Hillary: After weeks of criticism, I have decided I do have an opinion on Ferguson

posted at 5:21 pm on August 28, 2014 by Noah Rothman

It was not long after the August 9th shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown that protests and violence erupted in Ferguson, Missouri. Since then, political leaders and pundits of all stripes have weighed in on what that episode means for American public policy. Almost every political actor of significance offered their thoughts on this pivotal moment in American history… with one glaring exception.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been sharply criticized for remaining silent on Ferguson from many of her likely key supporters if she runs for the White House in 2016. Speaking at a rally in Ferguson, Rev. Al Sharpton called out Clinton by name for failing to speak on the matter.

She even clumsily avoided being cornered on the subject by reporters, according to a report in Politico:

“Two reporters called out questions to Clinton about her thoughts on Ferguson after she had wrapped up at Books & Books on Main Street in Westhampton Beach, a store owned by former Simon & Schuster executive Jack McKeown. (Simon & Schuster is the publisher of her new book, “Hard Choices.”) Clinton ignored the questions and kept walking toward a rear entrance of the book store.

Speaking in San Francisco on Thursday, Clinton spoke about Ferguson but also about racial inequity in the United States. “We cannot ignore the inequities that persist in our justice system,” she said.

Imagine what we with would feel and what we would do if white drivers were three times as likely to be searched by police during a traffic stop as black drivers, instead of the other way around. If white offenders received prison sentences 10 percent longer than black offenders for the same crimes. If a third of all white men — just look at this room and take one-third — went to prison during their lifetime. Imagine that. That is the reality in the lives of so many of our fellow Americans and so many of the communities in which they live.

She went on to praise President Barack Obama for sending the attorney general to Ferguson and for pursuing a federal investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown.

“She clearly had put some thought into that,” CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin observed. Well, Clinton had 18 days to think that one up since the violence started, so I should hope she did.

This statement makes an overt appeal of solidarity with those on the left who have been insistent that the shooting of Michael Brown not only had a racial element to it but that justice cannot be done in that community. The comments are likely to quiet Clinton’s critics, who have been shocked and justifiably disturbed by her silence on what so many felt was a matter of critical importance, but it should not.

Clinton may have said all the things her critics wanted to hear and more, but she does not share their concerns. If she did, she would not have had to wait to parrot their talking points. Others have suggested that Clinton was merely deferring to the president in a time of national strife. It is possible, but she has also expressed no qualms about criticizing the president’s policy towards the Middle East which is both a national crisis and one in which American servicemen and women are currently in harm’s way dealing with. Clinton has no excuse for her silence save for the legitimate reason she was quiet: She hoped she could get away without addressing this issue and only spoke on it when it was clear she could not.

This is as calculating a maneuver as any a Clinton has ever embraced, and that’s saying something. It is timed to ensure her the maximum political benefit with minimal fallout. There was nothing courageous here. Those too quick to forgive her will be doing so to preserve her viability as a potential Democratic standard-bearer in 2016.

Regardless of what is said in public, Clinton created a rift between her and her supporters on the left. They may be quick to forgive, but they will not forget.


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She ain’t no ways tired….

d1carter on August 28, 2014 at 5:23 PM

“At this pont, wha…ah fergit it…”

fortcoins on August 28, 2014 at 5:24 PM

That fall has really slowed her down….

d1carter on August 28, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Now for her opinion on Assad :)

Schadenfreude on August 28, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Now for her opinion on Assad :)

Schadenfreude on August 28, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Is he still a ‘reformer’?

Resist We Much on August 28, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Those too quick to forgive her will be doing so to preserve her viability as a potential Democratic standard-bearer in 2016.

Which is becoming more difficult to accomplish, especially as news stories start popping up regarding Democrats being in danger of losing votes from white men in favor of demographics that are likely to support the Democrats, anyway. In the end, it comes down to registered voters versus likely/actual voters which could backfire on the Democrats.

Aizen on August 28, 2014 at 5:29 PM

‘Her decision to ignore the question and to not proactively and assertively address the issue is shameful. Hillary Clinton should be ashamed of herself.

The Clintons have made so much of their political bones on the backs of black voters, getting black support, getting black love, identifying black causes. Hillary Clinton will go to Selma in 2008 and clap with black people and put on a fake southern accent and pretend to identify with black struggle and black pain. But now that real black issues are on the table, now that real black struggle is in the public eye, she has said nothing.

Her silence is both telling and disappointing.’

- Marc Lamont Hill

Resist We Much on August 28, 2014 at 5:30 PM

So, she basically threw the police unions, and white people in general, under the bus.

