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Ukraine reminded me why I won’t vote for Hillary

In Uncategorized on March 10, 2014 at 2:10 pm

I think there’s every chance that Hillary Clinton will win the 2016 Democratic nomination. Unfortunately, her recent contribution to the unfolding Russian annexation of Crimea reveals that she remains a seriously flawed politician.

On March 5, in the early days of the crisis, Hillary called Vladimir Putin a “tough guy with a thin skin”—a bizarre insult, given that Putin is in reality playing cold, calculating realpolitik. She went on to compare Putin’s occupation of Crimea to Hitler’s annexation of neighboring countries in the run-up to World War II. The comparison isn’t totally inaccurate, and has been repeated by other credible sources; but the directness of Hillary’s reductio ad Hitlerum forced her to spend the next several days “walking back” her comments, pointlessly diverting attention from the actual, ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

Hillary presumably weighed in on the crisis to bolster her credentials for the 2016 campaign, but her contribution—aggressive, badly thought-through, counterproductive—neatly summarizes why she would make an ineffective president. It shows that she has learned little from the days when she failed to move health care reform forward by threatening to “demonize” dissenting members of Congress, and that she has not matured through her tendency to cloud important situations with bluster and personal embarrassment. It’s going to take a lot for her to win my vote.