Hillary Clinton's astroturfed grandparents

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None of us were surprised when the “plain folks” meeting Hillary Clinton on the trail turned out to be Democrat activists. That’s who she is. She doensn’t know anyone but Democrat operatives, or, put another way, the only people who will put up with this nasty self-aggrandizing baggage are Democrat operatives.

But now Hillary Clinton is branching out into Joe Biden country. Back in 1988, Joe Biden was forced to end his presidential bid when it was discovered that the tales he told of his hardscrabble coal-mining father were actually borrowed from stump speeches by British socialist Neil Kinnock and Biden’s father was a middle class professional.

Via Buzzfeed, this is Hillary’s speech (Trigger Warning: may cause involuntary gag reflex):

We are turning down people who really want to work. I mean they are here to work. And a lot of them now have children who are American citizens, and they are doing the best they can to try to make a good life for themselves and their families. And you know, I think if we were to just go around this room, there are a lot of immigrant stories. All my grandparents, you know, came over here and you know my grandfather went to work in lace mill in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and worked there until he retired at 65…

She traced her Methodism back to the Wesley brothers themselves, who converted her great grandparents in the small coal mining villages of Southern Wales. She immigrated with her family as a young girl to Scranton and went to work — very young ― in a silk mill, and then she met and married my grandfather,

Actually, Hillary’s grandmothers, both of them, were born in the United States as was one of her grandfathers. In fact, the one she mentions in the blockquote died in 1952 when she was just a few years older than Hillary is now.

How do Hillary’s handlers spin this:

“Her grandparents always spoke about the immigrant experience and, as a result she has always thought of them as immigrants,” a Clinton spokesman told BuzzFeed News. “As has been correctly pointed out, while her grandfather was an immigrant, it appears that Hillary’s grandmother was born shortly after her parents and siblings arrived in the U.S. in the early 1880s.”

Again, she had exactly one immigrant grandparent, he arrived as an English-speaking child, so it is doubtful there was a lot of family talk about the “immigrant experience” and certainly not enough to lead an incredibly credulous Hillary Rodham to think they had been immigrants.

This isn’t the first run-in Hillary has had with a mythological family history

[The Houston Chronicle, 1995]

Taking a weekend break from official duties on her Asian tour, the first lady escaped already-remote Katmandu and traveled two hours by prop plane, land rover and rowboat to the Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge.

Later, she got to meet Sir Edmund Hillary, the first person to reach Mount Everest’s summit in 1953.

Sir Edmund Hillary, a frequent visitor and benefactor of Nepal since his historic trek, had a brief Hillary-to-Hillary handshake at the Katmandu airport before Clinton departed Sunday for Bangladesh.

The first lady said her mother had read about the famous climber and knew his name had two L’s.

“So when I was born, she called me Hillary and she always told me, ‘It’s because of Sir Edmund Hillary,'” Hillary Clinton reported.

Hillary Clinton, it should be noted, was born October 26, 1947 and Sir Edmund Hillary made his first notable climb in January 1948. (As an aiside I use the Snopes.com account here to make a point. Snopes finds the claim false because Hillary’s mother might have heard of the famed New Zealand beekeeper even before he made noteworthy climbs and Hillary simply misspoke. This is a prime reason why you should never lose sight of the fact that Snopes.com is nothing but a bunch of Democrat shills on political issues.)

Like Biden’s Welsh coal miner father and [mc_name name=’Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’W000817′ ]’s high cheek-boned Cherokee princess grandma who may have eloped to be married in a church to escape RACISM, Democrats never seem quite happy with who they are. All three of these family fabulists were children of some privilege. They were raised in households of means. Both Warren and Clinton are products of Ivy League universities. One gets the feeling that they realize that they got where they are by a combination of chance and, in Hillary’s case, having sex with Bill Clinton. They know they have nothing in common with the average American in income, experience, education, or worldview. As a result they are constantly making up a family history in order to try to connect with normal people. And they keep failing.