Hillary Clinton is sporting the lowest personal ratings of the campaign. Moreover, her 37 percent positive rating is the lowest the NBC/WSJ poll has recorded since March 2001, two months after she was elected to the U.S. Senate from New York.
Bill Richardson came out swinging Easter Sunday, slamming the “gutter” politics which he says is “typical of many of the people around Senator Clinton.”
The New Mexico governor made the searing remarks appearing on “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace.
Asked about James Carville’s comments, as reported in the New York Times Saturday, that Richardson’s endorsement of Barack Obama was comparable to “when Judas sold out [Jesus] for 30 pieces of silver,” an angry Richardson told Wallace, “I’m not going to get in the gutter like that.”
Then he followed with a blistering attack on the Clinton’s inner circle.
“And you know, that’s typical of many of the people around Senator Clinton. They think they have a sense of entitlement to the presidency.”
Back on public display are Hillary’s marvelous shape-shifting abilities. Since the beginning of the campaign, we have seen shifts from the Commander-in-Chief Hillary to the teary Victim Hillary. But in just the last ten days, we’ve watched:
Hillary gracious: “I am so honored to be sitting on this stage with Barack Obama.”
Hillary resigned: “And you know, whatever happens, we’ll be fine.”
Hillary school-marmish: “Shame on you, Barack Obama!”
Hillary feisty: “I am in the solution business, my opponent is in the promises business.”
And Hillary exultant: “We’re going on, we’re going strong, and we’re going all the way.”
So in just a couple of weeks she’s traversed, far and wide, the emotional and behavioral map — even flirting with the notion of a highly unlikely Clinton-Obama ticket. In her Mississippi speeches, even her accent seemed to change, as she morphed from the blue-collar Ohio worker to the wife of the kind of guy who can host a fish-fry in Tupelo. (Wonder if Big Bill did his Elvis imitation for the hometown folks.)
The morning after reviving her candidacy with two big primary wins, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) hinted Wednesday that she and Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) may wind up as ticket mates.
“That may, you know, be where this is headed, but of course we have to decide who’s on the top of ticket,” Clinton said with a laugh on the CBS’s “The Early Show.” “I think that the people of Ohio very clearly said that it should be me.”
And people in the other 40-plus states have other thoughts.
Clinton has little chance of closing the gap because Democrats allocate most of their delegates proportionally, meaning the loser of a close contest earns nearly as many delegates as the winner. Even as she declared victory in Ohio, Clinton knew that Tuesday’s results were unlikely to draw her much closer to Obama.
It doesn’t get any better for Clinton after Tuesday. Just for kicks, pencil the New York senator in for landslide victories in Wyoming, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky plus narrow victories in Guam, Indiana, North Carolina, Montana and South Dakota — scenarios that give her a hefty benefit of the doubt and then some. And what happens?
She still trails Obama.
Two columnists at the Boston Globe seem to have very different opinions about what is fair media coverage of a woman running for President.
Caryl Rivers explains how any uncomplimentary media coverage is inherently sexist.
The media coverage of the Clinton campaign will be, for years to come, a textbook case of how the coverage of female candidates differs from that of males. Women have to walk a very thin line when they run for high office. On the one hand, they have to appear tough, nothing at all like a sniveling female, and when they do talk tough, they are called “shrill.”
The media loved Hillary when she put her hand on Obama’s and said it was a privilege to be on the same podium; they hated her when she slammed him for giving out what she called misleading information on her healthcare plan. (After googling “shrill” and “Hillary” after that encounter, I stopped at 20 pages.)
At the same time, the news media have gone into a deep swoon over Barack. Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz said, “Look, I haven’t seen a politician get this kind of walk-on-water coverage since Colin Powell a dozen years ago flirted with making a run for the White House. I mean, it is amazing.”
I guess the moral there is that the media can’t give Obama any sort of preference.. after all, he’s a man! (Notice how Caryl dodges the race issue, tho.. after all, he’s black!)
Then there is the Elinor Lipman, also at the Boston Globe. She seems to think that Hillary might not be the perfect candidate.. even though she’s a woman.. but because her personality throws up huge red flags.
Questioning a woman’s tone and delivery evokes charges of sexism, of biased preoccupations with niceness – as if no one ever complained about the Bob Dole snarl or the Dick Cheney sneer. How many times do we have to hear that when women get forceful, they are called shrill and angry, while bellicose males are lauded as strong and presidential? We get it. No one has questioned Senator Clinton’s toughness, or her readiness to be commander in chief. I hope “hectoring” isn’t a word that is more feminine than masculine, because I would like to employ it now.
My e-mailing friends took great and irretrievable offense when Senator Clinton rapped on our candidate’s knuckles with “So shame on you, Barack Obama!” for campaign mailers criticizing her healthcare plan. Paired up with her Providence soliloquy (“The sky will open. The light will come down. Celestial choirs will be singing. Then everyone will know we should do the right thing and the world will be perfect!”), she crossed some line in our maternal hearts. “Hillary off the deep end?” two friends wrote in near-simultaneous e-mails. “Off her meds?” wrote another. I wondered if these double rhetorical whammies might be a paler version of Howard Dean’s unintentional valedictory in Iowa in 2004.
An anti-Hillary robocall is riling up the Clinton supporters who have their heads buried up their proverbial sandbox. Click to learn more about the REAL Hillary
Everything I say in my anti-Hillary phone message, I can back up and document.
1) Hillary’s prison yard vocabulary and cussing fit (because she could not have VP Al Gore’s office) that she had on Inauguration Day, 1993 are well covered in many biographies.
2) Larry Nichols, Clinton insider for 10 years in Arkansas, was in the room in 1978 when Hillary comes running in and says “You will never believe what the &*^% did now, he tried to rape some %$#@ – This was just after Bill’s rape of Juanita Broaddrick.
