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Time to Ask Serious Question About Hillary

By Thursday, 29 January 2015 08:15 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Finally someone has dared to attack the Hillary Clinton “pedestal of infallibility” and ask what she has accomplished to deserve to be president of the United States — not to mention clear the bench of virtually all competitors.

Good for former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina for raising the issue last week and daring to say what most in the mainstream media, Republicans and Democrats seem to be afraid to discuss. The same could have been asked about Barack Obama whose only claim to fame was being in the United States Senate and a “community organizer.” We see where that has brought the country — division at home and retreat and disrespect around the world.

Based on that standard, I guess Hillary is more than qualified since she not only was a United States senator with a record as undistinguished as Obama’s, but she also can add secretary of state to her portfolio. Fiorina put that in perspective saying that she too has traveled the globe but unlike Clinton she “accomplished something” and added: “You see, Mrs. Clinton, flying is not an accomplishment. It is an activity."

If that were not enough, she took direct aim at Clinton’s relationship with Vladimir Putin and her response to the Benghazi scandal. Regarding Putin she said, “I have met Vladimir Putin. I know that it takes far more than a gimmick reset button to halt his ambition.” On Benghazi she said that she knows “what difference it makes that our American ambassador and three other Americans were killed in Libya,” and “unlike Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, I know our response must be more forceful than the arrest of a single individual one year later.”

When you come to think about it, other than Putin and Benghazi, what is Clinton remembered for as secretary of state — other than extensive travel and chaos in the Mideast? As much as I admire how Bill Clinton overcame obstacles, defied all odds and will be noted as a very good president, I cannot bring myself to believe that Hillary is “entitled” to be his and Obama’s heir apparent. So what has she accomplished?

As first lady, she presided over Clinton’s failed healthcare proposal. Although she did have some success in areas dealing with children and adoption, she was the only first lady to be subpoenaed. Remember Whitewater? As a U.S. senator, how many outstanding legislative achievements with national impact was she associated with? Of course, the same could be said of Obama. So what does she believe in? It depends.

Recently, she refused to take a stand on the Keystone Pipeline saying “I can’t really comment at great length because I had responsibility for it and it’s been passed on and it wouldn’t be appropriate.”

That’s a bit different than her comment in 2010 when she was secretary of state when she said: "We're either going to be dependent on dirty oil from the Gulf or dirty oil from Canada. We're not yet signed off on it. But we are inclined to do so."

So, one day she refuses to take a stand on a hot issue and the next, as in the case of possible congressional sanctions on Iran, is firmly in lockstep with the administration in opposition. It will be interesting to see what she will do when she has to choose between Obama and Iran or Netanyahu and Israel.

In some ways, Hillary and Obama are like two peas in a pod. Just as Obama is no Ronald Reagan or Bill Clinton, Hillary probably would not be a Margaret Thatcher, Golda Meir  — or even a Bill Clinton.

Clarence V. McKee is president of McKee Communications, Inc., a government, political, and media relations consulting firm in Florida. He held several positions in the Reagan administration as well as in the Reagan presidential campaigns and has appeared on many national and local media outlets. Read more reports from Clarence V. McKee — Click Here Now.

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In some ways, Hillary and Obama are like two peas in a pod. Just as Obama is no Ronald Reagan or Bill Clinton, Hillary probably would not be a Margaret Thatcher, Golda Meir — or even a Bill Clinton.
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Thursday, 29 January 2015 08:15 AM
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