Video: Hillary takes three minutes to not explain her “core message”

posted at 1:01 pm on January 16, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

Heck, maybe she is presidential. “For me, this is pretty straightforward,” Hillary Clinton tells Mika Brzezinski when the Morning Joe co-host asks the Democrats quasi-front-runner for her “core message — which touches off a rambling, three-minute version of a State of the Union speech. Instead of identifying a core message that would explain the necessity of a Hillary Clinton presidency, she offers a generic list of Democratic Party agenda items mixed with enough clichés and platitudes to float a navy (via NewsAlert):

“I still don’t understand your message,” Brzezinski said to preface the question. After this, no one understands the message, nor why Hillary would be indispensable for the nation as president.

Or maybe she isn’t presidential. Ed Driscoll recalls the debacle of another Democrat who couldn’t articulate a clear reason to support his candidacy:

Ted Kennedy, call your office! Shades of 1979 when, “As the cameras rolled, [CBS’s Roger Mudd] popped the now-famous question: Why do you want to be president? Even if he had not been a Kennedy, what followed was stunning: a hesitant, rambling and incoherent nonanswer; it seemed to go on forever without arriving anywhere.”

The difference between 1979 and 2016 is that Democrats had an incumbent president running for a second term on whom to rely — although that didn’t work out too well for them, either. Right now it’s a choice between the Kennedyesque figure from the past running for power for the sake of power, or a self-professed socialist who’s even older than the figure from the past. The only other option within reach would be the Vice President who’s been in Washington longer than any millennial voter has been alive, and who is also older than Hillary. Don’t expect Democrats today to dispense with Hillary in the way they dispensed with Kennedy in 1979.

If so, however … maybe the whole party will go on forever without arriving anywhere. Or at the very least, it’s not the only time-loop problem Democrats and Hillary have, as NJ’s Michael Mishak explains:

When Hil­lary Clin­ton launched her pres­id­en­tial bid last year, she and her ad­visers were de­term­ined to avoid the mis­takes of her last cam­paign. They favored small meet-and-greets over large ral­lies. They drilled down on the lib­er­al causes an­im­at­ing the Demo­crat­ic base. They even de­ployed the can­did­ate to late-night talk shows to high­light The Real Hil­lary.

But as the first nom­in­at­ing con­test ap­proaches, Clin­ton seems to be caught in a polit­ic­al time warp, buf­feted by the same head­winds that felled her 2008 cam­paign as she seeks to blunt the rise of Sen. Bernie Sanders. …

For his part, Sanders is chan­nel­ing Obama’s past bid, pledging to lead a polit­ic­al re­volu­tion while paint­ing Clin­ton as an es­tab­lish­ment politi­cian—a mes­sage that is res­on­at­ing deeply with polit­ic­al in­de­pend­ents and young people, the same kind of voters who boos­ted Obama eight years ago. Sanders’s aides have sug­ges­ted they would mount a sim­il­ar state-by-state del­eg­ate chase to clinch the nom­in­a­tion.

“It could be that the in­ev­it­able can­did­ate for the Demo­crat­ic nom­in­a­tion may not be so in­ev­it­able today,” Sanders said this week.

As Peter Allen once sang, everything old is new again.

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When Hillary Clinton launched her presidential bid last year, she and her advisers were determined to avoid the mistakes of her last campaign.

Unfortunately, they lacked the determination to avoid the all-new mistakes of her current campaign.

Then, as now — epic fail.

FlameWarrior on January 16, 2016 at 5:34 PM

As distasteful as it would be, I would at least give Hillary! quasi-brownie points for flat-out saying “It’s MY turn and I’m ENTITLED to be President! I have a va jay jay, dammit! So suck it, rubes!”
That at least would be an honest answer from an otherwise completely dishonest woman.
smokeyblonde on January 16, 2016 at 1:50 PM

Very good “SB”, short , sweet & directly to the point! After all, she got nuthin’ else to say or worth hearing!

Iamaluckyone on January 16, 2016 at 5:57 PM

WARNING: Listening to 3 minutes of anything Hillary spews will have deleterious affect on your hearing, causing headache, and cause revulsion that may cause spasmodic puking..

BigSven on January 16, 2016 at 1:19 PM

…you failed to mention…the severe poop cramps!

JugEarsButtHurt on January 16, 2016 at 6:21 PM

“When Hillary Clinton launched her presidential bid last year, she and her advisers were determined to avoid the mistakes of her last campaign.”…except they were still stuck with Hillary as the candidate.

AppraisHer on January 16, 2016 at 7:24 PM

oscarwilde on January 16, 2016 at 2:03 PM

Oh… and my official campaign theme song… Just so there are no mistakes about my candadicy…

oscarwilde on January 16, 2016 at 2:05 PM

Yeah. That’s all right for a party-boy president.

However, a president who loves this country and our warriors who stand between us and the ravening hordes of uncivilized savages beyond our borders….like ME: Vladimir Solaratov….would have as a campaign song, one that would reach down into your guts and make you stand taller, throw your shoulders back, put your chest out, and bring tears to your eyes from the simple pride in being an American:
And, btw, our military would be rebuilt and re-armed. They would once again be a force that could fight from one end of an enemy’s country to the other and leave not one stone piled upon another….and No.More.Mouseguns. (And no more having our boats hijacked by a bunch of 7th Century savages in Bass Boats!)
I shall publish more policy and position papers as the need and opportunity arises; because I know that you want to hear from a Winner. No more losers!

Solaratov on January 16, 2016 at 7:25 PM

Ha-Ha Clinton Dix!

(I just like to type that whenever the Packers are playing)

Galtian on January 16, 2016 at 10:14 PM

There is a saying about Alzheimer’s disease being hardest on the people around you, because while you’re having a good time they’re the ones aware of how far off the reservation you’ve gone.

This is proof.

KMC1 on January 16, 2016 at 11:19 PM

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