February 16th, 2014
09:10 AM ET
4 years ago

Inside Politics: Hillary's interpretation of the 'Roosevelt Rule'

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton's office had nothing to say this past week as GOP Sen. Rand Paul escalated his attacks on Bill Clinton's character and newly discovered diaries of a dear old friend offered glimpses of an angry and vengeful Mrs. Clinton during her husband's presidency.

But don’t for a second believe that no direct response means no response.

Thursday, as schools were closed and events were canceled from Georgia to New England, Clinton went ahead with an event featuring her daughter, Chelsea, and Melinda Gates to spotlight global efforts to help women and girls.

No mention of the Diane Blair papers. No mention of Paul's salvos.

Instead, Clinton explained what we shall call the Roosevelt Rule.

"One of the best pieces of advice I've ever heard is from Eleanor Roosevelt in the 1920s who said that women in politics or public roles should grow skin like a rhinoceros," Clinton said. "I think there's some truth to that."

Judgment Day - A jury of his peers: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has ignored calls from newspapers back home and a few predictable conservative critics who say he should step down as chairman of the Republican Governors Association because of what we now shorthand as Bridgegate.
He says he can handle the important 2014 political job while dealing with investigations he says will clear him of any wrongdoing.

So far, it's a mixed verdict. The Christie fund-raising numbers are good; some candidates, though, are shying away from public appearances.

But CNN’s Peter Hamby smartly notes an important test in the coming week: Christie meets with fellow GOP governors who are members of the RGA leadership. Some don't like him, others see him as a potential 2016 rivals.

But, in any event, it is a true jury of his peers and if Christie emerges from the meetings in good shape it will give him at least a bit of a boost.

Judgment Day 2: A jury of his skeptics: Maeve Reston makes an important point this week: while Christie's overall poll numbers are down of late, his standing among core conservatives is actually up a bit.

And the timing is golden: Christie in early March addresses the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. He wasn’t invited last year - many at this gathering of the social and economic right see Christie as more moderate than conservative.

He says the record proves otherwise. In any event, it is a great chance for Christie to make some converts. Conservative distrust of the mainstream media has created some sympathy in an audience, that as Maeve puts it, politely I might add, "has been very cool to him."

Retribution: Planet C-SPAN vs. Planet Netflix: “House of Cards” is a fictional portrayal of hardball politics. Retribution in the real world doesn’t involve body bags.

No, in the C-SPAN - not Netflix - universe, talk of retribution centers on primary challenges, committee assignments or fund-raising droughts. But one of the new rules of politics is the old rules don’t always apply, so it's a less predictable environment.

Speaker John Boehner and Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell, for example, no doubt would like to send a little payback to the tea party and other conservative members who have given them fits, most recently in the debt ceiling debate

As Robert Costa points out on “Inside Politics” this week, McConnell is "furious" at Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for forcing a 60-vote threshold to raise the debt ceiling.

What can or will McConnell do? Worth watching.

First, though, see if the GOP base in key presidential primary and caucus states celebrates or frowns at Cruz for putting his Senate leader in such a bind. Cruz is off to Iowa in March and New Hampshire in April.

Also watch to see if the restless right can follow through: conservatives like Red State's Erick Erickson urge primary challenges against any Republican who helped the debt measure get to the President's desk.

It's tough talk. But just talk unless conservatives at the grassroots level go to the polls and deliver punishment.

Call It the 'Deal Effect': There's snow three days away, prepare for your governor to declare a state of emergency.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal acknowledges a lousy state response to a snowstorm a few weeks back. Since then, Republicans say his poll standing has tanked and, while it is only February, they are worried not only about the 2014 governor's race but that it could hurt GOP chances in a critical Senate race there.
Again, way too soon to tell but worth watching.

But worth watching now is how other governors get the message: A week or so after the Georgia debacle, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback declared a state of emergency and shut things down well before the first snowflake.

And this past week, no fewer than eight governors issued emergency decrees well before the storms crossed their borders. If you think your governor got it right, Georgia's embattled chief executive might deserve a bit of the credit.