Nice.

Rebar on August 28, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Hillary is reacting due to public pressure. This is a sign that the decision to run has not being made, but she is keeping her options open.

coolrepublica on August 28, 2014 at 5:31 PM

You know what always works to make things better?

RESET BUTTON.

That ought to work and would have been nice if Cankles had brought it to Ferguson sooner.

Guess what scares the bejeebers out of me? Cankles will probably win due to STUPID women voters. Not low info, STUPID. Oh, and STUPID college kids.

jukin3 on August 28, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Looks like she covered the entire Voter Base!!

canopfor on August 28, 2014 at 5:37 PM

I think she and Obama both have shown that they aren’t too quick on their feet. If she can’t get Benghazi right why would we expect Ferguson to be any different?

Cindy Munford on August 28, 2014 at 5:37 PM

the decision to run has not being made

foolrepublica on August 28, 2014 at 5:31 PM

No one here speaks Austrian like you and O’bama do. Can you please translate this into English?

Del Dolemonte on August 28, 2014 at 5:38 PM

MeanWhile,….:

https://twitter.com/ReutersUS

Michael Brown fatally shot in Ferguson, Mo.
18m
Police officials in Missouri are sued for $40 million by protesters in Ferguson – @ReutersUS
Read more on reuters.com
========================

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/28/us-usa-missouri-shooting-idUSKBN0GS2KD20140828?feedType=RSS&feedName=domesticNews

canopfor on August 28, 2014 at 5:40 PM

I think she and Obama both have shown that they aren’t too quick on their feet. If she can’t get Benghazi right why would we expect Ferguson to be any different?

Cindy Munford on August 28, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Because “3 AM phone call.” Or something.

Aizen on August 28, 2014 at 5:41 PM

After a weeks long drinking binge I have decided that I ain’t in no waaays tiiired.

VorDaj on August 28, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Imagine what we with would feel and what we would do if white drivers were three times as likely to be searched by police during a traffic stop as black drivers, instead of the other way around.

No words of support for the Asians and Latinos the white folks are kicking around?

My my…….

She ain’t no ways tarrrred…….

BobMbx on August 28, 2014 at 5:43 PM

She had to wait for the polling data to come in before creating an opinion.
“Hillary”, said Bill, “First you poll, then you talk. Remember that.”

albill on August 28, 2014 at 5:44 PM

The drunkard beached whale sobered up to say a few words…then fell back over.

Schadenfreude on August 28, 2014 at 5:45 PM

“She clearly had put some thought into that,”

No, this is what you say when you have no soul and no personal convictions beyond your own political advancement. Thought had nothing to do with it unless by “thought” one means this thought —> “What’s gonna do ME the most good right about now?”

Cleombrotus on August 28, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Did she have her reset button with her…Putin loves those.

d1carter on August 28, 2014 at 5:46 PM

I’m sure it is Focus Group Approved and signed off on by the very best of ‘experts’.

That is the modern profile of ‘courage’ amongst the Elites.

ajacksonian on August 28, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Hillary is reacting due to public pressure. This is a sign that the decision to run has not being made, but she is keeping her options open.

coolrepublica on August 28, 2014 at 5:31 PM

The deep insight you bring is what makes you such a treasure.

F X Muldoon on August 28, 2014 at 5:49 PM

I think she and Obama both have shown that they aren’t too quick on their feet. If she can’t get Benghazi right why would we expect Ferguson to be any different?

Cindy Munford on August 28, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Cindy Munford: Hear…hear,..Bloody right:)

canopfor on August 28, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Seriously, which one of her handlers tells her she looks good in those ridiculous outfits she has been seen in lately? She looks terrible in all of her public appearances of late.

Johnnyreb on August 28, 2014 at 5:52 PM

The drunkard beached whale sobered up to say a few words…then fell back over.

Schadenfreude on August 28, 2014 at 5:45 PM

“Ah wash mahseyelf with a raig on a stick”

Judge_Dredd on August 28, 2014 at 5:53 PM

So, I guess this is our first clue that Rand Paul is secretly advising Killary.

Pork-Chop on August 28, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Regardless of what is said in public, Clinton created a rift between her and her supporters on the left. They may be quick to forgive, but they will not forget.

Noah. That sentence is so full of contradictions I don’t know where to start. They forgot about Monica, they forgot about Benghazi, they forgot about reset and they will forget about this.

You really work for Soros or something… right?

