Hillary and the triumph of mediocrity

Once we had Abraham Lincoln...

Jack Engelhard,

Jack Engelhard
Jack Engelhard
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The most they could say was that she was adequate – and for that reason she deserves to become President of the United States.

Nobody in America asks for greatness anymore, adequacy is good, or good enough.

Moments after the Benghazi hearing, Liberals throughout the land breathed a tsunami sigh of relief.

Their girl Hillary did not stumble. She did not make a complete fool of herself. She was not shrill. Only once or twice did she laugh that cackling laugh.

That she was caught double-talking, even lying, nobody cares. She presented herself well and that counts as success.

She succeeded, according to the fawning experts throughout the dials, because she was “cool.” She was “calm.” She “gave as good as she got.”

That she was caught double-talking, even lying, nobody cares. She presented herself well and that counts as success.
“She stuck to her guns,” said one pundit. “Well prepared,” said another. “She proved that she could be tough,” qvelled the Times.

Did she prove that she could be brilliant? No. Inspirational? No. Amazing? No. Scholarly? No.

Truthful? No.

She did fine. She did okay. That’s plenty.

We’ll take okay.

We’ll take whatever she’s got to give because she is all we’ve got, so middling will have to do for We the Suckers.

Adequacy is the new triumph. Ordinariness is the new greatness.

So what if she left four Americans dead on her watch and that she has never shown true remorse or signs of true leadership, she is plain, she is common, she is average, and that suits us fine.

Average is the new terrific. Humdrum is the new wonderful. Was she dazzling, another Lincoln, another JFK, another Thatcher?

Not even close, and nobody expects this. No longer do we expect to be swayed by towering personalities.

Is she America’s Golda Meir, a woman whose gentle strength rallied a nation and illuminated the world?

Or from Hillary shall we settle for her trademark (“I don’t care if you don’t like me”) petulance?

Yes we can!  

Mediocre is good…as it was during the CNN Democratic “debate” a few weeks back when there was nobody to debate. Again Hillary won.

She won not because she displayed wit or wisdom, but because she survived. This too thrilled her Liberal followers throughout the land.

Both times the backslapping and towel snapping could be heard from newsroom to newsroom.

The hypocrisy of her smile, the hunger for power in her eyes – never mind.

Our girl did not embarrass herself. That’s huge. That’s a win. She met our lowest expectations so it is good to be a Liberal.

Nowadays it is never about substance. It’s about performance and how well you can put it over. It’s about tricks and theatrics.

It’s about how craftily you can slip and slide…evade, confound and bewitch.

From Obama to Hillary, happy days are here again for the Left.

For the rest of us, beware what’s coming for America and our most faithful partner, Israel.

New York-based bestselling novelist Jack Engelhard writes a regular column for Arutz Sheva. He is the author of the international classic “Indecent Proposal” now followed by the newsroom thriller “The Bathsheba Deadline.” Engelhard is the recipient of the Ben Hecht Award for Excellence in Journalism. Website: www.jackengelhard.com