When running for the presidency, it’s always a good idea to be able to answer questions about your accomplishments. People have an annoying habit of wanting to know what you’ve actually accomplished in life that might tend to suggest how you’ll do as President, past accomplishment often being revealing of future performance and all. Hillary Clinton is a case in point. She has, for her primary past accomplishments, noted that she was First Lady, and also a Senator, but some have suggested that those are titles, not accomplishments. She has also suggested that she flew more miles than previous Secretaries of State, but some impertinent wags have pointed out that’s a matter of sitting on one’s posterior rather than actually accomplishing something. And it has gone downhill from there.
Last night, Diane Sawyer asked Hillary Clinton a question that should’ve come as no surprise: What significant things did she accomplish during her four years as Secretary of State? What’s surprising is that Hillary didn’t even attempt to answer the question. She just changed the subject.
Even The New York Times, a virtual Clinton News subsidiary, was forced to report:
It was a simple question to someone accustomed to much tougher ones: What was her proudest achievement as secretary of state? But for a moment, Hillary Rodham Clinton, appearing recently before a friendly audience at a women’s forum in Manhattan, seemed flustered.
Both of these reports are from 2014–there are a great many more then and since–but Clinton is not alone in being unable to elucidate any of her accomplishments. The Daily Mail reported that State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki couldn’t come up with anything either:
State Department Press Secretary Jen Psaki was flummoxed, too, when asked about a 2010 State Department Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) that summarized then-Secretary Clinton’s goals and accomplishments.
‘Can you, off the top of your head, identify one tangible achievement that … resulted from the last QDDR?’ asked an Associated Press reporter during the daily briefing.
‘I am certain that those who were here at the time, who worked hard on that effort, could point out one,’ Psaki replied through a forced smile.
‘I’m sure there are a range of things that were put into place that I’m not even aware of,’ she offered moments later.
‘I won’t hold my breath,’ the reporter shot back.
Since 2014, Mrs. Clinton and her handlers have obviously been working on that one, and pm 07-23-15 at a South Carolina speech, Mrs. Clinton provided her first tangible, pseudo-accomplishment. We shouldn’t vote for her because she’s a woman, but we should vote for her because her primary qualification is she’s a woman.
I particularly like this salient point.
Voting based on the reproductive plumbing of candidates hasn’t worked out that well for the American people. As a matter of fact, calling attention to one’s naughty bits hasn’t worked out well for Mrs. Clinton’s chief advisor, Huma Abedin, close confidant of the Muslim Brotherhood and wife of Anthony–Carlos Danger –Weiner.
Oh well. Some people just don’t learn from history. But as Jesse Jackson has proved time and again, alliteration works. I think Mrs. Clinton is missing a solid bet by not leaping aboard this bit of alliteration: