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The Last Gasps of the Clinton Dynasty

In the four months since the election, New York and D.C. media outlets have been diligently boosting all stories related to Chelsea Clinton, apparently in the hopes that they can astroturf a political appetite among liberals for a political campaign by the former First Daughter. Here’s The Hill, from yesterday:

When rumors started swirling after the election that Chelsea Clinton was considering her own foray into politics, it was met with eye rolls even from staunch supporters of the family. […]

But that skepticism is starting to fade.

Last month, a separate report in the New York Daily News said that Clinton could potentially run for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s (D-N.Y.) seat, should the senator decide to run for president in 2020.

Clinton has only stoked the rumors further, particularly on Twitter, where she has repeatedly gone after President Trump and his associates since Inauguration Day. On Sunday, she also took the opportunity to rail against Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) for racially charged comments about immigrant babies.

This story was followed up today by a report that Clinton is publishing a “political children’s book” entitled “She Persisted,” dedicated to “everyone who’s ever wanted to speak up but has been told to quiet down, for everyone who’s ever been made to feel less than.” (It is unclear whether Clinton herself feels that she has been deprived of access to a megaphone).

This seemingly inexplicable media fascination with Clinton—who has not, as far as we can tell, shown any evidence of being a charismatic leader or innovative political thinker—makes more sense once you remember the reach and scope of the Clinton machine. The Clinton family has bestrode American politics for a generation on the power of its vast network of activists and apparatchiks and donors and loyalist nonprofits. Once political machines are set in motion—once checks are flowing, galas are scheduled, the loyalists are hired—they are hard to wind down. And that means that, as we have said before, “there has to be a Clinton in the political arena.”

What we are now seeing are the last gasps of a vast political machine trying to keep its gears spinning despite every indication that it is time for a new model. It may or may not be successful, but one thing is clear: The Clinton machine will not let itself be shut down without a fight.

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  • Beauceron

    “everyone who’s ever wanted to speak up but has been told to quiet down, for everyone who’s ever been made to feel less than.”

    You mean she’s writing a children’s book about how horribly the Democrats and the Left have treated the white working and middle class over the past decade? After all, one of the candidates for the DNC Chair position last month said she viewed the Chair’s job as teaching people “how to shut their mouths if they are white.”

    • BillyHW

      I think actually she’s writing about how Hillary intimidated Juanita Broaddrick into silence after Bill raped her.

      • HarryObrian

        Anyone who has ever read or heard a thing Webb Hubbell’s daughter has ever written or spoke knows that she isn’t writing a thing. She can barely construct two coherent or even linked sentences. It’s just more trees and bits of sand dying to support the whims of the deranged anti-Americans that have managed to crawl from the depths of the Arkansas swamps on the back of the Dixie mafia.

  • Pete

    Pathetic.

    As America thought Hillary was dislikable, it will think even more so of her Ugly-Ducking daughter who is truly an empty pants suit.

    But with that said, i hope & pray the Clinton machine pushes the Ugly-Duckling to the hilt. .The more the Left squanders it’s resources on such an impossible mission, the better for America.

    One last comment. Chelsea was born into a corrupt family. Okay, she couldn’t help that. but then she marries into another corrupt family. I’m afraid the kid is beyond salvation.

    • Andrew Allison

      Give her a break, it’s all she ever knew.

      • Jacksonian_Libertarian

        Yeah! Like the wrestling “Piledriver” maneuver.

        • Andrew Allison

          Sorry but, other than the fact that WWW is utterly corrupt, I don’t understand. My point was that having been born into, and growing up in, an utterly amoral environment, what chance did she have?

          • Robert

            First, you misspelled immoral. Second, she gets no slack from me unless and until she acts differently.

          • ——————————

            “First, you misspelled immoral.”

            Amoral is a word….

          • texasjimbo

            I suspect Robert is aware of that.

          • ——————————

            Hmmmm…you might be right!

          • Andrew Allison

            amoral: lacking a moral sense; unconcerned with the rightness or wrongness of something.
            Describes the Clintons perfectly.

          • texasjimbo

            Were she neither a public figure prone to assuming an air of moral superiority nor a person with a desire exercise power over the public, you would have a point. She is, however, both. As such she richly deserves almost all of the public expressions of contempt she receives, and a lot more too.

