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Is Hillary Brain-Damaged?

Posted on | June 18, 2014 | 34 Comments

During the past several months, there have been questions about Hillary Clinton’s health and some speculation she might have had a mild stroke. This speculation comes to mind as I read Jonathan V. Last’s account of Hillary’s bad week:

By just about every account, her book is uninteresting and unreflective, a carefully contrived piece of positioning. Yet instead of owning that, she insisted at an event that she was “done with being really careful about what to say.” And that was before uttering inanities about how “the American political system is the most difficult, even brutal, in the world .” . . .
Then there was her Romney-esque statement about being “dead broke” after leaving the White House and her being so out of touch as to suggest that she and her husband “struggled” to “piece together the resources for mortgages, for houses, for Chelsea’s education.” “You know,” she said, looking for sympathy, “it was not easy.” It’s hard to think of a more let-them-eat-cake moment from any Democratic politician in the last 40 years. But what made the line even worse is that it was made in defense of taking exorbitant speaking fees from companies such as Goldman Sachs. You half expected her to explain, hedge funds are people, my friends!
And then there was her encounter with Terry Gross, in which Clinton couldn’t handle the tough questions … from NPR.

Of course, one hates to cite simple gaffes or inept interview performances as evidence of brain damage, because if Hillary’s slip-ups are symptomatic of a stroke, then Joe Biden should be in the ICU.

But the really big blunder was what Hillary said about Second Amendment advocates in a CNN Town Hall event:

“We cannot let a minority of people — and that’s what it is, it is a minority of people — hold a viewpoint that terrorizes the majority of people.”

Ann Althouse dismantles that in fine fashion.

My gut hunch is that Hillary will not run for president in 2016, and if she does run, she will lose the Democrat nomination again. Whether or not she has a serious health problem, Hillary will face serious challengers for the nomination — I keep hearing Martin O’Malle mentioned — and I don’t think she can stand the heat from the Left.

 

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  • TiminAL

    Is the sky blue?

  • Mike G.

    Is Hillary brain damaged?”

    I’m assuming that was a rhetorical question.

  • riverlifecallie

    I don’t think she will run either. I think the Dems really, really want Fauxcahontas Warren.

    As to Hillary being brain damaged, I don’t know how to grab from a Twitter feed, but check out Cripes Suzette’s tweet about a screen shot from Hillary’s Fox News interview. Her eyes seriously do not line up. I believe her brain injuries were way more serious then the Clintons would have us believe.

  • https://twitter.com/AnaMyID Anamika

    Of course, one hates to cite simple gaffes or inept interview performances as evidence of brain damage, because if Hillary’s slip-ups are symptomatic of a stroke, then Joe Biden should be in the ICU.

    And Sarah Palin, in the mortuary, I reckon.

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    She will run – it’s all she’s got to live for. And it’s the reward she demands after putting-up with Bill’s crap for all these years and having to kow-tow to the masses.

    She lives for exercising Power And Control.

    Unfortunately for her, methinks The Jarrett Junto would like to put in another patsy stooge like the fictional character known as ‘Barack Hussein Obama’ in The White House – perhaps Liz Warren.

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  • http://www.leftbankofthecharles.com/ Charles

    It’s odd that Bill Clinton let Hillary say this, as he knows better. Perhaps he doesn’t want her to become President.

  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Bob’s right, she will run.

    While she generally had a bad week, she did okay on Fox (Fox choose not to lay into her, for their own tactical reasons) but she is starting to skewer Obama (saying there are unanswered questions on both Benghazi and the IRS scandal). She has to do that–the only way she can win in 2016 is distancing herself. The problem is that will start to set the left off in the Democrat party because she can only move right.

    So I think we will see more of this in the weeks and months ahead. I have no idea if she is brain damaged (I am certain she lacks character), but I know she is not the politician her husband is. She has always been better in the enforcer/behind the throne position and that is not the position that wins general elections.

  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady
  • http://ak4mc.us/ McGehee

    if Hillary’s slip-ups are symptomatic of a stroke, then Joe Biden should be in the ICU.

    And your point…?

  • Dave Mears

    “the American political system is the most difficult, even brutal, in the world .”

    She’s a former secretary of state, and has somehow managed to miss headlines like:

    South Korean Media: Kim Jong-un Ordered The Execution Of His Uncle’s Entire Family

    The list of jailed political dissidents in Cuba, China, and North Korea, excluding those who’ve simply vanished, is quite lengthy.

    The Maguindanao massacre in the Philippines, where a guy decided to run for a local office and announced in front of a bunch of reporters to protect his safety. Him and all the reporters and anyone else accompanying them executed by the town boss.

    Of course, we can’t forget the infamous acts of Stalin and Hitler. “The night of the long knives” ring any bells? Hitler had political opponents executed, which was a necessary precursor to war. In Russia’s part in the invasion of Poland they bluntly executed the entire next generation’s leaders. Not that they were any better in their own country. When Germany turned on them, once Stalin stopped being catatonic, he had several of his generals (those that still lived) freed from prisons so they could defend against the German onslaught. Their crime was basically being powerful and not Stalin.

