Bill Kristol & MSNBC’s Hillary Hilarity

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Bill Kristol & MSNBC's Hillary Hilarity

Andrew: you madam, have had the… rare priv­i­lege of escap­ing your bonds for just a spell. To see life from an entirely new per­spec­tive. How you choose to use that infor­ma­tion is entirely up to you.

Over­board 1987

Since last year I’ve been writ­ing about the inabil­ity of peo­ple on the left to name an actual Hillary Clin­ton accom­plish­ment as Sec­re­tary of State.

Today Bill Kris­tol illus­trated this inabil­ity on a grand scale.

Appear­ing on MSNBC the sub­ject of Hillary 2016 came up. Kris­tol con­trasted her with Sen Claire McCaskill and chal­lenged the table to name a sin­gle accom­plish­ment of Hillary Clin­ton as Sec­re­tary of State.

John Heil­mann & Mika Brzezin­ski were sit­ting at that table so it should have been no prob­lem for two pro­fes­sional jour­nal­ists who have talked about Hillary’s inevitabil­ity for months to snap off an answer.

They did not.

Heil­mann declined say­ing he would leave to the Hillary cam­paign as if it was not the job of a reporter to say such a thing, Joe Scar­bor­ough picked up on meme and repeated the ques­tion. Chuck Todd danced around speak­ing of the dif­fi­culty of mak­ing the case as Hillary’s style is more sub­dued, not as vis­i­ble as John Kerry.

When John Heil­mann had a 2nd chance to speak the best he could come up with in the time he had to think, men­tioned Hillary Clinton’s exten­sive travel, as if she was the first Sec­re­tary of State to ever travel all over the place.

Mean­while the great cham­pion of woman’s issues Mika Brzezin­ski never said a word..

For a con­ser­v­a­tive like me this Hillary hilar­ity was price­less moment of com­edy but for a lib­eral activist it’s some­thing more seri­ous, it’s a cri­sis of faith.

Pic­ture being a mem­ber of the MSNBC par­ti­san audi­ence base sit­ting there at home watch­ing. You’ve always taken the ques­tion of Hillary’s qual­i­fi­ca­tions and accom­plish­ments as a given. Sud­denly you’re con­fronted with Bill Kristol’s direct ques­tion. A ques­tion so sim­ple you’re tempted to laugh, instead you sit there in tongue-​tied dis­be­lief unable to answer your­self and watch­ing the best and bright­est of MSNBC fail to pro­vide an answer for you.

That’s when the awful real­ity hits you.

The rea­son pro­fes­sional polit­i­cal reporters, peo­ple who have fol­lowed Hillary Clin­ton for decades and spent the entire Obama pres­i­dency sit­ting on that MSNBC set talk­ing the issues of the day can’t name a Hillary Clin­ton accom­plish­ment as Sec­re­tary of State off the top of their head, it’s because she doesn’t have any.

How such a per­son reacts to that rev­e­la­tion, anger toward Kris­tol for ask­ing the ques­tion or re-​examining what they’ve been told will say much about who that per­son is.

Update: The Morn­ing Joe Site no longer sup­ports sub­clips so here is the full segment

What makes it even more dra­matic is John Heil­mann scoffs at the idea that McCaskill is more qual­i­fied than Hillary Clin­ton and that’s when Bill Kris­tol asks the $64,000 dol­lar question:

“What achieve­ment, one sen­tence, was did Hillary Clin­ton done, what is her achieve­ment in pol­i­tics that qual­i­fies her to be Pres­i­dent of the United States?”

Look at the faces it’s speaks volumes.

Update 2: Here is the sub clip from Youtube it’s absolutely wonderful

Update 3: I’ll be Guest Host­ing Con­ser­v­a­tively Speak­ing this week­end and Mr. Kris­tol will be join­ing me in the 8 AM hour to talk about the Hillary segment.

Update 4: Ed Mor­ris­sey

What’s even more amus­ing is the sug­ges­tion that we should wait for Hillary’s next book to tell us what her qual­i­fi­ca­tions are. Clin­ton has been in the pub­lic eye since the Clin­ton days in Arkansas, 30 years ago. She ran for Pres­i­dent in 2008 after eight non­de­script years in the Sen­ate, and then served four years as Sec­re­tary of State in a tenure book­ended by the embar­rass­ing “reset but­ton” with Rus­sia and the Beng­hazi fail­ure that left four Amer­i­cans dead. If she had a major accom­plish­ment in all of that time, we wouldn’t need a cam­paign biog­ra­phy to dis­cover it.

and At Ace of Spades HQ:

Hillary 2016: She’s Already Passed The Glo­be­trot­ting Vaca­tion Test

Update 5: Byron York reminds us that when asked Hillary couldn’t name one either.

