Liberals race to save Hillary Clinton from herself

posted at 1:21 pm on June 25, 2014 by Noah Rothman

It is objectively true that Clinton’s “dead broke” comment earned her mockery from political analysts and allies alike. An empirical analysis of the political landscape would force any competent observer to concede that the former secretary of state has spent the last two weeks performing damage control in the effort to limit the fallout from that comment. Even former President Bill Clinton was forced to defend his wife’s claim from the censure of fact-checkers.

Those center-left media personalities who do not thrive on the crafting Slate-like, absurdly counter-intuitive takes, have observed the obvious: Clinton’s week has been an atrocious one.

“‘[D]ead broke’ people don’t have $350,000 in cash to secure one mortgage and $855,000 in cash to secure another,” wrote Politico’s Roger Simon. “About 50 million Americans live below the poverty line, and 47 million need food stamps; they know what dead broke looks like, and it doesn’t look like the Clintons.”

“Not only is Clinton rusty, she is showing us repeatedly that when she’s in an uncontrolled situation — you know, like an interview — her political pitch is far from perfect,” the columnist Jill Lawrence opined. “But these stumbles on money, while not ideal for a prospective candidate, are simply confirming a larger reality. The everywoman persona was an accident of 2008.”

A report in The Washington Post quotes Democrats calling Clinton “imperial,” “totally cut off,” and the Democratic Party’s Mitt Romney.

The fact is that Clinton was being strategic when she claimed and claimed again that she and her husband were impoverished and “struggled.” As one of the most accomplished Democratic politicians of the last 20 years, she was accurately reflecting the mood of her party’s primary electorate. Having been inundated with incitement to class envy from the White House for the last five years, reliable Democratic voters are deeply mistrustful of the wealthy.

Clinton is not the only one acting on this assessment of the Democratic primary electorate. Two equally successful Democratic politicians, Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), have also made demonstrably false claims that they do not know true wealth in order to placate the increasingly populist Democratic base.

Clinton remains, however, the Democratic Party’s best hope to retain control of the White House in 2016. That alone has led some palpably nervous liberals to race to Clinton’s defense in ways that strain credulity to the breaking point.

On MSNBC.com yesterday, Aliyah Frumin broke the news that, while both the Clintons and the Bidens are wealthy, Republican 2016 hopefuls have also made money in their lives.

Democratic strategist Donna Brazile implied that criticism of Clinton’s wealth was sexist and that Republican men who have amassed their own millions deserve equal scrutiny. Brazile forgets to note that this scrutiny is coming exclusively from Democrats and members of the press after the former secretary of state made it an issue.

Democratic strategist and former lobbyist Angela Rye defended Clinton on the basis of her supporting policies she subjectively determined were best for America’s working poor, even if she does not walk the walk herself. Rye suggested that Clinton’s hypocrisy was tolerable if only because her heart is in the right place.

But the award for most entertaining effort to claim Clinton’s maladroit campaign roll out is a blessing in disguise goes to Vox.com founder Ezra Klein.

Klein wrote on Wednesday that Clinton’s wealth gaffes, as well as a testy exchange she had with NPR host Terry Gross over her politically convenient “evolution” on the issue of gay marriage, come at a “great” time. Why? “[S]he can spend the next two years relearning how to run a national campaign,” Klein wrote. “Her competitors can’t.”

“Hillary Clinton has two advantages over her opponents,” he concluded. “The first is that she’s done this before. But the second is she can start doing it again much earlier than they can.”

She’s making mistakes in 2014 — when they don’t matter. They’ll make those mistakes in 2016 — when they do. Clinton’s got weaknesses, of course. But the missteps she’s making — and learning from — as she finds her footing in the mini-campaign that only she can hold speak to one of her strengths. Come 2016, she’s going to look a lot more natural than her challengers.

Tell that to Rudy Giuliani.

Let’s assume Clinton is clearing out the cobwebs that have blanketed her political acumen after nearly six years of dormancy. She is also creating a lot of space to her left, aggravating the party’s progressive wing, and emboldening those Democratic office seekers who might consider challenging Clinton in 2016. And, considering her disconcerting early gaffes, the party would probably welcome that challenge if only to air and neutralize some of her increasingly apparent negatives.

This “great timing” for Clinton could just as easily prompt average Democrats, six in ten of whom already want Clinton to face a primary challenge, to demand one.

One unnamed Democratic strategist told The Washington Post this week that Clinton’s stumbles should prompt Democratic Party to “panic.” The incoherent and flailing effort by Clinton’s allies to salvage her awful month is what panic looks like.


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The scumhag ain’t worth saving, fools.

Schadenfreude on June 25, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Hilarious

Schadenfreude on June 25, 2014 at 1:23 PM

The intervention, let’s begin
The intervention, get her in

Flange on June 25, 2014 at 1:24 PM

“[S]he can spend the next two years relearning how to run a national campaign,” Klein wrote.

I didn’t realize this was her first rodeo.

Buckshots on June 25, 2014 at 1:27 PM

The Democratic ticket may have just changed from Clinton / O’Malley to O’Malley / Clinton.

Or maybe she can be his secretary of state …

doufree on June 25, 2014 at 1:28 PM

I’m sending Killary a book of cookie recipes…

viking01 on June 25, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Rye suggested that Clinton’s hypocrisy was tolerable if only because her heart is in the right place.

Liberalism summed up in one short little sentence.

Bishop on June 25, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Let’s assume Clinton is clearing out the cobwebs…

I know innuendo wasn’t your intent whatsoever, Noah, but I feel sick after reading that line.

Aizen on June 25, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Rye suggested that Clinton’s hypocrisy was tolerable if only because her heart is in the right place.

Her heart might be in her chest but that valve is damaged, for life.

Schadenfreude on June 25, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Why should Ds panic? They just proved that they can control turnout for and the name of the R candidate on the ballot (see MS, yesterday).

Anyone that thinks the Ds will stay home in 2016 is a fool.

Carnac on June 25, 2014 at 1:32 PM

The last few weeks should remind everyone of how pathetic a candidate Hildabeast is.

ConstantineXI on June 25, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Tell that to Rudy Giuliani.

You had to re-open that wound, didn’t you?

:(

mythicknight on June 25, 2014 at 1:35 PM

As one of the most accomplished Democratic politicians of the last 20 years,

Eh? I guess if holding political positions = accomplished. We’ve recently been treated to a video where even her supporters can’t name a single accomplishment. Yet, though they can’t name any, Leftists still believe she has many accomplishments and slip that belief into the narrative as if it’s fact.

ROCnPhilly on June 25, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Yah, no leftie is staying home on election day if Killary is the demorat nominee, they’ll caterwaul about this for a few years and then duly troop to the voting booth like the glassy-eyed fools they are.

In fact it doesn’t matter who the ‘rat nominee is, it could be Robert Byrd’s corpse with strings attached to his limbs and controlled by a puppeteer, the libs will vote for him.

Bishop on June 25, 2014 at 1:40 PM

“Not only is Clinton rusty, she is showing us repeatedly that when she’s in an uncontrolled situation — you know, like an interview — her political pitch is far from perfect,

Sounds familiar, and the last guy got elected twice.

Dash on June 25, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Come 2016, she’s going to look a lot more natural than her challengers.

Well isn’t that nice. She won’t come off as stiff when explaining a dead ambassador or the glowing slag heap that used to be the Middle East.

Happy Nomad on June 25, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Angela Rye defended Clinton on the basis of her supporting policies she subjectively determined were best for America’s working poor, even if she does not walk the walk herself.

There it is. This is why the Feminists had no problem with Bill. If you support the right policies, you can be an abhorrent person and the left will forgive you.

Occams Stubble on June 25, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Rye suggested that Clinton’s hypocrisy was tolerable if only because her heart is in the right place.

Liberalism summed up in one short little sentence.

Bishop on June 25, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Yep. Just like the NAGs gave Bill Clinton a pass on being a serial rapist because he did so much for women! He even got a pass on screwing an intern young enough to be his daughter!

Happy Nomad on June 25, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Hillary’s biggest problem is that she’s just too intelligent for these “everyman” interviews.

I think Hillary knows that she has God-given talents that are extraordinary. She knows exactly how smart she is. She knows how perceptive she is. She knows what a good reader of people she is. And she knows that she has the ability — the extraordinary, uncanny ability — to take a thousand different perspectives, digest them and make sense out of them, and I think that she has never really been challenged intellectually. So what I sense in her is not just a restless spirit but somebody with such extraordinary talents that have to be really taxed in order for her to be happy.

She’s been bored to death her whole life. She’s just too talented to do what ordinary people do.

Frank Lib on June 25, 2014 at 1:52 PM

“Clinton remains, however, the Democratic Party’s best hope to retain control of the White House in 2016.”

Ummmm…

… I don’t want to be a party pooper, but the current disaster in the White House is a DEMOCRAT!

Seven Percent Solution on June 25, 2014 at 1:54 PM

“Get on the train, you’re going…uh…to the east.”

-But I don’t want to go.

“Irrelevant, we know what’s best for you, now GET ON THE TRAIN.”

Bishop on June 25, 2014 at 1:58 PM

In fact it doesn’t matter who the ‘rat nominee is, it could be Robert Byrd’s corpse with strings attached to his limbs and controlled by a puppeteer, the libs will vote for HER him.

Bishop on June 25, 2014 at 1:40 PM

fixed it, after all you did describe clinton.
you’re welcome :)

dmacleo on June 25, 2014 at 2:04 PM

She’s been bored to death her whole life. She’s just too talented to do what ordinary people do.

Frank Lib on June 25, 2014 at 1:52 PM

We elected one of those in 2008. It hasn’t worked out well…

ConstantineXI on June 25, 2014 at 2:06 PM

It is the wahabis’ turn ,
eye on the ball everybody, eye on the ball

burrata on June 25, 2014 at 2:09 PM

I pray that someone, one day will run on the premise of ‘hey, I built a business and made a s@@tload of money because I’m smart and worked like a galley slave; just the sort of person that should be president.”
But class warfare, so: no.

orangemtl on June 25, 2014 at 2:16 PM

The left will always circle the wagon to protect their own.

HumpBot Salvation on June 25, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Just give her a fish flavored microphone and she’ll be a shoo-in after a five minute interview. The Dem base will be thrilled and the conservatives will vomit their innards out.

Rix on June 25, 2014 at 2:34 PM

What I love is ace political genius, Whiplash Willie Whitewater, is now on the bandwagon telling people how broke they were.

formwiz on June 25, 2014 at 3:10 PM

I’m already really sick of reading about and hearing about Hillary Clinton. God help us if she gets elected in 2016.

TarheelBen on June 25, 2014 at 3:12 PM

she could be dead and they will still vote for her.

warmairfan on June 25, 2014 at 3:21 PM

at this point, any press is good press, they will just keep drilling her name into the head of the voting public, “Hillary Clinton” “Hillary Clinton” at this point it won’t matter if its “Hillary Clinton found with dead boy” just the words, “Hillary Clinton” over and over and over again to get the sheep to the polls to pull the lever for…”Hillary Clinton”

Dino V on June 25, 2014 at 3:24 PM

What I think if hilarious in all of this is all the pundits calling this woman “rusty.”

She’s not rusty, no. As a candidate, she’s no damm good. And she’s not going to get any better.

I suppose the press could manage to push her over the finish line if the Republicans put up someone ever worse…

but as a candidate, this is all she’s got.

“Rusty” my a$$.

Typhoon on June 25, 2014 at 3:45 PM

As one of the most accomplished Democratic politicians of the last 20 years,

Trolling again?

MisterElephant on June 25, 2014 at 3:46 PM

I don’t see how anyone would look at this as a practice run. Hillary has been preparing for this since before her husband left office. If she doesn’t have it now, she never will.

