Sunday, January 26, 2020

When We Were Very Young…

“Every grand expotition starts with a first step.”

“Hillary” documentary about Hillary Rodham Clinton (2020)

The 4 hour (!) documentary on Hillary Clinton which premiered at Sundance covered her most excellent expotition.

You’ve come a long way, baby.

Look at you now: all growed up and kvetching like a pro at the Sundance Film Festival.

Yes, Hillary, the documentary, debuted at Sundance yesterday to raves by her rabid fans who couldn’t wait to hear their First Female President provide more excuses for why she didn’t really lose the election - Donald Trump and the Russians stole it. Nanette Burstein, director of the - yikes! - 4 hour documentary covering Hilz life from birth to  premature death, provided Hillary ample opportunity to continue her whining and explaining tour. Here’s the trailer if you’ve had plenty of coffee:

Never before has Hillary been such a sympathetic character, so vulnerable, so human – nah, I’m kidding, it’s the same old Hillary. According to the Salt Lake Tribune:

It’s a largely flattering portrait…the filmmaker said she is grateful for “how willing Secretary Clinton was to share her story on such an honest, human level, and give me the time and the trust. Not be worried about how I was going to put this together.”

“Largely flattering,” well there’s a surprise. But puh-leeze Nanette! When was the last time a Clinton was worried about what kind of publicity/coverage they were going to get from anyone in the entertainment/media complex? Until Trump came along they didn’t even know negative press existed.

Clinton made suggestions for people Burstein might want to interview, but Burstein decided who to talk to and who she would include in the film. The list includes Clinton’s husband; her daughter, Chelsea Clinton; a long list of friends and aides…

Oh stop it, for heavens sake.

and just one Republican opponent — former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) — in large part because, according to Burstein, most Republicans declined to be interviewed.

I said stop it.

Clinton said that, while doing the interviews, it was “humbling” to recognize that “I have to bear a lot of the responsibility” for [ed. - wait for it!] how she has been “mischaracterized and misperceived.”

Shoot me now. No wait…just kidding!

Clinton offers unflinching views of herself, her husband and her political opponents — including both Trump and Bernie Sanders.

She was a bit rough on poor old Bernie:

'He was in Congress for years. He had one senator support him,' Clinton says in the documentary. 'Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done. He was a career politician.

'It's all just baloney and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it,' she adds. 

Welcome to our world kiddo.

As for Trump,  she drew a parallel between him and, well, Hitler, of course.

“Historically, most authoritarians were elected to start with,” she said. “A guy wins — mostly, usually, always a guy — and then he takes over and then he starts manipulating the press. And then he starts manipulating what reality is. And then he starts undermining the rule of law.”

More projection: oddly, that applies more to the Democrat presidential candidate roster than it does President Trump. Glenn Reynolds points out how easy it is to fact check this allegation:

For such a beloved loser I must say the comments on every loving article written about Hillary’s biopic were  viscously negative (“How many people know 56 people who committed suicide?”). And even in our little town rag, the Park Record, Tom Clyde, the Saturday columnist and staunch anti-Trump liberal, had nothing good to say about the woman-who-would-be-king:

Hillary Clinton is here with a four-episode documentary for Hulu, looking back on her career, including past mistakes and regrets. Impressive as her resume is, nothing can make up for not campaigning in Michigan and Wisconsin, a strategic failure that may have been enough to get Trump elected. She won the popular vote by 3 million votes, and elected Trump because those 3 million were in the wrong place. She needed about 20,000 votes in the upper Midwest, and chose not to campaign there. Making a movie about it can’t make up for that. It’s over. How can we miss her if she won’t go away?

Don’t you hate it when people start blaming you for your own failure? Time to hang it up Hilz, once you were young and capable of sparring with the best, but now you are six.

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