October 21, 2007

Why can't Hillary Clinton be more like Ellen DeGeneres?

Well, I see the new idea for knocking down Hillary Clinton is about how she got rid of Socks the Cat. I guess that was sometime after she sent Buddy the Dog to run out in the road to get squashed by a car. Mean, mean woman. Where is her heart?

It was a good week to attack a woman over her insufficient love of pet animals, because we just saw Ellen DeGeneres emote over the repossession of a pet dog that she'd adopted and then passed on to someone else.



Now, there's a woman whose love and empathy radiates out with the full heat of daytime television.

Ah, but both women palmed off an unwanted pet to someone else.

So, Hillary, just go on the Ellen show — if Ellen ever manages to stop the tears and broadcast again — and cry about how terribly much you loved Socks and have Ellen help you explain why love is what makes you get rid of the pet. Then you can get back to telling us how you're going to bring the womanosity to the presidency.

UPDATE: Andrew Sullivan really needs to make some effort to understand my sense of humor before posting another inane attack on me. I already gave him The Andrew Sullivan Award (for humor deafness) that one time. Get a damn clue, man.

51 comments:

Maxine Weiss said...

Who got rid of Ramona, the cat?

Trooper York said...

Going back to another thread, Senator Clinton got rid of Socks when she found out that she was a conservative.

George said...

There's no people like show people
They smile when they are low!!

What would Ethel Merman say....

rhhardin said...

When Buddy was run over by a car, the Clintons issued a statement :

We are deeply saddened by Buddy's death. He was a loyal companion, and brought us much joy. He will truly be missed.

which is about what they said about Vince Foster, as Imus said.

Jan 3, 2002 audio file date.

Trooper York said...

Buddy was killed because he was a black Lab who knew too much. Most of the black's in the inner circle around the Clinton's died in mysterious circumstances (See Ron Brown). Lani Guinier definitely dodged a bullet with that one.

rhhardin said...

John & Ken (KFI Los Angeles) had an amusing hour on Ellen's Dog.

Click the 5PM hour on October 18 here .

vet66 said...

I'm not feeling the love from either of these two women. But then I am worse than a pet, I am a MAN!

Randal Rogers (I. Ronin) said...

I get a kick out of both of these stories. Sox went to live with Betty Currie because Buddy kept trying to turn Sox into a chew toy and it was one or the other. ("You wanted the damned dog" was probably something Bill heard said more than once in the White House.) Besides, Sox was Chelsea's cat not Hillary's cat, and Chelsea was a "big girl" when her parents left the White House and could have taken Sox to live with her, wherever that was. But she obviously didn't want to, so it was better for Sox to go live with Betty Currie than end up being the reason Buddy didn't have an appetite for dinner. As for Buddy's subsequent demise, it is a bit hard to pin on either of them because they were both away when an employee accidentally let the dog out. (Why does the woman of the house always gets blamed for these things?)

As for DeGeneres, her tears may be genuine, but she knew the adoption rules and signed the contract. It really is too bad that she didn't contact the agency before she transferred the dog. They probably would have gone along with it. Instead, she obviously figured the rules were "for other people." Her actions caused a lot of hurt for the family she improperly gave it to and the people in the organization she bad-mouthed day-after-day on national television.

john said...

I think the point is not that Hillary is heartless, but that she is sympathetic and caring or heartless depending on the polling and visibility.

Maybe if sincerity were ranked highly in the polls she could fake that too.(hat tip to Samuel Goldwyn).

Trooper York said...

What will be the fallout when Angelina and Brad give their hairdresser one of the tykes they adopted who suddenly became a burden? Will there be the same uproar? Enquiring minds want to know.
(Access Hollywood 2007)

blogging cockroach said...

do you think any of these people would adopt me...
much as i value my independence
i do want to be taken care of
and hillary has shown me nothing
nothing i tell you when it comes to
protecting and caring for the cockroach population

show me a pro-cockroach candidate
that i can really get behind
because i certainly don't want to be in front
where they can step on me

Maxine Weiss said...

Althouse was born in Rhode Island, right?

http://www.wlbz2.com/news/watercooler/article.aspx?storyid=72903

(God Bless Rhode Island --- I just love a good drive-thru Dunkin Donuts ! )

PatCA said...

I guess neither Ellen nor Hillary believe their own lectures...er, principles: that animals are adopted, not acquired.

Stars--they're just like us!

SMGalbraith said...

