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The Never-Ending Hillary Clinton Story


Although nobody sensible would choose to do it this way, America’s political fate has become captive to the TV news media’s never-ending quest for ratings. Months before the earliest votes are cast, the 2016 presidential contest has turned into a “reality TV” melodrama.

The themes are broad and simple: Donald Trump is cast as the Nationalist Strongman and Hillary Clinton as the National Bitch. Up with the Strongman, down with the Bitch! Yes, 20 other candidates are vying for attention, and somebody else could assume a starring role should these narratives lose momentum.

Even the supposedly left-wing MSNBC broadcasts Trump’s speeches live, giving the billionaire braggart free publicity that even he might not be able to afford. Whatever you can say about Trump, he gives good TV — that is, if professional wrestling extravaganzas are your idea of family entertainment.

Also, it’s always been clear that no Democratic woman, and certainly not one named Clinton, can be elected President of the United States without being designated a brass-plated bitch. Having failed to entomb Bill Clinton and drive a wooden stake through his heart, wrecking Clinton’s candidacy has become the Washington press clique’s overriding goal.

And yet the geniuses running her campaign act as if they don’t know it. Consider reporter Amy Chozick’s remarkable piece in the September 8 issue of The New York Times: “Hillary Clinton to Show More Humor and Heart, Aides Say.” According to “extensive interviews” with “top strategists” at the campaign’s Brooklyn headquarters, Chozick wrote, Mrs. Clinton would be urged to exhibit empathy and humor on the campaign trail.

Such as when she recently joked, apropos of Trump’s insistence that he didn’t buy that orange thing on his head from Hair Club for Men, that her own “hair is real,” though “the color isn’t.”

Well, it seems here that everybody in Clinton’s Brooklyn office involved in the Times exclusive ought to walk the plank. Voluntarily or otherwise. The Daily Caller‘s sarcastic headline summed thing up perfectly: “Hillary Plans To Be More Spontaneous.”

The idea of Clinton as a kind of political Stepford Wife, calculating and “inauthentic” to use the cant term, is so deeply imprinted in the press clique’s standard narrative that they reacted pretty much the way your dog does when you rattle his leash.

Let Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank speak for them all: “And now comes the latest of many warm-and-fuzzy makeovers — perhaps the most transparent phoniness since Al Gore discovered earth tones.”

Never mind that the whole “earth tones” and “invented the Internet” fiascos were malicious inventions. Caricaturing Gore as a posturing phony made it possible for make-believe rancher George W. Bush to become president.

So how is it possible that Clinton’s communications director, Jennifer Palmieri, one of two staffers quoted in the Times by name, couldn’t see that coming?

Another Clinton staffer confided that although the candidate would emphasize income inequality, she’d be “scrapping the phrase ‘everyday Americans,’ which wasn’t resonating with voters.” One mocked it as too much like Walmart’s “Everyday low prices.”

Presumably, the campaign will choose a more tasteful slogan from Tiffany & Co. or Bergdorf Goodman.

Esquire‘s always understated Charles P. Pierce calls Clinton staffers “a writhing ball of faithless snakes,” more concerned with advancing themselves than electing her. Do they not grasp that wrecking her candidacy is Priority One at the New York Times?

Indeed, no sooner had Clinton made a rote apology for the manufactured email “scandal” than staffers “who insisted on anonymity to discuss private conversations,” hurried to the same Times reporter to emphasize that they’d been urging her to kiss the news media’s collective feet for weeks.

Supposedly, Bill had resisted the idea on the grounds that she hadn’t done anything wrong. Supposedly too, he urged staffers to try harder to make that clear.

Based solely on her appearance on Chris Hayes’ MSNBC program, I’d say the aforementioned Palmieri — President Obama’s former communications director — couldn’t explain how to pour sand out of a boot with the instructions printed on the heel. Her speech mannerisms make her difficult to follow, and she talks in circles.

The Clinton campaign needs to send out more spokespeople like former governors Howard Dean and Jennifer Granholm, who are capable of clarity and forcefulness. Here we are months into this pointless debacle and it’s left to the Justice Department to state that Clinton’s email arrangements were legal, proper, and presumably known to everybody in the Obama administration who sent her a message.

And, oh yeah, that business about how Clinton’s obsessive secrecy caused her computer’s server to be wiped of all data? That was false also, as Bill Clinton apparently wanted the campaign to say all along.

So spooks in places like the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (seriously) now say emails sent in 2010 should be made Top Secret in 2015?

Isn’t that like getting a traffic ticket in the mail from a town you drove through last month because they dropped the speed limit last week?

And if it really is as absurd as that, then shouldn’t somebody say so?

Photo: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton looks into the crowd before she speaks at a “Women for Hillary” meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 10, 2015. REUTERS/Darren Hauck

Gene Lyons

Gene Lyons is a political columnist and author. Lyons writes a column for the Arkansas Times that is nationally syndicated by United Media. He was previously a general editor at Newsweek as wells an associate editor at Texas Monthly where he won a National Magazine Award in 1980. He contributes to Salon.com and has written for such magazines as Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Review of Books, Entertainment Weekly, Washington Monthly, The Nation, Esquire, and Slate. A graduate of Rutgers University with a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia, Lyons taught at the Universities of Massachusetts, Arkansas and Texas before becoming a full-time writer in 1976. A native of New Jersey, Lyons has lived in Arkansas with his wife Diane since 1972. The Lyons live on a cattle farm near Houston, Ark., with a half-dozen dogs, several cats, three horses, and a growing herd of Fleckvieh Simmental cows. Lyons has written several books including The Higher Illiteracy (University of Arkansas, 1988), Widow's Web (Simon & Schuster, 1993), Fools for Scandal (Franklin Square, 1996) as well as The Hunting Of The President: The 10 Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton, which he co-authored with National Memo Editor-in-Chief Joe Conason.

