The Latest From the Fever Swamp: Concussiongate

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Hillary Clinton is widely viewed as the frontrunner for the 2016 Democratic nomination if she decides to run, and that’s prompted a lot of people to wonder how the right wing would react to a Hillary campaign. Have they learned to respect her over the past four years, or would it be Whitewater/Vince Foster/Travelgate all over again?

Anyone with a room-temperature IQ has already put money on Option B, and today brings fascinating new evidence that anyone taking the other side of that bet has already lost a bundle. You see, it turns out that the fever swamp thinks Hillary is faking the concussion she suffered over the weekend. Seriously. The Atlantic’s Alexander Abad-Santos rounds up the quotes:

Jim Treacher: “If she has a concussion, let’s see the medical report. Let’s see some proof that she’s not just stonewalling.”

John Bolton: “When you don’t want to go to a meeting or conference, or an event, you have a ‘diplomatic illness,’ … And this is a diplomatic illness to beat the band.”

Lucianne Goldberg: “Hillary has given us a great new excuse. Don’t call in with a cold or a bad tooth. Just say you have a concussion. It can last for days.”

There you have it: a little mini-preview of 2016 if Hillary decides to run.

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