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It’s unfair to question Hillary’s accomplishments as Secretary of State?

It’s unfair to question Hillary’s accomplishments as Secretary of State?

It is if you’re U.S. News & World Report’s Susan Milligan

Last week, Bloomberg News’ Mark Halperin asked a panel of Iowa Democrats to name one accomplishment from Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State. Just one little accomplishment… One? Something? ANYTHING?

A grand total of zero panel members could recall a single noteworthy accomplishment of Mrs. Clinton’s. But we should cut them some slack because they’re not wrong.

To date, Hillary Clinton has done nothing notable aside from being married to a President, serving as a perfectly forgettable and ineffective Senator, and begrudgingly stepping aside in 2008 to make way for the Obama Presidency. She also pushed some button in Russia, and that seems to be going just swell.

Do winning elections and screwing up major diplomatic relations constitute resume-worthy fodder?

Carly Fiorina said it best shortly after Hillary made her official 2016 candidacy announcement, “Hillary Clinton’s a highly intelligent woman, hardworking, she’s dedicated her life to public service but unfortunately she does not have a track record of accomplishment or transparency.”

Expecting a Commander in Chief to have some kind of accomplishments that show their qualifications before getting hired for the job is reasonable, right? Maybe, just not if those accomplishments happened while serving has the head of the State Department, according to U.S. News and World Report’s Susan Milligan.

On Hardball with Chris Matthews’ Milligan said the question posed to the Iowa Democratic panel was “unfair.”

“I think most people could not look at a Secretary of State and point to an accomplishment. Frankly, mostly what a Secretary of State does is keep something from becoming a massive crisis so, that in a way wasn’t a terribly fair question,” said Milligan.

There’s an entire political strategy discussion here that we’ll save for another time. Suffice it to say, an accomplishment deficit isn’t necessarily an electoral detriment as long as people like you one vote more than the other guy.

But in this particular case Chris Matthews makes a solid closing argument, “Obama didn’t have a big accomplishment before he got elected.” Exactly. And we all know how well that’s gone.

[h/t MRC]

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Comments

BrokeGopher | May 26, 2015 at 10:17 am

Asking about Hillary’s accomplishment is sexist.

Okay, assume the sycophants’s argument is correct — that a SecState’s accomplishments are in preventing the fecal matter from hitting the fan in foreign affairs. Then why is there so much foreign fecal matter flying around during and after sHrillary’s tenure? And what about the list of accomplishments she can claim in positions she held pre-SecState? [crickets]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Re72di5phM0[/crickets]

    Insufficiently Sensitive in reply to Skookum. | May 26, 2015 at 10:27 am

    a SecState’s accomplishments are in preventing the fecal matter from hitting the fan in foreign affairs.

    One word in response is sufficient: LIBYA.

      1) Libyan destabilization

      Hillary was “the face of the Libyan operation”

      Under the outstanding leadership of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, an angry mob attacked and killed the current ‘head of state’, Muammar Gaddafi. This action helped to set the stage for the destabilization of much of Northern Africa.

      President Barack Obama is quick to point out that he wasn’t born in Africa and his ouster would be illegal under 18 USC 111.

    Ragspierre in reply to Skookum. | May 26, 2015 at 11:25 am

    http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/207363/

    Keep that handy. It gives the lie to that whole meme.

    Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to Skookum. | May 26, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    RE: “It’s unfair to question Hillary’s accomplishments as Secretary of State?”

    WHAT ACCOMPLISHMENTS????????????????????????????????

“… she’s dedicated her life to public service …”

I can’t say I’m terribly impressed by Fiorina’s notion of what constitutes “public service”.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to tom swift. | May 26, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    I suspect Fiorina was being polite, but also knew that compliment would elicit this response in a LOT of people: “yeah, if ‘public service’ means abusing your power to get rich.”

The Democrats have gotten into their heads that a person of no discernable accomplishment is a blank slate upon the electorate will project their own hopes and dreams. It worked for Barack Obama after all. But Hillary Clinton is no Barack Obama. She isn’t black. She isn’t good looking. She isn’t charming. She doesn’t exude confidence. Obama may be an abject failure as a president, but people will continue to fawn over him because he had the kind of attractiveness that Hillary could never aspire to. Ever.

One again the progressives prove that in their world is up and up is down.

To a rational thinking person, it would be unfair, to the Republic, NOT to question a candidate’s track record of accomplishments.

Seriously, what in the hell is wrong with these people?

Funny, people have a huge amount of respect for Henry Kissinger, to this day.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to Valerie. | May 26, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    It’s sort of like with TV talking heads with a Brit accent was 20-30 years ago. It was exotic, therefore more likely to be true(?). When Kissinger became S of S and began appearing on TV, that Germanic accent seemd exotic as well. A victory of style over substance, something that still appeals to the young today.

      The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Henry Hawkins. | May 26, 2015 at 4:30 pm

      Every time I heard that voice it reminded me of phrases of “Vee haf VAYS…!” Among my Vietnam veteran friends, none exactly hold him in high esteem.

    Ragspierre in reply to Valerie. | May 26, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Henry Da K was…

    1. brilliant, and…

    2. NOT delusional about the threats that the U.S. faced.

    Compare and contrast with Ol’ Walleyes.

“I think most people could not look at a Secretary of State and point to an accomplishment.”

That’s probably correct. Most people have probably never even heard of Myanmar.

Hillary Clinton scores Gaza cease fire success
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1112/84145.html

Brokered human rights gains in Myanmar
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/02/hillary-clinton-aung-san-suu-kyi-myanmar_n_1124853.html

Developed free trade agreements with Korea, Colombia and Panama
http://iipdigital.usembassy.gov/st/english/texttrans/2011/10/20111004103703su0.804176.html#axzz3X9yGaLHC

Clinton has had many other accomplishments both as Secretary of State and in other roles.

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