Lights, Camera, Hillary


hillThis week CBS joined NBC and CNN in the Hillary entertainment business. While NBC airs a 4-hour miniseries produced by James D. Stern, the son of a top Bill Clinton donor, whom the New York Times accused of pushing Hillary Clinton’s candidacy eight years ago, CNN will air a documentary about Hillary and CBS is developing Madame Secretary, a television series about a female Secretary of State.

The biggest challenge for all these projects is how small a figure they have to hang so many hours of dead air on.

The NBC series will “recount Clinton’s life as a wife, mother, politician and cabinet member.” Tellingly, the political side of her life comes last. The CBS series will cover “the personal and professional life of a maverick female Secretary of State as she drives international diplomacy, wrangles office politics and balances a complex family life.”

It always comes back to the family life, because what else is there? Turn off the cameras and sitting there is the compulsively dishonest and corrupt wife of a compulsively dishonest and corrupt former president. The wife of a dishonest, but popular, president, running for his old job, may have a slight Latin American or Middle Eastern flavor, but it’s not even Evita; let alone Hillary of Arabia.

Hillary’s closest supporters don’t have much to say about her weak tenure as Secretary of State. Once you get past the usual material about serving as a role model for girls and facing the challenges of being a wife and a mother, there are very few specific mentions of what Hillary actually did while in office.

Hillary took a lot of trips and spent a lot of money on art in embassies and green energy, but you couldn’t find her actual accomplishments with a microscope.

The only two moments of her diplomatic career that anyone remembers is the bungled Russian reset button and her clumsy participation in the Benghazi cover-up. Even the most favorable reading of both events, a misspelled gimmicky button and blaming her subordinates for not providing adequate security funding which helped lead to the murder of four Americans, don’t make for much of a resume.

After Hillary stepped out of the State Department to begin her 2016 campaign, the medals and awards came pouring in almost as fast as the television shows.

The National Constitution Center awarded her a Liberty Medal because she “traveled to more countries than any other Secretary of State” and “used social media to engage citizens”. That’s not the bio of a Secretary of State. It sounds like a celebrity getting some meaningless UN humanitarian award for tweeting about Rwanda.

The National Defense University Foundation will follow that up by giving her the Patriot Award in the Ronald Reagan Building in order to celebrate “the American spirit of patriotism” which she embodies in some unspecified way.

The ridiculous parade of awards and shows is a rerun of how Obama, an uninteresting Illinois politician, was transformed into the most interesting figure in American politics through obsessive attention and hysterical praise. But Hillary Clinton, who will be pushing seventy by the time her big moment in the sun arrives, has fewer excuses for needing to slap this much greasepaint on an undistinguished resume.

The positions that will be used as props in her quest for higher office came to her only by way of being married to the former President of the United States. And it’s impossible to find anything revolutionary that she did with those positions, except use them as launching pads for an office she was even less qualified for.

The miniseries, the series, the movies, the books and the adoring pundits will zoom in on her gender, but even that isn’t a breakthrough.

Hillary Clinton was one in a long line of female senators. She was the third female Secretary of State and her tenure is pathetic compared to either Madeline Albright, whose actual biography title was Madame Secretary, or Condoleezza Rice, the first black female Secretary of State and a major figure on the world stage. No serious historian would compare Hillary to either woman in influence or power.

Albright and Rice, for all their flaws, were hard workers with interesting biographies. Hillary Clinton, like John Kerry, was a mediocrity who got their job as a consolation prize for not winning a presidential election.

In his book The Dispensable Nation, the earliest work of Hillary historical revisionism, Vali Nasr claims that Clinton was an indispensable diplomatic genius and yet his only real example of her contribution was making a unilateral apology to Pakistan. That’s probably not going to play well in a miniseries.

Hillary’s defenders are forced to claim that they can’t assign her credit for anything because mysterious forces around Obama didn’t allow her to get anything done, reducing her bio to more victimization.

With that kind of backdrop, it’s not hard to see why CBS has to develop Madame Secretary or NBC has to air its own fictionalized version of Hillary history. There is nothing factual in Hillary’s background to justify her inevitability as a candidate. Her time as Senator and Secretary of State was a shapeless blur of undistinguished mediocrity culminating in one final bloody disaster.

Like John McCain, Hillary Clinton isn’t inevitable; she just happens to be next in line.

