Video: “Who gets to hold her crown while she speaks?”

posted at 10:41 am on August 19, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

A fun rant like this one from my friend Jon Ralston, the dean of Nevada political analysts, should not be missed — especially when it hits so closely on point to the issue at hand. And the issue at hand here is the jaw-dropping details of the contract between the UNLV Foundation and Hillary Clinton, the most outrageous of which Jon details in this short clip transcribed by Daniel Halper. But this touches on a larger point about Hillary Clinton and the growing impulse to bend the knee in American politics:

And now, a word about royalty. We don’t have kings and queens in America, or at least we shouldn’t. But when I see the red carpet UNLV is rolling out for Hillary Clinton in two months I start to wonder. Unless you’re a mindless partisan, the details of that contract with the UNLV Foundation should disturb you. They were uncovered, as I said by the RJ’s Lara Myers, and published over the weekend. The contract reads as if Hillary is being given the, yes,  royal treatment. Now it is bad enough that the UNLV Foundation folks agreed to that outrageous $225,000 fee as students struggle to make ends meet.

But the contract they signed shows they were willing to agree to terms no self-respecting institution would. She wants a private jet, a presidential suite, rooms for staff, and, get this, all cell phone charges for everyone paid for. Oh, and if the $225,000 is not enough UNLV has to spring for a stenographer, and no one gets to see the transcription except — Hillary. No media coverage at all, no statements, keep the rabble out of the room. The contract also says Hillary is not — and this is in all caps — endorsing the sponsor. That is, she does not want anyone to think that she actually likes UNLV. No one can take a picture of Hillary and post it to Facebook or tweet it unless, of course, you get her agent’s permission.

I gather UNLV held firm on a provision that no one was allowed to look her directly in the eye and that men were supposed to bow and women curtsy before her. I don’t know who should be more embarrassed, Hillary or UNLV? I only have one question: Who gets to hold her crown while she speaks?

We don’t have royalty in America? We certainly seem to want it. This country was held in thrall for decades by the Kennedy family, not politically as much as culturally and aspirationally. We even called Kennedy’s term “Camelot” after the highest (fictional) ideal of royal governance, which is a strange mythology for a republic to adopt. To a lesser extent, we have seen the same impulse with the Bushes, the Roosevelts, and the Clintons — even to the point of speculating already when Chelsea will begin her long trek back to the White House.

In other systems, we could explain that with noblesse oblige, the duty of the nobility to serve the nation through wielding power (with widely varying degrees of reluctance). We don’t have that type of class system in the US except in established wealth, the sense in which the Kennedys, the Bushes, and the Roosevelts all could claim some kind of service motive, however true it might be. The Clintons became wealthy because of their wielding of power, albeit indirectly, after Bill Clinton worked his way up through the political system in the usual manner of the hoi polloi to the Oval Office: Attorney General, three terms as governor, and then two as President.

Hillary hasn’t even done that. She’s worked her way up by dint of being married to Bill Clinton, and then carpetbagged her way to a Senate seat in New York by riding his coattails on Bill’s exit from the White House. She did serve as Secretary of State for four years on the basis of that springboard, producing a record of almost no distinction in a period of notable disasters. And yet, Hillary Clinton not only barely lost the opportunity to be President in 2008, she’s getting treated as royalty while trying to make a second run at the top job based on not much else than the family brand.

It’s not just the Clintons, either. It’s the Bushes, the Cheneys, and the Kennedys (still), and probably the Obamas later on. It’s not their fault for running; it’s our fault for falling back to the millenia-old notion that certain families have some sort of precedence when it comes to wielding power, whether that comes from being anointed by God to the nobility or from today’s market-oriented ideas of celebrity and branding strength. A constitutional republic should have more sense, and more ambition for self-governance, than to fall back into lazy patterns of reaching for the familiar rather than seeking out those who may have new and better approaches.

Who should be most embarrassed? We should.

