The New York Times interviewed “a dozen campaign advisors and allies” to come up with a picture of Hillary Clinton’s first 100 days as president – a picture so rosy and fawning that it might as well have been painted by Hillary herself. Despite a few bland warnings that Hillary might not be liberal enough to satisfy supporters of Bernie Sanders, the Times offered nothing else in the way of critical analysis. To the contrary, they presented her as the answer to years of Washington gridlock.
“Mrs. Clinton would schmooze differently than the past few presidents have,” they wrote. “Not one to do business over golf or basketball, she would bring back the intimate style of former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Lyndon B. Johnson, negotiating over adult beverages. Picture a steady stream of senators, congressmen, and other leaders raising a glass and talking policy in the Oval Office with her and likely chief of staff, John D. Podesta, as her husband pops in with a quick thought or a disarming compliment.”
Really? This is what passes for serious journalism in 2016? Why not save yourself some trouble and just write “Vote Hillary” over and over again until you hit the required word count?
This is the rosy Hillary or the crazed Hillary?
According to this unofficial Clinton campaign press release, Hillary will use her first 100 days to pursue immigration reform and domestic infrastructure spending, hoping to take advantage of a splintered Republican Party. Her budget plan calls for $1.4 trillion in new spending and $1.2 trillion in new taxes. Critics and allies think Post-Trump Republicans will be willing to work with her on a plan to extend amnesty to the nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants.
But despite this liberal agenda, the paper sticks to one overarching message: that Hillary will be the bipartisan, compromising president that Obama wasn’t. They even managed to find a Republican – former Virginia congressman Tom Davis – to say: “I think she’ll want to build some bridges right away and get back some of the trust that’s been missing between the parties for the last 15 years.”
Oh sure, this is so not true. I’m ready to laugh my head off. Hillary as a bi-partisan president who will work with Republicans? And how about all that money she wants to spend? Oh, I forgot, Paul Ryan would probably give it to her like he did with Obama. Some Republicans are saying they think she would be great to work with. I guess a criminal over Trump is what they prefer.
Now let’s not forget she can bark too. Arf, Arf, Arf!