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May 2, 2014 - 6:09 pm
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And so the spin begins

Over the 25 years Hillary Clinton has spent in the national spotlight, she’s been smeared and stereotyped, the subject of dozens of over-hyped or downright fictional stories and books alleging, among other things, that she is a lesbian, a Black Widow killer who offed Vincent Foster then led an unprecedented coverup, a pathological liar, a real estate swindler, a Commie, a harridan. Every aspect of her personal life has been ransacked; there’s no part of her 5-foot-7-inch body that hasn’t come under microscopic scrutiny, from her ankles to her neckline to her myopic blue eyes—not to mention the ever-changing parade of hairstyles that friends say reflects creative restlessness and enemies read as a symbol of somebody who doesn’t stand for anything.

OK, had they not used the word “alleging,” most of that paragraph would have been something eerily similar to what I would write about her. Anyone who uses the word “harridan” is just trying to justify some college debt, however.

The descent into “I Can’t Believe This Isn’t Parody Land” is remarkably quick in this piece, even for Politico.

Forget all that troubled history, and a Clinton run for president in 2016 seems like a no-brainer, an inevitable next step after the redemption of her past few years as a well-regarded, if not quite historic, secretary of state. But remember the record, and you’ll understand why Clinton, although rested, rich and seemingly ready, has yet to commit to a presidential race (people around her insist it’s not greater than a 50-50 proposition), even as she’s an overwhelming favorite.

If Clinton says yes, she’ll have access to a bottomless pool of Democratic political talent and cash to match all those hyperbolic pronouncements about her inevitability. If she doesn’t run, the single biggest factor holding her back will be the media, according to an informal survey of three dozen friends, allies and former aides interviewed for this article. As much as anything else, her ambivalence about the race, they told us, reflects her distaste for and apprehension of a rapacious, shallow and sometimes outright sexist national political press corps acting as enablers for her enemies on the right.

Get it? THE VAST RIGHT-WING CONSPIRACY IS STILL ALIVE AND KEEPING HER DOWN!

And it’s got friends in the media.

Also, this nothing but beer, chocolate and french fries diet will lower your cholesterol and get you in the best shape of your life.

As the weekend is almost here, I really don’t have time to think about all of the things that the media has given Hillary a free pass on over the years; that’s a job that would go faster if Vince Foster were here to refresh my memory.

But I can recall the biggest one off the top of my head. I’ll explain on the next page.

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The press corps is sad about the deaths in Benghazi. Really they are. But if the administration's taking responsibility for the debacle will impede our progress toward statist utopia, then I'm afraid lying to the public is in order. Again.

The press corps is sad about the Democrats' disastrous health care law. Really they are. But if the administration's taking responsibility for the debacle will impede our progress toward statist utopia, then I'm afraid lying to the public is in order. Again.

The press corps is sad about the adminitration's targeting conservatives with the IRS. Really they are. But if the administration's taking responsibility for the debacle will impede our progress toward statist utopia, then I'm afraid lying to the public is in order. Again.

The press corps is sad about....
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JoeNobody asks a very valid question. The answer is that the MSM and assorted acolytes,hangers-on, the entire Democratic Party, most low information voters, and probably 65% of women voters will, reflexively, be pro-Hillary from day one. That will be a nearly impossible combination for whomever the Republican candidate is to overcome.

The only way to beat that combination will be a total bloody shirt campaign against her. Nothing off-limits. Forget about the yelling and screaming from the slimestream media folks, the econazis, the "women's study" types, et all. This will be a political war, and I, for one, seriously doubt the Republicans' ability to wage it.
32 weeks ago
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For much of her career, she has remained publicly unwilling (and, former advisers say, at times even privately incapable) of differentiating between malicious, coordinated political attacks and the legitimate scouring of her record undertaken by responsible reporters.[emphasis added]

Can anyone actually name a "responsible reporter" any more? At least one in the MSM? The Watchdogs of the Media have clearly become the Lapdogs of the Administration since the anointing of Barack Obama as President. If they were responsible, he would have had a much tougher time of things during his administration so far: instead of apologists and cover-up artists, we would have had some serious inspection of who he was and what he did. He would never have been elected to the Presidency even once, let alone twice.
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What a laugh! Does anyone outside the beltway believe anything the MSM says? IF they do, they are blithering idiots.
32 weeks ago
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Clothing is rough on Hillary, but not the media.
32 weeks ago
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Hope she is a better grandmother than Secretary of State. And can devote all her energy to that job!
32 weeks ago
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One commenter at politics referenced this site:

http://whatreallyhappened.com/RANCHO/POLITICS/BODIES.html

Insane paranoia? Or cogent reality check? Or ??? Are the Clintons really serial sociopaths? Or do they just know a lot of dead people?

Maybe it's time to look at how it is that people in this post-modern, digital era gain power, and what that has come to mean...

32 weeks ago
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I guess Politico doesn't remember how badly the media treated Hillary once they became distracted by the shiny object that was Barack Obama. Once Barack arrived on the scene and the hyperventilating media began to mold his image, Hillary had to go and they dispatched her accordingly. (By the end of the primary season, even I was disgusted by the shoddy treatment and I despise the woman.)

