Tsk Tsk, Hillary

In 2008, The Curmudgeon happily voted for Hillary Clinton in the presidential primary in which her opponent was Barack Obama, her eventual conqueror.  Hillary is contemplating running again in 2016, and while The Curmudgeon thinks she’s too old now to be president, he admits that he may have no choice but to vote for her again, depending on who else throws their hat in the ring.  (Paging Elizabeth Warren:  step forward please, Professor Warren.)

When Hill and Bill were getting ready to leave the White House and she was preparing to run for the Senate in a state in which she never even lived, she made what she called a “listening tour” of New York, giving her an opportunity to meet the people and scope out what kinds of challenges she might face, what with her husband being a serial philanderer and all and her being a carpetbagger.  Now, she’s on another listening tour, although this one will be more profitable:  she’s going around the country signing copies of her new book, in essence getting paid for her latest listening tour.

Even though she’s almost always the smartest person in the room, Hillary hasn’t been everyday people in a long time – she recently admitted that she hasn’t been behind the wheel of a car since 1996 – and like a lot of the Republicans she and her fellow Democrats regularly roast for the high crime of being financially successful, she can be a little out of touch with real people and real issues.

Recently, she’s observed that when she and Bill left the White House, they were, in her words, “Broke.”  Yes, they had mountain of debt in the form of enormous legal bills in the wake of the ridiculous campaign to impeach Bill because he lied about screwing around with a White House intern, because he’s the only man in history who ever lied when caught fooling around behind his wife’s back, but she knew, they knew, that they had major, major income potential just ahead of them – books, speeches, board of director positions, and much, much more.

But still, Hillary said they were “broke.”

But if they were so broke, The Curmudgeon wonders, how is it that the Clintons managed to buy a $1.7 million house in Chappaqua, New York during the months leading up to their departure from the White House?

$1.7 million for a house.

When they were broke.

The Curmudgeon knows a lot of people who would like to be broke like that.

Many of us like you, Hillary, but you better learn to be real, girlfriend, if you want to be elected president.


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  • Peaches Shimmerdeep  On June 24, 2014 at 11:05 am

    I really like her, and all things are relative, but I AGREE! She needs to mingle a little with the common folk.

  • Peaches Shimmerdeep  On June 25, 2014 at 8:18 am

    I have been thinking about this as the coverage of it is ubiquitous (portentous!). It strikes me that perhaps the Clinton’s view themselves, as many who do not come from great wealth/privilege do, as two hardworking people who come from humble beginnings who had to work hard to make good. They knew the White House was the road to success, internally and externally, but they never thought they would be hammered with litigation and accompanying legal fees to pay back after the term. To them, their plan was impeded. They couldn’t start from ground up and build wealth; they had to dig out of another hole. Of course, it was a hole relatively easy to climb out of given their educations, experiences, and the demand for them in the marketplace– all things that distinguish them from the common man. But I wonder if their failure to see it that way, while tinged with obtuseness and hubris, isn’t a little bit of an indication that they are more like the rest of us than many others.

  • Peaches Shimmerdeep  On June 25, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Omit autocorrect misplaced apostrophe.

  • foureyedcurmudgeon  On June 25, 2014 at 8:53 am

    I don’t disagree. The Clintons’ “deal,” as I’ve always understood it, was that he pursued public service while she made the money – and she made it: at the time he started running for president she was a partner in a pretty big deal law firm. Also, Whitewater, its controversies aside, was about them making some money. While in the White House she wrote “It Takes a Village,” which made a lot of money, and a month before they left the White House she signed a contract with a publisher for an $8 million advance for her autobiography. They also knew there’d be a bidding war for his post-presidency book, too (more than $10 million, but not signed for eight months after they left the White House). The issue is her tone deafness and her choice of words: they may not have had much in the bank but they absolutely knew they were going to be millionaires very, very soon. There are people out there who are broke – really broke – and she clearly wasn’t one of them at any time in the past thirty years. The funny thing is that it’s a very Republican kind of tone deafness – a George H.W. Bush/Mitt Romney kind of tone deafness. Politics aside, those are two very, very fine people whom I’d welcome as neighbors, but they’re just out of touch. I’m not sure how important it is to be in touch, if the sensibilities are there (which they clearly aren’t with Romney). I’m beginning to get the sense with Hillary that running for president is more about redemption, a victory lap, than being president, just like I always felt that with Romney it was about the next big accomplishment and not being president. That may be a good reason for her to run for president but it’s not a compelling reason to give her one’s vote.

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