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  1. Dominick Vila September 16, 2015

    “The Never Ending Hillary Clinton Story”…and that’s exactly how the GOP has framed its line of attacks against her. The problem for Hillary, and the reason so many Democrats are changing their minds, is not the ridiculous claims directed at her, but Hillary herself. She comes across as a cold, calculating, politician who does not have in her to be spontaneous, clear, and honest.
    The 2016 election was for Hillary to lose, and as improbable as that seems, she has managed to do exactly that.

    1. anothertoothpick September 16, 2015

      Only since Sanders showed up.

    2. John Murchison September 16, 2015

      Never under estimate the Clintons. They always surprise.

    3. Grannysmovin September 16, 2015

      I agree she has had approximately 2 years to work on getting the story out about her private server, address and resolved it before she even announced her run. My concern is the silence about this staffer who either wants immunity to testify or will take the 5th – why? What did he do or does he think he did that he needs immunity or needs to take the 5th and what did Hilary know or not know. These are the things hurting her.

      1. greenlantern1 September 16, 2015

        Did Oliver North take the fifth?

        1. SophieCT September 16, 2015

          To get a TV gig?

          1. greenlantern1 September 17, 2015

            Who is the sponsor?

        2. Eleanore Whitaker September 16, 2015

          Did Bush and Cheney claim “executive privilege” so they wouldn’t have to be deposed in front of the 9/11 commission? Did Bush and Cheney claim executive privilege for Rove and Libby who fell on his sword for Cheney on that CIA agent outing?

      2. Theodora30 September 16, 2015

        There was no need to explain the private server until Republican operatives decided to make it a story and the Times played along. Using private emails – whether on your own server or gmail’s, yahoo’s or whatever was perfectly legal and acceptable for non classified info. For classified, sensitive communications there is a completely separate channel because email can be hacked no matter what server is used. In fact the government email server for the State Department has repeatedly been hacked.
        Wikileaks released a ton of communications and the Russians apparently hacked it recently.
        Colin Powel recently said he not only used a private email address, he had all of his emails destroyed yet the media who is so upset about the public’s right to know have shrugged this off.

        1. Grannysmovin September 16, 2015

          The problem is she knows how the media loves to go after Bill and Hillary and she knows the slightest thing the opposition will try and turn into a scandal. She and her husband have much more political savvy not to know this could be an issue and not address it,

          I agree, about Colin Powel, lost e-mails during Bush/Chaney Administration, and others but to the media and Republicans they are not the Clintons so it is of no interest.

        2. itsfun September 16, 2015

          Colin Powell did not have a private server with classified United States security documents on it.

          1. Jan123456 September 16, 2015

            Neither did Hillary.

          2. itsfun September 16, 2015

            Yes she did and it has been shown and proven.

          3. Jan123456 September 16, 2015

            How so?

          4. Mr Corrections September 16, 2015

            Sorry, but that is a nonsense conspiracy theory being peddled by partisan morons.

          5. JPHALL September 16, 2015

            None of those have been proven classified at the time it was sent!

          6. johninPCFL September 16, 2015

            Yeah, he used the Google servers, and we have no idea what classified data he had on the systems because he erased ALL OF IT (but that’s according to is own statements.)

          7. JPHALL September 16, 2015

            How do you know. He “destroyed” all his E-mail. Oh yeah, now we hear the the FBI believe they can recover Hillary’s E-mails from her recovered server.

      3. SophieCT September 16, 2015

        She would only need to years to work on a story if it were in fact a story to be worked on. See how that works?

        1. Grannysmovin September 16, 2015

          Well apparently there is some story, otherwise why is her IT staffer looking for immunity. When I say address the issue I mean define, own and explain – not work on a story. I am a life long Democrat and I am not comfortable with the way she has handled this. I think she has made it worse by the way she has responded. You are entitled to your opinion and I to mine.

          I hope Bernie is the nominee, but if not I will vote for the Democratic policies rather than the person because I adamantly oppose the Regressive’s policies.,

          1. Mr Corrections September 16, 2015

            The staffer isn’t “looking for immunity” – they plead the fifth, and they were correct to do so for a variety of reasons (short version: why cooperate with a witch-hunt that will definitely seek to misinterpret your testimony). All talk of “immunity” has come from Senate Republicans, to make it sound like he has something to hide – and it’s apparently worked on you.

          2. Grannysmovin September 16, 2015

            My apology: “Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson — both Republicans — have said they are considering offering Pagliano immunity from any potential prosecution in an effort to compel him to testify.

            But Pagliano’s lawyers said in a letter to the senators that any such offer is premature. The senators’ proposal, made in a letter earlier this week, “creates the very practical risk that our client will later be said to have waived his constitutional protections,” said the letter, written by lawyers Mark MacDougall, Constance O’Connor and Connor Mullin.”

          3. Mr Corrections September 16, 2015

            Right. What it boils down to is that these tools have tried to baselessly railroad everyone in every previous investigation into nothing, so they really shouldn’t be surprised that nobody wants to talk to them now.

          4. JPHALL September 16, 2015

            Because no one knows what they want to ask him. We know nothing about this man and what he has done in the past. Remember the guy from Subway? You never know about someone’s past.

      4. Mr Corrections September 16, 2015

        Again, the staffer has not asked for immunity, and has rejected the notion of testifying even with it. Pleading the fifth is a civil right, and does not imply guilt.

        1. David September 16, 2015

          Hmmm…and that’s why juries are instructed not to consider a Defendant not testifying– because their IS an implication of guilt!

      5. David September 16, 2015

        What was done might put him in jail. Why else invoke the 5th?

        1. greenlantern1 September 17, 2015

          We have the fifth for a reason!
          Ever hear of Senator McCarthy?

    4. FireBaron September 16, 2015

      Don’t forget, Dominick, she had the 2008 nomination to lose, too! And she managed to do it to a relatively unknown 1st term Senator from Illinois.

