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How bizarre is it that, eight months after the election, Hillary Clinton’s name is mentioned at almost the same frequency on tonight’s news as Trump’s? By the way, there was no there there. No “dirt.” No kompromat, but we already knew that from the Steele memos.

Men obsessed with Hillary Clinton. Here is a throwback from exactly nine years and seven months ago tonight.

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Donald Trump, who continues to struggle orally linking the letters L+G+B+T+Q, reading them off a teleprompter as if he is having an eye exam, proposed a test for aspiring immigrants to the U.S. Malcolm Nance called this the “the single most un-American thing I’ve heard” and compared it to McCarthyism and the House UnAmericanActivities Committee.

Jake Sullivan, speaking for Hillary Clinton’s campaign, issued this statement and a video.

Statement from Jake Sullivan Responding to Trump’s Ideological Test for Immigrants

Hillary For America Senior Policy Adviser Jake Sullivan released the following statement today in response to Donald Trump’s call for submitting immigrants to ideological tests:

“This so-called ‘policy’ cannot be taken seriously.  How can Trump put this forward with a straight face when he opposes marriage equality and selected as his running mate the man who signed an anti-LGBT law in Indiana?  It’s a cynical ploy to escape scrutiny of his outrageous proposal to ban an entire religion from our country and no one should fall for it.”

HFA also released a new corresponding video.

VIDEO: Trump Test

The guy who had Roy Cohn on retainer and points his finger at all and sundry is in Putin’s pocket and on ISIS recruiting videos. The irony is as dense as a cloud of mercury.

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The night before yet another powerful series of primary contests, Hillary sat down with Chris Matthews for a town hall in her home state.  At the Old State House in Springfield, in the room where Lincoln gave his “house divided” speech, Hillary spoke out against divisiveness and called for common ground.

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Trump: Hillary calls him responsible for the fury and said he incites and encourages the violence.

“Leaders should be calming people down.” She said protests should be peaceful and that voting is the best protest.

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Matthews showed video of RFK speaking out against violence after MLK Jr.’s assassination and of  Trump encouraging people to act on protesters.

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She said Trump is inciting mob violence.  “Donald Trump is fanning the flames of violence. That isn’t leadership. It’s dangerous.”

She spoke about Bill Clinton’s love of schmoozing and his curiosity about people.  Hillary pointed out that she doesn’t campaign in poetry but she does the job once she has it.

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Matthews misspoke and said Sanders won Iowa.  Hillary rapidly corrected him and said she doesn’t trust the polls.  (I don’t either!)  She also pointed out the number of delegates she has collected thus far.

Re: Trade – Hillary spoke about her vote against CAFTA (Central America Free Trade Agreement), and said she had waited to see what was in TPP before speaking out against it. She proposes a clawback for companies moving out of the country and leaving an unemployed work force – an exit tax.  “Companies that get tax breaks or government investments shouldn’t be walking out on American communities.”

In Europe and Asia there is a set of trade conditions which governments support whereas American companies are afloat without government intervention.  Hillary is firm that we cannot shut the door on global trade but wants to see the playing field leveled and fair for American companies that play by the trade rules.

Taking the title of his show very literally, Matthews got down in the sand on the Iraq War vote. Hillary set up the context of those days and the claim by George W. Bush that the vote would permit the needed inspections to be completed. This was a contentious exchange.  She revisited Bush’s promise to her that she would get the money to rebuild New York after 9/11 and said that was why she trusted his word.

In a Syrian context, Matthews brought up our history of “knocking off leaders.” (e.g. Mossadegh, Allende, Lumumba, Trujllo, others).  Question:  Should we do that?  Hillary said we cannot paint with a broad brush.

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Question about college debt: Hillary pointed to her New College Compact. “It’s not enough to make college more affordable. We need to help people with the student debt they already have.”

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Question from the Mayor of Springfield on sponsorship for immigrants.  Hillary said the screening process must be thorough and that there is an organization arranging sponsorships that is dependable.

Matthews asked Hillary to explain her journey from Goldwater girl to Eugene McCarthy supporter.  Hillary said she went to college as a Republican but found herself in the civil rights / voting rights camp.  Hillary said her mother and her youth minister helped expose her to lives that were different from her suburban upbringing.

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Question from a retired police officer on how to recreate a dialogue between the Black community and police:  Retraining of police as necessary led by experienced people in law enforcement.

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Reduction of gun violence: Hillary spoke about her visit today to a wall of bricks dedicated to kids killed in gun violence.  She said this needs to be a ballot issue.

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Tomorrow is another big day.  The voters will decide.  From Women’s Outreach:

Dear Women Leaders and Friends,

Tomorrow is a big primary day – 5 states will go to the polls to award a total of 792 delegates by the end of the night. Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio are all important states and we’re fighting for every vote.