Note: Jon’s joining me today on The Ed Morrissey Show, which starts at 4 ET. Be sure to tune in!


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Does her contract require a “piss boy” follow her around with a bucket?

ConstantineXI on August 19, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Now it is bad enough that the UNLV Foundation folks agreed to that outrageous $225,000 fee as students struggle to make ends meet.

Holy crap. You have to work 15 years at minimum wage to make that. Not to mention all the perks included.

LashRambo on August 19, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Nice takedown of the Hildabeast.

Bitter Clinger on August 19, 2014 at 10:47 AM

She can no longer bend over. Who get to clean her feet?

Oil Can on August 19, 2014 at 10:47 AM

“Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?”

“A Republic, if you can keep it.” -Benjamin Franklin

http://www.bartleby.com/73/1593.html

Libraritarian on August 19, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Who gets to hold her crown while she speaks?

“A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee,”

airupthere on August 19, 2014 at 10:48 AM

“Bend the knee”? Someone should kneecap her.

Ward Cleaver on August 19, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Oof

cmsinaz on August 19, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Does her contract require a “piss boy” follow her around with a bucket?

ConstantineXI on August 19, 2014 at 10:46 AM

It’s good to be the king queen.

Ed Morrissey on August 19, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Be thankful, she won’t be demanding contraception devices.

celtic warrior on August 19, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Nice takedown of the Hildabeast.

Bitter Clinger on August 19, 2014 at 10:47 AM

The Hildabeast is NOT going to be the nominee.

George Soros is not going to permit a nominee that won’t take orders.

ConstantineXI on August 19, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Does her contract require a “piss boy” follow her around with a bucket?

ConstantineXI on August 19, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Ugh, thanks for that mental image. I need brain bleach!

Aizen on August 19, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Does her contract require a “piss boy” follow her around with a bucket?

ConstantineXI on August 19, 2014 at 10:46 AM

No, but they do hand out free barf bags for the general public whenever she’s in town.

Fenris on August 19, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Ugh, thanks for that mental image. I need brain bleach!

Aizen on August 19, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Ever seen “History of the World Part I”?

ConstantineXI on August 19, 2014 at 10:53 AM

speculating already when Chelsea will begin her long trek back to the White House.

POSTED AT 10:41 AM ON AUGUST 19, 2014 BY ED MORRISSEY

Chelsea should make a trek to a good plastic surgeon first.

NiteOwl on August 19, 2014 at 10:53 AM

We don’t have royalty in America?

Heard on The Blaze radio this morning…

Cost of care and feeding for England’s entire Royal Family:
$56,000,000 per year

Cost of care and feeding for Obama Family:
$1,500,000,000 per year (27X more expensive)

Megyn Kellys Lipstick on August 19, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Does her contract require a “piss boy” follow her around with a bucket?

ConstantineXI on August 19, 2014 at 10:46 AM

No… she can just piss and defecate in the halls like her spiritual predecessors did in Versailles.

Walter L. Newton on August 19, 2014 at 10:53 AM

She’s Judy Tenuta for real.

itsspideyman on August 19, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Why is everyone overlooking the obvious fact that this is influence peddling and money laundering?

Lonetown on August 19, 2014 at 10:54 AM

We don’t have royalty in America? We certainly seem to want it. This country was held in thrall for decades by the Kennedy family, not politically as much as culturally and aspirationally…To a lesser extent, we have seen the same impulse with the Bushes, the Roosevelts, and the Clintons — even to the point of speculating already when Chelsea will begin her long trek back to the White House.

Huh? When were the Bushes held up as anything other than monied usurpers to the throne? The yearning for political dynasties lie specifically with the Democrats. I know you may want to be “balanced” but come on.

Mitoch55 on August 19, 2014 at 10:55 AM

“Who gets to hold her crown while she speaks?”

The same person who gets to hold her drink while she speaks — and keep ‘em comin’!

