Video: Iowa Dems can’t name a Hillary accomplishment either

posted at 9:21 am on May 20, 2015 by Ed Morrissey

During the 2008 election, a local Democratic official got stuck for an answer during a Hardball interview when asked to name Barack Obama’s accomplishments. Seven years later, a roomful of Iowa Democrats gets stumped by Mark Halperin when asking the same question about Hillary Clinton and her years at the White House. One respondent, clearly embarrassed, laughs and asks Halperin, “You want to give me a minute?” She then adds, “Give me two minutes”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=GhZxDrJi9UE&app=desktop

The only substantive response comes from a young man who basically argues that at least she’s not Scott Walker. He argues that Democrats have no choice but to vote for her. “She’s not perfect,” he finally sighs, even though that wasn’t actually the question.

So what, some might ask; Obama won, didn’t he? Yes he did, but Obama was a candidate that was both aspirational and inspirational for voters, not just the only choice they had. When challenged on that point in 2008, voters — and not just Democrats — argued that the system needed a shake-up, a change from the establishment, and that accomplishment wasn’t really a key value in their decision.

This time, though, Hillary is the establishment, and she’s almost spookily unaccomplished at the same time. Even her defender notes that Hillary has been around an awfully long time, and he still can’t name any specific accomplishment. These Democrats will still vote for Hillary, if they vote at all, but don’t expect to see the kind of dynamic that produced outside-the-box turnouts and support for Obama in either 2008 or 2012. Hillary can’t provide that kind of excitement, not even with the “first woman” meme voiced at full volume.

By the way, Halperin was a bit unfair to these people. It’s a trick question; Hillary had no accomplishments at State, with the singular exception of enriching herself and her husband through the power of her office.


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mlindroo on May 20, 2015 at 11:13 AM

Lists of awards? Now, that is funny. You mean like Barack “Drone Em” Obama’s Nobel Peace prize?

Really?

My goodness…you kids nead to do better.

CW on May 20, 2015 at 12:59 PM

mlindroo on May 20, 2015 at 12:59 PM

You’re a child. I hope you too are getting paid. Do you know what a toady is?

CW on May 20, 2015 at 1:00 PM

You’re a child. I hope you too are getting paid. Do you know what a toady is?

CW on May 20, 2015 at 1:00 PM

I can’t imagine a rational person doing what they do, even for money.

CurtZHP on May 20, 2015 at 1:01 PM

CurtZHP, the likes of mlindroo have no character….NONE.

CW on May 20, 2015 at 1:02 PM

Hillary accomplished wiping her server.’ EH good job!’ says: mlindroo.

CW on May 20, 2015 at 1:02 PM

Instead, his conservative acolytes mostly cite his ability to pass a number of controversial policies.
mlindroo on May 20, 2015 at 12:59 PM

I laugh when guys like you post an argument that loses your case…you debate your self and lose.

That’s the point, he made what you call “controversial” policies, but the fact is, he passed his platform, he accomplished something, you may not like it, but he accomplished something.

We are asking what has she accomplished, whether we like it or not, and the answer is, nothing…

Thanks for losing your own debate…remind me not to pick you for my debated team…HAHAHAHAHA!!!

right2bright on May 20, 2015 at 1:03 PM

Er, Walker did not exactly “coast” to reelection victory.
mlindroo on May 20, 2015 at 12:59 PM

Winning by over 5% in a democrat state is coasting. Despite the amount of money and lies thrown at him.

Did you vote for Obama?

Neitherleftorright on May 20, 2015 at 1:07 PM

The stupid hurts

Schadenfreude on May 20, 2015 at 1:09 PM

Hillary accomplished wiping her server.

CW on May 20, 2015 at 1:02 PM

Yea, but did she tip the waiter?

HonestLib on May 20, 2015 at 1:10 PM

Did you vote for Obama?

Neitherleftorright on May 20, 2015 at 1:07 PM

Mildew wasn’t old enough.

Schadenfreude on May 20, 2015 at 1:11 PM

All the people in that video should be forbidden to vote.

Schadenfreude on May 20, 2015 at 1:17 PM

Alright then. I can’t name a single thing my Mom accomplished as SOS, so I will change the subject.

Chelsea Clinton on May 20, 2015 at 12:30 PM

My Mom also won her NY Senate reelection. Then, just like Sarah Palin, she QUIT her job as a Senator in the middle of her term to take a job as Secretary of State.

Chelsea Clinton on May 20, 2015 at 12:59 PM

F-IXED.

Del Dolemonte on May 20, 2015 at 1:18 PM

Whenever I ask any liberal fan of Hillary to name three reasons why she is qualified to president all I hear are the sounds of crickets. I would settle for one reason why she is qualified. They can’t even give me that.

kings on May 20, 2015 at 1:19 PM

Makes no difference, the walking dead will vote for her regardless.

RoyalFlush on May 20, 2015 at 1:20 PM

Here here

Schadenfreude on May 20, 2015 at 1:27 PM

She has great policies and knows how to get thing done? Really? What are those policies and give us an ex smoke of hiw she gets things done. Hiw about destroying Libya and allowing amuslim terror groups take it over? Is that what you had in mind? You are right. She is not Scott Walker. And, he did not destroy the unions. He just released their stranglehold and power over workers in Wisconsin. THAT us an example of an accomplishment, which you may or may not agree with. But, it is an accomplishment.

Techster64 on May 20, 2015 at 1:56 PM

They can’t even give me that.

kings on May 20, 2015 at 1:19 PM

They just hate admitting that the primary reason is that it’s because she is married to Bill Clinton…

This same mindset, 70 or so years ago, would have been calling for Eleanor Roosevelt to be anointed the next Democrat Presidential nominee.

