There’s nothing quite like the venue of tony liberal arts university to give a speech short on substance and long on pablum—and given that Hillary Clinton’s days of getting paid six figures to drone on in front of the Fortune 500 ended right about the time she lost the presidency to Donald Trump, joints like Wellesley College are pretty much her only ticket these days. It also helps that Clinton happens to be a graduate of the school, and so when they came calling with an offer to deliver a few remarks at an alumni event last Saturday—probably in exchange for picking up her bar tab along with a couple of Outback Steakhouse gift cards—she snapped up the opportunity faster than hubby Bill hitting Chappaqua for a little R&R with the Energizer.
Anyhoo, as conversations often do, Clinton’s bon mots quickly turned to the subject of fascism, a subject with which she has more than a passing familiarity. What’s interesting, however, is the complete lack of self-awareness she displayed when speaking—as if she had totally forgotten about all those “Been There, Done That” t-shirts she had hanging in the closet after her own numerous ventures down Mussolini’s Via dell’Impero. Check it out:
“The idea that it can’t happen here is just old fashioned, my friends.”
“The demagoguery, the appeal to the crowd, the very clever use of symbols, the intimidation, verbal and physical,” she said. “This is a classic pattern. There is nothing new about it, it is just different means of messages being delivered.”
Ah, yes. A classic pattern indeed—which is probably why Clinton, who has been running the same tired old political playbook for decades, personally resorts to these very same methods time and again. Millions will die if Obamacare gets repealed? File under demagoguery. The glass ceiling at the Javits Center that remains unshattered? Some powerful symbolism there. Verbal and physical intimidation? See what happens when you wear a MAGA hat in the wrong place. For sure, these tactics are nothing new—but some of their most fervent practitioners can be found in Clinton’s camp on the Left.
But wait, there’s more…
“There is nothing normal about undermining the rule of law. There is nothing normal about attacking the press. There is nothing normal about trying to undermine another branch of government. There is nothing normal about trying to use the political system to go after your enemies. There is nothing normal about any of that.”
And if anyone would know about undermining the rule of law, it’s Hillary Rodham Clinton. From cattle futures to Whitewater to running interference for Slick Willie’s perjury to her private email server, she’s bent the rule of law so many times that Gumby would probably beg her for mercy. As to undermining branches of government, I’d say that pinning your electoral loss on some vast Russian conspiracy rather than your own incompetence just might qualify. Then again, eroding public faith in American democracy is a small price to pay for covering Madame Secretary’s rear end.
Then there’s this business about using the political system to go after your enemies. That’s a Clinton speciality, as cats like Sidney Blumenthal could readily attest. And let’s not forget about that pesky Steele dossier, which turned out to be nothing more than Clinton-funded oppo research that got laundered through the FBI to give it the imprimatur of authenticity. Last I checked, the Bureau was a federal agency—as are the super-secret FISA courts that authorized eavesdropping on the Trump campaign. Perhaps Hillary was thinking about herself when she dropped this little pearl of wisdom into her Wellesley speech?
That just leaves attacking the news media—something that Clinton would never, ever be so crass as to normalize, right?
To paraphrase Tom Wolfe, it seems as if the dark night of fascism is forever descending on America and yet landing squarely on Hillary’s head. Perhaps it might be better for everyone if she just sat this particular discussion out.