Hillary Clinton has been called the most qualified person to be president of the United States by the current president, Barack Obama, the Libertarian vice presidential candidate, William Weld, among others.
Clinton promises to make the “biggest investment” in jobs since World War II, propose immigration reform with a pathway for citizenship and establish a no-fly zone in Syria to “save lives and hasten the end of the conflict.”
Donald Trump, among others, calls her “the most corrupt candidate” to ever run for president.
She has been cleared, again, by the FBI Director regarding her private email server while secretary of state. Can Clinton dispel the doubts about her trustworthiness to become the first woman president of the United States?
The Case for a Clinton Presidency
Jonathan Allen – Roll Call
One of the great knocks against Clinton is that she’s an insider. I see her experience as first lady, senator and secretary of State as an invaluable asset. Her understanding of the levers of the federal government — and of American national security and foreign policy — is unusual for a modern president….
As secretary of State, she worked effectively — and often behind the scenes — to win support for administration policies ranging from a new arms-reduction treaty with Russia to trade deals and sanctions.
In short, she has an inclusive approach to making policy that was evident in her co-option of a wide array of Democratic-leaning institutional players in the primary and her backing from a smaller but important set of Republican luminaries during the general election.
Hillary Is a Cheater
Ken Blackwell – The Daily Caller
Published by WikiLeaks, thousands of leaked emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign show that her team is perfectly capable of rigging the election.
We now have a firm grasp of Hilary’s unethical ties to Wall Street, the mainstream media, foreign despots, and even the FBI agents involved in her criminal investigation. Now, she is using that vast, corrupt network to rig an election against a candidate who received more primary votes than any Republican in history.
Hillary is good at rigging things and her friends at the Department of Justice have control of her FBI Investigation. If Hillary was anyone else in the government, she could not get a security clearance and would face serious prison time. But WikiLeaks shows that the State Department and the White House worked closely with Hillary’s campaign to explain her illegally used home email server. Not only did Hillary help raise money for an FBI agent’s wife who was running for office, her campaign chairman was a close friend with another top agent.
This Lifetime GOP Voter Is with Her
Max Boot – Foreign Policy
I found her to be a charming conversationalist with a lot of interest in learning about defense issues. I did not detect her peddling any ideological agenda; she simply wanted to figure out the best course of action. The Hillary I met doesn’t match the ogre of Republican myth.
I am not alone in reaching that conclusion — many Republican senators were surprised to find how easily Clinton was to get along with and work with. She always does her homework so she is always prepared for any situation — whether it’s a Senate hearing or a presidential debate….
In the final analysis, the strongest case for Clinton is what she is not. She is not racist, sexist, or xenophobic. She is not cruel, erratic, or volatile. She is not a bully or an authoritarian personality. She is not ignorant or unhinged. Those may be insufficient recommendations against a more formidable opponent. But when she’s running against Donald Trump it’s more than enough.
Hillary Clinton Would Be a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad President
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry – The Week
There’s no polite way to say this: Hillary Clinton is corrupt. There’s no other way to describe her speech-making and foundation fundraising from major corporations and foreign governments. In goes the cash. Out go the favors….
The reason her email scandal is so damning isn’t that “she used the wrong email” or even that she endangered national security information (although that’s disqualifying enough). It’s that the Clintons only reaction to every rule is: How can I get around this? Hillary Clinton is temperamentally suited to use every tool at her disposal to get what she wants.
Where the Women Are
Mary Birnbaum – Lunch Ticket
I want Hillary Clinton to be president, but more than that, I want to understand why….
Electing a woman is revolutionary in the sense of public upheaval, but also in the subtler, private ripples of discomfort it causes. Trump will have gotten close to the presidency not only because there are disaffected people in this country, but also because a substantial number of Americans would rather have him than a female….
I want Hillary Clinton to be president because, in my mind, then I become undeniable. She stirs an important insurrection by daring to be seen—it is a riot under the skin, and on the airwaves and bedrooms and ballrooms and ball fields.
The Case Against Hillary Clinton
Lisa Schiffren – New York Daily News
Clinton’s character-revealing behavior includes incessant lying to the public; vast personal greed leading to corruption in high office; abuse of power on behalf of herself and against private citizens and political rivals; disregard for the law, and the very idea of the Rule of Law; disdain for the “deplorable” half of her opponent’s supporters, and the confession…that she typically offers one position on policy and politics in private and another, often very different one, for public consumption….
Most politicians are not above small untruths, and occasionally larger ones. Clinton has been known as a bold and frequent liar, under oath and to the media, since her first stint in Washington. Everything from the nature of her marriage, to her health, to any random anecdote she might tell (landing under sniper fire in Bosnia!), to her public stand on any issue at any moment is or could be a lie.
Understanding ‘Clintipathy’: A Pathological Hatred of the Clintons
Gil Troy – Time
Twenty years of irrational Clinton-bashing has shrunk popular trust in Hillary Clinton but in their Shakespearean relationship with the American people, Bill and Hillary Clinton’s moral blindspot has often justified some of the doubts….
Despite Trump’s calling her “the most corrupt candidate ever,” her transgressions don’t rank with the bribery and sweetheart-deal-making that was common in 19th-century political parties—or on New York construction sites in the Seventies and Eighties. Democrats who deem her blameless and Republicans who brand her a master criminal both exaggerate. Such absolutes confuse voters, who must judge her lapses in context, proportionally, deciding how relevant such past behaviors are in determining what kind of president she—or her opponent—will be.