What's your favorite Hillary Clinton lie?
A column entitled “Hillary Clinton’s Million Little Lies” is getting a lot of attention today, almost certainly because it captures a vital aspect for the former first lady, senator, and secretary of state. Michael Walsh begins with lone of the great all-time howlers:
To hear Hillary Clinton tell it, she was named for Sir Edmund Hillary, the conqueror of Mount Everest — even though she was already 6 years old when he made his famous ascent.
Dame Liesalot now blames that one on her mother, safely deceased and unable to defend herself. It is very reminiscent of Elizabeth Warren claiming that “family lore” instructed her claim to Native American heritage at a moment in life when it would gain her membership in the faculty of Harvard Law School.
The next lie chronicled is far more venal and self-serving than merely explaining an embarrassing misspelling of her first name.
On a visit to war-torn Bosnia in 1996, she claimed she and her entourage landed under sniper fire and had to run “with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base” — although videos of her arrival show her waltzing serenely across the tarmac, waving to the crowd.
Claiming valor when there was none is a crime when it involves military service. This lie is just barely legal, since she was first lady, not claiming military honor. But it is disgusting nonetheless.
Walsh offers several more, but the real list of Mrs. Clinton’s prevarications list, while perhaps not reaching a million, literally, is quite long. My own favorite does not make his list:
When Hillary’s philandering hubby was getting g caught in his own lies about taking sexual advantage of in intern in his office, she blamed the scandal on a “vast right wing conspiracy.” If only we on the right had anything approaching the coordination the left routinely carries out in launching and reinforcing propaganda campaigns, the country would be in far better shape. That was a lie of pure projection – attributing to one’s foes the very practices one carries out with some regularity.
The 2016 presidential campaign, like the 2012 one, is going to be determined by the definition of the candidates accepted by the voting public. Hillary as an untrustworthy liar strikes me as a very accurate definition. And the possible video ads that could be made are numerous and persuasive.
So what’s your favorite Hillary lie? So many to choose from.