Hillary on the brink of collapse

From: nypost.com,  by: Michael Goodwin,  on: April 25, 2015,  see the article HERE.

FOR SUNDAY NEWS: Man in suit paddling unbalanced boat, sinking boat

Hillary going down … finally!

The exchange captures Hillary Clinton’s red alert. She’s been going politically bankrupt for a long time, and now faces the prospect of sudden collapse.

If she’s got a winning defense, she better be quick about it. The ghosts of scandals past are gaining on her and time is not on her side.

The compelling claims that she and Bill Clinton sold favors while she was secretary of state for tens of millions of dollars for themselves and their foundation don’t need to meet the legal standard for bribery. She’s on political trial in a country where Clinton Fatigue alone could be a fatal verdict.

After 25 years of corner-cutting and dishonest behavior, accumulation is her enemy. Each day threatens to deliver the straw that breaks the camel’s back. It may already have happened and we’re just waiting for public opinion to catch up to the facts.

Meanwhile, her Houdini skills are being tested big time.

Hillary’s one big advantage is obvious — she’s the only serious contender for the Democratic nomination, and she beats most GOP opponents in head-to-head matchups. But everything else weighs against her, including momentum.

Start with the fact that the sizzling reports of corrupt deals are coming from major news organizations that reliably tilt left. With supposed friends making the case against her, the tired Clinton defense that the ­attacks are partisan hit jobs has been demolished.

And after digging up so much dirt, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico, Reuters, Bloomberg News and others are not likely to be content with stonewalling and half-truths, especially given her recent lies about missing e-mails. No wonder the Times editorial page called on her to provide “straightforward answers” to the accusations.

I don’t see how she can meet that test. The outlines of cozy relationships and key transactions are not in dispute. The only issue is whether the millions the Clintons got amount to a quid pro quo.

On the face of it, that’s certainly what they look like. There are several deals we know of, and more could emerge, that put money in the Clintons’ pockets while helping businesses, including some loathsome international figures, make a killing. It is preposterous to argue that it’s all a coincidence.

Her position was further undercut when the family foundation announced it would refile five years of tax returns. In one three-year period, it omitted tens of millions in foreign contributions, reporting “zero” to the IRS. In another two-year period, it admitted to over­reporting government grants by more than $100 million.

A foundation aide described the errors as “typographical,” which is bizarre — and par for the Clinton course. To concede the errors during the firestorm must mean keeping them quiet was an even greater liability.

Sooner rather than later, Hillary will have to meet the press — but what can she possibly say to alter the story lines?

If history is a guide, she’ll insist she did nothing wrong, offer ambiguous answers to specific questions, take offense at persistent reporters and end by playing the victim. She’ll follow up with a fund-raising pitch for money to keep “fighting for ­everyday Americans.”

To imagine that scenario is to realize it won’t fly, but I’m not sure what other options she has. She can’t tell the truth. It will sink her.

Nor can she credibly demand to be trusted, given her past. A recent Quinnipiac poll finds 54 percent of Americans already say Clinton is not honest or trustworthy.

Swing-state surveys show similar lopsided findings and each new sordid revelation will deepen the trust deficit. At this point in her life, it would take a near-miracle to change people’s basic view of her.

Her best hope is that a missing ­ingredient remains missing — a Democrat who could take the nomination from her, the way Barack Obama did in 2008. None of those already in the race or committed to it — Martin O’Malley, Bernie Sanders, even Joe Biden — comes close to measuring up.

The only possible rival who does is Elizabeth Warren, the fire-breathing senator from Massachusetts. Gender aside, she is everything Hillary isn’t — an anti-Wall Street conviction populist with a record to match her rhetoric.

A movement to draft her started before Hillary hit the fan, so Warren would begin with a built-in constituency. So far, though, she insists she’s not running.

Then again, that also could change suddenly.

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Kudos to Mr. Goodwin for a number of brutally descriptive, yet accurate statements:

  • She’s been going politically bankrupt for a long time.
  • The ghosts of scandals past are gaining on her and time is not on her side.
  • She’s on political trial in a country where Clinton Fatigue alone could be a fatal verdict.
  • After 25 years of corner-cutting and dishonest behavior, accumulation is her enemy.
  • Each day threatens to deliver the straw that breaks the camel’s back. It may already have happened and we’re just waiting for public opinion to catch up to the facts.
  • To concede the errors during the firestorm must mean keeping them quiet was an even greater liability.
  • She can’t tell the truth. It will sink her.
  • Nor can she credibly demand to be trusted, given her past.
  • At this point in her life, it would take a near-miracle to change people’s basic view of her.

Frankly, those nine statements alone sum up Hillary’s predicament in a nutshell – the rest is just filler. Oh, and I should add one more when he notes that the “Hillary hit the fan,” priceless! Kudos Mr. Goodwin!

Garnet92

 

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11 Responses to Hillary on the brink of collapse

  1. Hardnox says:

    Kudos to Mr. Goodwin indeed!

    There is another potential candidate lurking in the weeds with one toe in the political waters. His name is Jim Webb, former Senator from Virginia, former Reagan appointee as Asst. Sec. of the Navy, former republican, now demmerhoid. Viewed by many as a moderate. He chose not to run for reelection because “Washington is broken”.

    If Hildabeast survives these scandals I think it would be just short of a miracle. It would create a vacuum on the left’s bench. Webb looks and acts like an adult. Unlike many of the other wannabes that have very lefty resumes.

    • Garnet92 says:

      Thanks for that ‘Nox, I was unaware of Jim Webb, so I’ll be interested in looking at him in more detail, he sounds too realistic to be considered by the “progressive” wing of the D’s.

  2. JenZ says:

    Hillary is the reason I’m a conservative now. I was quite liberal in my younger years, but the straw that broke the camel’s back for me was the files “missing” from her office when Bill was president. Somehow, that’s the thing that opened my eyes and made me see everything differently. Sure, it’s not quite as simple as that – it was a process and that’s just the breaking point. And I was listening to Dr Laura a lot at that time and sitting solidly on the side of taking personal responsibility for your actions after my liberal education had taught me completely differently, but Hillary was the main player in the undoing of my liberal mind and opening it to conservative ideals.

  3. Kathy says:

    ‘Hillary hit the fan’ – that’s priceless! The longer she drags this out, the less time the Dems have to regroup and get behind a new candidate.

    Some of the things she’s said over the past few days have been pretty over the top, even for libs. At a women’s conference she said “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.” That came straight out of the communist handbook.

    Will libs continue to support someone who’s attacking their religious beliefs?

    • Garnet92 says:

      Wow – that’s over the top, even for Hillary. So we’re supposed to take our direction from the Godmother (Don Hillary) and change our religious beliefs to worship Bill and Hillary Clinton? To let the Clinton Crime Family direct our cultural beliefs? Is she proposing a new revised nation – Clintonia?

      Wow – I just wish our Republican “leadership” had half the balls of Mrs. Clinton!

  4. CW says:

    “A recent Quinnipiac poll finds 54 percent of Americans already say Clinton is not honest or trustworthy.”

    Once again that leaves the magic number of 46%. That’s the number of Americans who are hopelessly and blindly committed to the Democrat party, regardless of how corrupt their candidates are. They accept the lies, the fraud and the phoniness and will probably accept much more as long as the benefits keep coming.

    What Republicans should worry about now is killing Hillary off too early and creating an opening for Elizabeth Warren. As much as we despise Warren she will seem like a breath of fresh air to Democrats and they will be so relieved that they might swarm to support her. I don’t think we’d like that movie.

    • Garnet92 says:

      Apparently, the previous IQ “bell curve” needs to be revised to look more like a spike occurring at the previously defined “moron” range (IQ=50-70) wherein the 46% who still honor Mrs. Clinton make up the majority of that range. That’s probably a pretty solid floor below which she’s unlikely to fall. They also made up the bulk of the voters that elected Obama and reelected him in 2012.

      Face it, we are surrounded by dumbassery.

    • upaces88 says:

      THAT WOMAN is just damn evil!!!

  5. Grouchy says:

    Two things here, in addition to the points mentioned above:
    1. Being fired from the Watergate investigation group.
    2. Vince Foster, plus God knows how many more are “unaccounted for” ~!

    Yep. She’s a reallll humdinger, aye that she be~!
    And WHY does our religious beliefs have to be “Changed and modified”, as Kathy mentioned??? To permit more government paid for abortions~!

    The Fornication crowd will just LOVE this snarky B&%$CH~!