It didn’t take a body language expert to know that Mika Brzezinski, Joe Scarborough’s liberal co-host on the Morning Joe, got upset with Hillary Clinton when Mrs. Clinton played the gender card on Bernie Sanders. When Mrs. Clinton said “I’ve been told to stop, and I quote, shouting about gun violence. Well, first of all, I’m not shouting. It’s just when women talk, some people think we’re shouting”, Ms. Brzezinski reacted, saying “That wasn’t even funny, that’s pathetic. I know sexism. Hillary Clinton knows sexism. She should know better than to let her staff make her do that. She needs to do better. She needs to get out there and tell everyone to stop writing lines for her, they’re bad. Really bad. And when we talk about sexism, when we talk about women and equal pay and all the things that are important, let’s not denigrate it with that stupidity. Let’s not. Because we embarrass ourselves. I’m like, cringing.”
Tuesday morning, USA Today published a disgusting article by Kirsten Powers, one of the more sensible liberal pundits on TV. The subtitle to Ms. Powers’ article was “Hate-blinded Republicans’ fruitless Benghazi interrogation could have followed Clinton script.”
Determining which person was more dishonest is a difficult assignment. When in doubt, though, it’s usually safe to argue that Mrs. Clinton was the most dishonest. Bernie Sanders has a habit of accusing people of screaming, especially on gun control. Still, it’s disgusting that Ms. Powers accused Republican members of the committee of being hate-filled. That’s intellectually dishonest. Here are some questions for Ms. Powers:
- Was Mike Pompeo hateful when he asked Mrs. Clinton why she didn’t fire anyone after the Benghazi disaster? Or was that a legitimate question?
- Was Susan Brooks hateful when she asked Mrs. Clinton if she talked with Christopher Stevens after he was sworn in as U.S. ambassador to Libya?
- Is it dishonest for Mrs. Clinton to act like she’s strong enough for the job except when she’s asked questions she doesn’t want to answer? Is it dishonest of her to immediately act like she’s the victim?
Mrs. Clinton’s fans need to learn history. If they want the true definition of a tough-as-nails lady, read about Margaret Thatcher, the former British prime minister. President Reagan, Lady Thatcher and Pope John Paul II formed the axis of virtue, which was all that was needed to topple the Soviet Union.
Mrs. Clinton’s victim act is wearing thin, even for liberals like Mika Brzezinski. The question Mrs. Clinton needs to answer is whether she wants the American people to think of her as a tough-as-nails victim or as the woman who loves throwing political punches but can’t take it when she’s hit with a political punch.
At this point, it’s difficult to picture Mrs. Clinton as being in the same class as Margaret Thatcher, Great Britain’s Iron Lady.