Book sales, ratings for Hillary tour less than impressive

posted at 8:01 am on June 19, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Last night, Allahpundit disagreed with the idea that Hillary Clinton was imploding after a ten-day gaffe-fest on topics from her own wealth to the relative brutality of American politics. Perhaps it’s more accurate to ask whether her public persona is simply deflating. If the book and the media tour was a trial balloon for a presidential run, then the trial balloon is at least seriously sagging.

Take the book sales of Hard Choices. On Monday, we had some preliminary and indirect numbers, but last night The Daily Beast’s Jason Pinter got the hard data from Nielsen Bookscan, which represents 70-80% of all retail hard-copy book sales in the US, according to Pinter. Despite the $14 million advance and a media tour that almost no author gets, Hard Choices came in second place to the eighth in a series of fiction novels:

Based on its first week Bookscan numbers, the commercial reception for Hard Choices has been decidedly underwhelming: in its first week it sold just 85,721 print copies, compared to the 500k+ of Living History, and fewer than the week’s bestselling fiction title, Written In My Heart’s Own Blood, the latest ‘Outlander’ novel from Diana Gabaldon, which sold 88,751 copies (with no town hall).

Other political memoirs of this level over the past decade sold more than a million copies, but as Pinter points out, those were also first memoirs (including Hillary’s Living History). There is plenty of data that shows that second books do significantly worse than debuts. On the other hand, the anticipation for this release was so high that Simon & Schuster paid that ridiculous $14 million bonus to publish it, and every major network turned their Hillary interview into rock-star events. And the book still couldn’t outsell Gabaldon’s eighth book in its first week.

Speaking of rock-star events, how did the ratings look for these highly-promoted, much-ballyhooed interviews with Hillary? Her first interview on ABC with Diane Sawyer drew 6.5 million and won the Monday time slot, even though Variety reports that “it didn’t do much demo-wise.” It came in 12th for the week, with three NBA games, two NCIS episodes, 60 MinutesGame of Thrones, and The Blue Bloods and Night Shift all landing ahead of Hillary’s interview. (It did beat the Dateline retrospective on OJ Simpson by three slots, however.)

On the cable nets, Hillary’s tour was a bust:

Beginning with CNN, the 5 p.m. hour averaged 115K viewers in the 25-54 demo and 521K total viewers. That put it barely ahead of MSNBC’s The Ed Show, which had 105K in the demo and 506K total viewers. Meanwhile, Fox’s The Five led the time slot with 336K in the demo and 1.876M total viewers.

When CNN re-aired the interview at 9 p.m. its number increased slightly to 146K in the demo and593K in the demo. While those were the best ratings CNN had all night, it still put them in third place for the hour behind Fox’s The Kelly File (377K in the demo, 2.126M total) and MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show (168K in the demo, 918K total).

Relatively speaking, things did not look all that much better for Fox. That network split its Clinton interview between the last 15 minutes of Special Report with Bret Baier at 6 p.m. and the first 15 minutes of On the Record with Greta Van Susteren at 7 p.m. The first hour averaged 271K in the demo and 1.779M total viewers, which represented a nearly 20% drop in the demo compared to The Five an hour earlier.

When Greta Van Susteren‘s 7 p.m. show began mid-interview, the network clocked another drop, this time to 264K in the demo and 1.751M total viewers. When The O’Reilly Factor began at 8 p.m., Fox’s numbers reliably jumped back up to 413K in the demo and 2.415M total viewers.

Mediaite’s Matt Wilstein reaches the obvious conclusion:

Unfortunately for Clinton, this could be an indication that Hillary-fatigue has set in even among those Americans who spend their afternoons watching cable news. While Clinton’s first major interview withDiane Sawyer last week drew 6.1 million viewers on network TV, cable news couldn’t come close.

As for that book she’s been dutifully promoting, sales show some signs of flagging as well. While Hard Choices debuted at #2 overall on Amazon, it has since dropped to #5 behind a book about a 10-day green smoothie juice cleanse.

As trial balloons go, this one barely got off the ground. Maybe that should have Democrats — and the Clintons — making other plans for 2016.


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Time to start calling these “book deals” for politicians what they are: SCAMS to bypass contribution limits.

ConstantineXI on June 19, 2014 at 8:05 AM

Meh. Some potential voters are just getting a head start on their buyer’s remorse.

apostic on June 19, 2014 at 8:05 AM

As trial balloons go, this one barely got off the ground. Maybe that should have Democrats — and the Clintons — making other plans for 2016.

