Mmmmm History: Hillary Extols Abe Lincoln’s Senate Career (Hint He Was Never a Senator)

Hillary Clinton is an Illinois girl, right? Oh, and Hillary Clinton is the smartest woman in the world, isn’t she? Then how come she thinks Abraham Lincoln got elected to the Senate before he became President, when he never did?

Hillary was in Chicago for a meaningless, love-fest appearance with former Obama White House Chief of Staff and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel where both professed a deep love and respect for each other but otherwise offered nothing of substance to their audience. But during this schmaltzy blubber fest Clinton waxed historical for the crowd.

“I actually write about Rahm in the book,” Clinton said from her spot as featured speaker. “I asked him not to read it before we sat and did our interview! But it was in the very first chapter, the chapter I rightly call ‘Team of Rivals’ because that’s what it was in the beginning. A senator from Illinois ran against a senator from New York just as had happened way back with a senator from Illinois named Lincoln and a senator from New York named Seward. And it turned out the same way.”

Only, in 1860 when Lincoln (who would have been “the Senator from Illinois” in Hillary’s example) and William Seward (a Senator from New York) ran against each other for the GOP nomination for President it was not two senators in the running.

The facts is, Lincoln never became a senator from Illinois. He ran, sure, but lost his election in a famous loss to Stephen Douglas. Further, Lincoln had a famous series of debates called the Lincoln-Douglas debates just prior to the election. In fact, those several debates are the most famous debates in US history as along with his Cooper Union speech, they helped bring the little known Lincoln to national attention and that prominence led to his becoming president in1860.

Lincoln was sort of a dark horse candidate for president in 1860, too. Most political insiders expected Seward or Salmon P. Chase (a Governor from Ohio at the time, also a past US Senator himself) to easily take the GOP nomination–the latter pair were the most powerful Republicans in the country at the time. It was due to Lincoln’s consummate skill as a campaigner that he won. He spent weeks writing letters and conferring with powerful Illinois Republicans in the run up to the GOP convention–held in Chicago that year–and he engineered his nomination from Springfield. This was something his rivals didn’t spend much time doing as they went into the convention with a lot of assumptions but little groundwork.

Anyway, one would think that the “smartest woman in human history” would have known all this important US history surrounding one of the country’s most famous presidents, especially one from her own home state. Wouldn’t you?

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Posted by on June 12, 2014.
Filed under corruption, Culture, Culture Of Corruption, Democracy, Douchebag Of The Day, Dumbasses, Hillary Clinton, History, Liberals.
Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.com and BigJournalism.com, RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, RightPundits.com, StoptheACLU.com, Human Events Magazine, among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events.He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the new book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is also the owner and operator of PubliusForum.com. Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions, EMAIL Warner Todd Huston: igcolonel .at. hotmail.com"The only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life, or better to endure it." --Samuel Johnson

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  • jim_m

    I’m waiting for her to extoll his nomination acceptance address to the Democratic convention.

  • Walter_Cronanty

    Come on Warner. Obviously, actual history means nothing to the left – if Hillary says Lincoln was a Senator from Illinois, then he was a Senator from Illinois. He was a Democrat, too.

  • Paul Hooson

    After the old Whig Party imploded, Lincoln became the first candidate of the brand new Republican Party, winning the election with around 39% of the vote as the Democratic Party was split into three factions that year, with many voters in the Democratic Party centered in the South, and the Republicans representing mostly Northern voters opposed to slavery and supporting other progressive policies. In fact, a large part of the reason that Andrew Johnson was so disliked was that he was a North Carolina-born Democrat who was too sympathetic to the South and helped to promote Black Code laws in Southern states that set up the death penalty for Blacks only for relatively minor offenses such as the theft of a small amount of cotton for example.

    • warnertoddhuston

      Incorrect. The first GOP presidential candidate was the great Pathfinder, John C. Fremont in 1856. He lost. The very next presidential election, the GOP chose Lincoln in 1860. Fremont tried to run against Lincoln in 1864, too. Got no where near a win.

