The “Ready for Hillary” crowd that is encouraging Hillary Clinton to run for President is fond of pointing to her tenure as Secretary of State as proof that she is ready to occupy the Oval Office. And indeed, when Mrs. Clinton left the State Department at the end of the first Obama Administration, she received much obsequious praise for her tenure at State.
But hindsight is 20/20 and the Clinton legacy at Foggy Bottom now looks like a train wreck, one year after. Susan Glasser’s piece for Politico Magazine in December is a valiant effort to apologize for the mediocrity of Clinton’s tenure at State, but in the end, even she has to conclude that Hillary Clinton’s work as the top American diplomat did little to recommend her as our next President.
Name any country in the world and ask, is this country better positioned to be a friend to the U.S. and a guardian of human rights for its people than four years ago? By and large, the answer would be no. The Middle East is in more profound chaos than before – including, of course, the Benghazi crisis in 2012 when then - Secretary Clinton fell asleep at the wheel as terrorist aggressors killed our ambassador and dragged him through the streets. Latin America is moving towards autocracy in capitols across the continent, and Venezuela is dealing with open violence in the streets. The nutjobs in charge in Tehran are closer to a nuclear weapon than ever before, and North Korea’s increasing aggression is going unanswered. In retrospect, it is clear that Hillary Clinton left the world a much more dangerous place for America than it was when she was confirmed as Secretary of State.
Crosses are often erected near roads and highways to honor the victims of motor vehicle accidents. These make-shift memorials, placed by family or friends of the deceased, pay tribute to lost loved ones.
But will this be a thing of the past?
As reported on The Kelly File, a California mother, AnnMarie Devaney, was pressured to remove a cross she had placed on public property to honor her dead son, who was hit by a car and killed two years ago.
The American Humanist Association, a Washington, D.C. based group committed to the separation of church and state, notified Lake Elsinore, CA council members that the religious display was unconstitutional and must be removed.
Republican David Jolly won Florida Congressional District 13's special election tonight, taking 48.4% of the vote, Democrat Alex Sink took 46.5%, and Libertarian candidate Lucas Overby took just over 5%. This race was seen by many as a bellwether race and a strong indicator of things to come for election year 2014.
This race was also crucial for Democrats who desperately wanted this seat as a gain in the House of Representatives. According to The Hill,
"Facing a 17-seat deficit in the House, Democrats can’t afford to lose one of the few toss-up seats left in the country. Such a failure would undercut their message that they can put GOP-leaning seats on the map or even compete in places where President Obama narrowly won in 2012".
Fresh off his appearance at CPAC, the largest conservative gathering in the country, Mitch McConnell had some interesting things to say about the Tea Party candidates who are challenging long standing establishment Republicans around the country. In an interview with the New York Times published this weekend, McConnell was quoted as saying:
"I think we are going to crush them everywhere, I don't think they are going to have a single nominee anywhere in the country."