Monday, February 08, 2016

Hillary: Entitlement, Interrupted.

Hillary Clinton is in trouble. It’s unlikely she will be president. I say so, because I see signs she herself knows this.

In the MSNBC debate last Friday, Clinton said government leaders
want me as their partner in the White House. And that's exactly what I will do. We'll get things done together. Democrats, Republicans, independents, we're going to make progress together when I'm president.
That’s a statement you’d expect from a practical progressive seeking to cut slightly to the right of a socialist opponent.

Yet it’s a flatly remarkable statement coming from someone who the night before, in the CNN town hall when Anderson Cooper asked her whether she still thinks the “vast right-wing conspiracy,” which she blamed for attacks on then-President Bill Clinton, is alive and well, Clinton replied:
Don’t you? Yeah, it’s gotten even better-funded. You know, they brought in some new multi-billionaires to pump the money in. . . At this point it’s probably not correct to say it’s a conspiracy, because it is out in the open. There is no doubt about what they’re doing.
Look, these guys play for keeps. They want to control our country. Sen. [Bernie] Sanders and I agree on that completely. They want to rig the economy so they continue to get richer and richer, they could care less about income inequality. . .They want to go after any economic interests that they don’t believe they can control, they want to destroy our balance of power, they want to go after our political system and fill it with people who do their bidding.
I don’t think all of the Republican candidates are so ill-informed about climate change that they say they don’t know because they’re not scientists. They’re just doing the bidding of the Koch brothers. They’re told, ‘Don’t you dare say climate change is real, because we are in the fossil fuel business.'
[J]ust know what we’re up against because it is real and we’re going to beat it.
Doesn’t sound like someone getting ready to “get things done together” with Republicans, does it?

No, the above passage is an unusual look inside the real Hillary, the person she usually hides away from us. Yes, she’s worried about losing the election. Yes, she’s worried about the damage a long primary fight will do to her prospects. The rules of the last election importantly affect how one looks at the current round, and in 2012, Democrats benefited from Obama’s having no primary, with his party free to turn their attention to helping rich, detached Mitt Romney win the Republican nomination, then savaging Mitt once he became the nominee.

Most of all, Hillary’s worried Republican pressure is forcing out the truth about her illegal server, the illegal materiel she stored on it, whether destroyed or not, and the connections her foundation has to corrupt governments and people wanting favors from the Clintons, the State Department, and Hillary’s hoped-for administration.

Republicans are Hillary’s mortal enemy. If America had only one party, the establishment could protect her, as it is now trying so mightily to do. She thinks, "thank heavens for Barack Obama and his Justice Department."

But deep down inside, Hillary fears Obama’s help may not be enough. The *&#!@%$ Republicans!

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