From the Hart: Hillary’s Hindenburg-like campaign

tsj column writers - from the hartBy Ron Hart

Hillary’s poll numbers are in free fall, so much so that she had to leave her vacation with friends in the Hamptons to return to her self-described “fight for the poor.” It was quite the sacrifice; it’s the best time to be at the beach.

Cruising to her Democrat “coronation,” all she has to do is run against herself. She has, and she’s losing. Now she will actually have to go to work in Iowa. Like any presidential candidate, she will spend a lot of time in Iowa now to get elected so she will never have to set foot in the state again.

If you see a Democrat politician in Iowa, it is either during a presidential campaign or his or her Lear jet crashed.

Putting on her best corn dog-eating pantsuit, she suffered the awkward indignity of walking around the Iowa State Fair. Corn dogs fried in butter are a good deal there, a two-for-one. The sign should say: “Corn dogs for sale—buy one, get type two diabetes for free.”

It was fun to watch a limousine liberal like Hillary, who loves the trappings of New York and the Hamptons, having to act like she enjoyed meeting the regular folks in states like Iowa. She has to be around people who look like they would argue with the McDonald’s manager about when the breakfast service should end. She is clearly uncomfortable doing it because she believes it is beneath her.

Hillary’s handlers keep her moving through events like state fairs for fear that, if she stops, she might have to answer questions. She has the look in her eyes and the fake smile of an aunt whose visiting grandnephews just put their iced tea glasses on her antique table without a coaster.

Her favorability number is 39 percent. Hillary has the authenticity of a $50 Rolex sold on the street in Chinatown. Like them or loathe them, Trump and Sanders are authentic.

She is losing to Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire by 22 points and in Iowa by 10 points. The Clinton campaign fears that if this could happen in New Hampshire, it could happen in the United States.

Hillary has lost one third of her supporters in Iowa. It remains unclear if she has lost them or wiped them from her server database. In a recent poll, the words most associated with Hillary were “liar” and “not trustworthy.” Most Americans trust a drink served by Bill Cosby more than they do Hillary.

Lying about, and then deleting, 30,000 emails from her illegal private server are what trouble most of us. And the State Department’s slow walking of legal requests to release what emails she did not delete, while redacting many of them, is troubling. Undisclosed to the public, the woman put in charge of vetting the emails for the State Department was a $2,700 Hillary donor. There is no telling what they will withhold.

From being fired from the Watergate investigation, through her Arkansas and political days, there is cumulative evidence that she’s dishonest. Her tenure as Secretary of State was a disaster. The current Syrian refugee crisis speaks to the Obama administration’s fumbling of the “red line” threat to President Assad. Clinton mishandled Benghazi and then lied about it. If she or John Kerry got something right, it would be one in a row.

We used to have a government by the people and for the people. Now we have more government than we want or need and politicians govern in spite of the people. They have one set of rules for themselves (private email server) and a second set for the rest of us.

Her message of victim-baiting feminism is losing to one of self-empowerment and economic growth. Trump is even gaining ground on her with women—and he has no experience chasing women over age 50.

But Hillary’s reductive campaign theme has not changed: There should be a woman in the White House and, technically, she is a woman—so elect her, dammit! She is also trying to channel her husband, Bill, who welcomed many women into the Oral Office.

She uses the “Historic First: a Woman in the White House” mantra to obscure her dishonesty. She actually might accomplish one first: the first Clinton to be impeached before the Iowa primary.

This extensive list of embarrassments would be the most humiliating things that could happen to this woman, had Hillary married better.

(Ron Hart is a libertarian op-ed humorist columnist, author, and TV and radio commentator. He can be contacted at Ron@RonaldHart.com or RonaldHart.com.)

 

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