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Commenter Jim Don Bob points out this post by Berkeley economist Brad DeLong, who was Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury in the Clinton Administration under Lawrence Summers. From DeLong’s blog:

June 07, 2003

TIME TO POUND MY HEAD AGAINST THE WALL ONCE AGAIN

… 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.

So when senior members of the economic team said that key senators like Daniel Patrick Moynihan would have this-and-that objection, she told them they were disloyal. When junior members of the economic team told her that the Congressional Budget Office would say such-and-such, she told them (wrongly) that her conversations with CBO head Robert Reischauer had already fixed that. When long-time senior hill staffers told her that she was making a dreadful mistake by fighting with rather than reaching out to John Breaux and Jim Cooper, she told them that they did not understand the wave of popular political support the bill would generate. And when substantive objections were raised to the plan by analysts calculating the moral hazard and adverse selection pressures it would put on the nation’s health-care system…

Hillary Rodham Clinton has already flopped as a senior administrative official in the executive branch–the equivalent of an Undersecretary. Perhaps she will make a good senator. But there is no reason to think that she would be anything but an abysmal president.

Posted by DeLong at June 7, 2003 10:15 PM | TrackBack

In contrast, Obama had the good sense to go play golf while Pelosi and Reid dealt with “Obamacare.”

 
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  1. 1. You think Pelosi and Reed are smarter than Obama?

    2. Clinton showed her bad judgement in her youth: she was a Goldwater Girl.

    • Replies: @Alec Leamas
    They seem to have better political skills at the very least.

    That said, any objective evidence of Mr. Obama's alleged brilliance would be appreciated.
  2. I thought Reid and Pelosi didn’t have to lift a finger because the bill was written by lobbyists.

    What a country!

  3. I can’t watch her. She’s like bizarro world figurette tryin to suck up souls. I mean some people are more like robots than others. But these are subtleties. She got up there and confessed everything, she basically said I’m not good at being this I hate doing it and well just deal with it with me. Like what the hell is the press afraid of to call her the most inept politician in the history of this nation. No one wants to have to listen to her but everyone just shrugs at fait accompli. Why did he marry her?

    Where’s that incredible video of when Abedin told her G-dogg-Gafman was dead? Does anyone remember that video? She seemed possessed by a vacant devil. wtf

    • Replies: @Bill
    It is truly a disturbing thing:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fgcd1ghag5Y
  4. I don’t care if it is discovered that she’s the devil incarnate. I will still vote for her if the establishment GOP steals the election from Trump. I’ve voted in every election, and straight Republican, since 1984. That might change real soon.

    • Agree: Das, Jack Hanson
    • Replies: @boogerbently
    I will NEVER vote for her.
    If they steal it from Trump, I'm writing him in.
  5. Look, she was smart enough to marry Bill and stand by him all the way through 8 ugly years of assaults by the vast right wing conspiracy … why should we hold a few minor things like lack of ability and poor judgement against her after the herculean task she pulled for her party?

    • Replies: @boogerbently
    You forgot to put the (sarcasm) hashtag.
    , @Ivy
    If Hitlery had pulled a few other things around the Little Rock and Washington residences, then maybe, just maybe, Monica wouldn't have gotten any humidor action, Bin Laden would've been snuffed in 1998, W's fundraising wouldn't have had such great sound bites, Iraq invasion wouldn't have happened, thousands of lives would've been saved, and life as we know it would've been better. Meanwhile, we see the political sausage making unfold as scripted. Who says DC has no sense of humor?
  6. In contrast, Obama had the good sense to go play golf while Pelosi and Reid dealt with “Obamacare.”

    Yeah, I have always found it strange that Obama gets so much credit for “obamacare” when Pelosi and Reid seemed to be the ones taking charge.

    • Replies: @Das
    Republicans ginned up the "Obamacare" label and Obama eventually ran with it, because "hey, my legacy!"

    Obama would have signed literally any bill related to the subject of health care and declared victory. Republicans were dumb to not negotiate for some scaled-down bipartisan bill.

  7. Well, glory to Jim Don Bob for not letting that one disappear. I’ll bet you anything DeLong wishes he could.

  8. @Anonymous
    I don't care if it is discovered that she's the devil incarnate. I will still vote for her if the establishment GOP steals the election from Trump. I've voted in every election, and straight Republican, since 1984. That might change real soon.

    I will NEVER vote for her.
    If they steal it from Trump, I’m writing him in.

