Feminist Camille Paglia Flashback on Hillary Clinton: ‘She Has More Sooty Baggage Than a 90-Car Freight Train’

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In an August 2013 interview, feminist provocateur Camille Paglia reflected on Hillary Clinton as a potential 2016 presidential candidate.

“As a registered Democrat, I am praying for a credible presidential candidate to emerge from the younger tier of politicians in their late 40s… It’s time to put my baby-boom generation out to pasture!” Paglia told Salon. “We’ve had our day and managed to muck up a hell of a lot.”

“It remains baffling how anyone would think that Hillary Clinton (born the same year as me) is our party’s best chance,” Paglia added. “She has more sooty baggage than a 90-car freight train. And what exactly has she ever accomplished — beyond bullishly covering for her philandering husband? She’s certainly busy, busy and ever on the move — with the tunnel-vision workaholism of someone trying to blot out uncomfortable private thoughts.”

Paglia was critical of the former Secretary of State’s handling of Benghazi:

I for one think it was a very big deal that our ambassador was murdered in Benghazi. In saying “I take responsibility” for it as secretary of state, Hillary should have resigned immediately. The weak response by the Obama administration to that tragedy has given a huge opening to Republicans in the next presidential election. The impression has been amply given that Benghazi was treated as a public relations matter to massage rather than as the major and outrageous attack on the U.S. that it was.

“As far as I’m concerned, Hillary disqualified herself for the presidency in that fist-pounding moment at a congressional hearing when she said, ‘What difference does it make what we knew and when we knew it, Senator?’” Paglia continued. “Democrats have got to shake off the Clinton albatross and find new blood.”


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