It begins: Claire McCaskill endorses Hillary for 2016

posted at 12:31 pm on June 18, 2013 by Allahpundit

Why endorse someone who’s probably still 12-18 months from formerly announcing her candidacy? Because: McCaskill, famously, was one of the first prominent Democrats to back The One over HIllary six years ago. She helped make him a credible challenger at a moment when Team Clinton was trying to frame him as not yet ready for primetime. She also said this of Bill Clinton on “Meet the Press”: “I think he’s been a great leader but I don’t want my daughter near him.” In other words, McCaskill’s very, very much on the outs with a notoriously ruthless political operation that stands a real chance of capturing the White House three years from now. If she doesn’t do something dramatic to fix that, she’ll end up as one of the least influential Democrats in Congress.

So she’s doing something dramatic. Time to kiss the ring:

“Hillary Clinton had to give up her political operation while she was making us proud, representing us around the world as an incredible Secretary of State, and that’s why Ready for Hillary is so critical,” McCaskill said. “It’s important that we start early, building a grassroots army from the ground up, and effectively using the tools of the Internet – all things that President Obama did so successfully – so that if Hillary does decide to run, we’ll be ready to help her win.”

Sen. McCaskill commended Ready for Hillary for embracing the early supporters of then-Sen. Obama, saying, “They aren’t only reaching out to folks who supported Hillary in 2008. They’re helping to show that regardless of who you supported for President back then, we can all agree today that there is nobody better equipped to be our next President than Hillary Clinton.”

The fact that she’s willing to shank Joe Biden and other would-be Democratic contenders this early in the game tells you either (a) that she feels, probably rightly, that she has far more to fear from the Clintons than from any of their competitors or (b) that Beltway Democrats think Hillary’s basically a lock to run and win the nomination. Chris Cillizza makes a good point too about McCaskill’s self-interest in all this:

McCaskill knows that her political future in Missouri is a difficult one. She almost certainly would not be in the Senate right now if Republicans hadn’t nominated Todd “legitimate rape” Akin in 2014. Missouri has moved from a swing state to a GOP-leaning one in the last decade and there’s no reason to believe, demographically speaking, that it will move back toward Democrats any time soon.

That means that McCaskill will face a VERY difficult race in 2018. She knows that and may well be looking at her other political options — one of which would be to serve in a Clinton Cabinet. The best way to set yourself up for that possibility is to pick a candidate as early as possible — see Tim Kaine’s endorsement of Obama in 2007 — and then work like hell to try to get them elected.

Right, although I wonder if even sustained pro-Hillary cheerleading would be enough to earn McCaskill a spot in the cabinet after the betrayal of 2007. More likely, I think, is that she’s hoping President Hillary will come to Missouri and stump for her in 2018 in order to turn out Democrats. Unless the GOP pulls the pin on another Akin-esque grenade in the primaries, they’ll have a great chance to win that seat. A big Democratic showing will be McCaskill’s only chance and the Clintons (and her old friend Barack) are the way to make that happen.

Exit question: Which other Democratic Hillary enemies should we expect to do some early ass-kissing in order to make nice?

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Thank you Todd Akin!

Lance Murdock on June 18, 2013 at 12:33 PM

McCaskill, famously, was one of the first prominent Democrats to back The One over HIllary six years ago.

She and Richardson were the first traitors.

Hillary w/b a fool to ever trust these Benedict Arnolds.

Schadenfreude on June 18, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Exit question: Which other Democratic Hillary enemies should we expect to do some early ass-kissing in order to make nice?

the black caucus…

cmsinaz on June 18, 2013 at 12:35 PM

“Hillary Clinton had to give up her political operation while she was making us proud embarrassed, representing us around the world as an incrediblely incompetent Secretary of State, and that’s why Ready for Hillary is so critical insipid,” McCaskill said.

FIFYC

dpduq on June 18, 2013 at 12:36 PM

What difference, at this point, does it make?!

mjbrooks3 on June 18, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Is Hillary’s orange pantsuit ready? Along with matching wrist bracelets..

hillsoftx on June 18, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Exit question: Which other Democratic Hillary enemies should we expect to do some early ass-kissing in order to make nice?

who isn’t an dem enemy since 2008?

cmsinaz on June 18, 2013 at 12:37 PM

poor joe…ain’t no love for him…

cmsinaz on June 18, 2013 at 12:37 PM

The fact that she’s willing to shank Joe Biden and other would-be Democratic contenders this early in the game tells you either (a) that she feels, probably rightly, that she has far more to fear from the Clintons than from any of their competitors or (b) that Beltway Democrats think Hillary’s basically a lock to run and win the nomination.

Don’t underestimate the feminist guilt factor.

Robert_Paulson on June 18, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Good Lord. I just wish the entire Clinton clan would just retire gracefully.

I swear, I don’t know if I can stand 18 months of that screeching, caterwauling loon on my TV every night.

BacaDog on June 18, 2013 at 12:40 PM

The Obamas, if they don’t run Antoinette, will support Booker or Patrick. They need a front boy.

NO way in hell will they ever support a Clinton. The two families hate each other more than they hate the devil.

Schadenfreude on June 18, 2013 at 12:41 PM

It was God’s will that McCaskill was reelected – nothing we could have done about it. /Akin

crrr6 on June 18, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Too bad the press is against the right. Other wise, the “reporters” could ask the democrat senators and congressmen whom they were supporting. Put them on the spot. That will not happen.

birdwatcher on June 18, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Big question for the Hillary! crew: if Deval Patrick or Cory Booker decide to run, does she stay in the race?

Robert_Paulson on June 18, 2013 at 12:43 PM

It will be Hillary for sure, and probably Christie…

right2bright on June 18, 2013 at 12:43 PM

It begins:
POSTED AT 12:31 PM ON JUNE 18, 2013 BY ALLAHPUNDIT

Maybe just a tad ironic to offer that, Allah…no?
HA ain’t exactly an oasis of restraint when it comes to 2016 musings and declarations.

verbaluce on June 18, 2013 at 12:44 PM

verbaluce on June 18, 2013 at 12:44 PM

FO simpleton.

CW on June 18, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Claire McCaskill endorses Benghazi-like terror attacks and subsequent coverups Hillary for 2016

FIFY Claire.

LetsBfrank on June 18, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Hillary/Rubio 2016!

Pork-Chop on June 18, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Hillary not only will run, but probably be the front runner, and I would, regretfully, have to say, probably our next president.

right2bright on June 18, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Claire is one of the richest senators…akin was one of the porrest house members.

i wonder if the rnc threw the game for mccaskill. Seriously, there was no one in the contest. Steelmen had lost a couple of times before, the business guy was totally no-name first timer

so does MO have such a weak party that there was no one to challenge claire? A famously weak candidate?

i mean really…how does a ‘professional’ group of politicians lose so badly? Simple…the RNC is a failed party. They have no answers to claire or barry.

oh, sure, a couple…but mostly a bunch of losers

r keller on June 18, 2013 at 12:48 PM

My stomach tuns at the thought of yet another election cycle eaten up with how historic the Dem’s win would be. At least this time every opposition ad will be seeped in sexism, rather than racism, so that’s something…right?

We’re so screwed. It’s truly enough to just make one want to check out of the political process completely.

changer1701 on June 18, 2013 at 12:50 PM

What difference, at this point, does it make?!

mjbrooks3 on June 18, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Exactly. Hillary Clinton will never, and I mean NEVER be President. The Rats choose their nominees from two categories:

- Sitting/former Presidents/Vice Presidents.
- Those who even the punditry barely heard of 4 years prior.

Clinton is too well-known, and given she will be 77 years old in 2024 (which, barring death/resignation, would be the earliest she could ascend from VP), the door slammed closed on her when Obama didn’t make her VP.