Filed under: Chris Christie • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (90 Responses)
  1. Shun the Nonbeliever, SHUNNNNN

    Looks like clinton is gearing up to use the gender card to get elected lol.

    February 16, 2014 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  2. don in albuquerque


    You do realize that most of the things you stated as creating a socialist state are also attributive to the GOTP , with Ronnie Reagan heralding most of them. The only thing Alinsky left out was the need for perpetual war, which they are working quite diligently on. You do also realize that the "fat" times for this country were when the wealthy were taxed much heavier. The wealthy didn't seem to mind it so much then, in fact Col. Parker told his one client, Elvis Presley, that he as going to put him in the 90% tax bracket. Meaning, he was going to make him extremely rich.

    February 16, 2014 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. Chris-E...al

    Hey tim tell the victims families of 911 that war was'nt worth it ? tell that beefd up fire fighter tha war was unnessary .tell them americans that said lets roll war is not worth it go to that airforce base down the road an tell those guards at the gate ' i suggest with a smile on yo face' that their buddys that passed on fighting for us are dumb .this u can do we haue troops close to you. what would you do just let the planes just keep comeing? crawl bak under ur rock .in shame .realy

    February 16, 2014 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  4. don in albuquerque


    Might have been more acceptable if they had declared war on the correct country. Sorry but both these wars were unnecessary when Bin Ladin could have been, and finally was taken in a much more subtle manner. I would much prefer to have all the men, and women back who died in those wars. I feel certain their friends and families would also.

    February 16, 2014 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  5. Tampa Tim

    Chris E – Your hero, Bush ignored the warnings of 9-11, went to war to get bin Laden, changed his mind and went to war with Iraq, had 13 embassy attacks with over 50 killed. The wars were unfunded, unnecessary, resulted in the deaths of 4500 troops and hundreds of thousands civilians killed and 45000 troops wounded. Are you happy now?

    February 16, 2014 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. Fish

    This is an unrelated comment to this article except for Eleanor Roosevelt reference, I highly recommend everyone watch CSPAN's first ladies programs as I've learned loads about the backgrounds, achievements and fortitude of these ladies. As an example they noted that Eleanor broke her arches while insisting upon marching with the troops in the South Pacific because she desired giving FDR an accurate report of the hardships our troops were facing. The hardships were so horrendous she required medical attention just by visiting much less fighting. She reported to Franklin these were more than men they are steel figures with hearts!!!

    February 16, 2014 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  7. mat

    Hillary blamed her husbands victims and a right wing conspiracy for her marital troubles. She also states that Bengazi was from a video and doesn't matter anymore. Whoever resides in the WH in 2016 needs to be able to accept reality. 8 more years of dem control will just make the country collapse sooner. It cant be saved. 17 trillion in debt is not sustainable for anyone. The USSR went bankrupt remember? Maybe the dems are just trying to keep good on their promise that the south shall rise again. The blacks may no longer be slaves but they are definitely still controlled by the same party that had them in the fields. Funny huh? You think they even know that?

    February 16, 2014 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  8. mat

    Tampa Tim- Remember when Clinton had the chance to move on Bin Laden and didn't?

    February 16, 2014 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  9. GTS58

    Yes, older Americans remember when Hillary said "she spoke with the Ghost of Eleanor Roosevelt" – I guess they discussed how both their husbands were adulterers. It is almost unbelievable that Hillary Clinton would even be considered Presidential material with the baggage she has gathered over the years – it would take a book to describe all the questionable scams and behavior, much of it criminal in which others would have gone to jail. But who knows? After Obama – anything is possible!

    February 16, 2014 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. Chris-E...al

    Mat good point i try to put that point 0ut for years .and the media want run with it .call ur congress an tell them . i have! id shake ur hand if i could ! an 0 tim i suspect needs a hugg?

