Ross Mackenzie

And Hillary, who (1) brilliant as she professes to be, and having failed the D.C. bar exam, refuses to follow Bush’s and John Kerry’s examples and release her transcripts from Wellesley and Yale (at Yale, both Bush and Kerry were C-students); and (2) votes (in the 25 percent minority) against condemning the ad charging Gen. David Petraeus with betrayal of his country. Yet who . . .

(3) Because of her unquestioned leftist credentials, can move right in some respects by voting to urge the U.S. to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards a foreign terrorist organization. She is too shrewd (4) (a) to commit to raising Social Security taxes in order to save the program; (b) to say whether she would pull all U.S. troops out of Iraq by 2013; or (c) to declare whether Israel has the right to bomb Iran if it poses a nuclear threat to Israel’s survival. And (5) she can straight-facedly offer a $110 billion plan to provide health insurance to all Americans, funded largely by repealing the Bush tax cuts.

So (The Post again) in Iowa on the Fourth of July Hillary campaigned arm-in-arm with Bill, embracing “the role of virtual incumbent . . . promising to restore conditions — in the economy and in the government — to the way they were during her husband’s administration.” That is: to a snarl of scandals, to the politics of personal destruction (that she now so ostentatiously deplores), and to relentlessly leftist policies and programs.

Two-thirds of Americans may approve of the job Bill Clinton did as president. In polling match-ups, Hillary beats her closest Republican rival, Rudy Giuliani, 51-43. Yet once again — as in 1992 — it’s a two-for-one deal: Buy Hillary, get Bill. As Broder says, a third (and fourth?) Clinton term “is something the country will have to ponder.” Either the country’s mind already is made up, or the electorate needs to get busy pondering — and soon — whether another “blue-plate special,” another dose of Billary, is what this country really needs.

Ross Mackenzie

Ross Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.

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