Hillary Clinton Pulverizes Republican Attempts To Dodge Issues By Demonizing Her

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Secretary Clinton seems to have a bit of her husband’s skill when it comes to breaking things down. On Monday, during a media availability in Keane, New Hampshire, the Democratic candidate called Republicans out for avoiding the issues by demonizing her.

After a weekend of nothing but Hillary bashing during the Republican “leadership” summit, during which 19 alleged Republican hopefuls vied for attention by attacking Clinton, Ms. Clinton noted, “… the Republicans seem to be talking only about me. I don’t know what they would talk about if I wasn’t in the race.”

Eric Bradner, a CNN reporter, tweeted:

“We are back into the political season and there are all kinds of distractions and attacks. And I am ready for that. I know that comes, unfortunately, with the territory. It is, I think, worth noting* that the Republicans seem to be talking only about me. I don’t know what they would talk about if I wasn’t in the race. But I am in the race and hopefully we will get onto the issues and I look forward to that.”

Clinton is right, of course. Republicans are in an awkward position, given the disparity between their base and their very wealthy controllers (a problematic and unanticipated outcome of the 2010 Citizens United decision for their party). Republicans can’t afford to discuss issues on the national stage, when reporters are paying attention and the fact-checkers are alert.

This explains why Republicans are left to sift through their desperate attempts to create scandal where there was none, resurrecting the long-debunked even by their own party Benghazi “scandal” in an attempt to mitigate Hillary Clinton’s vast foreign policy expertise. Expertise which dwarfs all of the Republican hopeful’s foreign policy experience and, most likely, knowledge. That’s sort of one of those things you have to do do grasp, though that is not to say that a newcomer with an open and hungry mind couldn’t be good at it. Many of the Republicans are trying to package themselves as an anti-Bush foreign policy type in name only, but that is a difficult sell given their actual positions.

Senator Rand Paul has taken to begging the public to find dirt on Hillary Clinton, as if all of the Republican operatives who tried to destroy President Clinton, First Lady Hillary Clinton, Senator Hillary Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton might have missed something. Paul doesn’t need it to be real– he just needs something he can turn into a sound bite attack, in order to avoid discussing issues. This is why he is hawking a conspiracy theory about the Clinton Foundation in a book he says he hasn’t read or vetted. That kind of judgment just screams “ready for the Oval.”

But sadly, all of the Republicans find themselves in this position of needing to focus the media and public’s attention on conspiracies and whispers in order to avoid discussing issues — issues like the minimum wage, equal pay, healthcare for everyone, and generally taking from the working poor to feed the top 1%. That is, to avoid discussing the Republican platform.

Hillary Clinton just poked a huge hole in the Republican efforts to demonize her, by calling it out early and calmly. She is making her campaign thus far about talking to actual voters instead of a made for TV production. We don’t hear a lot of campaign rhetoric from her (yet?). Just a laser focus on the issues she has long stood for.

While Republicans got away with demonizing President Obama for the past six years, the public has known the Clinton family for a very long time. It will be much harder to sell crazy conspiracies to the general public, though of course the hardcore Republican voters will believe. They already do believe some pretty nutty things about the Clintons. But there’s the sought after middle, and they do not believe those things. They grew up with the Clintons. And Ms. Clinton keeps on polling well, polling in double digits against the GOP field — though we are early in the game.

Hillary Clinton is defining and framing the “game”. She will be discussing issues with the voters. If the media wants to cover it, they will be forced to cover these issues because of the way Clinton is running her campaign. And in response, Republicans will accuse her of being guilty of any number of scandals with scant, if any, evidence. This says more about Republicans than it does their target. It’s like a child asked about doing something wrong who points at their little brother and cries, “But he did X!”

This is hardly Clinton’s first rodeo with right wing attacks. The problem with this being the only game for the GOP is it’s an old game and they are running against one of their first victims, only it’s years later and she is on to them.

* Other reporters wrote that she said “worth noting” so I corrected this in the transcript of Bradner’s tweet, though he could be correct that she said “nothing”.

29 Replies to “Hillary Clinton Pulverizes Republican Attempts To Dodge Issues By Demonizing Her”

  1. The GOP has NOTHING on Hillary! Nothing on BILL! Nothing on the Democrats!! All they have is fabrication and miss-direction. They fabricate issues and problems they claim Democrats have. And when they get busted lying its always, We are being oppressed! or you have taken us out of context! I cannot wait until the GOP candidate gets trounced! I hope that the GOP get less than 30% of the vote.

  2. Hillary will crush them all like bugs. By the way, it’s spelled Keene, NH, not ‘Keane’. You might want to correct that.

  3. “Republicans can’t afford to discuss issues on the national stage, when reporters are paying attention and the fact-checkers are alert.”

