Hillary’s About Face

Hillary Clintonby James Ray Deaton3/12/15
While watching Hillary Clinton’s Delete-Gate press conference in her tailored dress, coiffed look and pancake powder made-up face at the United Nations, I kept thinking back to those early photos of a younger and more dowdy and more idealistic and more authentic Hillary. And I felt sorry for this older, better prepped, stylish, constantly smiling, wrinkled but well-preserved, “Ready for 2016” version of herself.

I think we’ve all seen those funky circa 1970’s Hillary photographs that show Hillary as an ernest young woman with straight hair, high forehead, little or no make-up, sensible shoes, nerdy clothes and Coke-bottle lens eyeglasses. In all her policy-wonk, nerdy, ernest, shiny-faced, youthful glory, Hillary at least seemed real and capable of unscripted speech and honest discussion. I have a feeling anyone talking with 1970’s Hillary came away knowing her politics and worldview without question — take it or leave it. Not so with 2015 Hillary.

Forty years of toiling in the muddy vineyards of policy and politics, serial scandals, Bubba-marriage, Whitewater, Travelgate, Filegate, Bimbo-eruptions, Rose Law Firm billing records, backroom deals, blue dresses, subpoenas too numerous to count, speaking between the lines, parsed speech, Craig Livingstone, Vince Foster, failed reset buttons, Benghazi hearings, court admonishments, vast right-wing conspiracies, Kathleen Willey, Juanita Broaddrick, Gennifer Flowers, $100 bills dragged through trailer parks, the death of dear friend Chris and the soul crushing necessity of “informal conversations” using teleprompters were evident in every patched over crevice of Hillary’s old-woman face.

And I truly felt sorry for her. Would 1970’s Hillary sneer with scorn at this 2015 version? Would the young woman who admired and interviewed Saul Alinsky for her 1969 Wellesley College senior thesis think 2015 Hillary a sell-out? However wrong-headed her ideals may have been back then, at least they were truly her ideals.

How many Faustian deals with the devil did it take to go from shiny-faced 1970’s Hillary to powdered-faced 2015 Hillary? When did she stop saying what she really means? When did she start parsing nearly every word she speaks? At what point did not saying what she really wants to say start taking up so much of her time and effort and self?

“I want the public to see my emails” Hillary said last week in a tweet. That statement is patently false. It is the opposite of truth. It is the opposite of what she wants. What does it mean when someone is so capable of such public untruth? What kind of person does that? What is the cost?

Maturity changes us all and circumspect speech and false affect is sometimes necessary in an adult life. But to live that way publicly, day in and day out, year in and year out, must be truly soul crushing. And Hillary seems to me to be a woman with a crushed soul. Living by the creed of “the ends justify the means” takes a toll — and that toll was evident in every view of Hillary’s tired, but smiling face at her U.N. press conference.


James Ray Deaton, one of six known conservatives living in Berkeley, Calif., is a graduate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
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10 Responses to Hillary’s About Face

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    One humorous comment about Slick Hilly is that her career has come full circle. In the 1970s she was involved in the House investigation of Nixon. Now (like so many Obamacrats) she’s acting like him.

    At the time Iago Carville slimed trailer-park residents with his comment that you never know what you’ll get by dragging a $20 bill (I think that was the denomination) through a trailer park, a good friend of mine lived with his parents in a trailer park. I interpreted Carville’s sneer as a smear of his mother, and have never forgiven the slmeball ever since.

    It’s interesting to note that David Brock, back when he was still a conservative (or at least pretending to be), he wrote a biography of the Fire Witch titled The Seduction of Hillary Rodham. This makes the same point you did, that she sold out her beliefs for political expediency. Brock has since claimed that his conservative works were full of lies (which is how you establish your credibility with liberals), but has never actually identified any specific lies that I know of.

    • David Ray says:

      After he fired her in 1974, former Democratic boss, Jerry Zeifman, warned that “Sir Edmund” Hillary would be unfit for Senator or President. He conveys that sediment in his book. (But what difference at this point does it make!?)

  2. NAHALKIDES NAHALKIDES says:

    How many Faustian deals with the devil did it take to go from shiny-faced 1970’s Hillary to powdered-faced 2015 Hillary? When did she stop saying what she really means? When did she start parsing nearly every word she speaks?

    James – the answer to your first question is “Just one.” The very first time Hillary joined the Left, and not the Useful-Idiot Left but the Ruling-Class Left, her soul was forfeit. Once anyone gives in to the will to power, the desire to rule one’s fellow human beings, he’s lost and his character forever corrupted unless he later abjures this desire. The rest is merely learning the techniques of dissimulation that are the Left’s hallmarks, and of course engaging in the “necessary” betrayals to advance the Leftist cause, and these may take years. But the essential corruption occurs the first day someone thinks “I want to use force to make people do as I wish them to”.

    So do not feel sorry for Hillary. Unlike Dorian Gray, her face shows every lie and every sin, and she fully deserves her hideous appearance for the evil bargain she willingly made so long ago.

  3. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    But to live that way publicly, day in and day out, year in and year out, must be truly soul crushing. And Hillary seems to me to be a woman with a crushed soul. Living by the creed of “the ends justify the means” takes a toll — and that toll was evident in every view of Hillary’s tired, but smiling face at her U.N. press conference.

    I have zero sympathy for this disgusting grasping harridan. She willingly traded any scruples she may have had for the satiation of her lusts.

    In fact, one must hope she, as well as others who so abuse the public, are destroyed by their own hubris. The Greeks had it correct.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      And not just Slick Hilly, of course. Someone asked one of her sycophants if he ever got tired of shilling for her, and in particular trying to spin her corruption away. None of them ever show any hesitation. If they have enough conscience left to be hurt at night . . . well, they chose that profession. (I find myself sounding like Hamlet discussing the fate of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. But Paul Begala, Lanny Davis, David “I’m a liar, trust me” Brock, and Iago Carville deserve it as much as their idols do.)

    • David Ray says:

      I’d suspect that Billy Dale, formerly of the Travel Office, shares your view.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        Always good to remember that early victim of Slick Hillary’s corrupt viciousness. Many of the Clinton-era scandals were indeed Slick Willie’s (the sexual and campaign-finance scandals), but many others were primarily hers. And of course there are all her female victims, both the “bimbo eruptions” and those whose rapists were defended by the Fire Witch in her professional capacity as a lawyer.

  4. Susan says:

    Loved your article on Hillary and really enjoyed the the honest comments.

  5. Anniel says:

    Today seemed like a good day to think of Lying Hillary’s slide over the abyss, and her lack of character. I heard about Comey’s annihilation of her character this morning and thought about all of her victims from time immemorial, but as I often do I thought of the biggest victim of Bill and Hillary Clinton, their daughter. How could Chelsea possibly stand a chance to know any decency with two indecent parents?

    All the money one would ever need, and, yes, the truth shows on their faces.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Comey eviscerated her security, but his decision not to recommend prosecution is all that mattered to Slick Hilly. His condemnation will be ignored by the synoptic media, who act as her spokesliars, but a prosecution (or at least recommending it) would be harder to hide.

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