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Dull Hillary Stumbles And The Memory Of Bill Lingers
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-24-2006 | Francis Harris

Posted on 05/23/2006 6:20:45 PM PDT by blam

Dull Hillary stumbles and the memory of Bill lingers on

By Francis Harris in Washington
(Filed: 24/05/2006)

Hillary Clinton may be the Democratic front-runner for the presidency but she seems to have a lot to learn about campaigning for the White House.

In a weighty speech to journalists at the National Press Club in Washington yesterday, the senator squandered an opportunity to shine before a critically important audience - the journalists who will present her to the public if, as expected, she declares her candidacy for the 2008 nomination.

It began well enough. Resplendent in a lemon yellow two-piece and expensively bejewelled, her star power was plain the moment she entered the room. Everywhere, necks craned for a sight of the immaculately coiffured New York senator.

But then she lost it. The half-hour speech was achingly dull, a meandering lecture on energy policy which left the audience stifling yawns.

It was hard not to recall the charisma of her husband, Bill, the former president, and Mrs Clinton seemed to sense things had not gone well.

As she droned towards the finish, she looked out at a silent, glassy-eyed audience and acknowledged that her speech was a little unusual. "I know this is probably more wonkish than many of you had anticipated," she said, moments after offering her plans for something called geologic carbon sequestration. "But I feel very strongly about it."

There was a murmur of laughter but only minutes earlier some of those at the breakfast meeting appeared to have slumped into unconsciousness.

Others stifled yawns, held their chins in their hands or stared at the carpet or ceiling. By the time two women peace protesters made their predictable intervention on Iraq (and were predictably carried out by Mrs Clinton's burly secret servicemen) the assembled journalists had largely stopped listening.

The melee did at least open the way for questions. Mrs Clinton was asked: "You're here to talk about energy, but most people are here because they think you will run for president." She affected surprise before offering a cautious and well-rehearsed answer, claiming that she didn't think about such things.

However preposterous her response (she has raised more than £10 million for a senate re-election battle which will cost far less), there was a respectful silence. But everyone laughed when she was asked what she would like to be remembered for if her career ended now. "I don't want it to end now," she said.

That sort of ambiguity feeds America's fascination with Mrs Clinton.

Yesterday a 2,000-word examination of the Clinton marriage in the New York Times, produced no firm conclusion other than Mr Clinton remained by far the better public performer while she was "starchy". Her performance yesterday did nothing to overturn that notion.


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KEYWORDS: bill; dull; goodlorddeliverus; hillary; hillary2008; lingers; memory; stumbles
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Al Gore wrote her speech?
1 posted on 05/23/2006 6:20:48 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam
Al Gore wrote her speech?

Sounds like he taught her how to deliver it, too!

2 posted on 05/23/2006 6:26:22 PM PDT by Vermonter
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To: blam

3 posted on 05/23/2006 6:27:51 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: blam

...geologic carbon sequestration...

Bet you can't say that three times fast.


4 posted on 05/23/2006 6:28:33 PM PDT by bushbuddy
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To: blam

Dull---Duh---


5 posted on 05/23/2006 6:29:57 PM PDT by mojo114
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To: blam
That sort of ambiguity feeds America's fascination with Mrs Clinton.

Guess I don't know the meaning of fascination

6 posted on 05/23/2006 6:31:46 PM PDT by BARLF
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To: blam

Hillary is upset, she can't concentrate, she can't keep from thinking of Al Gore. She knows she can't beat the man. Hillary knows that Gore killed Manbearpig and everyone is super-stoked on him, even if they don't know it....



7 posted on 05/23/2006 6:32:58 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (What is is about "illegal" you don't understand?)
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To: blam

Is Geologic Carbon Sequestration a new method of estimating the amount of ice tea AlGore has consumed?


8 posted on 05/23/2006 6:33:04 PM PDT by rod1
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To: blam
What always amazes me is this woman has the reputation as being one of the smartest in America. Actually, if you read what she says--even her first famous speech at her college graduation--it sounds tedious, dull and almost devoid of real thought.

The RATS are about to crown this woman as their leader without realizing her grave limitations both as a candidate and as a potential President.

9 posted on 05/23/2006 6:34:28 PM PDT by shrinkermd
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To: blam
immaculately coiffured New York senator

HA! That's not what we've heard here on FR.

10 posted on 05/23/2006 6:34:41 PM PDT by Humidston (Congress is like the Mafia - NO PAY, NO PLAY.)
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To: blam

She is only slightly more insufferable than the bent one. I never in a million years will understand how some people think that fool is charming.


11 posted on 05/23/2006 6:34:43 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (Every time you think, you weaken the nation.)
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To: blam
Brilliant two paragraphs in this article, as only the Brits can do it:

It began well enough. Resplendent in a lemon yellow two-piece and expensively bejewelled, her star power was plain the moment she entered the room. Everywhere, necks craned for a sight of the immaculately coiffured New York senator.