I ain’t holding my breath. First, because the Clintons(especially Hillary) are power hungry and egomaniacs. And second, who else do the Dems have? There’s no other female or minority candidate they can put up(no, Pocahontas Warren ain’t happening), and their white dudes all hail from deep blue states and are unappealing and unelectable.

Say what you will about the GOP, but they actually do have a pretty deep bench for 2016. The key of course will be preventing the establishment from shoving the likes of Jeb or CRISTie down our throats.

Doughboy on June 19, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Like I said before
Just go enjoy and spoil the grandbaby …….

Time to exit stage……

cmsinaz on June 19, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Wonder if Hillary has a problem seeing…always goo-goo eyed lately.

albill on June 19, 2014 at 8:11 AM

Well Hard Choices is the 2nd in the Clinton FICTION Series after all…

geojed on June 19, 2014 at 8:11 AM

Good point. Doughboy

cmsinaz on June 19, 2014 at 8:11 AM

Moochelle is more likely to end up the nominee than Hildabeast.

Her disastrous last 2 weeks should serve as a reminder to everyone: She’s a LOUSY candidate, is completely unlikable, and unlike 2008 is showing very obvious signs of SENILITY.

Nearly ANYONE could enter the democrat primaries and beat her.

I don’t know why anyone is afraid of Hillary.

ConstantineXI on June 19, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Holy Hannah Ed, why don’t you do some real research and compare how her interviews stacked up against some of the shows over on Faux News!!!

Or, or how about you get an objective take on her books sales by a site like Mediaite?

libfreeordie/

hawkdriver on June 19, 2014 at 8:17 AM

The woman has been around for long enough that most people over the age of 25 have made up their minds about her. Short of developing cold fusion or shooting someone, Hillary isn’t going to move the needles much. The chances of an HRC presidency depend almost soley on MSM cheerleading and the MSM has yet to commit to the task.

ROCnPhilly on June 19, 2014 at 8:18 AM

Say what you will about the GOP, but they actually do have a pretty deep bench for 2016. The key of course will be preventing the establishment from shoving the likes of Jeb or CRISTie down our throats.

Doughboy on June 19, 2014 at 8:08 AM

2016 is an opportunity to elect a conservative who will at least BEGIN to undo the generation’s worth of DAMAGE that Obama has done.

But the GOP being the GOP will nominate another “electable” liberal moderate who will gaffe at 90 words a minute and lose to whatever nonentity Soros has nominated.

ConstantineXI on June 19, 2014 at 8:19 AM

Hillary has always been uninspiring. She is a bland character of little accomplishment and no real stand out talent. Her speeches are trite, dull, delivered poorly and rarely contain any idea that has not been poll tested.

Hillary’s biggest claim? Former First Lady, carpetbagger, short-term senator and a stint as Secretary of State that I am betting as of late, she’d rather forget.

Is this the “experience” which indicates to voters she can run our country? Run it where? Further into the ground? What about our economy? Does counting $12 million dollars in income as “broke” ultimately disqualify her?

Point out the obvious and either the howling screams of misogynist or the whispers of “extremist” waft through the air. Meanwhile if she was a man, this variety show would have been cancelled a long time ago.

This country needs a leader, not another creation of someone’s imagination and the dishonest media with a prolonged book tour (apparently of little interest) trying to convince us just how wonderful they are.

“Deeds, not doodads” should be the rallying cry.

Marcus Traianus on June 19, 2014 at 8:19 AM

hawkdriver on June 19, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Wow — that was just like the real thing! Uncanny.

Ed Morrissey on June 19, 2014 at 8:19 AM

The woman has been around for long enough that most people over the age of 25 have made up their minds about her. Short of developing cold fusion or shooting someone, Hillary isn’t going to move the needles much. The chances of an HRC presidency depend almost soley on MSM cheerleading and the MSM has yet to commit to the task.

ROCnPhilly on June 19, 2014 at 8:18 AM

At this point I don’t think the media can or WILL spin for her. Hilldabeast has a very nasty reputation with the media, she’s never been friendly with them (or anyone else for that matter). Hillary thinks she’s entitled.

Why else were they so quick to dump her in the gutter and embrace Obama in 2008? Watch for the same thing to happen this year. Some unknown will win the nomination in 2016.

ConstantineXI on June 19, 2014 at 8:24 AM

Ed Morrissey on June 19, 2014 at 8:19 AM

Still laughing about yesterday.

hawkdriver on June 19, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Save us Elizabeth Warren!
-libfree

22044 on June 19, 2014 at 8:32 AM

2016 is an opportunity to elect a conservative who will at least BEGIN to undo the generation’s worth of DAMAGE that Obama has done.

