Can satire derail Clinton's presidency?
Things have truly reached a new level of absurdity in American politics when Saturday Night Live deigns to lampoon a Democrat with the same vinegar usually reserved for Republicans. Specifically, SNL’s spoof of a shrieking Hillary Clinton is an instant classic: “Citizens! You will elect me! I will be your leader!”
For comparison, who among us would remember any of SNL’s skits regarding the many “real life” gaffe-prone utterances of Vice President Joe Biden versus comedian Tina Fey’s brilliantly bubble-headed impersonation of then-Alaska governor and 2004 Republican V.P. candidate Sarah Palin? Despite the passage of years, Ms. Fey’s infamous line: “I can see Russia from my house,” is still wrongly attributed to Mrs. Palin. SNL’s creator and executive producer, Lorne Michaels, rationalizes the hard left slant of the comedy program: “Republicans are easier for us than Democrats. Democrats tend to take it personally; Republicans think it’s funny.” Mr. Michaels is precisely right in one regard: As Democratic candidates reach for the prize of higher elective office, they do take themselves deadly serious. However, on the Democratic side of the 2016 presidential cycle, things are not a laughing matter.
Hillary Clinton’s signature has barely dried on the batch of governmental forms declaring her presidential intentions and she is already mired in further malfeasance and corruption. Remember, the political scandals of Benghazi and Server-gate (modern-day Nixonian document shredding) are not yet resolved. Now, to add insult to injury to the body politic, comes the Clintonian financial shell game explained in "Clinton Cash" by author Peter Schweizer. The book details the connection of Mrs. Clinton, as Obama’s first Secretary of State, bartering favorable U.S. government treatment to foreign contributors to her and Bill’s supposed “charitable” Clinton Foundation.
Interestingly, after his spouse became Secretary of State, former President Bill Clinton began to collect speaking fees that often doubled or tripled what he had been charging earlier in his post-White House years, bringing in millions of dollars from groups that included several with interests pending before the State Department. In fact, since leaving the White House in 2001 for much “greener” pastures, Mr. Clinton has accumulated a fortune north of 100 million dollars; a mere dribble at a time: six figures, per speech.
Economically, that places the Clintons in the upper echelon of the America’s one-percenters. Indeed, interesting is Mrs. Clinton’s disconnect from reality given the fact that just last June she was busy peddling her “I’m-just-regular-folk” narrative of being “dead broke” and “in debt” after leaving the best public, subsidized housing in the world: The White House. Apparently, living the high life of private jets and living accommodations paid for by others—first by the American taxpayer and now by the contractual obligations of the colleges on her own six-figure speaking tour—is a tough habit to break.
What is left when one has all the money in the world as the Clintons do? It is a pop culture axiom succinctly expressed by the Oracle character in the Matrix movie: "What do powerful men [or women] want?" The answer: "More power." Commentator Monica Crowley once correctly observed that Mrs. Clinton would "walk over her grandmother" to succeed Mr. Obama as president. In the case of the Clintons, their obsessive self-serving power-seeking rises to the level of an art form.
As a related issue, I have no doubt in their private moments to this day that the Clintons—who are legendary for holding grudges—still grouse about the fresh-faced political upstart that was the Barack Obama phenomenon of 2008 that stole "her" prize. Unlucky for them, Mr. Obama was an attractive, articulate blank slate that the average person could, and did, literally tie his hopes to. And worse for Hillary, a better narrative: the first African-American president. That trumps the first woman president storyline by a mile. Running basically unopposed—unless one considers the possibility of former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley or Joe Biden as serious contenders—the Democratic presidential nomination will be little more than Hillary’s coronation. The only thing complicating matters are the scandals like Charity-gate.
The nefarious genius of the Clintons lies in their amoral political calculations embodied in the relentlessly applied slogan: ‘Say anything to get elected.’ Mrs. Clinton’s playbook will alternately play the gender card or the victim card of long-suffering wife as it suits her. It will be a one-note Virginia Slims political campaign of, "We've come a long way, baby," and phrases like ‘breaking the glass ceiling’ will be used. Republican detractors will be smeared as misogynists; an absurd fiction dutifully disseminated by a sycophantic liberal mass media. Democrats know: Say the lie loud enough—and long enough—and it filters down as truth to the low-information voter.
The fact that Mrs. Clinton’s public persona is shrew-like or that she lacks Bubba's "good-ole-boy" persona and honey-tongued charm to woo the voters or is a polarizing political force á la Obama is irrelevant when the mainstream media—wholly derelict in their journalistic duty to report objectively—allow Democratic leaders to skate by in a consequence free zone. Certainly, the press should never ignore or collaborate to help one politician over another due to some theoretical political consensus. Therefore, the fourth estate should challenge Mrs. Clinton’s flimsy assertions that Charity-gate, Server-gate and Benghazi are "old news." These occurrences are not non-issues and should mean more than simple road kill in the rearview mirror of the unceasing Clinton political machine.
What difference at this point will all of these scandals make? Only time will tell. But if the American people elect another community-organizing Saul Alinsky liberal to the White House, Mrs. Clinton will have the last laugh and the joke will be on us.
Freedom Center pamphlets now available on Kindle: Click here.