But then she lost it. The half-hour speech was achingly dull, a meandering lecture on energy policy which left the audience stifling yawns.

I'll bet this isn't the way it will be reported in the Washington Post or the NY Times.

12 posted on 05/23/2006 6:35:08 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: isthisnickcool

Are you cereal??


13 posted on 05/23/2006 6:35:09 PM PDT by griswold3 (Ken Blackwell, Ohio Governor in 2006- No!! You cannot have my governor in 2008.)
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To: bushbuddy

It sounds like a part of Helen Thomas's annual medical checkup.


14 posted on 05/23/2006 6:36:16 PM PDT by rod1
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To: blam

This was fun to read. She not only needs a face transplant, she needs a charisma transplant.

If she runs, and I think she will, election 2008 could be fun!


15 posted on 05/23/2006 6:36:43 PM PDT by Theresawithanh (Veni, vidi, velcro - I came, I saw, I stuck around...)
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To: Diogenesis

Which one of us needs a bra? (He has been putting back on his post surgery weight, huh?)

16 posted on 05/23/2006 6:36:51 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Your FRiendly FReeper Patent Attorney)
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To: Diogenesis

Ol' Bill needs a Manzeer - his boobs are almost as big as his girlfriend's.


17 posted on 05/23/2006 6:37:24 PM PDT by Inspectorette
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To: BARLF
Guess I don't know the meaning of fascination

Definitions of fascination on the Web:
the state of being intensely interested (as by awe or terror)

Yeah, being interested in what scheme she has based on terror would describe my facination with her.

18 posted on 05/23/2006 6:38:19 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Never ask a Kennedy if he'll have another drink. It's nobody's business how much he's had already.)
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To: blam
(she has raised more than £10 million for a senate re-election battle which will cost far less)

And current law will allow her to keep the unused funds for her 2008 adventure.

19 posted on 05/23/2006 6:39:19 PM PDT by Don Corleone (Leave the gun..take the cannoli)
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To: Diogenesis

Playing "pocket Billiard"???


20 posted on 05/23/2006 6:39:37 PM PDT by danamco
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To: blam

She will never make it through the entire campaign without showing her true witch colors. And you know what I mean ...


21 posted on 05/23/2006 6:39:56 PM PDT by John Lenin
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To: Beelzebubba
Exactly. Others have gone to ground, dust to dust.
It is their way.



22 posted on 05/23/2006 6:40:45 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: John Lenin

23 posted on 05/23/2006 6:41:03 PM PDT by knyteflyte3
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To: Diogenesis

Great Timing Dio.......


24 posted on 05/23/2006 6:41:03 PM PDT by cmsgop ( Please ! For The Love of God Verizon !!! NO MORE MICHAEL McDONALD !!!)
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To: shrinkermd
The RATS are about to crown this woman as their leader without realizing her grave limitations both as a candidate and as a potential President.


It's laughable how fast the Dems have jumped over the cliff trying to get on the Hillary ship, given how utterly incompetent she is politically. She really has never succeeded in anything--failure and ineptness follow her everywhere.
25 posted on 05/23/2006 6:41:09 PM PDT by rottndog (WOOF!!!!--Keep your "compassion" away from my wallet!)
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To: isthisnickcool
Hillary is upset, she can't concentrate, she can't keep from thinking of Al Gore. She knows she can't beat the man. Hillary knows that Gore killed Manbearpig and everyone is super-stoked on him, even if they don't know it....




Which one of the two evils would we prefer if it came to that???
26 posted on 05/23/2006 6:41:45 PM PDT by danamco
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To: John Lenin
"She will never make it through the entire campaign without showing her true witch colors. And you know what I mean ..."


27 posted on 05/23/2006 6:42:22 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: shrinkermd
The RATS are about to crown this woman as their leader without realizing her grave limitations both as a candidate and as a potential President.

Shhhh, you know, the RATS, you know, might, you know, figure out, you know, that she is not, you know, that, you know, smart. You know?

28 posted on 05/23/2006 6:42:27 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (What is is about "illegal" you don't understand?)
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To: blam

She could say anything and the MSM would back her. It doesn't even matter. It's all about who the MSM will promote and villify.


29 posted on 05/23/2006 6:45:34 PM PDT by Imgr8t
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To: Diogenesis

The sob rapist is growing a set of t*ts.


30 posted on 05/23/2006 6:46:42 PM PDT by gedeon3
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To: blam; eyespysomething

Too bad the press didn't wake themselves up and pay attention. Maybe then they'd recognize the idiocy of her ideas. And even if they didn't see it, maybe they'd at least tell us about it (instead of telling us she is dull) so that the American people can see why this woman's policies should preclude them from voting for her.


31 posted on 05/23/2006 6:48:04 PM PDT by SittinYonder (Ic ■Št gehate, ■Št ic heonon nelle fleon fotes trym, ac wille fur­or gan,)
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To: blam

The empress is wearing no clothes...


32 posted on 05/23/2006 6:48:38 PM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: BARLF

Hillary! "Resplendent"? Oxymononic.


