Politics & Policy

Iowa Democrats on Hillary’s Accomplishments as Secretary of State: Uh . . .

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Iowa Democrats seem to agree on three things: Hillary Clinton is eminently qualified to be president of the United States, she’s a “bad mama jama,” and her accomplishments as secretary of state are so unbelievably impressive they’re hard to put into words.

A Bloomberg Politics/Purple Strategies focus group told journalist Mark Halperin, in a segment featured on MSNBC this morning, that Mrs. Clinton is a “strong, confident woman,” a “bad mama jama” who’s not “afraid to step up” or “afraid to say ‘No. I don’t want to do it that way. I’m going to do it this way.’” Unfortunately for Hillary said Hawkeye State voters had a hard time coming up with an instance where she showed said virtues.

Asked to name a few “significant” accomplishments Hillary had as America’s top diplomat, Halperin is met by a long collective sigh.

“I really can’t name anything off the top of my head,” an embarrassed respondent admits.

“Give me a minute. Give me two minutes. Go to someplace else,” a second has to answer.

A third Iowa Democrat, after a lengthy pause, finally cuts to the chase: “No.”

Oh, well. We shouldn’t be too hard on this sample of Hillary’s vaunted “everyday Americans” because they’re not alone. Last year, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki struggled to name a positive result of the department’s 2010 Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, conducted under Secretary Clinton, when asked by the AP’s Matt Lee. Psaki was “certain that those who were here at the time who worked hard on that effort could point out one.”

Oh. Apparently her fans in Iowa haven’t gotten around to that.

— Mark Antonio Wright is an intern at National Review. 

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