Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Krauthammer: It takes real talent to antagonize Canada as an American Secretary of State
Hotair ^ | 02/19/2014 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 02/19/2014 11:04:45 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Count Charles Krauthammer out of the Hillary-inevitability caucus. While the Washington Post columnist and Fox analyst concedes that Hillary Clinton is the frontrunner, he argues that the 2016 primary won’t be a coronation, despite the media’s assumption that she’ll waltz to the nomination. If any Democrat who wants to challenge her asks just one question, that status may change quickly, Krauthammer told Hugh Hewitt last night — just one: What did you accomplish in four years as Secretary of State?

Besides antagonizing the phlegmatic Canadians, literally our closest ally, that is (via Truth Revolt):

CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO

HH: That’s very true. Let me finish up there on Hillary. With these fiascos underway in Kiev, a massacre, and in Venezuela, the arrest of opposition leader, Leopoldo Lopez today, Hillary’s foreign policy trifecta is complete. She’s lost South America, she’s lost the Middle East, and she’s lot Eastern Europe. How does anyone recover from that and run for the presidency?

CK: By losing the Pacific Rim.

HH: (laughing)

CK: Then you get a straight flush. You get a royal flush. Look, you know, when people talk about Hillary being a superb secretary of State, I just ask one question. Name me one thing, just one, not three, give me one thing she achieved in her four years as secretary of State. I have yet to hear an answer.

HH: You’re right.

CK: She traveled a lot. So did Marco Polo. And you want him to be president?

HH: No, I’ve asked repeatedly your friend, E.J. Dionne, many other people, Jonathan Alter, abba dabba dabba dabba dabba is what we get out of them, because they don’t know, they don’t see it coming, Maggie Haberman of Politico. But nevertheless, one of them, well, Dana Milbank said she accomplished becoming the frontrunner for the nomination. And you know what? That was astute on his part. Cynical, but astute. And is he correct that that will endure?

CK: I think she is the frontrunner. I don’t think the convention will be a coronation. It’s going to be a worship service. But that’s not exactly why we have a secretary of State. I do think it’s really awful that you can have a four year term, achieve nothing, [audio stops here] and as you say, go backwards with Russia, backwards on Iran, backwards on Syria, backwards on Venezuela, backwards in relation with just about all of our allies, including, I would add, Keystone, which sits on the President’s head, and antagonizing Canada, for God’s sake. Canada, of all people, that’s quite an achievement when you can antagonize Canada. That’s not easy to do. And to get them upset, which is never happened in about 100 years, I mean, this is foreign policy of failure. And the only reason people haven’t focused on it is because there’s been so much failure at home that it’s overshadowed what’s happening abroad.

As I’ve repeatedly argued, 2008 was supposed to be a coronation, too — and a first-term Senate backbencher outfought Hillary and the Clinton machine to the nomination. Hillary has the same problem she had back then, too; a lack of a reason to be running, other than just her ambition. What’s the message? The first woman president? That didn’t work in 2008. It can’t be competence, not after Benghazi and the reset button. She’s leading the pack at the moment because the pack consists of Joe Biden. Who couldn’t lead that pack?

Will her fellow Democrats have the nerve to challenge her on her record at State, though? If she really is seen as inevitable, the ankle-biters who jump into the race may not want to damage her for the general election, but that won’t do their party any favors, either. Republicans will come with both barrels loaded for that track record, with the two bookends of incompetence and the collapse of American standing at all points in between. If nothing else, the Democratic primaries have to address that just to toughen her response to it, but it’s not going to be pretty for Democrats in 2016. All they will have with Hillary at the top of the ticket is frequent-flyer miles and a sorry record to defend, against what will likely be a solid Republican governor with a real track record of executive success and an outside-the-Beltway narrative.


