On Monday, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) penned an editorial for the Santa Clarita Valley News calling for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run for president. “Hillary Now More Than Ever,” Feinstein wrote. She recalled how in 2000, Clinton called Feinstein asking for advice, and how “honored” she was. Feinstein wrote how she met Hillary in 1992 and was “immediately impressed by her commitment to helping people and her grasp of complex policy issues,” going on to call her “one of the most talented and impressive woman I’ve ever known.”
Feinstein did not point out a single outstanding accomplishment for the former First Lady. Instead, she suggested that Hillary was an “international superstar” who “did her homework” and “worked across the aisle.” Portraying the famously partisan Clinton as a bipartisan hero was a stretch, but Feinstein did her duty, characterizing Hillary as a “model senator.”
Feinstein recalled the get-together in her home between Clinton and then-Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) in 2008 after Hillary lost the nomination to Obama. “Cynics questioned Hillary’s commitment to that cause, but those of us who knew her well had no doubt: she would be an invaluable asset on the campaign trail and eventually a trusted adviser in the Obama administration’s cabinet,” Feinstein wrote, despite the fact that Clinton was quickly marginalized within the administration as various foreign policy gurus ranging from then-Senator John Kerry (D-MA) to Richard Holbrooke were elevated. Nonetheless, Feinstein asserted without evidence that Hillary was an “outstanding diplomat” who was “always a steady hand on the foreign policy rudder.” No mention of Benghazi was made.
But the praise didn’t stop coming from Feinstein: “Hillary is a patriot who loves her country completely. Her deep commitment to public service and progressive causes runs through her veins.”
Finally, Feinstein said, in true sexist fashion, that Hillary would make a great president because she is a woman: “We both have a daughter, and I know Chelsea enriches Hillary’s life far and above any achievement in politics or government. That special relationship is one reason the well-being of women and girls has been central to her agenda, as far back as the United Nations Women’s Conference in Beijing nearly 20 years ago.”
I was an early and enthusiastic supporter during Hillary’s run for the White House in 2008. I believed she would be a spectacular leader and a transformative president for our country. I still believe that. Now more than ever.