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Bill Clinton Leaves Door Open for a Hillary Run

Bill Clinton’s answer to a question by Bob Schieffer on Face the Nation Sunday about whether Hillary Clinton would be a stronger candidate than President Obama – as mischievously suggested by Dick Cheney – has widely been interpreted as a statement closing the door on a possible primary challenge by her against Obama.

IT EMPHATICALLY WAS NOT.

To know this, you have to understand Clintonspeak, a special language that some reporters like me who covered Bill Clinton for years were able to pick up.

The most famous example of Clintonspeak was this:

Now, I was still new to Clintonspeak at the time, so I didn’t realize that the correct translation to this was “I didn’t actually copulate with her.”

And then there was this classic, which you all enjoyed.

You have to listen very closely to Bubba, because he always says more by what he leaves out.

So here’s the exchange with Schieffer. I give you some video and the full transcript below:

SCHIEFFER: Let me just ask you about one thing that our next guest on the broadcast, former Vice President Cheney, said: He said your wife, Hillary Clinton, is the most competent person in the administration and suggested that maybe she would be a stronger candidate than Barack Obama. I wanted to give you a chance, if you care to, to endorse the vice president’s statement.

CLINTON: Well, you know I’m very proud of her and so I’m always gratified whenever anyone says anything nice about her. And I very much agree that she’s done a good job. But I also have a high regard for Vice President Cheney’s political skills and I think one of those great skills is sowing discord among the opposition.

So I think he’s right that she’s done a heck of a good job, but she is a member of this administration and committed to doing it. And I think he, by saying something nice about her in the way that he did it, knew that it might cause a little trouble. I don’t want to help him succeed in his political strategy, but I admire that he’s still out there hitting the ball.

Now, look and listen closely. Did you notice anything?

HE NEVER SAYS SHE WOULDN’T BE A STRONGER CANDIDATE THAN OBAMA. HE NEVER SAYS SHE’S NOT RUNNING.

I assure you, this is fully intentional. I’m not saying she’s going to run. But whatever he’s up to, Clinton decided not to preclude the possibility of her candidacy.

Now you are learning Clintonspeak too. And you thought you were too old to start a new language!

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23 Responses to Bill Clinton Leaves Door Open for a Hillary Run

  1. He was totally obnoxious propping this guy up on MTP–as I commented earlier. Blah, blah–look at me… As for Hillary, she doesn’t look like she is up to anything–she looks wan, tired and bored.

  2. Ha, talk about still “hitting the ball”.
    He’d crawl over ground glass from Chappaqua to 1600 Pennsylvania, just to get himself back in the game. Even if it meant shagging Hillary’s batting practice.

    No pun intended.

    Obviously.

  3. I didnt know “Clintonspeak” was still a useful language -LOL I thought it was only spoken in some Democratic saloons in DC/NYC and some Grad school programs nowadays.

    I’ll stick with my Mandarin Chinese :-)

  4. Oh, I remember the Clintonspeak or Clintonese. The memories of trying to explain to children what the president was guilty of. We all lost our innocence with the stained blue dress and the realization that the president had no moral compass. Those were the days.

    Mr. Clinton turned Mr. Cheney’s words around. He didn’t say she did a good job. He said she was more competent than Obama…and that’s not saying much. I’m not so sure America can make it through another Alinskyite. Her politics aren’t any different from Obama’s. I believe she has done a good job of shaming this country with her treatment of Israel and her appeasement of Islamic leaders who would have no compunction about putting her in a burka.

      • Guess I should speak for myself. I expect the president of the United States to have enough moral fortitude to resist his vices while sitting in the oval office at the resolute desk. Just shows how much respect he had for the office and the people who elected him to that office. He’s nothing more than a lecherous old man who corrupted a young women.

  5. MrsClinton as President and the mister as First Dude. Hmm. Oh, heck, MrClinton could be the VP candidate.
    That would make an interesting two-fer.

  6. Plllllllllleeeeeeeeeezzzzzzzzzzzz! A clean broom sweeps clean. Come 14 months from now, I say throw all of the bums out and reestablish ourselves as a solvent, respectable nation. And let’s throw Obamacare out with them. Chicago can have them all back.

  7. Thanks for the Clintonspeak lesson! Looking at reviews of Hillary’s thesis, it sounds like typical liberal, anti-war speak of the day (1969) (I know, I was a junior at university at the time). I hope she doesn’t run….no improvement. The only way to get rid of the Alinskyite is to soundly defeat him. I’m afraid it will take years to recover. The damage this administration has accomplished is reprehensible!

  8. When the good old boys of the Democratic party gathered at Porky’s to plan their assault on the White House in the election of 2008, the table was covered with Empty shot glasses, overflowing ashtrays, peanut shells and damp napkins bleeding ink from previous plans for a Democrat to win the nomination and become the 44Th President. A wise man in the bathroom asked the guests why don’t you put Hillary/Obama on the ticket? Hillary for eight, then Obama for eight? The guest replied, “we don’t care what you think, we don’t want a HillaryBilly in Charge..

    My apologies to Hillbillies everywhere.. That was just plain insensitive.

  9. At the top of the page on attack watch is a “search for attack” search box. How is that supposed to work? You’re supposed to just pull something verbatim out of the air?

  10. Is this just another right wing website? Between all the shows on AM radio and FOX, there is not much mainstream left and mainstream means what the majority of Americans think. Cut the majority out and you get a loss in 2012. Keep it up and Obama will will win another landslide.

  11. So.. The Big (Rapist) Dog leaves the door open for his mudflap cleaning wife to try for the top slot. Who’s that on the horizon? Chelsea, the ugly blockhead daughter of Rapy and Slurpee, that’s who. Hillary Roddin’em Clinton needs to go hook up with Janet Reno in her stinking pickup truck. They can spend the rest of their days together, massaging each others smelly spots and reminiscing about the 1960’s.