Hillary's history

With talk brewing of another Clinton presidential bid, it has to be asked: What has she accomplished?

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Conventional wisdom suggests women voters overwhelmingly will support Hillary Clinton in her presumptive presidential bid in 2016.

But should they?

That’s a question all voters need to ask themselves before marching in lockstep to a Clinton candidacy. More to the point: What, exactly, has she done during her many years as a national figure to demonstrate strong and capable leadership?

Start with her role as first lady, where she failed early on to sell the far left’s dream of universal health care and spent the rest of her husband’s presidency on the arm of history.

Her two terms as a U.S. senator from New York – a state where she put down “roots” a full 13 months before the election – is remarkable only for not being that remarkable. It’s a conversation non-starter even among Clinton boosters.

Yes, her tenure as secretary of state made her America’s top diplomat and gave her a taste of foreign policy experience. The four-year assignment no doubt will feature prominently in her upcoming memoirs and presidential campaign.

But what did she do?

It speaks volumes that a State Department spokeswoman who was asked that question by reporters last month was embarrassingly unable to cite a single Clinton achievement.

The “accomplishments” Clinton is most remembered for actually are horrible failures of policy: her negligence in the deadly Benghazi attacks, and her refusal to place the African Islamist group Boko Haram on the terrorist group watch list.

Benghazi is a stain on Clinton’s record, and rightfully so. Four Americans, including a U.S. ambassador, died in a coordinated terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2012, after their repeated calls for protection were ignored by Washington.

Clinton conveniently was shielded from post-attack media exposure (see Rice, Susan) but still played along with the bogus cover story concocted by the Obama administration to spin the bloody spectacle as spontaneous mob violence sparked by an anti-Islam Internet video.

Then, as the phony narrative was refuted by the facts, she became petulant, dismissive and – in the moment of her infamous Benghazi remark – positively unpresidential: “Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night and decided they’d go kill some Americans? What difference – at this point, what difference does it make?”

Based on what is known about the Benghazi scandal and cover-up, Clinton’s leadership was abysmal – an assessment unlikely to be improved by revelations from the latest congressional inquiry.

Then there’s Boko Haram, the radical Islamist group currently receiving international attention for its heinous abduction and threatened sale of several hundred Nigerian schoolgirls. Clinton could have dealt the organization a major blow by placing it on the terrorist watch list.

It wasn’t as if Boko Haram was an unknown entity. The group referred to as the “Nigerian Taliban” had been linked to the deaths of thousands of Christians during the past decade, and claimed responsibility for the 2011 U.N. bombing in Abuja.

Like the Taliban, the group despises all things modern, and reserves special hatred for the education of women. The name Boko Haram translates to “Western education is sinful.”

Intelligence organizations, including the FBI and CIA, and members of Congress urged the group’s placement on the list to enhance its global surveillance and cripple its funding.

But like Benghazi, Boko Haram’s rising prominence inconveniently flew in the face of the Obama administration’s narrative that global terrorism was on the run.

Instead of displaying fortitude and esprit de corps for abused women and girls, Clinton chose to emulate the administration’s dodgy, lead-from-behind strategy that has weakened America’s relations with allies and emboldened its enemies on the world stage.

Finally, women should question the legitimacy of Clinton’s feminist street cred.

This is the woman who, after all, not only protected her husband’s philandering for decades, but lashed out at his most high-profile victim, a then-22-year-old Monica Lewinsky, as “a narcissistic loony toon.”

It remains a mind-bending study in hypocrisy as to why Clinton and other so-called feminists – in a post-Anita Hill world – lionized a married man who had nine sexual encounters in the White House with a subordinate half his age, and lied about it on national television.

The prospect of Bill Clinton once again darkening the corridors of the White House should give pause to any Hillary proponent.

In 2016, America will need a chief executive to pull it from the morass wrought by eight years of muddled Obama policies.

America will need a commander in chief whose confidence internationally projects American strength and exceptionalism.

America will need a president who won’t compromise personal convictions for political convenience.

That’s a tall order. And Hillary Clinton falls woefully short.

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habersham100
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habersham100 05/25/14 - 04:19 am
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Hillary...

Okay, we've got that straight. Nobody down your way likes her, and probably few of us would have voted for her anyway, but somebody better get off their respective duffs and find us someone else to support. From where I sit, the pickings are very thin...

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Riverman1 05/25/14 - 04:49 am
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Hillary or Monica?

Monica Lewinsky should get the Democratic nomination. She did more to help Bill Clinton's administration than Hillary.

myfather15
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myfather15 05/25/14 - 05:53 am
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Hillary Clinton is an

Hillary Clinton is an absolute, complete joke!! She has accomplished NOTHING, in her political career. The only thing shes been able to do is show herself to be a LIAR!!

Not just women, but if the American people are just stupid enough (and they could be) to elect her, this Country gets what it deserves!!

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 05/25/14 - 06:35 am
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Hillary's Future

In 2016, Hillary Rodham Clinton will be elected President of the United States. ACES and all you right-wingers out there can bay at the moon all you want, but you can't stop her. I for one feel your pain and enjoy it thoroughly.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 05/25/14 - 06:42 am
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Hillary's Future, Part 2

As a liberal, I spend a lot of time reading conservative opinion pieces, and not just in the AC. Never before have I ever seen anything quite like the current right-wing jihad directed at Hillary Clinton. The sense of dread and desperation among you conservatives is palpable. It's like you all see what's coming and are trying to prevent it, but are haunted by the feeling that there's not really anything you can do. I feel your pain, etc., etc....

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Riverman1 05/25/14 - 06:48 am
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Hillary Blamed Monica and Herself

It appears Hillary was pretty hard on Monica. She also blamed herself for Bill's cigar play in the Oval Office. I wonder how women feel about that?

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Riverman1 05/25/14 - 06:55 am
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Not A Jihad, It Was The Video

" Never before have I ever seen anything quite like the current right-wing jihad directed at Hillary Clinton."

It's not a jihad, it was the video.

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justthefacts 05/25/14 - 07:03 am
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Repeal the 19th amendment

That's when things started going south.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 05/25/14 - 07:18 am
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justthefacts

And not going for the South?

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 05/25/14 - 07:21 am
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Riverman l

No, it's pretty much a jihad, a right-wing holy war. And if you fail, you will be condemned to spend eternity with 21 vegans.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 05/25/14 - 07:24 am
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Hillary

She couldn't be any worse than what we have now, could she? As James Carville said, If Hill would give Obama one of her nads, they would both have one.

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edcushman 05/25/14 - 07:42 am
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'In 2016, Hillary Rodham
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'In 2016, Hillary Rodham Clinton will be elected President of the United States."
eel, you might be correct. For the last 40 yrs our kids have been dummied down, we have generation after generation of deadbeats and the black population has been brainwashed by the democrats. About 95% of blacks will vote for her no matter. I guess LBJ was correct.

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carcraft 05/25/14 - 07:41 am
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Unless she "falls " again and

Unless she "falls " again and needs "Magic" glasses!

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 05/25/14 - 08:06 am
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edcushman

And 95% of herd-mentality Tea Party members will vote for whomever the right nominates, "no matter"? Don't forget the "brainwashed" Hispanics (the real and growing problem for the right), and those of us with advanced graduate degrees who will vote enthusiastically for Hillary in 2016. The accepted "wisdom" on the right that liberal voters are mostly all stupid and self serving, while conservatives are enlightened and disinterested is pretty funny, actually.

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john 05/25/14 - 08:34 am
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eel

most on the right value achievement and accomplishment. Both of which HRC lacks. HRC has integrity issues at best. No character. That should be a bi-partisan concern.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 05/25/14 - 08:54 am
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john

If what you say regarding Hillary--character, achievement, accomplishment--was widely believed, that would be a bi-partisan issue.
But your views are not widely believed beyond the world of Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, and the Tea Party. Your characterization of HRC is in fact highly partisan. If you could escape from the right's ideological bubble for a moment, the world would look considerably different.