    You nailed it. Right at the heart of the matter. Day Light. Fact Checkers. Bring it on.

  4. You know when the Reich wing trolls bring up whitewater, Vince Foster, cattle futures and the mother of them all BENGHAZIIIIIIIII

    They got nothing

  5. Adolph history continues it’s quest toward reimplementation. Propaganda and lies from the Reinhold R. Priebus organization. If only Al Capone was still living.[wink]

  6. Hillary Clinton is a congenital liar and makes Nixon’s criminality look amateurish. That’s all anybody needs to know. That’s not demonizing her. She’s done a terrific job of that herself.

  7. You are one stupid jack*ss, aren’t you? I think you’re just trolling, but you’re going to find out soon that you came to the wrong site for that.

  8. If you want to see or talk about a congenital liar, either look in the mirror or tune into any one of the appearances of the clown car candidates that the GOOPers are offering up. Bringing up Nixon is comical – most of your right wing wacko candidates are morons or criminals. What an idiot you are!

  9. Sandman, sit back and watch your “congenital liar” wipe
    the floor with those GOTP assclowns! It’s refreshing to
    see repugs nervously scratching for mud to sling when
    they see that America’s on to their reversed Robin Hood
    agenda. Be afraid, dude. Be very afraid.

  10. I started watching Meet the Press Sunday and had to switch channels–all Hillary-bashing. Chuck Todd should have told Rubio to get off the air if he had nothing to say (other than I’m young and handsome so you have to vote for me).

  11. How can you all be so blind, this isn’t just bad PR spinning this isnt just the GOP bashing the strongest democrat weve seen in years. This is exactly how it appears, Clinton is just like all politicians. There is no denying an incredible track record of deceptions and lies. What’s even worse is she knows all of you are so on her side that you wont even bother to try and seek the truth. You’ll just defend defend defend say the GOP is making a media tizzy. But really who has been ruling the media for the past 8 years it hasn’t been the Grand Old Party its been us. Its obvious that Hillary is the worst possible candidate we have this election. But sadly no one will fact check, no one will listen to common sense, and she will most likely be elected. Nixon once said the American people need to know if their president is a crook…..Hillary is a crook. Shes the most corrupt candidate ive seen in years.. Its time to stop supporting our parties and start supporting our country.

  12. Who cares about Reagan, He’s dead. But look I hear you, I’m just saying this whole thing is not looking great. Rep Dem it doesn’t matter they’re all crooks. There is something wrong in the world when we have the least productive congress in history but whenever they do agree on something watch out! That means we are all really gonna get bent over the barrel. All politicians do today (make that ever) is pick up the phone and beg for money. We have the best government money can buy. Corruption is like a boiling pot of water, for a while the water can boil and not spill over, but eventually it does. Maybe I don’t have common sense, but batshit crazy is believing these politicians.

  13. WTF are you talking about? First you rant about Hillary Clinton then posted a link from Wikipedia of all sources about Bill Clinton which 3/4 of it was false and now you on congress. Please take your meds and then make some sense

  14. What sense have you made? You said I was batshit crazy and “gave no links or sources” then started talking about Reagan???? Whatever, I see you have nothing more than to say than “hey you crazy bastard stop talking about things I don’t agree with” “psh so crazy” “can you beleive this guy?” Solid argument friend

  15. No you started off by saying Clinton was corrupt but gave no evidence. Then you posted some bullshit about Bill Clinton. Then I showed you who was corrupt with citations. I am still waiting for some links to show that Hillary is corrupt. And since you refuse to provide them that’s what makes you batshit crazy

  16. http://www.mrctv.org/blog/10-scandals-involving-hillary-clinton-you-may-have-forgotten

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2015/04/21/the-vast-left-wing-conspiracy-hillary-clintons-scandals-finally-catch-up-to-mainstream-media/

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitewater_controversy

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emailgate

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_Benghazi_attack

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/23/us-usa-election-clinton-taxes-exclusive-idUSKBN0NE0CA20150423

    Better?
    And No seriously we both get a pass for brining up irrelevant stuff. So we’re even now on that part. And what if I do go through all the trouble of getting more sources for you? Is that gonna change your mind? Or are you going to say its all bullshit. You have nothing to say. So here are you sources.

  17. Your first link is bullshit. Whitewater, Vince Foster, Travelgate just Reich wing bullshit that you stupid people believe in Briefart? give me a break. The Reuters story is about errors in filing taxes. No crime was asserted.

  18. I gave you those sources because they were true not made up. You on the other hand is so dumb you posted shit about Vince Foster. I am surprised you didn’t cite that Clintons were hiring hitmen but I guess you just didn’t get around to it yet

  19. ….. and your source looks so insanely legit right? Okay you win!! You’re fifth graders website is obviously proof Regan, who once again how did we get to Reagan?

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