Conservative Columnist: Hillary Not Running In 2016 Would Be Her ‘Ultimate Revenge’ Against Bill Clinton

On Sunday, NBC’s Chris Matthews and his guests discussed the political prospects of the two leading Democratic politicians who may seek to succeed President Barack Obama in 2016. The Washington Post’s conservative columnist Kathleen Parker said she thought it was possible, even likely, that Hillary Clinton would not run for president in 2016. When asked why, she said that not running would be her “ultimate revenge” against President Bill Clinton.

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Matthews said he thinks the president has been favoring Vice President Joe Biden, offering him the spotlight more and elevating his political profile ahead of a potential 2016 presidential bid.

NBC News Reporter Kelly O’Donnell said that the president was showing loyalty to both Clinton and Biden rather than favoring one over the other.

“I would not be surprised if Hillary does not run,” Parker said. “I think women have a better sense of priorities in life than men do, and I think she may just want to enjoy her life. And there’s also this: Who wants her to run more than anyone else?”

“Big Bill,” replied Matthews.

“Big Bill,” Parker repeated. “And maybe that’s her ultimate revenge.”

Watch the segment below via NBC:

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CNN’s Howard Kurtz Thinks New York Post’s Sexist Hillary Clinton Cover Was ‘Kind Of Funny’

The New York Post got the attention it craved this week when it published a cover photo of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton vehemently responding to Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) at a Senate hearing on the Benghazi attacks, with the screaming headline “No Wonder Bill’s Afraid.”

The Post‘s sexist cover found an admirer in Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, and on Sunday morning’s Reliable Sources, host Howard Kurtz ignored the subtext, and declared that, while the cover was an example of “what tabloids do,” it was “pretty funny.”

In Reliable Sources’ “Media Monitor” segment, Howard Kurtz offered some good advice to Washingtonian reporter Sophie Gilbert on how not to lose a scoop like Beyoncé’s alleged lip-synching of The Star Spangled Banner at Monday’s inauguration. Unable to confirm the story via email, Kurtz advised Gilbert “Next time when you don’t get an email response, try the phone.”

But Kurtz missed the boat when he described that NY Post headline. “You might think the story at the congressional hearings on benghazi this week was how passionately hillary defended her department’s performance against her Republican critics,” Kurtz began. “Not for The New York Post, which ran this screaming headline ‘No Wonder Bill’s Afraid,’, with a photo of the Secretary of State looking very angry indeed.”

“But why drag Bill Clinton into it?” Kurtz continued. “Because that’s what tabloids do. It was kind of funny.”

Maybe Kurtz missed the last twenty years of sexist tropes about Hillary Clinton, including the famously literal interpretation of male threatdom that was the Hillary Nutcracker, but there were some other “subtle” clues on that Post cover, like the text next to the Bill Clinton photo, which proclaimed “The lady has some temper!” and characterized her testimony as “breathing fire.”

The fact that there is agreement from Howard Kurtz and Chris Wallace on this cover is further evidence of how important it is to increase the diversity of voices in cable news, because sometimes, one man’s “funny” is another man’s, or woman’s, “example of threatened male overcompensation.”

Here’s the video, from CNN’s Reliable Sources:

Brit Hume Slams Hillary Clinton’s Tenure At State With A Laundry List Detailing Her Mediocrity

Fox News Channel Brit Hume contributor took issue with his colleagues on Sunday when he said the effusive compliments that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been showered with are largely unearned. He launched into a monologue in which he outlined why Clinton’s tenure at State has been decidedly mediocre – “competent,” but not great. After his detailed list, Hume was confronted by Juan Williams who accused him of underestimating Clinton and President Barack Obama’s first term accomplishments.

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Wallace asked what the significance of the joint 60 Minutes interview with President Obama and Hillary Clinton could be for her 2016 prospects.

“The 60 Minutes forum has been pretty friendly to him,” replied New York Times reporter Jeff Zeleny. “It’s not an endorsement per se, but it certainly, sort of, looks like that.”

Wall Street Journal editorial board member Kimberley Strassel said that Clinton’s testimony this week before Congress regarding her knowledge of the Benghazi attacks was a political success for her. “I think this was an attempt to, kind of, build on that, move beyond it, talk about Hillary Clinton’s legacy as a whole rather than that vent,” she said.

Wallace noted that Clinton’s Capitol Hill testimony was marked by praise of her service as the Secretary of State from both Republicans and Democrats.

Hume replied by saying that Clinton has a strong case to make for her competence but not greatness:

You look across the world now at the major issues: are Arabs and Israelis closer to peace? How about Iran and North Korea and their nuclear programs? Have they been halted or seriously set back? Has the ‘reset with Russia,’ which she so famously introduced with a photo op in Moscow with the reset button, has that led to a new and more cooperative relationship? Is there a Clinton doctrine that we can identify that she has articulated and formed as Secretary of State? Are there major treaties that she has undertaken and negotiated through to a successful conclusion? I think the answer to all those questions is that she has not, and those are the kind of things that might mark her as a great Secretary of State.

“She does her homework. There have been no gaffes or blunders, so I think she’s been a capable and hardworking Secretary of State,” Hume concluded. “But I think the case for her being a great Secretary of State is exceedingly weak.”

Williams took issue with what Hume said, noting that Clinton has helped spread Democracy to the Middle East in the wake of the Arab Spring. She also helped assemble the alliance structure prior to the intervention in Libya.

“How’s that working out for us,” Hume asked, citing the chaos in Libya. Crosstalk followed.

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Paul Ryan Heaps Praise On Hillary: If She Were President, ‘We’d Have Fixed This Fiscal Mess By Now’

Appearing on NBC’s Meet the Press this afternoon, former GOP vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) praised Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and lamented that she did not win the presidency in 2008, as he believes that would lead to a better chance for deficit reduction today than under President Obama.

Host David Gregory showed Rep. Ryan video of Sec. Clinton speaking with him at the inaugural luncheon, which Ryan characterized as “chumming it up” over a variety of personal topics.

The congressman then praised Clinton: “Look, if we had a [Hillary] Clinton presidency, if we had Erskine Bowles as Chief of Staff of the White House or President of the United States, I think we would have fixed this fiscal mess by now. That’s not the kind of presidency we’re dealing with right now.”

Asked how he thinks about a 2016 presidential run, Ryan quipped, “I don’t.”

“I think it’s just premature,” he explained. “I’ve got a job to do. I represent Wisconsin, I’m chairman of the budget committee at the time we have a fiscal crisis.”

Watch below, via NBC:

GOP Senator To Fox: Don’t Blame Hillary For Benghazi ‘Deception,’ Blame Susan Rice’s Talk Show Appearances

Appearing on Fox News Sunday this morning, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) said the blame for the misinformation about Benghazi lies squarely with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice‘s Sunday talk show appearances, and not with outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Asked by host Chris Wallace whether there was truth to Hillary’s phrase that it doesn’t make a difference whether the administration was “telling the truth to the American people” in the days following the Benghazi attacks.

“The deception around the Benghazi issue did not come from the State Department, and no doubt emanated from Susan Rice on this program and others, on that Sunday morning,” Corker told Wallace.

“She didn’t do it by herself,” Wallace cautioned.

“It was more of a White House political operative deception that was carried out. Not from the State Department,” said Corker. “I do think that Senator Johnson and Secretary Clinton were talking past each other. I understand the point she was making. Certainly, I understand the emotions of the American people who feel like they have been misled and, in fact, Americans were misled in the beginning about what happened around the Benghazi attack.

Watch below, via Fox:

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Bernie Goldberg To O’Reilly: Journalists ‘Slobbering’ Over Hillary Clinton Lack ‘Embarrassment Gene’

Bill O’Reilly opened his show tonight reacting to how softly Hillary Clinton was handled by the media following her testimony on Benghazi earlier this week. O’Reilly and guest Bernard Goldberg agreed that the media is fawning over Clinton just as much as they have fawned over President Obama for the last four years. Goldberg told O’Reilly that it ultimately does not matter how many people raise cain over this because journalists today lack an “embarrassment gene.”

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O’Reilly touted comments made by Rolling Stone reporter Michael Hastings to highlight just how sycophantic the media has been in covering the Obama administration, and this wee in particular, Clinton’s Benghazi testimony. After showing clips of the nightly newscasts covering Clinton’s testimony, O’Reilly quipped, “All we need is the theme from Rocky, right?”

Goldberg told O’Reilly that four years ago, the media “fell in love” with Obama and were practically “slobbering over him,” and now in anticipation of 2016 the media is getting an early start “slobbering” over Clinton. He admitted that it does not matter what anyone on the right thinks, because many journalists these days were born without an “embarrassment gene.” Goldberg cited ABC News’ Martha Raddatz, who gave Clinton credit for saying she takes full responsibility, and argued that a more skeptical reporter would not have simply accepted it.

O’Reilly then brought up Obama and Clinton’s joint interview on this Sunday’s 60 Minutes with Steve Kroft. O’Reilly minced no words in declaring that Kroft is America’s “last hope” for people to get answers on Benghazi. Goldberg expressed hope that Kroft would ask the right questions, suggesting that he should ask Obama if he feels embarrassed by how much the media slobbers over him.

Watch the video below, courtesy of Fox News:


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Obama And Hillary Clinton To Sit Down For First Joint Interview With 60 Minutes

In a move that could be seen as a passing of the Democratic torch, President Obama will sit down for his first joint interview (with someone other than his wife) with outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on 60 Minutes.

Steve Kroft, who interviewed the president several times during his first term, is reportedly sitting down with the pair today at the White House for the pre-taped segment that will air this coming Sunday, January 27th at 7pm EST on CBS.

According to The New York Times, it was White House Senior Advisor David Plouffe who suggested the joint interview to 60 Minutes. “We wanted to do a joint interview as a way of thanks on her way out, and this seemed like a good format to do it,” Plouffe said. “This is a really compelling story, I think, the arc of their relationship and that’s a good format to talk about it at some length.”

While it’s unlikely that Obama will make any endorsements or Clinton will make any announcements regarding 2016, you’ll have to tune in to 60 Minutes to find out.

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