Hillary Clinton

On blaming the media for “what happened”

Featured image Hillary Clinton’s attempt to explain “what happened” in the 2016 election has been greeted with derision from many on the right and on the left. However, the folks at FiveThirtyEight defend both the effort and the product. In doing so, they give voice to an emerging complaint that the New York Times and other mainstream media outlets helped elect Donald Trump. I find it difficult to take this complaint seriously. »

The New Yorker Cover that Never Ran

Featured image To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, one must have a heart of stone to view the cover that the New Yorker intended to run to commemorate Hillary Clinton’s election as president without laughing: The painting, by Malika Favre, is called “The First.” The Washington Post’s report will bring a smile to your face: It’s the “what if” cover — the image that the New Yorker planned to run if Hillary Clinton had »

Want to See a Real Nightmare?

Featured image Paul brings our attention below to the NY Post account of Hillary’s atrocious book debut in New York yesterday, and at this point in life I simply can’t be bothered to follow the rollout and howlers of Hillary’s latest apologia (her third in 15 years, I think?). I’ve already linked here before to my 2003 review of Hillary’s Living History, which apparently required six ghostwriters. I’ll just repair once more »

“What happened” in a nutshell

Featured image Hillary Clinton’s book about her 2016 defeat is called What Happened. Her answer, apparently, is that Bernie Sanders, Jill Stein, Barack Obama, the Russians, Joe Biden, James Comey, Anthony Weiner, the Electoral College, apathetic voters, and assorted misogynists behaved badly and/or let her down. A better answer can be gleaned from this account by Maureen Callahan of a book signing event in New York City. Callahan writes: Among the enduring »

P.J. O’Rourke, call your office

Featured image Hillary Clinton’s books are said to induce nausea. My advice? Skip the books; read the reviews. Especially if they are written by Steve, or by P.J. O’Rourke. O’Rourke’s review of Mrs. Clinton’s It Takes a Village, published by the Weekly Standard, was hilarious. He called the review “It Takes a Village Idiot.” Here is the opening: It takes a village to raise a child. The village is Washington. You are »

It Takes A Distillery—or Three

Featured image Scott has mentioned the breathless anticipation for Hillary Clinton’s forthcoming book What Happened, and my own anticipation sent me back to the review I wrote of Hillary’s 2003 memoir, Living History in the CRB, which began thus: Years ago I developed a standardized measurement for the agony involved in reading and reviewing tendentious books. I call it the “Donaldson Scale,” after Sam Donaldson of ABC News, whose book I once »

Speaking of drones

Featured image The tension mounts as we approach the official September 12 publication date of Madam Hillary’s forthcoming campaign memoir, What Happened?. Clinton released what is billed as an exclusive excerpt or two to her friends at MSNBC, where commentators’ eyes were moist with tears of rage on election night. Reading the excerpts, Clinton reveals that she was unnerved by Trump’s proximity to her during their October 9 debate at Washington University. »

President Trump’s sickening treatment of Jeff Sessions

Featured image In America, we don’t persecute defeated party leaders. That’s the stuff of Robespierre, Stalin, and Mao. Even Donald Trump seemed to recognize this. In his better moments on the campaign trail, he responded to chants of “lock her up” with “defeat her.” After his election, Trump let it be known that he did not intend to prosecute Hillary Clinton. For his part, Attorney General Sessions has been focusing on the »

Jake Sullivan’s rethink

Featured image Jake Sullivan was a top adviser to Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Eight months after the election, he still isn’t over Clinton’s defeat. That’s understandable given the closeness of the election, its surprising outcome, and Sullivan’s view of the man who won it. But unlike many Clintonistas, and the candidate herself, Sullivan has managed to move beyond blaming James Comey and the Russians. According to the Washington Post’s Greg Jaffe, Sullivan is »

Book of the Year: St. Hillary of Hippo

Featured image While we await the threatened—and as yet untitled—memoir of Hillary Clinton, we can delight in a new book also about the inner reaches of Herself, coming in August: Strong for a Moment Like This: The Daily Devotions of Hillary Rodham Clinton. It’s 416 pages! Maybe they are blank pages like that other recent classic, Michael Knowles’s Reasons to Vote for Democrats? No—this is apparently a serious book. Hillary doesn’t joke »

Hillary looks back in anger (3)

Featured image Below is the Fox News graphic compiling “everyone and everything” Madam Hillary has blamed for her loss to Donald Trump. Even this list may not be complete. Implicit in Clinton’s latest recitation is the Electoral College factor (as Shannen Coffin pointed out to me this afternoon). I posted Shannen’s list here. The Fox News Insider article that is a companion to the tweet below is posted here. A list of »

Greatest Hillary / Huma Email Exchange Ever

Featured image This email exchange between Hillary Clinton and her best friend Huma Abedin is entertaining on several levels. It dates from July 2011, and I assume it comes from the emails on Hillary’s secret server that were dribbled out in response to various requests. I don’t know why the exchange wasn’t noticed earlier, but apparently Alex Griswold of the Free Beacon discovered and Tweeted it. I believe the occasion was Betty »

Hillary looks back in anger (2)

Featured image I actually didn’t do justice to Hillary Clinton’s laundry list of blame for her loss to President Trump in the 2016 presidential election. Not even close. Fox News is using an excellent graphic that extracts the items that can be gleaned from the full transcript of her remarks at the 2017 Recode Conference yesterday. I can’t find the graphic online. Our friend Shannen Coffin, however, provides an almost completely reliable »

Hillary looks back in anger

Featured image Hillary Clinton sat for an interview with Walter Mossberg and Kara Swisher at Recode’s 2017 Code Conference yesterday. The full video (below) runs 75 minutes. Recode has posted a transcript here. Swisher gingerly reminds us of Clinton’s invocation of the vast right-wing conspiracy. Swisher asks “how many years did you talk about the vast right-wing conspiracy?” Clinton’s definition of the VRWC amounts to opposition to her political causes. “[There are »

Hilarious Hillary

Featured image Did you hear? Hillary Clinton hacked her way (in every sense of the work “hack”—see the second video below) through a commencement address at her alma mater Wellesley College today, where, among other things, she claimed we live at a time when truth and reason are under assault. This is supposed to be an attack on Trump, of course, but as I have argued here before, it is the postmodern »

A Final Word About James Comey

Featured image After spending nearly the whole three hours of the Laura Ingraham show this morning talking about President Trump’s firing of James Comey, I hadn’t intended to contribute further to the Democrats’ hysterical fit du jour. But this, from the Young Cons on Instagram, is too funny to pass up: »

Trump: Genius or Savant?

Featured image From the beginning of Trump’s implausible rise to the presidency, I’ve wondered whether he’s a Chauncey Gardner-style idiot savant (which is what liberals always thought of Reagan, even after he demolished them at successive elections), a shrewd genius of sorts, or just plain lucky. Increasingly the evidence leans toward the second explanation—that underneath Trump’s verb-tense and syntactically-challenged stream-of-consciousness speaking (and Tweeting) style, there is a shrewdness about him that bespeaks »