Video: Game Change reporters blast “tone deaf” Hillary book, rollout

posted at 4:01 pm on June 12, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

The consensus has formed on Hillary Clinton’s unofficial campaign kickoff, and it’s … not complimentary.  The two reporters who wrote Game Change about the 2008 election cycle — the one in which Hillary blew what was supposed to be a coronation to a first-term backbencher with no experience of which to speak — told Charlie Rose last night that the book Hard Choices is a bore, while the candidate herself is strikingly “tone deaf”:

“I don’t think she’s handled things well at all this week,” Heilemann said. “She was very rusty. Mark said earlier he thought the book… was ‘mush and the interview was ‘tone deaf,’ I thought that was probably true. I’m not through the whole book yet, but I think those are both accurate.”

The authors’ chief critique centered on Clinton’s claim that she and her husband were “not just broke, but in debt” when they left the White House in 2001, and had “struggled to… piece together the resources for mortgages, for houses, for Chelsea’s education.”

“I don’t what Hillary Clinton would have said if she had been asked detailed questions — ‘Well, how many houses did you have?’ And: ‘If you were so broke, why exactly did you buy one house across the street from the British Embassy and another in Westchester County?’ … Had she been hit with the hardest set of questions you could imagine, with a bulldog-ish set of questions, I don’t know what she would have done.”

In fact, John Heileman says that the book is a tremendous missed opportunity. She had the opening to make an argument for her leadership at this moment in time, but instead wrote a mostly facile memoir that carefully laid out her preferred narratives about the past. Mark Halperin concurred, adding that nothing this week has made Hillary any more likable or compelling as a national figure. That goes beyond “being rusty,” and goes more to Hillary’s calculating nature. That’s not going to win her any converts, especially with her clumsy attempts to make herself sympathetic because of the “struggles” she and Bill Clinton endured as they rolled up more than $100 million in income after leaving the White House.

Just how bad were those “struggles”? The Washington Post did an analysis of the Clinton family finances in 2001, their first year out of the White House, and the “struggle” seems to have been how to handle being multimillionaires. They did have debt from their legal struggles (although they raised money for a defense fund that the Post doesn’t mention, either), but even with the debt in the equation, their net worth ranged from $4.7 million to $24.7 million at the end of the year. Bill Clinton earned $13 million on the speaking circuit that year alone. After a couple of lean years in the seven-digit range, by 2004 their minimum net worth rose to $10 million.

Earlier this week, I reached the same conclusion — that Hillary did more damage than good to her chances in 2016:

Eight years ago, Hillary Clinton was seen as the Democratic Party’s all-but-inevitable presidential nominee. She was well on her way to winning a second term as senator from New York, and fatigue with the perceived incompetence of the George W. Bush administration gripped the nation. Democrats thought a return to the halcyon days of the Bill Clinton administration would appeal to a broad section of the electorate, where both Clintons remained personally popular. No one else in either party looked like they could compete with the Clinton juggernaut.

Sound familiar?

When it came time to actually run the 2008 race, Hillary Clinton looked less like an inevitability and more like someone unprepared to handle the rigors of a campaign and all the public scrutiny that came with it. And eight years later, that pattern has emerged again. …

The Clinton team chose ABC’s Diane Sawyer as their lead interview for Hillary’s book rollout, a reporter/anchor with enough news credibility to overcome any sense of getting softballs, but without a track record of having a real killer instinct either. One might have expected that a candidate with as much experience in handling the media could have managed an in-depth interview with Sawyer, but the interview blew up in her face.

Democrats had better have a Plan B for 2016.

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Dang…there’s that face again….

Electrongod on June 12, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Killary is a fatally flawed candidate. The Dems are doomed and deserve every bit of it.

John the Libertarian on June 12, 2014 at 4:04 PM

One might have expected that a candidate with as much experience in handling the media could have managed an in-depth interview with Sawyer, but the interview blew up in her face.

Killary is Okay though…..?

Whew..dodged another bullet….

Electrongod on June 12, 2014 at 4:05 PM

“The book was full of lies and she has proven herself to be an incompetent piece of crap, but we still intend to vote for her and push her on America while covering up all her lies and scandals.” -the media

Flange on June 12, 2014 at 4:07 PM

When you’ve lost john and mark…….

cmsinaz on June 12, 2014 at 4:07 PM

obama killed HiLarry, again.