    The US comparatively coddles the political class, even politicians “on the other side” are treated gently on the whole, both by other politicians and including the media relative to even the best, so the US political system in no way qualifies as “..the most difficult, even brutal, in the world.” Unless the world she refers to is an imaginary place full of children and singing purple dinosaurs.

  • Dave Mears

    I recall someone mentioning that Biden had had a minor (as these things go) stroke when he was younger, but I never bothered to look into if they were being serious, since his well reported lies while running for president, I’ve not held a good evaluation of his qualification to be president, health or no.

  • Quartermaster

    Stalin makes the others look like rank amateurs by comparison. Even the purge of the SA doesn’t come close to the Soviet purges of the 30s.

    Hillary hasn’t just missed, she’s taking something pretty powerful. But, I think she’ll run. She is far too much the narcissist not to.

  • Dave Mears

    certainly, but had to throw in some relatively current events to avoid a “well, that was the past, but” likewise, I restrained myself from discussing Rome.

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  • Anon Y. Mous

    Then there was her Romney-esque statement about being “dead broke” after leaving the White House and her being so out of touch as to suggest that she and her husband “struggled” to “piece together the resources for mortgages, for houses, for Chelsea’s education.”

    “Romney-esque”? What did Romney ever say that is even comparable to this? Not only that, but using “Romney-esque” as the adjective suggests not just that he said something like that once, but that he said stuff like that regularly – enough so that such statements should be named after him like he owns the category.

  • Anon Y. Mous

    It’s a matter of perspective. For those who imagine themselves on the handle end of the instrument, the night of the long knives doesn’t look so scary.

  • RKae

    “We cannot let a minority of people — and that’s what it is, it is a minority of people — hold a viewpoint that terrorizes the majority of people.”

    Right! Now bake me a cake that supports my personal proclivity or I’ll run you out of business!

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    HRC on Fox now: that gal ain't right she just ain't right. Those eyeballs are a symptom. #hrc #foxnews pic.twitter.com/2nsuM6aTnv— CripesSuzette (@CripesSuzette) June 17, 2014

  • riverlifecallie

    Thanks, Bob.

  • WarEagle82

    Well, we certainly wouldn’t want a small minority to terrorize the vast majority on topics like marriage.

  • Zohydro

    Shouldn’t that be the “Jarrett Junta“?

  • TiminAL

    “I believe her brain injuries were way more serious….”
    But how can you really tell? AND…..WDDIM?

  • ZZZZZZZZ

    zzzzzzzzzzz……

  • http://wizbangblog.com/ Adjoran

    He had a brain aneurysm, which was repaired with surgery. The doctor who operated said that he found nothing else.

  • http://wizbangblog.com/ Adjoran

    Romney never said he was broke at all. He said when he and Ann first got married, they were just making ends meet. That’s not “broke” in any sane lexicon – people these days who “just make ends meet” and still accrue mountains of debt are broke but don’t realize it.

    But Romney was secure enough in his ability to support his young family on his own that he donated most of his inheritance from his grandparents to charity, and later his inheritance from his parents, too (although he was already successful by that time).

  • http://wizbangblog.com/ Adjoran

    Hillary’s problem isn’t brain damage or drugs. She’s just not as good at lying convincingly or dodging questions as artfully as her husband or Obama.

    And the fact she is not a “people person,” she’s an arrogant bitch who treats those around her like indentured servants. That warmth comes through and is not appealing. She also cannot summarize either her accomplishments or why she wants to be President, despite having a very long time to think it over.

    Fox was correct to use kid gloves: it was a book tour, she’s not a candidate yet. Too harsh, and she has an excuse not to come back.

  • http://wizbangblog.com/ Adjoran

    What a coincidence! We were just talking about brain damage!

  • Anon Y. Mous

    Rupert Murdoch has been playing footsie with the Clintons for years. Here’s just one sample link:

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/rupert-murdoch-loves-hillary-clinton/

    If you Google Murdoch and Clinton, you get a ton of links, and they almost all say positive things about their interactions.

    He views Clinton as a Democrat that is good for his business interests, and that is his bottom line. If she runs, expect Fox News to be sympathetic to her campaign, especially when compared to other Democrats.

  • http://boogieforward.us/ K-Bob

    Massive Headwound Hillary 2016!

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    ‘Junta’ usually describes a cabal involving the military, whereas, ‘Junto’ is applied more to civilian-based groups.

    Now, I know the version ending in ‘a’ is the feminine, but…well…have you ever seen Valerie Jarrett?

  • http://ak4mc.us/ McGehee

    Say the phrase three times in a dark room, and she appears!

  • http://boogieforward.us/ K-Bob

    No brain, no pain.

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