Hillary Clinton is not my favorite female politician. That “honor” (in sarcastic quotes because, really, is this something people fight over?) belongs to Bella Abzug, with close runners-up Barbara Jordan and Ann Richards. I didn’t support Hillary’s presidential run in 2008 because I disagreed with her support for the Iraq war. Still, I’ve always thought she was smart, thorough, a person committed to public service and respectful enough to the role of government in our lives to do her homework.
You could see that person in front of Congress this week. If you missed it, here’s a video. If you don’t like this one because you think the mainstream media is biased (especially that Diane Sawyer, whose liberal pedigree includes working for *gasp* Richard Nixon), try this.
In both, you’ll see a woman who is poised, who gives as good as she gets, and who doesn’t play the victim card.
She’s had years – nay, decades – of experience.
There were the rumors that she was an adulteress who had her lover murdered because he knew too much about her criminal activities.
She has endured endless speculation about her marriage, about whether or not she really loves her husband or if, forty years ago, she decided that the road to world domination required her to hitch up with a bright kid from Arkansas. Because ambition is the only reason smart women ever get married.
On the merits of the Benghazi case, Clinton is being singled out by a partisan section of the Congress, which is, I know, a huge surprise. I’m not saying that there shouldn’t be an investigation, because people died, and any sane person wants to prevent that from happening again. What I fail to understand is why four people shot by terrorists in Libya is more of important and requires more outrage by the GOP than 20 children and six adults shot by a terrorist in Connecticut.
I don’t know if Clinton plans to run for president in 2016. She’s being touted as the front-runner, but she was also touted as the front-runner in 2005, and we know how that turned out. I don’t know if she’ll be my candidate if she does choose to run.
I do know, as an adult woman who has had her own personal life attacked by people who don’t like my politics, that I know what her decision might cost her.
Martha Thomases, Media Goddess, would not run for President ever, much to your relief.