Rational Thought on August 19, 2014 at 10:57 AM

At this point in her Life, this is all Hillary has….all she’s
known for most of her adult Life…

..it’s either this kind of lifestyle, or drinking martinis
for lunch, and being hammered by 1 pm every day…

ToddPA on August 19, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Entitled in her own mind…

PatriotRider on August 19, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Video: “Who gets to hold her crown while she speaks?”
POSTED AT 10:41 AM ON AUGUST 19, 2014 BY ED MORRISSEY

Ed,
I can’t find any posts from you when the University of Minnesota students and professors were protesting the speaking fee for Condi. I could swear you covered it back in March/April. Anyways.

http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/252827411.html

Condi only asked for 150k. Maybe speaking fees are inversely proportional to success as SoS. I seem to remember 200+ faculty members signed a letter not wanting her to speak on civil rights because “civil rights” were not central to her legacy as SoS. Ha.

Anyone know what the point of Hillary’s speech is? Who invited her and why?

airupthere on August 19, 2014 at 10:57 AM

We don’t have royalty in America?

Quit with the royal “we”, Ed. If you want it, then say so, but I don’t.

Dusty on August 19, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Ever seen “History of the World Part I”?

ConstantineXI on August 19, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Yep. My history teacher in high school actually recommended watching it for an assignment.

Huh? When were the Bushes held up as anything other than monied usurpers to the throne? The yearning for political dynasties lie specifically with the Democrats. I know you may want to be “balanced” but come on.

Mitoch55 on August 19, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Pretty much. Bush Sr. rode Reagan’s coattails and Bush 43 ran against the shenanigans of Monica’s ex-boyfriend.

Aizen on August 19, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Maybe she should adjust her contract to require the purchase of 2 copies of her book for each attendee to help bolster her sales numbers.

I don’t think she likes being embarrassed by the lackluster performance of her book.

airupthere on August 19, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Does her contract require a “piss boy” follow her around with a bucket?

ConstantineXI on August 19, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Likely an undocumented, er..refugee, er…immigrant, er…illegal immigrant LGBT…

PatriotRider on August 19, 2014 at 11:00 AM

I am not convinced this is UNLV actually bowing before royalty, although I have no doubt these political families see themselves as monarchs, but rather the university (or more murkily, someone else outside who is able to direct activities of the university) purchasing something from the Clintons.

If The She-Beast is elected, what are the chances UNLV will find itself getting the juiciest grants and research projects? Or that someone allied with the school will be the recipient of a no-bid green energy contract, or that somehow this speech will result in one of the myriad ways our corruptocracy has of rewarding its fellows?

On the other hand, I think the truest reflection of the common folks’ opinion of Hilary and Her Royal royalness is in how well her books sell (poorly) and in how avidly people scramble for tickets to her appearances (they don’t).

I think its a straightforward commercial transaction of cash for potential access to the feeding trough.

Dolce Far Niente on August 19, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Why is everyone overlooking the obvious fact that this is influence peddling and money laundering?

Lonetown on August 19, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Don’t be ridiculous. The money isn’t a political donation to Hillary – that would be illegal and violate about a dozen campaign laws. The money is paid to The Clinton Foundation.

Megyn Kellys Lipstick on August 19, 2014 at 11:01 AM

I don’t know who should be more embarrassed, Hillary or UNLV?

Embarrassed???…I’m sure she is proud of this…

PatriotRider on August 19, 2014 at 11:02 AM

I dunno, guys, if I could get those terms I’d take ‘em too.

The UNLV admin is using public money for this?
There is your story, there will always be people so far up the ladder compared to us that the scale of their existence is incomprehensible.

Tard on August 19, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Cost of care and feeding for Obama Family:
$1,500,000,000 per year (27X more expensive)

Megyn Kellys Lipstick on August 19, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Not even the richest billionaires live like the Obamas.