Steve Eggleston on June 18, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Kennedy’s…Bush’s…Clinton’s…

*blech*

No Political Aristocratic Dynasties!

workingclass artist on June 18, 2013 at 12:50 PM

It will be Hillary for sure, and probably Christie…

right2bright on June 18, 2013 at 12:43 PM

If they shake out to be the choices in 2016 I will be casting my vote for Mayor McCheese.

At least you can eat his head when times get tough.

Gatsu on June 18, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Allah, I have to say, every week you guys make Drudge more and more irrelevant.

I can’t remember a major or minor story of interest, that he has scooped you guys on…

right2bright on June 18, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Is Hillary’s orange pantsuit ready? Along with matching wrist bracelets..

hillsoftx on June 18, 2013 at 12:36 PM

And a chain belt.

Steve Eggleston on June 18, 2013 at 12:52 PM

They’re helping to show that regardless of who you supported for President back then, we can all agree today that there is nobody better equipped to be our next President than Hillary Clinton.”

I don’t think equipped means what this stupid woman thinks it means. The even more stupid people of her state are really going to love her when ObamaCare kicks in.

Happy Nomad on June 18, 2013 at 12:53 PM

If they shake out to be the choices in 2016 I will be casting my vote for Mayor McCheese.

At least you can eat his head when times get tough.

Gatsu on June 18, 2013 at 12:51 PM

If not Christie, than Rubio…the Mayor may be our only choice…

right2bright on June 18, 2013 at 12:53 PM

She almost certainly would not be in the Senate right now if Republicans hadn’t nominated Todd “legitimate rape” Akin in 2014

I don’t understand this sentence. It’s only 2013.

joejm65 on June 18, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Since we seem to be incapable of screening them out during the primaries, can we develop a devise that will administer an electric shock to any Republican candidate who is about to share his or her wisdom on the topic of pregnancies from rape, witchcraft, or other political millstones?

aunursa on June 18, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Personally, I think we might want to determine if her decision-making led to the death of an American Ambassador first. But then again, I’m not a die hard statist like virtually every democrat.

BKeyser on June 18, 2013 at 12:54 PM

joejm65 on June 18, 2013 at 12:53 PM

It’s called a “mistake.”

aunursa on June 18, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Contemptible corrupt harlot.

tom daschle concerned on June 18, 2013 at 12:56 PM

joejm65 on June 18, 2013 at 12:53 PM

It’s called a “mistake.”

aunursa on June 18, 2013 at 12:54 PM

I don’t believe you. AllahP doesn’t make mistakes.

joejm65 on June 18, 2013 at 12:56 PM

The only reason McCaskill is still in power is that Akin’s stepped on his crank.

joecollins on June 18, 2013 at 12:59 PM

This bimbo is a true idiot. She has no business being in the position she is. Her endorsement is nothing more than an early thank you. It has no relationship to what is good for the Country. A political whore!

rjoco1 on June 18, 2013 at 1:00 PM

If at any point hillary is elected potus I will move to a better country.

tim c on June 18, 2013 at 1:03 PM

McCaskill is evidently on the same meds as Nancy Pelosi.

Never let it be said that a Democrat was bothered by reality.

As for Hillary! having a lock on 2016 – didn’t the pundits say the same thing waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back in 2008.

GarandFan on June 18, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Thank you Todd Akin!

Lance Murdock on June 18, 2013 at 12:33 PM

This.

The whole country gets to pay for him being a complete dope for another 5 and a half years.

Awesome.

Red Cloud on June 18, 2013 at 1:06 PM

The only reason McCaskill is still in power is that Akin’s stepped on his crank.

joecollins on June 18, 2013 at 12:59 PM

If he had been a dem he would have been in office. Dems vote the cause and repubs are the first to throw a fellow party member under the bus. Akin didn’t loose because of his stupid comment. He lost because the cons and repubs fell all over each other to be the first to condemn him or anyone that even remotely supported him.

