Christopher Hitchens does a real number on Hillary today. While the rest of the pundit world spins its wheels about an utterly unimportant matter (Geithner’s back taxes: an obviously innocent and understandable mistake) and about an only moderately important set of disqualifiers (Holder’s problems: Hell, if Jeff Sessions thinks Holder is pretty good, that’s plenty of solace for me!), leave it to Hitchens and Hillyer, clearly an ideologically aligned pair (NOT!), to focus on the real, clear and present danger to the Republic: Hillary Rodham Clinton.
It is a mark of the continuing lack of seriousness of the Republican Party and perhaps of the conservative movement that Hillary’s nomination has been met with so little outrage. This is evidence that political calculation more than principle is involved in who draws opposition: Hillary is seen as more politically potent, and thus is treated as off limits now to vocal criticism. But on the merits, there is no way that ANYbody else with Hillary’s light foreign policy record, manifold current conflicts of interest, and incredibly shady ethical past that includes a host of highly suspicious foreign entanglements (Riady/Huang/Chung etcera etcetera almost infinitum), could possibly survive even the ordinary level of scrutiny afforded a nominee to such a high position. Compared to Hillary’s record, the late John Tower was an absolute saint — and Tower was deemed unfit for office.
Consider me, once again, the canary in the coal mine. Conservatives will rue the day they didn’t make more of a fuss about the appointment of Hillary Clinton to the State Department. It’s a dangerous power base for a dangerous woman.