COMMENTARY | The Washington Examiner’s Byron York took notice of a speech Hillary Clinton made at the New America Foundation in which she damned President Obama with faint praise and condemned the economy he has presided over these past five years.
“In a speech in Washington on Friday, Hillary Clinton repeatedly criticized economic and social conditions under President Obama, barely mentioning the accomplishments of the man who appointed her secretary of State. Clinton’s address, at the New America Foundation, was a broad indictment of the country’s current leadership, with exactly one — one — note of praise for the Democratic president Clinton has called her partner and friend.
“Clinton, never known for self-effacement, began by noting her lifelong desire to make the world a better place and the ‘driving force’ toward public service instilled in her by her mother. From there, Clinton went on to describe the United States today as a very troubled place.”
This sounds awfully low like a campaign speech for 2016. It does show the precarious balancing act that Clinton must perform if she does propose to run.
Clinton cannot go full bore against Obama. She was, after all, part of his administration, albeit on the foreign policy side (and the less said about that the better.) But she also cannot ignore the fact that things are pretty rotten in the state of America. Hence a speech that condemns the Obama economy, barely mentions the president at all, but does heap praise on another president, one incidentally named Clinton, under whom the economy was in the main pretty good.
That will be the main argument for her election, that by the sole virtue of her married name, Clinton will be able to restore the relative peace and prosperity of the 1990s. The argument may be a powerful one, not because it is logical, but because a lot of people are both low information and desperate.
Of course this all is dependent on whether she will run, an open question at this point.