Hillary Clinton, Post-Partisan: A Bad Joke?

Carol Platt Liebau

4/4/2014 12:23:00 PM - Carol Platt Liebau

So Hillary Clinton -- no doubt trotting out a new, "post-partisan" persona for her upcoming presidential campaign -- has decided to decry partisanship. Ah, the irony. For, indeed, the First Lady is one of the most committed (and often bitter) partisans of our time. Surely she is one of the most cynical. So we are to believe that this nonpartisan bridge-builder is:

The same person who actually coined the phrase "vast right wing conspiracy"?

The same person who misled the world -- and her own fellow Americans -- about the reason for the Benghazi attacks, both to protect her party's re-election chances and her own political viability?

The same person who hasn't been above employing the old "unpatriotic" trope in furtherance of partisan advantage?

The same person who keeps a political "enemies list" a la Richard Nixon?

The same person who has been the confidant and political patron for the over-the-top partisan Sidney Blumenthal?

The same person who, according to the former secretary of defense, admitted she opposed the 2007 Iraq surge only for political purposes?

The same person who held public hearings on her health care plan only for the purposes of "inoculation"?

The same person who sicced the FBI on a bunch of innocuous, nonpartisan White House travel office employees because they weren't her (and her husband's) partisans?

The person who refused to let her daughter visit The White House during the '80's, making her wait until "someone decent lives there"? (pp. 37-38).

The same person who, as a board member of the Legal Services Corporation, helped funnel taxpayer money -- in violation of the law -- to grant recipient groups and lawyers in California to oppose a proposition that would have cut state income taxes?

Who was fired from the Nixon impeachment staff for unethical behavior?

The same person who, as Carl Bernstein has written, has more radical association in her past than even Barack Obama?:

In the 60s, as an undergraduate at Wellesley, she exhibited an academic fascination with the Left and radicalism; . . . wrote her senior thesis on the radical Chicago community-organizer Saul Alinsky (whose best-known philosophical mantra was, "Whatever works to get power to the people, use it."); and then, during the 1992 presidential campaign and White House years, insured that the thesis was locked up in the Wellesley archives and unavailable to reporters.

At Yale law school she embraced some leftist causes she perhaps wishes she hadn't today (the Black Panthers' claim that they couldn't get a fair trial, more about which later); worked in the most important radical law firm of the day -- Treuhaft, Walker and Burnstein, in Oakland, which represented the Communist Party and defended the Panthers in their murder trials; and became associate editor of an alternative law review at Yale which ran stories and pictures depicting policemen as pigs and murderers.

Who devoted her senior thesis to Saul Alinsky?

And we are to take this person seriously when she deplores partisanship? Really??? C'mon -- it's not April Fool's Day.