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Politico fawns over Hillary Clinton’s bible reading

Politico fawns over Hillary Clinton’s bible reading

At least we know she can read?

I enjoy reading or hearing stories that humanize candidates. The story of Mitt Romney helping to remove a stump from a neighbor’s yard was a good one, or how the Perry family adopted Marcus Luttrell — also a heartwarming, warm fuzzy inducing tale. Even John McCain recounting his time as a POW was powerful stuff.

These stories provide insight into how candidates live beyond the flashy lights, teleprompter flanked podiums, and soundbites of the politisphere. They’re meaningful. In many ways, these stories explain a core part of who they are.

But that’s not the case with Politico’s latest slobberfest.

Thursday morning, Politico published a story called Every wedding should have a Hillary Clinton Bible reading.

Obvious disagreement with the premise aside, what are we supposed to take from this story? What does it say about Hillary? That we now have proof Mrs. Clinton can read?

You know you’re tight with the boss when she attends your wedding, but it’s a whole other level of closeness when she takes part in the ceremony. Such was the case this past weekend as Jake Sullivan, Hillary Clinton’s steadfast foreign policy adviser, married Maggie Goodlander on Saturday at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.

The Democratic presidential front-runner was on the program at the couple’s evening wedding, reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans, as the duo tied the knot at Battell Chapel on the Yale campus, where Goodlander attended law school and Sullivan has been teaching. (Clinton’s was a bigger role than that of U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power, who gave a toast at the couple’s barbecue rehearsal dinner the evening before, which was also attended by Bill Clinton.) Hillary Clinton, for her part, squeezed the wedding into a busy week of East Coast fundraisers that included stops in Greenwich, Rhode Island, Boston and D.C.

Aside from the gratuitous east coast status-dropping, are we to think Clinton is a peach for taking time out of her uber busy fundraising to read a passage of scripture at a wedding? Does this reiterate the Hillary’s devout faith mantra because, Bible?

Apparently so.

Clinton’s gesture signals the devotion she has to Sullivan, who political watchers say may be poised to become the youngest national security adviser in history should she take the White House in 2016. Sullivan, 38, was one of Clinton’s most trusted confidants when she served as secretary of state. Before starting his teaching post at Yale Law School last August, he was Vice President Joe Biden’s national security adviser. Goodlander, 28, is no stranger to politics either, having worked as a national security and foreign affairs adviser to Sen. Joe Lieberman.

Good stories go a long way in changing public perception of a candidate. This though? Better suited for the Beltway gossip columns.

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My guess is that Hillary interjected herself into the ceremony. When you have “Hillary” there, she has to be the center of attention. Forget the bride, right? If Obama went to a wedding, I’m sure the feeling would be the same.

My fiance and I asked Orrin Hatch to do the ring exchange ceremony at our upcoming wedding. Do you think Politico would write an article about what he says? Of course, they would probably spin it somehow.

    MattMusson in reply to Mr. Izz. | June 11, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    It is Complete!

    Bill and Hillary have become the Jim and Tammy Faye Bakkers of the 21st Century – ripping off the poor while claiming to save souls.

      Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to MattMusson. | June 11, 2015 at 5:51 pm

      Well maybe it was a “Satanic Bible.”…..with the :::cough cough::: reporting from Politico, you have to ask!

      Snark Snark

What was the text? I’m betting it wasn’t Romans 1:18-32, nor significant sections of chapters 3 or 6.

2nd Ammendment Mother | June 11, 2015 at 4:01 pm

But if Cruz, Perry, Walker and company did the same favor for friends at a Christian heterosexual wedding…. OTHER!

Bitterlyclinging | June 11, 2015 at 4:06 pm

Ms Clinton to Tyrone Wood’s father on the tarmac at Dover, Delaware waiting for Tyrone Wood’s casket to be offloaded from the plane bringing the bodies of the four slain Benghazi victims back to the United States.
‘We will get this person who created this obscene video that resulted in the death of your son”
She knew full well who was responsible then.
The United States is just one Reichstag Fire moment away from a full blown dictatorship.

