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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Kathleen Parker, "The character assassination of Hillary Clinton": Get Real, Kathleen

"I didn't have sex with that woman." Yeah, right. "I remember landing under sniper fire." Almost as honest as Hillary's marriage to Bill. Not that I have anything against the Clintons. Politicians lie. That's what they get paid to do.

In a Washington Post opinion piece entitled "The character assassination of Hillary Clinton" (http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/kathleen-parker-hillary-clinton-and-our-rush-to-judgment/2013/01/01/c6903218-5449-11e2-bf3e-76c0a789346f_story.html), Kathleen Parker derides those who have heaped scorn upon Hillary Clinton during her hospital stay:

"But the attacks on Clinton during her illness, essentially attacks on her character, have been cruel and unfair. What must the world think of us?"

Hey, let's ignore the character attacks on this modest, self-effacing, servant of the people, and just look at the facts. Parker begins by stating:

"The new year began not with a cannonball off the 'fiscal cliff' but with an outbreak of conspiratorial cynicism.

This time it’s Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whose fall and concussion, followed by a blood clot between her brain and skull, has prompted an embarrassment of theories."

Whoa! Who says the blood clot followed the fall and the concussion? As observed in a prior Washington Post article (http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/hillary-clintons-blood-clot-most-likely-in-a-leg-experts-say/2012/12/31/d2c853ea-5376-11e2-bf3e-76c0a789346f_story.html):

"Head trauma can cause blood in a venous sinus to clot, but it almost always has to be severe enough to cause a skull fracture, said Aaron S. Dumont, director of cerebrovascular surgery at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

'It’s probably a coincidence,' he said of Clinton’s fainting spell and the clot. He noted, however, that her history of a blood clot in the leg may indicate a predisposition to clotting."

Parker continues:

"Clinton, who fainted as a result of dehydration after a bout of flu, hit her head and suffered a concussion, after which a blood clot was discovered. She had to be hospitalized while blood-thinning medications were administered and monitored."

Again, full stop! Can we be so certain that Clinton fainted as a result of dehydration after a bout of the flu? Get real. There is a greater likelihood that she fainted from the preexisting blood clot.

Blood-thinning medications were administered? Again problematic. As noted by Dr. Kent Sepkowitz (http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/12/31/how-serious-is-hillary-clinton-s-blood-clot-and-hospitalization.html):

"But anticoagulation is never given to persons with clots around the brain. They are either watched without intervention or surgically evacuated."

A "routine" MRI following dehydration? Please . . . something other than dehydration was obviously suspected.

Yes, nothing quite makes sense here. My guess is that doctors happened upon the subdural hematoma when searching for the reason that she fainted, and this tendency toward clotting could rule out Hillary's chances of running for president in 2016, not that this would trouble Hillary or Bill in the least.

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