Athos on May 20, 2015 at 1:57 PM

Democrats Have a Todd Akin Problem
Alan Grayson is getting closer to a Senate campaign in Florida. He could cost them a must-win seat—and threaten their chances at a Senate majority.

Schadenfreude on May 20, 2015 at 2:03 PM

So “not Scott Walker” is her major accomplishment? Hey, I accomplished that too!

Vote for me because I have everything it takes to be your next Democrat nominee. I’m female, and I’m “not Scott Walker.”

Ready for CJ 2016

CJ on May 20, 2015 at 2:12 PM

Hillary’s accomplishment at State…?

…That’s easy:

$6 Bil Vanishes From State Dept. Under Hillary Clinton

Seven Percent Solution on May 20, 2015 at 2:30 PM

pathetic clowns, all of you.

everdiso on May 20, 2015 at 2:14 PM

A freak show
weedisgood on May 18, 2015 at 3:56 PM

Schadenfreude on May 20, 2015 at 2:48 PM

It doesn’t matter if they can’t think of anything that she has done. They will still vote for her.. She could murder someone on live TV with an ax and the libs will complain that Hillary is getting picked on because of the war on women. Shesh.

warmairfan on May 20, 2015 at 2:51 PM

mlindroo on May 20, 2015 at 11:13 AM

You took up all that space to say you couldn’t find anything either? I’ll give you an “E” for “Effort,” Skippy.

Mommys Little Darling on May 20, 2015 at 3:09 PM

So she is the Brain Bosworth of politics?

HonestLib on May 20, 2015 at 12:24 PM

Nah. Brian Bosworth had talent….

Jeff Weimer on May 20, 2015 at 3:28 PM

Schadenfreude on May 20, 2015 at 2:48 PM

What thread is everdiso in?

Jeff Weimer on May 20, 2015 at 3:29 PM

Also on May 25, 2009, Clinton received an award from the National Coordinated Effort of Hellenes, for “unprecedented steps taken in the right direction on Hellenic and Orthodox issues”.[34]

mlindroo on May 20, 2015 at 11:13 AM
Please tell us more about this prestigious honor and the organization giving the award. It would be great if you could include a description of the unprecedented steps taken by Secretary Clinton that made her worthy of such an honor.

airupthere on May 20, 2015 at 4:27 PM

Since NAFTA, we have generated a $181 billion trade deficit with Canada and Mexico and lost around 1 million manufacturing jobs.

Now we have another Democratic President about to negotiate an even larger trade deficit and loss of manufacturing jobs through the TPP.

Nothing is more middle class than American manufacturing jobs.

airupthere on May 20, 2015 at 12:09 PM

Only problem is your republican house and senate is far more for this deal than any democrat out there.

farleftprogressive on May 20, 2015 at 4:30 PM

In April 2012, Clinton received a Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service.[40]

mlindroo on May 20, 2015 at 11:13 AM

Now this is a great award…said Dick Cheney when he won the award.

airupthere on May 20, 2015 at 4:33 PM

It’s easier to name her lifelong dirty deals, like insider trading, Whitewater land scam, using the power of the WH to intimidate & silence victims of her sexual predator husband, she didn’t answer that 3:AM phone call when Benghazi was attacked as she campaigned in 2008, we still don’t know what she was doing & refuses to explain why tens of millions from America hating, sponsors of terror Arab countries are going into her charity.

RdLake on May 20, 2015 at 4:33 PM

Only problem is your republican house and senate is far more for this deal than any democrat out there.

farleftprogressive on May 20, 2015 at 4:30 PM

With the exception of President Obama…your party can’t complete disown him yet. You have to wait several years to attempt to rewrite the history books.

I am no fan or supporter of any Senator who will support this agreement without tangible enforcement mechanisms for when (not if) the other countries violate their commitments under the agreement.

airupthere on May 20, 2015 at 4:35 PM

It’s easier to name her lifelong dirty deals, like insider trading, Whitewater land scam, using the power of the WH to intimidate & silence victims of her sexual predator husband, she didn’t answer that 3:AM phone call when Benghazi was attacked as she campaigned in 2008, we still don’t know what she was doing & refuses to explain why tens of millions from America hating, sponsors of terror Arab countries are going into her charity.

RdLake on May 20, 2015 at 4:33 PM

Don’t forget Travelgate.

airupthere on May 20, 2015 at 4:38 PM

Obviously, Clinton’s most major accomplishment was surviving Benghazi and its aftermath, including the memorial service in the hangar.

Willys on May 20, 2015 at 6:52 PM

Fu-ck Halperin.

Jaibones on May 20, 2015 at 8:05 PM

Chelsea is Hillary’s greatest accomplishment.

Dude.

Christien on May 21, 2015 at 10:55 AM

In fact, she had many accomplishments at State:

1. Embarrassing the country with the puerile “reset” button fiasco
2. Destabilizing Lybia and rejoicing in state-sponsored assassination
3. Successfully lying to Congress about Benghazi
4. Destabilizing Syria by supplying weapons to US enemies
5. Assisting her boss in the post-war loss of Iraq

And she did all this while tirelessly raising money for her husbands charity, the Clinton Global Fleece Initiative and in writing a book about the Hard Choices she had to make in her lifetime, such as:

a. shacking up with Bill Clinton
b. scandal #1
… (deleted for brevity)
z. scandal #25

virgo on May 22, 2015 at 9:57 PM