Posted on | June 18, 2014 | 34 Comments
During the past several months, there have been questions about Hillary Clinton’s health and some speculation she might have had a mild stroke. This speculation comes to mind as I read Jonathan V. Last’s account of Hillary’s bad week:
By just about every account, her book is uninteresting and unreflective, a carefully contrived piece of positioning. Yet instead of owning that, she insisted at an event that she was “done with being really careful about what to say.” And that was before uttering inanities about how “the American political system is the most difficult, even brutal, in the world .” . . .
Then there was her Romney-esque statement about being “dead broke” after leaving the White House and her being so out of touch as to suggest that she and her husband “struggled” to “piece together the resources for mortgages, for houses, for Chelsea’s education.” “You know,” she said, looking for sympathy, “it was not easy.” It’s hard to think of a more let-them-eat-cake moment from any Democratic politician in the last 40 years. But what made the line even worse is that it was made in defense of taking exorbitant speaking fees from companies such as Goldman Sachs. You half expected her to explain, hedge funds are people, my friends!
And then there was her encounter with Terry Gross, in which Clinton couldn’t handle the tough questions … from NPR.
Of course, one hates to cite simple gaffes or inept interview performances as evidence of brain damage, because if Hillary’s slip-ups are symptomatic of a stroke, then Joe Biden should be in the ICU.
But the really big blunder was what Hillary said about Second Amendment advocates in a CNN Town Hall event:
“We cannot let a minority of people — and that’s what it is, it is a minority of people — hold a viewpoint that terrorizes the majority of people.”
My gut hunch is that Hillary will not run for president in 2016, and if she does run, she will lose the Democrat nomination again. Whether or not she has a serious health problem, Hillary will face serious challengers for the nomination — I keep hearing Martin O’Malle mentioned — and I don’t think she can stand the heat from the Left.