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2014 at 4:08 PM

I swear…..in that pic she looks like one of my parakeets. I expect her to raise her topknot at any moment and chitter.

avagreen on June 12, 2014 at 4:08 PM

One might have expected that a candidate with as much experience in handling the media could have managed an in-depth interview with Sawyer,

I’ve never seen any evidence of Hillary being able to handle even a moderately tough interview. Ever

WisRich on June 12, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Democrats had better have a Plan B for 2016.

They need a fresh face – someone younger, who has some sort of talent in organising communities… and maybe if they were black? No, no, that’s been done. Latino? Female? What other cards do we have here?

Ramadahl on June 12, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Democrats had better have a Plan B for 2016.

Shhhhhhhh!

HotAirian on June 12, 2014 at 4:11 PM

It was not her fault…she hit her head just before writing this fairy tale.

d1carter on June 12, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Poor Hillary is struggling to exist on her lousy income. Obama/Hillary policies in world affairs has been an utter disaster.

SC.Charlie on June 12, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Plan B…
Howard Dean :)

evilned on June 12, 2014 at 4:13 PM

I swear…..in that pic she looks like one of my parakeets. I expect her to raise her topknot at any moment and chitter.

avagreen on June 12, 2014 at 4:08 PM

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL !!!!!!!!!!!

dpduq on June 12, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Thanks,now I won’t have to buy the book./

docflash on June 12, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Charlie Rose…poor leftist shill.

“She’s very likeable”…that guy is nuts. She doesn’t even like herself, the hag.

“Unshackledness”…dude, that’s racist.

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Not widely reported, but when she was asked on an NPR interview earlier this week if there was any issue that she absolutely “owned” during her time as Secretary of State, Hillary!™ replied:

“Oh absolutely, but the most important thing I did was to help restore America’s leadership around the world. We were flat on our back when I walked in there the first time. We were viewed as being untrustworthy, as violating our moral rules and values.”

Worldwide approval of U.S. leadership actually fell under her watch: from 49% in 2009 to 41% in 2012, her last full year as SOS. (Gallup annual international surveys) Popped back up to 46% in 2013– under Kerry.

At least she didn’t say that the world is less violent than ever before, or she could be President.

de rigueur on June 12, 2014 at 4:15 PM

all the public scrutiny that came with it

…so?…it would have been the MSM that was ‘anti-womenz’?…they sure didn’t scrutinize the Jihadist JugEars!

KOOLAID2 on June 12, 2014 at 4:16 PM

She’s always been like that. I can’t believe that the media is just noticing. She speaks in a monotone and she is one of the most boring, out of touch people I have been exposed to.

BetseyRoss on June 12, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Releasing the Fab Five is not a danger to America, they are to Pakistan and Afghanistan…?

d1carter on June 12, 2014 at 4:16 PM

How about a faux indian?

Zomcon JEM on June 12, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Heres the thing about you guys predictions. I was here when you all were predicting a huge Romney win! Howd that work out for you?!

Politricks on June 12, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Drudge has a link to an interview with NPR’s Terry Gross in which Gross really rakes her over the coals for supporting DOMA during the Clinton administration.

Gross tries to get her to admit that she evolved from supporting traditional marriage to supporting homosexual marriage, but Clinton tries to fake that she always supported homosexual marriage. Gross doesn’t let go.

Karma. it’s what’s for dinner.

Wethal on June 12, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Write another book, ” My Life with Bubba”….

d1carter on June 12, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Two nights ago was a 10.0 on the political Richter scale, and I love it. The pain on both sides is delicious.

Heres the thing about you guys predictions. I was here when you all were predicting a huge Romney win! Howd that work out for you?!

Politricks on June 12, 2014 at 4:16 PM

How’s obama working out for you and the world?

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2014 at 4:19 PM

As I’ve said a 100 times the Shrill is not running for another political office.

His name is Cory Booker

Redford on June 12, 2014 at 4:19 PM

I think that her “book tour” was just testing the waters for a possible Campaign in 2016, and she didn’t live up to the hype. She has already left an off-ramp with that ABC interview about spending time as a Grandma.