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dichotomy 05/25/14 - 09:03 am
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Hey.....Obama's

Hey.....Obama's administration has us in such bad shape now "what difference does it make" who follows him? (sarcasm)

Actually, the most important election is this year. It is imperative to keep the House and take the Senate and send Harry Reid to a small office near the men's room.

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carcraft 05/25/14 - 09:56 am
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Hillary's biggest

Hillary's biggest accomplishment " standby your man" and being named after sir Edmund Hilary!

JB68
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JB68 05/25/14 - 10:10 am
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eel

"And 95% of herd-mentality Tea Party members will vote for whomever the right nominates"

Incorrect. It was conservatives that did not turn out to vote for Romney in '12 that allowed obama a second term. (obama is the only pres elected to a 2nd term with fewer votes than the 1st term)

You would figure that someone with an"advanced graduate degree" would know that.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 05/25/14 - 10:53 am
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JB68

If what you say is true, then I would have been slightly more accurate to say the Tea Party member WHO END UP VOTING will vote for whomever the Republican party nominates. Surely you don't believe any Tea Party members voted for Obama over Romney. But I am not yet prepared to accept your assertion that there were any significant number of Tea Party stay-at-homes, or that their non-participation had any real effect. What is your proof? I've heard that claim before, but in my view it's mostly part of the Tea Party effort to put pressure on the Republican establishment to nominate a real right winger. You see, JB68, that's the thing about those of us with "advanced degrees"; we try to limit what we know to stuff that's true....

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t3bledsoe 05/25/14 - 11:15 am
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As a Democrat, I HOPE the democratic party WILL run somebody else! Clinton will get a lot of women votes, BUT not the women who are Republicans. I see the Republicans winning the next presidential election, NO MATTER WHO RUNS!! The experience with Obama has left a BAD TASTE in sooo many peoples' lives!

JB68
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JB68 05/25/14 - 11:17 am
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"us with "advanced degrees";

"us with "advanced degrees"; we try to limit what we know to stuff that's true...."

Like your 95% assertion? I do, though, have no doubt that there is a limit to what you know.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 05/25/14 - 11:24 am
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If both houses of Congress become Republican, then Obama will be a lame duck for two years!

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 05/25/14 - 11:30 am
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JB68

For sure. But now, how about that "proof" that Romney lost because Tea Party voters stayed home? In my view, Romney lost largely because the Tea Party had driven Romney so far to the right that moderate voters were turned off and voted instead for Obama.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 05/25/14 - 11:32 am
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t3bledsoe

So now you settle for "lame" duck? After trying so hard for 6 years to make him a dead duck? I'll take that as a partial victory for my side.

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stuaby 05/25/14 - 12:13 pm
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"In my view, Romney lost

"In my view, Romney lost largely because the Tea Party had driven Romney so far to the right that moderate voters were turned off and voted instead for Obama."

Wow.

JB68
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JB68 05/25/14 - 12:44 pm
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Romney far to the right? Now

Romney far to the right? Now that's funny. But if your point of view is far left, I suppose it could seem that way.

Let's see, you make claims and provide no backup whatsoever but demand proof from others ... Typical.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 05/25/14 - 12:52 pm
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stuaby and JB

I watched the Republican primary debates, did you? Romney was so afraid of being outflanked on his right by Perry, Cain, Bachmann, Gingrich, and Santorum that he rarely if ever challenged their right-wing views. It was only in the general election that Romney tried to move back to the center (where most elections historically have been won), but by then the damage to his image had been done. "Funny"? Wow"?
No, just facts.

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Gage Creed 05/25/14 - 03:05 pm
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Move On

Well if Hillary takes the job... it will let O off the hook as the worst president ever...

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SGT49 05/25/14 - 03:23 pm
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In all the bloviating by the

In all the bloviating by the advanced-graduate-degreed eel, not one refutation of the contents of the editorial. Just the same left-winged attack pablum of the liberal empty-heads.

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