Hillary Clinton has been playing hide and seek throughout this campaign. Today Senator Orrin Hatch found her crouched behind a facade of words in the health care discussion.
“Nobody has worked harder or longer to improve health care than Hillary Clinton. From her time in Arkansas when she improved rural health care to her successful effort to create the SCHIP Children’s Health Insurance program which now covers six million children, Hillary has the strength and experience to ensure that every man, woman and child in America has quality, affordable health care.”
However, in today’s Boston Globe the co-author of the amendment that created SHCIP, Senator Orrin Hatch, said:
“We all care about children. But does she deserve credit for SCHIP? No–Teddy (Kennedy) does, but she doesn’t.”
There are those that acknowledge that Hillary may have done some behind the scenes lobbying for SCHIP. However, to call that a “successful effort to create the SCHIP Children’s Health Insurance Program” is to stretch the truth from Pasadena to Pluto. Hopefully, someone in the Obama camp will point this out to voters in Pennsylvania and perhaps even Michigan, should the chance arise.
Of course, documents and records that could enlighten voters on the actual roles Hillary Clinton played as First Lady remain under review by the Bill Clinton Library Archives. How convenient. Could it be that while Hillary gives the impression that she was politicking side-by-side with her husband, she was actually writing guest lists and planning menus? It probably doesn’t matter. For in the phraseology of the Clinton campaign, if Hillary were choosing China patterns for a state dinner, she would have actually been “developing avenues of international trade.”
As readers of The Hangover know, language can be a dangerous thing.