      1. plc97477 September 16, 2015

        She isn’t running against Obama this time. This time there is no one who can make it happen. Hillary is the best we got this time. And she is pretty darn good also.

        1. JPHALL September 16, 2015

          Then she needs to start doing it. I understand that it is early, but letting others set the table against you makes no sense.

        2. David September 16, 2015

          She is great! How about her dodging sniper fire in Bosnia?

    5. greenlantern1 September 16, 2015

      The party, of Nixon, is honest??

      1. itsfun September 16, 2015

        How about the party of Lincoln?

        1. Eleanore Whitaker September 16, 2015

          How about the 6 CONfederates who plotted the assassination of Lincoln, stabbed Secy of State Seward and then plotted to kill VP Andrew Johnson? Don’t the hicks get any US history?

          1. itsfun September 16, 2015

            What does that have to do with the honesty of the party of Lincoln?

          2. johninPCFL September 16, 2015

            Remember that the conservative Democrats ran to the GOP when Lyndon Johnson backed the civil rights acts? I wonder why the racists suddenly felt more comfortable in the “party of Lincoln”?

            Maybe it was Nixon’s “Southern Strategy”? Maybe converting the open “party of Lincoln” into the party of bigots had a lot to do with it.

          3. JPHALL September 16, 2015

            That was then, boy now! The Republicans sold out that heritage under Nixon.

          4. greenlantern1 September 17, 2015

            President Lincoln BOLTED from the REPUBLICAN party!
            He formed the UNION party!
            He chose Andrew Johnson to be his VP!
            The RADICAL REPUBLICANS impeached him!
            To claim; that Lincoln remained REPUBLICAN, is character assassination!
            PERFECTLY CLEAR?

          5. itsfun September 17, 2015


          6. hicusdicus September 17, 2015

            Lincoln did all this??? Know wonder he got shot.

          7. David September 16, 2015

            Do you know any Texas history?

          8. greenlantern1 September 17, 2015

            Sam Houston spoke against secession.
            Was he right?

          9. David September 17, 2015


    6. charleo1 September 16, 2015

      Spot on in regards to the e-mail issue. Polls agree with common sense here.
      That for the vast majority of those voters who would consider supporting Hillary, meaning Dems. (She’ll get few if any Republican votes.) That 8 of 10, do not see the e-mail/private server issue as a big deal. Unless that is, and this is the worry, that she fails to convince that 2% of moderate Dems, so they don’t turnout. And, God forbid, the Country gets saddled with a dysfunctional Right Wing in control of all three Branches. Which then nominates the next two High Court Judges, packs the Federal Bench, launches an all out invasion of Iran, and who knows what all?
      So the nervousness about putting all our political eggs in the Hillary basket, given the stakes, given that’s all the press talks about, is absolutely understandable. Especially considering the close margins of presidential races of late. They could run Old Scratch Himself, and the margin of victory on the popular vote would still be about 2 percentage points. Maybe less, if the Prince of Darkness confirmed that Obama was indeed one of his top lieutenants.

      But for me, there’s something else troubling about Hillary. And this could be a purely personal impression. But, I don’t get the feeling she’s ever fully settled the issue in her mind, of whether she really wants to be President of The United States. Because at the beginning, that was the issue. Not as with most, who like Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Nixon, or Ronald Reagan. They were all very sure they wanted to be President. For them, and almost without exception, it is a calculation of how one gets there. Of timing, coalition building, and finding some reasonable path. For Hilary, it seemed, the proposition was presented to her as merely a matter of throwing her hat in the ring, and becoming an historical first. And I think perhaps she made her decision thinking in those terms. Do I want to be President? And of course the road is never that easy. Becoming President requires running one of the most rigorous gauntlets in the World, no matter who you are, how much support, money, or infrastructure you have going in. It takes a fire in the belly to persevere, and win. It’s exactly what Joe Biden was talking about. “Heart, and soul,” you’ve got to want it. And I’m just not seeing that out of Hillary, as least so far. And maybe that explains a lot things. This uneasy feeling I’m getting about Hillary. That maybe she’s not doing what in her heart of hearts what she truly longs to do?

      1. Karen Bille-Golden September 16, 2015

        Niice to have you put that in words Charlie. I’ve wondered the same about Hillary. Something has been holding her back and you may be right,

    7. The lucky one September 16, 2015

      “She comes across as a cold, calculating, politician who does not have it in her to be spontaneous, clear, and honest.” I think that’s an accurate analysis and the truth about her as well.

    8. Bob Eddy September 16, 2015

      Really?! Endless, baseless attacks aren’t the problem? The problem is that she hasn’t responded properly to the concerted right wing campaign of lies and distortion? How exactly does one properly respond to a smear campaign of this magnitude? Sorry. This is just another example of another well established right wing tactic — blame the victim.

      1. Dominick Vila September 16, 2015

        You respond to vicious attacks with the truth. You do it by presenting facts in a convincing and unambiguous way. Last, but not least, a politician must have charisma and credibility, to connect with the average citizen. Hillary has done a poor job on all fronts, and she is paying a heavy price for it. The problem is not that she has done anything illegal or unprecedented, the problem is that she has not been able to convince the average person that the attacks against her are not based on reality or evidence of wrongdoing.

  2. John Murchison September 16, 2015

    This is an old misogamist story with the typical anti Clinton twist. Women, in politics, are either bitches or too emotional. And of course the press most always underestimate the Clintons with a long built narrative they wont budge on. To some she is evil incarnate to others a boring calculator. In the end the press corps will be outflanked by their own stupidity as they constanty fail to look outside their narrowing views.

  3. greenlantern1 September 16, 2015

    Anyone remember Rose Mary Woods?
    Nixon’s secretary?
    The erasure of the Watergate Tapes?

