Be careful what you wish for, Republicans. Hillary Clinton’s medical episode today, officially diagnosed as a result of a three-days of pneumonia, has raised serious questions about her future as the Democratic nominee for President. Pundits are speculating. Some conservative publications are saying, “told you so!” Even some of her most ardent defenders in the press have to admit that it’s worth reporting.
The last thing the GOP should want is for Hillary to drop out. She’s the best possible candidate for Donald Trump to to compete with and possibly the only one who is hated enough for him to defeat. If she’s replaced, the repercussions could be devastating up and down the ticket.
There have been a handful of reports discussing the possible ramifications, most of which are either false or ill-conceived so I won’t link to them from here. Instead, let’s look at this logically and read what the rules say about such things. First, the DNC does not have the same type of established rules that the RNC has in the event of their candidate dropping out. Their bylaws grant the Democratic National Committee broad powers between conventions, including the responsibility to “fill vacancies,” though the nature of those vacancies are not discussed. This is uncharted territory for them. While they do not have the power to replace a candidate that has been nominated at the convention, they have all the power they need if she vacates.
Bernie Sanders supporters are pushing. Speculation about Elizabeth Warren is strong. Tim Kaine’s name has been floated as being pushed to the top of the ticket. At least one publication even considered 36-year-old Chelsea Clinton as an option. Clearly, the most likely replacement, the one that the DNC and power brokers in the Democratic Party would want, is Vice President Joe Biden. Uncle Joe has said that he “regrets every day” that he decided not to run. With under two months to go, his regrets may be reversed as a Biden-Kaine ticket is the most plug-and-play option the Democrats have.
It’s pretty obvious that something is being considered. It would put them in a position that they crave: being the victims of circumstance.
Trump has been compared, erroneously so, as another Barry Goldwater waiting to happen. While that particular debacle of an election has not been possible before, these circumstances change things. Many historians are wrong when they claim that Goldwater lost so horribly because he was too radical which is why most comparisons between Goldwater and Trump are incorrect. Goldwater lost in a landslide because we’ve always been a sentimental nation. John F. Kennedy’s death less than a year before election day guaranteed a huge victory for Lyndon B. Johnson. If Hillary drops out and is replaced by Biden, we might not see the same level of a defeat that Goldwater experienced, but the odds will definitely shift in the Democrats’ favor.
Hillary has lost all momentum and Trump is picking up steam. While it’s futile to speculate what will happen in this topsy-turvy election cycle in the final two months, Trump should be considered the favorite at this point as long as he’s facing Hillary. If a switch is made, we could be seeing Trump TV on the horizon.
This morning Hillary Clinton suffered what is being called a medical episode in lower Manhattan where she may have fainted, but she certainly had to be helped into a van by campaign aides as her knees wobbled, as you’ll see in a video. She’s was in New York to attend a Ground Zero 9/11 memorial service.
The Clinton campaign claims that the Democratic nominee was “overheated,” but so far there are no reports of anyone else among the thousands in attendance at the somber event being overcome by heat. Temperatures were in the late 70s in New York this morning. Today’s incident comes just six days after a four-minute long coughing spell during a Labor Day speech in Cleveland by Clinton, followed by a shorter one on her campaign jet, which the campaign blithely brushed off as related to allergies. Even hardened liberal Chris Cilizza of the Washington Post says that questions about Hillary’s health are legitimate ones, not just fodder for conservative conspiracy theorists.
It’s been said that Clinton is the most dishonest person to be a major party nominee since Richard M. Nixon. It’s now fair to say that she’s the unhealthiest one to run as a major party choice since another New York state Democrat, Franklin D. Roosevelt, won his his unprecedented fourth-straight presidential election in 1944.
Party bosses knew that FDR was sick in ’44, and fears that Russia-loving leftist Henry A. Wallace, his vice president, could succeed FDR as president was the primary reason Democratic leaders convinced him to dump Wallace as his running mate for Harry S. Truman. The press was rabidly pro-Democrat–sound familiar?–and it had for years covered up that Roosevelt was unable to walk, so it of course assisted in obscuring the president’s newer health concerns. But the what we now call the media didn’t convince everyone. So FDR was compelled to strenuously campaign in the autumn of that year–while of course America was at war–which likely further weakened him.
