As both Bill and Hillary Clinton kick off a paid 13 city speaking tour, Hillary appears to be talking like someone considering another run at the presidency. Will the Democrats have her? Or have the Clintons finally over stayed their welcome?
For more than thirty years one or the other of the two Clintons have been mentioned as a candidate for president.
That trend continues as Hillary Clinton talks like a candidate.
The former First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State was in Europe this month and had some tough words on immigration: “I think Europe needs to get a handle on migration…”
But the key message was not so much about immigration which Europe is struggling to handle. It is in the second half of Mrs Clinton’s sentence “because that is what lit the flame.”
Mrs. Clinton went on:
“The use of immigrants as a political device and as a symbol of government gone wrong, of attacks on one’s heritage, one’s identity, one’s national unity has been very much exploited by the current administration here. There are solutions to migration that do not require clamping down on the press, on your political opponents and trying to suborn the judiciary, or seeking financial and political help from Russia to support your political parties and movements.”
So European countries and by extension the US have to get a “handle on immigration” not because of the need to respect laws or borders or to effect some reasonable degree of assimilation but because, if they don’t, the people will elect someone like Donald Trump.
If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
We do not have to support every elements of President Trump’s immigration policy or anything else he does to recognize that the President’s “clamping down on the press” as well as the rest of Mrs. Clinton’s commentary is unstructured criticism. It pleases one side of the American public and invites the other side to come up with counter examples:
It was President Obama who according to the Associated Press: “used the 1917 Espionage Act with unprecedented vigor, prosecuting more people under that law for leaking sensitive information to the public than all previous administrations combined. Obama’s Justice Department dug into confidential communications between news organizations and their sources as part of that effort. In 2013 the Obama administration obtained the records of 20 Associated Press office phone lines and reporters’ home and cell phones, seizing them without notice, as part of an investigation into the disclosure of information about a foiled al-Qaida terrorist plot.”
Mrs. Clinton remains fixated on Donald Trump or as she put it in Europe, she is “dumbfounded” by her defeat in the 2016 election.
In the past, she has offered this about her loss: “…(Trump’s) whole campaign — ‘Make America Great Again’ — was looking backward. You know, you didn’t like black people getting rights; you don’t like women, you know, getting jobs; you don’t want to, you know, see that Indian American succeeding more than you are — you know, whatever your problem is, I’m gonna solve it.”
Supporter Barbara Streisand has provided certain “answers,” focusing in on why women didn’t vote for Mrs. Clinton:
“It’s a terribly complex thing. A lot of women vote the way their husbands vote; they don’t believe enough in their own thoughts. Maybe that woman who’s so articulate, so experienced … Perhaps she made women feel unsuccessful.”
Could there be another Trump-Clinton contest?
Probably not. Rematches aren’t common in American history. The last one was in 1956 when Ike beat Adlai Stevenson a second time.
We think the Democrats will take a pass on Mrs. Clinton. She’s yesterday’s candidate. Donations to the Clinton Foundation took a dive in the year after she lost the 2016 election. Her rhetoric is off and she is blamed by many for running a poor campaign. Plus, as the #metoo movement emerged, she has faced something new: the other Clinton may be a liability.