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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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To: KarlInOhio
That sort of ambiguity feeds America's fascination with revulsion of Mrs Clinton.

There...fixed it.

51 posted on 05/23/2006 7:08:32 PM PDT by liberty_lvr (Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.)
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To: liberty_lvr

You did good.


52 posted on 05/23/2006 7:09:49 PM PDT by BARLF
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To: Imgr8t

Me too and that's why McShame needs to be eliminated early on. I'm just so damn leary and suspicious of all the crooks in Washington that I'm not so sure that the fix isn't already in no matter what, if you know what I mean.

I think they've already decided it's Hillary's turn.


53 posted on 05/23/2006 7:10:11 PM PDT by demkicker (democrats and terrorists are familiar bedfellows)
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To: Beelzebubba

Is that megabuck$$ Belinda, eh ?


54 posted on 05/23/2006 7:10:12 PM PDT by 1066AD
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To: blam
It was hard not to recall the charisma of her husband, Bill

This is one of those weird myths that even his opponents seem to have swallowed. People say "Of course he was charismatic," but, as Peggy Noonan and others have pointed out, can anyone recall anything interesting or inspired he ever said? "I did not have sex with that woman" doesn't count.

Bill has the "charisma" of a carnival barker or TV preacher, I suppose, but I suspect the journalists who write so glowingly about him couldn't rattle off anything really interesting he ever had to say. What they mean is they admire his ability to BS with a smile. Hillary can't BS so well, and she does it with a scowl.

55 posted on 05/23/2006 7:11:00 PM PDT by Darkwolf377 (An immigration-thread-free FReeper as of...now!)
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To: blam

Hillary will stand a better chance if the MSM covers up her shortcomings, like her personality and appearance. I think many so called swing voters who are tuned out until right before the election will never know or even care about her left wing politics, but if they see her being boring and ugly in late October 2008, she will go down in flames.


56 posted on 05/23/2006 7:11:52 PM PDT by yawningotter
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To: blam
She could have enlivened the proceedings, for the men at least, by showing a well turned ankle out from behind the podium.

Wrong?...how do you mean that, whats wrong with using sex to sell an idea?

57 posted on 05/23/2006 7:13:01 PM PDT by HardStarboard (Hey, march some more - its helping get the wall built!)
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To: blam
Warner/Bayh. Hillary will not win the nomination.

Warner will win the White House if the Democrats blow it this year.

58 posted on 05/23/2006 7:17:45 PM PDT by zarf (It's time for a college football playoff system.)
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To: blam
I'm just so full of vim and vigor! Let's party!


59 posted on 05/23/2006 7:28:36 PM PDT by Cobra64 (All we get are lame ideas from Republicans and lame criticism from dems about those lame ideas.)
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To: Beelzebubba

With man boobs, Clinton can fondle himself when there are no available females around.


60 posted on 05/23/2006 7:31:15 PM PDT by uncitizen (" We are a nation of NATIVES")
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To: purpleland
"Right out of megalomaniacal George Soros' deconstructive Institute for an "Open Society"!!!"

Robert Murdoch To Host Fund-Raiser For Hillary

61 posted on 05/23/2006 7:31:27 PM PDT by blam
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To: Theresawithanh
She not only needs a face transplant, she needs a charisma transplant.

You said charisma transplant?


62 posted on 05/23/2006 7:33:29 PM PDT by Cobra64 (All we get are lame ideas from Republicans and lame criticism from dems about those lame ideas.)
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To: Marysecretary

OMG, can't you just see the debates between MRS BILL CLINTON and Algore???

Ha ha somehow it reminds me of that phone commercial where the suit says "Just my little way of stickin' it to the man" and the flunkie says "but you are the man, so you're . . . stickin' it to yourself." And the man says
"maybe."

Can't you just see those two playing those parts back and forth?


63 posted on 05/23/2006 7:40:40 PM PDT by wouldntbprudent (If you can: Contribute more (babies) to the next generation of God-fearing American Patriots!)
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To: SunTzuWu
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."

Well... we have to now. We're on "the list." LOL

64 posted on 05/23/2006 7:41:16 PM PDT by Cobra64 (All we get are lame ideas from Republicans and lame criticism from dems about those lame ideas.)
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To: Cobra64

Something is up. The liberals have the knives out for Hillary. Maybe like Algore is their favorite once more.


65 posted on 05/23/2006 7:46:24 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Diogenesis

wonder what size bra HE wears.......sheesh.....


66 posted on 05/23/2006 7:47:12 PM PDT by goodnesswins ( "the left can only take power through deception." (and it seems Hillary & Company are the masters)
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To: Diogenesis

wonder what size bra HE wears.......sheesh.....