But the GOP being the GOP will nominate another “electable” liberal moderate who will gaffe at 90 words a minute and lose to whatever nonentity Soros has nominated.

ConstantineXI on June 19, 2014 at 8:19 AM

I hope not. I’m done with the GOP if they put up a loser candidate that the base doesn’t want for the 3rd consecutive election. At least the last time the Dems lost the White House 3 straight times it was due to Carter’s disastrous record followed by Reagan’s successful one.

Doughboy on June 19, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Hillary’s first week book sales: 85,721. Palin’s first week book sales: 467,604. /just sayin’

debg on June 19, 2014 at 8:37 AM

I would be careful asking who the dems have in the wings. O dipsh!t came out of nowhere if I remember correctly. Clinton may be a distraction while they prep someone else, like maybe the Castro brothers?

JAGonzo on June 19, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Holy Hannah Ed, why don’t you do some real research and compare how her interviews stacked up against some of the shows over on Faux News!!!

Or, or how about you get an objective take on her books sales by a site like Mediaite?

libfreeordie/

hawkdriver on June 19, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Excellent job!

gophergirl on June 19, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Hillary’s first week book sales: 85,721. Palin’s first week book sales: 467,604. /just sayin’

debg on June 19, 2014 at 8:37 AM

What did Palin’s 2nd book do(I believe it was America By Heart)? I know the sales were down from the first, but did that one sell better than Hillary’s?

Doughboy on June 19, 2014 at 8:40 AM

hawkdriver on June 19, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Lol, you read my mind. I thought about doing the same thing, but I wasn’t feeling energetic enough to do it. Kudos.

NotCoach on June 19, 2014 at 8:41 AM

I can just picture one of them Castro boys shamelessly pandering to all the illegals by spouting off some Spanish in the middle of a debate.

JAGonzo on June 19, 2014 at 8:42 AM

10-day green smoothie juice cleanse.? I’ll take two, no Hard Choices there .

DJcool on June 19, 2014 at 8:44 AM

Libfree,

If you do check in to … scan the headlines, might want to check out these links. I promise, no heavy reading required.

Clinton Book already heavily discounted in all formats.

Simon and Shuster very worried.

And it looks a lot like the NYTs characterization of the content is a puffed up fantasy and Simon and Shusters claim it tipped 100K the first week is a bare faced lie. It didn’t make 100K considering all formats.

hawkdriver on June 19, 2014 at 8:44 AM

I would be careful asking who the dems have in the wings. O dipsh!t came out of nowhere if I remember correctly. Clinton may be a distraction while they prep someone else, like maybe the Castro brothers?

JAGonzo on June 19, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Something like that may be the new formula for them.

Run someone who is unknown with no record (that the media will report on anyway), especially a “good looking” minority that can be the “first” something, have them read “hopeandchange” from a teleprompter and plant fainters in the audience.

And the American People are stupid enough to fall for it.

ConstantineXI on June 19, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Marcus Traianus on June 19, 2014 at 8:19 AM

I heard one of the commentators on some talk show (maybe The Five?), say that she is answering all these questions now so she can get her stint as SOS off the table now. If that’s the case, wtf is she going to run on?

JAGonzo on June 19, 2014 at 8:46 AM

ConstantineXI on June 19, 2014 at 8:45 AM

We have seen similar tactics from the GOP. The run some candidate that can distract enough voters to get their guy through. I know they did it here in Texas with Cornyn’s race. They did it in Virginia with Cuccinelli as well.

JAGonzo on June 19, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Unfortunately for Clinton, this could be an indication that Hillary-fatigue has set in even among those Americans who spend their afternoons watching cable news.

What it means is a Hillary 2016 campaign would more resemble Obama’s 2012 campaign than his 2008 campaign, in that 2012 was about both building Obama up but more about depressive turnout for Mitt Romney via negative advertising and big media spin. In ’08, when Obama was a blank slate, the spin was more declaring the blank slate that Obama was to most voters as something of a demigod, and convincing voters electing him would end racism and turn the would into Shanga-La.

So for 2016 the Democrats can still play their “War on Women” card and tar whoever the GOP nominates as a misogynist, but they’re not going to be able to push the idea that electing the first woman president will create Earthly nirvana or that Hillary is the daughter of gaia (despite that New York Times cover from a couple of months ago), because she’s not the blank slate Obama was in 2008 — even low-info voters have had Hillary in their faces for the past 22 years.

