Making Politics Look Effortful

This article in National Review putting the boot into Chelsea Clinton has some wonderful lines:

Without establishing herself in any field, she segued gently into the realm of the ceremonial job, as though, having skipped entirely the “rising to the top of one’s profession” part of life, it was time to kick back a little, to accept due recompense in the form of board seats (such as the one on the family foundation) and advisory sinecures and other such vapor-jobs, prestige appointments lightly tethered to the vaguest of duties.

Is it too much to expect of a Stanford grad who has two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. that she write her own book instead of calling in a ghostwriter? How hard can it be to produce a volume of stuporous change-the-world banality in the first place? Especially a bad book written with all the verve of the iTunes Terms of Service agreement?

Hillary won’t, of course, run again, because the donor money won’t be there. The donors know that she was looking at a two-inch putt of a campaign and somehow managed not only to miss but to shank the ball into the long grass while screaming about the Russians and misogyny.

Chelsea Clinton is indeed working hard — on the family brand. But like her mother, she makes politics look effortful.

If you don’t like the way a fawning media is preparing the ground for yet another Clinton run at office and have twenty minutes to spare, go and read the whole thing.

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4 thoughts on “Making Politics Look Effortful

  1. That was a fun read, so thanks. But it only underlines the old joke about politicians (for surely the lady is destined to be made a political success at some point) being a ‘Post-Tortoise’.

    In other words you find a tortoise on a fence post. You know however it didn’t get there by itself, the creature already has no idea why it is there and frankly, has no way to get down. It does nothing but attract comment and makes not one jot of difference to the fence on which it sits. More, you know that whoever put the tortoise there was being cruel and unthinking and while that person may have some skill in picking up a tortoise and setting it down in place, they have nothing more to offer other than picking up and putting down.

    Chelsea is, bless her, a future post-tortoise.

  2. The only gift she brings to US politics is the cruel people who post photos of her beside photos of Webb Hubbell, her purported “real father”.

  3. How hard can it be to produce a volume of stuporous change-the-world banality in the first place? Especially a bad book written with all the verve of the iTunes Terms of Service agreement?

    *tip of the Blocked Dwarf desert-camo cap to the writer of that Bon Mot*

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