    1. itsfun September 16, 2015

      Anyone remember the blue dress?

      1. Eleanore Whitaker September 16, 2015

        Anyone remember how Newt Gingrich was committing adultery while his first wife was undergoing chemo? Anyone remember how Newt Gingrich was committing adultery with the future intended Wife No. 3 while still married to Wife No. 2 who contracted multiple sclerosis?

        Anyone remember that Virginia senator with the Venezuelan bastard child and mistress?

        So what? So Bill Clinton had a fling with Monica Lewinsky. Monica and Linda Tripp both set that up. Who hangs onto a semen stained dress if not a golddigger who smelled big money?

        1. itsfun September 16, 2015

          Do you remember Bill Clinton not knowing what the word “it” meant?

          1. Jan123456 September 16, 2015

            And your point is what?

          2. David September 16, 2015

            It all depends on what your definition of the word “is” is.

          3. Jan123456 September 16, 2015

            Gee, how clever. Now tell me your point…unless, of course, you have none.

          4. David September 16, 2015

            Three point is Hildebeast and her hubby are consummate liars.

          5. Eleanore Whitaker September 17, 2015

            The point is that BUSHOBALLS screwed this entire country, Swagger, swagger, drawl, drawl MISSION ACCOMPLISHED? And do tell which “MISSION” was he really referring to? The one where he lied about WMDs to get huge profits for Halliburton by killing off 4,000 American military? Or the one where he was sitting on his butt in a classroom totally “ignernt” of the incineration of 4300 Americans in NY City?

            Sorry folks, little David is a Texas bully who lives off our federal tax subsidies…just not for much longer. The rest of us are putting his sinking his BIG RICH TEXAS, THAT WHOLE OTHER COUNTRY, by dumping him and his tax subsidies.

            Another “ignernt” doing the Texas 2-step out of time.

          6. David September 17, 2015

            Eleanore!!! Enjoyed hearing your Governor speak last night. I guess there is some hope for you folks living in New Joisey, even spinsters like you. By the way, didn’t your Queen vote to invade Iraq based upon the current information at the time? That was the same information that Bush had.

          7. Harbinger08 September 17, 2015

            Are you already butthurt over the mathematical inevitability of them back in the White House? Will you cry out and scream in impotent rage once again on election night? I won’t think twice about you again, but as the electoral collage votes roll in I will be thinking of all the little crackpot trolls and enjoying their howls of misery.

          8. David September 17, 2015

            I think there is a strong possibility that Sanders or Biden will be the Demorat candidate. More emails are coming! Butthurt? Actually, amused that some people are so gullible that they continue to want to be used by the Clinton gang. You know how they were “flat broke” when they left the Whitehouse? Maybe that’s why they took a few extra things with them.

          9. Harbinger08 September 17, 2015

            Strong? Is that what the TV told you? There is currently almost NO possibility of either of them being the nominee. The exception would be some kind of unforeseen black swan event or a sudden decline in Clinton’s health. Not likely. If that happened Biden is in reserve just in case. The party will never allow Sanders to be nominated, and when they get to the bigger states he’ll be quickly eliminated. He MIGHT win NH, probably won’t even carry Iowa, and then he’s done. As to any GOP nominee’s chances of winning the election it still looks awful. You should read this, a cold hard look at the reality and written by a Republican who has not gone insane. http://blog.chron.com/goplifer/2014/11/the-missing-story-of-the-2014-election/ Chris Ladd at http://goplifer.com/ is one of the most perceptive writers today on how the GOP is destroying itself, and possible ways to fix it, but the outlook for turning its slow death around is pretty grim.

            And there is nothing to claims of the Clinton’s robbing the WH. Total BS. I suppose you’ll also be helping to spread the inevitable emails and slanders that the Obamas will be stealing all the WH flat screens when they leave. Same thing.

            If you ever have a moment when you take a hard look at yourself and are embarrassed and disgusted by who you are, don’t worry, it just means you’re finally starting to show some improvement in your judgment.

          10. David September 17, 2015

            I am embarrassed that I am even dignifying your bleating with a response.
            With regard to the Clinton freeloading, check ABC.com and you will find out that they made off with 190,000 dollars worth of China, flatware, rugs, TVs, and sofas.
            After you have found out that I am right, will you have the courage to come back on and admit that you were wrong? I doubt it. When I look in the mirror, I see a man. When you look in the mirror, how does that weasel look?

          11. Harbinger08 September 18, 2015

            You don’t even know how to post a proper link to supporting evidence. As a troll you are a limp disappointment.

          12. David September 18, 2015

            Isn’t that what your girlfriend told you last night?

          13. Eleanore Whitaker September 17, 2015

            Yes…but I was most interested in Bush ’43’s pronunciation of the word, “nuclear” as nookalear. And wow, wasn’t it just “ignernt” how The Tundra Tootsie Palin could see Russia from her back door and then reduced her GOP language to “I betcha…?”

            Keep trying. Maybe one day you slugs of the right will actually win an argument using facts, not BS?

          14. itsfun September 17, 2015

            Its not a fact that Bill Clinton didn’t know what the word “it” meant? Its not a fact that Hillary lied about Benghazi when she went on TV and told the world the attack was cause be a U-tube video?

          15. Eleanore Whitaker September 17, 2015

            Obtusity is not wasted on you is it? I noticed that when I proved you wrong about Clinton being impeached, you are not man enough to acknowledge your lies and distortion of truth. Do you have any balls or are those just raisins in your jeans?

            What Bill Clinton said is, “It depends on what is, is.” How do you get that he didn’t know what “is” meant? And, you are such a fool…Bill Clinton, unlike dipshits Bush or Cheney is a Rhodes Scholar. Meaning, he knew precisely very word he was saying.

            So..let me guess. Your old lady doesn’t like it when you do the Monica fun and games and you are pea green with envy that Hillary didn’t divorce her husband?