TOPICS: Canada; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: canada; hillary; krauthammer

1 posted on 02/19/2014 11:04:45 AM PST by SeekAndFind
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind
After the last two elections, I'm not counting on the Republicans to do anything except shoot themselves in both feet...repeatedly. Hillary should be a shoo-in.
2 posted on 02/19/2014 11:10:58 AM PST by AlaskaErik (I served and protected my country for 31 years. Progressives spent that time trying to destroy it.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Insult their beer, crack snarky jokes about poutine, or imply that Bobby Clarke cheap-shotted their way to that Canada Cup victory in ‘72.

Those are about the only ways I’ve ever found.


3 posted on 02/19/2014 11:13:57 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind
Will her fellow Democrats have the nerve to challenge her on her record at State, though?

Remember the name Martin O'Malley, Maryland's governor. This guy is a complete Marxist scumbag who will say and do anything to win. He has already said he is going to run for President and he will slam Hillary around silly. Also remember, sometimes the best commercials come from those in the primarys.

4 posted on 02/19/2014 11:21:48 AM PST by 7thson (I've got a seat at the big conference table! I'm gonna paint my logo on it!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: AlaskaErik
Republicans will come with both barrels loaded for that track record

Krauthammer ... you are joking right?

5 posted on 02/19/2014 11:23:29 AM PST by dartuser
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

That’s pretty much been this administration’s foreign policy MO from the beginning: antagonize our long-time friends, and court our enemies.


6 posted on 02/19/2014 11:26:32 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (Democrats: The perfect party for the helpless and stupid, and those who would rule over them.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

There goes Krauthammer wanting to wrestle the liberal pig behind another moderate GOP candidate. Good luck with that strategy, Charles. It worked out so well the last 2 elections.

Get over it. The MSM will NEVER allow her highness to be asked a hard question by a Republican.

Get a conservative GOP nominee with a Plan and put it out there.


7 posted on 02/19/2014 11:29:25 AM PST by Tallguy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Awww. It’s kind of quaint how Krauthammer thinks Democrat voters care if she’s “accomplished” anything.


8 posted on 02/19/2014 11:29:38 AM PST by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

The bipartisan political/regulator class continues to try to make trouble by instituting slavery with anti-American, anti-family subversions and policies. Go ahead. Nominate Hillary. Voters will elect her out of spite, just as they elected Obama out of spite.


9 posted on 02/19/2014 11:46:02 AM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Again, the media/propaganda outlets are sponsored. So are the policitians (only fronts: figureheads). Remember that.


10 posted on 02/19/2014 11:50:55 AM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

The look of Kerrygigolo antagonizes me.
The silly talk of Kerrygigolo antagonizes me.
The unbelievable stupidity of Kerrygigolo antagonizes me.
The fact that that that Kerrygigolo didn’t get court marshaled antagonizes me.
The fact that any bimbo was bimbo enough to marry the ugly and stupid Kerrygigolo amazes me.
The fact that he was good enough for the State Department - well, that is obvious, given the marshmallow contents of that department of clueless idiots.

But, on the day I get to take a bodacious Obama on his grave...that’ll delight me.


11 posted on 02/19/2014 11:51:29 AM PST by Da Coyote
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Buckeye McFrog

Bobby Clarke and Wayne Gretsky ruined the NHL, with a giant assist from Gary Bettmann.


12 posted on 02/19/2014 11:51:29 AM PST by steve8714 (I love the early House Party movies. I'm whitey McWhite. So sue me.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Da Coyote

And yes, it was about the Hillabeast...but that’s an entirely different story of incompetency, idiocy, griftocracy (word?), and bimbosity (gotta love that one).

Just had to unload on Lurch first.

Oh, my perfect marriage of slime would be the Hillabeast and Kerry. Ugly (inside and outside) is as ugly does.


13 posted on 02/19/2014 11:53:45 AM PST by Da Coyote
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: 7thson

You are right about O’Malley. There is no truth in the man. Too, he is a man, and much younger than Hillary who looks terrible and may have some serious health issues to boot.


