Ah, Political Arts or the art of confusing and destroying meaning, that is what the Clintons are so damn good at.
They can take a comment and make it totally different than what it was intended to mean and then they can have you fired and make you apologize for ever even thinking the thought!
Case in point the MSNBC’S Dave Schuster observation that perhaps the “do anything”, “say anything” Clintons were using their daughter inappropriately to get votes.
Shuster guest-hosted Tucker Carlson's MSNBC show, "Tucker," and in referring to Chelsea Clinton's role in calling superdelegates on behalf of the Clinton presidential campaign, he asked whether she was "sort of being pimped out in some weird sort of way?"But before anyone else could ask the question, are the Clinton’s using Chelsea inappropriately, the Clinton’s turned Schuster’s remake on its head and acted like the remark was some affront to Chelsea Clinton when in fact it was an assessment on the way that Ma and Pa Clinton were using their dear sweet girl to get superdelegate votes and exposing her to the harsh realities of politics
“I found the remarks incredibly offensive,” Clinton told reporters in this snowy town outside Bangor. Earlier, she sent a letter to NBC brass that called for swift action against Shuster, who was suspended Friday by MSNBC.Is this the kind of authoritarian America that we have to look forward to under a Hillary Clinton one which she issues edicts demanding the firing or black balling of journalist when she has made a political career of equally demeaning and defamatory remarks against the president of the United States of America, George W. Bush?
“Nothing justifies the kind of debasing language that David Shuster used and no temporary suspension or half-hearted apology is sufficient,” Clinton wrote to NBC News President Steve Capus, who apparently had already called Clinton to personally apologize.
“I would urge you to look at the pattern of behavior on your network that seems to repeatedly lead to this sort of degrading language,” Clinton wrote. “There’s a lot at stake for our country in this election. Surely, you can do your jobs as journalists and commentators and still keep the discourse civil and appropriate.” --Kenneth P. Vogel and Michael Calderone
Do we really want an America were the presidential wannabe will threaten a reporter or an entire news organization? First it was FOX news network and then it was Tim Russert, it was GQ magazine,it was the CNN debates, it was Chris Matthews and now its David Shuster and MSNBC! I see a distinct pattern here!
And another thing in order to be offended don’t you at least have to know what the remark meant? In an email from Clinton Press Secretary Philippe Reines to David Shuster, Reines admits that the Clinton camp doesn't even know that the comment in question means! Take a look:
From: Philippe ReinesWhat? They don’t know what it meant but they’re offended? Give me a break!
To: David Shuster
Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2008 7:14 p.m.
David - how hard is it for someone, anyone, in the vast MS/NBC universe to contact any one of us at the campaign for comment about Chelsea before going on air and saying that she is being "pimped out" ? It's absurdly offensive.
And what the hell does that even mean?
I just don't get MSNBC - does GE not allow you to make toll calls? What's the problem.
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
Check your memories go back as far as you like now when is the last time that a presidential candidate had their husband and child stomping for her?
You might think well there’s never been a female presidential candidate. Wrong! That’s the fairly tale that the Clinton’s want you to believe there have been many!
Unless Senator Clinton was born in year 1872 her statement was an ignorant attempt to frame all civil rights gains and women’s suffrage around her lifetime. The fact is Hillary is not the first woman to, as she said, “to be running to be the first woman president" there have been many! (list courtesy of Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership) —AlaphiahBut that aside when do you remember a presidential candidate actually having their child stomping for them?
Same answer as before, never! So that begs the question, why would Ma and Pa Clinton expose Chelsea to the rough and tumble world of presidential politics a world in which the Clintons, themselves employee the politics of personal destruction against opponents but now apparently they faint at the very prospect that anyone would say anything seemingly untoward about the way that they conduct business by using their daughter.
One must remember that under a Hillary Clinton presidency one would never be able to say anything that is considered negative or "absurdly offensive" about the Clintons neither could you say anything about the way that they conduct business if you dared too you risk lost of job or an IRS audit or both!
I can just hear the conversation now, (Bill Clinton voice) Hey Hillary why don’t we use Chelsea in the campaign. You know young people and Blacks are going for that Obama fairly tale like nuts. And I can’t make you younger, taller, hipper, or blacker.
(Hillary) Well you know Bill, that’s a wonderful idea. After all I’ve used my mother and you on the campaign!
So David Shuster’s question is not so absurd when you think about it. As a matter of fact I’m now wondering if the Clinton campaign has been pimping out Bill and Hillary’s mother to win votes.
But that would just be asking the obvious!