Dr. Frank Enstine on June 18, 2013 at 1:07 PM

If at any point hillary is elected potus I will move to a better country.

tim c on June 18, 2013 at 1:03 PM

let me know when you find it. I’ll be gone the next day.

crrr6 on June 18, 2013 at 1:07 PM


Hillary and Claire……..are they really just the same person? Have they ever been seen in the same room at the same time?

Very very suspicious.

PappyD61 on June 18, 2013 at 1:09 PM

McCaskill and Hillary…. what a stunning example of competence…. on anything. Liberalism is a cancer that is eating our Republic.

ultracon on June 18, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Thank you Todd Akin!

Lance Murdock on June 18, 2013 at 12:33 PM
This.

The whole country gets to pay for him being a complete dope for another 5 and a half years.

Awesome.

Red Cloud on June 18, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Maybe not just because of Todd Akin, after Mourdock copied his idiocy in Indiana, and gave a safe Republican seat to the Dems. In order to oust the Corrupt Party, we have to stop being the Stupid Party.

Steve Z on June 18, 2013 at 1:15 PM

r keller on June 18, 2013 at 12:48 PM

John Brunner was leading in the polls until Claire ran those ads declaring Akin to be the most conservative member of Congress right before the primary. He would have beaten Claire.

iwasbornwithit on June 18, 2013 at 1:15 PM

<blockquote Dr. Frank Enstine on June 18, 2013 at 1:07 PM

we can abide certain levels of stupid remarks but we don’t have the margin of error that Democrats do since they control the media.

Weiner would still be a congressman if breitbart hadn’t doggedly pushed the story that the media tried to ignore. Look at all of this Obama corruption they helped to cover up so that he could get reelected. This is the environment we have to operate in weekend and until the Kochs and other good guys can give us some help.

crrr6 on June 18, 2013 at 1:16 PM

And Akin still could have won if the GOP would have supported him. Thanks Tokyo Rove.

iwasbornwithit on June 18, 2013 at 1:16 PM

If at any point hillary is elected potus I will move to a better country.

tim c on June 18, 2013 at 1:03 PM
let me know when you find it. I’ll be gone the next day.

crrr6 on June 18, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Get packing…the odds are you are leaving.

right2bright on June 18, 2013 at 1:18 PM

And Akin still could have won if the GOP would have supported him. Thanks Tokyo Rove.

iwasbornwithit on June 18, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Exactly, the liberals do not abandon their people, but we do.

Akin would be worlds better than McFool…but nooooo, we have “principals”, or at least we apply some and not others.

And the sheep followed the media…and now they are whining about how they voted.

right2bright on June 18, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Are claire’s “tools of the internet” code for NSA data mining?

AltTuning on June 18, 2013 at 1:22 PM

r keller on June 18, 2013 at 12:48 PM

John Brunner was leading in the polls until Claire ran those ads declaring Akin to be the most conservative member of Congress right before the primary. He would have beaten Claire.

iwasbornwithit on June 18, 2013 at 1:15 PM

my only point is that the MO GOP doesn’t have a strong bench. Brunner had no elected positions in the past…and so was something of a risk. Steelman was never a strong candidate…she had lost previously in a state wide race.

the GOP had no one to answer the call…to defeat an easy candidate. That is really bad. Sure, claire and the obama machine are hard ball politicians..they’ll screw with your head any time…any where.

my point is that Akin was a rank amateur…brunner was an amateur (but probably very good), Steelman..well, i don’t know.

given the barry results in 12 in MO…well…the GOP needs to seize an opportunity here. They’ve lost a lot of states…they are no longer players in many high EV states. They are failing

r keller on June 18, 2013 at 1:29 PM

UGH………Now Santorum is starting to talk about 2016.

NO, Please just no.

No Bushes, and no more BIG GOV is the solution candidates.

