Among the wonderful expressions added to the American lexicon by Twain was this one:
“It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”
Chelsea Clinton would have been well served spending more time reading and considering Twain’s words.
Feeling the Bern, the Hillary Clinton campaign has set loose a new er, attack dog and she’s meeting with nearly universal surprise and disdain. The words “shameless” and “lie” are in the mix. It is quite clear that Chelsea has inherited some undesirable characteristics from her parents.
In Morning Jolt, Jim Geraghty wrote:
The Clinton campaign keeps inventing innovative, groundbreaking new ways to be shameless. Now they’re using Chelsea Clinton as an attack dog, making one of those patented technically-true-but-epically-misleading-out-of-context accusations.
CHELSEA CLINTON: Senator Sanders wants to dismantle Obamacare, dismantle the CHIP program, dismantle Medicare, dismantle private insurance. Now the Republicans in Congress have voted against the Affordable Care Act 55 times, right? Not because they want to replace it with something because they want to get rid of it. So I worry that if we give Republicans Democratic permission to do that, we’ll go back to an era before we had the Affordable Care Act that will strip millions and millions and millions of people of their health insurance.
It is way out of context, and Geraghty added:
Perhaps we shouldn’t be stunned that Chelsea Clinton, former NBC News reporter under the tutelage of Brian Williams, is running around telling stories that are exaggerated to the point of falsehood. Alternately, maybe Chelsea inherited the shameless lying gene from both sides.
Mark Finkelstein at Newsbusters:
Proving that there is nothing and no one she won’t sacrifice on the altar of her political ambition, Hillary Clinton today sent her daughter Chelsea out to smear Bernie Sanders by claiming his health care plan would “strip millions and millions and millions of people of their health insurance.” On today’s With All Due Respect, Mark Halperin repeatedly said he was “stunned” by the attack. John Heilemann put in blunter terms, flatly calling the attack a “lie.”
Mark Halperin found himself, well, “stunned”:
HEILEMANN: So Mark, Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton beating up on Bernie Sanders. We haven’t yet see Bill Clinton do that, but just wait. My question for you is, is she getting in your view smartly tough with Sanders, finally? Or is she panicking? D
MARK HALPERIN: I’ve covered the Clintons since 1991. It takes a lot to surprise me. I am stunned watching Chelsea Clinton go on the attack. Stunned. Never seen anything like it. And the attack, which her mother is making as well, they’re trying to attack Bernie Sanders from the left on health care, when he supports single-payer. I mean, I’m stunned, I’m stunned by the whole thing. I will say, you and I spent a couple days in Iowa. We saw Bernie Sanders. We saw the event last night. There is no doubt Bernie Sanders has built something real. There’s no doubt that she has too, but the stakes for her now are immense. I think that she’s building up Iowa and New Hampshire. I guess she feels they feel they have no choice. So I think attacking him and going after him is smart, but the way they’re doing it, I don’t think is smart.
Finkelstein asks a great question:
Question: did Hillary have to push Chelsea to compromise her integrity in this way, or was Chelsea eager to make her political bones?
Heilemann also is stunned:
JOHN HEILEMANN: And in all our years covering elections and here on planet Earth, we have never seen the next thing we are about to show you on television. Chelsea Clinton playing the role of political attacker .
Go over and read the whole thing.
This strikes me as a really bad idea. Then again, the
turd acorn doesn’t fall far from the hind end tree. Chelsea is a spoiled twit but she comes by it honestly:
2. Chelsea was trained at age 6 to be numb to “lies” about her parents
When Chelsea was just six years old, Hillary and Bill forced her to listen to them act out mock attacks on Bill over and over as she sobbed. This drill did not end until she learned to listen to them without sobbing.
The exercise was in preparation for people that “might even tell lies about her father in order to win” during his 1986 campaign to be governor of Arkansas.
It is unclear whether these training sessions properly prepared Chelsea for the accusations of philandering and sexual assault that would be hurled at Bill during his presidency, especially when she was forced by Hillary to listen to Bill admit to her that many of the attacks were not lies.
“One of Hillary’s punishments for Bill after he confessed his role in the Monica Lewinsky scandal was to have him confess his sins directly to the daughter who idolized him and had defended him,” writes Halper.
And she, like her parents, doesn’t care about money.
Chelsea Clinton, $10M Apartment, $3M Wedding, $600K Job: I Just Don’t Care About Money
Hillary Clinton insists she isn’t “well-off” and now daughter Chelsea says she couldn’t care less about money.
“I was curious if I could care about (money) on some fundamental level, and I couldn’t,” she told UK’s The Telegraph, explaining why she gave up lucrative gigs to join her family’s philanthropic foundation.
Comparing her experience to the average millennial, the 34-year-old former first daughter defended jumping around to different careers — from consulting to a hedge fund to academia to journalism — before finding her true calling working with her parents.
“It is frustrating, because who wants to grow up and follow their parents? I’ve tried really hard to care about things that were very different from my parents … it’s a funny thing to realize I feel called to this work, both as a daughter and also as someone who believes I have contributions to make,” she continued about her reluctant status as a boomerang kid.
The Clinton name likely opened doors for the political heiress, including an eye-popping $600,000 annual salary for an irregular stint as an NBC special correspondent, but Chelsea insists her work speaks for itself.
“I will just always work harder (than anybody else) and hopefully perform better,” she said.
“And hopefully, over time, I preempt and erase whatever expectations people have of me not having a good work ethic, or not being smart, or not being motivated.”
Clinton wed husband Marc Mezvinsky, a former Goldman Sachs banker who started his own hedge fund, in a lavish 2010 ceremony estimated to have cost $3 million.
There’s the modest 5,000 square foot, $10 million condo in the city. Doesn’t everyone have one?
She worked at a hedge fund and married a hedge fund trader with his own hedge fund. You know, one of those hedge fund traders Hillary promised she’d take on for us. You might want to invest elsewhere.
This poor thing who doesn’t care about money is now worth $15 million. Nearly flat broke in Clinton dollars.
Our James Raider noted Chelsea’s aggravating sense of self-entitlement here.
Chelsea is sodden with the Clinton belief in entitlement, the dishonesty and lack of perspective. Throwing her out there on the trail to attack her mother’s political opponents is not wise and will cost her dearly.
But never so much as having Bill and Hillary for parents has already cost her.