Dick Morris (I know, I know) says that Bill Clinton never once played with or petted Buddy. It was all image. He just ignored the dog when no cameras were around.

Like I said, Dick Morris, okay?

Ugh, for me of all of the allegations against Clinton, this one is the most damning.

Okay, Vince might disagree.

SMG

Enlighten-NewJersey said...

Anybody remember First Lady Hillary Clinton musing aloud to the press about adopting a child? That was right about the time she was going before a grand jury over the Whitewater affair.

Randal Rogers (I. Ronin) said...

Since Buddy wasn't born until 1997 and Morris was persona non grata by then, it is highly unlikely that Dick Morris would know anything at all about that subject. Dick Morris does know how to get people to repeat his talking points, give him credit for it, and help him maintain the lifestyle to which he has become accustomed despite the fact that his abysmal track record of political prognostication and idiotic twaddle such as this.

SMGalbraith said...

his abysmal track record of political prognostication and idiotic twaddle such as this.

He's little more than a political gossip promoter.

Hell, my guess is that he advised Clinton to adopt the dog. "Just get a dog, you won't have to mess around with him. Just for photo ops. Folks will love it!"

His best advice (not original admittedly) was to continually "feed the White House press". Propose a program every couple of days (school uniforms anyone?), give interviews on it and keep the press from reporting on issues they want to cover. If you don't feed them, they'll find something to chew on.

Smart.

SMG

Trooper York said...

Actually I thought it was Bill that wanted to adopt a Korean girl, but Woody Allen beat him to it.

blogging cockroach said...

ooh a lowblow twofer trooper

Randal Rogers (I. Ronin) said...

SM Galbraith: That last part is certainly true. After I posted my earlier comment, I was afraid it looked like I was directing AT you so I'm glad to see you realized it was ABOUT him. I really can't comprehend how this guy stays on the TV and in the newspapers. His other claim to fame is supposedly "triangulation." It seems to me that is just a fancy name for the time-honored tradition of getting the best compromise possible with all the tools available. Maybe I'm wrong because a lot of people act like as if he and Clinton invented the wheel or spun some sort of evil black magic.

David said...

If you give a damn about the dog, you set things up so it CAN"T go in the street. They did not give a damn about the dog.

Trooper York said...

Yes, I'm afraid the ref deducted a point on his scorecard for that.

Revenant said...

Getting rid of the cat doesn't seem bad to me. It isn't like she had it put down, after all -- she just gave it to someone else. Like the cat's going to care? Its a cat. So long as its new human can operate a can opener its all good.

Yeah, it does suggest that her "oh I love our pets so much" routine was bullshit, but come on, who didn't already know that?

Maxine Weiss said...

Was it the same woman that got rid of Ramona--the cat, who also chopped off her hair?

I imagine her kids must feel very cut-off !

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Trooper York said...

To get back to the original question:” Why can't Hillary Clinton be more like Ellen Degeneres?“
The answer: It’s impossible because Anne Heche currently is only doing dudes.
(Maxim Magazine 2007)

Maxine Weiss said...

Should a woman who doesn't like pets--a woman who actively brags about not liking pets....

...be scolding someone else for not liking pets?

Love, Maxine

hdhouse said...

Bringing Dick Morris into this discussion should make every female dog duck and cover...

SMGalbraith said...

Bringing Dick Morris into this discussion should make every female dog duck and cover...

Or at least hide their paws.

(rimshot)

SMG

Trooper York said...

Did you know that spell check changes Ellen Degeneres' name to Ellen Degeneracy? Is this a political statement or some sort of cosmic joke. It certainly makes it impossible to get your comment right on the first couple of attempts.

Palladian said...

So DeGeneres violated the terms of her contract with the pet adoption agency, used her money, power and fame to threaten (through her "agents") the agency for reclaiming the dog, cries on the air about the dog that she loved so much that she gave away, then basically sics her audience of irrational, emotionally crippled middle aged housewives on the agency, causing the owners to receive death threats.

Do we really want Hillary to be more like this? Can you imagine Hillary crying about anything? That's a positive in my book.

The pet agency should sue the pants-suit off of DeGeneres. She's off my list of favorite lesbians!

Trooper York said...

My list of favorite lesbians includes Susan Sarandon and Catherine Deneuve. But maybe I'm just hungry.

Ann Althouse said...

If you think I'm scolding Hillary, you don't understand the Althouse blog (and I am therefore scolding you).

Mortimer Brezny said...

