MSNBC: Say, that Hillary Clinton book tour was a big mistake, huh?

posted at 10:01 am on July 22, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Let’s try a thought experiment. If Hillary Clinton had not written her second memoir Hard Choices and never had to go on a book tour to promote it, where would she stand now in the political realm? As Mark Halperin notes with a grin on Morning Joe today, “she’d have a lot less money,” but she would also have avoided the public beating over the thin gruel offered in her memoir and the ridiculous attempt to paint herself as a member of the “struggling” class for the past thirteen years. Would people be talking about Elizabeth Warren with any degree of seriousness now?

Well, maybe not now, but ….

The panel discussion kicks off with yesterday’s Politico poll that shows that the electorate has a better memory of Hillary’s tenure at State than most political media do.  Until her book tour, Hillary’s public image was generally positive, but irrelevant. As Halperin states, she had the opportunity to make herself relevant while still keeping electoral politics at arm’s length, or at least at wrist length, as everyone understood the “memoir” to be a thinly-disguised campaign platform. Instead of transforming the softball environment into political gold, complete with handpicked media appearances designed to give her the softest focus, Hillary “lost control of her image” in a series of gaffes and retreats that seem almost unreal in retrospect. How could anyone with that much preparation have blown it so badly?

Well, that’s actually a rather easy question to answer. Hillary Clinton is a lousy candidate, that’s why. She has little charm, a tin political ear, and no real agenda other than her own ambition, as Byron York points out when comparing her to Warren. She won her Senate seat in the safest environment the Clintons could find in 2000, and then proceeded to blow what was supposed to be a coronation in 2o08 to a first-term Senate backbencher, who also had an agenda rather than a resumé. Everything that happened over the past month would have happened in 2015 as well, especially in the tougher scrutiny of a presidential primary fight. The reason Democrats are looking at Warren as a Plan B is because they are now remembering 2008, and are starting to panic.

Marco Rubio offers another perspective on Hillary Clinton that also comes through — she’s a nostalgia candidate at a time when most Americans want to look to the future:

In terms of his political opponents, Rubio said Hillary Clinton is “extremely vulnerable on her record.

“The truth of the matter is she was the secretary of state during an administration that has had virtually no successes on foreign policy,” he said.

Rubio, who is 43, said his continuing career in public service is motivated by the nation being at a “generational, transformational crossroads.” He dismissed Clinton as being on the wrong side of those particular tracks.

“I just think she’s a 20th century candidate,” he said. “I think she does not offer an agenda for moving America forward in the 21st century, at least not up till now.”

Was the book tour a big mistake? Not really. It put a lot of cash into her pockets, and that’s not a small consideration for someone who considers herself a member of the “struggling” class. The downside would have taken place anyway, and for Democrats, it’s better to get this reminder now rather than in December 2015 when they can’t do anything about it.


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Hillary is puffy…

JohnGalt23 on July 22, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Rubio, who is 43, said his continuing career in public service

The whole problem in one sentence.

Being an elected official of the US should never be thought of as a career.

BobMbx on July 22, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Well, she is Ms. Take all she can get her grubbing hands on.

Flange on July 22, 2014 at 10:06 AM

She’s Popeye the Sailor Gal . . .

Love seeing the bug-eyed pics. Makes her look nuttier than Pelozilla.

“She’s a 20th-century candidate fox.”

Hubba-hubba-hubba.

MisterElephant on July 22, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Hillary: the grift that keeps on taking.

Joe Mama on July 22, 2014 at 10:07 AM

It was a replay of Hildabeast’s disastrous 2008 campaign and showed that her inevitability is a MYTH.

She missed her window, thanks to a teleprompter reading half-black Senator from Illinois with a 15 second career. She would have beaten Juan McCain, but then so would have anyone.

ConstantineXI on July 22, 2014 at 10:07 AM

…and bossy

tommyboy on July 22, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Monica Lewinsky’s ex-boyfriend’s wife asks:

What difference, at this point, does it make?

Galtian on July 22, 2014 at 10:07 AM

BobMbx on July 22, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Not even one complete sentence. Six sequential words forming a phrase.

MisterElephant on July 22, 2014 at 10:08 AM

She’s not running,Bill is.He is desperate to be in charge again.

docflash on July 22, 2014 at 10:09 AM

and for Democrats, it’s better to get this reminder now rather than in December 2015 when they can’t do anything about it.

Ed pimping out his girl Killary again. It would have been better for America for the Dems to get blindsided.

oscarwilde on July 22, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Marco Rubio offers another perspective on Hillary Clinton that also comes through — she’s a nostalgia candidate at a time when most Americans want to look to the future

Ironically, nostalgia will be the central theme of her campaign. Returning America to the glory days of the Clinton years when the economy was strong and the world was at relative peace.

Of course the problem with that is even if she suckers 50.1% of the voters into buying that, that’s not how her Presidency would play out. Bubba came into office having inherited the Reagan economy and the Reagan/Bush victory in the Cold War. Plus he had the internet right around the corner which was a once in a generation(or two) shift in society that helped the economy explode(for a few years anyway).

Hillary on the other hand would inherit a stagnant economy from Obama, massive debt, Obamacare and the rest of the unsustainable entitlement state, and a world on fire.

Doughboy on July 22, 2014 at 10:10 AM

She’s not running,Bill is.He is desperate to be in charge again.

docflash on July 22, 2014 at 10:09 AM

I’m guessing you missed the story about Bill’s new blond then

JohnGalt23 on July 22, 2014 at 10:12 AM

moving America forward

My stomach lurches whenever I hear those words.

Bat Chain Puller on July 22, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Hillary on the other hand would inherit a stagnant economy from Obama, massive debt, Obamacare and the rest of the unsustainable entitlement state, and a world on fire.

Doughboy on July 22, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Otherwise known as “Utopia”.

BobMbx on July 22, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Was the book tour a big mistake? Not really. It put a lot of cash into her pockets, and that’s not a small consideration for someone who considers herself a member of the “struggling” class.

Thirteen years of scraping by on $200K speaking engagements multi-million dollar book advances and this is your attitude for the sacrifices she’s made for the country? Such a bright intelligent woman could have gone far in private business and, yet, you are mocking her for having made do with Lobster Helper, domestic caviar, and only two estates???? This is the kind of incivility that has tainted America on politicians! Hillary has given so much to this nation and has suffered for her service.

Happy Nomad on July 22, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Guess msnbc already knows that Warren is running.

Neon Indian on July 22, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Hillary on the other hand would inherit a stagnant economy from Obama, massive debt, Obamacare and the rest of the unsustainable entitlement state, and a world on fire.

Doughboy on July 22, 2014 at 10:10 AM

She’s no more competent than Obama.

Billy Jeff was a somewhat successful President mainly because he didn’t OBSTRUCT things too much. Once Hillarycare bombed out, Bill abandoned the hardcore left stuff and basically rode the wind, even signing welfare reform into law (which Obama has since invalidated by the power of PenNPhone). But Bill ignored foreign policy, preferring to use the military to distract the public from his accumulating scandals which ultimately led to 9/11.

Obama on the other hand has been a brick wall obstructionist preventing economic recovery.

ConstantineXI on July 22, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Marco Rubio offers another perspective on Hillary Clinton that also comes through — she’s a nostalgia candidate at a time when most Americans want to look to the future:

HilKilRod is in the Twenty Century,…no wonder she BOINKS everything up!!

canopfor on July 22, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Guess msnbc already knows that Warren is running.

Neon Indian on July 22, 2014 at 10:17 AM

She’s running alright. I’d even call her the frontrunner at this point.

ConstantineXI on July 22, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Her campaign slogan: “The opportunistic, self-serving blowhard you know, as opposed to the opportunistic, self-serving blowhard you don’t know!”

vnvet on July 22, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Rubio, who is 43, said his continuing career in public service

The whole problem in one sentence.

Being an elected official of the US should never be thought of as a career.

BobMbx on July 22, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Where did Rubio say that public service = being an elected official? I’m no fan of Rubio but you are making a connection here that isn’t what Rubio said.

Happy Nomad on July 22, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Halbig is in!

We win!!

dforston on July 22, 2014 at 10:20 AM

The reason Democrats are looking at Warren as a Plan B is because they are now remembering 2008, and are starting to panic.
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Might as well make a Prediction,

Elizabeth Warren will be the Democrat Nominee!

canopfor on July 22, 2014 at 10:21 AM

I’m guessing you missed the story about Bill’s new blond then…

JohnGalt23 on July 22, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Kessler quotes a supervisor informing a new agent: “You don’t stop her, you don’t approach her, you just let her go in.”

Then you ogle her:

Energizer, who is described as charming and friendly, sometimes brought cookies to the agents, according to the book excerpts.

One told Kessler: “It was a warm day, and she was wearing a low-cut tank top, and as she leaned over, her breasts were very exposed. They appeared to be very perky and very new and full…There was no doubt in my mind they were enhanced.”

We have a hunch the Secret Service enjoys the “Energizer” moreso than the crusty old Pantsuit:

Kessler also reveals that Hillary is routinely rude to the agents who are sworn to take a bullet for her.

“Because she is so nasty to agents and hostile to law enforcement officers and military officers in general, agents consider being assigned to her detail a form of punishment,” Kessler wrote.

ConstantineXI on July 22, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Halbig – Only state exchanges can have subsidies!!

dforston on July 22, 2014 at 10:23 AM

I think Hillary was envisioning something similar to Sarah Palin’s “Going Rogue” book tour. It didn’t happen. But then, Sarah’s hot, Hillary’s not.

bw222 on July 22, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Bill Clinton reportedly has a buxom blond mistress who visits so often when Hillary Clinton isn’t home in Chappaqua that the former president’s Secret Service detail have given her an unofficial code name: Energizer.

albill on July 22, 2014 at 10:25 AM

yet, you are mocking her for having made do with Lobster Helper, domestic caviar, and only two estates????
Happy Nomad on July 22, 2014 at 10:15 AM

LOL! Instant classic Happy!

JusDreamin on July 22, 2014 at 10:26 AM

I’m guessing you missed the story about Bill’s new blond then…

JohnGalt23 on July 22, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Top ten reasons I don’t think that Killary will run:

1. She more baggage than a 757.
2. Her husband is still banging other women.
3. Benghazi- nuf said.
4. Failure as SecState.
5. She’s a bad campaigner.
6. She’s old.
7. The Obamas hate her.
8. She inherits all the failures of Obama.
9. Significant pay loss for a woman just scraping by as it is.
10. Like Obama she likes the perqs but is unwilling to do the work. You can’t spend a term as Presidency hiding out on foreign travel junkets where you deliver novelty items to foreign leaders.

Happy Nomad on July 22, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Halbig is in!

We win!!

dforston on July 22, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Holy Shite. Total insurance exchange chaos.

Up to SCOTUS we go. There’s no way they can read this any other way. Heck, the darned bill got scored and sold on the score that made the distinction.

Dem heads will be exploding. The talking points will be all about those meanie GOP governors and GOP state legislatures.

BuckeyeSam on July 22, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Ed writes:
Hillary Clinton is a lousy candidate, that’s why. She has little charm, a tin political ear, and no real agenda other than her own ambition, as Byron York points out when comparing her to Warren.

There’s a new TV show about a female Secretary of State called “Madam Secretary”. All I can gather from the teaser is it’s about an ostensibly intelligent woman who’s an “in your face, ‘are you talking to me’, b*tch”. I wonder where they got the idea THAT kind of role model is either advisable or a good script choice.

LashRambo on July 22, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Raise your hand if you thought that the network the spent 2007-2008 cheerleading for Obama and hatin’ on Hillary was gonna cheerlead for her this time around.

If your hand is raised you are an idiot.

myiq2xu on July 22, 2014 at 10:41 AM

9. Significant pay loss for a woman just scraping by as it is.

Happy Nomad on July 22, 2014 at 10:28 AM

My eyes mist up just thinking of how she’s somewhere between penniless and destitute.

LashRambo on July 22, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Halbig out — U.S. Appeals Court strikes down some health-law insurance subsidies. Story to follow at WSJ

climbnjump on July 22, 2014 at 10:31 AM

climbinjump:)
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Full text of appeals court ruling on health care subsidies – @WSJPolitics
see original on online.wsj.com

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Obama health care law
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Appeals court tosses IRS regulation that granted subsidies to users of federal health care exchanges – @politico, @WSJPolitics

Capital Journal @WSJPolitics · 8m

Here is the text (PDF) of the big ruling today on Obamacare subsidies http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/ACAruling07222014.pdf

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Retweeted by Capital Journal
Brent Kendall @brkend · 14m

DC Circuit strikes down Obamacare insurance subsidies for coverage purchased on federally run insurance exchanges — major blow to law.

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Capital Journal @WSJPolitics · 14m

NEW: Federal appeals court tosses IRS regulation allowing subsidies for health insurance bought on federally run exchanges. Story soon.

canopfor on July 22, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Her hair looks greasy and yuky, maybe she could claim it’s from her Crete background.

celtic warrior on July 22, 2014 at 10:46 AM

That photo sums up Hillary! perfectly. She always looks like she wants to be shaking her clenched fist in the air and screaming appropriate radical-left slogans, like Votar Comunista o Morir!!

She would be doing it in Spanish today, to pander to La Raza & Co. I think she now realizes that her big mistake was not pandering to the left of her own party enough in ’08. After all, that was how Bill got nominated in ’92. (when he tried to follow through on it, of course, the Dems lost control of Congress in ’94.)

Also, I honestly believe that HillarytheC simply is more comfortable screaming at people. As seen with her treatment of the Secret Service, etc., she loathes anyone she defines as “not like me”. Meaning, about nine-tenths of the human race, especially Americans.

It must actually be painful for her to pretend to be concerned when she really wants to herd everyone she hates into a large ditch, then fill it in over them. Followed by doing a Dilbert’s Mom victory dance on top.

Come on, Hillary. Let your inner b!tch out. You know you want to….

clear ether

eon

eon on July 22, 2014 at 10:46 AM

yet, you are mocking her for having made do with Lobster Helper, domestic caviar, and only two estates????
Happy Nomad on July 22, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Happy Nomad: Too funny,..(Lobster Helper),..good one:–0

canopfor on July 22, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Understand that MSNBC is the propaganda voice box of the Obama White House. They have been meaning to dispose of the Clintons for some time. This is only the beginning of the spin-up for the Draft Fauxcahantas Campaign.

victor82 on July 22, 2014 at 11:01 AM

When a spring board turns into a diving board

CBWV99 on July 22, 2014 at 11:12 AM

She’s Teddy Kennedy without parts.

formwiz on July 22, 2014 at 11:15 AM

The book tour can only make her a stronger candidate.

All of these charges will be old charges by then that she has already discussed.

She flushed out her enemies with the tour, so she knows who to destroy in the meantime.

faraway on July 22, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Monica Lewinsky’s ex-boyfriend’s wife asks:

What difference, at this point, does it make?

Galtian on July 22, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Still lovin’ that

and …

yet, you are mocking her for having made do with Lobster Helper, domestic caviar, and only two estates????
Happy Nomad on July 22, 2014 at 10:15 AM

I’m not worthy

Closet Optimist on July 22, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Bill was very happy with Hillary’s book tour. With Hillary on the road, Bill could spend lots of time with The Energizer.

