WHEN THE Washington Post’s Charles Krauthammer goes to the extreme effort of citing New York Times head Hillary hater, the late William Safire, you know we’re in the throes of something that is bigger than the power to confront it.
But in what world of commentary in the 21st century is it okay to show Hillary Clinton’s crushed corpse, in an ode to the Wicked Witch theme in The Wizard of Oz?
Not just because of her history — William Safire wrote in 1996 that “Americans of all political persuasions are coming to the sad realization that our first lady . . . is a congenital liar” — but because of what she said in her emergency news conference on Tuesday. Among the things she listed as private were “personal communications from my husband and me.” Except that, as the Wall Street Journal reported the very same day, Bill Clinton’s spokesman said the former president has sent exactly two e-mails in his life, one to John Glenn, the other to U.S. troops in the Adriatic. – Charles Krauthammer
That it’s penned by a woman artist shouldn’t surprise anyone, because we’re living in the “Real Housewife” world of female “catfights” that basically fuel an entire network’s bottom line, as audiences cheer every vile confrontation between women as voyeuristic sport.
Into this steps Carly Fiorina, the political version of Bravo’s extreme female squabble squad.
“Like Hillary Clinton, I too, have traveled hundreds of thousands of miles around the globe, but unlike her, I have actually accomplished something,” she told conservatives in Iowa in January. “Mrs. Clinton: Flying is an activity, not an accomplishment.”
On Tuesday, an hour after Mrs. Clinton’s news conference to explain her email practices, Ms. Fiorina came down on her just as harshly. “In effect, @HillaryClinton told us to trust her,” Ms. Fiorina said on Twitter. “Nothing in her track record suggests we should do so.”
Let’s face it, it’s a lot more palatable to see a woman taking aim at Hillary Clinton than the usual Republican men’s club crew.
However, nothing excuses the New York Times, whose coverage of Hillary Clinton so far has been a disgrace, with their opinion of her made clear through the graphic above that just as easily could have been something from RushLimbaugh.com.
It’s why I’ve said from the start, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 candidacy is going to be rough and there is absolutely no guarantee she will prevail, considering everyone’s using her for target practice.