Johnnyreb on June 12, 2014 at 4:19 PM

She has about as lively an on-screen personality and voice as Chelsea. And we know what happened to Chelsea’s TV career.

Wethal on June 12, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Leftard, name one people/nation who are free/freer, due to obama/Hillary. I’ll send you champagne if you do, I triple dare you.

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2014 at 4:20 PM

As I’ve said a 100 times the Shrill is not running for another political office.

His name is Cory Booker

Redford on June 12, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Warrentonta/Booker, or

Warrentonta/Castro (love the last name on their ticket)

Too bad that none are gay…wait…one is.

The obamas absolutely hate the Clintons, passionately. obama ruins it for Hillary every day.

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2014 at 4:21 PM

These lies don’t matter to dems at all. Look at Politricks comment. He’s right. There are more people voting themselves the treasury than contributing to it. They have Cloward-Pivened the nation and are happy to be doing so.

DanMan on June 12, 2014 at 4:22 PM

It’s almost like the media’s giving her the Roger Mudd-Ted Kennedy treatment.

de rigueur on June 12, 2014 at 4:24 PM

OT – the D-rats are not the only kinky ones.

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Leftard, name one people/nation who are free/freer, due to obama/Hillary. I’ll send you champagne if you do, I triple dare you.

Eric Holder is freer than he should be but keep the champagne anyway.

DanMan on June 12, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Howd that work out for you?!

Politricks on June 12, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Huge voter fraud and you know it.

John the Libertarian on June 12, 2014 at 4:24 PM

As I’ve said a 100 times the Shrill is not running for another political office.

His name is Cory Booker

Redford on June 12, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Warrentonta/Booker, or

Warrentonta/Castro (love the last name on their ticket)

Too bad that none are gay…wait…one is.

The obamas absolutely hate the Clintons, passionately. obama ruins it for Hillary every day.

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Bingo, black and gay. The emperor for the Dem party. What is the #1 issue that has been shoved down our throats the past few years, other than race? Booker is it. Throw Castro on there too….maybe Warren…time will tell

Redford on June 12, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Democrats had better have a Plan B for 2016.

There is no Plan B. That’s a big reason Hillary is so heavily favored. There’s no way they hold onto the White House if the nominee is Cuomo or O’Malley(well, unless the GOP is stupid enough to nominate Jeb). Their bench isn’t just thin. It’s non-existent.

Doughboy on June 12, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Howd that work out for you?!

Politricks on June 12, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Watch your dumb skull.

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Redford on June 12, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Meanwhile, the caliphate. World events take over.

Nothing focuses the mind better than a knife or rope to the head.

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2014 at 4:29 PM

I was doing photo comics back in 2008 with Bill constantly talking about how tone deaf Hillary is. What’s amazing to me is not that she hasn’t learned to present herself better since then but that Bill let her go out and make a fool of herself again.The lure of getting back to the White House and fooling with the interns must be very powerful.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on June 12, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Eric Holder is freer than he should be but keep the champagne anyway.

DanMan on June 12, 2014 at 4:24 PM

He’s not “people/nation”; he’s just one thug.

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Nothing focuses the mind better than a knife or rope to the head, but obama will go golfing in Palm Springs, and fund-raising, tomorrow and Sat.

Priorities

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Run Joe Run.

Recon5 on June 12, 2014 at 4:33 PM

Leftard, name one people/nation who are free/freer, due to obama/Hillary. I’ll send you champagne if you do, I triple dare you.

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Illegals? They are free to shit all over America.

bazil9 on June 12, 2014 at 4:33 PM

Like I have said all along, she is not going to run

ConservativePartyNow on June 12, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Illegals? They are free to shit all over America.

bazil9 on June 12, 2014 at 4:33 PM

They do…shit all over, but they’re not free, dear B9.

obama enables the children to be raped by the cartel guys, rape each other, then be sold into prostitution. Some border patrol agents are quitting their jobs to tell the stories, because they are muzzled.

Slave-labor is also not something which is free.

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Howd that work out for you?!

Politricks on June 12, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Does everybody poop?

libfreeorgan

KOOLAID2 on June 12, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Yeah baby!! See this Hillary woman is such a Bore!!!