    • Replies: @Kevin O'Keeffe
    "I will NEVER vote for her.
    If they steal it from Trump, I’m writing him in.
    "

    If Trump has the nomination somehow stolen from him by esoteric RNC cuckoldry, I'm sure he'll have something to say, about what his supporters ought to do with their general election ballots. There is strength in numbers, so I will listen to what he says, rather that strike out on my own. I want to be part of a wave, not an unnoticed blip.
  9. @The Alarmist
    Look, she was smart enough to marry Bill and stand by him all the way through 8 ugly years of assaults by the vast right wing conspiracy ... why should we hold a few minor things like lack of ability and poor judgement against her after the herculean task she pulled for her party?

    You forgot to put the (sarcasm) hashtag.

  10. @iSteveFan

    In contrast, Obama had the good sense to go play golf while Pelosi and Reid dealt with “Obamacare.”
     
    Yeah, I have always found it strange that Obama gets so much credit for "obamacare" when Pelosi and Reid seemed to be the ones taking charge.

    Republicans ginned up the “Obamacare” label and Obama eventually ran with it, because “hey, my legacy!”

    Obama would have signed literally any bill related to the subject of health care and declared victory. Republicans were dumb to not negotiate for some scaled-down bipartisan bill.

  11. Hillary will go down as the most Teflonlike politician in US history. Volumes will be written about her ability to avoid the consequences of her choices.

    • Replies: @Boomstick
    It isn't exactly teflon. It's more like Machiavellian respect for the control of the entities charged with legal and ethical policing. It's quite obvious she subverted and controlled the State Department's apparatus for ensuring security compliance, for example--the people in charge of that are Clintonites, or fear getting crosswise with the Clintons, and have been covering up for her. The press has long since surrendered any claim to even-handed reporting, and are merely the propaganda arm of one party.

    No one really believes she's ethical, which is implied by the "teflon" description. Everyone knows she's sleazy, grasping, and not terribly competent. They nonetheless accept and even admire those qualities in her.
  12. @The Alarmist
    Look, she was smart enough to marry Bill and stand by him all the way through 8 ugly years of assaults by the vast right wing conspiracy ... why should we hold a few minor things like lack of ability and poor judgement against her after the herculean task she pulled for her party?

    If Hitlery had pulled a few other things around the Little Rock and Washington residences, then maybe, just maybe, Monica wouldn’t have gotten any humidor action, Bin Laden would’ve been snuffed in 1998, W’s fundraising wouldn’t have had such great sound bites, Iraq invasion wouldn’t have happened, thousands of lives would’ve been saved, and life as we know it would’ve been better. Meanwhile, we see the political sausage making unfold as scripted. Who says DC has no sense of humor?

  13. @AndrewR
    Hillary will go down as the most Teflonlike politician in US history. Volumes will be written about her ability to avoid the consequences of her choices.

    It isn’t exactly teflon. It’s more like Machiavellian respect for the control of the entities charged with legal and ethical policing. It’s quite obvious she subverted and controlled the State Department’s apparatus for ensuring security compliance, for example–the people in charge of that are Clintonites, or fear getting crosswise with the Clintons, and have been covering up for her. The press has long since surrendered any claim to even-handed reporting, and are merely the propaganda arm of one party.

    No one really believes she’s ethical, which is implied by the “teflon” description. Everyone knows she’s sleazy, grasping, and not terribly competent. They nonetheless accept and even admire those qualities in her.

  14. Sounds to me like she’s perfect for job of Commander-in-Chief – a sure-fire winner, if ever I saw one.

  15. trump should just read this whole piece out loud into a camera, and pause to remind us of the source a few times throughout

  16. LOL! This has to be one – perhaps the only one – of the very rare instances where the tubsy-wubsy, soi disant economist has allowed concern for truth and the nation get in the way of partisan bloviation. I’ll bet Brad would put a second mortgage on his soul to send this bit of candor down the memory hole.

  17. That was written in 2003, what else has she screwed up since then? The big ones that stand out are Ghaddafi and Benghazi. We need a comprehensive list of the failures she’s been directly responsible but never been held accountable for.

    • Replies: @bomag
  18. […] 4. Delong: Hillary would make good senator, abysmal President […]

  19. I think you’d have to really work at it to be a bad Senator.

  20. Similar sentiments were shared by almost all members of the economics team tasked with health care. There are memos in people’s files somewhere from that time that are worse than this. The reality was even worse -I was there. Larry Summers shared these opinions at that time.

  21. @a boy and his dog
    That was written in 2003, what else has she screwed up since then? The big ones that stand out are Ghaddafi and Benghazi. We need a comprehensive list of the failures she's been directly responsible but never been held accountable for.
  22. Sticking by Bill’s side and having him always come in and clean up her political snafus seems like the last feminine thing ever. Yet here we are…with women ready to vote for her en mass.

    We should’ve got it all over with in one fell swoop and elected a black female 8 years ago. Oprah couldn’t have been worse than Obama.

  23. In contrast, Obama had the good sense to go play golf while Pelosi and Reid dealt with “Obamacare.”

    Ah, but soon, his 8 year Dream Vacation will come to an end.

    • Replies: @Stan Adams
    Weep not for Obama: As soon as he leaves the White House, he'll start raking in the big bucks.

    How much will the Obamas be worth ten years from now? $100 million? $200 million?
  24. Trump, Cruz, Hillary, Sanders – it is as if a supernatural force is sending strong signal that it is time to wind up the USA. May be we should get the hint and dissolve into a loose federation a la Europe. May be we just can’t produce a leader to handle the tough job of POTUS anymore and it is time we throw the towel before becoming like USSR.

  25. It will be extremely humorous for future historians to look back on this era.

    History student, circa 2576: “Wait, the chick whose only accomplishment was being married right…who got kicked off the Watergate committees for being shady…who probably killed a guy…and did massive shady things with money…who made an epic fail on health care….who got rolled by a nothing from Chicago….who caused half the middle east to go up in flames….who personally got the ambassador in Libya killed…who hid all her correspondence illegally…who was part of the administration that burned American cities tot he ground….she was actually considered a serious presidential candidate after all that???? ”

    Perfessor: “Well, they’d just gone through eight years of an Affirmative Action president.”

    History Student: “But c’mon! Were they that dumb?”

    Unfortunately, they were.

    P.S. Good call on the OBama not having a hand in Obamacare. I called that back then too: Dems were complaining he wasn’t doing anything to help the bill. I thought it was actually best for him, since he had no legislative skills, and Hillary’s problem was she made herself the center of healthcare, making her an easy scape goat; Obama let the legislators get it through (via a highly illegal method that no one would have thought respectable).

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    The fundamental problem with giving substantive power over health care legislation to the First Lady was that the President couldn't fire her and replace her with somebody who could get the job done.
    , @Jus' Sayin'...
    "Obamacare" is a misleading epithet not just because of its false attribution of credit to our current, lackluster, do-nothing president but also because it suggests that this legislation had any direct impact on health care in the USA. The legislation's direct impacts are entirely on health insurance. But the consequences of the resulting changes in medical insurance have had immediate disastrous impacts on health care provision in this country.

    Our pork barreling solons seem never to have asked themselves what happens when you: (1) enormously increase the number of persons seeking all types of medical attention; (2) change the case mix of persons seeking treatment to include new patients with difficult and expensive to treat ailments; (2) significantly decrease reimbursements to medical care providers for many of their services; and (4) make no attempt to increase the availability of medical resources.

    The answer to these questions is rather obvious if one thinks about the problem for a bit. But observation of the currently deteriorating quality of medical care in this country is sufficient to provide an answer. Under-compensated and over-worked doctors and other providers are leaving the field. Waiting times are getting longer. Contrary to expectation, ERs and other expensive resources are being utilized more than ever as other treatment resources become less available.

    Like its European counterparts, the USA's medical system has resorted to the expedient of importing foreign-born and foreign trained medical personnel as a stopgap measure to fill its needs for medical personnel. This robs less developed countries of desperately needed talent and human resources. It also reduces the quality of the medical professionals available to Americans. Forget issues of training quality. Cultural barriers create problems, e.g., in ability to communicate, to deal with toleration for pain, etc., etc. I myself recently experienced the tender ministrations of a Pakistani import. My American PCP described him as a butcher when he later saw the simple debridement that the Paki doctor had botched.

    And the effects of Obamacare on the intended target, the health care insurance industry, haven't been stellar either; as anyone who pays attention to the news must be aware.
  26. @whorefinder
    It will be extremely humorous for future historians to look back on this era.

