AP reporter to State Dep’t spokesman: Seriously, can you identify a single accomplishment since 2010?

posted at 7:21 pm on April 22, 2014 by Allahpundit

Via Joe Schoffstall and Noah Rothman, the reporter in question is Matt Lee and no, this isn’t the first time he’s been, shall we say, unimpressed with an answer from State. The “QDDR” he mentions is the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, a self-audit by State every four years of its long-term goals abroad and how it’s doing in meeting them. The very first QDDR was published in 2010 after it was ordered by — ta da — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. What makes this question significant, in other words, isn’t that Lee is so combative with spokesman Jen Psaki or that Psaki’s as stumped as the rest of us are when forced to name a Hillary accomplishment. What makes it significant is that, I suspect, the QDDR will itself be cited by Team Hillary next year when they’re asked to list her achievements. The mere fact that she ordered the review, whether or not State learned anything from it, will be submitted as proof that she’s Ready To Lead. Remember this exchange when it happens.

While we’re looking ahead, here’s David Frum anticipating the rest of the Clinton 3.0 strategy, specifically as it applies to the “is she too old?” question:

Hillary Clinton is not the victim of a double standard. She is the beneficiary of a double standard…

[A] question that commentators generally agreed was relevant in 1984, 1996 and 2008 is a question that Hillary Clinton supporters now deem insulting, offensive and unfair to women…

Hillary Clinton asks two things of us. On the one hand, she wants to be judged exactly as we’d judge a similarly accomplished man in politics. On the other hand, she wants us always to remember that the hopes of all womankind are fixed on whether she personally gets the job she wants…

In that one highly specific sense, then, the Hillary Clinton standard is always single: whatever it takes.

Enjoy this clip while you can, because starting around a year from now, it’ll be the very essence of sexism to ask a question like this.


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Miles, its all about miles!

Sven on April 22, 2014 at 7:24 PM

They had a cool ceremony for bringing in the assassinated Ambassador and his body guards!

Now that was just awesome!

ajacksonian on April 22, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Well, we’re spending a lot of money and we’ve been on the TV a bunch of times.

Jengisss…KAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHNNNNNNNNNN!!!!

BigWyo on April 22, 2014 at 7:26 PM

I was hoping he was going to ask, “Any chance we might get that reset button back?”.

HotAirian on April 22, 2014 at 7:31 PM

A single accomplishment?

We’re weaker as nation. I don’t count that as an accomplishment in the traditional sense of the word. But I think this administration does.

EA_MAN on April 22, 2014 at 7:33 PM

AP reporter to State Dep’t spokesman: Seriously, can you identify a single accomplishment since 2010?

“Well, we redecorated the entrance to the building with a new mural. The break room now has more vending machines. Oh, and we have new transgender friendly office chairs.”

-State Department Spokesman

portlandon on April 22, 2014 at 7:33 PM

They kept Peter Sellers at bay.

WryTrvllr on April 22, 2014 at 7:33 PM

What is needed with this administration and Hillary’s time as SoS, in particular, is another kind of QDDR, a Quadrennial Disaster and Devastation Review.

TXUS on April 22, 2014 at 7:33 PM

well we got rid of those guys who could show we were running guns in lybia and we also proved all american weapons end up in mexico….
funny how the ones who want to take peoples guns away are so often involved in highly illegal weapon stuff.

dmacleo on April 22, 2014 at 7:33 PM

She did something with that $6 billion, and it was quite an accomplishment, she just can tell us what it is.

Fleuries on April 22, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Hillary Clinton’s main accomplishment is staying of prison. She is a master criminal.

VorDaj on April 22, 2014 at 7:34 PM

While we’re looking ahead, here’s David Frum…

I’ve never heard David Frum introduced in a “looking ahead” format.

I don’t think it’s possible.

portlandon on April 22, 2014 at 7:36 PM

What, getting an ambassador killed for the first time in 30 years isn’t an accomplishment?

That’s sexist!

rbj on April 22, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Oh Matt Lee, ‘That’s Gold Jerry, Gold!’.

reddevil on April 22, 2014 at 7:37 PM

I am sure Ambassador Stevens would have something to say……

Electrongod on April 22, 2014 at 7:37 PM

AP reporter to State Dep’t spokesman: Seriously, can you identify a single accomplishment since 2010?

Wellll…. we gave visa to the panty bomber when his own dad told us not to do so,
and… we gave a button to Russians and we jetted all over the world boozing our pants off…..and we killed 4 white men and then campaigned on their coffins….and Chelsea is pregnant ….

burrata on April 22, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Hillary Clinton’s big claim to fame is that she was married to a man who became president and she was cheated on.

bluegill on April 22, 2014 at 7:43 PM

In dog terms, she’s a setter not a pointer.

That’s really her only “qualification” for running for president.

And for millions of lefties, it’s more than enough.

climbnjump on April 22, 2014 at 7:43 PM

No accomplishments.

“WHAT DIFFERENCE, AT THIS POINT, DOES IT MAKE?”

TXUS on April 22, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Stupid Sexist!!!
Don’t you know wommynz’ accomplishments are different than dumb ol’ mens’ accomplishments, and are therefore measured differently, ‘cuz of equality and stuff…
Stupid Sexist!!

DublOh7 on April 22, 2014 at 7:46 PM

“You can’t can keep your crappy Secretaries of State. Just deal with that!”

ShainS on April 22, 2014 at 7:47 PM

In dog terms, she’s a setter not a pointer. . .

climbnjump on April 22, 2014 at 7:43 PM

Well, if you’re ass is that big . . .

TXUS on April 22, 2014 at 7:48 PM

In dog terms, she’s a setter not a pointer.

That’s really her only “qualification” for running for president.

And for millions of lefties, it’s more than enough.

climbnjump on April 22, 2014 at 7:43 P

I think she’s actually a U sue shitz

rik on April 22, 2014 at 7:57 PM

OT, kinda, but it just creeps me out to look at John F’n Kerry’s new face.

No intact male would actually think he needed nips and tucks to be a big shot in DC, would he? I mean, what is the impetus here?

And he chooses plastic surgery that makes him look like a claymation figure, at that. Doesn’t he have any friends or a wife or anybody to tell him how bizarre he looks?

Pless1foEngrish on April 22, 2014 at 8:01 PM

We aided our Muslim friends in redecorating the Benghazi Consulate in Neo Shabby Sheikh!

vnvet on April 22, 2014 at 8:01 PM

Hillary Clinton’s big claim to fame is that she was married to a man who became president and she was cheated on.

bluegill on April 22, 2014 at 7:43 PM

…Hi Monica!

KOOLAID2 on April 22, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Is Matt Lee the same reporter that used to give Victoria Nuland all sorts of grief?

Hill60 on April 22, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Unfortunately, I’m convinced she will win, regardless of who is running on the R ticket.

The MSM is already tripping over each other to see who can fawn the most. The recent example is Chelsea’s pregnancy, and how it will “soften” Hillary’s image or something.

Wait until the baby is born. It will be treated like the royal birth was last year.

Too many people get their “news” from NBC, CBS, CNN, etc, and are not critical thinkers. The MSM will talk about her inevitability…. the first female POTUS, etc. It will be just as bad, if not worse, than how they fawned over Barry back in 2008.

cat_owner on April 22, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Is Matt Lee the same reporter that used to give Victoria Nuland all sorts of grief?

Hill60 on April 22, 2014 at 8:03 PM

I wouldn’t doubt it.
He gives lots of grief here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rw2DdmQ-Goo

itsnotaboutme on April 22, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Hillary Clinton asks two things of us. On the one hand, she wants to be judged exactly as we’d judge a similarly accomplished man in politics. On the other hand, she wants us always to remember that the hopes of all womankind are fixed on whether she personally gets the job she wants…

Wow let’s take these one at a time.

She wants to be judged exactly as we’d judge a similarly accomplished man in politics.

This is a trick demand. There is no man who rode his spouse’s coattails to the highest levels of government, purchased a Senate seat, and became SecState (Secretary of States according to Obama) to soothe the outrage of a rabid stupid coven of women who thought she was robbed of the Presidency.

She wants us always to remember that the hopes of all womankind are fixed on whether she personally gets the job she wants…

He rabid stupid coven never forgot and have been biding their time.

Happy Nomad on April 22, 2014 at 8:08 PM

4 Dead in Benghazi. Fort Hood. Boston Bombing. Crimea. Ukraine. Syria. Russia. Mumbai India.

Key West Reader on April 22, 2014 at 8:11 PM

whether she personally gets the job she wants…

Hence, Orange Pant Suits might be all the ‘rage’ in 2016.

Fail.

Key West Reader on April 22, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Wait, wasn’t she in charge of wasting billions of dollars in Afghanistan? How many people can claim that!

scalleywag on April 22, 2014 at 8:15 PM

Hillary learned some new African dances?

paul1149 on April 22, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Depends on which side one thinks the State Dept. and President are on.

► From a “doing what is bad for America” perspective it looks like Kerry & Barry & Hillary are doing a bang-up, great job.

► From a “doing what is good for America” perspective it looks like Kerry & Barry & Hillary should be fired, impeached, maybe put on trial…etc….

albill on April 22, 2014 at 8:20 PM

Accomplishment? She helped Obama win re-election. What else matters?

kcewa on April 22, 2014 at 8:22 PM

We’re weaker as nation. I don’t count that as an accomplishment in the traditional sense of the word. But I think this administration does.

EA_MAN on April 22, 2014 at 7:33 PM

This link came to me via another thread, yesterday, I believe.

http://politicallyshort.com/2014/04/04/barack-obamas-foreign-policy-of-anti-americanism/

Lolo on April 22, 2014 at 8:26 PM

transgender friendly office chairs.”

portlandon on April 22, 2014 at 7:33 PM

I don’t even want to imagine what those might look like….

notropis on April 22, 2014 at 8:26 PM

I hope the dems pin all their hopes and spend every last campaign dollar trying to get that fraud into the White House.

scalleywag on April 22, 2014 at 8:29 PM

But…she’s “the most widely traveled SoS evah.” That counts. Doesn’t it?

