Camille Paglia: Hillary Clinton ‘Has More Sooty Baggage Than A 90-Car Freight Train’

4 Shares
CGI America Meeting in Chicago

Camille Paglia, one of the few the old-school liberals whose social and fiscal views have always placed her nearer Constitutional libertarianism than 21st century liberalism, has had a rough go of rationalizing, to herself, her ongoing affiliation with the Democratic party. She’s admitted to herself that her eternal optimism for a classical liberal Democratic President is nostalgia, a principled loyalty she feels to her rebellious 1960s academic roots when liberalism and libertarianism were almost one and the same.

“Why has the Democratic Party become so arrogantly detached from ordinary Americans?” she once wrote. “Though they claim to speak for the poor and dispossessed, Democrats have increasingly become the party of an upper-middle-class professional elite, top-heavy with journalists, academics and lawyers (one reason for the hypocritical absence of tort reform in the healthcare bills). … How has ‘liberty’ become the inspirational code word of conservatives rather than liberals? I always thought that the Democratic Party is the freedom party — but I must be living in the nostalgic past.”

Paglia is among a number of now-jaded 1960s-era liberal intellectuals and culture-makers who truly believe in America as a land of singular opportunity ordained by a governing charter — the Constitution — that eternally stands as one of humanity’s crowning achievements. Whether you agree with their views, there’s no denying that their beliefs are substantive and uninfluenced by inscrutable motives or shortsighted expediency. The Administration of President Barack Obama has seen liberals like Paglia, Noam Chomsky, Oliver Stone, David Mamet and others rue their longstanding faith in the power of last century’s Democratic beliefs to carry over into the perverted Democratic power structure of the present day. Paglia herself voted for Obama in 2008, but she spent the next four years disgusted with him (as she had done with Bill Clinton in the 1990s) and ended up voting with the Green Party in 2012.

In a Salon interview this week, Paglia indicated she’s not interested in continuing to wave the flag for establishment candidates who’ll continue to subvert the very principles that once defined her beloved Democratic Party. In particular, she’s done with Hillary Clinton — big time.

From Salon:

As a registered Democrat, I am praying for a credible presidential candidate to emerge from the younger tier of politicians in their late 40s. A governor with executive experience would be ideal. It’s time to put my baby-boom generation out to pasture! We’ve had our day and managed to muck up a hell of a lot. It remains baffling how anyone would think that Hillary Clinton (born the same year as me) is our party’s best chance. She has more sooty baggage than a 90-car freight train. And what exactly has she ever accomplished — beyond bullishly covering for her philandering husband? She’s certainly busy, busy and ever on the move — with the tunnel-vision workaholism of someone trying to blot out uncomfortable private thoughts.

I for one think it was a very big deal that our ambassador was murdered in Benghazi. In saying “I take responsibility” for it as secretary of state, Hillary should have resigned immediately. The weak response by the Obama administration to that tragedy has given a huge opening to Republicans in the next presidential election. The impression has been amply given that Benghazi was treated as a public relations matter to massage rather than as the major and outrageous attack on the U.S. that it was.

Throughout history, ambassadors have always been symbolic incarnations of the sovereignty of their nations and the dignity of their leaders. It’s even a key motif in “King Lear.” As far as I’m concerned, Hillary disqualified herself for the presidency in that fist-pounding moment at a congressional hearing when she said, “What difference does it make what we knew and when we knew it, Senator?” Democrats have got to shake off the Clinton albatross and find new blood. The escalating instability not just in Egypt but throughout the Mideast is very ominous. There is a clash of cultures brewing in the world that may take a century or more to resolve — and there is no guarantee that the secular West will win.

There’s not a lot that even Rand Paul could add to that.

In fact, Paglia and the thinking members of the Tea Party differ primarily on one point, and that’s the extent to which religion should influence the crafting of a political party’s social platform. Paglia is a secularist who champions religion as mankind’s genius reaction to the brutal world it’s inherited, but she’d just as well live in a society which is ready for art to serve as the dominant vessel to contain and spill forth human nature.

The future tenure of even a two-term Democrat President doesn’t have to result in the Nation-wrecking debacle that’s unfolding under Obama, but just about the only way for that to happen is for party leaders on both sides to start listening to their conscience. Paglia, Chomsky and their sagacious peers are the closest thing Democrats have to a true conscience; and it’s a safe bet no one who matters inside the party is listening.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

Join the Discussion

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.

  • Lloyd Fisher

    Most excellent appraisal by one who has lived the disappointment. one can only hope that more who have seen the light come forward. Perhaps if enough do the dynamics may change for the better. How much better it would be with people like this in congress as opposed to the beasts that occupy it now.

    • Chris

      I Agree!!!

  • Devasahayam

    Another example of “broken-clock syndrome”!

