The worst condition Hillary Clinton suffers from isn’t pneumonia, it’s dishonesty

We never quite get the full picture of Hillary Clinton

By  Tim Stanley
The Telegraph
12 September 2016

It’s often not the crime that undoes a politician, it’s the attempted cover-up. In Hillary Clinton’s case there’s no real crime, of course – no one can fault her for falling ill yet still ploughing through her schedule.

On the contrary, it’s rather admirable. But what the world saw on Sunday as she fell into her car was deeply distressing. She was clearly unable to walk, propped up against a pillar and held steady by an aide. Her head wobbled, her knees buckled. And down she went.

This display of infirmity came at the very worst moment possible: a ceremony to commemorate the victims of 9/11. America feels vulnerable, it needs direction and strength.

The sight of Mrs Clinton’s fall suggests that she isn’t physically capable of providing either.

Campaign 2016 Hillary Clinton appears to faint during ‘medical episode’ Play! 00:41

Her supporters have rushed to remind us that other presidents were even frailer. Woodrow Wilson had a massive stroke while in office and his wife had to run the country. Grover Cleveland had oral cancer surgery in secret on what was billed as a fishing trip. And, besides, Clinton’s doctor says that all she has is pneumonia. Lesser mortals would’ve been in hospital being stuffed with antibiotics. Not our Hillary.

Ah, but if Clinton had told the world she had pneumonia earlier then either she could’ve legitimately sat out the weekend’s events, or at least we wouldn’t have been quite so shocked when she appeared unwell. No: Hillary refused to be straightforward. She lied. She was caught out. Hillary has been hoist by her own façade.

“Hillary refused to be straightforward. She lied. She was caught out. Hillary has been hoist by her own façade”

The string of deceptions surrounding Clinton’s health is reminiscent of her email problems, the Lewinsky affair, and a host of other challenges that the Clinton family has obfuscated its way through. Keen-eyed observers sensed there was something wrong when Mrs Clinton kept coughing in speeches and interviews. At first she laughed that off, called it a conspiracy theory.

Then she admitted that she had allergies – nothing serious. Then came the fall on 9/11. Suddenly she admitted that she had pneumonia. So this story isn’t just about health. It’s about integrity. Mrs Clinton has validated the suspicions of voters who think that she can’t help lying about everything. Is this why, they ask, she won’t talk to the press or allow them to follow her daily activities?

Campaign 2016  Clinton tells press she’s feeling ‘great’ after appearing to faint Play! 01:05

What does this mean for the race? In a normal election, one might predict a sudden shift in the polls. When electing a president, Americans are looking for someone who can discharge the duties of the office to the best of their ability – and Clinton doesn’t look like she can do that.

But when the only alternative is Trump, anti-Trump sentiment might bolster the Democratic ticket. Some voters might actually rally in sympathy. It depends on how the Clinton team handles it. Recall that Reagan was dubbed old and tired in 1984, yet he laughed it off brilliantly. Mrs Clinton is going to have to somehow “own” her pneumonia.

The story speaks to why the race is so close. Clinton is a bad candidate. She clearly thought that she could just walk this campaign, that Trump’s negative ratings would put her in the White House. Say nothing. Have no big agenda. Just avoid the press and focus on fundraising and speeches attacking her opponent. But that wasn’t enough.

At the first stumble, confidence will drain away. And Trump’s egomania alternative is nothing if not vital and vigorous.


Clinton’s campaign is going to great lengths to quash any talk that she won’t fully bounce back.




Former DNC chairman calls for Clinton contingency plan

It’s extremely unlikely Democrats will have to change the ticket. But even some Clinton allies say there should be a clearer process.

By KYLE CHENEY 09/12/16 04:02 PM EDT Updated 09/12/16 06:01 PM EDT


A former Democratic National Committee chairman says President Barack Obama and the party’s congressional leaders should immediately come up with a process to identify a potential successor candidate for Hillary Clinton for the off-chance a health emergency forces her out of the race.

“Now is the time for all good political leaders to come to the aid of their party,” said Don Fowler, who helmed the DNC from 1995 to 1997, during Bill Clinton’s presidency, and has backed Hillary Clinton since her 2008 presidential bid. “I think the plan should be developed by 6 o’clock this afternoon.”

Fowler said he expects Clinton to fully recover from her bout with pneumonia, which forced her to leave a Sept. 11 memorial event early and cancel an early-week fundraising swing. But he said the Democratic Party would be mistaken to proceed without a contingency plan. The party’s existing rules empower the DNC to name a replacement candidate but include few guidelines or parameters.

“It’s something you would be a fool not to prepare for,” he said in an interview on Monday. He added a note of caution, should Clinton attempt an expeditious return to the campaign trail.

“She better get well before she gets back out there because if she gets back out there too soon, it might happen again,” he said.

Fowler noted that at one of his first-ever DNC meetings, in 1972, he supported a decision to nominate Sargent Shriver — a member of the Kennedy clan — to replace Thomas Eagleton as George McGovern’s vice presidential nominee, the only time either major party has replaced one of its two national nominees.

Though that transition was relatively seamless, he said, replacing Clinton would be much more acrimonious and could lead to intense lobbying by loyalists to Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. That’s why, he argued, the party should be prepared.

“This is a different time, with a lot more people who like to express themselves and perhaps wrest control,” he said. “I’m sure some of the Sanders people would want to get into play and some of the Biden people. I think you’re likely to have at least discussions and perhaps controversy.”

The Clinton campaign and DNC did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Interim DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile said Sunday that she’s glad Clinton appeared to be feeling better and looks forward to “seeing her back out on the campaign trail and continuing on the path to victory.”

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, who served as general chairman of the DNC during the 2000 election, agreed that the party’s vacancy rules should be modernized, but he said that discussion should wait until after the election.

“There is absolutely no chance Hillary Clinton will withdraw from running for the presidency,” he said in a phone interview.

Rendell, a Clinton surrogate, said he’d battled through three bouts of walking pneumonia in his gubernatorial campaigns and called it a common ailment during grueling bids for office. He added that Clinton is likely to put to rest any concerns about her health when she appears alongside Trump at the debates.

“When Hillary Clinton participates in three debates, stands on her feet for 90 minutes in all of those debates … it will dispel any remaining doubts that any Americans have about her physical fitness to serve,” he said.

Rendell noted that Ronald Reagan appeared unsteady in his first debate against Walter Mondale in 1984, and some speculated about his health at the time. But by the second debate, he had bounced back.
“He performed 100 percent, was at the top of his game,” Rendell recalled, suggesting the second debate erased all memory of his first performance. Reagan went on to win that year in a landslide.

There are still plenty of unknowns about Clinton’s bout with pneumonia, following her near-collapse after leaving Sunday’s Sept. 11 memorial service in New York City. But if her ailment were to persist and prevent Clinton from continuing as a candidate, it would trigger an obscure Democratic Party mechanism that would plunge the presidential race into turmoil.

It’s an extremely unlikely scenario; Clinton’s team says she’ll continue her march toward Election Day later this week. In addition, the campaign plans to make more detailed medical records available soon, a spokesman announced Monday morning.

Clinton campaign says it will release more medical records

But just as Trump’s late-summer swoon had Republicans wondering about his ability to continue his campaign, Clinton’s sudden health care scare has skittish Democrats contemplating contingencies as well.

If Clinton could not physically continue her candidacy, she would have to voluntarily cede her nomination, creating a vacancy at the top of the national ticket. If she did, party procedures give the chair of the DNC authority to call a “special meeting” to vote on a replacement nominee. In this case, because chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned in July, her successor, Brazile, has that authority.

“The locus of activity for all of those political questions would then move to the 447 members of the Democratic National Committee,” said Elaine Kamarck, a two-decade veteran of the DNC Rules Committee. “And it’s wide open, and all of the political concern would work out in the context of discussions among the members of the DNC.”

Fowler argued that the party would be wise to immediately set up an even more detailed process for those who might seek to be Clinton’s successor — from a signature-gathering requirement to a process for receiving nominations during the DNC meeting. All of which, he said, would help ensure confidence in the process and lead toward a broad coalescing around a successor candidate.

“There should be a concerted, unified effort on behalf of the president and the Democratic leaders in the House and the Senate and from the officials of the DNC as well — I think unanimity would be absolutely critical,” he said. “The quicker that unanimity develops, the easier and better the process.”

Kamarck noted that the process hasn’t changed in the decades since Eagleton was replaced over mental health concerns. But Fowler said the politics surrounding the top of the ticket would be more intense — and he noted that any change would occur a few weeks later in the campaign season than the switch in 1972. It would likely take two to three weeks to convene the DNC for a special meeting, he said, and intense wrangling could be paralyzing.

Though typically DNC rules permit members to appoint proxies to vote for them if they can’t appear in person, it’s prohibited when voting “to fill a vacancy on the National ticket,” per the party’s bylaws.

Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attends the September 11 Commemoration Ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum on September 11, in New York City.

Similarly, though only 40 percent of DNC members are typically required to be present at meetings — with another 10 percent voting by proxy — a vote to replace a national nominee requires a majority of the full committee present.

Another challenge: Most states have passed the deadline to change the names of candidates on their ballots, meaning Clinton’s name would likely be required to appear, short of court-ordered solutions or changes in state laws.

Kamarck argues that this issue will be moot because it’s up to members of the Electoral College — typically loyal partisans — to cast formal ballots for president. If a replacement for Clinton were offered, those electors in states won by Democrats would almost certainly cast ballots for the party’s preferred nominee.

Still, Clinton’s campaign is going to great lengths to quash any talk that she won’t fully bounce back.

“I think by the middle of the week she’ll be out there campaigning as aggressively as ever,” Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon said on Monday.

CLARIFICATION: The first sentence has been clarified to reflect that Fowler is calling for a process to identify a potential successor, not that he is calling for that potential successor to be immediately identified.
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