The main X-factor here is the left side of the Democratic party doesn’t want to run their campaign with Hillary — they want to run it with Liz Warren, who they think they can sell to voters as a progressive secular goddess. So Hillary’s crash-and-burn book tour is as much good news to them as it is to Republicans.

jon1979 on June 19, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Time to start calling these “book deals” for politicians what they are: SCAMS to bypass contribution limits.

ConstantineXI on June 19, 2014 at 8:05 AM

Winner right out of the gate.

Mark Boabaca on June 19, 2014 at 8:51 AM

The Hillary brand is so TIRED… (or should I say “no ways taaaard!?)

dpduq on June 19, 2014 at 8:53 AM

What was ironic is the signing at the “Free” Library of Philly cost you some coin if you went.

The woman of the people sure is expensive. You have to drop 20-30 to get in line, pay full price for a book someone else wrote that’s already bombing and I bet she doesn’t allow even photos.

hawkdriver on June 19, 2014 at 8:53 AM

$14 million. Money well spent, eh, Simon & Shuster?

Bitter Clinger on June 19, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Trolling a troll… isn’t that a bad idea? Like puting a black hole inside a black hole — the sort of thing that might end the universe? Or somethign…

apostic on June 19, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Despite the $14 million advance and a media tour that almost no author gets, Hard Choices came in second place to the eighth in a series of fiction novels:

FWIW, fiction books historically outsell nonfiction,

bgoldman on June 19, 2014 at 9:00 AM

FWIW, fiction books historically outsell nonfiction,

bgoldman on June 19, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Don’t see a problem with that, Hard Choices is fiction.

Rix on June 19, 2014 at 9:03 AM

At this point I don’t think the media can or WILL spin for her. Hilldabeast has a very nasty reputation with the media, she’s never been friendly with them (or anyone else for that matter). Hillary thinks she’s entitled.

Why else were they so quick to dump her in the gutter and embrace Obama in 2008? Watch for the same thing to happen this year. Some unknown will win the nomination in 2016.

ConstantineXI on June 19, 2014 at 8:24 AM

I think the MSM jury is still out. I believe they’d rather sell a shiny new object like an Obama than a high mileage baggage-laden clunker like Clinton, but they’ll do it if they must.

ROCnPhilly on June 19, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Is this the “experience” which indicates to voters she can run our country?

Marcus Traianus on June 19, 2014 at 8:19 AM

See: Obama

Walter L. Newton on June 19, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Doughboy – I haven’t been successful finding numbers on book #2. Darned media is too busy cheering that it wasn’t the outstanding seller that the first achieved. Best I can do is that it was second on the NYT’s bestseller list while G.W. Bush’s book was first.

debg on June 19, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Doughboy on June 19, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Re: Warren….what makes you think she won’t run or can’t win. I very much want to believe you, I would like you to expand on your statement!

Thx!

herm2416 on June 19, 2014 at 9:10 AM

First cattle futures, now her book advance…

Hillary really knows how to time the market.

blammm on June 19, 2014 at 9:11 AM

The woman of the people sure is expensive. You have to drop 20-30 to get in line, pay full price for a book someone else wrote that’s already bombing and I bet she doesn’t allow even photos.

hawkdriver on June 19, 2014 at 8:53 AM

I bet she does if you pay enough…

JohnGalt23 on June 19, 2014 at 9:21 AM

All this means nothing. Obama/Hillary voters don’t care about anything but identity politics, free phones, legitimizing their vices or some combination of these. The vast majority are simplistic dolts who probably have no idea what a Sec of State does (apart from attend conferences on global warming) nor could they find Libya on a map (even with a hint that it’s south of Italy… which they also couldn’t find on a map).

The dem candidate starts at a solid 45% of dependents and goes for the necessary 6% of the rest by slandering the GOP candidate and scaring just enough voters to win. That’s Hillary’s plan for 2016. This book tour doesn’t faze her. She has 14 million reasons to be pleased.

mankai on June 19, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Like it or not, likeability is the most important attribute for the modern-day presidential candidate. Can you name the last time the less-likeable candidate won? Obama is an awful president, but so many people still absolutely love the guy (including, importantly, the press). People like his so much that they overlook his contradictions, incompetency, and policies.

Based on this alone, Hillary will be vulnerable against any Republican candidate.

