Say, where’s Hillary on the VA scandal?

posted at 6:41 pm on May 29, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

The debate in the 2008 presidential cycle over long wait times and access to care at the VA wasn’t just limited to Barack Obama and John McCain. Buzzfeed’s Andrew Kaczynski adroitly used his Wayback Machine to find this clip of once and future candidate Hillary Clinton scoring points off of the Bush administration for the VA’s woes. Kaczynski notes too that the presumed Democratic frontrunner for 2016 has been curiously quiet about the explosion of fraud, deceit, and death at the VA:

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is so far silent on allegations that hospital officials doctored paperwork to cover long wait times for veterans seeking care, but as a 2008 presidential candidate she harshly criticized the care of veterans under President Bush.

“As a President, President Bush has not done what we needed to do for our veterans,” Clinton said at an El Paso, Texas campaign event in February of 2008. “We haven’t funded the VA. We have so many coming home who are injured and not being taken care of. I think it is the highest obligation of the President, who is also our commander in chief, to take care of those who have served our nation.”

Clinton pledged as president she would take care of U.S. veterans.

“I pledge to you: I will take care of our veterans. I will make sure our youngest veterans get what they need. We will honor our oldest veterans from World War II and I want to pay special attention to the veterans of my generation who served and fought in Vietnam, to give them what they deserve to have.”

Team Hillary declined to respond to BuzzFeed. In an interesting coincidence, though, she agreed to sit down with Fox News anchors Bret Baier and Greta van Susteren to promote her book Hard Choices.  Presumably, this will allow Fox to challenge Hillary on her Benghazi narrative, but as Allahpundit pointed out on Twitter, it also gives Hillary an out later on the same topic:

Would an interview in three weeks revisit Hillary’s 2008 VA activism and the contrasting silence over the past few weeks? Perhaps, but probably only if Eric Shinseki is still inexplicably in charge of the VA, in which case all of the executive-management approach questions become especially meaningful. If Shinseki departs, it’s likely that the pitch and volume of the media coverage will change — and along with it any real hook to get Hillary on the record. Besides, Baier and van Susteren have plenty of material for topics from Hillary’s State Department tenure without getting into someone else’s turf.


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“It’s different when we do it.”

myiq2xu on May 29, 2014 at 6:43 PM

The rift between Clinton and Obama is already on record. When does it finally explode? Clinton needs to get in front of the Benghazi deaths, so how better to join the chorus to blame the Obama Administration for forty plus deaths on our own soil? It will be giant against the murky water that she is going to have to answer for.

Pickle on May 29, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Has Killery been treated by the VA for her combat injuries she sustained in Bosnia ?

burrata on May 29, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Oh oh, this is easy/peasy,….HilRod was on a Mission, undercover
as a customer who had a blow to the head and was checking out the
quality of care that she might expect from her VA Hospital of Choice!!
(snark)

canopfor on May 29, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Hillary, “What do I think of the VA?” “I am a Vagina Advocate”

Sven on May 29, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Enough of the Killery threads already. I almost miss the Fatboy obsession…

OmahaConservative on May 29, 2014 at 6:54 PM

LIV: Why should I care about a scandal in Virginia? I don’t even live there.

Christien on May 29, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Has Killery been treated by the VA for her combat injuries she sustained in Bosnia ?

burrata on May 29, 2014 at 6:51 PM

burrata: D*mmitts, that was going to be my next posty,..I salute
you!:)

Hillary WASN’T LYING! Bosnia gunfire footage discovered…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHVEDq6RVXc

canopfor on May 29, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Greta: “Secretary Clinton, whats your opinion of a British tabloid publishing a photo of the bare bottom of the future Queen of England?”

Clinton: “Its part of the vast right wing conspiracy”

Hillary will not be phased in the slightest by the actual questions. She is there to say specific things, and by God, thats what she’s gonna do.

BobMbx on May 29, 2014 at 6:57 PM

What’s Hillary’s game with the Fox interview? Just wants to say “I already discussed Benghazi on Fox!” in the future, right?
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Affrimitive!!

canopfor on May 29, 2014 at 6:58 PM

LIV: Why should I care about a scandal in Virginia? I don’t even live there.

Christien on May 29, 2014 at 6:55 PM

I see what you did there. Very clever. :)

GrannyDee on May 29, 2014 at 6:59 PM

What’s Hillary’s game with the Fox interview? Just wants to say “I already discussed Benghazi on Fox!” in the future, right?

Then don’t ask about Benghazi, this time.

Christien on May 29, 2014 at 6:59 PM

So,..I ponder,..when KillaryRod le bumped her noggin,
was she on a Super Secret Waiting List!!

canopfor on May 29, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Hillary! is concerned about military personnel? Is this the same person who once remarked about military personnel assigned to the White House for state functions: “They’re real good at opening car doors.”

GarandFan on May 29, 2014 at 7:05 PM


MeanWhile,…….

Eric Shinseki
2h

Approximately 100 members of US Congress call for resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki – @frankthorpNBC
End of alert
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https://twitter.com/frankthorpNBC

canopfor on May 29, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Oh oh,..she’s strategizing with Hopey:

https://twitter.com/markknoller

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 2h

There was no mention of the president’s lunch with Clinton on the daily schedule of the president provided to the press.
======================================================

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 2h

WH confirms Pres Obama had a private lunch today with Hillary Clinton. VP Biden was in Seattle.

canopfor on May 29, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 2h

Nolen reports the number of Senators calling for Shinseki to step down is growing. Of the 24 total, five were announced in last 90 mins.

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 2h

Latest CBS News count by producer John Nolen: 24 Senators have called for V.A. Secy Shinseki to resign. 11 Democrats, 13 Republicans.

canopfor on May 29, 2014 at 7:12 PM

What is her position on ambassadors and other embassy personnel getting killed for no reason other than ineptness at the top?

SouthernGent on May 29, 2014 at 7:12 PM

At this point (100s of dead veterans) what difference does it make?

Hillary will bring the smart power and competence of her time as SoS to POSTOS.

WINNING!!!

jukin3 on May 29, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Ask her if she thinks that sexual predators should prey on their employees.

faraway on May 29, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Ask her under what circumstances would she rescue a sitting ambassador?

faraway on May 29, 2014 at 7:19 PM

I’m surprised she wasn’t at Ogabe’s concussion summit.

8 weight on May 29, 2014 at 7:19 PM

GarandFan on May 29, 2014 at 7:05 PM

She actually said that? What a POS….

8 weight on May 29, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Out for lunch

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Resignation Calls since May 1:
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https://twitter.com/LeoShane

Leo Shane III @LeoShane · 3h

Now at 100 members of Congress calling for Shinseki to resign,

w/ @RepSteveIsrael just echoing that sentiment on *NN

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1dqnJ4WIj1XtaqxFYgjAaOK6km4WiMogzMQ1WJMScAmY/edit#gid=0

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1dqnJ4WIj1XtaqxFYgjAaOK6km4WiMogzMQ1WJMScAmY/edit?pli=1#gid=0

canopfor on May 29, 2014 at 7:33 PM

canopfor on May 29, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Including the entire New Hampshire Congressional delegation; 3 of the 4 are Democrats.

Del Dolemonte on May 29, 2014 at 7:51 PM

I think she is happy about this scandal.The Clinton’s will use it to their advantage somehow.

docflash on May 29, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Hilary’s simply writing her Inauguration Day address and shopping for new Oval Office furnishings.

This is a fixed game. They win. You and I lose.

May the odds be ever in your favor.

Myron Falwell on May 29, 2014 at 7:52 PM

after appearing before congress and answering questoins about benghazi on faux news how will you repuglican nutters continue to accuse her of a coverup? im sure you will, but youll look even more ridiculous then you do already.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 29, 2014 at 7:54 PM

as obama stood by sebelious he will also stand by shinsenski because there is not one iota of evidence either of them did anything wrong or were anything but competent managers. the problems in both departments originated much lower down the food chain and were/are being promptly delt with in both cases.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 29, 2014 at 7:56 PM

as obama stood by sebelious he will also stand by shinsenski because there is not one iota of evidence either of them did anything wrong or were anything but competent managers. the problems in both departments originated much lower down the food chain and were/are being promptly delt with in both cases.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 29, 2014 at 7:56 PM

I thought he was Japanese, and now I find out he is Polish. I learn stuff every day at HA.

slickwillie2001 on May 29, 2014 at 8:08 PM

I thought he was Japanese, and now I find out he is Polish. I learn stuff every day at HA.

slickwillie2001 on May 29, 2014 at 8:08 PM

On NPR, they kept talking about the passing of Maya “Angelo.” Es verdad.

Christien on May 29, 2014 at 8:16 PM

This is change nothing, her appearance on FOX news: 4 Will still be dead in Benghazi.

evie1949 on May 29, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Sorry about the beginning of the above sentence – This WILL change nothing,…

evie1949 on May 29, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Hillary WASN’T LYING! Bosnia gunfire footage discovered…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHVEDq6RVXc

canopfor on May 29, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Mrs Clinton, how did you recover from your PTSD after you survived enemy fire in Bosnia ? Were rich white men mean to you when you returned from your tour of duty ?

burrata on May 29, 2014 at 8:49 PM

VA scandal? Average wait times of 115 days? 40+ veterans dying while waiting for appointments? Cover-ups and Collusion? Kickbacks and Corruption?

This is single-payer under Hillary-care

…should be our rallying cry!

dominigan on May 29, 2014 at 10:16 PM

They need to ask ” What makes you think you’re good enough and strong enough and experienced enough to be POTUS?” Follow Up!! “Name your greatest accomplishment in the last 20 years?” 2nd Follow Up
were you not a victim, for years, of the War on Women by you own husband?” “Why did you stay?”

Sabercat2 on May 29, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Real Questions done dirt cheap.

“Ms Clinton, had your husband not been a draft dodger and off smoking dope in England rather joined the Army spent the easy time most Al Gore types did as REMF’s at Cam Ron Bay,,,, would he use the VA Health Care operation or would he go the HellCare way?

you know questions like that she could not prattle on about…how mean Republican women are…

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 29, 2014 at 11:55 PM

Clear it is she will get the easy hand treatment by FoxNewsless now and later Bill O’hole will get to fawn over her big fat brest and he can coo’ and smirk at her for the 11 min. and sell books on her worthless life as a inside the U.S. commie plant via the domestic terror bomber William Ayers.

When the real history is written, the easy hands of the likes of Bill O’about me will be a real eye opening thing, but to late.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 30, 2014 at 12:00 AM