Skip to comments.Hillary's Hypnotic Hold Over Men
Posted on 05/17/2008 7:42:28 PM PDT by Richard Poe
|by Richard Lawrence Poe
Saturday, May 17, 2008
HILLARY CAN still win the Democratic nomination, provided the superdelegates vote for her. I think they will. Over 60 percent are men, and men cannot resist Hillary.
Granted, Hillary is no spring chicken. Her fleshly allure has diminished over time. But Hillary has other ways of bending men to her will.
Consider her effect upon journalist David Brock. A ruthless political dirt-digger for the right, Brock nearly toppled the Clinton White House. His Troopergate story in the American Spectator triggered the Paula Jones lawsuit, leading to Bill Clinton's impeachment. Yet, when Brock trained his sights on Hillary, he suddenly went soft.
In 1994, the Free Press awarded Brock a million-dollar advance to write a Hillary exposé. Brock slowly fell under Hillary's spell, as he wrote. In Brock's words, he began to "sympathize with the trials and tribulations she faced, and even to see a kind of beauty" in her soul. "In finding Hillary Clintons humanity, I was beginning to find my own", he later wrote.
Released in October 1996, The Seduction of Hillary Rodham turned out to be a whitewash, portraying Hillary as an idealist saddled with an unworthy husband.
Brock didn't stop there. He publicly renounced conservatism in the July 1997 Esquire. Then he wrote a book smearing his former conservative friends and colleagues as crooks, liars, drunkards, dopers, philanderers, closet homosexuals and "right-wing fag hags", in Brock's memorable phrase.
Hillary knows how to return a favor. In 2003, she set up her own personal think tank, the Center for American Progress, with $3 million from Wall Street billionaire George Soros. One of the Center's first priorities was to give David Brock a job.
Hillary's Center helped launch Media Matters for America, an activist group dedicated to fighting conservative influence in the media. Brock was put in charge of it. Hillary's former enemy had become her lapdog. Such is the power of Hillary's charm.
Hillary worked a similar transformation on Richard Mellon Scaife. During the 1990s, the Pittsburgh philanthropist and newspaper publisher spent millions trying to expose Clinton wrongdoing through lawsuits and grants to journalists. Time magazine dubbed Scaife "king of the Clinton haters".
Those days are over. Following a March 25 meeting this year with Senator Clinton, Scaife wrote in his newspaper, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, that the meeting had "changed my mind about her".
In an April 20 editorial, Scaife's Tribune-Review endorsed Hillary for president.
Hillary's most impressive conquest to date is Rupert Murdoch, whose $60-billion media empire encompasses Fox News and the New York Post. When Hillary ran for reelection to the Senate in 2006, Murdoch stunned New Yorkers by endorsing her, even holding a Hillary fundraiser at his headquarters in Manhattan.
Fox News has become Hillary's favorite network. Her campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe praised Fox in a May 13 interview on Fox & Friends. McAuliffe complained that "90 percent" of mainstream media favored Obama. By contrast, he noted gratefully, "Fox has been one of the most responsible in this presidential campaign".
What is Hillary's secret? By what alchemy does she transform bitter enemies into loyal operatives? Cynics might argue that Hillary employs methods more forceful than her winning personality.
They might note, for instance, that the last Clinton administration sicced the Federal Communications Commission on Murdoch, nearly putting his Fox Network out of business. At age 77, Murdoch may no longer have the stomach for that sort of fight.
Dick Scaife likewise felt the Clintons' wrath. From 1993 to 1997, he gave $1.8 million to the American Spectator to fund investigative reportage on the Clintons. Such grants are perfectly legal, yet the Clinton Justice Department subjected Scaife and the American Spectator to a 14-month criminal investigation. No prosecutions resulted, but Clinton critics felt the chill.
The American Spectator had already suffered years of harassment, including several suspicious break-ins. Founder and editor-in-chief Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. later wrote, "The pressure was enormous. [David] Brock was the earliest to crack under the strain."
Plainly, Hillary's enemies-turned-friends have other possible motives for switching sides than mere puppy-dog infatuation. In fact, they have every reason to fear Mrs. Clinton. Staying on her good side may be a matter of simple survival for them.
This brings us back to the superdelegates. Most are leaning toward Obama, at this point. But convention rules allow them to change their minds right up till the end.
However she managed it, Hillary did get Rupert Murdoch and Richard Mellon Scaife to join her team. Persuading the superdelegates seems a small task by comparison.
|Richard Lawrence Poe is a contributing editor to Newsmax, an award-winning journalist and a New York Times bestselling author. His latest book is The Shadow Party: How George Soros, Hillary Clinton and Sixties Radicals Siezed Control of the Democratic Party, co-written with David Horowitz.|
If anything deserves a barf alert, this is it.
Can they really be considered men?
The Clintons are undoubtedly extremely nasty, but... “hypnotic”? I don’t think so. That’s a redefinition that doesn’t quite approach “is”, but “is” moving in that direction.
you need to beam back up to your mother ship
for further instructions.
Musta gave ‘em a glimpse of the mementos she keeps in that lock-box.
Hillary is a strange bird.
She’s like a crook who says “now you be still while I pick your pocket”, and the hutzpah and unmitigated gall paralyze your normal reactions so you stand there while it happens.
That said, it is very powerful men who succumb to her alien persona, or very weak men who hope some of her perceived power will rub off on them.
The “everyday” men who make this country work, as Rush describes them, can’t stand Hillary and are immune to her compelling strangeness.
Hillary has control over men who wear eyeglasses that turn up at the corners, or have some tortoise shell thing going.
Men have compassion towards a woman in stress.
Of course the jury is out on whether the Hildabeast is actually a woman or not.
That's as far as I could read.
That is not how I remember it. Brock, who is a homosexual, fell hard for another boy on Hillary's staff. Whether, Hillary pimped her staffer out on Brock is a matter I would leave to PMSNBC pretty boy David Shuster, who would seemed qualified to sniff that story out for more than one reason.
“Hillary’s Hypnotic Hold Over Men”
I’m thinking it’s more a “deer caught in the headlights before getting hit by a 4X4” look than hypnotic.
That's how she gets everything done. Bill only gets to peer inside the box and visit with his once in a great while, and he knows that he will never get them back.
I can think of three explanations.
1. She has amazing, hypnotic personal charisma. You don’t necessarily see that from photos or TV, until you meet someone with that quallity in person. I once was introduced to Adlai Stevenson at the club tennis courts—not someone I would have thought charismatic from photos or speeches—and he absolutely shone with brilliant light from twenty feet away. I imagine bill clinton probably has such charisma, but hillary—no.
2. She makes them offers they can’t refuse. This was the case when she was in power, or when she threatened to get back into power. As long as there’s the smallest chance she might conceivably get back into the White House, no one dared to cross her.
3. She buys people. The clintons have billions stashed away. That may yet be the tool that will help them win.
Please tell me you didn't misspell "seized" in the actual book title.
Oh my. How embarrassing. Thankfully, it is spelled correctly on the book cover. The mistake appears only on my Web site, from which I copied this article.
Thanks for pointing it out!
Where’s that Hillary boa pic that FReepers are so fond of. ;^)
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