Hill's "Scooby-Do" tour reveals much. . . .
Start Hillary's "Scooby-Do" soup recipe with my own HILLARY HAIKU (5-7-5 IN 2016!).
Trying to project swagger, she followed her husband’s advice and voted to authorize the Iraq war without bothering to read the unpersuasive National Intelligence Estimate — a move that she now surely knows helped cost her the election. Bill Clinton’s philosophy after 9/11, as Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr. reported in their book, “Her Way,” was encapsulated in what he told a group of Democrats in 2003: “When people feel uncertain, they’d rather have someone who’s strong and wrong than somebody who’s weak and right.”
Hillary followed this maxim on the day of the war vote in the Senate when, as Gerth wrote last year in ProPublica, she “went further than any other Democratic senator — and aligned herself with President Bush — by accusing Saddam Hussein of giving ‘aid, comfort and sanctuary to terrorists, including Al Qaeda.’ ”. . . .
Note also NRO's Jonah Goldberg on Hillary's Iraq War vote. Like John Kerry, she was "for it before she was against it." Indeed, not only did she flip-flop during her Senate tenure--upon her open opposition to the Bush43 Iraq surge; she flip-flopped between her 2008 campaign statement that she would not apologize for her 2002 war vote, only to apologize for it in her 2014 doorstop-size memoir.
Back to "MoDo": Hillary ran in 2008, Dowd sums up, as a "masculine woman" and lost her party's presidential nomination for Barack Obama's "feminized man." Dowd continues:
In her Iowa round tables, she acted as though she were following dating tips from 1950s advice columnists to women trying to “trap” a husband: listen a lot, nod a lot, widen your eyes, and act fascinated with everything that’s said. A clip posted on her campaign Facebook page showed her sharing the story of the day her granddaughter was born with some Iowa voters, basking in estrogen as she emoted about the need for longer paid leave for new mothers: “You’ve got to bond with your baby. You’ve got to learn how to take care of the baby.”
She and her fresh team of No-Drama ex-Obama advisers think that this humility tour will move her past the hilarious caricature by Kate McKinnon (5:32) on “Saturday Night Live” of Hillary as a manipulative, clawing robot who has coveted the role as leader of the free world for decades. But isn’t there a more authentic way for Hillary to campaign as a woman — something between an overdose of testosterone and an overdose of estrogen, something between Macho Man and Humble Granny?
In GMM MD captured Hillary's shift between 2008 & 2016:
As Hillary finally admits the axiomatic — she wants to be president — she will take the Nixon approach, trying to charm people one by one in the early states for 2016, an acknowledgement that she cannot emulate the wholesale allure of Bill Clinton or Barack Obama.
That reality hit her in 2008, when throngs waited hours to get in to hear The One. “Enough with the speeches and the big rallies,” a frustrated Hillary cried out to a Cincinnati crowd. . . .
As the old maxim goes, if you can fake humility, you’ve got it made. . . .
Instead of a chilly, scripted, entitled policy wonk, as in 2008, Hillary plans to be a warm, spontaneous, scrappy fighter for average Americans. Instead of a woman campaigning like a man, as in 2008, she will try to stir crowds with the idea of being the first woman president. Instead of haughtily blowing off the press, as in 2008, she will make an effort to play nice.
It’s a do-or-die remodeling, like when you put a new stainless steel kitchen in a house that doesn’t sell.
Even MD, who come post time will support Hillary versus any GOP candidate despite her reservations, sees Hillary's $2.5 billion fundraising goal as "obscene." An upcoming book by author & investigative reporter Peter Schweitzer, Clinton Cash, chronicles the Clinton Foundation cash machine; the Clinton's made at least $136.5 million combined between 2001 & 2012, including hundreds of donations from foreign sources--many made during Hillary's tenure as secretary of state (included 11 of the 13 speeches for which Bubba was paid $500,000). It is, saith an NYT front-pager,already "the most anticipated and feared book of a presidential cycle still in its infancy." Ominously for Hillary, the author entered into exclusivity agreement with the NY Times, Washington Post & Fox News, under which the news outlets will pursue the book's story lines.
MD sums up a longer, quarter-century strategy shift: In 1992 Hillary softened her public image by trying to be a "warm, loving mother" in public; now she aims to be seen as a "warm, loving grandmother."
Now for more seasoning, add 17 reasons why Hillary does not resemble the warm, fuzzy image she clumsily is trying to project. One reason is her habit of being spectacularly rude to many of those who work for her--carefully shielded by progressive news outlets from the American public, which would long ago have gone ballistic and never elected her to anything. Consider a standard Hillary response to a Secret service agent's "Good morning" greeting: "F&%# off!" Also, Hillary never wanted to see military or law enforcement uniforms, insisted that servants be out of sight until she summoned them and never thanked her helpers. Her staff, too, is equally rude.
Then stir in "Hillary's Inauthentic Authenticity" as rendered by Charles Krauthammer:
Serve with old wine in new bottles: Hillary being, per Michael Barone, "stuck in the 1990s":
Now sprinkle with the odious "Billary Machine" swinging into action once more, with feeling. Yet the linked article, by politics ace John Fund, offers hope that Hillary's authenticity problem is anything but fatal:
Bottom Line. Hillary is fake, but too many voters do not seem to care. Perhaps the GOP's best hope to win in 2016 is if, during the presidential campaign, Hillary is caught on open mic cursing out her protective detail. Even then, her media protectors will do everything possible to spin is as a rare lapse never to be repeated.
Letter from the Capitol, Conservative Politics