Henry Hawkins | June 11, 2015 at 4:18 pm

Politico fawns over Hillary Clinton


    Estragon in reply to Henry Hawkins. | June 12, 2015 at 12:25 am

    Self-preservation. Politico could not meet its payroll without the fees it collects from the White House and several other Executive agencies for a daily email news summary (mainly stolen from Drudge, of course, with a little more detail added to the links) for six figures EACH. They need Hillary to win and renew the subscriptions or they are likely out of business.

2nd Ammendment Mother | June 11, 2015 at 4:33 pm

Rubio is a spendthrift, but it took Clinton 4 years to pay off her 2008 campaign debt:

CNN – Jan 22, 2013
“8 months ago Hillary Clinton’s campaign debt finally paid off
Posted by CNN Political Research Director Robert Yoon

Washington (CNN) – More than four years after suspending her 2008 presidential bid, now-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has finally paid off her campaign debt.

Clinton’s presidential organization spent the final day of 2012 paying down the remaining debt, according to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission late Tuesday.

Clinton’s committee spent part of New Year’s Eve making three payments totaling $73,000 to the Democratic polling firm of Penn and Schoen. The campaign had once owed the firm $5.4 million, but had brought their account current by the time the clock struck midnight on December 31.

Clinton’s debt reached its peak in June 2008 shortly after the former New York senator suspended her campaign. At that point, her presidential committee owed $12 million to almost 500 creditors and $13.2 million to the candidate herself, who dipped into her personal funds to help finance her campaign.

Campaign finance laws forced Clinton to forgive the amount she loaned her committee because she was not able to repay the funds by a required deadline.

The campaign reported raising $158,000 in the final quarter of 2012 and started 2013 with $205,000, which can be used for any future bids for federal office.

A federal law known as the Hatch Act prohibited Clinton and other federal government employees from personally soliciting or accepting political contributions. The law does allow others to raise funds on Clinton’s behalf, without her direct involvement. Former President Bill Clinton periodically sent out fundraising appeals to his wife’s campaign email list to help retire her debt.”

Wait, wait…

I thought believing in a sky faerie was a trait of evil, knuckle-dragging, swarmp-dwelling, in-bred Tealiban types.

I wonder if Hellary used one of her various “southern” dialects for her reading..??? May her Baptist hum…???

    Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to Ragspierre. | June 11, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    She can try to do a “Southern” accent, but she still sounds like a nasal, Chicago gangster – born and bred her whole upbringing in Chicago!

    She has tried to “graft” herself onto the South, but has been rejected every time!


Henry Hawkins | June 11, 2015 at 4:47 pm

Did the Bible burst into flames?

How much did they have to pay her?

At $200,000 for a 30-minute speech, a Bible reading (~5-10 minutes) should cost about $30-50k, right?

Maybe a little extra for hazard pay, in case the Bible bursts into flames (thanks for that image, Henry Hawkins!) or lightning strikes from on high? 😉

This, I believe, is more of a testament to the love and graciousness of God, who when Hillary read the scriptures, did NOT make fire and brimstone to rain down upon that old snake and reduce her to a smoking pile of ash, even as she spake the His Holy Word.

Thus saith, and alla that …

Sammy Finkelman | June 11, 2015 at 9:51 pm

I was at a (Hgh school graduation) speech Hillary Clinton gave in June, 2000 in which she misquoted the Bible. (she had covered herelf, on case she was caught, by claiming to have found it in the Bible herself.)

She also dropped into the public record that she had vsited the home of a friend after she died (this would have been Diane D. Blair, and she probably purged some records)

Sammy Finkelman | June 11, 2015 at 9:53 pm

Clinton’s gesture signals the devotion she has to Sullivan, who political watchers say may be poised to become the youngest national security adviser in history should she take the White House in 2016. Sullivan, 38, was one of Clinton’s most trusted confidants when she served as secretary of state.

There’s something about the Clintons. They don’t trust anybody between about 3 or 4 and 15 years younger than them. They skip a whole decade and more.

Sammy Finkelman | June 11, 2015 at 9:58 pm

Bill (and I suppose Hillary) were also heavily involved in the wedding of Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin, whom they put together, and Bill Clinton even “married” them, even though he had no legal power to do so, not being aminister or a civil servant.