2008 at 10:33 AM

Vast Right Wing Consiracies are RACIST

SDarchitect on October 23, 2008 at 10:35 AM

Of course, she is campaigning for a comedian:

Prove it!

I’ve never understood how somebody as unfunny as Franken gets to call themselves a comedian. It’s like allowing Nancy Pelosi to call herself a beauty consultant.

highhopes on October 23, 2008 at 10:36 AM

Hillary is a shameless liar. Obama is a shameless liar. Franken is a shameless liar. I’m not smart enough to figure out why people would ever vote for these people.

marklmail on October 23, 2008 at 10:30 AM

Because they are shameless?

OldEnglish on October 23, 2008 at 10:39 AM

When Bill Clinton later admitted he lied when he denied an affair with the White House intern, didn’t that turn the VRWC into something of a joke?

This entire election cycle is a joke and a farce. We as Republicans ought to be laughing our a$$es off all the way to the polls on the 4th. Instead, thanks to the MSM we’re fighting for our lives. I feel like I’m living on another planet among aliens.

4shoes on October 23, 2008 at 10:39 AM

Al Franken … the Senate Candidate who dodged taxes in 17 States (1/3 of all the states in the USA) until he got caught.

If he wins, he’ll fit in just perfect with Nancy Pelosi’s “most ethical, most honest, most open Senate in history” just fine.

FlatFoot on October 23, 2008 at 10:40 AM

Um….hey Al? By definition, a “lying liar” is telling the truth. Just sayin, is all.

ManlyRash on October 23, 2008 at 10:19 AM

That statement is factually incorrect.

From Dictionary.com:
liar: a person who tells lies.
lying: telling or containing lies; deliberately untruthful; mendacious; false
lie: a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive; an intentional untruth; a falsehood.

Rewriting the statement “a ‘lying liar’ is telling the truth” yields, “a deliberately untruthful person who tells intentional untruths is telling the truth.” Just sayin’, is all.

hicsuget on October 23, 2008 at 10:41 AM

I feel like I’m living on another planet

4shoes on October 23, 2008 at 10:39 AM

Rest assured and take solace in the fact that you are definitely not the only one.

It’s like we’re living in Superman’s Bizarro World. Up is down, left is right, in is out, good is evil, right is wrong, and we’re rolling along on square wheels.

FlatFoot on October 23, 2008 at 10:47 AM

I feel like I’m living on another planet

4shoes on October 23, 2008 at 10:39 AM

I do too. And I think it’s safe to say the insane Obama worshippers are rather like the pod people in “Body Snatchers”.

They are aliens.

tru2tx on October 23, 2008 at 10:52 AM

Rest assured and take solace in the fact that you are definitely not the only one.

Thank you FlatFoot, and everyone else here at HA! You guys and gals keep me sane.

4shoes on October 23, 2008 at 10:53 AM

I’ve never understood how somebody as unfunny as Franken gets to call themselves a comedian. It’s like allowing Nancy Pelosi to call herself a beauty consultant.

highhopes on October 23, 2008 at 10:36 AM

I believe he considers himself a ‘Satirist’…That’s the trick he’s been using for years. He gets called on the horse$hit that is constantly running out of his blow hole and always comes back with..’That was just satire’. The commercials he’s running here are all on about how ‘The Bush Administration’ is the cause of the current financial crisis and Coleman went along with it.

More satire I guess…

BigWyo on October 23, 2008 at 10:56 AM

How can someone like this be a serious candidate for the US Senate? and he’s up in the polls? What is going on in this country?
Did the terrorists put something in the water across the whole USA and we didn’t notice?

neuquenguy on October 23, 2008 at 11:07 AM

I was on Drudge this morning and the embedded ad at the top was a Hillary nutcracker and Bill corkscrew. Celebrate with Bill and Hill! Gotta love free enterprise!

Mr_Magoo on October 23, 2008 at 11:16 AM

Monica sucks.

marklmail on October 23, 2008 at 11:27 AM

Better to be a member of a vast right-wing conspiracy, than a member of the half-vast left wing one…

psrch on October 23, 2008 at 11:30 AM

I feel like I’m living on another planet among aliens.

4shoes on October 23, 2008 at 10:39 AM

Right there with you.
I turned on one of the evening news programs last night for the first time in a while. All I can say is I don’t expect Obama’s half-hour buy to get him much when he already gets ten to fifteen minutes of campaigning like that every night on three different stations nationally.