3) Jack Palladino told Melanie Morgan in 2003 that the only thing he regretted about working for Hillary in the Willey terror campaign was that Hillary did not pay him on time.
Jack Palladino says “The only regret that I have about that whole thing was that Hillary did not pay me in a timely fashion.” [Kathleen Willey, Target, p. 212]
4) James Carville’s comment about Paula Jones being trailor trash is well-known. Bill is a pervert who exposed himself to Paula and told her to “Kiss it.”
5) Hillary tells TIME (in an election year 1996) that she and Bill were talking about ADOPTING a child. Bill, of course, was having hundreds of affairs, Monica being just one. Hillary is a lesbian, bisexual really, who was at one point screwing BOTH of her law partners Vince Foster and Webb Hubbell (Chelsea).
HILLARY TREATS PEOPLE LIKE THEY ARE INVISIBLE
Hello. FBI agent Gary Aldrich says that Hillary on Inauguration Day, 1993 was in an uncontrolled and unbridled fury, yelling and screaming profanities, because she was not allowed to have Vice President Al Gore’s office in the White House. Hillary treats people like they are invisible; can you trust her?
Hillary knew about and helped cover up Bill’s rape of Juanita Broaddrick. Hillary treats women like they are invisible; can you trust her?
Hillary hired Jack Palladino to run a terror campaign on Kathleen Willey to keep her quiet about what Bill had done to her. They nail gunned her car tires and stole or killed her pet cat named Bullseye. Hillary thinks cats are expendable; can you trust her?
After Bill pulled down his britches and EXPOSED himself to Paula Jones, Hillary’s friend James Carville said “Drag a hundred dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you’ll find.” Hillary treats women like they are invisible, can you trust her?
Hillary told TIME Magazine in June, 1996, that she was thinking about adopting a child, despite the fact Bill was having an affair with Monica and Hillary knew he had a whole harem in the White House. Hillary was having her own affairs with Vince Foster, probably Webb Hubbell and even others. Hillary makes up fairy tales about adopting an orphan child, can you trust her?
This message is from Robert Morrow on behalf of everyone who has been violated and abused by Hillary and Bill – treated like they were invisible. Hillary sure does say a lot of things, doesn’t she – but can you trust her?
Having won exactly zero of the last four primaries, Hillary believes that when the going gets tough, the tough fire their campaign managers.
Hillary, I’m sure you read this blog regularly, so let me clue you in… it’s not that the voters don’t trust you… well, yeah.. that’s exactly what it is. Nevermind.
Here’s an interesting post about Hillary’s view (or maybe ‘use’ is a better description) of religion
I don’t know Hillary Clinton personally, but I, for some reason, don’t get the feeling that she’s a particularly spiritual person. I would think that if she ever had a sizable problem, she would go straight to her cell phone and call a cadre of lawyers, political advisers and PR experts to immediately embark on “damage control” as opposed to falling on her knees in prayer.
Perhaps, she utters Sydney Blumenthal’s name when she needs “divine” inspiration.
Or maybe, she used to… BEFORE his January 7th arrest. Always remember: you can’t spell “I’m drunk”…without the letters “D-U-I”.
As far as religious affiliations are concerned, Hillary Clinton’s bio indicates she’s a Methodist.
OK…fine. I’ll buy that.
Again, I don’t know the woman Hillary Clinton is, but I don’t like the politician she has become. I think ALL politicians are glad handers, they’ll say whatever they have to to advance their agenda, but in my opinion, Hillary has carefully honed deflection, transference and rationalization to a fine art.
Still, I wonder about the woman. I wonder what she’s like when the camera isn’t on her, when she’s alone, in private–away from her constituency, the pundits and the pollsters.
Having done some research on Hillary, I think I can shed some light on the woman Hillary really is when the cameras are turned away.
Actual quotes of the “smartest woman in the world” as witnessed by her staff and the Secret Service agents assigned to protect her life.
“What the f*ck are you doing up there? You get back here right away.”
“Come back here, you *sshole! Where the f*ck do you think you’re going?”
“You stupid motherf*cker!”
“You fucking *sshole!”
“You g*ddamn stupid f*cking fool.”
“For God’s sake Bill, don’t be an *sshole. If you want to lose this election because you’re too chickensh*t, then go ahead!”
“I’ve got to be there just to make sure they don’t f*ck it up.”
“Get f*cked! Get the f*ck out of my way! Get out of my face!”
“Stay the f*ck back, stay the f*ck away from me! Don’t come within ten yards of me, or else! Just f*cking do as I say, okay?”
A warning to her assigned Secret Service detail assigned to protect her life.
“If you want to remain on this detail, get your f*cking ass over here and grab those bags.”
“Personal, trained pigs.”
“F*ck off! It’s enough that I have to see you sh*t-kickers every day. I’m not going to talk to you, too. Just do your g*ddamn job and keep your mouth shut.”
“These women are all trash. Nobody’s going to believe them.”
“What the f*ck do you think you’re doing? I know who that whore is. I know what she’s here for. Get her out of here.”
“G*ddamn it, Bill. How long do you expect me to put up with this sh*t?”
“Come on, Bill. Put your dick up. You can’t f*ck her here.”
“Bill told me that Monica Lewinsky was an intern he had befriended two years earlier. He said that she had misinterpreted his attention, which was something I had seen dozens of times before.”
“My husband may have his faults, but he has never lied to me.”
“You stupid f*cking moron. How could you risk your presidency for this?”
“You know, we did have a very good stretch — years and years of nothing. I thought this was resolved ten years ago.”
“I want to get this sh*t over with and get these damn people out of here.”
Hillary was unaware of an active microphone near her in the Arkansas governor’s mansion as she said that about a group of grade-school students touring the building.