Video: Campbell Brown rips Hillary for laughing off Obama speechwriter’s photo

posted at 1:45 pm on December 6, 2008 by Allahpundit

“Grope and change,” the boss calls it. Team Clinton’s reaction:

“Senator Clinton is pleased to learn of Jon’s obvious interest in the State Department, and is currently reviewing his application.”

Enter Brown, wondering why our feminist pope is suddenly handing out indulgences to sexists among her new boss’s cronies. As gratifying as it is to see Her Majesty showing some perspective and not overreacting to what was, after all, a goof, albeit in poor taste, I’m surprised by the statement. Not so much as a word of disapproval for the president’s chief speechwriter pretending to feel up the secretary of state? She must have an awesome sense of humor; the alternative explanation, that her eternal vigilance against the forces of male chauvinism was largely a politically expedient posture for the campaign, simply couldn’t be true, could it?

Do note, Brown’s own judgment on this issue isn’t always laser sharp either. Exit question: I assumed the photo had been uploaded by a friend. Did this tool really post it to Facebook himself?

Update: From the comments, to people who are shrugging it off: “Consider what conservatives would say if Huck cupped Palin’s cutout.” Another commenter thinks this would be a firing offense at a corporation.


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I like Hillary’s office’s response. It shows a certain dry humor. I translate the statement as “Does he really expect us to hire him after he groped a picture of the boss? Should we let this guy anywhere near a female Head of State? Dream on, guy, dream on!”

If he’s hired, he’s got a lot of highly placed fellow-travelers in Obama-land, and Hillary’s a puppet to them.

unclesmrgol on December 6, 2008 at 7:50 PM

Before the elections, Campell or anyone else in the tank for that matter wouldn’t have even mentioned it. Now, it’s “look what we found in our exhaustive research” and “we’re appauled”.

Crapola.

Mr_Magoo on December 6, 2008 at 8:17 PM

Why is the douchebags face blocked out?

Ace didn’t block it out.

Lonetown on December 6, 2008 at 8:30 PM

Excuse me, but what can she say, she’s married to Bill Clinton. Does she really want to get into why she hates cigars again.

Hillary, despite her supporters– the Campbell Brown’s etc–is not allowed to comment publicly about bad behavior in men on any level. She is an enabler. She chose to stay married to a man who among his many things misogynist, to complete the package, was accused of rape on national TV. A charge I might add that a majority thought true. Thank god for the statute of limitation as they said at the time.

The fact that some women look to her as a feminist points to how pathetic a large body of women in this country really are at this late day and age.

patrick neid on December 6, 2008 at 8:50 PM

If Obama wants to set an example he should fire that guy.

So true so true. But he won’t.

wepeople on December 6, 2008 at 8:57 PM

So it boils down to what it usually boils down to with Democrat kerfuffles and scandals: “It’s the hypocrisy, stupid!”

Michael in MI on December 6, 2008 at 2:42 PM

and speaking of Hypocrisy, has Campbell Brown showed a similar outrage when Palin was hung in effigy as part of somone’s Halloween display? I don’t watch CNN, so I don’t know for sure, but I am guessing she didn’t.

Red State State of Mind on December 6, 2008 at 10:01 PM

Two comments.

Who died and made Campbell Brown the official spokeswoman for all American women about what is offensive or sexist behavior?

But mostly, I just really don’t think that this is an actionable offense… assuming that this was foolish behavior at a private party and not something that happened at Obama campaign headquarters. The guy’s “feeling up” a photograph, for pity’s sake, not a real person.

If you assemble a team of people that includes 20-something-year-olds, this is what you get. But I agree with others who’ve noted that the official response from Hillary’s office was classic. If that guy thinks she’s hiring him, he’s drinking something stronger than that beer in his hand.

Y-not on December 6, 2008 at 10:18 PM

They must have been real drunk. Or I hope they were real drunk. Who would want to bed Hillary? Let alone grope her? That sends nausea to think of that! She thought it was funny? I bet she did. Another one on the Clinton Death List. :)

sheebe on December 6, 2008 at 10:21 PM

I should add that I am gleeful at the prospect of waving this picture in the face of the next Obamabot who goes on and on about the Lightworker’s great oratory. This is the guy putting words in Obama’s mouth, morons!

Y-not on December 6, 2008 at 10:30 PM

Y-not on December 6, 2008 at 10:30 PM

I was just going to say that..

this is Obama’s speech writer.. I wish I had a dollar for every time an effing O-bot said that BHO wrote all his own speeches..

I see where the guy gets his inspiration on his speeches he writes..

DaveC on December 6, 2008 at 10:33 PM

this is Obama’s speech writer

Yeah, but I think the other guy’s name is Dave Ry-something.

