[Marxism] Hillary Clinton: The Perfect G.O.P. Nominee
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NY Times Op-Ed, August 14 2016
The Perfect G.O.P. Nominee
by Maureen Dowd
Hillary Clinton in June. Credit Monica Almeida/The New York Times
WASHINGTON — SPEAKING of crazy …
All these woebegone Republicans whining that they can’t rally behind
their flawed candidate is crazy. The G.O.P. angst, the gnashing and
wailing and searching for last-minute substitutes and exit strategies,
is getting old.
They already have a 1-percenter who will be totally fine in the Oval
Office, someone they can trust to help Wall Street, boost the U.S.
Chamber of Commerce, cuddle with hedge funds, secure the trade deals
beloved by corporate America, seek guidance from Henry Kissinger and
hawk it up — unleashing hell on Syria and heaven knows where else.
The Republicans have their candidate: It’s Hillary.
They can’t go with Donald Trump. He’s too volatile and unhinged.
The erstwhile Goldwater Girl and Goldman Sachs busker can be counted on
to do the normal political things, not the abnormal haywire things.
Trump’s propounding could drag us into war, plunge us into a recession
and shatter Washington into a thousand tiny bits.
Hillary will keep the establishment safe. Who is more of an
establishment figure, after all? Her husband was president, and he
repealed Glass-Steagall, signed the Defense of Marriage Act and got rid
of those pesky welfare queens.
Pushing her Midwestern Methodist roots, taking advantage of
primogeniture, Hillary often seems more Republican than the Gotham bling
king, who used to be a Democrat and donor to Democratic candidates
before he jumped the turnstile.
Hillary is a reliable creature of Wall Street. Her tax return showed the
Clintons made $10.6 million last year, and like other superrich
families, they incorporated with the Clinton Executive Services
Corporation (which was billed for the infamous server). Trump has
started holding up goofy charts at rallies showing Hillary has gotten
$48,500,000 in contributions from hedge funders, compared to his $19,000.
Unlike Trump, she hasn’t been trashing leading Republicans. You know
that her pals John McCain and Lindsey Graham are secretly rooting for
her. There is a cascade of prominent Republicans endorsing Hillary,
donating to Hillary, appearing in Hillary ads, talking up Hillary’s charms.
Robert Kagan, a former Reagan State Department aide, adviser to the
McCain and Mitt Romney campaigns and Iraq war booster, headlined a
Hillary fund-raiser this summer. Another neocon, James Kirchick, keened
in The Daily Beast, “Hillary Clinton is the one person standing between
America and the abyss.”
She has finally stirred up some emotion in women, even if it is just
moderate suburban Republican women palpitating to leave their own
nominee, who has the retro air of a guy who just left the dim recesses
of a Playboy bunny club.
The Democratic nominee put out an ad featuring Trump-bashing Michael
Hayden, an N.S.A. and C.I.A. chief under W. who was deemed “incongruent”
by the Senate when he testified about torture methods. And she earned an
endorsement from John Negroponte, a Reagan hand linked to
American-trained death squads in Latin America.
Politico reports that the Clinton team sent out feelers to see if
Kissinger, the Voldemort of Vietnam, and Condi Rice, the conjurer of
Saddam’s apocalyptic mushroom cloud, would back Hillary.
Hillary has written that Kissinger is an “idealistic” friend whose
counsel she valued as secretary of state, drawing a rebuke from Bernie
Sanders during the primaries: “I’m proud to say Henry Kissinger is not
The Hillary team seems giddy over its windfall of Republicans and
neocons running from the Trump sharknado. But as David Weigel wrote in
The Washington Post, the specter of Kissinger, the man who advised Nixon
to prolong the Vietnam War to help with his re-election, fed a
perception that “the Democratic nominee has returned to her old, hawkish
ways and is again taking progressives for granted.”
And Isaac Chotiner wrote in Slate, “The prospect of Kissinger having
influence in a Clinton White House is downright scary.”
Hillary is a safer bet in many ways for conservatives. Trump likes to
say he is flexible. What if he returns to his liberal New York positions
on gun control and abortion rights?
Trump is far too incendiary in his manner of speaking, throwing around
dangerous and self-destructive taunts about “Second Amendment people”
taking out Hillary, or President Obama and Hillary being the founders of
ISIS. And he still blindly follows his ego, failing to understand the
fundamentals of a campaign. “I don’t know that we need to get out the
vote,” he told Fox News Thursday. “I think people that really wanna vote
are gonna get out and they’re gonna vote for Trump.”
Hillary, on the other hand, understands her way around political
language and Washington rituals. Of course you do favors for wealthy
donors. And if you want to do something incredibly damaging to the
country, like enabling George W. Bush to make the worst foreign policy
blunder in U.S. history, don’t shout inflammatory and fabricated taunts
from a microphone.
You must walk up to the microphone calmly, as Hillary did on the Senate
floor the day of the Iraq war vote, and accuse Saddam of giving “aid,
comfort and sanctuary to terrorists, including Al Qaeda,” repeating the
Bush administration’s phony case for war.
If you want to carry the G.O.P. banner, your fabrications have to be
As Republican strategist Steve Schmidt noted on MSNBC, “the candidate in
the race most like George W. Bush and Dick Cheney from a foreign policy
perspective is in fact Hillary Clinton, not the Republican nominee.”
And that’s how Republicans prefer their crazy — not like Trump, but like
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