Neither will the Obamas after 1/20/17. Expect them to ramp up the Vacays in the next two years to wring every dollar out of us they can. I also expect Barry and Mooch to whine about how “poor” they are 5 seconds after having to spend their own money for Vacays.

ConstantineXI on August 19, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Anyone know what the point of Hillary’s speech is?

airupthere on August 19, 2014 at 10:57 AM

“The Importance of Cankles in American Politics”
“How Women Get Ahead in Politics on Their Own”
“Mastery of the Testicular Lockbox”
“The Art of Cackling”
“How to Be Seen as Qualified & Experienced Without Doing Much of Anything”

And finally:

“What Difference, at This Point, Does it Make?”

Aizen on August 19, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Why is everyone overlooking the obvious fact that this is influence peddling and money laundering?

[Lonetown on August 19, 2014 at 10:54 AM]

Bingo. The royalty angle is nothing more than a distraction of, by and for the stupid. The real story is about power, perks and corruption.

Dusty on August 19, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Bill ‘didn’t have sex’ with an intern,
JFK was a drug addict man whore,
Obama is fulfilling a dream of Being a Real Boy.

Cut them some slack, they are only human.

Tard on August 19, 2014 at 11:04 AM

[Aizen on August 19, 2014 at 11:02 AM]

Nice list.

Anyone know what the point of Hillary’s speech is?

airupthere on August 19, 2014 at 10:57 AM

If we had a real independent press, we’d have recordings and transcripts of the speech. But we don’t because the press is little more than than Democrat operatives with bylines. (TM Glenn Reynolds)

Dusty on August 19, 2014 at 11:09 AM

The same person who gets to hold her drink while she speaks — and keep ‘em comin’!

Rational Thought on August 19, 2014 at 10:57AM

It’s Crown Royal so the person holding her Crown is holding her drink.

Flange on August 19, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Reminds me of this:

Blazing Saddles – We Must Do Something! Harrumph! … I didn’t get a Harrumph outta that guy?
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JN99jshaQbY

Patriot Vet on August 19, 2014 at 11:13 AM

I find it incomprehensible that in a country with over 300 million people, the best dems can come up with for a presidential candidate is some fat assed hag whose never accomplished anything other than being married to a serial abuser of women.

Obamalies on August 19, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Does her contract require a “piss boy” follow her around with a bucket?

ConstantineXI on August 19, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Oh come on. She can stand at the urinal just like everyone else.

fossten on August 19, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Don’t forget the Adamses and the Harrisons.

DominusNovus on August 19, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Does her contract require a “piss boy” follow her around with a bucket?

ConstantineXI on August 19, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Yes, and only Huma can give the royal shake.

Left Coast Right Mind on August 19, 2014 at 11:34 AM

I find it incomprehensible that in a country with over 300 million people, the best dems can come up with for a presidential candidate is some fat assed hag whose never accomplished anything other than being married to a serial abuser of women.

Obamalies on August 19, 2014 at 11:14 AM

You haven’t been paying attention…

The Rise of Progressive Oligarchy

Seven Percent Solution on August 19, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Why is everyone overlooking the obvious fact that this is influence peddling and money laundering?

Lonetown on August 19, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Exactly my first thought — and what I was going to say …

ShainS on August 19, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Bill and Hillary Clinton should be in prison for crimes against humanity for what they did to their fellow citizens at Waco, TX, on April 19, 1993. The Waco Massacre and church burning (it was not a “compound,” it was their church),was the most brutal, heinous violation of civil, human and Constitutional rights in this nation’s history. Innocent men, women and children were attacked with tanks, poison gas (CS gas turns to cyanide when heated) and burned alive. Those who ran from the church were machine-gunned as documented in the movie “Waco, The Rules of Engagement.” If you doubt how bad this was consider that you never hear the left stream media talk about it. They want it erased from history but this memorial site will remain forever:
www . wizardsofaz . com/waco/waco2 . html
And if that weren’t bad enough, Clinton’s thugs then stuck a machine gun in the face of a 5 year old boy and sent him to the communist gulag known as Cuba: www . therealcuba . com/elian_gonzalez . htm
Let’s hope Clinton isn’t teaching President Prompter too many of his old tricks!
Here is a list of the children murdered at Waco:
Lisa Martin 13, Sheila Martin, Jr. 15, Rachel Sylvia 12, Hollywood Sylvia 1,
Joseph Martinez 8, Abigail Martinez 11, Crystal Martinez 3 Isaiah Martinez 4
Audrey Martinez 13, Melissa Morrison 6, Chanel Andrade 1, Cyrus Koresh 8
Star Koresh 6, Bobbie Lane Koresh 2, Dayland Gent 3, Page Gent 1,
Mayanah Schneider 2, Startle Summers 1, Serenity Jones 4, Chica Jones 2,
Little One Jones 2

devan95 on August 19, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Recalling Scott Brown’s run for the MA Senate seat vacated by Teddy’s death, he was asked how he would feel casting the deciding vote on healthcare while sitting in “Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat”.

He replied, “With all due respect, this seat does not belong to the Kennedys.” Great moment.

Of course, the good voters of MA voted him out at the first opportunity in favor of another Leftwing nut.

Hucklebuck on August 19, 2014 at 11:47 AM

She did serve as Secretary of State for four years on the basis of that springboard,

I think it was more due to her failed primary bid. if she hadn’t been a candidate 0bama would’ve gone different route. it was the old “…keep your enemies closer” advice.

chasdal on August 19, 2014 at 11:47 AM

A constitutional republic should have more sense, and more ambition for self-governance, than to fall back into lazy patterns of reaching for the familiar rather than seeking out those who may have new and better approaches.

Who says that the ‘dumbing down’ of the educational system hasn’t paid off?

GarandFan on August 19, 2014 at 11:55 AM

The beached whale it toast, but good for lots of blubber and laughs.

Schadenfreude on August 19, 2014 at 12:01 PM

hillary is (with) huma n and has human needs just like anyone else.
ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on August 17, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Schadenfreude on August 19, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Who should be most embarrassed? We should.

Just like the old Tonto/LoneRanger joke, “What you mean WE, white man”. Don’t, do NOT, include me. I haven’t voted for these unprincipled jackasses once in my life – including those first, of-age and “idealistic” trips to the voter booths. These aren’t my leaders, and although I’m not advocating sedition or undermining of the government, I respectfully insist that these pseudo-royals who rob me of undeserved tax money for their own enrichment through vote buying of people who are also not legitimate citizens – these maggots are also not fully American leaders I recognize or accept.

RL on August 19, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Nothing like the cold, hard light of truth.

formwiz on August 19, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Remember, they got a discount from $300K down to $225.

It really seems her fee/conditions is really an annoyance cost. Her not endorsing the charity nor allowing any recording should clue the sponsors in that she is flipping them the bird with the fee/conditions and they should take the hint and get Ted Cruz or Rand Paul.

KenInIL on August 19, 2014 at 12:19 PM

He just ‘put the cart before the horse’ — Obama has not and will not readily / eagerly relinquish that crown!

easyt65 on August 19, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Ned Pepper. He’s always wanted to be ‘Queen for a Day!’

Resist We Much on August 19, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Slave! How dare you turn your back on me?!

John the Libertarian on August 19, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Wait till Michelle gets out there on the gravy train, not that she isn’t already.

Gravy does appear to give you a big butt, tho’.

Sherman1864 on August 19, 2014 at 1:12 PM

The Hildabeast is NOT going to be the nominee.

George Soros is not going to permit a nominee that won’t take orders.

ConstantineXI on August 19, 2014 at 10:51 AM

No, she will get the nomination if she wants it.

Right now she is coming off as too far to the Right for Soros and his mob, but that is all just an act to get votes. If she gets elected she’ll be just as Far-Left as O’bama is, and certainly more Far-Left than her Meal Ticket was as pResident.