67 posted on 05/23/2006 7:47:14 PM PDT by goodnesswins ( "the left can only take power through deception." (and it seems Hillary & Company are the masters)
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To: blam
Here is a point from another article that she certainly didn't make: relatively little attention has been paid so far to the detrimental environmental externalities that the sequestering of CO2 underground could entail.

Wonder if this speech was cleared thru the environmentalists. Doesn't appear so. He hee he. Wait till they have their say. "You want to dig where?"

68 posted on 05/23/2006 7:50:57 PM PDT by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
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To: Diogenesis

So, who's the bimbette with Bubba?

69 posted on 05/23/2006 8:38:27 PM PDT by FDNYRHEROES (Always bring a liberal to a gunfight)
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To: Fintan

I saw some pics from this event a few threads down. Resplendent? Immmaculately coiffured??? She looks like old cheese.


70 posted on 05/23/2006 9:46:52 PM PDT by Mygirlsmom (This Mess is a Place!)
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To: Parley Baer

The very thought of someone having to debate Algore again is repulsive.


71 posted on 05/23/2006 10:02:31 PM PDT by Rennes Templar ("The future ain't what it used to be".........Yogi Berra)
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To: shrinkermd; Brian Allen
excellent!

Poor dumb cluck is too stupid to know she's too stupid to ever be permitted to mutter any unscripted utterance. --brian allen

 
 
 

 

It is no accident--and the Sheehy hagiography notwithstanding, it is certainly not because of any patriarchal society--that this reflexive kleptocrat never sought office.

She never ran simply because she is a perfectionist and an incompetent who cannot tolerate personal (as opposed to bill-related) criticism, witness the prescreened, heavily controlled, sycophantic crowds, her pre-programmed, totally scripted appearances (or, alternatively, her totally mute "listening tour"), her unavailability to the press, indeed, her "bluebird."

Mia T, 8.16.05
HILLARY IN AVIARY

(viewing movie requires Flash Player 7, available HERE)
 

Clinton Administration Veteran:
"Hillary Rodham Clinton needs to be kept very far away from the White House for the rest of her life."


My two cents' worth--and I think it is the two cents' worth of everybody who worked for the Clinton Administration health care reform effort of 1993-1994--is that Hillary Rodham Clinton needs to be kept very far away from the White House for the rest of her life. Heading up health-care reform was the only major administrative job she has ever tried to do. And she was a complete flop at it. She had neither the grasp of policy substance, the managerial skills, nor the political smarts to do the job she was then given. And she wasn't smart enough to realize that she was in over her head and had to get out of the Health Care Czar role quickly.... there is no reason to think that she would be anything but an abysmal president.

J. Bradford DeLong
professor of economics, Berkeley
clinton Administration veteran

ARTICLE

HILLARY FLUNKED D.C. BAR EXAM
"the smartest woman in the world" sought less competitive venue


KLEIN BOOK CAUSES HILLARY TO (oops!) CONFIRM "THE TRUTH ABOUT HILLARY"
CLINTON'S REACTION EXPOSES FASCISTIC MINDSET, TEXTBOOK CASE OF PARANOIA + MEGALOMANIA, AND A CONSCIOUSNESS OF GUILT IN BROADDRICK RAPE



HILLARY!?? WHAT IS THIS MORIBUND LOSER DOING IN THE POLITICAL ARENA, ANYWAY? (bill's bud explains)

COPYRIGHT MIA T 2006

72 posted on 05/23/2006 10:42:38 PM PDT by Mia T (Stop Clintons' Undermining Machinations (The acronym is the message.))
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To: blam

You talk about lock step. AOL commie news has a fawning picture of their beloved couple every time you fire up the computer.


73 posted on 05/23/2006 10:45:04 PM PDT by Luke21 (Democrats hate us, our heritage, and our religion. They think we belong in cages. Never forget.)
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To: SunTzuWu

Not true. Here's the poll you cite. 3.7 percent is all who would vote for her, mostly trolls.

How would you vote if it's McCain vs Hillary in '08?

Third Party
37.7%


McCain
37.1%


Sit it out
13.3%


Undecided
8.2%


Hillary
3.7%


74 posted on 05/23/2006 10:47:47 PM PDT by Luke21 (Democrats hate us, our heritage, and our religion. They think we belong in cages. Never forget.)
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To: blam
an opportunity to shine before a critically important audience - the journalists who will present her to the public

This doesn't seem right to me.

75 posted on 05/23/2006 11:13:53 PM PDT by Schnucki
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To: blam
geologic carbon sequestration

Code words for the Clinton's involvement in the "oil for food program"..............

76 posted on 05/23/2006 11:22:30 PM PDT by AwesomePossum
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To: Diogenesis
I love that picture.


77 posted on 05/23/2006 11:28:26 PM PDT by John Lenin
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To: blam; All


78 posted on 05/24/2006 1:19:29 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, Ridin' the Trakball into the Dawn of Information)
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To: bushbuddy
"...geologic carbon sequestration..."

It sounds like her thighness is proposing making all mining of petroleum and coal illegal.

Just what a subversive would want to do to help cripple America.

79 posted on 05/24/2006 1:27:14 AM PDT by nightdriver
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To: Luke21
Not true. Here's the poll you cite. 3.7 percent is all who would vote for her, mostly trolls.

A vote for a third party candidate IS a vote for hillary.

80 posted on 05/24/2006 5:03:33 AM PDT by SunTzuWu (Hans Delbruck - Scientist and Saint.)
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To: blam
Those bored Propagandists will be falling all over each other to carry her water. Who is this guy kidding. Immaculately coiffed?

Pray for W and Our Troops
81 posted on 05/24/2006 5:09:25 AM PDT by bray (The only thing lower than Bush' numbers are the press')
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To: bray

Did you vote here: http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/poll?poll=149


82 posted on 05/24/2006 5:33:36 AM PDT by clawrence3
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To: SunTzuWu

Agreed - I had no idea there were so many Third Party trolls too.


83 posted on 05/24/2006 5:34:24 AM PDT by clawrence3
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To: blam

"...she looked out at a silent, glassy-eyed audience..."

That's her ultimate plan for all of us, once she's Queen of the World and we're all under her control after she gets enough medication into the water supply. *Rolleyes*

I loathe that woman. She is evil, though luckily she has all the charisma of a wet paper sack. ;)


84 posted on 05/24/2006 5:39:13 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: blam
Resplendent in a lemon yellow two-piece and expensively bejewelled, her star power was plain the moment she entered the room.

WTF?!

Even for the media leftists, this is a stretch.

85 posted on 05/24/2006 5:41:49 AM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: gedeon3

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

Maybe he's been taking heavy doses of Tagamet. Tagamet can cause that if taken for a long time.


86 posted on 05/24/2006 6:08:30 AM PDT by webstersII
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To: wouldntbprudent

There would be two empty people standing there spouting nothing! I would really like to see her and a good conservative pubbie go at it. She wouldn't know which end was up conversing with someone who actually has a plan for our nation. It's going to be interesting, to say the least.


87 posted on 05/24/2006 10:30:27 AM PDT by Marysecretary (Thank you, Lord, for FOUR MORE YEARS!!!)
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To: webstersII

Really? Where can I buy a lifetime supply???


88 posted on 05/24/2006 10:34:29 AM PDT by Marysecretary (Thank you, Lord, for FOUR MORE YEARS!!!)
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To: blam

I wonder if Kathleen Willey's cat thought Hillary's husband was charismatic.


89 posted on 05/24/2006 10:48:35 AM PDT by Inwoodian
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To: Beelzebubba

My kingdom for a manziere.


90 posted on 05/24/2006 10:50:28 AM PDT by Inwoodian
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To: BARLF
Guess I don't know the meaning of fascination

At last, something else to call what the cat barfs up.

91 posted on 05/24/2006 10:53:12 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys - Can't drive, can't fly, can't ski, can't skipper a boat - But they know what's best.)
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To: Inspectorette

Gynecomastia: Often a side effect of many cardiac (and other)meds.


92 posted on 05/24/2006 11:13:33 AM PDT by tertiary01 ( And don't waste your snide remarks on me: history will be your judge.)
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To: Marysecretary

LOL. Sorry, it only works in men.


93 posted on 05/24/2006 4:07:35 PM PDT by webstersII
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To: blam

she was "starchy". Her performance yesterday did nothing to overturn that notion.

No No, that wasn't STARCH!


94 posted on 05/24/2006 4:11:01 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: mewzilla
The empress is wearing no clothes...

I just gouged out my eyes with an icepick.

Now you have to come read FR to me.

The mental picture is still there..............

95 posted on 05/24/2006 4:40:43 PM PDT by Eaker (My Wife Rocks! - Travis McGee is my friend. “You’ll never need a gun, until you need it badly.”)
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To: webstersII

Oh, darn. Wouldn't ya know it!


96 posted on 05/24/2006 7:10:10 PM PDT by Marysecretary (Thank you, Lord, for FOUR MORE YEARS!!!)
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