Writing in the New York Daily News, Hillary biographer Gail Sheehy has a bone to pick with her heroine, now that Clinton is arrogantly stonewalling the issue of her private email account while she was Secretary of State. Sheehy wants Elizabeth Warren to force Clinton to show some humility.
Sheehy, desperate to have a woman in the White House, waxes eloquent over Clinton’s hubris, writing, “She has reacted to a series of legitimate press reports raising serious questions about her use of a private email server to conduct the public’s business while secretary of state by going into bunker stance and attacking the messengers. We have seen this face on Hillary too often before, and it is deeply unappealing.” She continues, “If Clinton wants to rebuild trust with voters and win the White House, she needs to sideline her arrogant instincts. She must show humility. It’s time she speaks candidly about her mistakes and what she has learned from them. None of this is going to happen unless someone makes it happen.”
Sheehy is so committed to a cleansing of Clinton’s soul, she demands the messenger to force Clinton to ‘fess up must be Warren, because a GOP candidate’s attacks would be seen as partisan. That is true, of course, but it also might win the GOP candidate the presidency, which of course is unacceptable for Sheehy, so Warren it is. That keeps the little problem in-house.
Sheehy writes: “The obvious challenger, the one with a real opportunity to sharpen Hillary’s candidacy if not derail it entirely, is Elizabeth Warren.” After rehashing the story of Clinton and her private email system, Sheehy correctly points that the “Clinton Foundation has accepted millions of dollars from foreign governments, including Hamas-supporting Qatar and Saudi Arabia, an ostensible ally with strong links to radical Islam. Is it Republican paranoia to worry that such countries might use the Clinton Foundation as a backdoor to seek favors from a future President Clinton?”
Sheehy then segues to Bloomberg Politics quoting sources saying, “Clinton and her team have now decided to duck and cover until she formally announces her candidacy, probably in April. They will apparently rely on the insulting belief that the public is too dumb to remember.”
After castigating Hillary, Sheehy calms down long enough to say candidly, “I am not a Hillary hater. In fact, I would be overjoyed in 2016 to see the first face in the Oval Office that looks like the other half of the American population.” Then she goes into puff mode, leaving reality behind: “She has earned the respect of leaders all over the world,” followed by a Democrat’s usual genuflection while screaming the devil’s name, “As a tireless diplomat, she did her best to restore trust in the United States while George W. Bush’s unnecessary war and futile occupation of Iraq wound down.”
Sheehy does refer to “Hillary’s first and deepest instinct: to stonewall. Her frustrated scandal manager during the Whitewater investigations, attorney Jane Sherburne, told me back then that the First Lady’s attitude toward questions about her public role was, ‘What business is it of theirs?’”
But in case Clinton cannot be the first woman president, there’s always Elizabeth Warren.
Sheehy: “The only one who has the political argument and personal fire to make a strong stand is Sen. Elizabeth Warren… Bill Clinton, I am told by a Warren insider, is the one who sees Warren as a threat — a natural politician who excites the base in ways that Hillary cannot seem to do.”
Sheehy writes admiringly that a close advisor said of Warren, “Elizabeth is a rock-thrower.” Sheehy gushes, “The senator even keeps a bowl of rocks on her desk.” Of course, we get Warren’s version of her heroic rise from the middle class to the champion of the oppressed.
In a phrase that sounds as frightening as when Barack Obama said he wanted to transform America, Sheehy quotes a Warren insider saying of Warren that she is “wildly ambitious, not for her personal success, but to change the direction of the country.”
Sheehy concludes prayerfully, “This just might be her moment.”