Monday, September 12, 2016

Politics suddenly becomes a feeding frenzy

I'm sure you've noticed the magical disappearing act performed on almost every version of video clips of Hillary Clinton collapsing at the 9/11 commemoration.  Take the headline on the Drudge Report as I write these words, for example:

I saw that same headline earlier, when it showed a video clip from YouTube of Hillary's fall.  That clip has since been deleted, leading to the spectacle above.  Someone - presumably working for the Hillary Clinton campaign - was scurrying around yesterday, trying to take down every single copy of the video that surfaced anywhere.  It's a shameful reflection on several video hosting services that they permitted themselves to be manipulated like that.  As for the campaign, did they really think that thousands of copies of the video hadn't been downloaded within a few hours?  As soon as one was taken down, two more were re-posted.  A simple YouTube search reveals dozens of copies.  I daresay Matt Drudge will update his headline with one of them in due course . . . provided Hillary isn't knocked out of the headlines by some other, more interesting development.

What's more interesting is the shocked reaction in the press, which had almost universally covered up the Hillary health question until now.  I was cynically amused at this reversal of direction by a Washington Post correspondent (hat-tip to Bloviating Zeppelin for the image):

That's only one example of the suddenly heightened interest in Hillary's health.  I'm sure she'll try to evade questions about it, but I suspect she's not going to be allowed to do so any longer - at least, I sincerely hope not.  For example, her campaign claimed yesterday that she'd been diagnosed with pneumonia.  That did her no favors, because there's already well-informed speculation that she suffers from Parkinson's disease - and some forms of pneumonia are associated with that illness.  Let's see whether the media runs with that, and asks the difficult questions that really need to be asked . . . or whether journalists and editors once again try to cover things up for their favored politician.

Karl Denninger went so far as to state bluntly, 'Hillary is done'.

The fact is that Hillary lost the election today, and it was lost irretrievably.

Hillary has displayed several instances of behavior previously that called her medical status into question, but she and her campaign have dismissed them as part of the vast right-wing conspiracy.  The coughing fits, the twitchy behavior that looks suspiciously like a petit mal seizure and more all have led people to ask very-valid questions, especially given her known medical history and previous physical issues.  The response has been typical Clinton: Talk to the hand.

But this event came on a pleasant early-fall day, not a blistering-hot mid-summer noontime event.  New York was "suffering" under low-80s temperatures, humidity well under 50% and a pleasant, roughly 10 mph breeze, the stifling heatwave previously over the northeast having broken.  In other words, exactly the sort of day on which you'd take your young child to the zoo or stroll along the lakefront, river, or ocean without a care in the world.  There were thousands upon thousands of people at the service and nobody was falling over from heatstroke.  The collapse itself was caught on high-resolution video, everyone has picked it up including AP and it clearly shows Hillary literally collapsing into someone's arms and being dragged, feet behind her, into the van to spirit her out of there.

There's more at the link.

Scott Adams seems to agree with Karl Denninger.

If humans were rational creatures, the time and place of Clinton’s “overheating” wouldn’t matter at all. But 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.

The mainstream media might not interpret today’s events as a big deal. After all, it was only a little episode of overheating. And they will continue covering the play-by-play action until election day. But unless Trump actually does shoot someone on 5th Avenue, he’s running unopposed.

Again, more at the link.

I'm not so sure that Hillary's done yet - she's lied, twisted and evaded her way out of many crises before - but she did herself no favors by so arrogantly ignoring the real concerns surrounding her health.  Those concerns are now manifesting themselves in ever more outrageous conspiracy theories, as well as (sometimes conflicting) diagnoses and prognoses.  Well, she asked for it, and now she's getting it.

She also asked for it with her comment that half of Donald Trump's supporters were 'a basket of deplorables'.  Challenge accepted! already boasts literally dozens of T-shirts proudly proclaiming the wearer to be a member of that basket, or expressing related sentiments.  My personal favorite:

I'm not in the Trump camp - I remain an independent - but I'm very tempted to buy one, just because!



Glen Filthie said...

Well Pete, you are missing what's going on here too, a bit. The media is not there to report the news and inform their audience. They are there to sell copy and make ratings. There is no money in objective reporting - so they are reduced to trolling their audience. And since political correctness rules the roost, they can only troll from the left. (That, and their overlords in the executive board rooms are rabid lefties too).

What bothered me most were those turd brains in the suits that flapped and scampered to close around Cankles to thwart the cameras.

The good news is that this seems to be going wrong for the media everywhere. Canada's biggest fishwrap - The Glob & Snail - filed the story as a minor bout of pneumonia - and the comments lit up with calls of "Bull****!!!!".

My question is this: why does Cankles do it? She's obviously not up to it, her husband is now a doddering, elderly fool - and everyone can see it. Why not hang it up, retire and enjoy life? If they weren't such despicable people I might be tempted to feel sorry for them...

Toastrider said...


Because from a young age, she has desired nothing less than power. And you don't get more power by hanging up the gloves and retiring.

And this really is her last chance. She got screwed in 2008 by the media kingmakers and Bumbles McPuttPutt (yes, regardless of what I think of the Haggard Queen, she DID get screwed). Age and health are catching up to her. She really doesn't have much else (perhaps she might try to groom Chelsea to succeed where she failed, but I doubt it).

Ironically, if she quits, it actually makes it harder for Trump to win, as I suspect a number of folks are less voting 'for Trump' and more 'keep that power mad bitch out of the White House!'. Drop her in favor of someone else, and things might get interesting.

Personally, though, I'm voting SMOD 2016.

deborah harvey said...

legally, what happens if she collapses? does her running mate automatically take over?
does it move the election back?

Glen said...


The election cannot be moved back, being set by the constitution. Nor is there a legal mechanism to change candidates, as the ballots in all states have been set.

Should a candidate die, then the delegates in the electoral collage would be faced with the problem. General belief is they would vote for their party's VP candidate, who would thus be sworn in on time. IF they could not agree, then it would go to the House, and no one is quite sure what the rules would be on candidates to be considered there.

Glen in Texas

JohninMd.(HELP?!??) said...

Pneumonia, huh? When did she get X-RAYED? Ive had that shit, put me in hospital for a month and a half. She gacked up that tennis-ball sized lump of something in the water-glass, how far back? Why have people been fired, or hounded if a serious health question is asked? The secrecy?
I know why she keeps running, 1. She's power-mad, and 2. She has to try, she's been bought and paid for by donations to their Foundation. But health and age is catching up to her. THANK GOD! Health knocking her out of the race should be considered a gift from God, IMO. And it could hurt Trump, my only reason to vote for him is to stop HER from gaining power!

Stretch said...

The Constitution does not address the issue of a candidate unable to go on.
The party will settle the issue. Given the depth of DNC perfidy I fully expect they will put in (in descending order of likelihood):
Joe Biden ("He's due!")
Elisabeth Warren to use the in-place "History! Vagina! Sexist!" game plan.
ex-Gov. O'Malley, a proven Statist with impeccable Leftist creds.
VP nominee Kaine is a dark horse. Skeletons that Bill would be proud of but lacks the bravado to carry it off like Bill.
Sleeper that I wouldn't count out - Chelsea Clinton. Magic name, corrupt in-laws, media orgasm ... remember, you heard my deranged ramblings here first.

Anonymous said...

Hillary overheating? Sorry, but I was a profession auto mechanic before I retired. Once you've blown a head gasket, the "overheating" won't go away by itself.

Ed McLeod