Famous Clinton courage exhibited in Hillary’s answer to Keystone question: ‘I can’t respond’

posted at 6:01 pm on June 16, 2014 by Noah Rothman

The perpetually delayed Keystone XL Pipeline is wildly popular.

A Reason-Rupe poll conducted in April found that only 32 percent of Americans oppose the construction of the pipeline which would transport Canadian tar sands oil from the frozen north to the Gulf Coast. 61 percent of Americans support the pipeline.

That 61 percent includes 82 percent of self-described Republicans, 57 percent of independents, and 50 percent – that’s right; a majority – of Democrats. However, one subgroup strongly opposes the construction of the 1,200 mile pipeline: self-identified liberals. 57 percent of that group opposed the construction of the pipeline in that survey.

In spite of the broad support for the pipeline, political considerations have kept the Obama administration from approving Keystone. Faced with this logjam, one which could be dislodged with a display of political courage from one influential politician, Hillary Clinton did what the Clintons are famous for: she punted.

“I can’t really comment at great length because I had responsibility for it and it’s been passed on and it wouldn’t be appropriate, but I hope that Canadians appreciate that the United States government – the Obama administration – is trying to get it right,” Clinton told the Canadian publication Globe and Mail when asked about the pipeline.

“And getting it right doesn’t mean you will agree or disagree with the decision,” she continued, “but that it will be one based on the best available evidence and all of the complex local, state, federal, interlocking laws and concerns.”

“So do you personally believe that the U.S. should go ahead with the pipeline?” Clinton’s interviewer asked.

“I can’t respond,” she replied.

This carefully calibrated but clumsily delivered response to the question of Keystone seems to undermine Clinton’s recent pledge to be an honest broker. “I am totally done with, you know, being really careful about what to say because somebody might think this instead of that,” Clinton told an audience at George Washington University on Friday.

Then again, the Globe and Mail interview was conducted last week, so Clinton’s honesty pledge was not yet on the books.


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

That pedophile, though? Totally guilty.

rogerb on June 16, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Hillary: ‘I can’t respond’

Amb. Stevens: “Neither can I”

faraway on June 16, 2014 at 6:04 PM

USA takes the lead against Ghana w/ the fastest goal scored by an American in World Cup history!

22044 on June 16, 2014 at 6:05 PM

I can’t respond, don’t you know I had a concussion and I am a woman.

Sven on June 16, 2014 at 6:07 PM

NO BLOOD FOR OIL.
NO BLOOD FOR OIL.
NO BLOOD FOR OIL.

Oh wait, there’s no one fighting in North Dakota?

Then why all the hub-ubb from the Lefties?

Oh, nevermind……….it might make the U.S. more powerful economically and they can’t have that.

PappyD61 on June 16, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Please HA, always use current Hillary pictures.

She threw Keystone under obama’s bus.

Schadenfreude on June 16, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Typical

cmsinaz on June 16, 2014 at 6:07 PM

…she bumped her head!

JugEarsButtHurt on June 16, 2014 at 6:08 PM

She can’t respond until she gets in office … then she can tell the American people what she really wants to say:

Screw you

darwin on June 16, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Lame.

forest on June 16, 2014 at 6:09 PM

ROFL

Bishop on June 16, 2014 at 6:10 PM

“but that it will be one based on the best available evidence and all of the complex local, state, federal, interlocking laws and concerns.”

‘Cuz, like, um, ya know, this administration has always been concerned with local and state laws and concerns or something.

Resist We Much on June 16, 2014 at 6:13 PM

The totally awesome Hillary bus tour continues.

Even some libs are mocking her. Keep up the good work Hillary!

cat_owner on June 16, 2014 at 6:15 PM

The witch was at state for years.

Blame her and obama for the high gasoline prices and for the USA’s dependence on the ME oil.

Schadenfreude on June 16, 2014 at 6:16 PM

“I can’t respond,” she replied. /Hard Choices

dont taze me bro on June 16, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Plus, out with Marry Landrieu, for good!!!

Schadenfreude on June 16, 2014 at 6:17 PM

AH AIN’T IN NO WAYS TARRED!!!

BigWyo on June 16, 2014 at 6:17 PM

She must want a piece of that environmental money.

COgirl on June 16, 2014 at 6:18 PM

“I can’t respond,” = ”,dnopser t’nac I“

Bmore on June 16, 2014 at 6:18 PM

I hope she fails, for the good of the land.

She is a marxist in Mao clothing.

Schadenfreude on June 16, 2014 at 6:18 PM

So, her answer basically boils down to, “because….shut up. We know what we’re doing and you wouldn’t understand.”

tommyboy on June 16, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Next time she tries to pull this “I can’t respond” BS the interviewer should then ask “Well what does your husband think?”

Flange on June 16, 2014 at 6:19 PM

She can’t respond until she gets in office … then she can tell the American people what she really wants to say:

Screw you

darwin on June 16, 2014 at 6:08 PM

..after all of the brown sludge that has flowed out form our leadership in Washington and the kids (and MS-13) on the border and the throw-away of all we have worked towards in the land of the Dromedary Rapers, I am thiiiiiiiiis close to a lethal dose of Jack and Nembutal.

What will put me over the edge is a loop of this hoary, elephant-legged beyotch’s cackle. Or more like this.

Pass the Phenobarb, please.

The War Planner on June 16, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Perfect Hillary

Schadenfreude on June 16, 2014 at 6:19 PM

..from..

