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Hillary Clinton, a "Pander Bear's" Best Friend...?

"Flip-flopper" was the theme of their 2004 campaign against John Kerry, with "Flipper" standing in as their mascot. But for 2008, Republicans have drafted a terrestrial animal to bash a leading Democrat, sending a "Pander Bear" to crash last night's fundraising event in Washington for Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The RNC's Pander Bear
Republicans sent the "Pander Bear" to crash Sen. Clinton's big D.C. fundraiser Tuesday night. (Photo courtesy RNC)

The Republican National Committee enlisted a young aide to don the Pander Bear uniform and head over to the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, where Clinton was holding a $2.7 million fundraiser headlined by her hubby, former president Bill Clinton.

The RNC'S Pander Bear wore a Yankees cap, a not-so-subtle reminder of allegations that Clinton pandered for votes in her 2000 Senate race in New York when she claimed to be a Yankee fan. An RNC opposition research paper also cites Clinton's "pandering about ethanol production," pandering to farmers on dairy supports and to both supporters and opponents of the Iraq War.

[We can't exactly give Republicans an "A" for originality. Remember, it was Democratic candidate Paul Tsongas in the 1992 primaries who called Bill Clinton a "pander bear."]

The Pander Bear was a big hit outside the hotel last night, according to RNC spokeswoman Lisa Miller. He mixed with a group of Code Pink protestors who were outside demanding that Clinton take a clear stance on ending the war in Iraq. The bear also made friends with lots of kids and their families who were heading back to the Metro after leaving the National Zoo.

The bear's message, according to Miller, "Beware the Pander Bear: she'll do whatever she can to get elected."

It sounds though as if the party-crashing Pander Bear isn't reserved exclusively for Clinton. We hear Republicans plan to deploy the bear to other campaign events for Democratic presidential hopefuls.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  March 21, 2007; 9:40 AM ET
 
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Um, this is pretty sad, since all the main Republican candidates have been prostituting themselves to the religious right, so I'm not sure how they can get away with calling Hillary a panderer. Let's get the facts straight folks.

Posted by: freeDom | March 21, 2007 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Hey, this could be great! A cuteness campaign! Maybe the RNC Convention will feature a covey of cuddly animals, like duckies with "flip-flops," and "big spending penguins."

Posted by: CT | March 21, 2007 10:23 AM | Report abuse

When will the Democrats send out their own "Pander Bear" for Republicans with perhaps a list of all of the pandering that Republicans have done in the past six years? (e.g. Medicare legislation that was passed under Republican rule that pandered to HMOs and pharmaceuticals, Cheney's Energy Task Force and our energy and environmental legislation that panders to the oil companies, etc.) We should do unto the Republicans what they do unto us and point out their hypocrisy. That also means sending Flipper the Flip Flopper to Mitt Romney's pandering and flip-flopping gatherings as well.

Posted by: T. | March 21, 2007 10:26 AM | Report abuse

This was so funny I forgot to laugh.

The bear's message, according to Miller, "Beware the Pander Bear: she'll do whatever she can to get elected."

Really? I would not have known that otherwise. Yawn.

Posted by: corinne | March 21, 2007 10:26 AM | Report abuse

America is being torn apart with war, climate change, serious breaches of our constitution, and we are supposed to come to some big realization about Senator Clinton after seeing a guy in a bear suit? Give me a break.

Posted by: rzs | March 21, 2007 10:27 AM | Report abuse

The modern-day GOP, full of ideas.

Brought to you by the party that had a Congressman making speeches with a bag over his head, and another singing love themes to Ken Starr during the Clinton wars.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 21, 2007 10:41 AM | Report abuse

I love it.

If Rick Santorum ever shows up again, we could have the well-maned "Nittany Lyin'".

It may be too late, but imagine the "Crawford Crawldad" slithering from behind some rock to pinch a German Prime Minister's shoulders.

Posted by: Mike Rose | March 21, 2007 10:42 AM | Report abuse

i concour!

Posted by: kimmykins | March 21, 2007 11:15 AM | Report abuse

I want to see a pork pig on the steps of congress! Of course, they might get sued by Warner Bros...

Posted by: Chris | March 21, 2007 11:18 AM | Report abuse

When will the Democrats send out their own "Pander Bear" for Republicans with perhaps a list of all of the pandering that Republicans have done in the past six years? (e.g. Medicare legislation that was passed under Republican rule that pandered to HMOs and pharmaceuticals, Cheney's Energy Task Force and our energy and environmental legislation that panders to the oil companies, etc.) We should do unto the Republicans what they do unto us and point out their hypocrisy. That also means sending Flipper the Flip Flopper to Mitt Romney's pandering and flip-flopping gatherings as well.

Posted by: braelyn & kimmy | March 21, 2007 11:18 AM | Report abuse

mmmmm... shoes are so tasty i ♥ shoes!!!!!

Posted by: i love shoes♥ | March 21, 2007 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Ms. Akers,
When the Beast finally visits the earth, it will likely write a column like this. Have you no self-awareness? Or, do you just not care?

Posted by: david | March 21, 2007 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Turnabout is fair play, so I expect the DNC to come up with something clever, like Pinocchio on a Scooter, or a snarling Cheney the Clotter.

Posted by: JTSpangler | March 21, 2007 11:28 AM | Report abuse

AWWWGGAAAA, its the pander bear, even the Rep. party gets free speech. Now I'm going to ignore it. Thats freedom.

Posted by: tperry | March 21, 2007 11:34 AM | Report abuse

The R is for Republican and Retarded apparently.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 21, 2007 11:42 AM | Report abuse

SENATE APROVED SUBPOENAS. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------**** LET THE GAMES BEGIN ****-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Posted by: jwh | March 21, 2007 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Newsworthy? When it's very possible our justice system has been undermined by political perogatives. Are you a reporter or a gossip columnist? Let's have the proper classification for those you could care less for gossip.

Posted by: Greg | March 21, 2007 12:07 PM | Report abuse

it's an insult to panda bears everywhere....grrrrr.

Posted by: b | March 21, 2007 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Obama had the money to make phony personal investments while not paying off his outstanding parking lot tickets for 17 years. This is unacceptable and disgusting for a public official like him. He should be shamed of himself. He is a dishonest man and tries to fool the American people. America please wake up!!!

Posted by: greg limes | March 21, 2007 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Hillary a panderer - give me a break! If Hillary is such a "panderer" then how come she hasn't, despite enormous pressure, apologized for her vote to authorize the war?

Pandering would best be defined as Edward's non-stop apologizes for his war vote, McCain's courting of the religious right, Romney's sudden opposition to gay rights and Rudy's changing views on abortion and gun control.

Posted by: Craig | March 21, 2007 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Not to knock her at all, because gossip is the lubricant of DC, but Akers' previous gig was as the "Heard on the Hill" columnist for Roll Call ("the Newspaper of Capitol Hill"TM). You can guess from the title what the focus of her column was.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 21, 2007 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I can see why people call them-selves Republicans. Such wit, always thinking of the big problems in our nation. Willing to kill anyone for oil or financial gain. and, oh yes, knowing how to call names or swift boat to win elections. I can't believe I haven't changed parties yet. Maybe it's the smell of shame that permeates the air around them.

Posted by: dudeson | March 21, 2007 2:29 PM | Report abuse

There should be a guy in a chickenhawk outfit at every gathering of two or more republicans. That term really seems to bug the hell out of them. Maybe because they feel some guilt for not having served and calling those that did unpatriotic? Naw, couldn't be that...

Posted by: nick | March 21, 2007 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Greg Limes, is that what you've got on Obama? Unpaid parking tickets? Wow, that totally offsets a criminal, unjustified, bungled war that has killed hundreds of thousands of people and destroyed America`s credibility and standing.

Posted by: OD | March 21, 2007 2:36 PM | Report abuse

QUOTING Commenter Greg: "Newsworthy? When it's very possible our justice system has been undermined by political perogatives. Are you a reporter or a gossip columnist? Let's have the proper classification for those you could care less for gossip.

Posted by: Greg | March 21, 2007 12:07 PM "


Uh, yes Greg. This is the Post's GOSSIP column. Perhaps if you paid attention to what you were reading you'd understand that.

NEXT!

Posted by: Max | March 21, 2007 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Pand"er" Bear! Get it? It's like Pand"a", but it wittily accuses the target of being a typical lying politician (unlike a regular Pand"a" Bear). Now, this is the kind of political discourse we can aspire to. Thank goodness this "columnist" is here to give this national publicity and broad mainstream exposure, without a single word of condemnation, or horror.

This makes me want to cry. The column, not the Pand"er" Bear.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 21, 2007 3:02 PM | Report abuse

And of course the Republicans never, ever pander or flip-flop. Sheesh this is all so stupid. Can't anybody talk about an actual issue anymore?

Posted by: Glenn | March 21, 2007 3:50 PM | Report abuse

The trouble with the Republicans and some of the wishy washy Democrats is they are all afraid of a "Woman President".
We should have had a woman long ago, this country would be in a lot better shape than it is today.
Whether you like Senator Clinton or not there should not be nasty name calling and filthy slurs ahead.
It's one thing to say you don't like her etc but keep it clean.
The world is watching and waiting for our next election because Bush is hated all over and the other countries are ready to move on and hopefully we are too.
This election should be exciting for all of us.
Forget the polls and the pollsters, use your own heads and vote for the person who you think can get us out of the quagmire in Iraq and keep us from other Wars,
We don't need threats to Iran and North Korea we don't need to call other leaders names, we are supposed to be more civilized these days, not immature and childish.
I for one can't wait til Bush and his crew get out of Washington, it's like we are sitting on a time bomb ourselves.
M.S.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 21, 2007 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Well like her sister under the skin, Amanda Marcotte, we hope she will be Pandagon[e]. Remember the kiss on the cheek to Suha Arafat, or the interview with the mid-east newspaper or even the southern accent at the black church-nothing's to ridiculous for her to try. And for her everyday language do a search of Tammy Bruce's blog [Hillary in her own words]for direct quotes of how she talks to the *little or invisible people*.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 21, 2007 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Quote from Craig above:

Hillary a panderer - give me a break! If Hillary is such a "panderer" then how come she hasn't, despite enormous pressure, apologized for her vote to authorize the war?

That's the only reason she hasn't appologized oh foolish one...She doesn't want the same title as Senator Kerry...look how he ended up. I just wish she would be honest and be herself and not rely on her crack team of political advisors who overscrutinize every little detail to the point of being severly OCD. Her campaign reminds me of a bad reality show...it's supposed to be real, but it's scripted as hell.

Posted by: Balakili | March 21, 2007 5:10 PM | Report abuse

That's a pretty clever gag, I have to say.

However, you should be ashamed to have written "The RNC bear was popular, according to the RNC."

That's some strong reporting... sigh.

Posted by: Blandaer | March 21, 2007 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Republicans dont pander, of course. They just threaten, out CIA agents and ruin careers.

Posted by: VIRGIL | March 21, 2007 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Why not have Boehner send over a big inflatable cock? If Mark Foley wants to ram Jesus down the throats of young children, The Passion of the Patriot Pole should keep Boehner riding high and this is how Republicans measure their polls.

Posted by: America's Spiritual Leader and White House Advisor, Pastor Ted Haggard | March 21, 2007 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Pandering? Hillary cannot do that because of the patent the Republicans have to keep the Christians in line (to vote twice in Ohio and Florida).

Posted by: James Angus | March 22, 2007 11:16 AM | Report abuse

I don't see anyone else getting this kind of attention. Keep up the good work Mary Ann.

Posted by: Tony | March 22, 2007 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Do Republicans really believe people dressed up like football mascots will counter rubber-stamping Congress for the last six years?
HEY! let's do a big rubber-stamp following EVERY Republican, presidential campaign or otherwise, running for every office in 2008!

Posted by: Jan | March 22, 2007 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Code Pink itself does a lot of symbolic dressing up-in fact, they kind of invented the political genre by dressing in outlandish pink outfits, wearing pink toilet seats around their necks in parades, carrying roses and dancing in daisy chains etc. I always found it extremely silly for grown women who wanted to be taken seriously to act in this way so in order to not be a hypocrite I guess I'll have to see the pand[er] bear as silly too. Still he's a lot cuter than those code pinkers, imo.

Posted by: tulip2 | March 22, 2007 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I object strenuously to the derogation of all the wonderful Giant Pandas, including adorable panda cub Tai Shan at the National Zoo, by these idiotic Republicanic stunts.

HRC may pander, sure, but don't smear the poor, endangered pandas.

The confusion in spelling is pure Bush.

Posted by: masterpanda2007 | March 23, 2007 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Another non-story, about a non-event, regarding pointless and just plain stupid actions, again, on the part of our partisan American(?)idiots.

The media is miserable in this country. It is the only way the people in a free society have to address their government, and this is what the media chooses to cover.

Gad, we are POOR custodians of liberty and freedom, to accept this CRAP. So, what the heck were we exporting to Iraq, again?

Posted by: chauncykat | March 26, 2007 1:41 AM | Report abuse

Alberto Gonzalez and Alice Fisher refuse to file "RICO" charges against co-conspirators involved in the murder of Gus Boulis! Why???

Posted by: Wayne Smyer | April 1, 2007 5:32 AM | Report abuse

"kimmykins"

For insight into "republicans" who are not wealthy beyond belief, please see "kimmykins" response in this childish, immature, 3rd grade effort by the true American haters....

"I concour!" INDEED.

Illogical, uneducated, no grasp of political philosophies, bible beating freaks...I rest my case.

Posted by: destardi | April 3, 2007 10:20 PM | Report abuse

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