Oooh yeah. I come here to get the Ann-scold. Yummy! Me no understandee, but me likee be scoldy!

Trooper York said...

I think it is quite unfair to intimate that Hillary does not extrude enough womanliness. She is the essence of woman. She secretes so much woman, she probably has to be hooked up to a womanosity bag to handle the excess.

Ralph said...

Bill was allergic to Socks--can we blame the cat for his straying? I didn't realize until after they'd died that the cats my sister pawned off on me when she went to grad school had made me ill for ten years.

Took me a minute to get the paw joke. If you remember, for some time Morris was kept sub rosa at the White House before that came out--do you doubt he was used that way after?

Ralph said...

That's a good picture of Socks at the press room podium. He kept a low public profile after 92 except for the odd contretemps with Buddy.

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rhhardin said...

Imus had a faux interview with Anne Heche (done by their news editor Christie) here.

Same woman did some splendid current events interviews as Lizzie Grubman, the PR firm head who ran down several restaurant patrons in a snit one night, here and here.

Imus will be returning as Mr. Rogers so you won't have to hear anything like that any more.

Glen Wishard said...

They have something else in common. Neither one of them thinks they should have to follow the same rules the little people do.

EDH said...

Ann,

Opening your page, I looked to the upper right where your picture usually appears. There, instead, I saw a picture of Imus.

I said to myself, girl, you've got to do something with your hair!

Then I saw your portrait immediately below. Whew!

Ann, some advertising just ain't worth it.

Buddy Larsen said...

Don Imus spelled backwards is Nod Sumi. Dick Morris is Kcid Sirrom. They could redo "Shanghai Noon" together, Kid Sirrom & Nod Sumi.

Mitch T said...

My cat says Socks is a pussy.

Trooper York said...

Liberal or conservative? Sweet or stinky? Elastic or inelastic? Pleae ask you cat to be more informative. We would all like to hear her view.

Shalom said...

Crucial difference:

Hillary is a talented politician.

Ellen Degeneres is living prooof that you don't need talent to be a famous comedian (or sleep with Portia De Rossi)

Synova said...

Do I have to watch the video clip?

I will NOT adopt any animal from pet adoption nazis. I've looked into it before and no amount of wanting to provide a home for an unwanted dog or cat will make me put up with dealing with these people. What they *want* is to adopt out the animal and have it too. Forever.

The stupid *ss policies they insist on probably drive more people to get puppies from "back-yard breeders" and more kittens from a box in front of the grocery store than any thing else today. And they feel so good about it!

It's not just home inspections and applications and treating every single person supplicating on their knees as a pet abuser... even the ones they *approve* can't be trusted to find a new home for the animal if something in their lives change and they can't keep it.

This is deranged cat lady syndrome all gussied up for company.

Do you know why deranged cat ladies end up with 30 cats in a one bedroom home? It's because THEY TRUST NO ONE ELSE to love those cats. They *can't* give them away because they *can't* give up responsibility for them.

Enter most pet adoption/rescue groups. They *can't* just give these animals to people because they *can't* believe that anyone will take care of them. Just like cat ladies. So they keep ownership and control of the animal while *pretending* to give it to a new (inspected, approved) home.

Bah... and don't get me started on people who think that pet owners have an *obligation* to provide many thousands of dollars of medical care to a pet... or not have one.

I prefer PETA. In comparison, they're honest.

Trooper York said...

Female Clown Barfly: I got one of them peanut butter pussys: it's brown, smooth and easy to spread.
(Shakes the Clown 1991)

Shaun said...

Uh, where's the Andrew Sullivan "attack." You blogosphere types are either speaking a secret language or just indulging in hyperbole. Or both.

east coast emigre said...

Let's get it straight: The Clintons gave Socks to Bettie Curry because Socks and Buddy did not get along.

Secondly, they gave Socks to BETTIE CURRIE - not an animal shelter.

Chelsea was on her way to Oxford when Bill left the White House. Would a trans-Atlantic flight and 6 months of quarantine have been a better choice for Socks?

And finally, why assume that Hillary alone made this decision?

OH, I get it - she's an easy target.

east coast emigre said...

Let's get it straight:

Socks and Buddy did not get along.

The Clintons gave Socks to Bettie Currie, not an animal shelter.

Chelsea left for Oxford at the end of Bill's term. Would a 7 hour trans-Atlantic flight and 6 months of quarantine been better for Socks?

Why assume Hillary made this decision alone?

OH, I get it. She's an easy target.