      • trangbang68

        Yeah, she got her Girl Scout merit badge for graft and corruption as an adolescent

    • JCA100

      Even the left have turned against them.
      Between obama and the Clinton’s, the party is no more.
      All the decent people joined Trump.

      • Robert

        Never underestimate the stupidity of the voting public.

      • Not all have joined Trump but none yet adhere to Clinton.

    • Empty Pantsuit.
      Full Depends.

  • Eurydice

    It’s more simple than that. The Clinton Foundation attracts donors who want political access. Without a Clinton in the ring there are no donations and no gigantic speaking fees. Somebody has to support Bill and Hillary in their old age.

    • Dale Fayda

      The Clintons have to be worth upward of $200 million already. Surely they can make ends until they croak, can’t they? Or is Chelsea more of a financial burden on Mom and Dad than we think? He, he, he…

      • Tom

        I think Bill and Hillary Clinton are more of a financial burden on themselves than we think.

  • D4x

    HRC must be wondering why she believed those Zero Population Growth lectures in 1970 at Yale, instead of the “heir and a spare” concept. No mas, because, even if Gillibrand’s Senate seat is open for 2020, wouldn’t it be grand to have an Ivanka-Chelsea contest?

    • f1b0nacc1

      This being NY, Ivanka wouldn’t stand a chance, but the debates would be something to watch!

      • D4x

        Ivanka can win a statewide contest in NY. No more carpetbaggers! Even in NYC, millions of voters might actually bother to vote, if not for the voter intimidation in the outer boroughs. Just doubt Ivanka would be interested in the U.S. Senate.

        • f1b0nacc1

          I wonder. NY is so heavily dominated by the downstate mafia, I am unclear that a GOP candidate really has a chance there anymore. Someone like Ivanka might, but I wouldn’t bet too heavily on it.

          And anyway, why would she want to take a step down?

          • D4x

            Yeah, Ivanka can run for POTUS in 2020… just would rather think of Ivanka than Chelsea. Would Gillibrand run against Andrew Cuomo in the Dem primaries? Andrew’s nickname is no-primaryAndrew, and he is doing all the right things to position himself if/when the 2017Dems regain any sanity. Gillibrand does not have the ‘voice’ -she tends to sound like a chipmunk.

            DJT narrowly won NY state outside the 5 boroughs, without campaigning. Schumer beat HRC statewide by almost 600,000 votes, the maps skewed to Jewish voters in Nassau, Westchester & Rockland.

            The only way a Dem can win statewide is to drive up the vote in NYC. Since 2010, usually comes down to single woman vote because of abortion: Gillibrand’s ‘war on women’ circa 2010.

            Ivanka can achieve what Bloomberg did in 2001, 2005. And win the Jewish vote.

          • f1b0nacc1

            Andrew’s problem is that the BernieBros hate him, and the Dems seem to be hell-bent on running full Goat for the next couple of elections. He would be a potentially serious candidate, but he has some intriguing skeletons in his closet, and I just don’t see the Dems getting their act together and start nominating adults anytime in the near future.

            Gillibrand is simply Warren with less botox and no immediate nicknames like ‘fauxchahontas’ that might be awkward to deal with. I don’t see her as a terribly serious candidate, but this is after all NY, and the GOP is a mess there.

            A Dem will win statewide UNLESS the GOP can find someone to split the vote downstate, which I don’t see as likely anytime soon. Ivanka would be an interesting choice (hell, a decorative one at the very least!), but her family name would be a major problem until DJT has managed to break the back of the Goat Left.

            2020, not likely (though fun if so)….2024…now that might be worth looking at…

          • D4x

            Official: I am not speculating about future elections. Except maybe if deBlasio can get taken out in September primary. THAT will be a sign of breaking the back of the BernieWFP faction.
            Besides, everything will change, even by next month…

          • f1b0nacc1

            I would be delighted to see deBlasio go down in flaming disgrace (he is a flaming disgrace, but you get my meaning), but I am not sure that proves very much. It will be interesting to watch, in any case….particularly from the nice safe distance I enjoy….

          • D4x

            deBlasio’s base is the Working Families Party and SEIU, the forces behind $15 living wage and Bernie. NY’s machine Dems have not been able to stop the hijacking of their Democratic Party by deBlasio&Co..

