By Dave Andrusko
Hillary Clinton’s remarks in India were so painfully tone-deaf, so guaranteed to be interpreted just as they were meant to be (an all-purpose assault on anyone who dared to vote for Donald Trump), and so repetitious (she’s been singing the same whiny tune for 16 months) that I thought I’d just skip over them. But Clinton’s become such a thorn in the side of her own party, I thought it’d be worthwhile mentioning.
First, some background. Clinton actually was the perfect presidential nominee for the Democratic party. The party’s leadership is militantly pro-abortion, actively hostile to Middle America, and utterly convinced they are “owed” the reins of power. That’s Hillary Clinton in a nutshell.
But some Democrats, such as Conor Lamb who ran (apparently successfully) in the special election in Pennsylvania, will make a point of not trying to alienate everyone in sight. And a handful of them, like Lamb, will be two-faced enough about abortion that if you are not paying attention, you’d think they (in this case Lamb) are pro-life when they are not!
So the point is if you are a pro-abortion party which lost the presidency by losing states in the Industrial Midwest thought impossible for a Democratic presidential nominee to lose, you want to at least pretend those who voted for Trump are not to be put (in Hillary’s legendary phrase) “into what I call the basket of deplorables. . . The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it. . . some of those folks, they are irredeemable.”
(Many of those “deplorables” are pro-lifers. When we oppose abortion, are we “clinging” to our “guns or religion” to express our “frustrations,” to borrow from then-candidate Barack Obama’s dismissive comments?)
So in speaking at the 2018 ‘India Today Conclave’ in Mumbai, Clinton, having learned nothing (and forgotten nothing), repeated every ugly stereotype you could imagine, promoting a story in the Hill headlined, “Dems are angry over Hillary Clinton’s latest comments.”
One comment is typical:
“She’s annoying me. She’s annoying everyone, as far as I can tell,” said one 2016 Clinton surrogate. “Who lets her say these things?”
Well, of course, this implies anyone in her circle wants her to stop. If, like me, you believe she has every intention of running for President again, you conclude Clinton believes that this poor-little-oh-me exercise in victimhood will rally the troops.
The list of remarkably offensive observations goes on and on and on. To name just two:
If you look at the map of the United States, there is all that red in the middle, places where Trump won. What that map doesn’t show you is that I won the places that own two thirds of America’s Gross Domestic product. I won the places that are optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward. And his whole campaign, Make America Great Again, was looking backwards. You don’t like black people getting rights, you don’t like women getting jobs, you don’t want to see that Indian American succeeding more than you are, whatever that problem is, I am going to solve it.
Writing at National Review Online, Jonah Goldberg perfectly captured where she went wrong:
So, what’s wrong with what she said? Well, nearly everything, starting with the fact that she probably believes all of it. It shows that she really doesn’t like large swathes of the country. She has a Manichaean view that says people who voted against her are backward, racist, sexist, and kind of dumb.
The second comment is a real dozy, coming from a “feminist”:
We [Democrats] do not do well with white men and we don’t do well with married, white women. And part of that is an identification with the Republican Party, and a sort of ongoing pressure to vote the way that your husband, your boss, your son, whoever, believes you should.
My Phi Beta Kappa wife votes for whomever—in this case Trump—because of “ongoing pressure” from me? Wow! Could Mrs. Clinton possibly find a better way to insult just about everyone at the same time trivializing to the nth degree what “feminism” is supposed to mean?
BTW, why do I think Clinton will run again? That’s what Clintons do. Besides nobody, but nobody, has a deeper, richer sense of her own entitlement than Hillary Rodham Clinton.
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