Y-not on December 6, 2008 at 10:37 PM

This is pathetic. Not good-natured fun. Consider what conservatives would say if Huck cupped Palin’s cutout.

I agree with you that this guy’s behavior is pathetic, but I don’t think you can compare what a behind-the-scenes staffer does at a party with sexist behavior/comments/actions of politicians running for office. That’s why it did not warrant an outraged response from Clinton, imo.

Y-not on December 6, 2008 at 10:40 PM

Y-not on December 6, 2008 at 10:40 PM

Hell, that is nothing compared to what the Clintonites have done to the Obama cut out.. :)

in private.. of course..

DaveC on December 6, 2008 at 11:18 PM

I like Hillary’s office’s response. It shows a certain dry humor.

Yes it does. This is a very gifted young man and I’m glad to see that the response has been appropriately nuanced.

jim_collins on December 6, 2008 at 11:51 PM

Update: From the comments, to people who are shrugging it off: “Consider what conservatives would say if Huck cupped Palin’s cutout.” Another commenter thinks this would be a firing offense at a corporation.

Forget that… consider what the left and media would do to the GOP as a whole if a picture of say, Karl Rove, groping a cut-out of Palin, surfaced. Obama obviously owes this guy big time, or you know he’d throw him under the same “not the man I knew” bus he’s thrown every other friend of his under.

RightWinged on December 7, 2008 at 12:32 AM

Maybe Campbell Brown has forgotten Clinton’s track record on past sexual harassment.

It’s not an issue for her.

VinceP1974 on December 7, 2008 at 12:54 AM

Wonder what Huma thinks about it? She can’t be too happy about a real boi pawing her grrrl, even if it’s only a pic.

platypus on December 7, 2008 at 1:09 AM

Yes it does. This is a very gifted young man and I’m glad to see that the response has been appropriately nuanced.

jim_collins on December 6, 2008 at 11:51 PM

“Laake aa always said, gifted folks get away with anything. Nuance!” ~ ~ Bill Clinton

Entelechy on December 7, 2008 at 1:30 AM

I would dismiss this to as behind the scenes partying if not for the fact that Clinton and a lot of liberals take many statements or questions as sexist and yell it from the rooftops.

Brown goes through quite a list of faux outrage of sexism that Hillary and her supporters complained about whether it was about the clothes she was wearing or if she could be strong enough to lead.

Remember,there was a lot of yelling about a senatorial candidate that merely walked up to her podium during a debate.

This is just more of that selective liberal moral outrage that never seems to get directed at the people in their own
party.
We are seeing this hypocrisy blatantly displayed in the gay marriage issue with the Black,Latino,Muslims,Christians like Obama,Hillary,and Biden getting a pass while they yell and scream bigoted hatred at the “other” Christians.

Baxter Greene on December 7, 2008 at 1:51 AM

I disagree with earlier comments: IF this had been a Republican and a Republican get-together, the Democrats would be busy at this very hour plastering his S.S. No., home address, habitual schedules and names of his relationships all over the internet, and harassing him for perhaps a parking ticket he may have had when he was nineteen. Oh, and calling him “gay.”

The Left only knows how to harass and threaten Republicans. And to “demand” punishments be put upon any Republican who appears to be human with human failings. But since this guy is a Democrat, then, he may have just as well been holding up a dead animal and laughing about it and the Democrats would think it was ‘sweet.’ And worth a job in the White House.

I’m disgusted by Hillary Clinton’s lack of character. She appears to have no moral position that maintains longer than a 24 or 48 hour period before it changes to whatever else “works” on the day after, and, her selective (very selective) application of outrage depending on which personality is being offensive for what political goal.

In other words, she lacks character.

And this speech writer is a jerk. So are his speeches jerky.

S on December 7, 2008 at 3:20 AM

“I’m Barack Obama, and I approve this message.”

Kane Rogers on December 7, 2008 at 6:52 AM

This is what happens when you give a 27 year old a position of power. This guy did what 27 years olds do at parties…get drunk and do/say stupid things.

angryed on December 7, 2008 at 10:13 AM

Stupid is as stupid does. Not as bad as what that hockey player said about his ex girlfriend, but just as classy.

scalleywag on December 7, 2008 at 11:41 AM

This guy did what 27 years olds do at parties…get drunk and do/say stupid things.

What he did at the party was stupid drunken fun.
That he posted it on Facebook is something he needs to hear about from his boss, the presumptive President of the United States.
It’s the posting that crosses the line into really horrible decision making.

MayBee on December 7, 2008 at 11:46 AM

Mereley another example of Hillary following the Bobby Knight bon mot – “If you’re gonna get raped, you might as well lay back and enjoy it.” As she has chosen to do all her life, or since she strapped on Bill Clinton to her resume; a life where she’s given up love and self-respect for the achievement of perceived power.

