Hillary began what is presumably her new campaign early in April before exactly the same fan base, at Tina Brown’s “Women in the World” summit and back-scratching gabfest, where she touted her life’s work for “gender equality,” to sustained and ecstatic applause. But as Jennifer Rubin points out in the Washington Post, as secretary of state she had done very little, playing up to various strongmen and tyrants and failing to protest egregious examples of oppression and violence directed at women (and men). “The U.S. under Hillary Clinton’s stewardship was virtually mute during the Green Revolution when a young woman, known as Neda, was beaten and killed, becoming the symbol of Iranian tyranny. She instead pursued ‘engagement’ with Neda’s murder[ers,] who torture and rape women in the hell hole of Evin prison.” Rubin continues, “[In Egypt] her male successor John Kerry has done more to protest and condemn the ongoing sexual violence and discrimination against women.” Also, “She for months and months insisted Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was a ‘reformer.’ Under her foreign policy oversight, tens of thousands of women and children died and rape on a massive scale is now an instrument of war.”
Do not expect this to have much effect on the fashionistas and the journalist-divas who have been growing old along with her, but the question is how it will sell to a new generation who do not remember the Clintons’ ascendance, to whom Bill Clinton is a frail-looking man with white hair on a vegetarian diet, and Hillary a round-faced, rather elderly woman who looks like their mother, or aunt. Hillary may be counting on running against an old, white, male ticket, but she’s likelier to face one a generation younger than she is, with one or more female or brown faces on it, in which case she may appear to be a rather outdated establishment candidate, all too familiar, and set in her ways.