Help us make calls to voters in these states tonight and tomorrow as your schedule allows. You can find all of the information you need here:  https://www.hillaryclinton.com/grassroots/make-calls/

Thank you for all your hard work! Let’s bring home some big wins tomorrow!

 

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For someone who campaigned to the last minute, stayed on the ground in Iowa till the last minute, flew overnight and hit the ground running in New Hampshire, Hillary certainly was wide awake, thinking on her feet, and quick with great answers to every question.  That’s our girl!

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Continuing her trek through Iowa today, Hillary spoke at the Osage Public Safety Center.  On the day when President Obama announced stricter background checks on gun purchases, Hillary praised his initiative and reminded supporters that she rolled out her plan to curb gun violence in October.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton poses for a photo with Cynthia Johnson of Osage, Iowa, during a campaign stop at the Osage Public Safety Center, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Osage, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton poses for a photo with Cynthia Johnson of Osage, Iowa, during a campaign stop at the Osage Public Safety Center, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Osage, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reacts to supporters during a campaign stop at the Osage Public Safety Center, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Osage, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reacts to supporters during a campaign stop at the Osage Public Safety Center, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Osage, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign stop at the Osage Public Safety Center, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Osage, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign stop at the Osage Public Safety Center, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Osage, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets supporters during a campaign stop at the Osage Public Safety Center, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Osage, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets supporters during a campaign stop at the Osage Public Safety Center, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Osage, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes a selfie photo with a supporter during a campaign stop at the Osage Public Safety Center, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Osage, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes a selfie photo with a supporter during a campaign stop at the Osage Public Safety Center, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Osage, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton talks with Paul Bodtke of Osage, Iowa during a campaign stop at the Osage Public Safety Center, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Osage, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton talks with Paul Bodtke of Osage, Iowa during a campaign stop at the Osage Public Safety Center, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Osage, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign stop at the Osage Public Safety Center, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Osage, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign stop at the Osage Public Safety Center, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Osage, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

While in Osage, Hillary sat down with Chris Matthews for a Hardball interview.  She was marvelous.  She stuck to her New Year’s resolution not to respond to the jabs from the Republican front runner.  She mentioned the issues people talk to her about on the trail and promised to continue addressing those questions rather than the nonsense coming from Trump.

Hillary shared the reason why she finally decided to run for the Senate.  She was doing a sports event in New York City, and the woman athlete who introduced her told her, “Dare to compete, Mrs. Clinton.  Dare to compete.”  Not all of the encouragement from her New York friends made the impression that remark did.

She addressed also her ability to take on the job of commander-in-chief while deflecting the “hawk” label some want to attach to her.

Asked her political stance, she called herself a progressive Democrat who likes to get things done. It was a cordial interview.  Not a bit adversarial.

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From there, Hillary went to Sioux City where she held a rally at the Orpheum Theatre.

A volunteer holds campaign stickers outside the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City, Iowa, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, where Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is scheduled to host a rally. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

A volunteer holds campaign stickers outside the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City, Iowa, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, where Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is scheduled to host a rally. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wait in line outside Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City, Iowa, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, to attend a rally. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wait in line outside Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City, Iowa, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, to attend a rally. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

A Secret Service agent stands outside the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City, Iowa, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, where Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is scheduled to host a rally. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

A Secret Service agent stands outside the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City, Iowa, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, where Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is scheduled to host a rally. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Iona Michaelis of West Point, Neb., gets a campaign sticker outside the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City, Iowa, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, where Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is scheduled to host a rally. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Iona Michaelis of West Point, Neb., gets a campaign sticker outside the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City, Iowa, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, where Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is scheduled to host a rally. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves to the crowd as she arrives at a campaign event in Sioux City, Iowa, January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves to the crowd as she arrives at a campaign event in Sioux City, Iowa, January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton acknowledges the applause as she arrives at a campaign event in Sioux City, Iowa, January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton acknowledges the applause as she arrives at a campaign event in Sioux City, Iowa, January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton hugs a woman after her introduction at a campaign event in Sioux City, Iowa, January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton hugs a woman after her introduction at a campaign event in Sioux City, Iowa, January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign event in Sioux City, Iowa, January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign event in Sioux City, Iowa, January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

A supporter of U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton attends a campaign event in Sioux City, Iowa, January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