PappyD61 on June 18, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Todd Akin, you dolt!

jake49 on June 18, 2013 at 1:34 PM

I like to fantasize sometimes about what kind of a country we’d be today if no women ever went into politics.

I can dream, can’t I?

Cleombrotus on June 18, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Claire is one of the richest senators…akin was one of the porrest house members.

i wonder if the rnc threw the game for mccaskill. Seriously, there was no one in the contest. Steelmen had lost a couple of times before, the business guy was totally no-name first timer

so does MO have such a weak party that there was no one to challenge claire? A famously weak candidate?

i mean really…how does a ‘professional’ group of politicians lose so badly? Simple…the RNC is a failed party. They have no answers to claire or barry.

oh, sure, a couple…but mostly a bunch of losers

That is a fantastic question! The Rs that have ran for all of the major state elections in MO have been really weak, even though the Rs have controlled the State legislature for awhile now. Part of the problem may be that two of the most recognizable Missourians in office were Kit Bond (who retired) and Roy Blunt, who ran for and won Kit Bond’s seat. The Missouri Governor before Nixon was Matt Blunt (Roy Blunt’s son) and he unexpectedly retired after one term (not sure he would have won reelection in 2008 anyway during the Obama wave). The other major known name was John Ashcroft, but not even sure he lives in the state anymore. Probably the “strongest” option Missouri had in 2012 was a rematch of Jim Talent (who seemed to be “Bush”y) against McCaskill. It has been a very sad state of affairs on the statewide R candidates. Can anyone name me a “stronger” candidate at this point than Sarah Steelman who can’t seem to even win a primary?

Conservative in NOVA on June 18, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Exactly, the liberals do not abandon their people, but we do.

We sho do! And lately I’ve seen here its even acceptable for Republicans to tell Republican politicians here to “get f*ucked!” , “go f*ck yourself!” “f*ck off and die!!” And it all makes it through here without a qualm.
I don’t think that would even fly at HuffPoop.

Marcus on June 18, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Claire McCasket for Secretary of State 2017!

Hillary in 2016 is Claire’s ticket to bigger things that don’t require re-election in Missouri. She’s already got the Hillary Hair and Glasses. I’m sure as SOS she can play rope-a-dope at any congressional hearing at which she’d be called to ‘testify’.

Marcola on June 18, 2013 at 1:51 PM

“Making us proud”??? What the hell is she talking about? I wasn’t “proud” of the incompetence that got our State Dept. personnel killed in Benghazi. I wasn’t “proud” of the Russion ‘Re-Set’ button. Hillary Clinton made a mess of her tenure as Secretary of State with nothing accomplished to recommend her.

Murf76 on June 18, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Thanks Missouri for nominating Todd Akin….great job losing us this “easy pick up” seat….

powerpickle on June 18, 2013 at 2:02 PM

dems are quickly becoming the party of crazy old white women

burserker on June 18, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Fear? I doubt it. They’re both part of the same coven. I expect the evil Witch of the West, Pelosi, to help stir the pot as well.

Whenever the lsm uses the phrase “Benghazi witch hunt”, I find myself in agreement with them.

Festus on June 18, 2013 at 2:07 PM

r keller on June 18, 2013 at 1:29 PM

I don’t think it’s as bad as you think. We also have a new GOP Chair, Ed Martin, and I am optimistic he will get things turned around. Like many states, there has been a severe disconnect between the GOP party apparatus and their base. Finally, don’t forget to factor in rampant fraud in KC and St. Louis…

iwasbornwithit on June 18, 2013 at 2:09 PM

what difference, at this point, does it make if we have an unindicted accessory to murder ready to run for POTUS…

RedInMD on June 18, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Thank you Todd Akin!

Lance Murdock on June 18, 2013 at 12:33 PM

For what? You can’t tell me he is not better than this cow. Thank the over zealous press and Missouri voters for this hot bowl of c#ap.