33 posted on 05/23/2006 6:49:11 PM PDT by Paladin2 (If the political indictment's from Fitz, the jury always acquits.)
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 Resplendent in a lemon yellow two-piece and expensively bejeweled, her star power was plain the moment she entered the room. Everywhere, necks craned for a sight of the immaculately coiffured New York senator.
 

I can't explain it, but my bowels loosen every time I read that sentence.

34 posted on 05/23/2006 6:49:42 PM PDT by Fintan (Okay, sometimes I don't read all the articles.)
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To: Imgr8t

Clearly, the MSM will promote Hillary for the dems and McCain for the GOP, knowing the GOP conservatives will not be able to vote for the scumbag McCain, who may as well be a commie Ross Perot.

The GOP damn well better make sure McCain isn't the nominee or Hillary may very well get elected. That's her only chance....


35 posted on 05/23/2006 6:50:24 PM PDT by demkicker (democrats and terrorists are familiar bedfellows)
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To: blam
Hillary Clinton may be the Democratic front-runner for the presidency

Maybe the author and Hillary have the feeling that she is the front runner but, IMHO, she doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell of being elected president. She has more baggage than LAX. She followed pervert Bill when he was president, she follows Chuckie as a senator, she is not a leader who the country would vote for unless we're talking mind-numbed lefties in the big cities. But then again, GW and the pubbies in congress are erasing a lot of blue on the map that might enable Ms Klinton......

36 posted on 05/23/2006 6:51:36 PM PDT by ErieGeno
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To: blam

"Resplendent in a lemon yellow two-piece and expensively bejewelled..." Resplendent? "Her star power"? As she droned towards the finish...moments after offering her plans for something called geologic carbon sequestration."

HER PLANS??? Right out of megalomaniacal George Soros' deconstructive Institute for an "Open Society"!!!


37 posted on 05/23/2006 6:52:16 PM PDT by purpleland (Elegy 9/11/01 Vigilance and Valor! Socialism is the Opiate of Academia)
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To: Diogenesis

At first I thought the guy in the picture must be Bill Clinton. He has his hands in his pockets while talking with a nice looking married woman. Long fingers. But then I thought, it can't be him. His eyes are not looking down her chest. But then I realized, it must be him because he is probably looking at a better looking woman. Hmmm. So is she. Wonder who it is? I know who it isn't!!


38 posted on 05/23/2006 6:53:40 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: KarlInOhio

Hillary irritates and disgusts me. I find nothing fascinating about the woman.


39 posted on 05/23/2006 6:54:06 PM PDT by BARLF
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To: blam
The media will pretend she the best thing since sliced bread.

She can stumble, bore, annoy, screech, and just plain be a dud and they'll love her all the more.

40 posted on 05/23/2006 6:54:19 PM PDT by OldFriend (I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.....and My Heart to the Soldier Who Protects It.)
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To: Diogenesis

Is that middle picture Vince Foster?


41 posted on 05/23/2006 6:54:38 PM PDT by Freedom_Fighter_2001 (When money is no object - it's your money they're talking about)
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To: Vermonter

I dont think we will ever be rid of these grifters..


42 posted on 05/23/2006 6:55:32 PM PDT by cardinal4 (Kerry-Mcarthy in 2008!)
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To: blam

It would have been better if she had screeched at them in her most irritating rah-rah voice for 45 minutes? No, I'll take dull. Rather fall asleep than listen to fingernails on a blackboard.


43 posted on 05/23/2006 6:56:35 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: Freedom_Fighter_2001
Is that middle picture Vince Foster?Not any more.
44 posted on 05/23/2006 6:57:10 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: blam


Hey...everybody, we really never took National Security seriously...heh..heh...Hey Monica, where are ya'????
45 posted on 05/23/2006 6:58:01 PM PDT by knyteflyte3
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To: demkicker

I couldn't agree more. I think the DIMS will control the presidency and the house/senate before conservatives vote McPain in.


46 posted on 05/23/2006 7:00:38 PM PDT by Imgr8t
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To: blam

The pathetic truth is, if she were as glib a speaker as she is a vapid theorist she would be elected in a heartbeat... In America 2008.


47 posted on 05/23/2006 7:02:18 PM PDT by DariusBane (I do not separate people, as do the narrow-minded, into Greeks and barbarians.)
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To: blam

She has nothing to worry about. Half the members of Free Republic are ready to vote for her just to "teach the GOP a lesson."


48 posted on 05/23/2006 7:03:11 PM PDT by SunTzuWu (Hans Delbruck - Scientist and Saint.)
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To: Paladin2

I know several words to describe Hillary but resplendent and fascinating aren't among them.


49 posted on 05/23/2006 7:05:26 PM PDT by BARLF
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To: Vermonter

Keep on talking, Hillary! Can't wait for the debates. They should really be exciting (yawn).


50 posted on 05/23/2006 7:06:18 PM PDT by Marysecretary (Thank you, Lord, for FOUR MORE YEARS!!!)
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