            As to your pathetic need to lob Benghazi on Hillary. As of September 16, there is Justice Dept. announcement that Hillary Clinton didn’t commit ANY crimes.

            So…you have ovary envy problems? I understand sex change operations are the ideal answer for you.

          16. itsfun September 17, 2015

            I posted for you the parts of the Constitution on impeachment. You may learn that the House impeaches and the Senate tries the impeachment and has to power to remove the President from office. He was impeached not removed. Two different things. Did Hillary go on TV and say the Benghazi attack was because of video or didn’t she?

            As I have said before, name calling is just a sign of a weak mind trying to express its self.

        2. Harbinger08 September 16, 2015

          Anyone remember Newt doing all you said at the exact same time he was standing before Congress as Speaker and pompously and loudly attacking Clinton for marital indiscretions? The man is scum, and anyone who is not repulsed by him and all those like him today is beneath regard.

          1. David September 16, 2015

            Kind of like the Clintons looting the Whitehouse when they left?

          2. Eleanore Whitaker September 17, 2015

            Hey phony cowboy…How much did Bush and Laura Adora steal from the entire country? Many families, thanks to Bush lost sons and daughters in Iraq. Don’t you big mouth Texans ever shut the hell up?

        3. David September 16, 2015

          Eleanore!!! Maybe spinsters in New Joisey?

          1. Eleanore Whitaker September 17, 2015

            David. more cowboys with hemorrhoids from sitting on the butts too long?

      2. Bob Eddy September 16, 2015

        Yes we do. After all in twenty years of partisan witch hunts, that’s all you slugs came up with….inappropriate sexual conduct with a conscenting adult! Oh yes, and it wasn’t Hillary!

        1. itsfun September 16, 2015

          But we can talk about Watergate, Nixon’s secretary. Whats good for the goose is good for the gander.

          1. Eleanore Whitaker September 17, 2015

            What’s good for right wing lazy butts living on corporate welfare is that they are getting burned big time and are too stupid to see it.

            WaterGate turned Nixon’s presidency into a near impeachment as most of us recall. Those mobs we watched every night on TV protesting in front of the White House had the GOP suffering mass brain constipation. What else is new?

            It was the GOP who demanded their own president resign for his part in the Water Gate burglary and bugging of the Democratic Headquarters. Come on…let’s here you phony excuse for that one.

          2. itsfun September 17, 2015

            Didn’t Bill Clinton get impeached? I guess that depends on what the word “get” means. No one is defending Nixon or what he did.

          3. Eleanore Whitaker September 17, 2015

            No. According to government records, the GOP tried to impeach Clinton. According to the US Constitution, the article of impeachment means a President MUST be removed from office, cannot make any executive decisions or take part in any executive meetings or discussions.

            Obviously, since Clinton remained president until the end of his 2nd term, you are too stupid and ignorant to read your own Constitution.

            The reason the GOP couldn ‘t impeach Clinton was that he committed NO high crimes or misdemeanors. Unlike Nixon, who planned and took part in the planning of a burglary and illegal bugging of the Democratic National Office at Water Gate.

            Nixon tyrannically fired the chief Water Gate prosecutor, Archibald Cox because Cox demanded Nixon turn over the White House tapes. Nixon refused, claiming as Bush and Cheney did, “executive privilege.” When Nixon fired Cox’s replacement for demanding those tapes, the GOP knew they were at the end of their game. The SC ruled that Nixon had to turn over those tapes since they were evidence of Nixon’s and his cohorts part in a criminal act…burglary.

            So, you want to tell us how far you got this time trying to prove Clinton was impeached when he remained president until the end of his 2nd term” or do you want to continue making a fool of yourself in public?

          4. itsfun September 17, 2015

            He did get impeached by the House. He was not removed by the Senate. The House impeaches and the Senate removes. Impeachment by the House does not remove the President, only the Senate can remove the President from office.

          5. Eleanore Whitaker September 17, 2015

            “Didn’t Bill Clinton get impeached? I guess that depends on what the word “get” means. No one is defending Nixon or what he did.”

            The action by only one half of Congress is meaningless. Just like you are a spiteful, meanspirited ingrate, the GOP does the very same thing.

            However, their attempts to impeach Obama went too far in the court of public opinion. So what? The House Big GOP majority…impeached Clinton, while they excused Nixon and never once even after the Water Gate issue dragged on for almost 6 months NEVER once had the balls to impeach Nixon for his CRIMINAL activity.

            The GOP, like you, only goes around hoping to “catch” the Dems. All the GOP men ever do is fall into their own quicksand.

          6. itsfun September 17, 2015

            Like I said no one is defending Nixon and what he did. He resigned before he could be impeached and removed. The reason he resigned is he would have been impeached and removed.
            If proving you didn’t know the difference between impeachment and removal is being a spiteful, mean spirited ingrate then so be it. You told me to try reading the Constitution, I proved to you what the Constitution says about impeachment and removal. I am awaiting your apology for calling me names.

            You have shown you don’t know what you are talking about and only know how to try to be a bully and can only depend the gender card.

          7. itsfun September 17, 2015

            Cut and pasted from the Constitution. It says the House impeaches and the Senate removes: After the House impeaches then the Senate holds a trial to remove or not to remove.

            5: The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and
            other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.

            Section 3

            1: The Senate of the United States shall be composed of
            two Senators from each State, chosen by the Legislature thereof,3
            for six Years; and each Senator shall
            have one Vote.