DDay on June 18, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Thank the socons.

They are the only reason she is still a Senator.

Moesart on June 18, 2013 at 2:20 PM

..another ghastly remnant of November 2012: this fat pig — with her ample, pimple-covered asss safely ensconced on a Senate seat for the next six years giving her support of Madame Cankles to rule over us for another eight years.

2024: the once-proud U. S. of A. now officially a semen-stain on the map of the world.

The War Planner on June 18, 2013 at 2:27 PM

“Hillary Clinton had to give up her political operation while she was making us proud, representing us around the world as an incredible Secretary of State, and that’s why Ready for Hillary is so critical,” McCaskill said.

Had to give up her political operation?

Wagthatdog on June 18, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Because Obama is an amateur at corruption and cover-up, and America deserves a professional!

Adjoran on June 18, 2013 at 2:30 PM

The War Planner on June 18, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Pure poetry and no sarc intended.

DDay on June 18, 2013 at 2:33 PM

All of you RINOs who continue to attack and blame Akin for what he said are just as big a problem for the country as the Dems are. Your sense of moral relativism on social issues is bewildering. You try to sound all high and mighty and erudite by denouncing him but you are why the media and Dems were so successful in painting him as a loon. If you would have been adults and reacted properly you would have supported him.

I agree that what he said was stupid BUT he wasn’t proposing anything to get rid of abortions AND his positions were solid on the fiscal matters you RINOs claim to be concerned about.

You cannot separate social issues from fiscal issues without abandoning basic moral principles. Those of you who insist we do are like those among us who are willing to give up their freedom for more safety and security.

Sporty1946 on June 18, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Of course, because what more would Obama voters want for a follow-on act than an old, ugly and fat white woman?

slickwillie2001 on June 18, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Hillary’s SoS performance isn’t exactly , um.. stellar. Benghazi must really be throwing a wrench in the whole “how super qualified is Hillary”… the question remains – will Reps and possible Dem opponents crucify her over 4 dead Americans – or will America, in its infinite stupidity – look past it in 12-18 months, being “what does it matter, it was a long time ago”

The fact this slob doesn’t care about anything – including her husband’s rape record, in order to run for President, should disqualify her immediately.

But then again, this is Today’s America.

Odie1941 on June 18, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Thank you Todd Akin!

Lance Murdock on June 18, 2013 at 12:33 PM

A quick check of Akin’s Twitter account shows zero activity since 11/6/12.

Imagine that!

Jeddite on June 18, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Boy I’d sure like to vote for Rand Paul for POTUS in ’16 but I’m positive that the Ayatollahs of the Republican party will give us either Christy or some other liberal …

So I may just have to continue my “crash the boat” strategy and go for Hillary!

HondaV65 on June 18, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Thank you Todd Akin!

Lance Murdock on June 18, 2013 at 12:33 PM

He didn’t lose that race. No one loses a race on the basis of one statement unless they are Republican – and the rest of the party jumps them en masse.

Blame yourself for not supporting the guy. He misspoke – because he’s not a politician. That’s what you guys have been begging for right? REAL people who aren’t politicians?

Enjoy your smooth talking GOP RINO lawmakers that you’ve elected. Men like Boehner, McConnell, Rubio, Cornyn …

They’ll never make a “bad” statement like Todd Akin did because they are polished and smooth.

Of course – they’re also in the process of selling your country and your way of life down the river but you know … at least they are “pros”.

HondaV65 on June 18, 2013 at 6:36 PM

HondaV65 on June 18, 2013 at 6:36 PM

First we will blame jackasses like you that voted for Obama.

slickwillie2001 on June 18, 2013 at 6:46 PM

So, the kindred spirit is strong among those with flappy upper arms and cankles.

applebutter on June 18, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Smart money says Hillary will NOT be running. Cannot be trusted and way too much baggage, health issues, and then there is Bill.

Amazingoly on June 19, 2013 at 6:34 AM