Suzanne Fields

Hillary is the poster woman (we don't dare call her a girl) for feminists, just for achieving high office, even if she has so far missed becoming the top banana. She's a study in the ascendency of female power in America, leaving Foggy Bottom just as we celebrate 50th anniversary of the publication of "The Feminine Mystique," Betty Friedan's book that set off the revolution.

For those too young to remember, the book appeared in 1963, when jobs were advertised in newspapers separately for men and women, when a woman went to college to get her Mrs. degree (ha, ha), The feminist revolution freed middle-class women like Hillary to compete with men academically and professionally, enabling them to choose whether to take a role as mothers, professionals, or to mix and match.

Now women comprise the majority in medical, law and other graduate schools and in certain professions, testimony to the changes that made Hillary a star, but not before she paid her dues as a transitional figure. In defending her position as the wife of the governor of Arkansas and candidate for president, she said she wouldn't "stay home and bake cookies." It was a cute remark, but she apologized for demeaning the role of homemakers. She corrected herself and learned diplomacy. She deserves credit.

That doesn't justify lionizing her by overstating her accomplishments just because she's a woman. There's a difference between being good and being great in a job. She didn't accomplish some things she should have. She didn't "reset" relations with Russia, not even persuading the Russians not to close the door on American adoption of unwanted and neglected Russian orphans.

No Clinton Plan or Clinton Doctrine marks her four years. She has been no more successful than her husband was in forging authentic peace between Palestinians and Israelis. Iran continues to move toward developing a nuclear bomb. North Korea is still hard at work on a missile to drop a nuclear weapon on the United States.

The "60 Minutes" interviewer focused on her relationship with the president as if they were rock stars in a People magazine profile, and whether this was a sly endorsement for her in 2016. This was softball journalism by "60 Minutes," which was once famous for its tough interviews. Steve Kroft, the interviewer, conceded to a colleague afterward that Mr. Obama "knows that we're not going to play gotcha with him, that we're not going to go out of our way to make him look bad or stupid." Hillary has, in fact, "come a long way, baby," but she has a way to go before she collects her Valentines at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.


Suzanne Fields

Suzanne Fields is currently working on a book that will revisit John Milton's 'Paradise Lost.'

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