            2: Immediately after they shall be assembled in Consequence
            of the first Election, they shall be divided as equally as may be
            into three Classes. The Seats of the Senators of the first Class
            shall be vacated at the Expiration of the second Year, of the
            second Class at the Expiration of the fourth Year, and of the
            third Class at the Expiration of the sixth Year, so that one third may be chosen every second Year; and if Vacancies happen by
            Resignation, or otherwise, during the Recess of the Legislature
            of any State, the Executive thereof may make temporary
            Appointments until the next Meeting of the Legislature, which
            shall then fill such Vacancies.4

            3: No Person shall be a Senator who shall not have
            attained to the Age of thirty Years, and been nine Years a Citizen
            of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an
            Inhabitant of that State for which he shall be chosen.

            4: The Vice President of the United States shall be President
            of the Senate, but shall have no Vote, unless they be equally

            5: The Senate shall chuse their other Officers, and also a
            President pro tempore, in the Absence of the Vice President, or
            when he shall exercise the Office of President of the United States.

            6: The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all
            Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on
            Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is
            tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be
            convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members

            7: Judgment in Cases of impeachment shall not extend further
            than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and
            enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United
            States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and
            subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according
            to Law.

          8. Eleanore Whitaker September 17, 2015

            He wasn’t removed. Keep insisting maniac man. If he was removed why wasn’t Gore sworn in?

          9. itsfun September 17, 2015

            He was impeached, not removed. You must be off your meds this morning.

          10. itsfun September 17, 2015

            Now that I have shown you the Constitution and the difference of impeachment and removal from office, are you going to apologize to me for calling me names?

          11. Eleanore Whitaker September 17, 2015

            No I am not. You were the one who asked in your cute little boy act, if Clinton was impeached? Do you always post silly inane questions you knew were bait?

            And then, when you are proven wrong, slink off like the slithery snake you are.

          12. itsfun September 17, 2015

            I only said he was impeached, you are the one that said he wasn’t. You are the one that referenced the Constitution and told me to read it. I only posted the parts of the Constitution that proved your ignorance. You are the one that didn’t know the difference between removal and impeachment. You should be thanking me for educating you. Instead, after being proven wrong, you respond by calling me a snake.

    2. Bob Eddy September 16, 2015

      Funny thing is, I mentioned that recently and was very surprised to find that it didn’t happen! Yes in right wing history there was no 18 minute gap!

    3. David September 16, 2015

      Wasn’t she a friend of Monica Lewinsky?

      1. Eleanore Whitaker September 17, 2015

        No she wasn’t a friend of Monica Lewinsky…Prove what you post liar face. It was Linda Tripp Monica plotted that entire scandal with. Didn’t do little Monny any good did it? She can’t even get a job today because, like you, she has MOUTH problems.

        1. David September 17, 2015

          Eleanore!!!! Right! Blue Dress Willy was a victim of the Right Wing Conspiracy! Oh, Paula Jones? That 800k that was paid to her came from Demorat supporters so no big deal!
          Hey, don’t forget what Hildebeast just said. Every victim of sexual abuse has a right to be heard! Unless, of course, Blue Dress Willy is doing the abusing!

          1. Eleanore Whitaker September 18, 2015

            Once upon a time, Cowboy Davey boffed 40 women. Every one of them saved the dresses he stained for them. And why would they do that? Well, just in case Cowboy Davey knocks one of them up, lil Miz Dixie Belle Big Hair has “proof” Davey is a Daddy.

            Grow up. Women only save a dress if there’s dollar value in it or proof when one of you males tries to skulk away from your Sins like the snake who skanked Eve in the Garden of Eden.

            You are just pathetic. BushofBeast screws up the country, does the kissy kissy with an Arab Prince from the Middle East’s biggest oil country, sinks the US economy and this is what you Texan assholes all think is a great man?

            Those of us who live in the Metro area would tell you that Texans are big time boozers. We saw that with the Bush twins exiting the top NY nightclubs drunk on their TexASSES. Try again hot shot.

          2. David September 18, 2015

            Eleanore!!!! Thank you for my morning laugh! “..one of you males tries to skulk away…” Gee? Wasn’t that what Blue Dress Willy tried to do? He “Never had sex” with that woman! But, she kept the dress! Oops!! Kinda like that “snake who skanked Eve in the Garden of Eden.”?

          3. Eleanore Whitaker September 19, 2015

            Tell us Mr. Texas Blowhard…How many women did “YOU” boff before you “got religion?” How many years did you spend boozed up before that receding hairline shocked you into realizing you were a slime ball? How big did that butt and gut grow before you got religion to absolve yourself of your sins?

            You are a phony with a capital “P” or should that be a capital “F” since Texas blowhards are usually illiterate and uneducated scumbuckets?

          4. David September 19, 2015

            Eleanore!!!! You now want to talk about my sexual history? Do you get some form of vicarious thrill out that type of conversation? I know you are obsessed with male genitalia, but try to have some degree of restraint in your posts.
            There is a faint trace of truth in your rant this morning. No matter how many mistakes you have made, if you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, your sins will be forgiven.
            As far as my “butt and gut” go, I happen to wear smaller than size 56 pants and I weigh less than 325 lbs.

          5. Eleanore Whitaker September 19, 2015

            Hide all you like behind your blowhard sanctimony. You are still a phony. As for what I am obsessed with, it’s you who can’t stay the hell off the computer. You want the last word. Most lords and bastards men do.

            You have NO lord or savior. You think you are the only lord and savior. Your sins go deeper than you will ever man up to.

            A phony cowboy preaching his gospels…What a laugh.

            Your mouth gets you no where with educated women. So do g about your swagger and drawling cowboy act. That’s all it is…An ACT!

          6. David September 19, 2015

            Eleanore!!! What about your complaint about men that “skulk away”? You aren’t talking about Blue Dress Willy are you?

          7. Eleanore Whitaker September 19, 2015

            No…I am referring to you. Try NY City for that acting. I’m sure you’ll be a hit on any of the soap operas.

            As for Blue Dress Willy, how about that Virginia Pig Senator who impregnated his Venuzelan mistress while he was still married. Nothing to say about that you hypocrite?