    • Warrior

      And even a blind chicken finds some seeds. Democrat = blind chicken and I mean no disrespect to the chicken.

      • Devasahayam

        How about substitute a jilldaw (female version of a jackdaw — jay-sized Eurasian bird with temperament/character similar to that of Erich Hoodlum) for a chicken? No need to worry about disrespect in that case. :-)

  • peter

    Good to know that at least someone in America sees Hilary for what she is, but the fact is that Hilary and her philandering husband will be occupying the Whitehouse again in 2016. You see, the American voters are apathetic, misguided and haven’t a clue. They are obsessed with Obama, Hollywood and the Clintons and that is that! Amen and good luck. Downhill we go all together!

    • ISHKABIBEL

      Even if a phony CINO like blowhard Chris Christie gets in, will it really matter?

      • Elmer Fudd

        no. If a dem or repub wins, we are all screwed.

    • Deb

      Well then shame on us for allowing that to happen! Everyone who hates this administration and the destructive path we are on and have been since 2008 needs to get off their asses and do something now.

      • peter

        Dead right Deb, we need to get off our asses and do something now. We actually need to get more people who can actually THINK to ACTUALLY vote. The last time the turnout was apathetic to say the least and most of those voters could be comfortably considered politically ignorant, easily confused and somewhat delusional by way of keeping their eye on the celebs instead of the ball. Just how to get more of the intelligent folks to vote is another story. Maybe they are too comfortable to bother? If Americans really believe that Obama is the smartest guy on the planet, then they deserve whatever they get.

        • topmah

          peter, ‘…how to get more of the intelligent folks to vote’ is to have an INTELLIGENT candidate!! Not that Romney wouldn’t qualify as ‘intelligent’, but he certainly wasn’t the one many of us wanted. I voted for him with the enthusiasm of a slug, only because he was my only choice–same with McCain. If the republican party elites don’t understand that the source of every loss we’ve had, from Dole to Romney is in the wimpy,spineless candidates they’ve managed to foist upon us, then we’re toast.Those of us who do THINK want someone who also THINKS, and so far, that ain’t happened.

          • Virgil Lipinski

            Try to look on the bright side: guys like Rand Paul & Tom Cruz are getting more support & from what I can see, they, along with a handful like Tom Coburn, are about as good as it gets right now!

          • Elmer Fudd

            Rand and Cruz are not for liberty. They claim to be, but once you see their record, you will see they are neo-cons in libertarian packages.

          • Virgil Lipinski

            I’m not buying that….if not them, who is for Liberty to you?

          • beezwaxing

            I smell a demtroll, and his name aint Virgil.

          • Moshe McCarthy

            Methinks the Fudd is a Dud!

          • CommonSense4America

            This is why we need a third party. The “smart” people did stay home in the last two elections because there was not a hill of beans worth of difference between the two candidates.

        • Elmer Fudd

          When having to vote between evil and evil. A vote is a waste of time. When we get independent candidates on the national stage, and get money out of politics, then I will vote. To do so now is completely insane. We have over 500 people working against our interests in washington now. The same people who bribe and fund their campaigns will be bribing and funding their opponents campaigns. The outcomes will always be the same. Sure the initial next to their name may change, but the strings attached to them will still be fine, and out of sight.

          • beezwaxing

            Elmer’s another demtroll trying to discourage removing the pondscum from the White House.

  • BALONEY TONEY MAHONEY

    No need to worry, Camille, I hear Uncle Joe Biden is contemplating a run…won’t that be fun? Hey, there slim pickins’ on the other side , too….except for Paul or maybe Cruz. I’d love to see a DC outsider like Ben Caeson get a shot!

    • Smee

      I’d like to see anybody with 50% of a brain and 100% of common sense run and win!

    • Deb

      I agree, Ben Carson should throw his hat in the ring –perhaps as a voice of reason and common sense?

  • merle

    Ben Carson is the most level headed speaker I have heard in a long time. Love how he can cut to the quick and never raise his voice. And he has BRAINS!!

    • CommonSense4America

      Agree with all that you say,,,but he has a fatal flaw for becoming the next President. As far as I am concerned, his stance on the Second Amendment is just not strong enough. That to me is a deal breaker. He says that he believes in the second amendment,,,but. There is no “but” in the amendment. “The right of the people to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRIENGED”.

  • Vigilant

    “Hillary disqualified herself for the presidency in that fist-pounding moment at a congressional hearing when she said, “What difference does it make what we knew and when we knew it, Senator?”

    Where were you, Ms. Paglia, during the Whitewater scandals, WH Travel Office scandal, Rose Law Firm billing scandal, Vince Foster, Hillary’s insider trading scandal, etc.?

    She disqualified herself LONG before the Benghazi scandal.
    But, as peter says below, she’ll probably run and be elected by the apathetic, low information voters that haunt the polls on election day.

