During her speech at the National Urban League Conference today, Hillary Clinton obliterated Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign in less than forty-five seconds.
I’m very pleased that many presidential candidates will be here today to address you. It is a signal that the work you’ve been doing – laboring in the vineyards for decades – is getting the political attention it deserves. But the real test of a candidate’s commitment is not whether we come to speak at your national conference, as important as that is. It’s whether we’re still around after the cameras are gone and the votes are counted. It’s whether our positions live up to our rhetoric.
And too often we see a mismatch between what some candidates say in venues like this, and what they actually do when they’re elected. I don’t think you can credibly say that everyone has a “right to rise” and then say you’re for phasing out Medicare or for repealing Obamacare. People can’t rise if they can’t afford health care. They can’t rise if the minimum wage is too low to live on. They can’t rise if their governor makes it harder for them to get a college education. And you cannot seriously talk about the right to rise and support laws that deny the right to vote.
Former Sec. Clinton’s entire speech was very good. Clinton tied economic inequality to racial inequality and challenged Republicans to walk the walk long after the cameras are gone. Mrs. Clinton very quickly dismantled the Jeb Bush campaign, and on each point she was correct.
It is laughably absurd for Bush to be campaigning on a right to rise while opposing living wages for workers, equal pay, access to affordable health care, affordable higher education, and even the right to vote. How are people supposed to rise when every avenue for advancement would be closed to them?
In recent weeks, Clinton has been aiming her fire at Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and Scott Walker. The campaign’s primary focus has been on Bush because the rise of Donald Trump has largely allowed Bush to fly under the radar, but it is clear that the Clinton campaign expects Bush to emerge as the Republican nominee.
Jeb Bush is running for president on the same unpopular platform that sunk John McCain and Mitt Romney, and it is never to early to point out the basic hypocrisies in the unpopular platform of the Republican Party.
The ease with which Hillary Clinton tore apart the Bush campaign is why Republicans remain terrified to face her in a general election.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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