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VB The Wise: Hillary Does it Again

How HRC's Own Words Come Back To Haunt Her Yet Again

Doug 'VB' Goudie
August 24, 2017 - 5:01 pm

 In 1992, a then relatively unknown Hillary Clinton appeared on 60 Minutes to address rumors of her husband's infidelity.  It was here where she uttered her famous line "I'm not sitting here as some little woman standing by my man, like Tammy Wynette."  (Note the use of the term "little", a way for a holier-than-thou to put down those that chose to do what she thought she would not.)  It was a big statement, but of course, it was also a big lie.  Fast forward six years, and Hillary Clinton was absolutely "some little woman standing by my man," as it came to light that "her man" was getting Lewinskys in the Oval Office from someone who was not Hillary Clinton.  It's now some 25 years later, and that story provides an important backdrop as we examine the excerpt Hillary has sent out from her new book "What Happened".  And what the 'Tammy Wynette' story reveals is that there are two Hillarys -- the woman Hillary WISHES she was, and the woman she ACTUALLY is.  And it is WISHFUL Hillary who wrote this book, but it is ACTUAL Hillary who jumps off the pages and exposes her yet again for who she really is.  

   To understand what I mean, let's dissect the new excerpt from the book- the excerpt that Hillary herself has put out, the excerpt she thinks best tells us who she is in 2017.  In the excerpt she's talking about that famous second debate with Donald Trump, where Trump is seen "looming" behind her on multiple occasions.  ("Looming" is in quotes because I don't believe this Saturday Night Live version of that night's events, but then Hillary has never let the facts get in the way of a pro-Hillary accounting of any events. Hey "At this point what difference does it make?")  As she describes that evening, she writes, "He was literally breathing down my neck.  My skin crawled." Immediately one wonders here if she is talking her interactions with Trump on that debate stage, or perhaps her interactions with Bill Clinton on their first date, but I digress.  "It was one of those moments where you wish you could hit pause, and ask everyone watching, 'Well, what would you do?'  Do you stay calm, keep smiling and carry on as if he weren't repeatedly invading your space? Or do you turn, look him in the eye and say loudly and clearly, 'Back up, you creep. Get away from me.  I know you love to intimidate women but you can't intimidate me. So back up.' I chose Option A."  The excerpt is indeed the 'Tammy Wynette' dilemma all over again.  Hillary was faced with two choices-- to make a tough hard stand, or to "keep smiling and stay calm", to "stand by your man" as it were.  And as Hillary writes, "I chose Option A."  But of course you did Hillary, of course you did.  

   Here's why this is important.  Since Hillary wrote this book to explain "What Happened", it is apparently important for her to know what actually happened.  And "what happened" was that Hillary stayed true to herself; not true to WISHFUL Hillary ("Back up creep"), but true to ACTUAL Hillary ("keep smiling").  And so, "What Happened" was, enough of us in the country had by that time already figured Hillary out. She was not, and never was, who she wanted us to believe she was, but instead she was a cheap imitation of that wishful version, and so she lost.  Period.

   And there is another thing that the excerpt highlights about ACTUAL Hillary as well.  Let's go back to the night Hillary accepted the Democratic nomination for President.  It was the night of June 7, 2016, and it was the night Hillary tweeted out the following "To every little girl who dreams big: Yes, you can be anything you want, even President.  Tonight is for you. -H"  In that tweet Hillary was trying to put herself forth as an inspiration for young girls (WISHFUL Hillary), but the excerpt she released from her book reveals she was anything but inspirational.  After all, who could possibly read the excerpt and then come to the conclusion that anything other than Option B was an acceptable decision for a woman to make?  And yet Hillary writes "I chose Option A."  Her decision was tnot he stuff of little girls who dream big; rather, it was the stuff of a little woman who pretends to be an inspiration. But as Hillary would know all too well, ACTUAL female inspirations - the Suffragettes-  must be rolling over in their graves at the thought of Option A, the option Hillary chose.  Further, no Suffragette would EVER tell a little girl to focus group a decision like that, and yet Hillary writes "It was one of those moments where you wish you could hit pause, and ask everyone watching, 'Well, what would you do?'"  Real inspirational women - Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Rosa Parks, Lucy Stone - didn't need focus groups to know what the right thing to do was.  They were leaders, and THEY are what little girls should aspire to be.  

   The sad reality for WISHFUL Hillary is that in the span of 25 years, ACTUAL Hillary was that "little woman standing by my man", and she "chose Option A".  And those two stories provide sad but true bookends to a woman who has never been what she wished she was. And that's "What Happened".

  More wisdom next week.   

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