But Hillary remembers (and so does Bill) and knows if another shiny object comes along, they'll drop her like the proverbial hot potato once again and they won't be gentle about it. You can tell the media is already bored with her (well, heck, who isn't) as the spin in her favor is lackadaisical at best

I predict that with additional investigation into Benghazi, Hillary's position will become untenable which will open the door allowing that shiny object (whoever she may be) to emerge.
32 weeks ago
32 weeks ago Link To Comment
The press corps is sad about the deaths in Benghazi. Really they are. But if the administration's taking responsibility for the debacle will impede our progress toward statist utopia, then I'm afraid lying to the public is in order. Again.

The press corps is sad about the Democrats' disastrous health care law. Really they are. But if the administration's taking responsibility for the debacle will impede our progress toward statist utopia, then I'm afraid lying to the public is in order. Again.

The press corps is sad about the adminitration's targeting conservatives with the IRS. Really they are. But if the administration's taking responsibility for the debacle will impede our progress toward statist utopia, then I'm afraid lying to the public is in order. Again.

The press corps is sad about....
32 weeks ago
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Let's not forget the rank sexism deployed against Sarah Palin by the Progs. Remember FCMABBHO's remark about putting lipstick on a pig? Remember the attacks against her for not terminating her pregnancy after tests revealed the fetus had a genetic disorder? Remember the crazy conspiracy theories that Trig wasn't even her child?
32 weeks ago
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JoeNobody asks a very valid question. The answer is that the MSM and assorted acolytes,hangers-on, the entire Democratic Party, most low information voters, and probably 65% of women voters will, reflexively, be pro-Hillary from day one. That will be a nearly impossible combination for whomever the Republican candidate is to overcome.

The only way to beat that combination will be a total bloody shirt campaign against her. Nothing off-limits. Forget about the yelling and screaming from the slimestream media folks, the econazis, the "women's study" types, et all. This will be a political war, and I, for one, seriously doubt the Republicans' ability to wage it.
32 weeks ago
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Yes, I could see the contempt and hatred in the faces of the Today show hosts when they treated the news about Chelsea's pregnancy like it was the second coming of Christ.
32 weeks ago
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Yes, there were racist attacks against FCMABBHO during the 2008 campaign. Yes, there will be sexist attacks against Clinton if she runs in 2016. However, that does not mean that every attack against either is based on race or sex.

To claim that any attack is based on race or sex detracts from the real problems of racism and sexism. It also hands enormous clout to those making those making those claims.

I wonder if those people understand the damage they do to those who suffer the effects of real racism and real sexism. I doubt it because for them, the end justifies the means.
32 weeks ago
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Mandy Manners, AGREED!! I was the victim of a sexist "old boys club" at a company where no matter the quality of my contributions, I was passed over for raises & promotions, as were all the women. When the boss hired an outside company to evaluate all employees, this contractor (who was obviously an open minded 21st century male, despite being in his 60's, while our CEO was in his 40's) interviewed all the employees privately. My interview with this gentleman just happened to be the final one. I noticed he seemed a little lethargic at the beginning of our interview. I asked for his card, gave him mine & asked him what he was looking for. He seemed to perk up, (I doubt ANY of my co-workers expressed any interest whatsoever in the process). He said, "I 'm looking for a hidden gem at this company" & I remarked that that was a productive use of time. He further perked up. By the time our interview was over, he was beaming. He had asked about my current job & my goals at the company & I had thoughtful answers for ALL his questions. This was near the end of the day & his last meeting was with our boss. In a few days, I asked the boss (our CEO) if there were any "results" from the contractors research. He said, "No, we won't be using him again", & his expression was such that I knew he wanted this topic to go away fast. So I belabored the point by telling him that in all the companies I had ever worked for, this contractor was the best I'd ever seen, asking the most important questions that reflected a clear insight into our business. I went on as long as I could just to observe his reaction & it was very uncomfortable. This was just the icing on the cake at this company & confirmed what I already knew. I left there in 2009 & occasionally visit friends there & nothing has changed...still no women in positions of responsibility, regardless of their qualifications. In retrospect, I realize now (distance & time have helped this process) I think an awful lot like the bosses wife & he regularly shreds her on the phone, (where I could hear it), so I expect women who can think for themselves were a threat to him. He always treated the "air-heads" just fine. So, yes, anyone who makes those claims just because a woman is in the picture, has probably never experienced this...those of us who have...just keep on keepin' on. My birth certificate never came with a guarantee that I would be evaluated fairly or on the merits of my work. That said...this kind of mis-treatment becomes tedious.
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The papers I worked at as a reporter were filled with sexist swine. At one, women were required to wear dresses/skirts but I was not told this before I was hired and had relocated. When I questioned this policy and told them I had just a few dresses/skirts, the publisher cut me a check to go shopping, and swore me to secrecy.

That was mighty nice of him, but it didn't address the fact that it's damn hard to run around the town and countryside wearing a dress/skirt. I'll never forget the time I had to shoot a grisly car wreck on my bare knees, or the time I changed into a pair of pants during a tornado warning only to be told to put my skirt back on. Yeah. Wear a skirt while riding around looking for funnel clouds and photographing the fields of debris.

Sure, men had to wear ties, but ties don't expose your legs nor do they restrict your movement to the same extent dresses/skirts do. I'll stop now because I'm getting cranky.
32 weeks ago
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