          • Andrew Allison

            Full Goat! What a wonderful description of what’s so fundamentally wrong with the Democratic [sic] Party. Too bad only the denizens of TAI will get the allusion.

          • f1b0nacc1

            Well, it just seemed like the perfect allusion…

          • D4x

            One thing for sure, Chelsea is NOT a ‘style icon’ like Ivanka:

            “…Plastic surgeons reveal to USA Today that more of their
            patients are coming in asking to look like the president’s daughter.

            “In my practice, Ivanka is sort of the new style icon for plastic surgery,” Houston surgeon Franklin Rose said …”

            http://www.townandcountrymag.com/style/beauty-products/a9974/people-are-spending-tens-of-thousands-of-dollars-on-plastic-surgery-to-look-like-ivanka-trump/

            T&C is a Hearst book, no snark when it comes to Trumps. Plus, got to see Dr. Carson & CoS Priebus’ new homes in Virginia.

            Once Vanity Fair got so politicized, had to switch to Hearst.

          • Frank

            Yeah. ‘Cus being a style icon is what makes a good leader.

          • f1b0nacc1

            Ivanka has had her share of work done as well, but at least she got a quality job….

          • D4x

            No conclusive proof. Truly sorry I ever mentioned Ivanka here.

  • Proverbs1618

    Oh those wily Clintons. Never far from where there’s a little cash to be made. All together now…. AND THIS IS HOW YOU GOT TRUMP!!!!!

  • Proud Skeptic

    This reminds me of when they tried to draft, y’know, Caroline Kennedy to be, y’know, senator.

    • Well, Chelsea, like you know, seems to have a, like you know, larger vocabulary than, like you know, a Kennedy.

      • f1b0nacc1

        True, but sadly most of the words in it are synonyms of ‘gimme’

  • Wild Bill Kinda

    I guess a real job is too much to ask from a Clinton.

  • Mike in Cincinnati

    She Persisted – The Juanita Broaddrick Story.

    But have no fear. Amy Carter is still available. Or Michelle Obama. Or if we wait a few years, the Obama girls.

    • Amy Carter, to her eternal credit, has eschewed ALL shades of limelight. She lives quietly and nearly anonymously in Atlanta managing some activities at the Carter Center, declining all interviews and invitations including an entreaty to aid Michelle Nunn in her wan attempt at a Senate seat.

      • Mike in Cincinnati

        Amy Carter was the only other child of a ex-President (D) I could think of. I know she keeps a low profile – and has her entire life. The Carters did a good job of shielding her from the glare of the media – but it was a different world 40 years ago.

    • f1b0nacc1

      Michelle Obama is Hillary without the self-control and centrist politics (/sarc)

      • fuzzyspappy

        Moochelle Hussein is Killery with a “Johnson”.

  • buddygonzo

    As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton schemed to subvert record-keeping and transparency rules for reasons that are probably more or
    less communicated by her surname: The Clintons are creeps and liars and scoundrels and misfits, always have been, always will be. They are the penicillin-resistant syphilis of American politics.

    -KDW

  • Awaiting My MAGA Sandwich

    I don’t understand how Chelsea can be so much younger and yet actually be less attractive than Hillary.

    • f1b0nacc1

      Actually you aren’t being fair. I have met her in person, and as long as she doesn’t talk (and she is VERY quiet unless prompted), she isn’t all that unappealing. Not my taste, you understand, but I she is nowhere near as hideous as her mother.

      • Tom

        “and as long as she doesn’t talk (and she is VERY quiet unless prompted)”

        So…a much more sensible person than either of her parents?

        • f1b0nacc1

          Actually she is a VERY silly person, inheriting her both her parents looks (in the worst possible mix) and neither’s intellect.

          Come to think of it, she would fit right in with the rest of the Senate (grin)….

          • Tom

            Yes, but it is better to be silent and thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt…

      • fuzzyspappy

        She looks too much like her dad Webb Hubbel.

        • f1b0nacc1

          That is a cruel and hurtful insult….

          To Webb Hubbell

  • She Persisted sounds like the diary of a conservative chick in any high school or university in the nation.