    History student, circa 2576: "Wait, the chick whose only accomplishment was being married right...who got kicked off the Watergate committees for being shady...who probably killed a guy...and did massive shady things with money...who made an epic fail on health care....who got rolled by a nothing from Chicago....who caused half the middle east to go up in flames....who personally got the ambassador in Libya killed...who hid all her correspondence illegally...who was part of the administration that burned American cities tot he ground....she was actually considered a serious presidential candidate after all that???? "

    Perfessor: "Well, they'd just gone through eight years of an Affirmative Action president."

    History Student: "But c'mon! Were they that dumb?"

    Unfortunately, they were.

    P.S. Good call on the OBama not having a hand in Obamacare. I called that back then too: Dems were complaining he wasn't doing anything to help the bill. I thought it was actually best for him, since he had no legislative skills, and Hillary's problem was she made herself the center of healthcare, making her an easy scape goat; Obama let the legislators get it through (via a highly illegal method that no one would have thought respectable).

    The fundamental problem with giving substantive power over health care legislation to the First Lady was that the President couldn’t fire her and replace her with somebody who could get the job done.

  27. The points made in the article are irrelevant, for the most part. The problem is not her “management skills”, nor “lack of administrative experience”. If you had a candidate whose only experience was running a small business, and he made a credible promise to close the borders and keep America out of foreign wars, he’d still be a better bet than Hillary, Bernie, Cruz or Kasich, The problem with candidates isn’t one of competence. It’s that they’re appalling human beings, who range from being whores to the donorist lobby to outright psychopaths. Administrative skills and leadership qualities are only a liability if they’re used to further the destruction of the country.

  28. @candid_observer

    In contrast, Obama had the good sense to go play golf while Pelosi and Reid dealt with “Obamacare.”
     
    Ah, but soon, his 8 year Dream Vacation will come to an end.

    Weep not for Obama: As soon as he leaves the White House, he’ll start raking in the big bucks.

    How much will the Obamas be worth ten years from now? $100 million? $200 million?

    • Replies: @EriK
    He's gonna need all that $. His wife has expensive tastes.
    , @South Texas GUy
    A post-presidency Obama will do very well, but still won't rise to the Clinton level. For one, he doesn't have Bill's political smarts, but more importantly, he (probably) won't have a wife taking a safe democrat senate seat or be positioned to take a high-level place in a democrat administration. The Clintons wouldn't have been able to amass the kind of fortune they have if they weren't able to leverage some of the political influence they continued to maintain.
    Also, I don't think they'd be able to fall ass backwards into money like Al Gore did. I think he wound up being as surprised as anyone that he eventually have 100 million bucks from the sale of a crappy cable channel.
  29. One thing nobody seems to mention is massive sex differences in ageing. Everyone knows girls hit puberty a couple of years before boys. But then after around 35 men mature like fine wine and women mature like milk. Nobody seems to see that Hillary is not the same as a male candidate: she is way older than her years. Not to mention her brain problems and decades in the limelight – a candidate for burnout if ever I saw one.

  30. @Stan Adams
    Weep not for Obama: As soon as he leaves the White House, he'll start raking in the big bucks.

    How much will the Obamas be worth ten years from now? $100 million? $200 million?

    He’s gonna need all that $. His wife has expensive tastes.

    • Replies: @Bill
    Why would they stay married? Unless Michelle is going to run for Senate? Wow, that would be fun.
  31. Does good ol’ Broad DeLarge still blog? (I stopped reading his blog years ago because he censored comments.)

  32. I’m in complete agreement with the writer’s conclusion in this piece, but I am wary of the source. Anyone that closely associated with Larry Summers is suspect, and DeLong’s mea culpa regarding the 2008 crash left me dumbfounded:

    http://delong.typepad.com/sdj/2008/11/why-i-was-wrong.html

    I will, however, at least give him credit in admitting he was wrong.

  33. @whorefinder
    It will be extremely humorous for future historians to look back on this era.

    History student, circa 2576: "Wait, the chick whose only accomplishment was being married right...who got kicked off the Watergate committees for being shady...who probably killed a guy...and did massive shady things with money...who made an epic fail on health care....who got rolled by a nothing from Chicago....who caused half the middle east to go up in flames....who personally got the ambassador in Libya killed...who hid all her correspondence illegally...who was part of the administration that burned American cities tot he ground....she was actually considered a serious presidential candidate after all that???? "

    Perfessor: "Well, they'd just gone through eight years of an Affirmative Action president."

    History Student: "But c'mon! Were they that dumb?"

    Unfortunately, they were.

    P.S. Good call on the OBama not having a hand in Obamacare. I called that back then too: Dems were complaining he wasn't doing anything to help the bill. I thought it was actually best for him, since he had no legislative skills, and Hillary's problem was she made herself the center of healthcare, making her an easy scape goat; Obama let the legislators get it through (via a highly illegal method that no one would have thought respectable).

    “Obamacare” is a misleading epithet not just because of its false attribution of credit to our current, lackluster, do-nothing president but also because it suggests that this legislation had any direct impact on health care in the USA. The legislation’s direct impacts are entirely on health insurance. But the consequences of the resulting changes in medical insurance have had immediate disastrous impacts on health care provision in this country.

    Our pork barreling solons seem never to have asked themselves what happens when you: (1) enormously increase the number of persons seeking all types of medical attention; (2) change the case mix of persons seeking treatment to include new patients with difficult and expensive to treat ailments; (2) significantly decrease reimbursements to medical care providers for many of their services; and (4) make no attempt to increase the availability of medical resources.

    The answer to these questions is rather obvious if one thinks about the problem for a bit. But observation of the currently deteriorating quality of medical care in this country is sufficient to provide an answer. Under-compensated and over-worked doctors and other providers are leaving the field. Waiting times are getting longer. Contrary to expectation, ERs and other expensive resources are being utilized more than ever as other treatment resources become less available.

    Like its European counterparts, the USA’s medical system has resorted to the expedient of importing foreign-born and foreign trained medical personnel as a stopgap measure to fill its needs for medical personnel. This robs less developed countries of desperately needed talent and human resources. It also reduces the quality of the medical professionals available to Americans. Forget issues of training quality. Cultural barriers create problems, e.g., in ability to communicate, to deal with toleration for pain, etc., etc. I myself recently experienced the tender ministrations of a Pakistani import. My American PCP described him as a butcher when he later saw the simple debridement that the Paki doctor had botched.

    And the effects of Obamacare on the intended target, the health care insurance industry, haven’t been stellar either; as anyone who pays attention to the news must be aware.

  34. @boogerbently
    I will NEVER vote for her.
    If they steal it from Trump, I'm writing him in.

    I will NEVER vote for her.
    If they steal it from Trump, I’m writing him in.

    If Trump has the nomination somehow stolen from him by esoteric RNC cuckoldry, I’m sure he’ll have something to say, about what his supporters ought to do with their general election ballots. There is strength in numbers, so I will listen to what he says, rather that strike out on my own. I want to be part of a wave, not an unnoticed blip.

  35. @Stephen R. Diamond
    1. You think Pelosi and Reed are smarter than Obama?

    2. Clinton showed her bad judgement in her youth: she was a Goldwater Girl.

    They seem to have better political skills at the very least.

    That said, any objective evidence of Mr. Obama’s alleged brilliance would be appreciated.

  36. […] at Steve Sailer’s blog, one of his commenters has found an interesting post from economist Brad DeLong back in 2003.Read more on […]

  37. @Pat Casey
    I can't watch her. She's like bizarro world figurette tryin to suck up souls. I mean some people are more like robots than others. But these are subtleties. She got up there and confessed everything, she basically said I'm not good at being this I hate doing it and well just deal with it with me. Like what the hell is the press afraid of to call her the most inept politician in the history of this nation. No one wants to have to listen to her but everyone just shrugs at fait accompli. Why did he marry her?

    Where's that incredible video of when Abedin told her G-dogg-Gafman was dead? Does anyone remember that video? She seemed possessed by a vacant devil. wtf

    It is truly a disturbing thing:

    • Replies: @Olorin
    Her mannerisms reflect, I wager, her notion of how a warrior-lady CinC is supposed to act and talk...and it fails miserably. That or it simply reveals sociopathic tendencies.

    If the latter is the case, it recontexts the iced bile in her mannerisms and tone of voice. That Lady Macbeth/Medea stuff has been put elsewhere all these years. I cannot imagine turning it loose in the Oval Office (which she will even further seal as a franchise of the NWO).

    Then there's the funeral-garb-Michelin-Man-esque quality of her garments (ugh, a bulging pantsuit on an elderly woman...), and how she keeps tugging at them because they fit ill.

    That may be the deepest truth of this clip: little Hillary Rodham wearing an entire life tailored for someone else...that she is determined to wear, just to show everybody.

