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February 7, 2016

Why Is the Media Ignoring Hillary Clinton?

Hillary Clinton is the former secretary of state. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hillary Clinton is the former secretary of state. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

I’ve been deeply distressed by the lack of coverage of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s new book and of her potential 2016 presidential bid.

What could possibly be more important and more interesting than her past, present and future?

Forget about the midterm elections, immigration reform, the United States’ standing around the world and developments on Capitol Hill. Let’s be honest: Compared to Hillary, those are questions nobody wants answered or even addressed.

We all have our favorite memories involving Hillary. For me, it was the time then-Sen. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, who chaired the Democratic Policy Committee, invited me (and Charlie Cook) to speak at a lunch that was attended by most of his Democratic Senate colleagues.

Clinton, then a senator from New York, sat immediately to my left, and we nodded to each other as she sat down. It was an utterly thrilling experience that I will never forget. Her nod was neither too fast nor too slow. It was neither too knowing nor too unknowing. It may well have been the perfect nod, showing real empathy and yet real strength.

I’m not sure if Clinton actually ate lunch, or, if she did, what she ate. I suppose it might have been a salad, possibly with various kinds of greens, maybe even with some carrots or croutons. I guess it could have included an egg, as well, or even been a Caesar salad, but I’m not really certain of anything, except that Clinton was sitting next to me.

But none of that really matters. All that matters is that I was at the same table as she was, and we had a deep connection in our nods to each other.

Knowing her as well as I do, I am still not sure whether she will run for president, though I must admit that I expect that she will. However, I am neither so certain that she will run nor so confident that she won’t that I think people should stop speculating about it for even a moment.

For me at least, a day without significant mindless chatter and uninformed speculation by the media about Clinton’s 2016 plans is a day of missed opportunities to drone on and on about her future.

My own view is that Hillary needs more exposure in the media. She ought to have her own talk show aimed at women, much like Oprah did, in the mornings. That could be followed by a drive-time afternoon talk radio show, aimed primarily at angry men stuck in traffic. In the evening, of course, a one-hour, prime time nightly television show hosted by the former secretary of state and New York senator could rotate among the broadcast networks, guaranteeing a broad viewership.

On the weekends, Hillary could have her own show on ESPN, discussing sports around the world (to take advantage of her international background and connections).

All of her shows would, of course, be bracketed by shows that talked exclusively about her, allowing deeper, more intense discussions of all things Hillary.

Maybe even more important, Clinton should be mentioned for more jobs instead of only president.

Why on earth isn’t Hillary in the mix to replace Bud Selig as the next commissioner of Major League Baseball? If Disney CEO Bob Iger can be mentioned as the next commissioner, surely the former secretary of state should be mentioned, since she would become the first woman commissioner of Major League Baseball. (Actually, Hillary would become the first female commissioner of a major sport, since former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice passed on the NFL commissioner’s job years ago.)

In fact, I’m pretty confident that the former first lady could do both the MLB commissioner job and the job of president. I’d suggest an entire week of programming to talk about the pros and cons of that.

Personally, I’m still distressed that Clinton was never considered to replace Jay Leno.

I think we need more books about Clinton, including more books written by her. And we certainly need more “exclusive” interviews by the networks with her and about her.

And I would like to see the cable companies launch a 24-hour All Hillary cable channel. That way, if you have insomnia or simply feel lonely during the middle of the afternoon, you can switch on the HRC channel and feel comforted that somewhere, someone is talking to or about Hillary Clinton.

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  • txlakedude

    The republicans are too busy right now, trashing the Middleclass, women, minorities, our health system, and each other, and corrupting everything.
    They just don’t have time right now.
    Wait till she announces, she is running.

    • JackTors2012

      Yeah, the Repubs are corrupting everything, like siccing the IRS on their political enemies, giving failing green companies owned by campaign donors billions of our tax dollars and turning public sector union campaign contributions into salary increases and financially unsustainable benefits at the bargaining table.

      Oh,wait a minute-that’s the Dems. Sorry. My bad.

    • TroubleAtTheMine

      The Republicans are trashing our health system? Are you on drugs? Or….is it opposite day? Is it a joke? I don’t get it.

    • left wing

      no, that would be your child trafficker obama trashing the middle class, women, minorities, the health system and doing the obama dance LIES and BLAME

  • ShadrachSmith

    Where is the love for this selfless public servant :-)

  • DeborahT

    I can hear it now~ “10 more years, 10 more years!!!”
    And of course, even if we fail to plumb the Clintonian depths w/the ‘prospective” presidential candidate herself we’ll have Pres. Bill Clinton around to obsess over as he performs his role as spousal foot soldier in the army of Hillary, rounding off the sharp edges, cleaning up those gaffes & giving his adoring constituency, the press, access to himself not just as HRC booster, but as distinguished non~partisan former president supporter of all things Hillary.

    Those who suggest that the time might be right for the Clintons to give us, at the very least, a sabbatical for a couple of months are well~meaning but doomed to disappointment. One only has to recall the publicity seeking, attention grabbing manner in which the Clintons ‘left’ Washington on Inauguration Day, 2001. And Hillary wasn’t even really leaving DC, being the new senator from New York.

    And of course, that cheer of ’10 more years!’ also applies to Bill. 2 for the price of 1, so they say. Rah, rah, rah …

  • David

    Thank God. I had my doubts about whether it was a parody until you started talking about her getting into talk radio.

  • Corpus Crispy

    You forgot about Pope. Sure, she’s a woman and she’s not Catholic, but Hillary is all about breaking glass ceilings.

  • acfons

    A knowing nod is telling of course but far more important, how sharp was the crease in the trousers of her pantsuit?

  • Jack Sheet

    I felt this thrill going up my leg as she squawked “What difference does it make?”

  • D.m. Downing

    I can’t get enough of those pant suits! Especially when she pairs the pants with that charming short muumuu thingy she wears so often. Who needs the finely turned ankles of Victoria’s Secret models when you have Hillary strutting her hot stuff across the screen every time you turn on the TV?

  • higgins1990

    Liberals who read the article are thinking: “Stu gets it”.

  • Ruth

    At first I didn’t know if it was a joke because, unfortunately, there are a lot of people who think this way. And they vote. *Shudder*

  • Ruth

    Stu forgot to mention her dulcet tones. I think I’m going to have a seizure, like Kramer when he hears Mary Hall, every time she speaks. But I do need my exercise.

  • CA Democrat

    What a cheap shot. Hillary has accomplished more in a year than you will ever in your entire lifetime. #Ready4Hillary

    • Nobama

      Hey Ruth, here’s one

    • Will Thomas

      Yep, I’ll bet he couldn’t get a Child Rapist a Plea bargain,or leave 30 plus people for dead in Benghazi. To say nothing of turning $1,000 into $100,000 in the commodities market in less than a year

    • ib1netmon

      O.K., then, name one of those things.

    • Ruth

      Cite examples, please.

    • left wing

      let her people die and then said “what difference does it make” real class act.

  • InklingBooks

    At first, I though this Stuart Rothenberg was utterly insane. Then I thought, “Maybe, just maybe, he’s writing all this in jest and poking fun at Hillary’s relatively small cadre of true believers.”

    But I don’t know. If this article is written in jest and mockery, it’s not that well done. There’s none of the ‘stop the seas’ from rising silliness that accompanied Obama’s 2008 campaign. Personally, I’d like to see her become the next commissioner of Major League Baseball. It’d get her out of politics.

    –Michael W. Perry, co-author of Lily’s Ride: Rescuing her Father from the Ku Klux Klan (a YA novel set in 1870s North Carolina).

  • jb willikers

    The media does her a favor by ignoring the gaffe prone, talentless hag.

  • ptsargent

    Along with all this “can’t get enough of The Hil” media suggestions, please provide barf bags for actual viewing or listening to her noxious tripe.

  • Moneyrunner

    Fantastic! Like a fine wine with a hint of finely creased pants and bouquet of Lightworker.

  • Raptor Jesus

    Bill wants back in the White House. BAD. So he’s pushing Hilary. She’s 69, in bad health, and not that competent in politics.

    If she can’t stand up to a rapist and serial molester creep like him how can she be tough enough to be President.

  • southerndemnut

    What ever the reasons of the article, once the November 2014 elections are over, it will pretty much be 24-7 Hillary. So just cool your heels for about 6 months.

  • Nat Ional

    Today’s liberalism is basically a cult of death.

  • Jonathan Leibowitz

    Compassion? Here we find members of the democrat party making fun of those with disabilities:

  • Stosh

    Give Shillary a show during the dinner hour, the loss of appetite could solve the obesity crisis

  • Duq Tape

    Here we find yet another example of the ongoing ramifications from the violence that blossomed during the Occupy domestic insurrection of 2011:

  • martha washington

    Most intelligent people have been wanting Hillary R. Clinton for President before Senator Carl Levin of MI relented to agree on Obama if they would agree Michigan can also vote early. They agreed and he broke the tie, so Obama was off to the race.

    Hillary is the most qualified to be our next President. She gets my vote and my husbands. Yes, he is a man and a Republican propaganda junky that allows truth to ooze in..

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