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OP-ED | Profiles In Courage: Connecticut Pols Line Up Behind Hillary

by | Jun 12, 2015 4:30am
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Clinton speaks at UConn in April 2014


To no one’s surprise, Democratic elected officials in the Land of Steady Habits are playing it safe. They’re lining up to support the safe choice for president: Hillary Clinton.

The latest high-profile Connecticut pol to throw his support to the former first lady is no less than Gov. Dannel P. Malloy himself. On Face The State this past Sunday, Malloy told host Dennis House:

“I’ve been an admirer of hers for many years, going back to when she was first lady. I want to see her get elected president. I also think she is the best candidate the Democrats could run. I think she is one of the most experienced candidates that any party has run.”

Malloy joins Sen. Chris Murphy, who gave a full throated nod to Hillary’s candidacy earlier this month. Murphy called Hillary “a fighter,” adding that she “has started this campaign the right way — by listening to everyday Americans all across this country about their concerns, hopes, and fears.”

Lest we think only mainstream Democrats support Hillary, the uber-progressive Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro of New Haven lined up behind Hillary in April.

“America needs a President who understands the economic challenges facing working families across the nation. Hillary Clinton is the exact right person to tackle these critical matters,” DeLauro gushed. “She has spent her professional life fighting for families and children.”

Not to be outdone, Sen. Richard Blumenthal endorsed Hillary more than a year ago and with the same enthusiasm he exhibited in 2008, when as Connecticut’s attorney general he threw his weight behind Hillary’s ill-fated first presidential candidacy.

“She knows how to get things done,” he told a Ready for Hillary PAC fundraiser last year on the Fairfield County Gold Coast.

Hillary is experienced, to be sure. And she has done many things. But you’d have to ask yourself: what is the quality of the major work she did as part of that experience? The universal healthcare initiative she planned in secret and launched as first lady was nothing short of a disaster.

After her election to the Senate, accomplished only because of her advantage in being married to the president, Hillary cast perhaps the most important vote of her career in favor of giving President George W. Bush the authority to invade Iraq. The excuse that she was lied to doesn’t hold water. Twenty-three senators voted against the resolution, including 21 of Hillary’s fellow Democrats.

What did they know that she didn’t know? Was she was afraid of the political consequences of voting against the resolution? To make matters worse, Hillary turned around and opposed the 2007 troop surge that proved to be something of a success in stabilizing Iraq. Are these the kinds of qualities we want in a president? Wrong on policy and lacking courage?

As secretary of state, Hillary played a key role in the dreadful U.S. military intervention in Libya, which has devolved into an ISIS stronghold. To be fair, I do not blame her for the terrible tragedy at the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, which has become little more than a wedge issue for partisan Republican hacks and the Fox News echo chamber. But her so-called reset button symbolizing a renewal in U.S-Russian relations seems only to have emboldened the regime of strongman Vladimir Putin.

Most troubling, as a candidate, Hillary has thus far refused to stake out a position on the Trans Pacific Partnership, a trade pact that she promoted as President Obama’s secretary of state but now is afraid of endorsing — presumably for fear of offending the left and organized labor.

At this point, I’m having a hard time figuring out what it is that makes Hillary tick and why so many Connecticut pols are falling all over themselves to embrace her. Perhaps it’s her aura of power and inevitability. Or maybe Bill and Hillary have done a lot of favors for the powers-that-be in the Nutmeg State.

At any rate, I’d like to think our elected officials would consider honesty, principles and positions on the issues in deciding whom to endorse. I might disagree with Sen. Bernie Sanders on a number of issues, but at least he’s courageous, clear in his positions, and is willing call out injustice at every turn. Ditto Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Heck, even former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley will answer questions from the news media. But Hillary is missing in action on so many levels. And that’s just fine with Malloy, Blumenthal, Murphy, and DeLauro?

Contributing op-ed columnist Terry Cowgill lives in Lakeville, blogs at ctdevilsadvocate.com and is news editor of The Berkshire Record in Great Barrington, Mass. Follow him on Twitter @terrycowgill.

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posted by: art vandelay | June 12, 2015  7:02am

art vandelay

@Terry,
Well said.

posted by: MyOpinion | June 12, 2015  8:05am

This is NOT a “lining up to support the safe choice for president: Hillary Clinton”. It’s lining up for Freebie Handouts, and more wars!

posted by: DrHunterSThompson | June 12, 2015  9:31am

until we learn the truth about Benghazi wouldn’t it be wiser to simply reserve judgment and demand answers rather than simply let her off the hook just cuz?

HST

posted by: bob8/57 | June 12, 2015  10:11am

bob8/57

So… you’re not going to vote Hillary in the primary? Me either, I’ll save that for the general. Until then Sanders’ the man with a plan.

posted by: GBear423 | June 12, 2015  11:04am

GBear423

Absolutely it is fine with our Pols that Hillary does not engage the media/public. They probably think she is brilliant for that strategy. It’s actually a good idea considering she has zero charm and a thin skin.

I disagree with the author on one point; I do hold the former Secretary accountable on Benghazi. The departed Ambassador himself requested additional Security measures that were not only dismissed, but security was <a>diminished</a>.

So ya, I would say her politics ruled a situation where security measures may have saved the Ambassador’s life.

Hillary was in full support of this Libyan intervention which was an incredibly bad idea, as the current state of Libya is the best example to cite. Her decisions as Secretary and her questionable ethics demonstrated throughout her public service disqualify her to be the Democrat Nominee for the Presidency. Governor O’Malley seems best choice so far imho, though I am hoping others join the Race.

posted by: Noteworthy | June 14, 2015  5:42am

Hillary Clinton’s refusal to answer the question from the press, refusing to give an explanation to the duplicitous financial dealings. That these democrats line up to auto-support her is predictable and pathetic.

posted by: State_of_Connecticut_Ombudsman | June 15, 2015  7:20am

I look to the type of people an individual surrounds themselves with and whom they admire when judging their character.  “At any rate, I’d like to think our elected officials would consider honesty, principles and positions on the issues in deciding whom to endorse.”

We all know the truth about Hillary and how she fails short in being an individual of character.  Now, we have greater insight into the character of her supporters.

posted by: SocialButterfly | June 16, 2015  10:04am

Hillary Clinton as president would be “the final nail in our coffin” if our billionaire controlled Democratic liberal press is successful in getting her elected as president.  Our Obama led government paid stay at home voting bloc leadership will vote for her while enjoying their food stamps and unqualified pensions. Neither Obama or Clinton have had the courage to address our massive foreign debt to most of the world, led by China who is looking at taking some of our land possessions to compensate them for the debt we are failing to repay them. Democratic Obama rubber stamps led by Blumenthal Murphy,and Malloy and their colleagues all behind this death blow to America, leaving our minority working class voters powerless to save America from ultimate economic disaster. Also, a voting in Hillary Clinton as president would be a blank vote to promote World War III.  We cannot afford to vote in a female Obama-type president at this stage of our porous world demise and remain as “the survivors of the fittest.”

posted by: JusticePartyCT | June 20, 2015  7:51pm

While the Democrat leaders in CT may be endorsing Clinton, the people are supporting Bernie Sanders. We have a vibrant grass roots campaign with supporters across Connecticut and across party lines from Democrats, CT Justice Party, CT Green Party, CT Indie Party, Socialist Alternative and non-affiliated. Come and join us at BernieSandersConnecticut.