BTW, I’m still waiting for one of our resident Leftists to answer the simple question I have been asking in vain for 15 years: What exactly were Hillary’s “qualifications” to be the Junior Senator from New York?

They’ve all been “taking their time”, I guess.

Del Dolemonte on August 19, 2014 at 1:19 PM

We certainly seem to want it. This country was held in thrall for decades by the Kennedy family, not politically as much as culturally and aspirationally. We even called Kennedy’s term “Camelot”

Who’s this “we” you keep talking about?

Stoic Patriot on August 19, 2014 at 1:22 PM

IF she really cared about Black Americans she’d be IN FERGUSON marching with the protestors.

Queen Hillary will never be down with the shruggle.

PappyD61 on August 19, 2014 at 1:24 PM

There can be no good to come from the ambitions of someone who feels they must exercise so much control over their surroundings and what is said about them. That such a person should become President seems antithetical to a liberal society.

You guys better find someone who can beat her in the election.

LancerDL on August 19, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Does the contract include a female escort?

UnstChem on August 19, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Back in 1992, Bill and Hillary Clinton were selling the “two for the price of one” meme, that Hillary was so smart that she could help Bill run the country if he was elected President. But what did Hillary do back then? She pushed for socialized health care which was rejected by Congress and led to Republicans taking over the House for the first time in 40 years, while Bill Clinton was re-elected President in 1996. Hillary failed, while Bill succeeded.

Hillary got a reputation as the “victim wife” after Bill was caught with Monica Lewinsky, which gave her lots of women’s votes in the 2000 Senate election, while then Vice-President Al Gore narrowly lost the Presidential race.

After Obama won the 2008 Democrat primaries and later the Presidency, he gave Hillary the Secretary of State job as a consolation prize. Hillary’s performance as SoS was disastrous, not only regarding Benghazi but the advance of Russian power after the “reset button”, and widespread unrest in the Middle East, managing to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in Iraq and Afghanistan, and why did Hillary want to meddle in Honduras which threw out a dictator according to its own constitution? She probably wasn’t getting much advice from Bill as SoS, and she bungled the job so badly on her own that Obama replaced her with John Kerry, the loser of the 2004 Presidential election.

The truth is, Hillary would be nothing without Bill Clinton. Some male voters might support her in 2016, believing that Bill Clinton will run the country from behind Hillary’s skirts (pantsuits?) if she is elected, while female voters could be wowed by the prospect of the First! Woman! President! who is really a figurehead for her husband, like the royals in Europe who have no real power.

Republicans running against her in 2016 need to point toward Hillary’s disastrous record as Secretary of State, and also toward her pushing socialized medicine in 1993, which is mirrored in Obamacare, which is rejected by the majority of voters in every poll. In order to counter the First! Woman! President! meme, the Republican nominee should select a female Governor as a VP candidate, such as Nikki Haley or Susana Martinez, who was elected and governed in her own right, without hiding behind her husband.

Steve Z on August 19, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Back in 1992, Bill and Hillary Clinton were selling the “two for the price of one” meme,

Steve Z on August 19, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Since both of them like women, it was true.

UnstChem on August 19, 2014 at 2:40 PM

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

What difference, at this point, does it make?

Galtian on August 19, 2014 at 3:43 PM

We don’t have kings and queens in America, or at least we shouldn’t.

Dunno. The Dems seemed to do a pretty job “royalizing” the Kennedys.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 19, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Beach whale

Schadenfreude on August 19, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Who should be most embarrassed? We should.

BS. It is the liberals, the statists who want royalty. They have wanted it since the beginning when Alexander Hamilton tried to create royalty here in the US.

Statists, the left, want it. Conservatives do not. We believe in God as the higher power, not the government or intelligence. Let the leftists bow to it, we won’t.

Don’t ascribe blame to those of us without any.

Theophile on August 20, 2014 at 12:05 AM