Skip to comments.‘Ready for Hillary’ Enthusiasm for Clinton’s candidacy is based on identity politics, not substance
Posted on 06/12/2014 10:23:10 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Have you seen the Ready for Hillary bumper stickers? Ive seen one already, and wondered about the implied insult to the current occupant of the White House. Youre Ready for Hillary when the greatest statesman of our age isnt even halfway through his second term?
Are you ready because Clintons tenure as secretary of state was such a rousing success? As of this writing, Islamist forces are marching south from newly conquered Mosul and Tikrit in Iraq. Wasnt Clinton the chief architect of our foreign policy when we failed to negotiate a status-of-forces agreement with Iraq in 2011? Reviewing that history in September of 2012, the New York Times quoted an administration spokesman: As we reviewed the 10,000 option, we came to the conclusion that achieving the goal of a security partnership was not dependent on the size of our footprint in-country, and that stability in Iraq did not depend on the presence of U.S. forces.
That worked out well.
When asked in April what she was most proud of in her term, she squirted a lot of ink about preventing another Great Depression and stabilization and positive growth, adding, I think we really restored American leadership in the best sense. That, once again people began to rely on us as setting the values, setting the standards.
With which country are relations better now than in 2009? Canada? Israel? Britain? Weve rebuffed and insulted Canada by failing to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, bullied and alienated Israel, betrayed Poland and the Czech Republic on defensive missiles, and insulted Great Britain by, among other things, sending back Churchills bust.
Has the U.S. position improved vis-à-vis adversaries? Is she proud of the Russia reset? It began with a gaffe when Clinton, in a stunt that would have been puerile even if it had gone right, presented to the Russian foreign minister a button that was supposed to say reset in Russian. Instead, it said overcharge. Since then the Obama/Clinton policy toward Russia has been marked by Putin running rings around the U.S. while the president issues clueless rebukes to critics about the Cold War being over.
The surge in Afghanistan was unsuccessful and is now to be followed by unilateral withdrawal. Iraqs fragile peace is collapsing even as a revived al-Qaeda stands ready to dominate large swaths of Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Lebanon. Libya is heading for civil war. Benghazi, Clinton admits, is a regret. China is throwing its weight around in Asia. Americas global popularity declined steeply during her tenure.
Perhaps none of this is actually Clintons fault. Obama explained in 2008 that he was a better speechwriter than my speechwriters . . . I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And Ill tell you right now that Im going to think Im a better political director than my political director. So maybe Clintons advice wasnt heeded. Or maybe shes an empty suit who saw the post as a way to pad her résumé rather than advance our national interests.
I doubt that the lady whose car sported the Ready for Hillary bumper sticker was thinking of Clintons record as secretary of state. No, the rationale for the Hillary candidacy is the heart and soul of the progressive project identity politics. It isnt what you can do or have done, its which box you can check on the approved-victim scorecard. The first woman president was trumped in 2008 by a superior victim claim, but now, unless a black woman candidate should materialize, Hillary holds the high card.
She may not know how to avoid pitfalls like saying she and Bill were broke when they left the White House, but Hillary knows how to bow the woman violin. To extricate herself from the embarrassing stories about her wealth, Clinton wasnt above knifing her former rival/boss. The Obama campaign, shes begun telling interviewers, was riddled with sexism. Why, they asked her to criticize Sarah Palin! If you can buy Hillary who mercilessly trashed every woman who stepped forward to accuse Bill Clinton of harassment as a stalwart defender of Sarah Palin in the name of female solidarity, youll buy anything.
Hillary Clinton has nothing to offer the country except her sex. She managed to parlay her status as wronged spouse into a Senate seat, and to leverage her status as failed presidential candidate into the job of secretary of state. She now plans to milk her status as unsuccessful secretary of state into the presidency. She isnt an example of female accomplishment so much as the Peter Principle that is, people will be promoted until they reach their position of incompetence.
I think Netanyahu is further along than that, but I could be wrong.
I’m ready for Hillary’s health to catch up to her.
Identity politics is substance to the far left fringe that is now in power.
Unfortunately, it worked for O-Hole. Its all just “show business”, who is the most “fun” and “funny”.
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