Not ready for Hillary? Wait’ll you hear this song!

AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank attended Hillary Clinton’s recent speech at Georgetown, which is more than you can say about nearly everyone else:

“(W)hen it was time for Clinton’s appearance to begin Wednesday morning, half of the 700 seats in the place were empty. After a half-hour ‘weather delay,’ diplomats and VIPs filled a few more chairs, but more than 300 remained vacant when the former secretary of state and first lady walked in wearing a robin’s-egg-blue jacket and her signature pants.

“Roughly half a dozen people rose to applaud, and for a terrifying moment it appeared they might be the only ones standing. But slowly, lazily, most of the others struggled to their feet.”

He appears to be unimpressed with explanations about why those present, and those who weren’t, were unimpressed with Clinton’s presence:

“Maybe it was just overexposure. Clinton began by joking that she’d been to Georgetown more in the last couple of years than her husband, who is an alumnus. This got a polite chuckle. A spokeswoman for the university said that this is the last week of classes, so students may be busy preparing for final exams.

“But it has to be a worrisome sign for Clintonistas as they prepare to launch her 2016 juggernaut. President Obama, talking to ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos last month about Clinton’s efforts to distance herself from the unpopular president, said ‘the American people, you know, they’re going to want that new-car smell.’ Doug Schoen, whose polling firm worked for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign and who now is a Fox News regular, contributed his view that his former client lacks that particular scent.”

Does that mean donations to Hillary qualify as cash for clunkers?

The last “used car” to have the “new car smell” — by which I mean someone who was elected to succeed a president in whose administration he served — was George H.W. Bush. Before that, if you exclude those who first came to the White House via their predecessor’s death (LBJ and Truman), it was … Herbert Hoover, elected in 1928.

If it’s novelty she needs, maybe Clinton should stop making speeches and just send this crew on tour in her place. They’ll get everyone Ready for Hillary!

OTOH, if you want something you can dance to:

Personally, I don’t think any presidential song has really had “it” since “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too.”

And people make fun of the tea partyers with the tricorn hats …

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JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

The Hillary songster is sorta like her, he lips sinks poorly and she does "I ain't nowhere tired" even worse.

I stopped the Crazy Elizabeth song as soon as I heard "America wants a woman president."

I can only speak for myself, but I want tradition - a white male Republican in the White House.

The experiment with the black guy has not worked out so well.

And, we are in too big a mess to move from disaster to another experiment.  Especially with a Progressive like Hillary.

Trefusis
Trefusis

Why do they still want songs, honestly?  Is it just habit?  Why does a candidate have to have her own trail song?  It doesn't make sense.  One of the only good things going in this country is that we have beautiful artist daily recording in places like Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York City, Austin, Nashville, Oakland. Detroit.  In no particular order.  It's just undeniably gorgeous.  Why should it matter who's been naughty or nice so long as you are not St. Nicholas? 

poegoe
poegoe

Hillary is a joke. Warren is an even bigger joke. Whoever inherits the mess that the fool Obama has made is going to look like a disaster. It will take many years to clean up after this moron, if it can even be done at all. Those that voted for this idiot are going to live to regret it and unfortunately those of us who didn't are going to have to suffer from his idiocy as well. At least we who didn't vote for this farce can say we weren't party to it with a clean conscience. Even the Washington Post is now saying that what Obama did on amnesty was unlawful.

MarkVV
MarkVV

@poegoe 


It is interesting that poegoe’s comment (now 5 hours ago) has passed the moderation, even though he/she called the President a moron and an idiot, a clear violation of Kyle’s rules.To write what I think of poegoe would require also a violation of those rules, so I won’t spell it out.


Trefusis
Trefusis

@poegoe  well of course it was unlawful.  It was a political gamble.  In politics there is legal truth and then there is political truth.  I'm not sure that even our trusty correspond Kyle gets this.  Political truth trumps every time.  For example, Barack Obama used to lecture in Con Law as a guest of the University of Chicago.  He well knows the score.  He's just decided to go the other way, because he's calculated that he can win that way.  Please stop judging him on the merits because he answers to no code of which we know. To everything he has sworn, manifestly has he betrayed, and, really, nobody knows who in hell he is, so don't pretend.  I feel so sorry to leave you such cold comfort when I wish most to befriend you. 

