March 26, 2008
Given that when she was just out of college (sometime after being named after Sir Edmund Hillary, who conquered Mount Everest a few years after she was born), Hillary Clinton in 1974 was on the impeachment inquiry staff advising the House Committee on the Judiciary during Watergate, the senator must know the implications of the phrase “he misspoke.”
This was a term first used by Richard Nixon’s press secretary Ron Ziegler about some issue over which the president lied and then attempted to retract what he had said after somebody uncovered the lie.
Given its history, it amazes me that someone as savvy as the former First Lady would employ this term. Yet she did, when her big fish story about being under fire in Tuzla when she visited as First Lady in 1996 caught up with her this week; CBS news unearthed the video that showed that, while not a picnic with tea and crumpets, it wasn’t the Apocalypse Now moment she recounted.
One wonders if the Clintons don’t realize that the technology exists to verify just about any story they fabricate. Perhaps because for many years the press didn’t vet Clintonian tall tales, they still operate under the delusion that no one will. Perhaps the first Clintonation is to escalate one’s experience until the envelope shreds. So, “I visited Tuzla as First Lady,” becomes, “I visited Tuzla and came under fire,” which becomes, “I led a combat mission in Tuzla,” which becomes, “I was appointed NATO Supreme Commander while visiting Tuzla,” which becomes, “I should be answering the Red Phone at 3 a.m.” When confronted with this latest exaggeration, Senator Clinton responded with, “Well, I’m human.” Hummph! That’s a stretch!
Hatched by Dave Ross on this day, March 26, 2008, at the time of 10:37 PM
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The following hissed in response by: Fritz
To answer your question, no, the Clinton's do not understand that any statement can be fact checked. Why would they think so when they have never had the MSM do so before? Were it not for the fact that most of the MSM now worships Obama, it would not be taking place today in a way big enough to make a difference. Bonus question; had Obama not gotten it trouble over Wright, do you think the MSM would have addressed Clinton's truthfulness gaffs? As long as she was loosing they were happy to ignore such gaffs, but when Obama got in trouble off came the gloves and suddenly anything Hilliary says becomes fair game. And yes, I am very cynical about the news media. Along with stupid, many are incompetent and lazy, but that doesn't stop them from believing they are the smartest people on the face of the planet and that they know better than anyone else.
The following hissed in response by: cdquarles
Indeed, oh wise one. Few politicians of whom I am aware learned the lessons of Watergate better than the Clintons. They must be cursing their fate loudly to have been so hoist upon their own petard by the drive-by media. Oh to be a fly on the wall wherever the Clintons lay their heads ;O .
The above hissed in response by: cdquarles at March 27, 2008 8:45 PM
The following hissed in response by: Dafydd ab Hugh
Actually, this post is by David Ross. Although many folks have said we look similar enough to be twins, in fact we are two separate people... and he's solely responsible for this excellent post!
The above hissed in response by: Dafydd ab Hugh at March 27, 2008 9:21 PM
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