      • Paul Hooson

        You’re right. I forgot about 1856 being a three way race off the top of my head.

  • Jwb10001

    I wish someone would ask Hillary if she sent the Anthrax letters in 2001, after all she voted for the Iraq war and up until it was politically unhelpful was a strong supporter of taking action there (chickhawk that she is.) I read on some web site that there is strong evidence that she can not prove she didn’t send the letters so I have a very strong suspicion that she was behind it. After all she killed Vince Foster not a big leap to sending Anthrax in the mail. I’m just sayin’

    • jim_m

      I’m sure that Chico could concoct some idiotic conspiracy theory for you.

      • Jwb10001

        Come on Jim, Hillary’s a liberal she could shoot the Pope on TV and Chico would be cool with it.

        • jim_m

          He’d be happier if she shot a Jew.

          • Commander_Chico

            What is your problem with putting words in other people’s mouths, dude?

          • Jwb10001

            That’s rich you complaining about someone having obsessions (oligarchy, 911 troother, Cheney/Rummy anthrax, and on and on) Dude seriously after yesterday you’ve become nothing but a joke.

          • Commander_Chico

            Like Senator Leahy, I think the anthrax attacks were part of a conspiracy. I take another step and have a hunch that Cheney, Rumsfeld and/or other top neocons were involved.

            It’s based on circumstantial evidence and evidence of motive, true. But at least there’s circumstantial evidence.

            Millions of people, maybe you among them, believe in supernatural beings with omnipotence and omniscience who will torture you for eternity if you don’t follow some rules. How crazy is that?

          • Jwb10001

            Oh my god move (on) idiot you’ve been shamed and laughed at over this enough, find a new conspiracy to harp on. THIS PARROT IS DEAD.

          • Commander_Chico

            There are many parrots here, squawking whatever they hear on Limbaugh.

          • Jwb10001

            Oh another rich comment from the joker, you come in here with some hair brained theory from some dip shit web site about Cheney and we’re the one’s parroting stuff? Come on Chico, how about you get to work figuring out how Cheney killed Vince Foster in an attempt to undermine the Clinton’s and take over the world. I also understand that he can not account for his whereabouts on the day the McKinnley was shot.

          • Commander_Chico
          • Jwb10001

            Well I didn’t realize there was a hat, damn you must be right after all you saw it on a hat…… man it just gets funnier. Next you’ll tell me that Cheney killed Elvis and there’s a tee shirt to prove it.

          • Jwb10001

            They can’t put it on a hat if it isn’t true!

          • Jwb10001

            I was reading the hats and tee shirts today about how Cheney and Rumsfeld staged the moon landing and the killed everyone involved using a secret ray gun.

          • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

            Wherever you are, you’re obviously breeding sharks.

            So you can jump them.

            Repeatedly.

            Even the octopi don’t want any part of this.

            http://roofpig.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/nopetopus2.gif

          • Retired military

            Here you go CHICO

          • jim_m

            I’m not letting him move on. This is nuts and he should be reminded on a daily basis of how stupid and ridiculous he looks.

          • Jwb10001

            I’m ok with that but my mocking material is getting a little thin, maybe he’ll come up with another stupid conspiracy theory that we can hammer him on. I haven’t had this much fun since the “all the words in the dictionary are misspelled” guy was here.

          • Walter_Cronanty

            Oh, Lawrence Westlake made me forget about that guy! Good times. Thanks for the memory.

          • jim_m

            I just point out how you have a habit of blaming the Jewish people for nearly everything. When you aren’t blaming some shadowing conspiracy of “The Oligarchy” you are blaming the Jews.

            If you don’t like it consider altering your views and behavior.

          • Commander_Chico

            Please use Google to find instances where I blame Jews for anything, let alone “everything.” And the Israeli government is not “the Jews.”

            If you can’t then STFU.

          • Jwb10001

            STFU really, now you’re telling people to STFU? Wow touchy this morning must be the ridicule you had to endure yesterday. Maybe today you can tell us how Cheney and Bush killed Kennedy, that would be good for a laugh.