Much has been written about Roosevelt’s physical state at the conference. Those who worked closely with him, like George Elsey, had noticed a profound deterioration of the president’s health over the previous months, and Churchill had remarked on how sick Roosevelt looked at the Quebec meeting in September. At Yalta, Lord Moran, Churchill’s doctor, recorded: “Everyone seemed to agree that the president had gone to bits physically…I doubt, from what I have seen, whether he is fit for his job here.”
Roosevelt was clearly duped by Joseph Stalin at Yalta, where he handed eastern Europe to the communists, including Poland, for whom Great Britain and France went to war after the weaker nation was invaded by the Nazis, which of course is how World War II began.
Do we want another ill–or yes, I’m going to say it–dying president to be swindled by another Russian leader? Or by Iran? (Of course, that is what happened with a presumably much healthier Barack Obama.) Or by anyone?
Roosevelt, as we all know, died three months after being sworn-in as president for the fourth time.
Hillary Clinton apparently suffered from some kind of medical issue today at an event to commemorate the events of 9/11 on this, the 15th anniversary of the attacks. It includes her having to physically be helped into her van as she appeared to be fainting.
The piece included tweets from fox’s Rick Leventhal saying this:
BREAKING: law enf source: Hillary Clinton just left 9/11 ceremony w/medical episode, appeared to faint on way into van, helped by security
I then turned to CNN to see how they would report this, Fareed Zakaria was on so I went back later during reliable sources wondering how Brian Stelter would handle it.
Now I’ve been doing this for nearly 8 years and I’d like to think I’ve reached the point where the bias of the media doesn’t surprise me anymore. But bless his heart Stelter and company did their best to do so.
I’ve just sat through a Mr. Seltzer and a panel of three discuss the story, the only person I knew off the top of my head was the ultra far left Katrina vanden Heuvel of the Nation. UPDATE: another was David Zurawik of the Baltimore sun and the other Tara Sotmayor) They had very little to say about Hillary Clinton but a lot to say about Fox news. They had no problem using words like “conspiracy”, “irresponsible” and were united in painting the Fox story as poorly soured, overblown and attacking the network for reporting it. Nowhere on the panel was any person defending the story, or providing any balance and let me remind you this is a show about taking an unbiased look at the media.
Oddly enough they had no problem repeating the Hillary campaign claim over her being overcome by the heat without question. In fact as I type this at 11:44 AM they have just done so again before pivoting to hit Fox news again on a different story.
As of now 2 hours after Hillary Clinton’s “episode” 11:42 it is 83 in NY according the weather.com I’ve seen reports that it was 78 degrees at the time of the episode but either way I’d be very interested in hearing if there was anyone else in the crowd overcome by heat.
Now you might think that a show called “Reliable sources” would be very interested in not looking partisan particularly in an election year.
But lately the polls have been looking pretty bad for the Clinton’s and the episode was reported before the left could agree on spin, so there wasn’t time to put on the mask.
Even as I type Brian Stelter just talked about Hillary’s health issues being reported by “conservative outlets” but some reporters too as if any reporter who is a conservative can’t be trusted.
Journalists my ***
Update:Instalanche Thanks Glenn, Just back from Alabama covering a pilgrimage to EWTN lot of videos at my Youtube channel and several posts coming, meanwhile in a disasterous devleopment for the Clinton Campaign Jake Tapper is now live on CNN meaning that the network will practice actual journalism for a while.
In fact he just played the video of her stumbling.
Update 3: If Hillary continues her freefall (in more ways than one) these new words from Glenn will be prophetic:
I’m seeing enough Dem pundits running with this as suddenly being a big story that I wonder if they’re looking for an excuse to dump her for someone who might beat Trump easily.
Hey they could have had Bernie who would have been a disaster for the country but could have beaten Trump with the MSM help but I think Tim Kaine would be able to win this election and if the Democrats come to that conclusion then I think Hillary is gone.