A supporter of U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton attends a campaign event in Sioux City, Iowa, January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a rally at the Orpheum Theatre, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Sioux City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a rally at the Orpheum Theatre, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Sioux City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, center, addresses supporters during a rally at the Orpheum Theatre, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Sioux City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, center, addresses supporters during a rally at the Orpheum Theatre, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Sioux City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets supporters at a campaign event in Sioux City, Iowa, United States, January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets supporters at a campaign event in Sioux City, Iowa, United States, January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes a "selfie" photograph with a supporter at a campaign event in Sioux City, Iowa, United States, January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes a “selfie” photograph with a supporter at a campaign event in Sioux City, Iowa, United States, January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

Jason Winter wears a sweatshirt to show his support for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at a rally at the Orpheum Theatre, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Sioux City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Jason Winter wears a sweatshirt to show his support for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at a rally at the Orpheum Theatre, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Sioux City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes a selfie with a supporter after speaking at a rally at the Orpheum Theatre, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Sioux City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes a selfie with a supporter after speaking at a rally at the Orpheum Theatre, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Sioux City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign event in Sioux City, Iowa, United States, January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign event in Sioux City, Iowa, United States, January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets supporters at a campaign event in Sioux City, Iowa, United States, January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets supporters at a campaign event in Sioux City, Iowa, United States, January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listens to her introduction at a campaign event in Sioux City, Iowa, United States, January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listens to her introduction at a campaign event in Sioux City, Iowa, United States, January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets supporters at a campaign event in Sioux City, Iowa, United States, January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets supporters at a campaign event in Sioux City, Iowa, United States, January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes a "selfie" photograph with supporters at a campaign event in Sioux City, Iowa, United States, January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes a “selfie” photograph with supporters at a campaign event in Sioux City, Iowa, United States, January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

A U.S. Secret Service agent checks the backstage at campaign event for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Sioux City, Iowa, United States, January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

A U.S. Secret Service agent checks the backstage at campaign event for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Sioux City, Iowa, United States, January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign event in Sioux City, Iowa, United States, January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign event in Sioux City, Iowa, United States, January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton are reflected in the mirror at a rally at the Orpheum Theatre, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Sioux City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton are reflected in the mirror at a rally at the Orpheum Theatre, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Sioux City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, right, speaks at a held at the Orpheum Theatre, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Sioux City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, right, speaks at a held at the Orpheum Theatre, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Sioux City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton smiles while speaking at a rally at the Orpheum Theatre, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Sioux City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton smiles while speaking at a rally at the Orpheum Theatre, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Sioux City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

A microphone and a glass of water are placed on a stool for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at a rally, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Sioux City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

A microphone and a glass of water are placed on a stool for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at a rally, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Sioux City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, center, is introduced at a rally held at the Orpheum Theatre, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Sioux City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, center, is introduced at a rally held at the Orpheum Theatre, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Sioux City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton shields her eyes from the light while listening to a question during a rally held at the Orpheum Theatre, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Sioux City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton shields her eyes from the light while listening to a question during a rally held at the Orpheum Theatre, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Sioux City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, left, speaks at a rally held at the Orpheum Theatre, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Sioux City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, left, speaks at a rally held at the Orpheum Theatre, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Sioux City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Supporters listen to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at a rally held at the Orpheum Theatre, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Sioux City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Supporters listen to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at a rally held at the Orpheum Theatre, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Sioux City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, left, waves as she is introduced at a rally at the Orpheum Theatre, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Sioux City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, left, waves as she is introduced at a rally at the Orpheum Theatre, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Sioux City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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Gotta love this for a few reasons.  First of all April Ryan is not assigned to Hillary Clinton.  This is evidently a completely sui generis statement.  The other reason I love this is because often April looks like the guest ninth grade reporter in the White House press room.  She’s adorable and cute and looks very young but is not to be trifled with. It’s hard to believe that she has known Hillary for 20 years!

 

Reporter April Ryan Touts “Sister to Sister” Relationship With Hillary Clinton: “I’ve Laughed With Her On Many Occasions”

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On MSNBC’s Hardball Monday night, White House reporter April Ryan made what seemed to be a pitch for Hillary Clinton and her warm personality. The American Urban Radio Networks (AURN) reporter cited several occasions where she laughed with Clinton “sister to sister” and saw the human side of the presidential candidate.

“Chris, I’ve known her for about 20 years now,” Ryan gloated to host Chris Matthews. “We have more of a familiarity with each other over the decades.”

“Who is she?” Matthews questioned.

“She is a very interesting person. She is someone with a pedigree no one else has. She’s a very serious person.

“I’ve laughed with her on many occasions,” Ryan boasted. “Even Saturday night I was able to joke.”

“What is the difference with her sitting with you chuckling away sister to sister and what you see on TV when she gives those speeches?” Matthews inquired. “Is there a difference in personality or not?”