Why, we who wrote Game Change absolutely Butchered Palin!!

Hillary, your book sucks!! HA!

ToddPA on June 12, 2014 at 4:39 PM

I love this – Mao, dancing

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2014 at 4:38 PM

I know Schad. Just poking.

bazil9 on June 12, 2014 at 4:41 PM

For Politricks only

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2014 at 4:42 PM

“I don’t what Hillary Clinton would have said if she had been asked detailed questions — ‘Well, how many houses did you have?’ And: ‘If you were so broke, why exactly did you buy one house across the street from the British Embassy and another in Westchester County?’ … Had she been hit with the hardest set of questions you could imagine, with a bulldog-ish set of questions, I don’t know what she would have done.”

I’d like to see Hillary do an interview with Megyn Kelly. Megyn Kelly would make Hillary seem both ugly and stupid to the viewers. Which is probably why Hillary wouldn’t DARE interview with Megyn Kelly.

Steve Z on June 12, 2014 at 4:43 PM

I know Schad. Just poking.

bazil9 on June 12, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Plus, you and DanMan are not leftards :)

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2014 at 4:44 PM

I love this – Mao, dancing

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2014 at 4:40 PM

There should have been a trigger warning with that.

de rigueur on June 12, 2014 at 4:45 PM

maybe Charlie Rose can talk to Rick Perry….he seems to
think highly of her…

ToddPA on June 12, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2014 at 4:44 PM

(:

bazil9 on June 12, 2014 at 4:46 PM

One might have expected that a candidate with as much experience in handling the media…

What experience? When has she ever “handled the media”?

The media handled her, made her the “most intelligent woman”, gave her all that “experience”, gave her a pass on pretty much everything.

redzap on June 12, 2014 at 4:47 PM

maybe Charlie Rose can talk to Rick Perry….he seems to
think highly of her…

ToddPA on June 12, 2014 at 4:45 PM

? Perry? What’d I miss…

bazil9 on June 12, 2014 at 4:47 PM

ToddPA on June 12, 2014 at 4:45 PM

? Perry? What’d I miss…

bazil9 on June 12, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Some interview he gave out in CA. apparently. According to
an article in Pollutico, at least. It will make you hurl.

He claims she was a great SOS. WTF!!

ToddPA on June 12, 2014 at 4:54 PM

“Oh absolutely, but the most important thing I did was to help restore America’s leadership around the world. We were flat on our back when I walked in there the first time. We were viewed as being untrustworthy, as violating our moral rules and values.”

This is her supposed “accomplishment” while at State. She doesn’t have any actual accomplishments to cite (other than getting an ambassador and other Americans killed by AQ), so she’s come up with this vague nonsense.

I’d like to see a reporter ask her to identify, by name, those countries with which the U.S. now has a better relationship than we did during the Bush administration, and what Clinton did specifically as SOS to bring that better relationship about. Then sit back and watch her sputter.

AZCoyote on June 12, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Thankfully this just goes to show God is still on His throne running the universe and punishing evil nations that turn their backs on Him by sovereignly decreeing them evil rulers like Clinton & 0bama, upsetting the Bush 1 & Clinton juggernaut, only inexplicable to the ignorant godless who don’t know the God of Colossians 1, Psalm 2 (<Acts 4), and Luke 1 as our Founders did.

russedav on June 12, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Democrats had better have a Plan B for 2016.

Well if the fake Hillary! isn’t good enough, how about a fake Native American?

A former ivory tower inhabitant with no record of accomplishments. She’d fit right in after all the lowered requirements set by Obama.

GarandFan on June 12, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Leftard, name one people/nation who are free/freer, due to obama/Hillary. I’ll send you champagne if you do, I triple dare you.

The Taliban?

LouisianaLightning on June 12, 2014 at 6:54 PM

At least 5 of them :-)

LouisianaLightning on June 12, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Poor Charlie, looks so sad. He had no idea that anyone would say something negative about Shrill-ary.

HellCat on June 12, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Hilarity for Prez! Got a nice ring to it. In fact, she could run on being the only viable candidate to replace the current Liar In Chief.

geezerintraining on June 13, 2014 at 12:39 PM