HRC’s Accomplishments

As we will soon experience ad nauseum thanks to the Boom she is enjoying, one of Carly Fiorina’s big red meat applause lines is that Democrats can’t name a single accomplishment Hillary Clinton can claim. So Politico decided to ask 20 “top Dems” to respond.

They offered a pretty rich menu of thoughts. Some focused on her work as Secretary of State (noting the negotiation of the Iran sanctions that Republicans are so insanely determined to keep in place, and the emissions agreement with China); others on her Senate record (relief for 9/11 first responders, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act); still others on her influence on the Clinton administration (especially the enactment of S-CHIP and the Adoption and Safe Families Act).

But a certain obnoxious blogger had a slightly different response:

I’m sorry, I have to call BS on this exercise, if only because it is emanating from Carly Fiorina, whose public policy accomplishments are exactly “zero.” If, say, HRC had (as I think it’s clear she did) a formative effect on the long effort towards universal health coverage, it’s vastly more influence than Fiorina has ever had on public policy.

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.