AP reporter to State Dep’t spokesman: Seriously, can you identify a single accomplishment since 2010?

posted at 7:21 pm on April 22, 2014 by Allahpundit

Via Joe Schoffstall and Noah Rothman, the reporter in question is Matt Lee and no, this isn’t the first time he’s been, shall we say, unimpressed with an answer from State. The “QDDR” he mentions is the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, a self-audit by State every four years of its long-term goals abroad and how it’s doing in meeting them. The very first QDDR was published in 2010 after it was ordered by — ta da — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. What makes this question significant, in other words, isn’t that Lee is so combative with spokesman Jen Psaki or that Psaki’s as stumped as the rest of us are when forced to name a Hillary accomplishment. What makes it significant is that, I suspect, the QDDR will itself be cited by Team Hillary next year when they’re asked to list her achievements. The mere fact that she ordered the review, whether or not State learned anything from it, will be submitted as proof that she’s Ready To Lead. Remember this exchange when it happens.

While we’re looking ahead, here’s David Frum anticipating the rest of the Clinton 3.0 strategy, specifically as it applies to the “is she too old?” question:

Hillary Clinton is not the victim of a double standard. She is the beneficiary of a double standard…

[A] question that commentators generally agreed was relevant in 1984, 1996 and 2008 is a question that Hillary Clinton supporters now deem insulting, offensive and unfair to women…

Hillary Clinton asks two things of us. On the one hand, she wants to be judged exactly as we’d judge a similarly accomplished man in politics. On the other hand, she wants us always to remember that the hopes of all womankind are fixed on whether she personally gets the job she wants…

In that one highly specific sense, then, the Hillary Clinton standard is always single: whatever it takes.

Enjoy this clip while you can, because starting around a year from now, it’ll be the very essence of sexism to ask a question like this.


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