Oh yeah, I just love that she’s revered as a “feminist” by Dems/left. What a complete joke that is; and how undermining it is for actual strong women looking around for our society’s role models to learn from..

Shivas Irons on December 7, 2008 at 11:58 AM

Campbell, spare me your faux indignation!

If the Hildebeast isn’t offended, you shouldn’t be either.

thebronze on December 7, 2008 at 1:04 PM

HEY lets all make our own cutouts of Hillary and youtube everyone gropping it!

Would the Hill-da-beast laugh that off too?

Bicyea on December 7, 2008 at 1:31 PM

So glad to see that Obama’s chief speechwriter is a glorified frat boy. G-d help us.

redfoxbluestate on December 7, 2008 at 2:15 PM

This is not a big deal. Forget the headline stuff about beta males, it’s whiny PC crap like this that is turning guys into beta males. Crass sexualization? Of course it is. Welcome to the world of most men! What do you think guys in their 20’s talk about when they get together? They talk about their exploits with various women.

I just don’t see the big deal at all. Especially for the age group here…sure, young people are too sexualized in general, but this looks like a goof and nothing more.

TheBlueSite on December 7, 2008 at 3:20 PM

By the way- why should this be a firing offense for any job?? He’s not on the clock, and he’s not at the party as a representative of his employer. Can people no longer have off the job fun without constantly worrying that it will somehow get back to their boses and get them canned?

The idea is extremely ironic in a country where we worship at the alter of skank celebrity…where girls get famous for showing their hoohas while getting out of vehicles, and we have countdown websites of when teen celebs become 18 (thus legal to have sex with).

TheBlueSite on December 7, 2008 at 3:24 PM

So everything that Hussain says about Hillary are the musings of this creepy b’tard?

macncheez on December 7, 2008 at 4:06 PM

Since when is the President’s Chief Speechwriter the average local frat-house member?

Really 27 year old?

PresidenToor on December 7, 2008 at 10:50 PM

The easily outraged and self-important Campbell Brown, is making a big deal over nothing. Young men had a few too many drinks and groped a cardboard cutout. Snore.

sinsing on December 8, 2008 at 5:30 AM

Baxter Green and S nailed this one!

Blue Shite and the progressives above see little wrong with this behavior. How could they? This is within the family and therefore just fine.

patrick neid took it even further look at what is forgiven (even crimes!) — or swept away — in the name of their socialist dreams. Yes, Bill Clinton has problems as amny do. And where would Teddy be today if he were a Republican?

The big question is how should Republicans feel about this or use it well? Without media help, of course!

IlikedAUH2O on December 8, 2008 at 8:52 AM

The easily outraged and self-important Campbell Brown, is making a big deal over nothing. Young men had a few too many drinks and groped a cardboard cutout. Snore.

sinsing on December 8, 2008 at 5:30 AM

you nailed it singsing…(and from the Slam, no less!):

i would only add..

“Campbell…you ignorant slut.

max1 on December 8, 2008 at 10:03 AM

Isn’t it some sort of perversion to possess such a cardboard character in the first place?

trl on December 8, 2008 at 11:18 AM

This, like Rendell’s off-mic remark about Napolitano are pretty trivial. And the comparison between this and what if Huck did it to Palin is absurd. This was some low level drunk hack not a former Presidential candidate doing it.

grdred944 on December 8, 2008 at 11:21 AM

It’s probably the closest Hillary has come to a heated grope in many years….no way Bill is lighting her fire.

I suspect that the passage of time really has given her the maturity to understand that this was a bawdy 20-something goof, worthy of no more than an eye-roll and a laugh.

LimeyGeek on December 8, 2008 at 12:23 PM

Grope and change.

haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Drunk Report on December 8, 2008 at 12:27 PM

Reaction from Moe Lane at RedState pointing out the double standard:

It’s ironic that the Democrats are tacitly abandoning their stance on subtle (or in this case, not-subtle) gender bias at precisely the time where the Republicans – fresh from a campaign where their Vice Presidential nominee was under a constant barrage of sexually-themed hate speech – have had to concede that feminists might possibly have had a point…What’s slightly alarming here is that there’s no indication that this sort of behavior is going to get smacked down by the Left – at least, as long as it’s being done by the Left…as it stands the message that they’re putting forth is “We have a double standard.”

meltenn on December 8, 2008 at 12:31 PM

Since Obama has already directed an obscene gesture at Hillary durijg one of his speeches, it is not surprising that he would brush this off.

jay12 on December 8, 2008 at 12:53 PM