Transforming Hillary of Westchester into Hillary of Arabia forces her backers to reinvent her life as a work of fiction, emphasizing the challenges of her family life to distract from her lack of accomplishment. Saturating the television with Hillary fiction is the only way to distract a nation from all the troubling Hillary facts and the sobering Hillary truth.

The woman behind the pantsuit is another mediocre liberal with little to show for her life except a philandering husband, an immature 33-year-old daughter who works for her parents and a bunch of jobs that she received through her husband’s political connections.

Without Bill, Hillary would have never even made it to Congress, let alone earned the right to have her name mentioned next to Madeline Albright and Condoleezza Rice. Today she would be holding down some petty bureaucratic post or teaching political science at a local university.

Bill Clinton’s accomplishments, as destructive as they were, are real. Hillary, on the other hand is nearly as unreal a figure as Obama. Unlike Obama, there is no way to make her seem larger than life. None of the millions spent on consultants and image experts has bought her a personality of her own.

As with Obama, the entertainment industry is replacing the real Hillary with the unreal Hillary. But say what you will about Obama, he never needed an actor to play him. Hillary however will be played by Diane Lane, Geena Davis or Carey Mulligan or anyone who can convince voters that a politically connected mediocrity is interesting.

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  • Naresh Krishnamoorti

    It is worth quoting here in its entirety the excellent observations of a Democrat feminist, namely Camille Paglia:

    “It remains baffling how anyone would think that Hillary Clinton (born the same year as me) is our party’s best chance. She has more sooty baggage than a 90-car freight train. And what exactly has she ever accomplished — beyond bullishly covering for her philandering husband? She’s certainly busy, busy and ever on the move — with the tunnel-vision workaholism of someone trying to blot out uncomfortable private thoughts.

    I for one think it was a very big deal that our ambassador was murdered in Benghazi. In saying “I take responsibility” for it as secretary of state, Hillary should have resigned immediately. The weak response by the Obama administration to that tragedy has given a huge opening to Republicans in the next presidential election. The impression has been amply given that Benghazi was treated as a public relations matter to massage rather than as the major and outrageous attack on the U.S. that it was.

    Throughout history, ambassadors have always been symbolic incarnations of the sovereignty of their nations and the dignity of their leaders. It’s even a key motif in “King Lear.” As far as I’m concerned, Hillary disqualified herself for the presidency in that fist-pounding moment at a congressional hearing when she said, “What difference does it make what we knew and when we knew it, Senator?” Democrats have got to shake off the Clinton albatross and find new blood. The escalating instability not just in Egypt but throughout the Mideast is very ominous. There is a clash of cultures brewing in the world that may take a century or more to resolve — and there is no guarantee that the secular West will win.”

    • Michael Garfinkel

      Hillary, William Safire’s “congenital liar,” who ran the “war room” that managed “bimbo eruptions,” who declared Monica Lewinsky an “emotionally disturbed” young woman (before the evidence of the blue dress appeared).
      Hillary, of the Whitewater billing scandal, who made a small fortune through insider trading of cattle futures, who ran for the Senate in New York insisting she had no further political ambtions – while floating the false notion that she had Jewish relatives…
      One can hear her shrill “what difference does it make” regarding this and more.
      Make no mistake – she is dangerous, and every effort must be made to define her AS SHE IS before she begins to acquire real traction.

      • TheOrdinaryMan

        And remember the death of Vincent Foster. Hilary had something to do with that….wonder what it was, exactly?

  • bluffcreek1967

    I got a feeling the American people still haven’t awakened from their stupidity, and that they will elect this very foolish woman as our President in 2016. If so, it will just be one more nail in the coffin of this once great nation.

    I hope I’m wrong, but I’ve learned to never over-estimate the intelligence of the American public.

    http://www.ambrosekane.com

    • lyndaaquarius

      this incompetent,corrupt woman will not be our beleaguered nation’s next Commander in Chief.

      • bluffcreek1967

        I sure hope you’re right. But I keep remembering what the American people did in 2008 and how they repeated it in 2012. They don’t seem to be getting any smarter either. We shall see.

        http://www.ambrosekane.com

  • Poupic

    “What difference does it make?” Should be repeated endlessly when anyone mentions Hilary. A US Ambassador was murdered with 3 other Americans by Islamic terrorists she refused previously to supply with armed special forces for the embassy in Benghazi.

    It makes a great deal of difference to show that “What difference does it make?” is not fit to be President.

