The New York Times interviewed “a dozen campaign advisors and allies” to come up with a picture of Hillary Clinton’s first 100 days as president – a picture so rosy and fawning that it might as well have been painted by Hillary herself. Despite a few bland warnings that Hillary might not be liberal enough to satisfy supporters of Bernie Sanders, the Times offered nothing else in the way of critical analysis. To the contrary, they presented her as the answer to years of Washington gridlock.
“Mrs. Clinton would schmooze differently than the past few presidents have,” they wrote. “Not one to do business over golf or basketball, she would bring back the intimate style of former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Lyndon B. Johnson, negotiating over adult beverages. Picture a steady stream of senators, congressmen, and other leaders raising a glass and talking policy in the Oval Office with her and likely chief of staff, John D. Podesta, as her husband pops in with a quick thought or a disarming compliment.”
Really? This is what passes for serious journalism in 2016? Why not save yourself some trouble and just write “Vote Hillary” over and over again until you hit the required word count?
According to this unofficial Clinton campaign press release, Hillary will use her first 100 days to pursue immigration reform and domestic infrastructure spending, hoping to take advantage of a splintered Republican Party. Her budget plan calls for $1.4 trillion in new spending and $1.2 trillion in new taxes. Critics and allies think Post-Trump Republicans will be willing to work with her on a plan to extend amnesty to the nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants.
Hillary also plans to bring more women into her executive cabinet, keep her husband’s public role to a minimum, and use executive actions to expand background checks on firearm sales.
But despite this liberal agenda, the paper sticks to one overarching message: that Hillary will be the bipartisan, compromising president that Obama wasn’t. They even managed to find a Republican – former Virginia congressman Tom Davis – to say: “I think she’ll want to build some bridges right away and get back some of the trust that’s been missing between the parties for the last 15 years.”
Clinton? Trust? Don’t make us laugh.
The NY Times, and Clinton herself, knows that her best path to victory this November lies in convincing America that she’s a political moderate. She doesn’t want this election to be about left vs. right; she wants it to be about “normal, safe politician” vs. “dangerous lunatic.” And the media is more than happy to reinforce that narrative for the next four months straight.
It will be up to Donald Trump to remind Americans that Hillary is not “normal,” “safe,” or “moderate.”