There's a sucker born every minute, goes the old saying, and several hundred of them gathered at Wellesley College last Thursday to cheer Hillary Clinton as she rehashed, complained about and justified her electoral loss by saying in different ways over and over that she is simply too good for this world. Seriously, just how addled does one have to be to take this nepot and parasite as an inspiration for women, and as a model of how one should build her career?
To follow Clinton's career path, one has to first attack then-Sen. Edward Brooke, R-Mass., at your graduation from Wellesley. Second, proceed to Yale Law School to meet and marry a skilled politician. Third, follow him home to suppress bimbo eruptions and otherwise serve as first lady of Arkansas. And fourth, wait for the day he's elected as president, so that you are first lady for real.
Having done that, one can start at the top, being given control of his healthcare reform plan, which you run into the ground 18 months later, just in time for a staggering wipeout in Congress in which he loses the Senate and House. And how does one manage to get this much power? One lies on "60 Minutes" on the eve of the New Hampshire primary about a woman in Arkansas who claimed that she and one's husband had had an affair.
If you had any doubts as to how she got to run healthcare, Carl Bernstein explains it to you on page 218 of A Woman In Charge, the book that he wrote about Hillary. "He was president in no small measure because she stood by him in the Gennifer Flowers mess," he quotes Bill's aide as saying. "He had to pay her back. This is what she wanted, and he couldn't figure out how not to give it to her. And so he hoped for the best." What he got was the worst, while Hillary built her career on trying to discount what Paula Jones and Juanita Broaddrick had accused Bill of doing, while joining Anita Hill and others in running against Clarence Thomas, for what Hillary had claimed that he said.
Having gotten so much because Bill misbehaved with one woman, Hillary got even more five years later, when it turned out he misbehaved with three more: In the course of a suit brought by Paula Jones (who charged that Bill asked her to "kiss it" in a hotel room in Little Rock), it came out that he had an affair with a 24-year-old intern, and had also molested an aide in the White House on the day that her husband had died.
As this broke new ground on the Richter scale of spouse mortification, the public was happy enough to allow her to run for the Senate — from New York, a state that she had never lived in — in order to start life anew. Hillary, who got one big job by covering up for her husband's philandering, got another because he had strayed once again (and been impeached in the process), while the three jobs she held that required executive competence — healthcare reform and her two runs for president — could be studied in as examples of cosmic mismanagement.
So, of course, she is now the ideal of millions of women, who swear she's the soul of self-made girl power, who would in due course have made a great president — if only men had given her a chance.
Noemie Emery, a Washington Examiner columnist, is a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard and author of "Great Expectations: The Troubled Lives of Political Families."