Ed Driscoll

Hillary Commits Own Goal

By feigning Dickensian poverty after her years of public service as First Lady, Hillary is causing her critics to remind voters how well she was and Bill were bankrolled by establishment liberalism upon leaving office:

“We came out of the White House not only dead broke but in debt.”According to Clinton, she and her husband, who has made over $100 million since leaving the White House, “struggled to, you know, piece together the resources for mortgages for houses, for Chelsea’s education, you know, it was not easy.

Or as Drew M. quips at Ace of Spades, “Hillary Clinton: I Know What It’s Like To Scrimp And Save When You’re Down To Your Last 20 Million Dollars:”

Let’s look back to how the Clintons left the White House.

Hillary Clinton Book Advance, $8 Million, Is Near Record By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK Published: December 16, 2000

Senator-elect Hillary Rodham Clinton agreed last night to sell Simon & Schuster a memoir of her years as first lady, for the near-record advance of about $8 million.

December 16, 2000 seems to be a bit earlier than January 20th, 2001 which was the date that the Clinton’s “left the White House”.

She was also making $186,600 as a US Senator.

Bill was pulling down $200K in pension as an ex-President (that’s just cash and doesn’t include office staff, protection, etc).

Of course that was just to hold him over until August of 2001 when he signed his book deal which was worth….$10 million.

And then are the seven figure speaking fees and she and Bill have pocketed. According to Noah Rothman in his first post at Hot Air, “Together with her husband, the Clintons made $109 million in the past 7 years.”

In 2007, Hillary stumbled out of the gate by assuming that the Democrat presidential candidacy was hers for the asking, thus creating a huge opening on her left for a young virtually unknown candidate named Barack Obama who, as a self-described “blank screen” could craft himself as a holographic version of the media’s perfect presidential candidate. But it helped enormously that the media had spent the last six years destroying the Bush administration, with their relentless attacks on Bush himself surging to a peak during Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath in 2005. That they were demonstrably false doesn’t matter — as Donna Brazile wrote in CNN last year, “Bush came through on Katrina” — the the DNC-MSM’s relentless attacks did their job. They paved the way for first a Democrat Congress in 2006, and then made it much easier for any Democrat candidate to position him or herself as being “Not Bush” — and Not Bush was enough to win in 2008.

But as Ross Douthat wrote yesterday in the otherwise Hillary house organ New York Times, with Obama having entered Katrina territory himself through his own series of own goals — Obamacare, Benghazi, Bergdahl, the IRS scandal, and the V.A. “There Is No Alternative” to a Hillary candidacy:

Like the penultimate Hapsburg emperor with his motley empire, then, she has the potential to embody a political coalition — its identities and self-conceptions, its nostalgias and aspirations — in ways that might just keep the whole thing hanging together.

But without her, the deluge.

Interesting comparison of Hillary to an aging European monarch on his last legs, since all of the above complaints on Hillary’s One Percent-level net worth don’t include her potential health issues — and her rabid media defenders who are deeply in on the conspiracy