I think Hillary’s intent in getting out early was (a) everyone knew it was coming so why wait (b) to convince any potential challengers there’s just no point going against Hillary.

That second part hasn’t worked out and she can expect a few far left gadflies will make her life miserable in the primaries and force her to say things she’ll regret in the general election.

Mahna Mahna on June 25, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Heh

Schadenfreude on June 25, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Yabbut, she can dodge sniper fire with the best of them.

307wolverine on June 25, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Mitt Romney should pick an opportune moment to publicly defend Hillary as a fellow member of the wealthy elite, and while he’s at it he should admonish her not to be ashamed of being a wealthy person seeking power in this greatest nation on earth. That would sink her in the Democrat party. Please, Mitt, read HA.

HiJack on June 25, 2014 at 4:07 PM

O/T, but maybe not: Diane Sawyer was recently fired.

Just a coincidence, or did Sawyer get too tough on Hillary for her fans in the LSM?

Steve Z on June 25, 2014 at 4:08 PM

The young vote won’t go for a Clinton or a Bush. In fact, Moochelle has a better chance of winning the nomination than Hillary does. A black AND a woman. How could they lose? Well, except for that little issue that Dark Traitor is running the country into the ground.

HiJack on June 25, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Just shut up about the “wealth gaffes” and carry her dang bags in!

Vaporman87 on June 25, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Liberals race to save Hillary Clinton from herself……It takes a village full of idiots……

Krupnikas on June 25, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Full speed ahead, Killary!

Ward Cleaver on June 25, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Ma and Pa Clinton.

Ward Cleaver on June 25, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Ok, so these gaffes aren’t gaffes but are totally defensible?
Fine, lets work with them.

Making 100 million in under 14 years is “not truly well off”… right?
Then our tax brackets are out of whack.

I know we wanted to raise the taxes on the “Rich” but we’ve raised them on people who are “not truly well off”.
The 25% bracket needs to go up to at least 7 million a year so we don’t hurt those who are “not truly well off”… otherwise we’ve got something wrong here.

Any liberals willing to step up and propose this tax bracket change?
We can raise taxes on the “rich”… those making more than 8 million a year.

gekkobear on June 25, 2014 at 5:43 PM

I think the bigger problem is going to be her heart trouble.

The Dems have to worry about her keeling over before the election – like at a rally, during a live TV debate or while giving a speech at the convention.

Wethal on June 25, 2014 at 7:45 PM

I think the bigger problem is going to be her heart trouble.

The Dems have to worry about her keeling over before the election – like at a rally, during a live TV debate or while giving a speech at the convention.

Wethal on June 25, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Yep, that’s the issue that has had shockingly little coverage, even here at Tepid Air. If she doesn’t have an incident here early on, she’s guaranteed one during the backbreaking grind of the real campaign.

slickwillie2001 on June 25, 2014 at 8:53 PM

So Bill Clinton was not only the first black president, he was the first female president as well. What do dems need shrillary for? Between Bill, Bill, and Bill, all their firsts have been met so it’s time to retire the progressive liberal socialists and the RINOs to the scrapheap of failed history.

Let put a conservative in the white house….and in the house and senate. Maybe the problems can be addressed successfully before the house of cards implodes completely. If liberal progressives remain in control, we’re dead…or they are, and we have to start again. Either way, there’s a better way to head into the future than having a bunch of r-tard retreads finish the job of killing America.

Diluculo on June 25, 2014 at 9:39 PM

The Dems have to worry about her keeling over before the election – like at a rally, during a live TV debate or while giving a speech at the convention.

Wethal on June 25, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Nope. Democrat corruption dictates that popular sympathy would require the substitution of Chelsea.

virgo on June 26, 2014 at 1:26 AM

She’s been bored to death insulated from reality her whole life. She’s just too talented arrogant to do what ordinary people do.

Frank Lib on June 25, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Fixed your quote.

landlines on June 26, 2014 at 2:03 PM