Hillary Clinton

Let's Take Babies Out of Politics

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It's bad enough that the British royal family parades its once and future king—14-month-old Prince George—around at every opportunity. But the George will at least some day rule England (and, really, what else do the Brits have going on?).

But now that Hillary Clinton is ramping up her presidential run for 2016, she's talking up her "grandmother glow" and using the newest family member, granddaughter Charlotte, as a prop in the 2016 campaign.

As I argue in a new Time column, such a ploy may humanize Hillary Clinton, but it's not an edifying spectacle in the least.

Hillary is missing no opportunity to publicly play at grandmother, a role that can only soften and round out her image as the presidential campaign season swings into high gear. "I highly recommend it," she told CBS News about becoming a grandparent. At a recent speech to a group of women real estate agents, a member of the audience told Clinton that she looked "beautiful." To which Clinton responded, "I think it's a grandmother's glow."

Or maybe it's the fire of political ambition lighting up her cheeks. As far back as June, she was systematically linking her grandchild to world events, telling People, "I'm about to become a grandmother… I want to live in the moment. At the same time I am concerned about what I see happening in the country and in the world."

OK, we get it. The kid is a prop in a political play. The baby doesn't just soften you up, Mrs. Clinton, it softens us up, too. Which may actually be excellent public relations but is also deeply disturbing.

Read the whole thing here.

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  1. such a ploy may humanize Hillary Clinton

    Not likely.

    1. Seconded

  2. I say we put more babies in politics. Especially baby ring tailed lemurs. Because there is nothing cuter than baby ring tailed lemurs.

    Chelsea Clinton, yikes! She definitely got hit with the ugly stick. Hope the baby looks better.

    As for the Brits and their little Prince baby, fuck them too. And how old is the Queen? Is that bitch ever going to die? Why do some Americans, and especially the US media even cover the royal family? What kind of pathetic American would be interested in the lives of British royalty? I mean, Japan has the Imperial Family, but we don’t even give two flying fucks about the Yamato’s. The same with Luxembourg, and just about every European country. I don’t get it.

    I guess some people like to play the role of serf?

    Football!!

    1. Fuck that noise. Baby sifaka lemurs are where it’s at: http://spiriferminerals.com/fo…..C_5979.jpg

  3. So, if I still lived in Ohio, I would be rooting for Michigan to keep Brady Hoke forever, and ever, and ever…

    Let’s see how long the Lions can go before breaking their fans’ hearts, and in what, new, creative way they’ll accomplish that task.

    Also, for all the long-suffering Cleveland fans, and, really, for humanity – fuck Art Modell, and may his soul burn in its own, special circle of hell for all eternity as Arch Angel Otto Graham shoots flaming arrows into the void where his heart should be.

    That is all.

    ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL???!!!!!

    1. I’m ready for next Saturday but today, wondering if the Panthers will remember they are supposed to be a good team or continue their collect-a-paycheck ways.

  4. If Robert Kennedy did not exist, we’d have to invent him.

    I do, however, believe that corporations which deliberately, purposefully, maliciously and systematically sponsor climate lies should be given the death penalty. This can be accomplished through an existing legal proceeding known as “charter revocation.” State Attorneys General can invoke this remedy whenever corporations put their profit-making before the “public welfare.”

    1. Wow. Aren’t three, four, five generations of imbeciles enough?

      I could really go for some more Dead Kennedys.

      1. National Review has started calling fascist environmentalists ‘Greenshirts’ which is really brilliant.

        1. Damn that is brilliant. One of those revelations which seems so obvious in hindsight.

    2. Is he speaking metaphorically about the ‘death penalty’? Ie, the corporation should have its charter revoked, therefore it ‘kills the company’… I suspect that he’s not actually suggesting anyone be killed.

  5. OT: Has this been posted already? It must have but this is the first I’ve seen it.

    http://www.nola.com/crime/inde…..her_1.html

  6. Well, why would they. If you’re a narcissistic sociopath (and the Clintons, like the overwhelming majority of the political class are), you really don’t give a tinker’s damn about others, including grandchildren, as much beyond a means to your ends. And as long as imbecilic (mostly female) voters reward trotting out your little ones as props with their votes, you can be sure they’ll never hesitate to do so.

  7. And if Chelsea had had a bad day during that nine months, Grandma Clinton would totally have supported having that bundle of joy snuffed out in the womb.

    1. Hi Tulpa.

      1. There are worse things to be accused of than being true to yourself.

        1. Being true to yourself by constantly changing your handle to trick people into interacting with you.

          I love seeing the broken, cowardly little nothing I have made you.

          1. You have it backwards as usual.

            My comments represent myself; the handle is just an ephemeral coating. People want to interact with my comments, however much some have taken an irrational dislike to the ephemeral coating.

            1. Cool story, dipshit.

              1. That’s the best retort you can manage? Tell me again which one of us is a broken little nothing.

            2. My comments represent myself; the handle is just an ephemeral coating.

              So roughly equivalent to a lacquered turd, got it.

            3. Lear Dunham|10.5.14 @ 3:35PM|#
              “My comments represent myself;”
              OK, so you’re a consistent ass.

              “the handle is just an ephemeral coating.”
              Right. So you can hide your assery in the hopes of getting the attention you will lie for.
              You are pathetic.

      2. Pl?ya Manhattan.|10.5.14 @ 12:21PM|#
        “Hi Tulpa.”

        I stand corrected; Bo would have started whining; Tulpa just continues being an ass.

  8. “Elect me! Fer teh grandchillren!” ~ Hilldawg

    1. Hilldawg

      Coming soon to bumper stickers everywhere.

      1. That would be an improvement to the “Ready for Hillary 2016” stickers all the sadomasochists are sporting these days.

        1. Are you sure it’s not preppers with a year’s worth of beans and rice and 20,000 rounds of 22LR in their basement who are sporting that motto?

          1. Are you speaking from experience? And what is this “22LR” you speak of?

            1. I have heard of it. It existed in the before time, in the long, long, long ago.

              1. +1 Smiley Town

  9. Take the babies out of politics, as well as their infant children.

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