Naked Emperor on June 19, 2014 at 9:32 AM

I think the MSM jury is still out. I believe they’d rather sell a shiny new object like an Obama than a high mileage baggage-laden clunker like Clinton, but they’ll do it if they must.

ROCnPhilly on June 19, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Of course the LSM will pull out the kneepads and the drool buckets if they get stuck with her but it’s obvious they would prefer someone else.

ConstantineXI on June 19, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Like it or not, likeability is the most important attribute for the modern-day presidential candidate. Can you name the last time the less-likeable candidate won? Obama is an awful president, but so many people still absolutely love the guy (including, importantly, the press). People like his so much that they overlook his contradictions, incompetency, and policies.

Based on this alone, Hillary will be vulnerable against any Republican candidate.

Naked Emperor on June 19, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Obama’s “likable” facade was long gone by 2012, yet he got re-elected.

ConstantineXI on June 19, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Can you name the last time the less-likeable candidate won?

Carter.

will77jeff on June 19, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Perhaps the Dems should have Fauxahauntus warming up in the bull pen. If one FAKE won’t work, try another.

GarandFan on June 19, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Can you name the last time the less-likeable candidate won?

Carter.

will77jeff on June 19, 2014 at 9:37 AM

1976 was a special case. ANYONE could have run and beaten Ford that year because of Watergate.

Biggest mistake the GOP made was nominating Ford in the first place. That was probably the first example of the GOP throwing an election by running establishment (Ford) over base (Reagan).

ConstantineXI on June 19, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Perhaps the Dems should have Fauxahauntus warming up in the bull pen. If one FAKE won’t work, try another.

GarandFan on June 19, 2014 at 9:42 AM

I think she is actually the frontrunner right now, not Hildabeast.

But let’s get to 2016

ConstantineXI on June 19, 2014 at 9:47 AM

This ipad sure likes to submit before I am done…

Let’s get to 2016 and make sure we HAVE an election first, shall we?

ConstantineXI on June 19, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Obama’s “likable” facade was long gone by 2012, yet he got re-elected.

ConstantineXI on June 19, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Obama’s 2012 re-election was in large part about voters being in love with themselves, as far as feeling tolerant and forward-thinking in first electing the first African-American president in 2008, and then showing he didn’t fail by re-electing him in ’12. Those voters really don’t give a damn if Obama does anything, they just want him there as a Trophy President, which is why when Team Obama thought they’re all come out in droves four months after the election to support their attack on the Republicans’ sequestration, all they got were crickets.

So Hillary doesn’t have the likability factor in 2016 (nor would Liz Warren), but the Trophy President factor’s still in play, in making those voters think they’re just super, super tolerant and enlightened humans because they put the first woman in the White House, even if she’s unlikeable and has no major accomplishments in over a quarter-century of public life.

jon1979 on June 19, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Doughboy – I haven’t been successful finding numbers on book #2. Darned media is too busy cheering that it wasn’t the outstanding seller that the first achieved. Best I can do is that it was second on the NYT’s bestseller list while G.W. Bush’s book was first.

debg on June 19, 2014 at 9:08 AM

All I could find was for the year,

797,955 for America by Heart; a year earlier she topped the charts with sales of more than 2,670,000 for Going Rogue

Source: PublishersWeekly

But you are correct: most were trumpeting the decrease compared to the first. They would do the same if the second sold even one less.

IrishEyes on June 19, 2014 at 9:49 AM

1976 was a special case. ANYONE could have run and beaten Ford that year because of Watergate.

Biggest mistake the GOP made was nominating Ford in the first place. That was probably the first example of the GOP throwing an election by running establishment (Ford) over base (Reagan).

ConstantineXI on June 19, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Don’t forget that the media portrayed Ford as an uncoordinated, bumbling idiot in spite of his actual background as an athlete (wonder how Ford’s golf scores compare to those of 0bama?)

And, yes, you are correct on the Ford vs. Reagan assessment. A mistake the GOP has continued. They do not seem to learn. The “stupid party”, indeed.

IrishEyes on June 19, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Ford lost on his own in 76. That was a winnable election.

mankai on June 19, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Obama killed Romney on likeability.

“The president’s lead over Romney on “likability” was 22 points in polls conducted the week ending with October 14 – down from 28 before the debate – while his advantage on the question, “which candidate would be more fun to meet in person?” fell from 28 to a still-commanding 24 points.”

