Because of foreign policy catastrophes, Republican idiocy, natural disasters and more, many of Hillary Clinton’s short attention span supporters have returned to the fold. even though, polls say, 65% of Americans don’t trust her. The astounding stat is that 35% do trust her, which raises the question of what politician could do or say to make such walking, talking Nigerian Prince targets not trust them. They know Hillary lies; they know she is dishonest; they know she is greedy for wealth and power, as well as constantly conflicted and a hypocrite,but never mind, it’s ideas that matter with Hillary. She can, her cheering section insists, be the best choice for President even if you can’t trust her.
OK, if honesty, candor, and independence don’t matter, how about the integrity of those all-important “ideas”? One of those ideas was the Trans Pacific Partnership. The Washington Free Beacon gathered 24 Times Hillary Clinton Championed the Trans-Pacific Partnership While Secretary of State. This week, however, Clinton announced that she now opposes the Trans-Pacific Trade agreement that she had previously taken bows for negotiating in 2012, and virtually nobody thinks she is doing this for any reason other than the fact that Bernie Sanders, like Jack Frost, is nipping at her nose, and she wants to keep her leftest supporters from flocking to him. Tell me, you “Ideas mean more than character” rationalizers, what good are those great ideas when a cynical, values-free manipulator will abandon them like kittens or change them like socks to win votes? This is Clinton’s integrity deficit, and hardly on display for the first time. Her “ideas” aren’t devised because they are “good” or even really her ideas; they exist because they help her gain power at the moment. You don’t like an idea? Well, be patient.
Or if lack of integrity isn’t a deal breaker, how about arrogance or stupidity? In her 2014 memoir, Hillary Clinton listed the negotiation of TPP as one of her key accomplishments as Secretary of State, and she just sent it to GOP presidential candidates, even though it is smoking gun evidence not only to her lack of integrity, but to the complete contempt she has for everyone intelligence, or, in the alternative her carelessness and habit of metaphorically shooting herself in the foot. Why would any politician choose to increase the circulation of self-authored evidence of trustworthiness? There are only a few possibilities:
1. She didn’t know she was going to flip when she decided to send out copies of the book.
2. She is confident that if blatant dishonesty hasn’t alienated Democrats yet, they won’t…ever.
3. She hasn’t read her own autobiography, or thinks no one else has,
4. She’s an idiot.
I know that conventional wisdom holds that the latter isn’t true, and perhaps it should be reframed as “She is prone to acting idiotically,” as in the private e-mail mess. Whichever explanation you choose, it is fair to say that sending out a book that highlights her untrustworthiness “wasn’t the best choice.”
I will keep pointing out until it is no longer true: the fact that this woman is the leading contender for the Democratic nomination is an embarrassment to her party, her supporters, and the nation.