by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
To put the roller-coaster presidency of Donald Trump in perspective, it helps on occasion to imagine that Hillary Clinton won the election. My experience is that the exercise leads to greater appreciation of the president we have, warts and all.
Start with Clinton herself. She has spent the last 18 months in a perpetual snit. “No, I’m not over it,” she confessed while turning Yale’s commencement into a self-pity party.
Anyone who has dealt with her knows the “I’m a victim” schtick didn’t start with November of 2016, and would not have ended if she won. She’s been a blamer and finger-pointer her entire public life and would have taken her woe-is-me attitude to the Oval Office.
Coupled with her breathtaking sense of entitlement, it is hard to see her presidency lifting the nation’s self-confidence, at home or abroad.
In economic terms, how much higher would unemployment be? How about the stock market and median family incomes — how much lower would they be?
Remember, Clinton promised — promised! — to put coal miners out of work. That’s a promise she probably would have kept.
She wanted to raise taxes instead of cutting them and loosen already lax immigration policies instead of tightening them.