Hillary: All this, and Macedonians, too

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Hillary: All this, and Macedonians, too

Hillary Clin­ton went on a tear yes­ter­day blam­ing every­thing and every­body for her 2016 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign fail­ure. Hillary brought up Mace­do­nians not once, but thrice in her rant.

Mr. Spock and Aris­to­tle were not present in her logic as she droned to inter­view­ers Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg,

And I have a lot of sym­pa­thy at this point. Kara doesn’t, but I do [KS laughs] for peo­ple try­ing to make these deci­sions. I would just urge them to hurry up. Because even if you err slightly more on the curat­ing edi­to­r­ial decision-​making, so some voices are going to be cut off, some fake news out­lets, the guys in Mace­do­nia are going to be denied entry into your plat­form, I’d rather see us erring on that side for a while to see what the effects are, instead of being kind of over­whelmed by the chal­lenge, like, “What do you do?” I mean, how do you try and deter­mine who should or shouldn’t be on your site? And so I think it’s a mixed bag.”

Say, what?

Prior to Hillary’s rant, the only Mace­do­nians I ever heard of were Alexan­der the Great’s thun­der­ing hordes, who took over a large chunk of land from 334323 B.C.,

Alexan­der, like Hillary, wanted to be boss. Or, as Alan Rickman’s Hans Gru­ber famously said in Die Hard,

And when Alexan­der saw the breadth of his domain, he wept, for there were no more worlds to con­quer.” Ben­e­fits of a clas­si­cal education.

(If you want to be pedan­tic about whether Hans Gru­ber quoted Plutarch cor­rectly, do knock your­self out. This post is about Hillary.)

Instead of antiq­uity, Hillary was refer­ring to “guys over in Mace­do­nia who are run­ning these fake news sites,” thus check­ing two items off her pre­text list: elec­toral inter­fer­ence from over­seas and fake news.

Add the sneaky Mace­do­nians to the bas­ket of deplorables.

The mes­sage is clear: in Hillary’s mind, we une­d­u­cated rubes can’t exer­cise own own judge­ment, because, if we had, she would be POTUS.

Unlike Alexan­der, Hillary wept because she could not con­quer. I’m actu­ally relieved she’s not POTUS. That inter­view leaves the after­taste, as Scott John­son put it, that, “To bor­row a phrase from Mil­ton, her­self is Hell.”

UPDATE

Linked to by The Other McCain. Thank you!

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes in U. S. and Latin Amer­ica at Fausta’s blog.

Hillary Clinton went on a tear yesterday blaming everything and everybody for her 2016 presidential campaign failure. Hillary brought up Macedonians not once, but thrice in her rant.

Mr. Spock and Aristotle were not present in her logic as she droned to interviewers Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg,

“And I have a lot of sympathy at this point. Kara doesn’t, but I do [KS laughs] for people trying to make these decisions. I would just urge them to hurry up. Because even if you err slightly more on the curating editorial decision-making, so some voices are going to be cut off, some fake news outlets, the guys in Macedonia are going to be denied entry into your platform, I’d rather see us erring on that side for a while to see what the effects are, instead of being kind of overwhelmed by the challenge, like, “What do you do?” I mean, how do you try and determine who should or shouldn’t be on your site? And so I think it’s a mixed bag.”

Say, what?

Prior to Hillary’s rant, the only Macedonians I ever heard of were Alexander the Great’s thundering hordes, who took over a large chunk of land from 334-323 B.C.,

Alexander, like Hillary, wanted to be boss. Or, as Alan Rickman’s Hans Gruber famously said in Die Hard,

“And when Alexander saw the breadth of his domain, he wept, for there were no more worlds to conquer.” Benefits of a classical education.

(If you want to be pedantic about whether Hans Gruber quoted Plutarch correctly, do knock yourself out. This post is about Hillary.)

Instead of antiquity, Hillary was referring to “guys over in Macedonia who are running these fake news sites,” thus checking two items off her pretext list: electoral interference from overseas and fake news.

Add the sneaky Macedonians to the basket of deplorables.

The message is clear: in Hillary’s mind, we uneducated rubes can’t exercise own own judgement, because, if we had, she would be POTUS.

Unlike Alexander, Hillary wept because she could not conquer. I’m actually relieved she’s not POTUS. That interview leaves the aftertaste, as Scott Johnson put it, that, “To borrow a phrase from Milton, herself is Hell.”

UPDATE

Linked to by The Other McCain. Thank you!

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes in U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog.