Mona Charen

Perhaps none of this is actually Clinton's 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 I'll tell you right now that I'm going to think I'm a better political director than my political director." So maybe Clinton's advice wasn't heeded. Or maybe she's an empty suit who saw the post as a way to pad her resume rather than advance our national interests.

I doubt the lady who sported the "Ready for Hillary" bumper sticker was thinking of Clinton's record as secretary of state. No, the rationale for the Clinton candidacy is the heart and soul of the progressive project -- identity politics. It isn't what you can do or have done, it's 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, Clinton holds the high card.

She may not know how to avoid pitfalls like saying she and Bill Clinton 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, she wasn't above knifing her former rival/boss. The Obama campaign, she's 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 Palin in the name of female solidarity, you'll 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 isn't an example of female accomplishment so much as the Peter Principle -- that is, people will be promoted until they reach their "position of incompetence."


Mona Charen

Mona Charen is a syndicated columnist, political analyst and author of Do-Gooders: How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help .
 
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