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Media swoons over royal Clinton birth announcement

Media swoons over royal Clinton birth announcement

First and foremost, congratulations to Chelsea Clinton and her family on the announcement that she’s expecting her first child.  That’s truly wonderful news.

But of course, in our hyper-politicized, slavishly Democrat, not-even-pretending-to-be-impartial-anymore media, the announcement of Chelsea’s pregnancy was literally greeted as a royal birth announcement – a proclamation that America will soon have a new prince or princess to worship.  The Media Research Center provides a transcript of the most over-the-top power fawning, from ABC’s Good Morning America, where a Clinton operative is treated like an objective “journalist” in the way no Republican operative ever could be:

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: We’re going to switch gears now and go to that big baby announcement. We all watched Chelsea Clinton grow up in the White House. Now, after some very public nudges from her very famous parents, she is having a child of her own. And our GMA weekend anchor Bianna Golodryga here with more on the happy news. Good morning, Bianna.

BIANNA GOLODRYGA: Hey. Good morning, George. I’m officially on baby watch this week. Move over, Prince George, though. This morning, Americans have their own royal, or, rather, presidential baby, to look forward to. Chelsea Clinton making the announcement that she and husband, Marc, are expecting at an event discussing efforts to advance women and girls, an event attended by her husband and beaming parents, soon-to-be grandparents. Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton making a surprise announcement, Thursday.

On and on it went, as though it provided some unique insight into ABC’s chosen candidate for president in 2016 that she’s delighted to be a grandmother.  Additional swooning was piped in from Hollywood.  The next presidential election was effectively rendered moot by the conception of this miracle child:

“Big news this evening from a former First Daughter, Chelsea Clinton announcing she is expecting her first child,” fill-in ABC anchor David Muir celebrated. Ironically, he then showcased a tweet from a mom whose pregnancy World News didn’t care about 16 months ago: “This from Jenna Bush Hager tonight, tweeting: ‘Welcome to the best club in the world. Mamahood is wonderful.’”

ABC reporter Cecilia Vega championed: “The next generation of the Clinton dynasty is on the way…” An excited Vega soon wondered: “One Clinton child who grew up before our eyes in the White House, could there soon be another?”

NBC’s Kate Snow highlighted Bill Clinton’s tweet (“Excited to add a new line to my Twitter bio…grandfather-to-be!”), before showcasing Dana Milbank of the Washington Post, who heralded the boost to Hillary’s presumed presidential run:

“Nobody assumes this was done for political reasons, of course, but if it had been done for political reasons, it could not have been a better time. Hillary Clinton will have this bouncing toddler in her arms to campaign with in 2016.”

Say, didn’t we also watch one of George Bush’s daughters “grow up in the White House,” and didn’t she have a baby?  The MRC recalls how the media handled that:

On Wednesday morning, December 12, 2012, Jenna Bush Hager, the daughter of former President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush, announced on NBC’s Today show that she was expecting. That evening, the NBC Nightly News allocated 33 seconds to the revelation while neither ABC’s World News nor the CBS Evening News bothered to mention it.

For her part, Jenna Bush Hager sent a nice message of congratulations to Chelsea Clinton via Twitter: “Welcome to the best club in the world.  Mamahood is wonderful. Xx.”  Jenna’s mom also congratulated Chelsea’s parents: “Grandchildren are the greatest gift.  Chelsea and Marc will be wonderful parents!”

I wouldn’t be surprised if one of these gushing Clinton Palace Guard organizations ran a story tomorrow about how Jeb Bush shouldn’t even consider running for president, and neither should any other generation of his family, because Americans hate dynasties.  One commercial break later, they’d have an analyst bubbling about Chelsea’s bright and sunny road to the White House, with a “Baby on Board” sticker on the bumper of her limousine.

Politico’s effusions about this “politico-obstetric earthquake” almost read as satire.  (Yes, that phrase is actually used.)

What do you get for the potential presidential candidate who has everything?

If that candidate is Hillary Clinton — and you happen to be her daughter — the answer is a grandchild.

Chelsea Clinton’s announcement that she is expecting her first baby sent ripples Thursday through the nation’s political and media community, which has come to scrutinize the Clinton family’s every move with the rapt enthusiasm of a British tabloid photographer stalking the perimeter of Buckingham Palace.

By those standards, the youngest Clinton’s declaration was a politico-obstetric earthquake, a doozy of a story that highlighted both Chelsea Clinton’s growing personal prominence and Washington’s total fixation with the woman who could be the country’s first female president.

But just a few graphs later, we’re told this politico-obstetric earthquake was really more of a tremor, because for Hillary, “the political implications are less obvious – and less consequential – than the personal ones.”  And that’s because Madame Hillary is already the most amazing superbeing to come along since the divine presence currently radiating through the curtains of the Oval Office:

But then, who says this 21st-century woman can’t have it all?

Hillary Clinton has now lived the majority of her life as a public figure — as the first lady of Arkansas, the wife of a presidential candidate, the president’s spouse, a U.S. senator, a trailblazing national candidate and the country’s chief diplomat.

She has faced the voters as a divisive target in the culture wars, a high-powered female lawyer who dismissed the notion that she could have “stayed home and baked cookies and had teas”; as a betrayed wife who alleged her husband’s infidelity was the invention of a “vast, right-wing conspiracy”; and as a startlingly resilient campaigner who swept past two credible opponents to claim a Senate seat and then battled a once-in-a-generation political talent for the Democratic presidential nomination.

After her 2008 campaign, Clinton appeared at least for a time to transcend even the normal partisan and political boundaries, soaking up compliments from Republicans who viewed her as a person of more depth than Barack Obama and attaining a level of pop-culture adulation (remember “Texts from Hillary?”) that eluded Clinton in her earlier incarnation as a politician who was at best — in Obama’s memorable phrase — “likable enough.”

Now, Clinton will be something else entirely: the most prominent American politician ever to become a grandmother.

The failed Secretary of State, whose devout worshipers have lately been making fools of themselves by fumbling to name a single real accomplishment in her entire career, is “the most prominent American politician ever to become a grandmother?”  I seem to recall there was a woman who actually appeared on a presidential ticket, following an executive career with actual achievements – positions she did not receive by trading on her husband’s political clout - who became a grandmother.  Does anyone remember the media melting into puddles of goo and burbling happily about the world-shaking, society-transforming significance of Sarah Palin’s grandchildren?  As far as the media is concerned, winning office or securing a top appointment is the achievement for Democrats.  What they actually do once in office is a secondary consideration, and perhaps better not discussed at all.

We also swiftly learned that only adoring Hillary supporters are allowed to refer to her as “Grandma,” because when the Drudge Report did it, liberals immediately translated the headline and accompanying photo into an ageist, sexist attack.  Politics defines everything, including the meaning of simple words.

 

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