14 posted on 02/19/2014 11:59:52 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: 7thson

Major gun-grabber, too.


15 posted on 02/19/2014 12:08:17 PM PST by Stalwart
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

“Besides antagonizing the phlegmatic Canadians ....”

This Canadian is more sanguine than phlegmatic today. Yep, pretty much phlegm free today.


16 posted on 02/19/2014 12:08:28 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: steve8714

I was just about to drop the gloves over your remarks about Clarke and Gretsky (I’d give you Bettman) — then I noticed the post you were responding to.


17 posted on 02/19/2014 12:15:42 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

“Republicans will come with both barrels loaded for that track record.”

Gotta take exception to that statement. With VERY few exceptions, if Republicans’ guns are loaded, it’ll be with blanks and they’ll likely have the gun in one hand and a white flag in the other; “...but what if they bring up the ‘war on women’ for attacking Hillary?”


18 posted on 02/19/2014 12:27:38 PM PST by ManHunter (You can run, but you'll only die tired... Army snipers: Reach out and touch someone)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

“How does anyone recover from that and run for the presidency?”

Simple!

The majority of voting Americans are so biased, ill - informed and un - informed that they would look at Evita and accept WHATEVER the MSM refurb of her character IS at THAT moment!!!


19 posted on 02/19/2014 12:34:26 PM PST by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ManHunter

” if Republicans’ guns are loaded, it’ll be with blanks and they’ll likely have the gun in one hand and a white flag in the other; “

No kidding, I think that the GOPe has the keys to the Wamsutta factory. They got them from the now departed Confederate General Beauregard Byrd. From bedsheets to white flags in one generation.


20 posted on 02/19/2014 12:36:15 PM PST by vette6387
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: steve8714

I saw a documentary about the ‘72 Canada Cup series where Canada was down to the Russians, so they sent Bobby Clarke out there to go after the Russians’ top scorer to DELIBERATELY slash him and break his leg.

Without their top guy Canada was able to come back in the next few games and win the series.

Clarke admits to this on camera. Phil Esposito then astoundingly defends him, saying he “absolutely did the right thing, and we would do it again.”

All I can say is, Evil Empire, be glad that WE held the nuclear football and not Canada!


21 posted on 02/19/2014 12:46:19 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Hillary as Secretary of State has accomplished nothing except to diminish the USA. However, bear in mind that she is nothing but an employee. Wherever she has gone, and whatever she has done, or not done, has been at the command of Obama. She does not speak for herself. Obama is the one who is responsible for the destruction of this country; Hillary is nothing more than a willing accomplice.


22 posted on 02/19/2014 1:55:13 PM PST by awjenni
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Perhaps she will go on the Bill O’Reilly show and have softball questions lobbed to her. She show how “tough” she is...


23 posted on 02/19/2014 2:08:41 PM PST by minnesota_bound
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind
"What did you accomplish in four years as Secretary of State?"

Learned how to board aircraft.


24 posted on 02/19/2014 7:16:56 PM PST by clearcarbon
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

Clarke legalized the slash, Gretzky changed hockey into ice dancing.


25 posted on 02/20/2014 8:42:33 AM PST by steve8714 (I love the early House Party movies. I'm whitey McWhite. So sue me.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: steve8714

You could give Kerry lessons, on turning Canadians from “phlegmatic” to “choleric”.

On reflection, ice dancing would be improved, if 6 pairs competed at once, and body checking was allowed.


26 posted on 02/20/2014 1:07:40 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

Heh heh. I prefer side bacon anyway.


27 posted on 02/21/2014 6:00:16 AM PST by steve8714 (I love the early House Party movies. I'm whitey McWhite. So sue me.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

Gordie Howe was just as Canadian as The Great One but had to play real hockey, and defend himself.


28 posted on 02/21/2014 6:03:09 AM PST by steve8714
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson