Hil­lary stalks history on her hus­band’s coat­tails

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - BY CHARLES HURT

NEW YORK il­lary wore white.

Step­ping into the klieg lights, she was — fi­nally! — the blush­ing bride of the Demo­cratic Party. Smil­ing, wav­ing, tilt­ing her head, clutch­ing her fist to her chest as she sur­veyed her adorable fans. She stepped to the lectern and gazed lov­ingly into the teleprompter.

And im­me­di­ately the sound sys­tem mal­func­tioned. No one could hear her. Shout­ing and screams, but she was obliv­i­ous, talk­ing through a gi­ant smile.

Crackle! Muf­fle! Fum­ble! Crackle! Gar­ble! “… taken with me, and I am so grate­ful to you,” Hil­lary Clin­ton could fi­nally be heard say­ing.

And, three, two, one — there it was. The very next sen­tence: “We are all stand­ing un­der a glass ceil­ing right now!” she shouted.

In one ref­er­ence right out of the gate, Hil­lary Clin­ton both grasped for history and played the wo­man scorned card.

Re­mem­ber last time, eight years ago, when she was forced to con­cede the Demo­cratic nom­i­na­tion to Barack Obama and she spoke bit­terly of the 18 mil­lion cracks in the “glass ceil­ing”

H— one for ev­ery vote she got? Yet, still wasn’t enough?

Mes­sage: I am the first wo­man nom­i­nee of a ma­jor party, and you’d bet­ter get out there and hus­tle to make me the first wo­man pres­i­dent or we will all con­tinue to suf­fer un­der this glass ceil­ing!

You owe me! I waited my turn long enough! Now get to work!

So there she was, wear­ing creamy white — the color of a wed­ding gown. Fi­nally Amer­ica’s bride, af­ter 25 years of dat­ing, count­less breakups and a thou­sand ac­cu­sa­tions of in­fi­delity, Hil­lary Clin­ton is fi­nally about to be made an hon­est wo­man.

Or, ac­tu­ally, she has fi­nally got­ten the chance to com­pete one on one against a rol­lick­ing, or­ange-haired New York show­man so that she might be­come an hon­est wo­man. She is like one of the bach­e­lorette con­tes­tants on those dat­ing com­pe­ti­tion shows, only she is al­ready wear­ing wed­ding white. Vir­gin pu­rity. But here is what is funny about Hil­lary Clin­ton so un­abashedly claim­ing the wo­man card in run­ning for the pres­i­dency.

She is ter­ri­ble at pol­i­tics (2008 Demo­cratic nom­i­na­tion, 2016 Demo­cratic nom­i­na­tion). She is also ter­ri­ble at pol­icy (Rus­sia, Beng­hazi). And she is ter­ri­ble at good gov­er­nance (bath­room server). And not a par­tic­u­larly up­stand­ing per­son (lies all the time).

So how did some­one who is so ut­terly un­qual­i­fied reach the high­est ech­e­lons of Amer­i­can pol­i­tics? She mar­ried well. Hil­lary Clin­ton rode her hus­band’s coat­tails to the top of a busi­ness that he was bril­liant at and she would have never got­ten her tiny toe into ex­cept she mar­ried the right per­son.

All across Amer­ica, there are mil­lions and mil­lions of strong and suc­cess­ful women in ev­ery oc­cu­pa­tion imag­in­able. Many have over­come in­sur­mount­able odds to be­come the best at what they do.

And not one of these strong, suc­cess­ful women got to where she is by rid­ing her hus­band’s coat­tails.

There is noth­ing fem­i­nist what­so­ever about Hil­lary Clin­ton’s as­cent in pol­i­tics.

Rather, Hil­lary Clin­ton is the most anti-fem­i­nist can­di­date in decades. Which is fine, re­ally, if that’s what you want to run on.

But just don’t claim to be car­ry­ing the torch for suc­cess­ful women when you can­not hold a can­dle to the mil­lions and mil­lions of strong and suc­cess­ful women in this coun­try who made it the hard way: by earn­ing it. Charles Hurt can be reached at charleshurt@live.com; fol­low him on Twit­ter via @charleshurt.

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