    February 16, 2014 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  11. Edwin

    Awesome response to idiotic attacks by Paul. There are reasons to not like Clinton - but her response to her husband's affair is NOT one of them. What she thought or said at the time is HER business (maybe his, too).

    February 16, 2014 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  12. bill

    obama/hillary lies and then hillary ?????????

    February 16, 2014 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  13. tom

    Chris the war was not worth anything except killing innocents. Bin Laden was killed by covert operations – remember? mat – Clinton never had the opportunity to move on BL that Bush did – he never had the provocation of a 9/11 with Americans foaming at the mouth for revenge. Bush just wasted time and lives on a useless war instead of going after BL.

    February 16, 2014 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  14. WVGleeman

    I love articles that mention Hillary because of the paid trolls that comment on them. You can tell they the paid ones because it will not speak anything of the article itself. They usually have a regular first name like Jack, Jon, Bill, etc. Soo funny. If all that Republicans have to offer is Cruz then are toast. They are fretting away their only hope in Christie because they are hateful and shortsighted.

    February 16, 2014 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  15. Jim A

    The conservatives are obviously frightened of the likely nominees they have for 2016. Otherwise, they wouldn't be in the attack mode against Hillary since she would defeat all those fools.

    February 16, 2014 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  16. David Witcraft

    Ted Cruz heading to Iowa and New Hampshire? Does the GOP realize that a Ted Cruz nomination equals another Clinton presidency(unless he's trying to win the Democratic nomination)?

    February 16, 2014 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  17. Truth is...

    Remember, terrorism started with the USS Cole on Bill Clinton's watch. He did NOTHING about it and Al-Qaeda flourished and grew ten fold. Fact.

    February 16, 2014 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  18. marc

    Paul should wish that he had 1/10 of Bill Clinton's leadership abilities and intelligence. What has Paul accomplished as a senator? Nothing, unless you count leading the government shutdown and near debt default as an accomplishment, which only a total teapitier would. It's sad that someone who wastes all their time trashing someone who's been out of office for over a decade is the Repub frontrunner for prez.

    February 16, 2014 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  19. Truth

    Mat- Um. Clinton wrote an order to use deadly force against bin Laden when they had good intel on his location but congress didn't approve it. Do some homework, bud.

    February 16, 2014 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  20. sickofclintons

    Can CNN stop promoting Hillary...please...stop promoting everything this woman has done. I know you want her for president..its so obvious in your daily reporting. You refuse to show her weaknesses and only the sappy crap that dems love. She is a terrible choice for president. I am a democrat who is gay and refuse to vote for her so please stop throwing her around like she's your golden child. It's time for new blood. No more Clintons, Bush's, IKennedy's and ll the other families you think should be running., It's time for new ideas both from the Republicans, Democrats and independents.

    February 16, 2014 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  21. THR

    I would read this article. But "what difference, at this point, does it make?"

    February 16, 2014 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  22. Jim Rome

    Hilarious to see all these hilariously dopey Fox News posts here from desperate Republicons without a candidate in the world.

    February 16, 2014 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  23. THR

    @Matt: Also, no offense but your understanding of the "debt" might be more limited than you think it is. The debt only means anything at all if it's the numerator in a ratio between the debt and the Gross Domestic Product. Taken in that way – which is actually the only way many economists consider it – it's not actually that bad. Also, *much* of the debt is actually owned by American citizens and it's an asset for them. Don't believe everything the pundits on tv tell you. 😉

    February 16, 2014 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  24. jj

    Hillary has (and needs) a thick skin to deal with attacks from desperate Republicans who are threatened by her popularity and the fact that she will be elected our next president.

    February 17, 2014 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  25. Greg Campbell

    Hillary just is not a leader of people. Just as Obama has shown himself to be a poor leader on the world stage (according to nearly all international leaders) did to a lack of deal leadership experience. Hillary's only position of true leadership was as Secretary of State. As somebody who voted for Obama, I have realized that it is vital to have real leadership experience. She should have run for governor so she could have acquired the type of experience that made her husband a competent leader.

    February 17, 2014 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
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