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Monday, April 16, 2012

Is Hillary Clinton an embarrassment?

Jack Kemp

The British newspaper The Telegraph dares to write what American papers will not about the photos of Hillary Clinton partying in Columbia, South America. This also seems to put to rest speculation that Hillary will be running for Vice President in 2012 to shore up Obama's problems with women voters after the Hilary Rosen fiasco of attacking Mrs. Romney.

Here are the concluding paragraphs of The Telegraph article.

The overwhelmingly liberal US media is treating the story as a bit of fun, with the usually austere Mrs Clinton seen as letting her hair down. But I suspect that a lot of US taxpayers will see it differently – as a senior government official having a jolly time on an official overseas junket at taxpayers’ expense. And this was hardly a display of good judgment at a time when nearly 13 million Americans are unemployed, and US soldiers are laying their lives on the line every day in Afghanistan. In an effortless display of leading from behind, Hillary was partying in Colombia while the Taliban were about to launch a wave of terror attacks in Kabul.

It is hard to imagine Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, Madeleine Albright or Henry Kissinger “livin' la vida loca” on the world stage. This was less an example of “smart power” than a boozy nightclub audition for the sixth season of Jersey Shore. Hillary Clinton’s Colombian antics are an embarrassment for a high-level cabinet member on official duty, and have lowered the office of Secretary of State. Not exactly the sort of image the federal government should be projecting at a time of widespread public disillusionment with Washington excesses.

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