            Or..even better, that GOP Congressman who was using Congressional pages like his own pedophilic stable. How about that pig?

            Do all you southern men go around with your zippers hanging open and ready for business? And then, like thieves in the night you run to church for forgiveness?

            You are just sooooo jealous because Clinton fell for the trap Linda Tripp and Monica Lewinsky set for him and then, Hillary wouldn’t do what your 10 wives have done…divorce him.

            Try again jealous little boy. How many wives did it take before you “got religion?” What a hypocrite…Nose in the Bible and zipper flapping open.

          8. David September 19, 2015

            Eleanore!!! Let’s see… There was Gennifer Flowers. There was Paula Jones. There was Monica Lewinsky. And many more. So, what is you description of Blue Dress Willy. Think he is just a victim?

  4. Theodora30 September 16, 2015

    This is what I have always hated about Democraic operatives. They are more concerned with currying favor with the Villagers than fighting for their candidates. I don’t even think it is about advancing their careers (this latest should be career suicide) but about staying “in” with the Kool Kids at DC High.
    I agree that Howard Dean does a better job of fighting back but even he trims his sails. I recently heard him talk about how he keeps telling Democrats that they need to fight for their candidates like Republicans do but when discussing the email pseudo scandal he failed to point out that no one cares that Saint Colin Powell admits he not only used a private server, he deleted all of his emails. In my humble opinion that should be the talking point that Democrats use every time the issue is raised to make it crystal clear that this is not about the media being concerned about information being hidden from the public but about weakening Hillary (and her low class usurper husband who has dared to upstage them all these years.)

    1. Eleanore Whitaker September 16, 2015

      Now, can you tell us what you hate about the GOP and CONservative CONfederates?

      1. plc97477 September 16, 2015

        I, for one, do not have that much time to go through it all.

      2. Theodora30 September 16, 2015

        Everything. They want a plutocracy and/or a theocracy not a democracy which is why Democrats should be fighting them with everything they have not sucking up to their media enablers – even the NY Times.

  5. Karen Bille-Golden September 16, 2015

    The extensive, overwhelming media coverage of our political process makes it extremely difficult for the average person to separate the wheat from the chaff. They who control the media coverage of politicians, and the politicians themselves, rely on the fact that most people have neither the time or the inclination to keep up with it. It seems we elect our leaders based on sound bites. Often, the final one that resonates before we enter the polling booth is the one we’ll base our decision on.
    As smart as the Clintons are, I think they are fumbling this time around, trying to put out fires using a water bucket that is full of holes. Are they going to be able to patch it up in time? I don’t know.
    There is the saying.. “that is so 5 minutes ago”… which seems to apply here when trying to analyze what is going on. A problem exacerbated by the fact that the campaigns are a never ending process with the new one beginning the day after an election.

  6. Daniel Jones September 16, 2015

    I agree. Please say so, as loudly and publicly as you can.

  7. SophieCT September 16, 2015

    Wake up America. The media is punking you. Even if you’re not a fan of Hillary’s, you should still be outraged that they’re playing with your future (and/or ashamed if you’re falling for their cr*p).

  8. Eleanore Whitaker September 16, 2015

    The problem for the GOP is how to permanently get rid of the Clinton. But, not to worry. Their next target after he leaves office will be rewriting Obama’s history too.

    When you have a bunch of corn pones and Mutton Chops hicks who believe men must always be No. 1, you see why a woman like Hillary who fights as dirty as they do is their worst nightmare.

    There are still clinging vine women in the US who validate their gender with their MRS Degrees and women who have not enjoyed true freedom through financial independence.

    All of the lies and distortions of truth created about both Clintons has never been proven in a court of law. Until that happens, those who claim they are so terrible, so untrustworthy, so corrupt will continue to fabricate mountains of untruths and deceptive distortions. The reality is that Americans honor Bill Clinton, hate Bush for what he and Cheney did to this country and Conservatives continue to play their “get even games” For Nixon having to resign for his part in WaterGate, GHWB’s part in IranContraGate and Bush ’43’s part in lies about WMDs, a Sept, 2008 Financial Meltdown and the $6.7 trillion Iraq war, much of which benefitted his state through tax subsidies the rest of us paid for and his corporate cronies like Halliburton.

    Conservatives believe they can FORCE the rest of us into submission. They’d best think about what happened in past history when rich and powerful men thought they had the country by the balls.

    1. plc97477 September 16, 2015

      I don’t think she fights as dirty as they do I think she fights better than they do. They will not know what hit them cus they expect someone to fight like they do and she will surprise them.

      1. Eleanore Whitaker September 16, 2015

        Now you know as well as I do that every Mutton Chop and Corn Pone politician thinks women should have their “place.” As such, they want nothing more than total gender supremacy over big business and the government. The problem they are having is with women who are financially independent. These women don’t need a man to tell them what they already know. The only women who suck up are women who fear life without a man.

        1. plc97477 September 16, 2015

          I didn’t say I disagreed with you just that she is going to be a better fighter than the gotp will expect mostly because they can’t visualize anything outside of their own little reality.

          1. Eleanore Whitaker September 16, 2015

            You’re so right. She is a better fighter. She is far more tactical than the corn pones and Mutton Chops think. That’s because they are expecting her to fit their template of what “women should be.” She won’t.

            She’s already got all the electoral votes she needs to win the Electoral College. Smart move.

          2. David September 16, 2015

            Eleanore!!! Will she be able to win all those votes in the Electoral College after Obomo pardons her?

          3. Sand_Cat September 16, 2015

            Not surprisingly, you are projecting. Republicans like George H W Bush pardon their fellow crooks, so you assume Dems will do it. First, for what could he pardon her ? Unlike the numerous GOP criminals, she’s committed no crimes, though I sure you have plenty of made-up-stuff. Isn’t there a rule somewhere about bearing false witness?

          4. David September 17, 2015

            Ooops! Didn’t mean to take all that stuff from the Whitehouse. It must have gotten mixed up with our things.

          5. Sand_Cat September 17, 2015

            Another petty and probably grossly exaggerated or fabricated “scandal.” You’re zero for two. Do you want to talk about “Saddam has weapons of mass destruction he’s going to give to terrorists”?

  9. Eleanore Whitaker September 16, 2015

    Down through history, the GOP men have had huge zipper problems. No surprise. Look where most of them come from. Remember when Republican Warren Harding mysteriously died while aboard a train in the company of his wife, the long suffering cuckold who knew he had not one, but 5, count ’em, 5 mistresses throughout his presidential career. One of those mistresses was blackmailing him because she had his child out of wedlock.

    As always with GOP men, the little woman came to his rescue and burned all of the blackmail letters. Then, she mysteriously died not 6 months later.

    1. David September 16, 2015

      Eleanore!!! You ask us to remember Warren Harding. Speaking about zippers, it is a lot easier to remember blue dress Willy. Did you overlook him?

  10. The lucky one September 16, 2015

    How about let’s dump both of them. I have no use for Clinto but I will say that if Trump and his fellow clown car comrades had been investigated as thoroughly as her and Bill most would be in prison and the rest would be institutionalized.

  11. lucky September 16, 2015

    The media treatment of Hillary is replay of Bill Clinton presidency–unrelenting hatred and determined downfall. There’s too much right-wing bias in media from radio talk shows to TV to internet that is flat out untruthful propaganda

  12. FT66 September 16, 2015

    Call Trump supporters crazy people, but this time they are the smartest ones. They don’t listen to media nor to typical politicians. Why not Hillary supporters?

  13. Otto Greif September 16, 2015

    Hillary is a victim! Even the liberal media and her own staffers are in on it!

  14. Paragryne September 16, 2015

    Well, we don’t have Richard Nixon to kick around anymore.

  15. David September 16, 2015

    Well Gene Lyons…you’d better hope that Hildebeast doesn’t turn sharply. Your nose might get broken.

    1. Sand_Cat September 16, 2015

      Can’t take the truth, can you? Supposedly it will set you free, but you’re way too far gone.

      1. David September 17, 2015

        The truth? Let’s start:
        Dodging sniper fire in Bosnia?

        1. Sand_Cat September 17, 2015

          OOOOOH, that’s a really important one.

          That’s about what all the crap about “dishonesty” of Democrats amounts to, while GOP’s whoppers get people killed and take away people’s rights. No more mountains out of molehills.

          1. David September 19, 2015

            Here’s another:
            Flat broke when we left the Whitehouse.

  16. Sand_Cat September 16, 2015


  17. johnsmart September 16, 2015

    I love this piece and am a Clinton supporter since 1992. BUT I have to say that I will not vote for an incompetent campaign. Her campaign is worse than Mondale’s in 1984. They are complete morons. I could run her campaign better from a phone booth in Fresno with 8 quarters. Carville could run it better from a phone booth on Mars with 2 quarters. Really anyone with a small brain, some free time and some coffee could run it better than the buffoons in Brooklyn.

    1. Eleanore Whitaker September 17, 2015

      Look again. Hillary has not focused her attention on the popular vote. She already has amassed ALL the electoral college votes she needs to win the Electoral Vote.

      Now..take a good look at why she did that. She took a leaf out of the Gore campaign where Bush and Cheney plotted to win the presidency by first gathering the electoral college votes. Gore won the popular vote and lost because he didn’t have the 270 electoral votes needed to win.

      Any man who is fool enough to miss the subtleties of the Clinton campaign is going to be in for a rude awakening if they expect Hillary to broadcast her every move to a vicious McCarthyistic GOP.

      You’ll notice Trump is steering clean of taking on Hillary. He knows why. She has insider information of how Trump’s “Art of the Deal” is not so “artsy” and is more “corruptsy” than he would like the public to know.

      There is only one thing big money NEVER hides…corruption.

    2. Harbinger08 September 18, 2015

      You’ll learn in time how mistaken you are, johnsmart. The team working the Clinton campaign is a combined effort of some of the best talent of both the Obama and Clinton camps as well as a largely unified cadre of dem party heavy hitters. This is just the warm up. I think your own claims of expertise are laughably overstated. Hang on to those quarters, though.

    3. bubba September 20, 2015

      The republicans are right to fear Hillary Clinton and to do all they can to faux scandal-monger her. She know them all too well and when she steps into the office of President of the U.S. , she will be holding that over their heads.
      One of my favorite quotes come from a Stephen King novel “Delores Claiborne” and is “sometimes being a bitch is all a woman has to hang on to”.
      So…. Hillary …. just keep hanging on!

  18. towercam September 20, 2015

    This article wins the Milque Toast award for acting like it’s doing something.
    Funny, how Hillary Clinton’s ties with MONSANTO, the outrageously dirty mega-corporation, aren’t mentioned.
    That that tie isn’t even hinted at in this article, says that it has no guts; no teeth.
    Way to write a snooze piece! 😉

  19. manderso September 20, 2015

    It’s simple, the people who are really supporting Howard Dean, are Republicans. Of course they won’t even mention the fact that he’s a socialist or was an attempted conscious objector if he did get the nomination, that’s all in the past, just like George McGovern.

  20. Susan September 20, 2015

    Hillary’s only competition in this race is the media. The owners of the media do not want her to be president, which should be a story somewhere in addition to Media Matters. Nate Silver did a chart explaining how she is overwhelmingly shown by the media in a negative light. In spite of this, she is going to be the Democratic nominee and the next President. By the way, MSNBC

  21. BiteMeLiberals September 25, 2015

    Glad we are able to get rid of the Wicked Witch Hillary. Long live Dorothy and the GOP!


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