The Daily Banter

Ready for Hillary Derangement Syndrome?

Bob Cesca
Written by Bob Cesca

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton officially announced her candidacy for president on Sunday in a well-assembled video designed to establish The Folks as the centerpiece of her 2016 campaign.

Matt Yglesias broke down the video by the numbers:

Number of people in Hillary Clinton's announcement video besides Hillary Clinton: 38.

Number of women: 20.

Number of people of color: 13.

Number of women of color: 7.

Number of non-Hillary Clinton speaking roles: 13.

Number of speaking roles for non-Hillary Clinton women: 8.

Number of speaking roles for people of color: 7.

Number of speaking roles for women of color: 5.

Number of same-sex couples: 2.

Number of seconds until Hillary Clinton first appears: 91.

Number of seconds with Clinton talking or onscreen: 37.

Number of references to career readiness: 2.

Number of references to motherhood: 3.

Number of references to school or college: 2.

Number of references to inequality: 1.

Number of concrete policies mentioned: 0.

Number of times the name "Hillary Clinton" is spoken: 0.

Bottom line: this is not a video that Clinton would've released eight years ago. Why? Clearly because it's been eight years since 2007, when the political climate, the Democratic field, the Republican field and the roster of top-shelf issues were completely and totally different.

Think about where the country was in 2007. We were still ensconced in the Iraq surge, same-sex marriage was largely illegal across the country, we were experiencing the initial warning signs of the economic collapse, the GOP was getting ready to nominate a Vietnam War veteran, Clinton herself had not yet served four years as Secretary of State, and a soon-to-be Democratic rock star named Barack Obama had just entered the race with a state-of-the-art new media machine backing him. And that's right off the top of my head. Consequently, Clinton's priorities and tactics will be different. They have to be.

One thing that hasn't changed, however, is... CONTINUE READING

  • JMAshby

    I have much harsher things to say about the left in this regard.

    I see people picking things back up exactly where they were left in 2008 as if the world hasn’t changed immensely since then. Hillary has supported the president’s policy for nearly 6 years, and the president himself will probably campaign for her, but to some people it doesn’t matter because Mark Penn ran one of the shittiest operations ever.

    It’s going to be a long two years if every single utterance from brogressives and TV pundits is attributed directly to the candidate. Pundits will continue to triangulate even if the campaign doesn’t. It’s what they do.

    • Scopedog

      I have an even harsher view of the left when it comes to Hillary. Too many are now starting to sound like Right Wing misogynists with their comments about her that include the words “cunt”, “slut”, “whore” and other nastiness. They insist that she will drag the country into war (obviously forgetting that she was Sec of State) and that she will do Wall Street’s bidding (and not offering any proof of this) and that she has “blood on her hands” (from what–Vince Foster or Iraq?).

      After spewing out all this nonsense they add with a flourish that they would rather pull the lever for Rand Paul. Or a third party. Or not vote at all.

      I never thought that I would see some on the Left become as intolerant, as spiteful, as _hateful_ as many on the Right are. I suppose that is something I can thank both President Obama and Hillary for, since Obama’s Presidency and Hillary’s role as Senator and Sec of State has allowed the mask to fall, revealing the true face of some.