WHAT SHE’S REALLY UP TO: something you miss if you buy the stupid “falling on the sword” meme being pushed about Hillary Clinton today.
[ Hillary Clinton is not a woman who falls on a sword for anyone...but she is someone who knows how to take center stage in the middle of a storm and loudly define herself as the only adult in the room...while all the men around her are emasculated and diminished by her presence. ]
I love words and consider them tiny magical spells if strung together properly into well-crafted sentences. I’m a wordsmith and am fascinated by turns of phrase, especially ones that other conservative writers choose to use that I think are inappropriate in certain situations. Today, Ben Shapiro over at Breitbart.com has an article up where he insists Hillary Clinton “fell on her sword” for Barack Obama; I’ve long thought Ben was the weakest writer they had over there and this cemented that in my mind because while “falling on a sword” is a phrase he’s probably been using since high school (which was not all that long ago for him) it doesn’t really apply to what’s happening regarding Hillary and the Benghazi situation in Libya. Things are far more interesting than that, and “falling on a sword” is not what Hillary did.
I see that many of you out there are running around like chickens without their heads typing “Hillary fell on her sword!” too…and that makes me think less of you, frankly. Of course, this morning I woke up to about seven messages from my boyfriend Justin’s mother CarolAnne (a Hillary hater of longstanding commitment to that cause) practically giggling that “your bitch Hillary fell on her sword and is done with now!”, with CarolAnne getting nastier and more vulgar than usual in her obscene phone calls to our voicemail. CarolAnne is a lovely woman, but she becomes mentally unhinged when it relates to Hillary Clinton and she races to celebrate anything negative she perceives happening to Hillary. For over twenty years now, CarolAnne has been convinced that Hillary is her personal nemesis in life and this hatred has become even more of an obsession since she retired from nursing and has more time in the day to devote to Hillary-hating. I was not surprised to discover she started frantically trying to rub “Hillary falling on a sword!” in my face as soon as she woke up at five in the morning and decided it was time to start calling our apartment in Chicago as part of the “CarolAnne Breaking News Service” she’s been running lately.
Then there were all the emails in the in-box today: about 60 of them (and counting!) with various people out there disappointing me by writing in with some twist on the “Hillary fell on her sword!” garbage; I blame Ben Shapiro for a lot of this because it looks like a lot of them got their group-think notions from the Breitbart site. All of them miss what’s really happening here…which is obvious if you aren’t either blinded by Hillary-hate or are a political Tigger who jumps from one bit of excitement to another without really ever thinking about what you’re doing. This is like standing up in a theater shouting “The butler did it!” at the start of a mystery movie because you heard someone say that once, but you didn’t check to see if there was even a butler in the cast of characters…you just wanted to have fun shouting something in public because that got you some momentary attention, regardless of how wrong you were.
Let’s first ask ourselves what “falling on a sword” really means. I found a site called The Phrase Finder that defines the idiom as: to commit suicide or offer your resignation.
Has Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton killed herself this morning? No.
Has she resigned as Secretary of State? No.
Therefore, in the most basic sense, running around exclaiming “Hillary’s fallen on her sword!” is just stupid. If you’re doing this, please stop it. And tell Ben Shapiro to stop it, as well.
Whenever Hillary Clinton is involved in anything, you need to look at the timing of what she’s up to…and understand that everything she does has a Hillary-related motive to it that benefits her in some way that might not be obvious to you. Hillary plays political chess and often makes moves that people don’t quite understand. Here it is four years later and on this site I still see people trying to leave repetitious comments about how they “don’t know why she ever agreed to be Secretary of State!”. Well, she did that because she didn’t want to be in the Senate anymore after losing the presidential nomination and becoming Secretary of State for a while adds another title to her resume besides lawyer, former First Lady, and Senator. Now she’ll be a former Secretary of State in the future whenever she runs for president again (which she is totally still doing) and it makes it that much harder for any of her detractors and malcontents to scream “How is she qualified to run!” again like some of them tried to do last time.
