Hillary Clinton outlined a plan for her first hundred days in office. Included in the plan: immediately begin withdrawl of troops from Iraq (is it me, or does she keep changing her mind on this subject?), roll back the bush tax cuts, un-veto bills for the expansion of embryonic stem cell research and create more government-funded healthcare for citizens. In short, she says, “starting from Day One, the Bush-Cheney era will be over in name and in practice.”
In other words, she’s working as hard as she can to prove she’s really a liberal, but still avoiding running against Barack Obama or John McCain. Instead, as she’s been doing from Day One of her campaign, she’s running against George W. Bush. Somebody ought to tell her that some people understand you only get two terms in office –no matter how hard those nastolgic for the Return of Slick Willy might hope.
Clinton also hopes to close Gitmo (what? Another Clinton wanting to close US military bases? You’re kidding!), end torture (waterboarding, which, no matter what the politicians say, just isn’t torture) and put a stop to White House secrecy. Right. Transparency is Hillary’s middle name.
In short, cripple the US military, bring known terrorists to US shores, start asking our enemies nicely to give up tactically important information instead of using a demonstrably useful interrogation method, and pretend there’s no such thing as Executive Privelige, though she herself will undoubtedly find it extremely necessary.
Clinton has never been anything more than a political panderer, frankly, and her “first hundred days” speech is more of the same. From outright contradictions of earlier policy statements, to her continued insistence on running against the Bush Administration, she proves, as always, that she not only has nothing new to add to the National conversation, but would probably be as inefectual a President as she was a First Lady. It’s hard to sign legislation with your finger in the breeze.
Though, at this point, it would take either a miracle or outright theft for a Clinton nomination this go-round, it is only prudent to remember who we’re dealing with. Her current theme is topping (or at least matching) Obama in liberalism. Until now, she’s been considered the more centrist candidate by some pundits. Now that she’s losing to Obama, she sees that this is not the right tactic. At least for now. I would imagine, should said theft or miracle occur, we’ll see another face of Hillary emerge before November.