September 20, 2018

In all the media attention to Hurricanes Florence and Feinstein, Hillary Clinton’s latest attempt to reinsert herself back into the public consciousness went virtually unnoticed.  But it is deserving of notice, because it serves as a needed reminder of just how wise the voters were to reject her in favor of Donald Trump – or any Republican, for that matter. 

In an effort to resuscitate sales of her book, “What Happened” (ironically, written by the only person in America who still hasn’t figured out what happened), Hillary added a new chapter, savaging the guy who beat her.  It’s basically a rehash of all the anti-Trump talking points that have been spewed into the media atmosphere for the past 18 months or so while Trump has just kept on fulfilling campaign promises (smashing ISIS, bringing back jobs, getting GDP growth above 4%, appointing constitutionalist judges, moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem, etc. etc.)  In fact, it’s really nothing much that Hillary didn’t already say even before the election, when she claimed that (Horrors!) Trump might not accept the election results.  If you’d like to save the cost of a book, this tweet of hers from Tuesday blessedly sums up most of her latest salvo against Trump in less than 280 characters:  

“Donald Trump refuses to be subject to the law. The legitimacy of our elections is in doubt. The president is waging war on the truth. The administration is undermining the national unity that makes democracy possible. And then there's the breathtaking corruption.”

If you really need more, she also wrote an op-ed for the Atlantic, claiming that America is in “crisis”:

 “Trump may be uniquely hostile to the rule of law, ethics in public service, and a free press. But the assault on our democracy didn’t start with his election”…She blames “a small group of right-wing billionaires” for “building an alternative reality where science is denied, lies masquerade as truth, and paranoia flourishes.”

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As you might expect, countless Internet commenters replied that aside from changing “right-wing billionaires” to “left-wing billionaires,” every last word of that was far more applicable to herself than to Trump.  It’s yet another display of that stunning lack of self-awareness that caused her to be shocked to discover that Americans didn’t want to vote for someone who condescendingly dismissed them as a basket of racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic deplorables.   She forgot to add, “No offense.”   

The only thing remotely new in her latest fit of anguish was a call for (surprise!) abolishing the Electoral College.  Several wags pointed out that politicians only decide the Electoral College is evil after they lose an election in it.  The Founders created it for good reason: so the most populous states couldn’t dominate the entire country.  And in 2016, it worked exactly as intended:  Hillary campaigned in New York and California, foolishly running up a meaningless lead in states Trump had already conceded, while ignoring other states she needed for an electoral win, such as Michigan and Wisconsin.  If she didn’t care enough about the citizens of those states even to visit them during campaign season, then she had no business being their President.  See how that works?  The Founders were truly geniuses. 

As another Democratic presidential loser reminded us in 2000, when he thought he might lose the popular vote and win the Electoral College, “This is not a popularity contest.”  Of course, Al Gore said that before he won the popular vote and lost the Electoral College.  After he lost, the election suddenly became a popularity contest.   

On Twitter, ex-CIA official Bryan Dean Wright offered the perfect response to Clinton’s assault on the Electoral College (and the legitimacy of the election):

“Fourteen Democrats have managed to win the Electoral College.  You weren’t one of them.  That loss doesn’t reflect a broken system. It reflects a broken candidate.”

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Apparently frustrated that other news was drowning out her rhetorical self-immolation, Hillary then tried to jump in front of the latest parade by declaring that Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser deserves to be believed and to receive an FBI investigation.  You’d think by now she would have figured out that declaring herself the champion of sexual assault victims is guaranteed to backfire worse than one of Wile E. Coyote’s Acme gadgets, but no.  Her comments prompted Juanita Broaddrick and Paula Jones to reemerge and suggest that Hillary call for an FBI investigation into their claims against Bill Clinton.

I can’t help thinking that none of these things were the responses Hillary was shooting for.  And to prove she is the gift that keeps on giving (to Republicans), she also tried to horn in on the Democrats’ transparent attempts to block President Trump from declassifying the suspect FISA-related documents that launched the endless investigation of his campaign staffers for “Russian collusion” that has so far proved nonexistent.  

Congressional Democrats, who leak worse than a thrift store aquarium, are suddenly declaring it unconscionable to reveal classified information.  And again demonstrating zero awareness of her own public image, Hillary tried to position herself as the champion of protecting state secrets, claiming that by ordering classified documents be made available for the public to see what actually happened, Trump somehow is "waging war on the truth." 

She’s right: if Trump wants to expose classified information, he should do it the way a responsible public servant does: by sending it over an unsecured email server to the laptop of a known pervert.



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Comments 1-4 of 4

  • David Jones

    09/21/2018 03:40 PM

    I'm a high school teacher. Great writing in this column! Spot on!

    I love:
    1) "Congressional Democrats, who leak worse than a thrift store aquarium..." That's a metaphor I wish I would have written!
    2) "(Hillary's) rhetorical self-immolation." Great turn of a phrase!

  • Teresa Carstensen

    09/20/2018 09:35 PM

    PLEASE change the title of this article FROM "..Beat her Dead Horse", TO the title used in your nightly news roundup, "Hurricane Hillary." The "dead horse" thing is soooo cliche'. I almost posted the article on FB, but STOPPED when I saw that blase' title. The HUMOR in the article IS FANTASTIC, and I'd love to "share" it on FB, but please fix the title first. :)

  • emma neville

    09/20/2018 01:31 PM


  • Mary Jo McCauley

    09/20/2018 10:53 AM

    Hillary's dead horse is rank and foul. It needs to be buried in secret where no Demo. scavengers can dig it up. I really enjoy your metaphors.