Republicans Turn the Birth of Her Granddaughter Into an Attack on Hillary Clinton

Bill and Hillary Clinton with baby Charlotte, courtesy of Hillary Clinton's twitter feed.
Bill and Hillary Clinton with baby Charlotte, courtesy of Hillary Clinton’s twitter feed.
That didn’t take long. Yesterday I warned you to prepare yourselves for the onslaught of Republican freak out over the birth of baby Charlotte to Bill and Hillary Clinton’s daughter Chelsea and her husband Marc. Here’s a taste.

Senior Editor of The Atlantic and former Bush speechwriter David Frum led the charge in mocking the birth of Chelsea Clinton’s baby, with a tweet joking that she was going to have an Hispanic boy but it didn’t focus group well.

Frum misguidedly tweeted, “Chelsea was going to have a Hispanic boy named Orlando -but while the overnights were positive, it just didn’t focus group”.

I had a hard time believing that this was the David Frum, because it’s so intellectually devoid and makes him such an obvious bad guy. Frum is a smart man and this is not a smart tweet. While the Twitter account isn’t verified, it is the account linked to from the Atlantic under Frum’s name, suggesting that it is his account. It also appears to be legit from the number of followers to the industry people following him.

Okay then. Frum is suggesting that Chelsea Clinton had her baby for political gain. Republicans are terrified that the baby will help the already established Democratic front-runner, Chelsea’s mom Hillary.

What Republicans don’t understand is that Hillary Clinton does not need to use a baby as a prop, even though Republicans modeled how to do that quite well in 2008 when they ran a Vice Presidential nominee on her last baby after discovering that she didn’t even know what a Vice President did or what the Queen doesn’t do.

Hillary Clinton does not need to run on a baby. The only people so desperate to mask their policies that they would consider having a Hispanic baby just for the votes are the same people who ran Sarah Palin to get the female vote even though their polices hurt women. This was, not surprisingly, the same party that likes to use black people to express their belief that slavery was good for African Americans. The same people whose presidential candidate got a dark orange tan to go on a Hispanic TV show.

No, the Clintons wouldn’t need to “have a Hispanic baby” to get the Hispanic vote. You see, Democratic policies benefit Hispanics, because Hispanics are just like everyone else. They care about the same issues — education, healthcare, and economic opportunities for hard working Americans. The false idea that Hispanics only care about immigration is rather indicative of the Republicans’ overall problem with minority groups.

Only a Republican would need to mask their bad policies beneath a cute baby.

That said, baby Charlotte is not going to hurt Hillary Clinton if she chooses to run in 2016. Being a grandma is only going to help.

When Republicans accuse the Clintons or the media of using baby Charlotte as a political prop (which they did before she was even born), you need only to point to this tweet.

If we were Republicans, we would try to get David Frum fired over this, like Republicans tried to get Melissa Harris-Perry fired for discussing Mitt Romney’s grandchild. But just like MHP wasn’t attacking Romney’s grandchild, Frum isn’t attacking Clinton’s grandchild. He is attacking Hillary over the birth of a grandchild.

And that’s so much better.

25 Replies to “Republicans Turn the Birth of Her Granddaughter Into an Attack on Hillary Clinton”

  1. I think that David Frum tweet is really offensive. And he’s connected to “The Atlantic Monthly”; maybe I’ve missed something but I didn’t think that was a right-wing scandal rag. I hope David Frum lives to regret that ignorant, mean-spirited “tweet.” And it’s not enough for him to tweet tomorrow that liberals just have no sense of humor. The problem is that he and his fellow conservatives have no sense. Period.

  2. I’m sorry. If you didn’t recognize this scam the first hundred times, give up. A piece examining how their slander has evolved over the decades and how those attacks reflect mainstream versus extremist society; that would be a great read.

    Thank you for reading my mind.

  3. But, but, but the Repigs do have ongoing and unindicted conspirators who should be charged and tried with Seditious Conspiracy.

  4. You can’t really judge Republicans based on the standards to which sane or moral people are held. To them, all people are simply props. Our fighting men and women provide great photo-ops at election time, but are forgotten when it comes time to appropriate funds to their care when they return from the battlefield. Families and children are awesome props for campaign ads, but “takers” when it comes to funding education, healthcare, or nutrition programs. Republicans see people only as a means to an end, and the only end worth fighting for is lower taxes on the wealthy. Therefore, it is unfair to expect Republicans to interpret anyone else’s actions in any other way. They simply are incapable of seeing human beings as capable of anything other than the cynical acts for which they, themselves, have become habituated.

  5. Funny how the right forgets, that the Wasilla drunken hillbilly dragged around her special needs baby like a sack of potatoes for months, back when they wanted to make us think that they were just a normal all American family. I have not once seen that poor child since McCain lost. How dare these desperate and ugly cretins use the Clinton’s grand baby to attack in such a blatantly racist way.

  6. Yep. Just when I think that the repubes can’t possibly get any sleazier, they helpfully lower the bar.

  7. If you find that David Frum tweet offensive then I guess you find Saturday Night Live offensive because their “Weekend Update” segment featured almost the exact same joke!

  8. Just a heads-up – there is a story up on concerning this post. They will probably come over and post some vile stuff :)

  9. Jericho, with all due respect, you’ve made the assumption that if one condemns one, one is necessarily for the other.

    I further know that I am one that has other things to do at that hour on a Saturday Night… I don’t personally know anyone in my circle of life that’s tuned into that program in, oh… at least a decade… Michaels lost his way years ago, the members of cast that actually had talent went on to better things, or died, and the staff of writers found venues with better circulation.

    So, what exactly was your point? That SNL’s always been a program with a liberal slant has never been a secret. That’s a big “so what?” It’s just really not a very good program, hasn’t been in years, and the “joke” is evidence of that.

    Happy now?

  10. Maybe Mr Frum, Chelsea had her baby because she’s been married several years, is 34 years old and finally felt ready to have a baby??

    Wow, THERE’S a thought.

  11. Great Article Sarah Jones!
    Mark Twain warned about Hate:

    “Anger/Hate does more harm to the vessel in which it is stored…
    Than to anything in which it is poured”

    And CONs just keep pouring it on!

  12. I would suggest Republicans avoid all attempts at comedy. Comedy is often brutal. Mean for brutal sake is not funny.

  13. Obviously, the Repugs do not give two shits about the supposed sanctity of motherhood and “babies.” Pro-life they are NOT. Anyone who votes for the psychopathic Repugs is a certified moron.

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