Walter L. Newton on August 28, 2014 at 5:55 PM

It just cannot be possible that our country is in danger of having this fat, ugly, duplicitous hag become its first female President. This must be a terrible nightmare. Someone please wake me up; or, if it’s real, just shoot me.

wkh on August 28, 2014 at 5:57 PM

That was some A-class nonsense right there!

Stupid woman!

OldEnglish on August 28, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Listen to the audio. Uninspiring.

CW on August 28, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Noah. That sentence is so full of contradictions I don’t know where to start. They forgot about Monica, they forgot about Benghazi, they forgot about reset and they will forget about this.

You really work for Soros or something… right?

Walter L. Newton on August 28, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Look Huey, it says her supporters on the left. They couldn’t ever care less abt Bengheezi, Monica, reset and whatever is important in the non-bizarro world. Now shut up or I will go find Bishop to run you off again.

Judge_Dredd on August 28, 2014 at 5:59 PM

I don’t think she could rally cheerleaders on a Friday night.

CW on August 28, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Look Huey, it says her supporters on the left. They couldn’t ever care less abt Bengheezi, Monica, reset and whatever is important in the non-bizarro world. Now shut up or I will go find Bishop to run you off again.

Judge_Dredd on August 28, 2014 at 5:59 PM

When it’s time for the big push for Hillary, they will forget she waited 18 days to make a statement. Noah is just trying to spin us off guard.

And bring Bishop on. You talk about him like he is God.

Walter L. Newton on August 28, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Imagine what we with would feel and what we would do if white drivers were three times as likely to be searched by police during a traffic stop as black drivers, instead of the other way around.

Well if whites committed 5 times the amount of crimes as blacks I would say it is reasonable and logical.

The Notorious G.O.P on August 28, 2014 at 6:04 PM

And bring Bishop on. You talk about him like he is God.

Walter L. Newton on August 28, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Bigot!

OldEnglish on August 28, 2014 at 6:06 PM

When it’s time for the big push for Hillary, they will forget she waited 18 days to make a statement. Noah is just trying to spin us off guard.

And bring Bishop on. You talk about him like he is God.

Walter L. Newton on August 28, 2014 at 6:03 PM

You still don’t get it. Her supporters on the left don’t care! All they care abt is abortion and gay marriage. The blacks will fall in line to vote for her regardless. Whoever has the D. Now once again, quit yakking or I will call Bishop.

Judge_Dredd on August 28, 2014 at 6:06 PM

If a third of all white men — just look at this room and take one-third — went to prison during their lifetime.

Holy crap, it would scare the dickens out of me to be in a room full of white guys a third of whom were criminals.

Outside of prison ministry work, I’m pretty sure I’ve never been around that many bad white guys at one time.

Or…wait.

Does she mean all those black guys in prison are innocent, and its not true that a third of all black guys are criminals (that’s assuming all of them get caught)?

I’m confused. Should more white men be criminals, does she think?

Because we’re getting 50% of the total murder rate right now out of just that 6% of the population who are black males. If crime among white men increased to be equal to the proportion that black men commit crime, hoo boy!

I think Hil needs to think about this a little longer.

Dolce Far Niente on August 28, 2014 at 6:06 PM

And bring Bishop on. You talk about him like he is God.

Walter L. Newton on August 28, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Just God’s representative on earth.

Fenris on August 28, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Go to hell you fat old communist cow.

Diluculo on August 28, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Bishop is sort of a god. He watches us……….watching him…

Judge_Dredd on August 28, 2014 at 6:12 PM

I can’t wait.

All these piddly little problems will be ironed out in the coming revolution.

Diluculo on August 28, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Ab-So-Lutely

Esaus Message on August 28, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Well, she’s no different than Willie.

He always waited for the polls or Dick Morris to tell him what to think.

formwiz on August 28, 2014 at 6:34 PM

This is as calculating a maneuver as any a Clinton has ever embraced, and that’s saying something. It is timed to ensure her the maximum political benefit with minimal fallout. There was nothing courageous here. Those too quick to forgive her will be doing so to preserve her viability as a potential Democratic standard-bearer in 2016.

If need be, she’ll just pull the ol’ Democrat standby…deny she ever had this opinion (audio, video, print proof not withstanding) and she’ll fluctuate based on popular opinion polls. And that’s something the Clintons have a lot of experience doing, as President Bill Clinton regularly “nuanced” his actions and opinion based on exactly those polls.

JetBoy on August 28, 2014 at 6:41 PM

Hillary is reacting due to public pressure. This is a sign that the decision to run has not being made, but she is keeping her options open.

coolrepublica on August 28, 2014 at 5:31 PM

George Soros passed on The Hildabeast in 2008. He will pass on her again. She will not be the nominee because she’s such an awful candidate even Jeb Bush would beat her.

ConstantineXI on August 28, 2014 at 6:42 PM

Imagine what we with would feel and what we would do if white drivers were three times as likely to be searched by police during a traffic stop as black drivers, instead of the other way around.

I would probably be annoyed if I got stopped for some stupid reason, and maybe even complain a little bit, but other than that I would just cooperate with police and give them as little reason to pull me over or search me as possible.

If white offenders received prison sentences 10 percent longer than black offenders for the same crimes.

I don’t think I’d be all that upset if white criminals got 11 months in jail while black criminals got 10 months in jail.

If a third of all white men — just look at this room and take one-third — went to prison during their lifetime.

Honestly, I would most likely be relieved that violent criminals that were most likely to harm me and my community were off the street.

willamettevalley on August 28, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Actually, it’s sort of too bad more people didn’t wait to comment.

petunia on August 28, 2014 at 7:57 PM

How can anyone take this woman seriously as a presidential candidate. And this Ferguson thing – somebody – anybody – please provide me with one speck of evidence that Michael Brown was shot because of his race. This gets really tiresome.

TarheelBen on August 28, 2014 at 9:36 PM

Hillary is puffy…

JohnGalt23 on August 28, 2014 at 9:43 PM

She is so inept she probably had to wait for a publicist to prepare a statement about how she should respond to this issue. she is in campaign mode and everything has to be calculated politically. In other words, she will say whatever is advantageous to her run for office and she has to confer with others before she can make a statement about anything.

scalleywag on August 28, 2014 at 10:21 PM

Hillary: After weeks of criticism, I have decided I do have an opinion on Ferguson

drain bamaged

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 28, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Off topic..but…UGLY suit…..meow…!!!!

Xango Annie on August 29, 2014 at 1:37 AM

Regardless of what is said in public, Clinton created a rift between her and her supporters on the left. They may be quick to forgive, but they will not forget.

But the Ds will still vote for her. Just think of the cities where Ds live, vote and drive into the ground. Then they move to suburbs and continue voting Democrat and act superior.

Intelligent? I think not.

MN J on August 29, 2014 at 5:39 AM

Clearly, the two reporters at the Books & Books didn’t have permission to ask questions. It only took 18 days to figure out a position on Ferguson but its been 2 years since Benghazi and she hasn’t issued a position change on the video.

Kissmygrits on August 29, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Hillary trotted out the misleading “three times as likely to be in a traffic stop” and “blacks get 10% longer sentences” factoids.

If you are 3 times as likely to break the law then the first is explainable – maybe they are 5 times as likely and she is understating the criminality issue, and the police are too restrained?

As for sentence-length, a 10% margin is hardly a slam-dunk conclusion when it comes to sociological statistics. Maybe the crimes are more serious/ aggravated and the sentences reflect that? Maybe the inner city justice systems hand out harsher sentences than the rural?

Who knows? Hillary certainly does not.

What we do know is that Democrats make crime worse when they are in control.

virgo on August 29, 2014 at 10:50 AM

If a third of all white men — just look at this room and take one-third — went to prison during their lifetime. Imagine that.

If they are white and committing crimes I say put them in jail. I would have no problems with that. I would have issues with a society where 1/3 of the male population of any color were criminals. When they spout off these analogies that just depend on percentage comparisons, are they saying that blacks are not committing crimes and being jailed and to even things out we need to reduce that percentage by not jailing or prosecuting criminals? The real issue is not that we are incarcerating 1/3 of the black male population but that we have to do that to protect the rest of society.

Or maybe we can just do a study to see what laws blacks are breaking and just decriminalize them. That should take care of the disproportionate claims but you may not want to live in a society like that.

JohnnyL on August 29, 2014 at 11:49 AM

And bring Bishop on. You talk about him like he is God.

Walter L. Newton on August 28, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Bishop isn’t God???

….sitting in a corner mumbling….

On topic, it took her 18 days to form an opinion, and after all that came out in those 18 days (all of which was exactly the opposite of the original narrative), she still gets it completely wrong? She still parrots the original narrative???

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you our next president. I only wish I was kidding (or was wrong).

runawayyyy on August 29, 2014 at 12:28 PM

“She (Hillary) clearly had put some thought into that,” CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin observed. Well, Clinton had 18 days to think that one up since the violence started, so I should hope she did.

Timing if everything. Hillary steps in just as word leaks that the “gentle giant” was allegedly looking at a second degree murder charge for his actions as a minor.

RJL on August 29, 2014 at 5:14 PM