  • Anamah

    Killary you have demonstrate too much of yourself…
    So stay out of our faces please… Each time you appear on TV we see Chris Stevens and the other three braves American begin you for help, to restate the level of security, to defend them in such heinous place full of terrorist Jihadist, willing to kill Americans. What was for your motive to send Chris Stevens there? Were you sending arms to the Syrian opposition? Why???
    You weren’t allowed to do it; and missiles???
    Please Killary go home, do not intent to be in the WH again…
    America wants to survive and prosper.

    And you are far worst than incompetent, you are totally fake, you diminished their security in Libya, you did not even answer their calls. You let them abandoned in Libya, totally neglected and die alone.

    Let them defenseless to be slaughtered by those barbarians.

  • CowboyUp

    What will it take to make Clinton interesting? I dunno, but it’s a safe bet that for the next three years we’ll be hearing from the msm how interesting hillary is over and over and over, without any real details, until that’s all the low infos can remember about her.

    • nomoretraitors

      The problem isn’t “low infos” The problem is low IQs

  • ADM64

    I agree with the article, but would dispute that either Madeline Albright or Condoleeza Rice were particularly good Secretaries of State. Moreover, Rice was not much of a National Security Advisor. That said, both did get their jobs on their own merits.

  • GuyGreen

    A tastefully yet craftily restrained thumping. A bullseye applied to a shameless virago deserving, but not worthy of, more of Daniel’s exquisite sense of the absurd. I’m certain this is because Mr. Greenfield realizes that Stevie Wonder could pepper this overripe target. Still, I’m delighted he took the time. It has all the markings of the last word on this scrofulous scourge on American politics. Would t’were that it were.

  • pupsncats

    Clearly, today those who are worthless are celebrated, revered, and treated as though they are gods. Hitlery is the female Obama. Corrupt to the core with a meglomaniac desire to rule over others. Both are good for nothings that have damaged the lives of countless people and promoted their soulless, demonic ideology to ruin and destroy more lives.

  • m4253y

    Dennis, perhaps you already know that a movie regarding hilliary was already produced and it was very telling, in fact so much so that she had it successfully halted as the clintons did with another movie.

    these two movies are on you tube, here you go;

    Hillary Clinton Exposed, Movie She Banned From Theaters – Full

    The Path to 911 (snippets avail as the movie is banned altogether thx to bill c.)

  • defcon 4

    I’d like to hear about just what was discussed at the closed door meeting Shrillery had w/the islamofascist OIC. After all, closed door meetings and back room deals are part and parcel of the democratic process right?

  • mindRider

    An other three years of pumping hot air into Hillary’s image, with an ever more pliable, dumbed down and entitled voter crowd might very well land her into the White House. May God than help poor and sad America.

  • nimbii

    Cuts to the quick.

  • lyndaaquarius

    can anyone refute what Mr. Greenfield has written here? I’d love to read any attempt to defend her.

  • RLJR1

    WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE, 4 LIVES THATS THE DIFFERENCE IT MAKES. IF OBAMA AND CLINTON HAD DONE THEIR JOBS MAYBE, JUST MAYBE 4 AMERICAN HERO’S WOULDNT BE DEAD. INSTEAD

  • USARetired

    The Clinton’s are an evil walking, talking criminal enterprise, and Hillary has the most vile, foul mouth in America. If you do not believe me, read the Book, ‘Inside The White House’, by Robert Kessler, an eye opener to say the least!

  • al_kidya

    What freaking difference, at this point, does it make?
    May Hillary rot at the bottom of the slime pond she herself produced, by years of devious, lying, deceitful, socialist power politicking.
    And if Hillary hadn’t been “Slick Willy’s” power-hungry FLOTUS they would have been divorced just like any normal couple. What woman in her right mind would have put up with a cheating bastard the likes of him?
    The two of them made a great pair, however…a match made in hell, and had Bill not made it in politics they may have been a modern day Bonnie and Clyde.

  • Progressives Rule

    Hillary Clinton certainly doesn’t need me to brag about her resume. Just Google “Hillary Clinton’s accomplishments as Secretary of State”. I’m sure the anticipation of Hillary living in the whitehouse again is giving ya’ll ulcers. God I love karma.

    • nomoretraitors

      That’s why our country is in decline. Because progessives rule

      • Progressives Rule

        Maybe you haven’t looked around. You should check out the economy, the stock market and how almost every month Obama has been president we have ADDED jobs. Unlike under the previous Repuke president who was responsible for millions of people losing their jobs!