THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER:
Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign raises an awkward question: How low is the self-esteem of America’s Democrats?
Clinton embodies all the things Democrats supposedly reject. But she’s got money and powerful allies in politics, the media and K Street — and for these reasons, Democratic voters appear ready to settle for her.
Remember back in the heady days of 2006, when the progressive “Netroots” provided a crucial boost for the Democrats to take control of the House and the Senate, and also set the stage for wins in 2008? Lofty ideals motivated the base and the party back then: good government, progressive goals, elevating grassroots over the establishment and the business lobby. If they choose Hillary Clinton in 2016, Democratic voters are openly discarding those ideals.
Iraq was at the heart of liberal passion that drove 2006 and then Barack Obama’s 2008 victories. The war, the Left held, was unjust, too costly and grounded in dishonest premises.
Sen. Clinton, of course, voted for the Iraq war and spoke on the Senate floor in defense of it. But it’s not just Iraq. Her entire record is pro-war. Her husband launched wars in Bosnia and Kosovo. When he was getting impeached in 1998, he launched missile attacks on Iraq.
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Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign raises an awkward question