Also — and it floors me that so many conservatives have such a monstrously hard time understanding this — Hillary needed to make black people like her again after the 2008 race when Obama’s campaign poisoned blacks against the Clintons in their effort to destroy Hillary. Remember Obama’s surrogates calling Geraldine Ferraro a racist because she supported Hillary and not Obama? Do you recall, right after the South Carolina primary when the Pigford bribes-for-black-votes was first happening, Obama’s campaign branding Bill Clinton (and by extension Hillary) a racist? All through the rest of the primary campaign, Hillary’s supporters were called racists for not “wanting a black man to be president” instead of the media accepting that Clinton’s supporters were largely people personally loyal to her who’d wanted her to be president for decades (in some cases). The fact that Obama was black had nothing to do with people’s support for Hillary, but Obama’s personal Ministry of Truth tried to paint her supporters as racists anyway. To this day, people like me who were once loyal Democrats will never vote for a Democrat candidate again because of the Alinsky methods used against Team Hillary in those primaries and the nonstop false accusations of racism that Obama’s camp has used as weapons for over four years now.
Hillary leaving the Senate spared her from voting for any of the crazy things that Democrats did during Obama’s presidency…which is something Hillary was burned with before in the 2008 primaries when Obama held her vote for the Iraq War against her once the war became unpopular and he could claim that Hillary shouldn’t be the nominee because she “voted with Bush” on that. Hillary Clinton is a woman who’s been burned and abused so many times in her life that she automatically maneuvers to make sure the same thing can’t happen to her twice…hence her desire to leave the Senate and not be vulnerable to votes on the record coming back to bite her again. Becoming the Secretary of State and joining Obama’s Cabinet also meant that blacks would see that she’s not a racist, because she is “helping Obama by being his Secretary of State”. This worked perfectly because I’m not aware of any black people hating Hillary for running against Obama in 2008. Whatever bad blood was engendered during that primary campaign has been completely forgotten as it if never happened in the first place.
As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has been completely untouched by anything insane that Democrats have done to the country domestically for the last four years. In fact, she purposefully escapes to someplace remote and exotic whenever Democrats are up to anything particularly stupid and memorable. Hillary Clinton even went so far as to be specifically as far away from DC as was humanly possible on Election Night in 2010 when Democrats were being shellacked by voters at the polls during the midterms. Democrats suffered the largest losses in modern American political history that day…while Hillary Clinton was literally dancing around a fire in Papua New Guinea wearing flowers in her hair and enjoying the squish of sand between her feet.
THAT is who Hillary Clinton really is…someone who plays the game of politics very well, with the skill and foresight of a master chess player. This is the reason she’s the most popular political figure around today…more popular than any other Democrat and also viewed more favorably than any Republican on the national level. The woman has game and continues to survive and thrive despite everything that is consistently thrown at her.
I’m sure Ben Shapiro is a nice kid, but he’s a fool if he thinks Hillary Clinton really “fell on a sword” to destroy herself to save Barack Obama. If you think this too, please stop coming to this site because you are using up expensive bandwidth and you clearly aren’t someone who pays much attention to either the Clintons or anything I’ve ever written about them in the last four and a half years. I’m really serious about this…if you can’t see that Hillary Clinton has a bigger plan in play here, then don’t ever load this page again because I only want astute and clever readers here…not people who think like Ben Shapiro and are racing around saying “Hillary fell on her sword!” today.
What I think she’s up to:
Consider the timing of the “I accept responsibility for the security failings” line that Hillary’s putting out there. She did this last night, after Close of Business, THE DAY BEFORE THE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE.
Hillary Clinton comes out and does something presidential…she in fact uses the classic presidential phrasing of “the buck stops here”…making herself look like the ultimate power in this administration, not Barack Obama.
Hillary Clinton has totally emasculated the current sitting president and some of you are missing all the fun because you are too busy shouting “Hillary fell on her sword!”. Dummies.
Today, while Democrats want to be focused on bragging about how well Barack Obama will do in this town hall debate instead the conversation is dominated by Hillary Clinton, as if she was the current president instead of Obama.
Do you think this is a coincidence?
Hillary knew full well what she said yesterday would prompt excitement and grab headlines…which sucked all the energy out of Obama going into this debate. Now, instead of preparing to go on tee-vee and try to remedy the damage he did to himself in the first presidential debate in Denver Obama is plagued by more worry about what Hillary’s up to now and how this is going to hurt him in the end. You saw how the night before that Denver debate when Sean Hannity played that old tape of Obama praising Jeremiah Wright how rattled it made Obama the next day. Well, Hillary enjoyed that so much she went ahead and rattled Obama again last night so he’d be off his game again this evening.