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Andrew: you madam, have had the… rare privilege of escaping your bonds for just a spell. To see life from an entirely new perspective. How you choose to use that information is entirely up to you.

Overboard 1987

Since last year I’ve been writing about the inability of people on the left to name an actual Hillary Clinton accomplishment as Secretary of State.

Today Bill Kristol illustrated this inability on a grand scale.

Appearing on MSNBC the subject of Hillary 2016 came up.  Kristol contrasted her with Sen Claire McCaskill and challenged the table to name a single accomplishment of Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.

John Heilmann & Mika Brzezinski were sitting at that table so it should have been no problem for two professional journalists who have talked about Hillary’s inevitability for months to snap off an answer.

They did not.

Heilmann declined saying he would leave to the Hillary campaign as if it was not the job of a reporter to say such a thing, Joe Scarborough picked up on meme and repeated the question.  Chuck Todd danced around speaking of the difficulty of making the case as Hillary’s style is more subdued, not as visible as John Kerry.

When John Heilmann had a 2nd chance to speak the best he could come up with in the time he had to think, mentioned Hillary Clinton’s extensive travel,  as if she was the first Secretary of State to ever travel all over the place.

Meanwhile the great champion of woman’s issues Mika Brzezinski never said a word..

For a conservative like me this Hillary hilarity was priceless moment of comedy but for a liberal activist it’s something more serious, it’s a crisis of faith.

Picture being a member of the MSNBC partisan audience base sitting there at home watching. You’ve always taken the question of Hillary’s qualifications and accomplishments as a given. Suddenly you’re confronted with Bill Kristol’s direct question. A question so simple you’re tempted to laugh, instead you sit there in tongue-tied disbelief unable to answer yourself and watching the best and brightest of MSNBC fail to provide an answer for you.

That’s when the awful reality hits you.

The reason professional political reporters, people who have followed Hillary Clinton for decades and spent the entire Obama presidency sitting on that MSNBC set talking the issues of the day can’t name a Hillary Clinton accomplishment as Secretary of State off the top of their head, it’s because she doesn’t have any.

How such a person reacts to that revelation, anger toward Kristol for asking the question or re-examining what they’ve been told will say much about who that person is.

Update: The Morning Joe Site no longer supports subclips so here is the full segment

What makes it even more dramatic is John Heilmann scoffs at the idea that McCaskill is more qualified than Hillary Clinton and that’s when Bill Kristol asks the $64,000 dollar question:

“What achievement, one sentence, was did Hillary Clinton done, what is her achievement in politics that qualifies her to be President of the United States?”

Look at the faces it’s speaks volumes.

Update 2: Here is the sub clip from Youtube it’s absolutely wonderful

Update 3: I’ll be Guest Hosting Conservatively Speaking this weekend and Mr. Kristol will be joining me in the 8 AM hour to talk about the Hillary segment.

Update 4: Ed Morrissey

What’s even more amusing is the suggestion that we should wait for Hillary’s next book to tell us what her qualifications are. Clinton has been in the public eye since the Clinton days in Arkansas, 30 years ago. She ran for President in 2008 after eight nondescript years in the Senate, and then served four years as Secretary of State in a tenure bookended by the embarrassing “reset button” with Russia and the Benghazi failure that left four Americans dead. If she had a major accomplishment in all of that time, we wouldn’t need a campaign biography to discover it.

and At Ace of Spades HQ:

Hillary 2016: She’s Already Passed The Globetrotting Vacation Test

Update 5: Byron York reminds us that when asked Hillary couldn’t name one either.

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It’s Thursday we are $276 dollars short  11 tip jar hits from a full paycheck with three days to go.

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  Of course if you want to give a gift that will pay all year long consider subscribing.  If 61 of you hit Subscribe at $20 a month subscribers this site will be able to cover its bills for a full year. For that you not only get my work seven days a week but consider the lineup you get for that price, including John Ruberry (Marathon Pundit) and Pat Austin (And so it goes in Shreveport)  on Sunday  Linda Szugyi (No one of any import) on Monday  Tim Imholt on Tuesday,  AP Dillon (Lady Liberty1885) Thursdays, Pastor George Kelly fridays,   Steve Eggleston on Saturdays with  Baldilocks (Tue & Sat)  and   Fausta  (Wed & Fri) of (Fausta Blog) twice a week.