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/16/us-usa-campaign-debate-poll-idUSBRE89F07N20121016

Naked Emperor on June 19, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Everyone knows what Hillary is about, no need to buy a book or listen to her speak. She will get the Democratic vote even if some have to hold their noses.I think what is hurting her the most is her lack of enthusiasm. She’s not very good at faking it.

lea on June 19, 2014 at 10:57 AM

This just in from Jason Mattera at the “Daily Surge”—

Jason Mattera caught up with Hillary Clinton at one of the DC stops on her book tour this week, and asked the former Secretary of State if she would mind signing a copy of Hard Choices… but with a twist. “If you could make it out to Christopher Stevens,” Mattera queried. “I think you knew him.”
Christopher Stevens, of course, was the U.S. ambassador to Libya who was murdered along with three other Americans on Clinton’s watch, when Jihadists attacked two U.S. outposts in Benghazi on September 11, 2012.
Hillary, surprised by the request, replied, “Yeah, I’m not gonna make it out to Chris Stevens.” Mattera followed-up with, “What difference does it make?” a reference to Clinton’s infamous 2013 Senate testimony before the Foreign Relations Committee.
Mattera, the publisher of Daily Surge, also noted during their exchange that Hillary’s security detail appears to be larger than what Ambassador Stevens was provided in Benghazi. Clinton’s entourage filled up a town car, two SUVs, and consisted of security personnel from the building she had just exited.
Recently, Diane Sawyer pressed Hillary on the “systemic” security failures at the American consulate in Libya, where both Ambassador Stevens and Sean Smith died. Clinton gave a rather Clintonian answer: “I take responsibility, but I was not making security decisions.

Brutal…and beautiful…

bimmcorp on June 19, 2014 at 11:13 AM

She’s not deflating or imploding.

She can’t be a has-been if she’s a never-was.

Wonder if Hillary has a problem seeing…always goo-goo eyed lately.

albill on June 19, 2014 at 8:11 AM

I guess Rove was right, after all.

Obama’s “likable” facade was long gone by 2012, yet he got re-elected.

ConstantineXI on June 19, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Don’t count.

He needed unprecedented vote fraud to do it.

formwiz on June 19, 2014 at 11:18 AM

hawkdriver on June 19, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Lol, you read my mind. I thought about doing the same thing, but I wasn’t feeling energetic enough to do it. Kudos.

NotCoach on June 19, 2014 at 8:41 AM

We may not hear much from libfree today. It’s hard to type laying face down on the sofa with an ice pack on your azz.

Closet Optimist on June 19, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Everyone knows what Hillary is about, no need to buy a book or listen to her speak. She will get the Democratic vote even if some have to hold their noses.I think what is hurting her the most is her lack of enthusiasm. She’s not very good at faking it.

lea on June 19, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Yeah, pretty much. Roger Simon over at PJMedia expounds on that:


So Hillary is a nowhere woman, trying to replace a nowhere man, which is saying something given Obama’s recent poll numbers. And no one wants to pay attention to a nowhere woman who has been a serial liar. It’s stupefying. The natural reaction of most people, even many who will support her anyway, is to tune out — and they have. We’ve zoned out on Hillary. She’s not even a subject of glamorous interest anymore. Who cares whom she really sleeps with or how she relates to Bill? It’s all one big snooze, less important than the Kardashians and they, apparently, are on the way out.

But boring as she is, Hillary still very well might be POTUS.

The last line quoted above says it all. The mindless minions who are liberals might not buy her book and might not care to watch her interviews, but they will certainly vote for her anyway regardless of her qualifications because, after all, she has lady parts and they would like to vote for her to be part of making history – once again. And “feeling good” about simple ideas is all that really matters to a lib.

climbnjump on June 19, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Time to start calling these “book deals” for politicians what they are: SCAMS to bypass contribution limits.

ConstantineXI on June 19, 2014 at 8:05 AM

I agree with you ConstantineXI just take a look at Sarah Palin book “Going Rogue” sold 300,000 it’s first day in stores, with an advance of $1.25 million. Look at also Ted Cruz a $1.5 million advance and I will wager you the book out sells Hillary’s.

Release on June 19, 2014 at 12:09 PM

I don’t have much faith in America these days. If not Hillary it’ll be Corey Booker or Elizabeth Warren putting the final bullet in the twitching corpse that is the United States.

Jack_Burton on June 19, 2014 at 12:22 PM

“Hard Choices?”

The choice wasn’t hard for me at all. I have better things to do with my time than to watch that pompous blowhard.

For the first time in my life I actually feel sympathy for the trees that had to die to print that pile of crap.

Kingfisher on June 19, 2014 at 1:38 PM