The Quotable Hillary on Primary Day

With primary day upon us, it might be amusing and enlightening to review some of Hillary’s past statements regarding elections, campaigning, and, of course, fundraising—since raising money and self-aggrandizement is pretty much what Hillary is all about. (You can find these fully attributed quotes and many more in “I’ve Always Been a Yankees Fan: Hillary Clinton in Her Own Words” from World Ahead Publishing.)

  • For those of you who missed it, Ronald Reagan caused the homeless problem and Bill Clinton solved it. So it must have been quite a shock when Hillary came across an actual homeless person during her 2000 election campaign. Compassionate as always, she said to him, "My name is Hillary Clinton. You going to vote in the primary?" After the man said yes, but that he was hungry and needed money, a Clinton staffer instead gave him a voter registration card. Then, they all moved on.
  • During the same campaign Hillary came upon another homeless person. Once again, she asked if he was planning to vote. When he replied that he was homeless, her answer was, "Well, good for you." We’re not sure if this person was also given the benefit of a voter registration card before Hillary’s entourage took off. Then again, meeting Hillary is apparently its own reward.
  • Of course, Hillary’s greed and ambition had bubbled to the surface long before New York’s homeless were blessed with her presence. In 1980, the morning after “their” defeat in the 1980 Arkansas gubernatorial election, Hillary was on the phone to Jim McDougal, making a desperate plea: “You need to send us money. We need it now, and we need all you can send.”
  • To demonstrate her concern for agriculture, a rally was held on a dairy farm in upstate New York. As they pulled in, Hillary let loose on one of her staffers because this rally didn’t include any rich political contributors. "What the [expletive] did we come here for? There’s no money here!”
  • In 1985, she asked the pivotal question, “Why should my daughter not have a pool just because my husband is governor?” She was demanding that the “Friends of Bill” finance it. This was shortly after her miraculous $100,000 cattle-futures investment. Apparently, paying for the pool themselves would never occur to Arkansas’ “first family.”
  • “Co-president” Hillary of course fancied herself Bill’s canniest advisor. During the 1996 presidential campaign, Hillary was adamant that he get out on the fundraising trail: “You’re getting your ass out there, and you’re doing what needs to be done.”
  • “To Johnny Chung, with best wishes and appreciation.” This was Hillary’s note to the pivotal figure in one of the many presidential scandals that so occupied the Clintons that they couldn’t be bothered to deal with Osama bin Laden. Chung later had this to say regarding the $50,000 he gave to one of the Clinton’s top aides in return for VIP treatment: “I see the White House is like a subway—you have to put in coins to open the gates.” The most ethical administration indeed!

Hillary’s supporters think that she’s “all that.” Well, when it comes to greed, ambition and using everyone and everything to fuel her ambitions, we can only agree! And what better time to reflect on that, than voting day?