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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Frank Bruni, "More Fun With Bill & Hill": The Teflon Lady Makes Certain That Nothing Sticks

My feeling is that history will not be kind to Obama, given his absence of accomplishments and the possibility that the fiasco, otherwise known as the Affordable Care Act, could drag the American economy into a hole from which it will never emerge. But can Hillary sufficiently distance herself from Obamacare going into 2016, now that even Obama's most ardent liberal admirers, e.g., Ruth Marcus and Gail Collins, have begun to savage his incompetence?

In his latest New York Times op-ed entitled "More Fun With Bill & Hill" (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/17/opinion/sunday/bruni-more-fun-with-bill-hill.html?_r=0), Frank Bruni observes how Hillary has sidelined herself over the course of the Obamacare rollout, while husband Bill has not hesitated to stomp upon a poor prostrate Barack in true tag team fashion. Bruni begins:

"BEFORE President Obama administered his fix to the Affordable Care Act last week and even before it was clear that he was leaning that way, Bill Clinton piped up, opining that Obama should honor his claim that Americans with insurance they liked could keep it. This advice wasn’t exactly solicited. And inasmuch as it gave detractors of Obama and Obamacare a fresh cudgel, it wasn’t terribly helpful, either.

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It’s less dicey for him [Bill] than for her [Hillary] to second-guess Obama, which could wind up being a prerequisite to succeeding him. His presidency at this particular moment looks more and more like one of those unlucky Florida homes perched unsuspectingly over a sinkhole. Soon only the top of the chimney will be visible."

Yup, after sleeping soundly through the Benghazi attack, Secretary of State Hillary was happy to allow Susan Rice to make the Sunday news/interview rounds, advancing the theory that Benghazi was sparked by an inane movie. The Obamacare disaster? Citizen Hillary is even better positioned to sit this thing out on the sidelines.

But whereas history will most likely not be kind to an inept Obama, will the American electorate in 2016 be kinder to a Teflon lady, who has made a public career of making certain that nothing sticks?

Ah, the melodrama of it all . . . not.

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