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It’s time to say goodbye to the Clintons

Hillary is back, and her daughter Chelsea is stepping up too. Why this Clinton political revival is incredibly unhealthy for America.


 
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton waves as she arrives with her husband former President Bill Clinton during inauguration ceremonies swearing in Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States on the West front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017. (Rick Wilking/Reuters)

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton waves as she arrives with her husband former President Bill Clinton during inauguration ceremonies swearing in Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States on the West front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017. (Rick Wilking/Reuters)

I can’t imagine how horrible the night of Tuesday, Nov. 8 was for Hillary Clinton. To appreciate it, you have to consider how she had dedicated her entire life to public service. She spent years helping her husband climb up from law student, to governor, to president. As first lady, Clinton laboured thanklessly on healthcare reform, in the face of sexist and partisan attacks. Then she was forced to eat ashes as her husband dragged her and their daughter over the scandal sheets and into an impeachment trial.

When Bill stepped down at the end of his second term, Hillary stepped up. Her sharp mind and unparalleled work ethic carried her into the Senate, and if it weren’t for a wild card out of Chicago, she would have won and deserved the Democratic nomination for president. Undaunted, she then loyally served as an effective secretary of state, managing one crisis after another.

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Finally, at the age of 68, it was her turn. Clinton embarked one more time on the presidential campaign trail. Shackled by Benghazi and emails, both largely meritless accusations of wrongdoing, she nonetheless marched tirelessly back and forth across the country. The crowds were not great. People talked about Clinton fatigue. She looked unwell at times. But she kept pushing, and she did the work.

By contrast, her opponent Donald Trump skipped the reading. He slouched through the campaign, giving the same fraudulent speech again and again. Trump stepped on every scandalous land mine known to American politics from sexual assault to tax fraud. He introduced a few new ones, like Russian spies and insulting Gold Star families. When these blew up, he would often turn back, crawl into the crater, and roll around for good measure.

Then election day arrived. Clinton deserved to win. She had worked harder than anyone else. She had studied harder than anyone else. She had paid her dues. Almost every newspaper in the country endorsed her. Even Trump expected her to win. And then, after all those decades of work, she didn’t. Can you imagine making that concession call to Trump? That must have been one of the most painful private moments in modern American political history.

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Understandably, Clinton disappeared after that. She was spotted walking in the woods. But otherwise she was gone. A great American. A tireless public servant. She deserved her rest. She should have taken it.

But, Hillary Clinton is back. She is organizing. Friends report she is interested in becoming the Mayor of New York. I have no doubt she would be a dramatic improvement on the piece of boiled celery currently occupying the office. Nonetheless, she needs to let it go.

Likewise, her daughter Chelsea is stepping up too. She has a new book out. She coyly rules out running for office “right now”, but Democrats are already mooning over the idea of putting her in Hillary’s former Senate seat. Chelsea also needs to walk away.

In the United States, according to numbers crunched by economist Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, you are 6,000 times more likely to be elected governor if your father was a governor. If your father was a senator, you are 8,500 times more likely to end up in the Senate. Dynastic politics aren’t just for the Bush and Kennedy clans—it runs deep through America, and it’s incredibly unhealthy. The Clintons should know that. And they should know when to quit.

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One of the fundamental principles of liberal democracies is that everyone should be judged on their merits, and not by their family connections. It’s an obvious point, but an important one. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have no business sitting on a condo board, let alone in the White House. It’s hard to make that point, though, when you are also suggesting Chelsea Clinton would be the best candidate for one of New York’s Senate seats.

But there is a bigger issue here. By every measure, American politics have never been more polarized. We have reached (hopefully) the nadir of a long slow slide that began at Watergate, and separated Americans into two tribes, red and blue. This is not the time for another Democratic blue blood. The party and the country both need a new generation of leaders with new ideas, and an ability to build new coalitions. Chelsea and Hillary are not those leaders.

If either of them want to perform one last act of public service, they should find someone new to mentor. Someone with a new voice. A young woman whose father was not president, perhaps.


 

It’s time to say goodbye to the Clintons

  1. Benghazi and the emails meritless accusations? Really, Gilmore? They were mere indices of the cesspool of corruption that is the Clintons. That’s a herculean leap of logic, there.
    Bonus- Four paragraphs up from the bottom. It’s an unhealthy thing when it happens in Canada, too. When the idiot son of a Marxist homosexual follows in his father’s footsteps, there’s no upside to that, eh.

    • I agree. Gilmore is smoking something!! Hillary should go away because she is the very definition of corruption; she has the personality of a carp; and has demonstrated twice that Americans don’t want her to be president. Women in Arkansas voted overwhelmingly for Trump and when asked why they didn’t want a female president, they answered that they certainly did want one-just not that one!! Willy in spite of wandering around with his zipper down most of the time is still loved in Arkansas. So, the view there of Hillary is very telling-she is a very nasty woman!!
      Finally, Gilmore’s rotten comments about Ivanka Trump are appalling. She has done real work during her life as opposed to Chelsea who just enjoys nepotism. You really think Chesea deserved over $600,000 per year working at MSNBC?!?

  2. There have been 2 of the Bush family in office……only 1 of the Clinton family…….so which one did you give a warning to?

    • PS Photographic editorializing is beneath whoever chose this picture.

      Use a proper one.

      • Queue up the world’s smallest violin.

    • Two Trudeau’s as well.

    • Spare us your Rethug nonsense Emilyone.

      • You have confused the names on here….I am neither American nor right-wing

  3. Well I believe Americans are ‘polarized’ thanks to articles that for decades slurred and defamed Hillary Clinton and nary a, “peep of protest or outrage” from the supposed real journalists out in ‘media land’ denouncing them. How come? And now you Scott Gilmore have decided what is ‘best for Hillary’ ?
    And you actually believe a new generation of leaders will fix things? Really?

  4. It’s time to say goodbye to the Scott Gilmore’s.

  5. It’s time to say goodbye to Gilmour.

    • Now, now … filling a page is what he has to do. Minding someone else’s business is always a viable journalistic ploy. Since Hillary has yet to be locked up as promised by the president, she continues to be in the sights of crack journalists. It’s really what they do – in order to be popular one must pick high visibility targets and talk smack. Perhaps Brad had a slow week and the fact that he has a facial scar only merits one or two paras.

  6. I assume Macleans that if nepotism is bad in the US then you also think that the same applies to PM Trudeau here in Canada.

    After all, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

  7. When will this broad go away? She can take her buddy Trump with her too.

  8. Both parties failed the citizenry in the last election cycles, presenting two – three if one includes the three-mansion Socialist Bernie – unworthy candidates. Secretary Clinton would have been no better as president, and possibly worse, than the noisome (person) in the White House (when, like his predecessor, he is not out of the White House and off golfing). None of this is because one candidate was a woman and the other a man; they were simply not appropriate.

  9. Disappointing: this is just another example of a tired and nonsensical meme of someone telling other people what they should do – the pundit as would be dictator! Enough. Last time I checked, the Clinton’s were free to do whatever they want. In this article the author even turns himself into knots of convoluted logic by on the one hand complaining that Hillary took a break from visible public life and on the other that she is contemplating yet another political role; the general theme is that she should retire but also that she shouldn’t. The argument that one should never follow in their parent’s footsteps is nonsense – not every parent can raise only James Deans. In any case, Bill, Hillary and Chelsea will not fade away given the scale and financial power of the Clinton Gates Foundation; of course, any iconoclastic Macleans scribe could hope to see an end to such populist charity. What’s next – will he next tell Jimmy Carter to stop building houses?

  10. This article is offensive and would not have been written about a man.

    • Our foreign minister wrote about this phenomenon where unqualified children trade on their parent’s names to get into professions they have neither their intellectual ability to do nor the suitability to perform. She was interviewed about it and was sitting next to the PM when she spoke about her theory. You didn’t have to leave Canada, Scott. There are political families in this country beyond the obvious Trudeau family. There are the Mannings and the Notleys. If you are going after a political dynasty, the Clintons are small potatoes. Look at the Kennedys. Are Hiliary and Bill stopping other Dems from coming forward to run? I honestly doubt that. Bill would have probably won if he could have run again. In the meantime, if they are willing to mentor junior people in the party, their advice is invaluable. Bill was a governor at age 30 and Hiliary helped get him there. I am not sure advising them to take themselves off and disappear is the best thing for the party.

    • Our foreign minister wrote about this phenomenon where unqualified children trade on their parent’s names to get into professions they have neither their intellectual ability to do nor the suitability to perform. She was interviewed about it and was sitting next to the PM when she spoke about her theory. You didn’t have to leave Canada, Scott. There are political families in this country beyond the obvious Trudeau family. There are the Mannings and the Notleys. If you are going after a political dynasty, the Clintons are small potatoes. Look at the Kennedys. Are Hiliary and Bill stopping other Dems from coming forward to run? I honestly doubt that. Bill would have probably won if he could have run again. In the meantime, if they are willing to mentor junior people in the party, their advice is invaluable. Bill was a governor at age 30 and Hiliary helped get him there. I am not sure advising them to take themselves off and disappear is the best thing for the party.