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Would You Hire Hillary Clinton?

One of the many extraordinary things about this present political crisis is the reality that the Democratic establishment is lockstep behind a woman who has unquestionably failed the public in multiple, consequential ways — yet they believe she’s somehow triumphant because she’s not actually facing a criminal trial. Consider the following:

Benghazi — yes, she pushed a military intervention that turned Libya into an ISIS playground, failed to adequately protect U.S. diplomatic personnel, and then misled the public when four brave men (including a U.S. ambassador) died, but there’s no proof that she actually intended their deaths, so she’s cleared to be POTUS.

Clinton Foundation — yes, her family foundation took massive donations from foreign entities, and then the State Department made decisions that benefited those same entities, but there’s no “smoking gun” evidence of a quid pro quo, so she’s cleared to be POTUS.

Emails — yes, there’s evidence that she sent and received highly-classified emails on an unclassified system, and she unquestionably systematically lied to the American people, but the FBI director won’t recommend prosecution, so she’s cleared to be POTUS.

See a pattern here? Even her unquestioned failures aren’t disqualifying unless they’re proven to be criminal. And since she’s arguably the most connected woman in a nation that no longer respects the rule of law, she’s virtually impossible to prosecute. Imagine if you were considering hiring her for any other job. She’s failed in her signature policy efforts, she lies habitually, and the stink of corruption pervades her entire operation. I wouldn’t hire her as a law firm receptionist, much less the chief executive of any entity. 

I don’t know what’s worse — the Democratic party’s apparent total loss of conscience and regard for the truth (not that the GOP can throw stones right now — but at least its corrupt banana republic politician couldn’t garner majority support), or the fact that tens of millions of Americans simply don’t know, don’t care, or don’t care to know. Our elite is failing, and the American people aren’t just letting it happen, they’re facilitating our national fall.

David French — David French is a senior writer for National Review, a senior fellow at the National Review Institute, and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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