Since the election there have been stories about Hillary Clinton having an emotional meltdown after losing the election. Rumors of crying jags and reports of finger pointing reaffirm the image of Hillary as a bitter and vindictive woman who lusts after political power. The Clintons and their partners in the news media seem desperate to rehabilitate her image and portray her as “okay” after losing the election.
First there was an incident where Hillary and Bill allegedly bumped into Margot Gerster while hiking. It was a storybook moment. The poor woman was “heartbroken” about Hillary losing the election and lo and behold she meets Hillary in the woods two days after the election and all the warm fuzzies get reported in places like Vanity Fair.
“As we were leaving, I heard a bit of rustling coming towards me, and as I stepped into the clearing there she was, Hillary Clinton and Bill with their dogs doing exactly the same thing as I was,” Gerster writes in her post.
She goes on to say that after feeling “heartbroken” over this week’s election results, she was able to thank the Democratic presidential nominee for her work during the 2016 campaign.
“I got to hug her and talk to her and tell her that one of my most proudest moments as a mother was taking Phoebe with me to vote for her. She hugged me and thanked me and we exchanged some sweet pleasantries and then I let them continue their walk.”
Later other photos of Clinton and Gerster came to light suggesting they know each other. That doesn’t prove the photo opp was a premeditated set up but the Clintons are nothing if not political opportunists and they know how to use things like this to their advantage. They also know that the left wing media will help them do it.
Today another chance yet emotional encounter posted on Facebook made it into the newspapers. This time it was with Rhode Island bookstore employee Jessica Wick.
I listened to her concession speech with two of my co-workers and we cried; how in that same spot customers and employees have talked about her with regret and hope. I’d have liked to tell her something which encompasses the sadness I feel that she did not win, but somehow tell her that in a way which didn’t rub salt in any wounds. I’d have liked to give her something.
You did give her something—earned media.
Social media has made this much easier for team Clinton to accomplish in recent years, but some of you are probably old enough to know that media fakery has long been part of the Clinton playbook, especially when it comes to creating sympathetic personal narratives.
You may remember when press photographers “caught” Bill and Hillary Clinton dancing (to no music) on a secluded beach in the Virgin Islands in 1998. National Review’s Kate O’Beirne (here quoted by Newsbusters) wrote in 2005 about the allegedly candid photo.
A single memorable photograph from Hillary’s years in the public spotlight illustrates the intimidating determination that marks her political ambitions. It was early January of 1998, and her husband was preparing for his deposition in Paula Jones’s sexual-harassment suit. During their New Year’s vacation in the Virgin Islands, the presidential couple were “caught” dancing together on the beach. In Bill’s arms, Hillary gazed lovingly at her affectionate husband, her 50-year-old body revealed in all its bathing-suited glory. Most middle-aged women dread leaving a dressing room in a bathing suit, yet Hillary readily posed for a photo bound to grace front pages around the world. It was a perfect façade of normal matrimony, and succeeded brilliantly in distracting attention from the Jones suit. I remember thinking, “Wow, it’s true that she will do absolutely anything for the sake of political survival.” In the months ahead, after Monica Lewinsky had been exposed as Bill’s latest paramour, Hillary would endure even greater public indignities. But she stuck with her husband—and, in the end, she had her reward: a seat in the Senate.
You may also remember Bill Clinton at the funeral for his Commerce Secretary Ron Brown, laughing uproariously but immediately finding tears when he spotted the camera pointed at him. Then there was the time Bill arranged stones on a Normandy beach into a cross when he supposedly didn’t know there were cameras around.
The post-election campaign to make Hillary look like a warm human being seems a little desperate, and a little odd if you believe she now has no political future. However there has been talk of Chelsea Clinton running for public office. Maybe that’s why it is important that the Clintons still be portrayed as genuine. Whatever the reason, it looks as bogus as ever.
Everything about the Clintons is fake except their desire to accumulate wealth and power. Whether it is cleverly staged photo opportunities or phony charitable foundations, building a facade of altruism and genuine human emotion to mask their true motives seems to be a family tradition.