Brian Birdnow

Last week Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stepped down from her lofty position amidst a sycophantic outpouring of hot air as journalists and fellow politicians abandoned their roles and assumed positions as Hillary courtiers, duly attending to the bidding of their lord and mistress. This would include, but was not limited to singing praiseful odes to her ladyship, ignoring her errors, helping to cover up her mistakes, and attempting to damage the reputations of any person who refused to play along with the charade. At the center of the love-fest was the former Secretary herself, appearing before a Senate panel to answer questions about the Benghazi consulate disaster. Hillary proved to be herself during these hearings, as she tried to minimize the debacle. She showed herself secretive and selective with the truth, she dismissed her critics and questioners, and she grew quite imperious when questioned, uttering the now infamous “…What difference does it make” remark in response to Senator Ron Johnson’s question regarding the murder of U.S. Embassy personnel last September 11th.

While the comments from the Left have been nothing short of obsequious and fawning toward Hillary, the comments from the Right have expressed a sense of bewilderment at the toadying of the Left. Should we be surprised? The answer to this rhetorical question is a resounding “No”! This is all par for the course in the eventful life of Hillary Rodham Clinton. Mrs. Clinton has spent the better part forty years living as the beneficiary of largess that came her way because of who she was…the First Lady of the Great State of Arkansas and the First Lady of The United States of America. She parlayed those positions into a Senate seat from New York, and accepted a consolation prize as Secretary of State after losing the Democratic nomination for President to Barack Obama in 2008. Along the way a sycophantic media covered up for her scandals, errors, half-truths, and evasions. They and fellow politicians, reduced to the role of courtiers, praised Hillary as brilliant and masterful, and allowed her to tiptoe through the minefields largely unscathed. The machine would then press on to the next item on Hillary’s agenda, which is now the Presidency in 2016.


Brian Birdnow

Brian E. Birdnow is a historian and teaches at a university in the St. Louis area.