Friday, September 18, 2015

Hillary Clinton's Signature Accomplishment? Not Even She Knows.

During CNN's Republican primary debate this past Wednesday, Carly Fiorina remarked: "[i]f you want to stump a Democrat, ask them to name an accomplishment of Hillary Clinton." Exactly what Hillary Clinton has accomplished after almost 40 years in public life is a question Ms. Fiorina, among others, has asked before. Interestingly, it seems not even Clinton herself can provide a satisfactory answer to this question.

As Politico points out, Clinton has had the opportunity to tout her accomplishments on several occasions, but never seems able to provide a solid answer. She quickly changed the subject when asked by Diane Sawyer to name her "marquee achievement," and, when speaking at a women's forum in New York, Clinton responded to a question about her "proudest achievement as Secretary of State" by comparing her performance to running a leg in a relay race.

This question isn't just difficult for Hillary to answer; when asked to identify "one tangible achievement" that came about during Clinton's tenure, Jen Psaki, a State Department spokeswoman, responded, saying: "I am certain that those who were here at the time, who worked hard on that effort, could point out one." Adding fuel to the fire, a focus group of her supporters in Iowa lacked confidence when it came to identifying any actual Clinton accomplishments, with one participant saying: "I really can’t name anything off the top of my head."

So, Hillary, just what have you accomplished? No one seems to have an answer, and the voting public would love to know.

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