Hillary Clinton’s famous “listening tour” of Upstate New York in 2000 eased her way into the U.S. Senate. She was the first liberal politician in years to discover there was an Upstate New York. Who knew?
She then spent eight years in the Senate, the “world’s greatest deliberative body,” during which time she distinguished herself only by voting for the Iraq war. She spent much of the middle years of the decade trying to explain away her vote.
Hillary Clinton ran for president in ‘08 against the dovish Sen. Barack Obama. He is credited with the best putdown in the history of Democratic presidential debates. Without looking up from his notes during their New Hampshire encounter, the Senator from Cool said: “You’re likeable enough, Hillary.”
One aspect of the Hillary-Barack Obama contest little noted since has been the fact that in primary after primary, it was Mr. Obama who won the women’s vote. He won among black women, of course, but he won among white women, too. She claimed to have put eight million cracks in the glass ceiling of presidential politics, but he won the real prize—women’s votes. Maybe she’s not quite likeable enough.
As President Obama’s Secretary of State, she “re-set” our relations with Russia. She famously gave Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov a big red button with that word spelled wrong in Russian, and not even written in their Cyrillic alphabet. She would later tell a BBC interviewer she thought the Russian re-set was “a brilliant stroke.” [Watch it here at 4:56] Crimea River was the jibe that critics of the Obama-Clinton Russia policy retorted. Can anyone outside the Kremlin think President Obama’s policy toward a brutally aggressive Russia has been a success?
She went to Canada in 2010 and managed to insult our nearest allies in their own capital. She bitterly denounced the Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper for failing to push abortion in Africa. Here’s what one alert Canadian news outlet reported: