Jewish World Review August 2, 2013/ 26 Menachem-Av, 5773
Hillary just isn't all that interesting
By Jonah Goldberg
"I think she's one of the most fascinating women of our time and this world," confessed
Words are funny things. For instance,
So it is, I suppose, with the word "fascinating." Given the perpetual soap opera revolving around the Clintons, I can understand the fascination with Mrs. Clinton. But while a soap opera can make for a compelling spectacle, that doesn't mean every character in it is compelling in his or her own right.
Quick: Can you think of a single truly interesting thing
Before you answer, let me narrow the terms. Wildly implausible statements about how she parlayed pocket change into
What I mean is: Have you ever heard her speak, as a politician in her own right, and been wowed by her eloquence or floored by her insights or even particularly impressed by her raw political skill?
I'm hard-pressed to think of any examples. I suppose her famous dismissal of any interest in how, on her watch, four Americans were murdered by terrorists -- "What difference, at this point, does it make?!" -- could count as fascinating in its brazen indifference and staggering cynicism. But c'mon.
The simple fact, by my lights at least, is that
The same goes for her career. Quick: What has the woman done? As a lawyer, what important cases did she win? As a first lady, her only major "accomplishment" was a failed health-care reform scheme that didn't even get a vote in the
In other words, what fascinates me is the fascination with Hillary. I don't deny that it exists, I just don't think she warrants it. Also, I don't think finding
And this is one reason why I think all of the talk about Hilary's "inevitability" is misplaced. Yes, she's way ahead in the polls. But she's also been out of the line of fire in domestic partisan politics for a long time. That softens people's attitudes until they are given a reason to change them. (
Sure, the smart money is on her to win the Democratic nomination if she runs. But, then again, the same smart money went to Clinton in 2008. Clinton lost to Obama for several reasons, some of them tactical. But trumping all of the others was that Obama was a more compelling candidate.
And that's Clinton's Achilles' heel: Candidates matter.
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