          • Commander_Chico

            I welcome your ridicule.

            To assert that Cheney and Rumsfeld, war criminals, were not capable of planning the anthrax attacks is a true delusion.

          • Jwb10001

            As you should, considering your complete lack of self awareness.

          • Commander_Chico

            Well, I said put up or shut up and Jim shut up.

          • Jwb10001

            Again with the funny, why should Jim have to obey your rules you never do.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            Ha
            ha

          • jim_m

            I have a job you delusional dumbass. I’m not some parasite like you are feeding off of the taxpayer.

          • jim_m

            I didn’t shut up. I simply refuted your comment by pointing out that I am not the only person that has identified the pattern in your behavior. Now show us how both myself and RM and the others here are wrong. Prove to everyone here that you are not some gutless anti-semite.

          • Jwb10001

            You know Chico Cheney and Rummy might be war criminals but they are at least bipartisan, they gave Obama the keys to the hurricane machine to help him win reelection in 2012. So at least they got that goin’ for em.

          • Commander_Chico

            Well at least you admit they are war criminals.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            What he wrote was:

            …Cheney and Rummy might be war criminals … [emphasis added]

            Comprehend much of what you read? Evidence (ipse scripset) says NO.

          • Jwb10001

            Man you have completely lost your sense of humor, not surprising I suppose given the beating your taking. I almost feel sorry for (you), key word there is ALMOST, sorta like that key word MIGHT.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            Ha Ha!

          • jim_m

            There is a difference between being capable of planning something and actually doing it.

            The delusional part is your saying that because someone might be smart enough to plan something that it is proof that they did it.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            Ha ha!

          • jim_m

            Chico, you blame the Jews so often it is one of RM’s list of 5 canned responses that you always use.

          • Retired military

            Next Chico will say that he never said anything about the oligarchy or about Obama is bad but XXXX is worse.

          • Retired military

            Here you go CHICO’

            http://wizbangblog.com/2014/06/10/up-the-establishment-gop-powerman-eric-cantor-loses-re-election-bid-to-tea-partier/

            “The problem that the nutballs become the swing votes in the legislature, and one major party or the other has to cater to their nutball demands. This is the problem of Israeli politics.


            Last I checked Israel was full of Jews. And this was only from a few days ago.

            or we can go here

            http://wizbangblog.com/2013/12/07/communist-mandela-chose-to-side-with-despots-murders-like-castro-arafat-and-ghadafi/

            “The parallel with Iran is appropriate.

            SA was a threat to its neighbors – not only did it maintain imperial rule in Namibia for many years, it regularly invaded Zambia, Angola, Botswana and Mozambique.

            The apartheid regime also acquired nuclear weapons, with the help of those paragons of democracy, the Israelis”

            In fact Chico you can see several responses people have made to you regarding your antijewish comments here

            https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=Chico++%22the+jews%22+wizbangblog

            901 hits when you google

            Chico “the Jews” wizbangblog.

            No telling how many more you have made on other sites.

          • Retired military

            LOL Chico Your Option D is DA JEWS.
            talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

          • Jwb10001

            The pot and kettle would prefer you not associate them in any way with Chico.

          • Commander_Chico

            What is your problem with putting words in other people’s mouths, dude?

  • yetanotherjohn

    This is just an example of heteronormative patriarchy trying to keep women down. Its like you hold truth to be an absolute as opposed to what is currently best for the left. Just because she is a woman, you think the historical truth supported by facts is more valid than her truth supported by her gender. Next thing you know, you will start saying Obama can’t walk on water because you are a racist.

  • Hank_M

    Well then, I guess she is qualified to follow Mr. 57 states as President. I wonder if she’ll tour on our intercontinental railroad, or perhaps go to Asia and visit Hawii.

    But you know, it’s a good thing the MSM and leftists keep reminding us about how brilliant their leaders are. Because if they didn’t, people would never know.