The War Planner on June 16, 2014 at 6:19 PM

This just proves she’s as useless as tits on a boar hog as a candidate.

tru2tx on June 16, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Hillary Clinton: I hope that Canadians appreciate that the United States government – the Obama administration – is trying to get it right,”

Get it right? What’s that, the right bribe to the right Democrats?

RJL on June 16, 2014 at 6:20 PM

AH AIN’T IN NO WAYS TARRED!!!

BigWyo on June 16, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Easy there Sandy. :-)

Flange on June 16, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Sounds like she has the formula for triangulation to nothing as a response. She is not going to be a president

jake49 on June 16, 2014 at 6:25 PM

“I can’t respond,” she replied.

Cut her some slack. She likely forgot what the question was.

forest on June 16, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Wow, she is really enjoying that liberation from the constraints of politicized speech and just putting the truth right out there…..

KMC1 on June 16, 2014 at 6:39 PM

The debates should be fierce, Killary won’t remember anything and get a pass, but the moderator will hammer the GOP’er for not knowing who is the assistant U.S. ambassador to the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Bishop on June 16, 2014 at 6:40 PM

They should have let her finish that sentence “…due to my ties to the Muslim Brotherhood

batterup on June 16, 2014 at 6:41 PM

Booze will do that to a person, you know?

bimmcorp on June 16, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Hillary is clearly still negotiating with San Francisco Liberal Millionaire Tom Steyer to see if he will give her more money to be against the Keystone Pipeline than the Unions will give her to be in favor of the Keystone Pipeline.

Hard choices, indeed.

Just follow the money.

wren on June 16, 2014 at 6:48 PM

She must want a piece of that environmental money.

COgirl on June 16, 2014 at 6:18 PM

She already has excellent Saudi connections.

BL@KBIRD on June 16, 2014 at 6:54 PM

AP Politics @AP_Politics · 3h

Hillary Clinton: Keystone XL pipeline should not be seen as proxy for US-Canada relations, reports @rgilliescanada. http://apne.ws/1iC77FQ

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/clinton-keystone-not-proxy-canada-relations

canopfor on June 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM

If any democrat, liberal, progressive thinks that this answer would in any way differ from how this freaking cow would handle the presidency….just go cut the top of your skull off and wire brush your brain. It needs it badly.

Diluculo on June 16, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Next time she tries to pull this “I can’t respond” BS the interviewer should then ask “Well what does your husband Elizabeth Warren think?”

Flange on June 16, 2014 at 6:19 PM

FIFY

kooly on June 16, 2014 at 7:14 PM

She will suddenly have no thoughts or opinions about anything international.

Yet she was Sec. State.

Say, how is that Russian Overload coming, Hillary?

Or are you buttoned up on that, too?

ajacksonian on June 16, 2014 at 7:59 PM

She has to know that this is a rather awkward way to answer (?) anything. After all, she’s the smartest woman on the planet.

Horrors of horrors – she wins in 2016. Then she’ll have to make decisions. Amazing how many politicians get so far not making any decisions.

Now, if only, the MSM would get on board with the people.

MN J on June 16, 2014 at 8:03 PM

She would have been better served to have said: “I prefer to not answer that question”. Leave it at that. The garbage that came out was just plain silly.

evie1949 on June 16, 2014 at 8:06 PM

“I can’t respond,” she replied.

Cut her some slack. She likely forgot what the question was.

forest on June 16, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Dain Bramage is a terrible thing.

Looks like Karl Rove finally got something right – the woman must have got her bell rung pretty badly.

SubmarineDoc on June 16, 2014 at 9:00 PM

“I can’t respond,”

Of course she can’t, she was obstructing it all the time that she was Sec State.

GarandFan on June 16, 2014 at 9:04 PM

she bumped her head! They took ur jeerbs!”

JugEarsButtHurt on June 16, 2014 at 6:08 PM

FIFY..kinda :)

Mimzey on June 16, 2014 at 9:34 PM

“I can’t respond,”

Can’t wait until Bret Baier and Greta get ahold of her tomorrow night.

PatMac on June 16, 2014 at 9:37 PM

She can’t respond folks, but she’ll evovle on it as soon as she’s the presidentess :)

jimver on June 16, 2014 at 10:15 PM

She can’t respond, folks, but as soon as she is sworn in, she’ll evolve on it…

jimver on June 16, 2014 at 10:17 PM

I can’t respond

What? Not even a little fib? Can’t you say that your grandfather was a good ol’ Canadian logger who just loved the outdoors, and would weep at the scarring his land with a pipeline? Or that your great-uncle was gored by a moose while working on a railroad in the Yukon?

Remember, Hillary, nothing is too absurd or outlandish that your supporters won’t find a way to believe it. The more “folksy” the better!

virgo on June 17, 2014 at 1:02 AM

Hillary: ‘I can’t lead’. She’s another one who wants to be president without all the hard choices involved.

Kissmygrits on June 17, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Now, if only, the MSM would get on board with the people.
MN J on June 16, 2014 at 8:03 PM

We are going to have to destroy the MSM before it destroys us, and it has a big head start. Legally if possible… but by any means ultimately necessary.

Ray Van Dune on June 17, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Present

BobMbx on June 17, 2014 at 10:50 AM

and 50 percent – that’s right; a majority – of Democrats.

50% is NOT a majority haha

Chitownmom on June 17, 2014 at 12:58 PM

It’s still sodium-bicarbonate-by-the-crate inducing to consider that this pathologically, congenitally dishonest, talentless and utterly unqualified hack remains the odds-on favorite to replace King Barry in 2017.

Spurius Ligustinus on June 17, 2014 at 2:19 PM