Wallythedog on July 22, 2014 at 11:37 AM

The Clintons are royalist thugs.

Go to Hades are clans: Clintons, Kennedys, Bushs, obamas.

Out, all of you. The US is not Britain, and should never be.

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than a sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”—Martin Luther King, Jr.

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2014 at 11:43 AM

but she would also have avoided the public beating over the thin gruel offered in her memoir and the ridiculous attempt to paint herself as a member of the “struggling” class for the past thirteen years.

LOLZ Ed!!

ted c on July 22, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Typical Democrats. If one fake (Clinton) won’t wash, pick another fake (Warren).

And just how much money is Warren worth?

GarandFan on July 22, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Definitely a 20th Century candidate – she uses a walker.

A 21st Century candidate like, say, Captain Christopher Pike, would use a brainwave-operated wheelchair and communicate through a flashing light on the chair.

ya2daup on July 22, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Conservative D’Souza, Ed Klein Top Hillary on NY Times Best Sellers List
(CNSNews.com) — Both Dinesh D’Souza’s “America” and Edward Klein’s “Blood Feud” are ahead of former First Lady Hillary Clinton’s memoir, “Hard Choices”, in the hardcover nonfiction category on the New York Times Best Sellers List for July 27.

DinaRehn on July 22, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Commenter from Drudge link

Jeff B

Headline should have been, “How Camelot became Came-A-Lot.”

Schadenfreude on July 22, 2014 at 12:46 PM

I’m guessing you missed the story about Bill’s new blond then…

JohnGalt23 on July 22, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Kessler quotes a supervisor informing a new agent: “You don’t stop her, you don’t approach her, you just let her go in.”

Then you ogle her:

Energizer, who is described as charming and friendly, sometimes brought cookies to the agents, according to the book excerpts.

One told Kessler: “It was a warm day, and she was wearing a low-cut tank top, and as she leaned over, her breasts were very exposed. They appeared to be very perky and very new and full…There was no doubt in my mind they were enhanced.”

We have a hunch the Secret Service enjoys the “Energizer” moreso than the crusty old Pantsuit:

Kessler also reveals that Hillary is routinely rude to the agents who are sworn to take a bullet for her.

“Because she is so nasty to agents and hostile to law enforcement officers and military officers in general, agents consider being assigned to her detail a form of punishment,” Kessler wrote.

ConstantineXI on July 22, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Yep. He also says that Bill doesn’t want Herself to win, because then he will be under a microscope in the prison that is the White House and the bubble that envelops the presidential family.

What Herself has also done with her book tour, is drag along the other new books about the dysfunctional Clinton Crime Family, now up to three books I believe.

slickwillie2001 on July 22, 2014 at 1:00 PM

MSNBC is clearing out the tee-pee for Fauxcahontas. Guaranteed.

TarheelBen on July 22, 2014 at 1:49 PM

MSNBC: Say, that Hillary Clinton book tour was a big mistake, huh?

(Corrected headline by deleting superfluous verbage…)

landlines on July 22, 2014 at 2:05 PM

if … where would [Hillary] stand now in the political realm?

Same. On Cankles.

Tsar of Earth on July 22, 2014 at 2:13 PM

I wonder if they would have said this if Shrillary was officially running?

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 22, 2014 at 3:03 PM

If I were as rich as this woman the last thing I would want to take on at age 69 is a huge, pain in the ass job with long hours.

NoDonkey on July 22, 2014 at 3:21 PM

If I were as rich as this woman the last thing I would want to take on at age 69 is a huge, pain in the ass job with long hours.

NoDonkey on July 22, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Yes, but you aren’t a mean, nasty, power hungry cnt.

arnold ziffel on July 22, 2014 at 3:49 PM