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Hillary Clinton's Glass Ceiling Mythology Comes Crashing Down in NPR Interview

In her Twitter account description, Hillary Clinton describes herself as a 'glass ceiling cracker.' Thankfully she just used the words 'cracker' and not 'breaker,' but even that is a stretch from someone who has yet to show any sign of leadership on any issue. And in one short interview with Terry Gross of NPR, she showed just how much she goes out of the way to avoid displaying any leadership on issues that may not be politically convenient.

Taking a look back at her history it is clear that she has rarely been on the fore-front of or the first to advance major issues. She certainly was not the first political wife to 'stand by her man' after her husband was caught in an adulterous affair. Jackie Kennedy and others preceded her on that issue, and her protege Huma Abedin is following in Hillary's footsteps in staying with her disgusting husband. Hillary may have been the first to blame her husband's infidelity on a "vast right-wing conspiracy," though.

Hillary was not the first female Senator. That title is held by Rebecca Latimer Felton. However, Hillary may well be the first female elected to the Senate from a state where she never lived prior to announcing her candidacy for the position. There have certainly been other carpet-baggers in history, though.

Hillary was not the first female Secretary of State. Her husband gave that title to Madeline Albright, who he then let dishonestly defend him profusely regarding the aforementioned adulterous affair. Hillary joined Albright in doing the same and then later claimed to be 'shocked' and 'surprised' that her serially-adulterous husband had committed adultery once again.

Hillary's tenure as a Senator was undistinguished with no signature legislation and her tenure as Secretary of State was an utter failure culminating in the killing of four Americans in Benghazi, a resurgence of Russian power and a total missing of the boat in referring to Syria's Bashar Assad as a 'reformer.' Clearly Hillary is not very good at reading the tea leaves, especially in regard to male world leaders (Assad, Putin, Bill Clinton, etc.).

But one thing about Hillary is that she claims that she has always been out front on leading liberal issues, especially social issues. But that NPR interview proved the total opposite.

Time and time again, Gross tried to get Hillary to explain her sudden public support of same-sex marriage in the past couple of years despite the fact that her husband had signed the DOMA law back in the mid-90s. At one point, Gross asked, "...would you say your view evolved since the 90s or that the American public evolved allowing you to state your real view?"

Hillary never really answered the question, but what she did was point out that she was completely a follower on the issue rather than being a leader at all. Here is just a sampling of some of Hillary's responses:

I think I'm an American, I think that we have all evolved...

Were there activists who were ahead of their time, well that was every true in every human rights and civil rights movement but the vast majority of Americans, were just waking up to this issue, and beginning to think about it, and grasp it for the first time, and think about their neighbor down the street who deserved to have the same rights as they did, or their son, or their daughter.

You know, somebody is always first, Terry. Somebody is always out front and thank goodness they are. But that doesn't mean that those who join later, in being publicly supportive or even privately accepting that there needs to be change, are any less committed.

I have a strong record. I have a great commitment to this issue and I am proud of what I’ve done and the progress we're making.

This was an incredible new and important idea that people on the front lines of the gay right movement began to talk about and slowly, but surely, convinced others about the rightness of that position. When I was ready to say what I said, I said it.

So Hillary first claimed that she evolved on the issue but then in the end was claiming that she has had a 'great commitment' to the issue. But apparently that great commitment was not worth sharing with others publicly, like when she was running for the presidency in 2008.

While it is hard to decipher whether or not Hillary evolved on the issue like her former boss claimed that he did or if she has always believed in legalizing same-sex marriages, what is abundantly clear is that she allowed others to plow the road for her to be able to speak in favor of the issue publicly. That does not sound like the actions of a so-called glass ceiling cracker. That sounds more like someone who was afraid of cracking a political floor and falling through it.

The American people already have a president who has proven to not be a leader but instead just a teleprompter reader. What they do not need is another 'leading from behind' liberal who takes a 'strong' stance on an issue only when it is politically safe and convenient to do so. That is exactly what they will get, though, in a Hillary Clinton candidacy.

Rob Binsrick

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