[guest post by JVW]
The Wall Street Journal ran one of its more curious op-eds in recent memory, written by Mark Penn, former Clinton Crime Family pollster, advisor, fixer, sycophant, etc., and Andrew Stein, a seat occupier on the corrupt and ridiculous New York City Council.
Get ready for Hillary Clinton 4.0. More than 30 years in the making, this new version of Mrs. Clinton, when she runs for president in 2020, will come full circle—back to the universal-health-care-promoting progressive firebrand of 1994. True to her name, Mrs. Clinton will fight this out until the last dog dies. She won’t let a little thing like two stunning defeats stand in the way of her claim to the White House.
I’m not always 100% current on these sorts of things, but isn’t this sort of language — “Hillary Clinton 4.0,” “this new version of Mrs. Clinton,” “little thing like two stunning defeats” — indicative of mockery and what the hip youngsters who largely rejected her primary campaign last time around in favor of some crusty old socialist would call “snark”? For what it’s worth, Hillary fanbois like Philippe Reins claim that there is no chance she will run.
So this leaves me flummoxed as to what Penn and Stein are doing here. Are they such sad-sack Hillary worshippers that they can’t bring themselves to acknowledge that her day is well behind her, and that once again trying to re-re-re-reintroduce herself to the American public will leave her looking desperate and pathetic? Or are they so disillusioned with Her Clintonic Majesty, the Past, Present, and Future Inevitable Next President of the United States that they are now openly mocking her in the opinion section of one of this country’s most conservative editorial pages? I can’t see it as funny; I can’t see it (yet) as sad. I just find it all bizarre.