Emmett Tyrrell

Of course, I share Blankley's derision for the Biden edition of the Media Follies, but it is their ongoing enthusiasm for the Clintons that strikes me as most derisible. Hillary just lost a presidential bid considered for months to have been "inevitable" (though I always had my doubts, as you will recall), and she lost to a political neophyte, a neighborhood organizer from Chicago. By the end of the first month of the primaries, she had blown through $100 million. She was doomed by Feb. 5. During her extended soap opera, she was personally indecisive (as was predictable), presided over a chaotic and embittered staff (again, predictable), and had no control of her reckless husband (stupendously predictable), who, contrary to what the mainstream moron media say, almost never has been an asset for any candidate he's supported. In 2004, he campaigned for 14 candidates, 12 of whom lost -- but I repeat myself.

Sen. Clinton never really had much of a chance, though you never will hear this from the mainstream moron media. Her negatives were always more than 40 percent. They were at 48 percent when I last reported on them. No candidate has ever won the nomination with such high negatives. Nor has a candidate won the nomination with such a string of scandals appearing on the public record. Think of her missing Whitewater billing records, her cattle futures skullduggery, Filegate, Travelgate, claims by a previous independent counsel that she was "less than truthful" under oath, the trashing of the White House as she left in January 2001, the missing White House property she had to return or make restitution on, the last-minute presidential pardons and her brothers' roles in them.

For that matter, think of the early stages of her campaign this year: repeated dirty tricks against Obama, dubious campaign contributions from shadowy Chinese sources, her husband ham-fistedly raising questions of race. Now there is all this residual animosity against the nominee who won fairly, Sen. Barack Obama. Huckster that she is, Hillary played to the basest instincts of her supporters, the women of the fevered brow (feminists) and the men of the slightly rubicund neck (hicks).

My Democratic friends, you all will be better off when these shameless opportunists are in retirement.


Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
 
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