    • Kenyan Krusher

      Don’t forget her completely useless run as a NY senator…..ZIPPO there!!!

    • chocopot

      I agree with you. I applaud Ms. Paglia for finally shaking off her hallucinations about the Democratic Party, but she needs to look harder so she can see that they were never what she thought they were. The Democratic Party, formed in the 1840’s TO PERPETUATE slavery while the Republicans were trying to abolish it, has been engaging in voter registration and election fraud for more than 150 years – it is all in the history books (real history, not Howard Zinn history) if anyone cares to look (e.g., see Battle Cry of Freedom by McPherson). They stole both of the last two Presidential elections through massive fraud, which has been documented, but no one is doing anything about it. That is the Party she believed in?

      • beezwaxing

        Don’t worry, next week Camille Paglia, the sometimes straight, sometimes lesbian, sometimes bisexual, bipolar, wing-ding professor of witchcraft, will say something so insane no one will want anything to do with her, not even her fellow traveling red-lesbian acolytes. She’ll probably announce her plans to marry her 10 year old niece in a Catholic church.

    • beezwaxing

      If the Hildabeast gets (re)elected, it will be by all the hairy-legged type womyn who admire her for reasons which at least 49% of us can’t even begin to understand. Anyway, to answer hillbill’s question, the difference it makes is four dead men because when your gal-pal Huma Abedin, aka, the Muslim Sister Hood, answered that 3 AM phone call, she said you and she were too busy with the two sided richard to come to the phone.

  • Brian MacIlroy

    Sadly she looks for a Democrat. The Democratic party left people behind like her and me. With Harry and Nancy they won’t be back any time soon.

  • Brian MacIlroy

    Sadly she looks for a Democrat. The Democratic party left people behind like her and me. With Harry and Nancy they won’t be back any time soon.

    • beezwaxing

      Yeah, Paglia looks like a lunatic to me too. That’s because she is. She happens to be of the manic-depressive variety.

  • Sic Semper Tyrannis

    The thought of Bill Clinton as “First Husband” is hilarious. The thought of him as “Co-President” is a Nightmare on Elm Street. Haven’t we had enough political murders from the District of Criminals: JFK, RFK, MLK, JFK Jr., Marilyn Monroe, Vince Foster, Ron Brown, Senator Paul Wellstone, “DC Madam” Jeannette Palfrey, Bill Gwatney, Larry Bland, Donald Young, “Lieutenant” Quarles Harris, Gary Webb, Breitbart, Michael Hastings, William Cooper, William Colby, SEAL Team 6 …??? Hard to believe this woman is just now waking up “partially” to political reality! Like so many others, she still is not completely awake.

    • Rousseau Welch

      Yeah, Hillary-ous.

  • Sic Semper Tyrannis

    The thought of Bill Clinton as “First Husband” is hilarious. The thought of him as “Co-President” is a Nightmare on Elm Street. Haven’t we had enough political murders from the District of Criminals: JFK, RFK, MLK, JFK Jr., Marilyn Monroe, Vince Foster, Ron Brown, Senator Paul Wellstone, “DC Madam” Jeannette Palfrey, Bill Gwatney, Larry Bland, Donald Young, “Lieutenant” Quarles Harris, Gary Webb, Breitbart, Michael Hastings, William Cooper, William Colby, SEAL Team 6 …??? Hard to believe this woman is just now waking up “partially” to political reality! Like so many others, she still is not completely awake.

  • chuckb

    Fear not bolsheviks. If people can elect twice to office a man of Barry Soetoro’s caliber, Hillary will be a shew in. we have a large population of people who vote for color, they vote because they are influenced by a Marxist slanted media, they are more influenced with basketball and football players than the politicians they elect.
    Hillary, doesn’t qualify for dog catcher, but, that will not make a difference, they see by electing Hillary, the real president will be Willie Wonka serving a third term and maybe more. The younger voters didn’t see Willy and Hillary spend most of their eight years in the White House defending themselves from every crime in the book. They didn’t see Hillary get away with the murder of Vince Foster.

    The Clintons remained out of jail because of an inept Special Prosecutor “Ken Star”
    If we appointed a prosecutor to investigate this administration, the outcome would be the same, a waste of time and money. We have an inept Congress unable to cope with the “gangstas”

    • beezwaxing

      Yes, Hitlary will be a shrew in.

  • beezwaxing

    Well what Professor Paglia said is true. The problem is, she’s not one wit better. Next week, this leftwing dyko-fascist will cycle up into her manic phase and tweet that she’s looking for a 12 year old girl to date. Paglia’s a head case. For another thing, it seems like she’s always making these remarkable statements like this one about one or two decades after everyone else knows it. She’s a regular frickin’ genius, I tell ya!