Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Already Bored By Billary
Interesting that Hillary chose to move up her announcement rather than wait until this summer, as previously planned. I think her botched handling of the Email-gate -- and the fact that she had no team in place to respond to that scandal -- made her feel the need to mobilize.
There is an odd juxtaposition at play. On the one hand Hillary tries to gin up excitement for how historic it would be to have a woman president. On the other hand, she has been around for several decades now. There is no longer anything shiny or new about her or what she offers. And this is not a slam on her age or appearance.
Most of us understand that politicians age and get wrinkles, just like the rest of us. Her physical appearance is not what is tiresome about Hillary.
What is tiresome is that Clintonesque secrecy and sense of entitlement. None of her scandals happen in a vacuum. The facts may change, but the pattern remains: the Clintons think and act as if the rules do not apply to them. And having knowingly disregarded the rules, the need for secrecy becomes paramount. In email-gate, we see the confluence of these two impulses: they break rules to protect their secrets.
What is undermining Hillary's candidacy from the outset is the feeling, and the reality, that we have seen this show before. It's like a re-run of I Love Lucy We know that Lucy is going to get in some hair-brained escapade, and we know that at the end of the episode she will wriggle her way out of it and do something similar next time.