Democrats have been using their convention speeches this week to make Hillary Clinton look like a can-do politician. On Tuesday, Bill Clinton flatly declared, “She’s a natural leader, she’s a good organizer, and she’s the best darn change-maker I ever met in my entire life.”
We heard speech after speech about how Hillary cares about the children, about her innovative ability to solve problems. But there is a reason the speeches lack specific examples.
Yet, Hillary’s Senate career is defined by safe, noncontroversial bills, most of which were essentially pure fluff and yet she couldn’t get them passed.
In her eight years in the Senate, just one of Hillary’s bills got enacted into law. This bill designated the U.S. courthouse at 40 Centre Street in New York City as the “Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse.”
Hillary had eleven other bills that were passed by the Senate, but none made it through the House. Four of those bills were to rename U.S. Postal Service offices. Then there was another courthouse renaming, a commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, and another commemoration for the 225th Anniversary of the American Revolution.
Talk about safe, inconsequential bills. Who would oppose a bill honoring wounded veterans? Amazingly, she couldn’t even get her feel-good, Purple Heart bill passed. At the end of the day, her legislation didn’t really do much to help everyday Americans.
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The five remaining bills had only slightly more substance. Two asked the secretary of agriculture to map out a possible wilderness reserve in Puerto Rico. Another sought to authorize $500,000 to “improve and coordinate the dissemination of [elderly] care information and resources to family caregivers.” Another would have allowed the secretary of veterans affairs to provide advice on prosthetics, orthotics, and rehabilitation to victims of landmines. A fifth bill proposed to extend unemployment insurance in 2001, but there was nothing unique about that bill. It appears as though it was actually a gift to her so that she could claim an accomplishment.
There were no bills aiming to help take care of children. So much for the image that everyone has been trying so hard to construct this week.
The Puerto Rico bills didn’t even mandate the creation of a wilderness reserve. Apparently, Hillary wanted something that she could tell her Puerto Rican constituents about.
Of course, Hillary’s isn’t alone with this type of record. Her vice-presidential running mate, Senator Tim Kaine, also has no legislative accomplishments.
There only seems to be one explanation for all of this. Hillary already knew that the Democrats would eventually nominate her to be president. Her strategy was thus to do nothing that could possibly be used against her. The only amazing thing is that she couldn’t even get these pieces of fluff passed.
Did she simply not care or was it an inability to accomplish even that task? Only Hillary might know the answer to that question.