Hillary Clinton’s approach to rallying her troops after her historic debacle in Iowa apparently involves shouting at them until they stop thinking about Bernie Sanders.
This supposed victory speech is just an awful performance from Clinton, who is trying to appear energized and upbeat, to head off the panic that’s going to settle over her campaign tomorrow. She looks furious, and the weird vibe Bill Clinton is giving off behind her doesn’t help.
She was supposed to be giving a victory speech on Monday night, not tap-dancing around the fact that a weird old radical she was beating by over 50 points last year in Iowa just fought her to a draw. She’s still trying to co-opt Sanders’ appeal to the “revolutionary” Left, loudly declaring herself a “progressive who gets things done for people.”
She then proceeded to rattle off a list of issues where Democrats have had absolute dominance, under Obama and often for decades beforehand, and declare them all disasters.
“I am honored to stand in the long line of American reformers who make up our minds that the status quo is not good enough, that standing still is not an option, and that brings people together to find ways forward that will improve the lives of Americans,” Clinton said.
That’s pretty harsh on the Democrat who’s been in office for the past seven years, isn’t it? Only Hillary Clinton can pull us out of the Obama quagmire!
“I know what we are capable of doing,” said Clinton, in a line that must have gotten a few FBI agents nodding in agreement. “I know we can create more good-paying jobs and raise income for hard-working Americans again. And I know that we can finish the job of universal health care coverage for every single man, woman, and child. I know that we can combat climate change, and be the green-energy superpower of the 21st century.”
Wow, she really is calling Obama out as a total failure on all fronts! No one threw more money at “green energy” than him, and we’re not the superpower yet. No one shredded more liberty and wasted more money in the pursuit of “universal health care,” and we’ve got nothing to show for it.
“I know we can make the education system work for every one of our children, especially those who come with disadvantages!” thundered Clinton, walloping the loyal Democrat supporters of the teachers’ unions right in the kisser. The United States has an insanely expensive primary education system, controlled with a tight fist by Democrat stalwarts for generations – and it still doesn’t work, according to Angry Hillary.
“I know we can make college affordable and get student debt off the backs of young people!” Clinton howled, once again trashing Barack Obama, who nationalized the student-loan system in 2010 under an obscure portion of the ObamaCare law.
Then she rattled off all the “rights” she’s going to “protect,” all of them either unknown to the Constitution or threatened only in the fevered imaginations of liberal agitators: “Women’s rights! Gay rights! Voting rights! Immigrant rights! Worker’s rights!”
This was followed with the standard Democrat line about “standing up to the gun lobby,” and it was on to the expected congratulations to her opponents, with a farewell to the departing Martin O’Malley, “a great public servant who has served Maryland and our country.”
Clinton claimed to be “excited about getting into the debate with Senator Sanders, and professed herself delighted about participating in “one of the most substantive discussions the Democrat Party could have.”
Of course, she threw some mud at the “divisive” Republicans, despite having just claimed the opposing party is looking to take away everyone’s rights, all the way down to their voting rights. Slandering other Americans apparently isn’t “divisive” when Democrats do it.
Most oddly, Clinton wrapped up by taking a theatrical breath of relief and gushing “Thank you, Iowa!” even though her campaign just slammed into an iceberg and started taking on water. She’s probably not brimming with gratitude behind the scenes.
She’s not a plucky underdog who came into Iowa and notched an unexpected victory; she’s the supposedly inevitable queen awaiting the formality of her Party’s coronation, and she just got a 50-50 tie with a cranky old socialist who thinks cancer is caused by a lack of orgasms, burbles about raising taxes on a moribund economy, and wants to pull another $20 trillion out of thin air to fund his spending proposals.
She’s signaling that she has to go even further Left to compete with him, and that’s going to open a lot of opportunities for the Republicans. The only person still in the race who had a worse night in Iowa than Hillary Clinton was the also supposedly inevitable Republican she hoped she’d be facing, Jeb Bush.