  • InklingBooks

    I saw something similar year ago when I was researching the role the Rockefeller foundation played in pushing population control and legalized abortion. Looking in article indexes for Rockefeller in that pre-Internet era, I keep running across articles in the NY Times on themes as profound as “Nelson Rockefeller stresses importance of good tooth brushing.” In an era when the paper still supported an occasional ‘liberal enough’ Republican, the NYT was puffing Nelson for a run in 1968 against the hated Nixon. No subject was too trite if it put Nelson in the public eye. Pitiful, most pitiful.

    We’re seeing the same thing with Chelsea, although with a potential candidate far less talented and less appealing than Nelson Rockefeller.

    –Michael W. Perry, editor of The Pivot of Civilization in Historical Perspective (about the eugenic background to Planned Parenthood)

  • AnotherPattyJ

    Is it a last gasp, or is it a new Clinton PR campaign, designed to open up the wallets of disappointed donors?

    The political children’s book is just the beginning. Hinting at running is as lucrative as actually running for this family.

  • rob

    America does not vote for liars. Period.

  • Russell Steadman

    Someone said “Politics is celebrity for the ugly”…But people can only tolerate so much. Even her mother was rejected and she Mrs.America by comparison..Please show a compare-and-contrast of Ivanka and Chelsea. Who would you rather look at in elected office? Not to mention poise and competence

  • roastytoasty

    Clinton = Corruption & Death all the way down: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_g_WVWjQ-8Q

  • Bitter Clinger

    The only thing the Clinton Crime Family has to sell is access to power. If none of them are holding office, there is nothing to sell. That’s what all the naval gazing about running for office is about. Plain and simple.

  • Wmn04Ken07

    Oh, please shut down without a fight.

  • Alexxthegreat

    A certain amount of grace and charm is needed, especially for a woman, in order to run for public office.
    Chelsea got nothing of this from her dad (?)…and every ounce of her mothers cold persona..The remind me of a family of LIZARDS!
    Writing cartoon books is where she should stay…..leave the good American people alone.

  • trangbang68

    This entitled brat will hopefully fade into oblivion with her crooked sick old mother and the perv in chief soon.

  • GABroncoFan

    She has no charisma and little political innovation. Sounds just like mama. Another wannabe that will get drug across the finish line by the media.

  • arlierayjr

    The Clinton Machine winding down like the Hal 9000 in “2001:A Space Odyssey”. ..”Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do
    I’m half crazy all for the love of you …It won’t be a stylish marriage…..”

  • WhyteWright&Wyse

    The only way I could ever have respect for this person is if someone releases a sex tape of her in a gang bang.

  • Gregory Grose

    “has bestridden”

  • Fester N Boyle

    Chelsea is a principal of the Clinton Foundation, an organization widely thought to have accepted foreign bribery in exchange for political influence. Too bad the US is no longer a lawful nation and some folk are above the law…… In a just world Chelsea would be facing prison along with her parents.

    Well, the truth is the US people themselves are corrupt, so the govt. is only a reflection of them.

  • Samuel Adams

    Met her twice through the CGI. Not as reptilian as mom, but has zero of Bill’s charisma or capacity to connect with an audience. But the thought of her running for office is laughable. Our firm was being actively recruited to join CGI via couple of major trading partners that “thought it would be a good idea”(wink, nod). One thing was very clear…CGI was simply an influence peddling operation. No metrics to measure effectiveness of programs (that is why the McKinsey guy was brought in) and really all they did was bundle donations to pass to other charities and NGOs, but under the Clinton brand. And their skim kept the whole machine employed and intact. It passed none of the smell tests. The hard part was figuring out how to gracefully decline, knowing what the consequences might be if Hillary ran and won.

  • MikeyDe

    The Clintons are over. HRC didn’t lose the election just because she was a lazy, lousy candidate, which she was. She lost because she insisted that she would continue with the policies of Barack Obama. A blind person could see that Obama destroyed the Democrat party’s brand. She would have won by running against his stupid ideas. It is fairly obvious that he threatened her with prosecution if she didn’t toe the mark. The Democrat party will take years to come back if ever. Bring on the next professional feminist, Gillibrand, Warren etc. If Trump stays in good health he will beat them easily. The Dems just can’t believe that the USA does not want to be like Venezuela.

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