Give Me A “P”!
posted at 8:10 am on March 8, 2008 by Ed Morrissey
Hillary Clinton has claimed a significant role in the Northern Ireland peace process as part of her “experience” argument against Barack Obama. She wants to show that she can answer that ringing phone at 3 AM because she has had to conduct tough international negotiations during her husband’s administration. Now Lord Trrimble, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on the process, says the best she can do when she answers that phone is to conduct a cheerleading chant into the receiver:
“I don’t know there was much she did apart from accompanying Bill [Clinton] going around,” he said. Her recent statements about being deeply involved were merely “the sort of thing people put in their canvassing leaflets” during elections. “She visited when things were happening, saw what was going on, she can certainly say it was part of her experience. I don’t want to rain on the thing for her but being a cheerleader for something is slightly different from being a principal player.”
Mrs Clinton has made Northern Ireland key to her claims of having extensive foreign policy experience, which helped her defeat Barack Obama in Ohio and Texas on Tuesday after she presented herself as being ready to tackle foreign policy crises at 3am.
“I helped to bring peace to Northern Ireland,” she told CNN on Wednesday. But negotiators from the parties that helped broker the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 told The Daily Telegraph that her role was peripheral and that she played no part in the gruelling political talks over the years.
What a shock! Hillary exaggerates her importance yet again! Of course, what else can she do? She’s had an unremarkable Senate career, whose major accomplishment has been to secure almost a half-billion dollars in pork. She has nothing else on which to run except to steal credit for the palatable actions of her husband’s administration.
This is the reason that Barack Obama has enjoyed the success he has until now. He hasn’t been twenty pounds of manure in a ten-pound bag, as the saying goes. He comes across as genuine and believable; Hillary comes across as a BS-er whom no one can trust.
Trimble may have hit on a rather devastating assessment for Hillary. She was nothing more than a cheerleader for her husband when traveling abroad, not a real player than anyone took seriously. His amused contempt for her claims speaks volumes about how the people actually involved in foreign policy and serious negotiations view her and her “experience”.