She did this for fun and sport…and also to remind many of her old supporters from the 2008 campaign that Hillary should have been president, and not Obama. That’s the kind of thing that subtly encourages former members of Team Hillary to sit home on election day if they’re not going to vote for Mitt Romney the way I am. Don’t think for a minute that’s not the signal she’s sending to her supporters…by showing them that she’s the only adult in this administration and that she alone is responsible and brave enough to come out and say “the buck stops here”.
The net result of all this is not any “sword falling”, as Ben Shapiro wrote and many of you have emailed or attempted to blast in comments here, but rather a woman who makes herself look mature and responsible while everyone around her plays a blame game and comes across as political amateurs.
This is Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton making the most of the cards dealt to her in this mess and coming out of it looking more presidential than the actual president.
Now that she’s done this, Obama’s diminished and is truly in a bind. Hillary’s just declared that Obama and Biden are both largely out of the loop and not involved in much that happens in the world. How can Obama then spend the next 21 days on the campaign trail claiming otherwise? It’s a great opening for Romney to repeatedly ask “Mr. President, who’s really running things in your White House?”. What does Obama say to that?
I know that some of you out there still don’t understand why Bill Clinton is out campaigning for Obama when the Clintons clearly still hate the current president. Yet again, this is about the black vote…and about Clinton doing everything he needs to do to prevent anyone from blaming Team Hillary when Obama loses. This needs to be Obama’s loss, with no scapegoats. Obama needs to lose this without any ability to claim that if only Bill had campaigned more things would have been different. So, Bill is out there showing blacks what a good team player he is so that no one can call him racist…and Hillary is standing up and taking responsibility for Benghazi so no one can blame her for not doing it.
To Democrats, this looks like Hillary is being selfless and noble…”taking one for the team”.
To Independents, it’s Hillary showing more leadership and presidential qualities than either Obama or Biden possess.
Republicans, it seems, just get to race around today foolishly shouting “She fell on her sword! She’s finished” like dummies because after all these years the woman who’s lived rent-free in their nightmares is still a complete sphinx to them.
I honestly will forever cherish the many personal encounters I had with Hillary Clinton during the 2008 presidential campaign because she is a figure in history that is truly unparalleled…a brilliant woman whose detractors attribute all sorts of magical powers to…but whose true abilities and cunning remain a mystery to all of them. The real Hillary is a little different from the one you see on tee-vee and is definitely not someone who would “fall on a sword” for Barack Obama. People who have studied this woman or know her on any level would agree that there’s no advantage to her in sacrificing herself for someone she detests. Why on Earth would she?
But Hillary Clinton is smart enough to seize a moment in her own way and come out of a mess better than anyone around her. My favorite photo of her ever is the one at the top of this article…Hillary in the driving rain in Pennsylvania thundering away despite the Obama Ministry of Truth telling her to shut up and go away and surrender the nomination to him. Hillary fell on no sword then and surrendered nothing…and she’s not doing it now either.
This Benghazi situation is a lot like the Clinton impeachment, actually, if you think about it. There’s a disaster for Democrats and Hillary’s in the middle of it and the woman expertly maneuvers herself into a position to best capitalize on the entire thing in the future. You’ll remember that how she handled herself during the impeachment and the revelations of Bill’s affair made her a Senator in 2000.
How she’s handling herself now — taking responsibility, proving herself to be the only adult in this administration, outshining Obama — is what she thinks will make her the 2016 Democrat presidential nominee.
And she’s right, too. She will be the nominee and nothing will stop her. The only thing that could have ever stopped her was a credible black candidate and that already happened to her. It won’t happen again.
It’s doubtful she’ll win the presidency in four years provided Romney/Ryan do everything I think they will do to bring the economy back to life, but those racing around today like little chickens crowing that Hillary “fell on her sword” and ended her political career are just foolish.
And clearly people who know absolutely nothing about Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton or how she operates.
There’s a reason I will forever respect and admire this woman even if I won’t vote for a Democrat ever again…and it’s because of her resilience and uncanny ability to twist and turn in just the right ways to avoid destruction by minimizing and emasculating the dim-witted men around her.
Which is precisely what she did to Barack Obama last night.
Just before his big, important, must-win debate.
That’s classic Hillary, folks, if you are smart enough to see the magic in her words and the brilliance in her timing.
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