April 13, 2015

Behold, the Clinton Machine

The Wall Street Journal editorial board sums up Hillary Clinton’s campaign: “A large part of the machine’s job this time will be to erase the past, declaring it old news — all Whitewater under the bridge. Progressives now view the Clinton 1990s not as a belle époque but an opportunity squandered on Bill’s self-indulgence and the triangulation of the so-called New Democrats. The many scandals of the Clinton family circus, from Paula Jones to the Marc Rich pardons, will also be expunged from polite conversation. This historical erasure will be harder given that Mrs. Clinton has so recently reminded everyone of her political method and congenital deception. A Secretary of State storing her emails on a private server and then destroying them was once unthinkable, though the Clintons operate like the Borgias. Her grim press conference to implausibly explain herself was a reminder of her disdain for public accountability. The airbrushing will also be difficult given that she has little choice but to run as Mr. Obama’s political and policy heir. Mrs. Clinton can’t plausibly separate herself on health care, given that the proposed nationalization she wrote in 1993 was ObamaCare’s forerunner. On foreign policy, she was his chief diplomat. Her campaign chairman is John Podesta, who was Bill’s chief of staff and the architect of Mr. Obama’s executive excess. If Mrs. Clinton does try to evoke the prosperity of the 1990s, her challenge will not merely be inducing amnesia about the slow-growth Obama years. She will be reminding people that she belongs to another era. The U.S. electorate rarely moves backwards — generationally speaking — in its Presidential choices.” More…

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