“You would see a very easy-going woman who would laugh. A woman who is a woman. You would see a lot of that, I guess like you said, sister to sister come through. ”

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A few days ago,  MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell donned her cross-country skis, took up her rifle,  and joined the liberal women’s team shooting at Hillary Clinton when she suggested that Hillary used her post at the State Department to set up donors for a presidential campaign that remains a product of many imaginations.  Well, the women’s biathalon is over,  but  another MSNBC anchor has jumped on a bobsled and slid onto a breakneck track of slippery ice in the continued effort to chase Hillary out of a race she has not entered.

That MSNBC would turn on Hillary was never unpredictable.  In fact in April of last year this turn of events was foreshadowed right here.  I told you the worm would turn!

Memory can be short.  Those who stood shoulder to shoulder with Hillary through the brutal 2008 primary campaign tend to be more circumspect about what a campaign would entail, how it might roll out, and the degree to which Hillary’s current sky high poll numbers might hold in a campaign setting.  Ironically, among some of the louder and more self-assured voices are those who assaulted her most viciously in 2008.  On his Sunday show yesterday, Chris Matthews stated with all the certainty in the world that “Hillary Clinton has given every indication that she is running…” which, of course she has not and has taken pains to avoid.  At counterpoint to this is Jim Rutenberg in yesterday’s New York Times who actually took the trouble to speak with Hillary’s spokesman Philippe Reines and exuded no such certainty.  It is not a stretch to imagine Matthews and his ilk to be dangling her out there as a pretty, candy-filled piñata waiting to be bashed once again when the new flavor of the month arises.  Who that might be I leave to speculation, but judging from responses to my tweets and Facebook posts a particular name proliferates.   True Hillary loyalists must regard current endorsements and their sources with a glance in the rear view mirror and a healthy dose of skepticism.

Days later the bait-and-switch scenario reappeared  in the comment thread here.

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You are reading my mind! (Or maybe we have known each other for so long that you know how my mind works!) I posted something on 4/1 – the post where I talked about Jim Rutenberg’s NYT article and the way Chris Matthews is going berserk about Hillary. I said there that all of this insanity on his part is part of a bait and switch. I did not mention E. Warren’s name but hers was the one people kept sending me. (Saying Hillary is done. Warren is the one.) Then two days ago, Hillary is 44 said the same thing and named Warren. I do not trust the DNC, DWS, or any of them farther than I can throw them. You and I are on exactly the same wavelength.

While, especially in the comment thread at that second link, I was merely reporting responses I had received – and there were many – I was met with a flurry of arguments as to why my theory was impossible:  Warren not experienced enough, has not said she would run, the Dems would never nominate her, etc. etc. etc.   It is true that Warren has said she would not run (no guarantee that she will not change her mind), but neither has Hillary said she would.   If it is valid to think that joining a Facebook group and donating small amounts of money to a SuperPAC will encourage Hillary to declare her candidacy, is it not as valid to think that attacking Hillary and encouraging Warren could be as effective?

The MSNBC attacks on Hillary this time around began in December when Mika Brzezinski’s influential dad came on her morning show to fire a shot at our girl.   Outrageously suggesting that Hillary’s decisions as Secretary of State were influenced by an eye toward a run for the presidency in 2016, Brzezinski launched what is shaping up to be a fierce campaign against Hillary at the cable news outlet.

Andrea Mitchell’s equally loathsome comment was made on the highly visible Meet the Press on Sunday, and apparently that remark served as the starter pistol for MSNBC’s Krystal Ball to jump on the bobsled and join the chase after the still-undeclared Hillary Clinton.

Legendary Hillary-hater, Melissa Harris-Perry has yet to suit up for the event, but can it be long before she, too, is tapped by MSNBC to play her role advancing the team’s anti-Hillary agenda?   Slate‘s Dave Weigel will not be surprised if she does.

The three streams of these attacks are: Hillary’s activities long in the past, Bill Clinton (just about anything about him is fair game and the simple fact that she is married to him looms large), and finally  – and most disturbingly – her legacy at the State Department.   That last is the most insidious.

Certainly she has weathered a great deal in the 20+ years since her husband became president and constructed her own reputation based on issues she cares about and promotes both in the Senate and at State.  Hillary has always been her own person. One thing she has not done is construct a platform since, well, she isn’t running.   She simply has not decided.   Should Hillary run. Krystal Ball will probably not be on the platform committee, so she and MSNBC should stop second guessing what the planks will be.

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Edited to add: With progressives turning against our Hillary, it would be blogging malpractice and the height of negligence not to mention how Kathleen Parker sticks up for her.  Thank you, Kathleen!

Parker: Hillary Clinton is ruthless and other old rumors

Groundhog Day isn’t just a movie.

Here it is early 2014 — still almost three years away from a new presidency — but it’s high time to mention that Hillary Clinton was a “ruthless” first lady.

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