Count to 10 on October 23, 2008 at 11:31 AM

I’ve read most of Franken’s books,because I enjoy seeing someone so wrong headed prove his idiocy in print. Anyway, Franken is a long time friend of the Clintons, which is why Hillary would make time for him, especially if he pleaded and begged.
2,000? Two thousand? Hillary used to draw better. On a college campus, no less. When I saw Franken live on the campaign trail a few months ago there were possibly 150 souls in the bar, or milling around outside. The local music trio who had entertained the crowd before the arrival of ‘The Franken One’ asked him to plug their CD. Poor Al-he just seems like such a sad case. He wants to be Paul Wellstone, but he’s not even Paul Lynde.

Doug on October 23, 2008 at 11:34 AM

I’m just curious. Did Hillary ever pay off her campaign debt? If not, what business does HillPac have in throwing around money?

Jason Coleman on October 23, 2008 at 11:34 AM

Re: Hillary..

Once an Anti-American/Pro-Jihadi Traitor Leftist Democratic Dellusional Nutbag (all redundant terms, I know!); always an Anti-American/Pro-Jihadi Traitor Leftist Democratic Dellusional Nutbag

Dale in Atlanta on October 23, 2008 at 11:47 AM

I’ve been waiting for years to share this joke. I thought it up myself, though I’m sure someone got to it before I did.

So, Monica Lewinsky’s now a spokesman for Jenny Craig? That’s surprising to me. She never was very discriminating in the past about what she put into her mouth. *rimshot*

I always liked this one: Monica Lewinsky overheard in a line waiting for a seat at the “21″ club — “Who do you have to blow to get a table in this place?”.

Paul-Cincy on October 23, 2008 at 11:52 AM

Hillary resurrects the VRWC for Franken

Disappointing.

The thing that struck me was that Palin has been taking flak for recycling her speeches, then HRC pulls out this old chestnut.

Y-not on October 23, 2008 at 12:20 PM

Al Franken is nothing more than Andy Dick with good PR.

ZK on October 23, 2008 at 12:26 PM

When Bill Clinton later admitted he lied when he denied an affair with the White House intern, didn’t that turn the VRWC into something of a joke?

This entire election cycle is a joke and a farce. We as Republicans ought to be laughing our a$$es off all the way to the polls on the 4th. Instead, thanks to the MSM we’re fighting for our lives. I feel like I’m living on another planet among aliens.

No, the reason we’re fighting for our lives is because there is precious little difference in brands here.
Way too many Republicans kept giving candidates a pass and kept pulling the lever for anyone with an “R” after their name.
From Reason magazine:

Sadly, if the GOP does lose, it’s likely to be interpreted not as a repudiation of the GOP’s excesses, but as an endorsement of the Democrats’. When the only two parties who have a chance at winning both have a track record of expanding the size and scope of government, every election is likely to be interpreted as a win for big government—only the brand changes.

Voting yourself more freedom simply isn’t an option, at least if you want your vote to be taken seriously (and I’m not denigrating any third parties here; I’m just reflecting reality).

Which brings me back to why the Republicans need to get throttled: A humiliated, decimated GOP that rejuvenates and rebuilds around the principles of limited government, free markets, and rugged individualism is really the only chance for voters to possibly get a real choice in federal elections down the road.

Of course, there’s no guarantee that’s how the party will emerge from defeat. But the Republican Party in its current form has forfeited its right to govern.

I’ve seen these “Republicans” here in Minnesota. I’ve worked with them. Afraid of their own shadows, pulling for anybody who claims to be a “Republican”, they become irritating, cacophonous echo chambers. But, my lands, how they can spew conservative principles!
Talk is cheap.
After this election cycle, I’ll lay it out loud and proud to these time wasters in the Republican party:”Away with you. Begone I say and darken our halls no more!”

Amendment X on October 23, 2008 at 12:43 PM

All I can say is I don’t expect Obama’s half-hour buy to get him much when he already gets ten to fifteen minutes of campaigning like that every night on three different stations nationally.

Count to 10 on October 23, 2008 at 11:31 AM

My favorite in recent days was a CNN report where a woman who was an Obama supporter said that she wasn’t partisan and that she made her choice by closing her eyes during the first debate and listening. When Obama spoke she didn’t hear a multi-racial man but rather the candidate with the best ideas. The CNN “reporter” kept stressing the idea that ordinary Americans were turning to Obama not because of race but because of his vision.

The woman interviewed owned a business called “Afro-world!”

highhopes on October 23, 2008 at 2:04 PM

Lies (And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them). What a great title for a book.

Tommy_G on October 23, 2008 at 10:10 AM

You’re delusional! The title sounds like something a 5th grader would say to another child on the playground! No serious publisher would even think of producing a book with such a sophomoric title!

Unless it’s a liberal book, of course. They’re pretty sophomoric anyway, so it would just be Truth in Advertising.

(I know, Franken actually did write a book with that title. But it’s a sophomoric title for a sophomoric book.)

tom on October 23, 2008 at 2:41 PM