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

Anytime you'd like to take the photo of clinton down will be fine with us, Kyle.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

The dems and Obama have been using "the car" analogy since 2008.

It's no longer electric...that's fo sho!

Hillary, much like Obama is running on fumes. 

RantNRave
RantNRave

"warren is the worse thing that could happen to AmeRica."


WHINEY


AFRAID OF A WOMAN ?


MAY I SUGGEST THAT YOU WEAR SOME "DEPENDS"..............

JamVet
JamVet

Great, just what the nation needs, another old, war machine Republicrat in the White House...


“We’re dealing with a real sick, decaying Democratic Party that can’t defend the country against the cruelest, most ignorant, most anti-worker, most war-mongering, most Wall Street–indentured Republican Party in its history, since the 1850s.” ~Ralph Nader, September 2012

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

 The story followed several awkward comments by Clinton about her personal finances in 2014 while promoting her memoir Hard Choices, including saying that she was “dead broke” after leaving the White House and asserting that she wasn’t “truly well off.”


How can you earn $300,000 per 45 minute speaking engagement and be broke? Do we have a major narcotic habit in play here? Does she not know how to budget? Is she easily duped?


Please explain. Inquiring minds want to know.


http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/12/03/pro-hillary-group-she-s-not-rich-she-s-you.html

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

No more Clintons!  No more Bushes!


We need better options from both sides.  Unfortunately, the Powers That Be are pushing Hillary and Jeb, If not them, then another popular and malleable politician will serve the PTB like the past presidents.  I think the only recent exception was Carter. (Using "recent" as in, my own memory)

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

warren is the worse thing that could happen to AmeRica.

PinkoNeoConLibertarian
PinkoNeoConLibertarian

Wow. That's an interesting stat that I never considered. Were there any that were elected after a gap? Say, if someone didn't get elected in the election to succeed the person they served under, but instead was elected after an intervening term? Hmmm...google beckons!


Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Actually, I kinda wish Al Franken were interested in running in 2016.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@HeadleyLamar @stands_for_decibels


Would be our funniest President for sure.


Don't think so. The man's made his bones by playing it very straight, working hard, serving his constituents and keeping the wisecracking to an absolute minimum--he apparently realized early on that if he told jokes on the Senate floor, that's what the media would report, not the legislation he supported.

After that squeaker-to-end-all squeakers in 2008, he coasted to a ten-point victory last month, in no small part due to that work ethic.

straker
straker

Kyle, never to early for a good trashing.


Right?

Claver
Claver

It is fun to talk about empty chairs, but as the election gets closer people will be reminded of the strong labor market and the strong economic growth of the Clinton years. Where they perfect?  Of course not.  But, after Bush and Obama, it is hard to scoff at an average 3.8% growth in real GDP and an unemployment rate that dipped all the way down to 3.9% at the end of Bill's term.

Tiberius Constitutionus
Tiberius Constitutionus

@Claver If you could be honest with us and yourself, Obama's numbers are none too shabby, either.  'Specially considering the opposition he's had to deal with on account of his race.

Claver
Claver

@Tiberius-Constitutionus @Claver I don't disagree with you.  I was speaking more to public perceptions than trying to assign blame or causation.  Public perceptions may be unfair, but they do matter in elections.

Tiberius Constitutionus
Tiberius Constitutionus

I think Hillary would make a great President. But I don't want to see her run.  No more Clintons.  No more Bushes.  But a woman would be great.  President Warren?

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

@DebbieDoRight 

It would be good to have her--a female Al Gore. 

Maybe she could get Joe Lieberman to really rev-up the excitement like he did for the Bore. 

MarkVV
MarkVV

There must be a dearth of bad things to say about Hillary Clinton to use this nonevent a subject of an OP.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

She is no more qualified to be President than the current disaster filling the role.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@DownInAlbany 

She managed an agency with nearly 70,000 employees and a 57 billion dollar budget. Before that she represented our third most populous state.

I really think "qualifications" aren't going to be the sticking point here.


Tiberius Constitutionus
Tiberius Constitutionus

@DownInAlbany Actually, Down, she's supremely qualified to be President.  And were it not for the current iteration of the conservative movement, she'd probably make a great one, too.