January 31, 2007


No Joke: Hillary's failure to connect (Jonah Goldberg, 1/31/07, National Review)

A weird thing happened in Iowa this week. Hillary Clinton was campaigning for president -- no, that's not the weird thing -- and she paraphrased a question from the audience about what in her experience prepared her to deal with "evil and bad men." Before she could answer, the audience burst into laughter, and Clinton joined in.

It was such an awkward moment, much of the commentariat hasn't figured out exactly what to say about it, starting with Clinton herself. At first she tried to explain that she was thinking of Osama bin Laden and Bush's inability to capture him. Later, she claimed she was making a joke -- just not about her husband.

From my own viewing of the video -- you can find it on YouTube and elsewhere -- Hillary wasn't making any joke at all. She was merely the butt of one and laughed along with the crowd -- without getting the joke -- in an excruciating "I meant to do that" sort of way.

When asked whether the joke was about Bill, she said, "Oh, come on. Well, I don't think anybody in there thought that." But of course everyone thought that.

If there's one fact the Left doesn't want to face it is that all comedy is conservative.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 31, 2007 9:21 AM

The original SNL was conservative?

Posted by: WTF at January 31, 2007 10:24 AM

Liberal in content.
Conservative in tone.

I honestly don't know why you filthy hippies can't figure that out. Aren't you supposed to be the smart ones?

Posted by: Bryan at January 31, 2007 11:12 AM

WFT - Actually the answer is yes compared to today's political climate.

Posted by: erp at January 31, 2007 11:18 AM

Extremely. Gerald Ford was a liberal and a dolt. They helped elect the Evangelical.

Posted by: oj at January 31, 2007 11:30 AM

If only a reporter had taken that moment to ask Hillary about Juanita Broaddrick.

Posted by: ratbert at January 31, 2007 11:31 AM