The “Hillary’s Accomplishments” question really gets under the media’s skin. It’s why Hillary is running a corporate branding media tour instead of an actual campaign. The latest media talking point tries to flip the narrative around, but only makes it worse.
U.S. News & World Report’s Susan Milligan wildly spun for Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton on the May 20 edition of Hardball when she insisted that the fact that her supporters in a recent focus-group survey by Bloomberg TV cannot name a single accomplishment of hers as Secretary of State is, well, “unfair.”
Indeed, Milligan insisted, the job of Secretary of State is essentially to make sure nothing major goes wrong on his or her watch.
Does the word “Benghazi” ring a bell? The Reset Button with Russia? The Middle East going up in flames?
Milligan wants Hillary to take a Mulligan, but that still doesn’t work. If Hillary is to be measured by things not going wrong on her watch, that’s actually worse than trying to find her accomplishments in a haystack.
MATTHEWS: Hey, Obama didn’t have a big accomplishment before he got elected.
BACON: Exactly. You already know what she’s for.
Sure. Let’s use the most unqualified guy in the Oval Office in history as your example. But Hillary’s whole gambit was claiming experience. So now we’re dropping experience and trying to sell Hillary as another Obama?
And even better, “we already know what she’s for.” Like gay marriage. Or the Iraq War. Or any other issue she randomly switches sides on.
MATTHEWS: I wish she hadn’t left it to John Kerry to stand up to Netanyahu, though.
MATTHEWS: A little tougher on him would have been good for the country.
The one thing Hillary didn’t do right was not be anti-Israel enough. There’s a campaign slogan in there somewhere.
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