Hillary: Oh, by the way, I’ll be delivering a series of major policy addresses starting this fall

posted at 9:51 pm on August 12, 2013 by Allahpundit

I thought she’d lie low for the rest of the year, quietly assembling her team, and then reemerge in 2014 once Obama’s lame-duckery has swallowed what little is left of his influence. Nope. No waiting around for Hillary. Campaign 2016 begins next month.

She’s running.

Clinton said her appearance at the annual meeting of the American Bar Association marked the beginning of a speaking series she’ll embark upon that will also include an address on the United States’ national security policies next month in Philadelphia.

Clinton said the September address would focus of issues of “transparency and balance.” The former top diplomat had not yet publicaly addressed the classified National Security Agency surveillance programs that were revealed through leaks at the beginning of the summer…

In her remarks in San Francisco Monday, Clinton took aim at policies she said were unfairly limiting access to polls for minority voters, and said June’s Supreme Court decision gutting the federal Voting Rights Act was a grave mistake. That ruling effectively invalidated a key provision of the 1965 law that gives the federal government oversight of states and localities with a history of voter discrimination.

If that’s not a strong enough sign, here’s a choice bit from Carlos Danger’s chat with BuzzFeed this afternoon:

The NSA debate and the Voting Rights Act are exactly where you’d expect her to begin. She’s not worried about losing centrists in a Democratic primary, especially with Bill stumping for her. She’s worried about leftist suspicion of the Clintons fueling another potentially dangerous insurgent candidacy that catches on with grassroots Dems and causes her headaches. So she’s going to woo the left and minority voters — O’s coalition — on key issues and trust that blue-collar Democrats will be there for her as always, even if ol’ Joe Biden from Scranton is her chief opponent. That’s why she’s getting started early on this, I think: Biden’s signaling that he’s still thinking about a run too, per his upcoming appearance in Iowa. He’s stuck with running on the totality of Obama’s record but Hillary’s really only stuck with the foreign policy bits, and even there she’s going to put some distance between herself and The One. Her NSA speech will, assuredly, signal greater concern for civil liberties vis-a-vis the feds’ surveillance programs than Obama’s own rhetoric has. Run on O’s record in the primary where it helps her with the left, run leftward when it doesn’t, and run on Bill’s economic record in the general. That’s the Hillary formula. Dude, I’m nervous.

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Unless your wearing an orange jumpsuit and delivering them from Club Fed… “what difference does it make”?

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on August 13, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Is she still married to that guy who used to date Monica Lewinsky?

Galtian on August 13, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Clinton said the September address would focus of issues of “transparency and balance.”

So she’ll finally talk about Benghazi, right?

GarandFan on August 13, 2013 at 10:11 AM

The most dismaying thing thing is that the media is going to be hell bent on scoring another historical first notch for themselves and the White House backing Hill to the hilt, to hell with fairness and impartiality. The demonization of Conservatives in the black community alone is under-weigh to red-carpet her. (Forget what Colin morphed into, we could’ve grabbed that brass ring of 1st black pres with him and turned black opinion of Conservatives around back then while the Iraq iron was red-hot!) If Hill gets in and gets her way with brainwashing lib school agendas and playing Santa Claus with illegals and minorities, Conservatives might as well pack our bags and find a moral country. Really. It’ll be warped California all over.

jamesgreenidge on August 13, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Her talking about policy issues is like Larry Flint speaking at the Vatican about virginity.

archer52 on August 13, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Let me make this perfectly clear, as she stirs up the muddy waters.

savage24 on August 13, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Wow, can’t wait to hear all about your policy ideas.

While yer at it, please address this.

Akzed on August 13, 2013 at 2:26 PM

I think it’s time for a bit of a “Reset” when it comes to Democrats and higher public office.

dissent555 on August 13, 2013 at 2:49 PM

If she is running, I hope my blood pressure meds continue to work. That is if I can still afford them with an unsure insurance future.

I don’t know if I can take eight more years of this kind of incompetency.

jazzuscounty on August 13, 2013 at 3:00 PM

jazzuscounty on August 13, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Oh, don’t worry. She won’t be incompetent at anything she really wants to do.

But you, and everyone else between Long Island and Lompoc, will end up wishing she was.

Forget Il Duce and the Godwin’s Law guy. Expect her to go full-on Feliks Dzerzhinsky on anybody she regards as an “ideological backslider”.

By the time she’s done, what happened to Trotsky will look good by comparison.

That a victim must be found
I’ve got a little list
I’ve got a little list
Of society offenders
Who might well be underground
And never would be missed
They never would be missed

-Eric Idle as “Ko-Ko” in The Mikado, 1987 Jonathan Miller production


clear ether


eon on August 13, 2013 at 3:31 PM

“transparency and balance”

Focus group much?

I like to refer to the Clintons as TweedleHill and TweedleBill.

Angineer on August 13, 2013 at 10:57 PM