Update 4: From the Washington Post article whose headline I quoted above:
“Secretary Clinton attended the September 11th Commemoration Ceremony for just an hour and thirty minutes this morning to pay her respects and greet some of the families of the fallen,” spokesman Nick Merrill said. “During the ceremony, she felt overheated, so departed to go to her daughter’s apartment and is feeling much better.”
What that statement leaves out is that a) it came 90 minutes after Clinton left the ceremony b) reporters — or even a reporter — were not allowed to follow her and c) the temperature in New York City at the time of Clinton’s overheating was in the low 80s. (A heat wave over the eastern United States broke last night/this morning.)
One wonders, too, what will happen if she is unable to continue as the Democrats’ nominee. Is there a federal statute governing withdrawal of a presidential candidate? Is it up to the party to determine how to select a substitute nominee? I don’t know, but it is time to start researching the issue.
and a different writer updates.
I have the same questions as John. It’s one thing to replace a senate candidate (Torricelli, New Jersey), quite another a presidential candidate when each state has different ballot access rules and different deadlines for finalizing the ballot.
when it comes to American psychology, there is no more powerful symbol of terrorism and fear than 9-11 . When a would-be Commander-in-Chief withers – literally – in front of our most emotional reminder of an attack on the homeland, we feel unsafe. And safety is our first priority.
Hillary Clinton just became unelectable.
but as Twitchy notes others “unexpectedly” disagree
Again: There’s no evidence that Clinton fainted or that any serious medical issue occurred.
Note the time stamp he’s saying this not before additional information was available.
Update 5: The Hill reports the same thing I did with a VERY different take
CNN’s Brian Stelter explained his network’s waiting game in the below clip. He led a panel of guests, all of whom slammed Fox News for what they deemed to be irresponsible coverage. Most prominently, the Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik denounced Fox News’ quick characterization of the event as a “medical episode.” Indeed, that term immediately started trending on social media following the Fox News report. Zurawik described his reaction to hearing the term used by a mainstream outlet like Fox News:
While the entire video of the report was included read the story and note how they legitimize the whole critique to make CNN seem “reasonable” as their panel cries “conspiracy”
I’ll let you judge deal reader whose interpretation of CNN’s actions is correct, the Hill’s or mine.
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Sept 11 is here again and once again America is going to spent it with solemn remembrance of our dead of that day, listing names, ringing bells and generally being sober.
In other words once again we are doing it wrong.
If the war on terror was over. If the states that sponsored terror were defeated, humiliated, their armies destroyed, their leaders overthrown. If the groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda were just memories, their fighters reduce to dust and ash, their madrassas rubble and their imams laid to rest in pigskin coffins, THEN all of these ceremonials would be appropriate. Then it would be time to mourn our dead with the knowledge that the war was won and that when we say “never forget” we meant it.
But until that is done, the only thing all of our solemn tears do is enable our enemies thus encouraging them to launch the next Benghazi attack, to tell their youth that America is weak, to encourage every single lone wolf that you can be remembered as a hero and bring a nation to its knees.
All we are doing today is giving our foes an easy propaganda victory.
This is a huge mistake, and it’s a bipartisan mistake, George W bush made it, Barack Obama made it and I suspect whoever wins in November will make it too.
In 1836 Texans remembered the Alamo by defeating those who attacked it.
In 1941 Americans remembered Pearl Harbor by declaring war and eventually bringing Japan to it’s knees.
We should remember 9/11 the same way, by destroying these enemies and making them an object lesson to any who would consider following in their footsteps.
As much as I refused to admit it for years after the attacks, there is no separating out the bad apples from the rest of the basket… at least not entirely. We’re fighting an evil ideology which has deep roots in Islam. This is not to say that every Muslim in the world – and certainly not every one in America – supports terror. But it’s equally foolish to deny that this is the fountain from which the poison water flows. I don’t particularly like the look of the guy in the mirror who makes a statement like that, but it would be dishonest to deny it.
Or as I put it to answer Catholic turned Muslim Rep Keith Ellison who today talks about beating “Islamophobia”
attn @RepKeithEllison when moderate #islam convinces their brothers to stop generating fear via mass slaughter "islamophobia" will cease