ColBubba on April 22, 2014 at 8:30 PM

But…she’s “the most widely traveled SoS evah.” That counts. Doesn’t it?

ColBubba on April 22, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Yeah, that’s a massive contribution to GlowBull warming…

climbnjump on April 22, 2014 at 8:35 PM

I don’t even want to imagine what those might look like….

notropis on April 22, 2014 at 8:26 PM

No biggie. just lots of memory foam.

WryTrvllr on April 22, 2014 at 8:37 PM

As far as Killary..well, what’s that old adage?

Oh yeah, “dead men tell no tales”

As far as Lurch, he declared GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE
more dangerous than terrorism, or some such Idiocy..

ToddPA on April 22, 2014 at 8:42 PM

What accomplishments did Emperor Obama have before his coronation in 2008? Not a damn thing yet they re-elected him.Hillary will be pretty much the same thing I’m afraid.Thios scares the shit out of me.

jeffinsjvca on April 22, 2014 at 8:54 PM

I think they are getting desperate.

Perhaps they might pivot from the War on Wimminsses to a simple “Hairy Rage”.

/Meh. Nothing these democrat azzklowns shocks me any longer.

Key West Reader on April 22, 2014 at 9:11 PM

Well, they certainly spent some money on muslim outreach, appeasing the savage islamists who were enraged after that awful, terrible, horrible, no-good, very-bad youtube video…

… and have brought the people that murdered our folks in Benghazi to justice…

Wait, wait, I’m thinking of something else… I think they’ve spent a bunch of money getting Chevy Volts and way cool renovations at some of our more luxurious embassies…

Um… yeah, I can’t think of anything either.

Midas on April 22, 2014 at 9:12 PM

I hope the dems pin all their hopes and spend every last campaign dollar trying to get that fraud into the White House.

scalleywag on April 22, 2014 at 8:29 PM

I have every fear that they’ll succeed.

It certainly worked for Obama twice.

Midas on April 22, 2014 at 9:14 PM

As far as Lurch, he declared GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE
more dangerous than terrorism, or some such Idiocy..

ToddPA on April 22, 2014 at 8:42 PM

Nah, the Gore-Bull-Warming stuff was all about investments…

Oh, wait! In 2011 that was exposed

/White Privilege in Congress

Key West Reader on April 22, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Kerry is being paid well to screw up diplomacy around the world merely to show how good Clinton was.

“Without me, look what happened”

BobMbx on April 22, 2014 at 9:41 PM

Well obviously the biggest accomplishment was all of those miles flown doing stuff! My only concern is how big is the carbon footprint?

Xanatos90 on April 22, 2014 at 9:43 PM

And it’s a given that nobody else will be holding their breath, either.

HiJack on April 22, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Is Matt Lee the same reporter that used to give Victoria Nuland all sorts of grief?

Hill60 on April 22, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Yes.

lynncgb on April 22, 2014 at 10:09 PM

Want accomplishments?
Psaki Tweeted a Selfie
To support Ukraine

Frankly, if this reporter is unable to acknowledge an accomplishment of this magnitude, there really is not much basis for rational discussion…

Haiku Guy on April 22, 2014 at 10:21 PM

She was the first at several things as Secretary of State; white female, former First Lady, and something else. I’ll think of it in a minute.

cimbri on April 22, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Hillary Clinton asks two things of us. On the one hand, she wants to be judged exactly as we’d judge a similarly accomplished man in politics. On the other hand, she wants us always to remember that the hopes of all womankind are fixed on whether she personally gets the job she wants…

Translation:

She wants to be ‘judged’ exactly the same as Obama who is “a similarly accomplished man in politics” because he never did squat either – until he became President and is doing a heckuva job wrecking the country.

She wants to get the job via affirmative action if all else fails.

ghostwalker1 on April 22, 2014 at 10:54 PM

The problem is, Obama’s real but covert policy is making functional if second-rate states into failed states torn by tribal and ethnic conflict. That was what was done in Libya, that was what was up next for Syria, and that it what is happening in Ukraine. So stuff is happening – but it’s not the sort of thing you should boast of.

David Blue on April 23, 2014 at 12:30 AM

She was the first at several things as Secretary of State; white female, former First Lady, and something else. I’ll think of it in a minute.

cimbri on April 22, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Personally leading the assault under sniper fire at Tuzla Airport in Bosnia.

“I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down…”

Seared, seared in all our memories. What courage!

David Blue on April 23, 2014 at 12:33 AM

Well, State is were Democratic Senate Ass-Clowns go to die. 2014 will make more clowns available.

Highplains on April 23, 2014 at 3:17 AM

Give the girl a break. It’s harder to be accomplished now than when we had a cold war.

Kissmygrits on April 23, 2014 at 9:55 AM

The greatest achievement she, or one of her bag carriers, exclaimed is that she was the first US Secretary of State to visit Togo.

Unbelievable but likely true because there is nothing else.

Schadenfreude on April 23, 2014 at 12:57 PM