    Our first literal drag queen president. Huzzah.

  38. @EriK
    He's gonna need all that $. His wife has expensive tastes.

    Why would they stay married? Unless Michelle is going to run for Senate? Wow, that would be fun.

  39. And when substantive objections were raised to the plan by analysts calculating the moral hazard and adverse selection pressures it would put on the nation’s health-care system…

    I was surprised to read this. I thought men like Brad De Long felt things like “moral hazard and adverse selection pressures” were oh-so 1950’s.

  40. @Stan Adams
    Weep not for Obama: As soon as he leaves the White House, he'll start raking in the big bucks.

    How much will the Obamas be worth ten years from now? $100 million? $200 million?

    A post-presidency Obama will do very well, but still won’t rise to the Clinton level. For one, he doesn’t have Bill’s political smarts, but more importantly, he (probably) won’t have a wife taking a safe democrat senate seat or be positioned to take a high-level place in a democrat administration. The Clintons wouldn’t have been able to amass the kind of fortune they have if they weren’t able to leverage some of the political influence they continued to maintain.
    Also, I don’t think they’d be able to fall ass backwards into money like Al Gore did. I think he wound up being as surprised as anyone that he eventually have 100 million bucks from the sale of a crappy cable channel.

  41. Christopher Hitchens tears Hillary Clinton a new one on multiple occasions.

  42. “In contrast, Obama had the good sense to go play golf while Pelosi and Reid dealt with “Obamacare.””

    And they wisely left the writing of the bill to lobbyists, so they had time to focus on shoving it though Congress by various unethical and illegal means.

  43. @Bill
    It is truly a disturbing thing:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fgcd1ghag5Y

    Her mannerisms reflect, I wager, her notion of how a warrior-lady CinC is supposed to act and talk…and it fails miserably. That or it simply reveals sociopathic tendencies.

    If the latter is the case, it recontexts the iced bile in her mannerisms and tone of voice. That Lady Macbeth/Medea stuff has been put elsewhere all these years. I cannot imagine turning it loose in the Oval Office (which she will even further seal as a franchise of the NWO).

    Then there’s the funeral-garb-Michelin-Man-esque quality of her garments (ugh, a bulging pantsuit on an elderly woman…), and how she keeps tugging at them because they fit ill.

    That may be the deepest truth of this clip: little Hillary Rodham wearing an entire life tailored for someone else…that she is determined to wear, just to show everybody.

    Our first literal drag queen president. Huzzah.

    • Replies: @Bill
    I show this clip to people in real life, and it has no apparent effect on them. Ideological blindness? Stupidity? They just have no template in their heads to attach it to? I don't get the lack of reaction.
  44. http://www.weeklystandard.com/blue-on-blue-violence/article/2001743

    Over at Steve Sailer’s blog, one of his commenters has found an interesting post from economist Brad DeLong back in 2003. For those of you who don’t remember the early ’00s, DeLong was a deputy assistant secretary at Treasury under Bill Clinton who became one of the stars of the lefty blogosphere, combining the seriousness and nonpartisan open-mindedness of Matthew Yglesias with the personal warmth and modesty of Paul Krugman.

  45. Having this quote get to the Weekly Standard, even if unattributed to my ownself, is better than a Gold Box. I have always remembered the quote because DeLong worked for her, he’s a lib, and even he thought her incompetent in the early 90s. There has been no evidence to the contrary since then; much of the Libyan and Syrian debacle can be laid at her feet.

  46. @Olorin
    Her mannerisms reflect, I wager, her notion of how a warrior-lady CinC is supposed to act and talk...and it fails miserably. That or it simply reveals sociopathic tendencies.

    If the latter is the case, it recontexts the iced bile in her mannerisms and tone of voice. That Lady Macbeth/Medea stuff has been put elsewhere all these years. I cannot imagine turning it loose in the Oval Office (which she will even further seal as a franchise of the NWO).

    Then there's the funeral-garb-Michelin-Man-esque quality of her garments (ugh, a bulging pantsuit on an elderly woman...), and how she keeps tugging at them because they fit ill.

    That may be the deepest truth of this clip: little Hillary Rodham wearing an entire life tailored for someone else...that she is determined to wear, just to show everybody.

    Our first literal drag queen president. Huzzah.

    I show this clip to people in real life, and it has no apparent effect on them. Ideological blindness? Stupidity? They just have no template in their heads to attach it to? I don’t get the lack of reaction.

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