Jensen: Examining Hillary’s so-called ‘experience’ (column)
Special to the Daily
Hillary Clinton’s primary voters share a common mantra: She has “experience.”
They say she has experience as first lady, which includes fending off “bimbo eruptions” and tactically demeaning and intimidating women used and abused by former Pres. Bill Clinton.
She used her “experience” to choose nominees for U.S. Attorney General. Her first nominee was forced to withdraw due to revelations she had employed illegal immigrants as nanny and chauffeur for her child. This limousine liberal also chose not to pay the illegal employees’ social security taxes.
These actions are known to authorities as “crimes.”
Failing to learn from this “experience,” her second choice for U.S. Attorney General was compelled to withdraw for the same illegal behavior.
Finally, she selected Janet Reno, whose tenure was so disgraceful that Bill Clinton called Reno “my worst mistake.”
Her leadership as first lady was also the iceberg that sank the titanic known as “HillaryCare.”
But wait, her supporters would cry out: She has experience in the Senate!
Last month, the San Francisco Chronicle’s editorial board sat down with longtime Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein. She was asked, “As someone who worked with Hillary Clinton for nearly a decade in the Senate, what in your view was her signature accomplishment as a senator?”
Feinstein couldn’t name a single accomplishment of Hillary’s in the Senate, so an aide helpfully suggested Sen. Feinstein “Google” Hillary and her record.
“Asking the internet,” Feinstein would learn that, in Hillary’s nearly nine years in the Senate, this woman of “experience” authored three pieces of legislation.
These important services to the American people were designating a highway, a post office and a government building in New York.
Not so fast, her supporters scream out: Hillary has mountains of foreign policy experience!
Yes, and that experience is marked by stumble after stumble, interrupted by disastrous failure after disastrous failure, highlighted by stumble after stumble with the occasional additional disastrous failure mixed in.
It was her years of “experience” that created the infamous “Reset” button presented to Russia which actually read, “Overcharge,” in Russian.
It was the Russians who benefitted most from the Obama-Hillary policy reset, breaking the U.S. promise of missile defenses for Poland and the Czech Republic that enabled Russia to battle Ukraine and invade Crimea.
And to think that with all of this “experience,” she couldn’t even find a government employee fluent in Russian for the most basic of tasks — no matter how culturally ignorant a Staples office supply store-style “Reset” button would be in and of itself.
Hawk Hillary waged her policy in Egypt and Libya, enabling Islamic radicals to take control of Egypt and fuel the ongoing civil war in Libya.
Pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq too soon left the predicted vacuum to be filled by terrorists and, thus, the Islamic State.
She forcefully supports the failed nuclear deal John Kerry and Pres. Obama made with Iran, allowing Iran to develop nuclear weapons within a few years, which she lauds as a “success.”
In her decades of living off the taxpayer, Hillary does have one real positive accomplishment: While first lady, she did push for money to create the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.
She didn’t actually create the legislation. Republican Orrin Hatch and Democrat Ted Kennedy sponsored the bill. Ted Kennedy credited her with convincing her husband to push for $24 billion to fund the program, whereas the House had authorized “only” $16 billion.
It’s nothing like actually creating something, but begging for money is actually considered a real job in Washington. It’s an area Hillary does actually have a lot of successful experience, especially when it comes to foreign interests.
So, what experience are her supporters talking about?
Race car driver J.D. McDuffie also had experience. He drove 653 races without even one win. His record for the most last-place finishes was unsurpassed for 23 years after his tragic death.
But, hey, he had experience!
Just as millennial women say they want the right woman in the White House, not Hillary, Democrats might want to thoughtfully consider their definition of experience.
Rick Jensen is Delaware’s award-winning conservative talk show host on WDEL, streaming live on WDEL.com from 1-4 p.m. EST. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter @Jensen1150WDEL.
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