Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered the speech for which many of us had been waiting yesterday. It was not so much a foreign policy speech which, in any case, she has delivered before and will again before November. It was an artful take-down of the biggest phony ever to run for the office of the presidency of these United States.
Secretary Clinton did not stoop to the Donald’s childish rhetoric by, for example, mocking his ridiculous hair, his checkered marital history, or even his scam “university.” Instead she pointed out that he was “hopelessly unprepared and temperamentally unfit to be commander in chief.”
Listing some of Trump’s foreign policy “proposals,” she rightly pointed out that they were “not really even ideas, just a series of bizarre rants, personal feuds, and outright lies.” Exactly.
And what was Donald Trump’s thoughtful, measured response to being thus exposed? An elementary-school-level tweet, “Bad performance by Crooked Hillary Clinton! Reading poorly from the teleprompter! She doesn’t even look presidential!”
On the contrary, by all opinions I have seen, Ms. Clinton was poised, steady, funny…and devastatingly eloquent. Completely presidential. She looked as easily personable, even while on the attack, as she has often looked uncomfortably stiff in some prior addresses. She and her handlers should learn from this fine speech.
This is exactly the way to define her differences with and infinite superiority over Donald Trump’ candidacy. Whether in campaign speeches leading up to November or on the debate stage, she needs to keep her cool, clearly reveal the facts about her unprepared and dangerous opponent, and allow her own rich personal history, government experience, and policy proposals to speak for themselves.
I have said before that I will support whomever the Democratic nominee is this year. But I am more than happy that it will be former child-advocate attorney, first lady, U.S. Senator from New York, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton!