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Hillary coming: Peddling ‘Hard Choices,’ answering no hard questions

Hillary Clinton is headed to Seattle for a book signing, but no interviews.
Hillary Clinton is headed to Seattle for a book signing, but no interviews.
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Former First Lady, ex-senator and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is scheduled to be in Seattle June 18 at the University Book Store, signing copies of her new book “Hard Choices,” but granting no press interviews, the Seattle reported yesterday.

To quote Mrs. Clinton, “What difference does it make?” It could make plenty of difference in the months ahead if, or when, she declares her candidacy to follow Barack Obama into the Oval Office, where she has, perhaps, spent considerable time already helping guide her husband’s presidency 20 years ago.

Would Mrs. Clinton dare dash across Lake Washington to the headquarters of the Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms? There, she might not sell any books, but she could certainly stock up on several volumes covering the Second Amendment, gun rights and the use of firearms in self-defense.

She may not grant interviews, but will she be making any statements about a certain initiative measure pushing for so-called “universal background checks” to help boost the campaign for the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility? I-594 is an 18-page gun control measure that ought to appeal to Hillary, who recently was quoted by Politico observing, “We have to rein in what has become [an] almost article of faith, that anybody can own a gun anywhere, anytime. And I don’t believe that.”

Clinton, who was speaking in Maryland, added, “That’s what happens in the countries I’ve visited where there is no rule of law.” Would one of those be the country where she claimed to have landed “under sniper fire” and raced for cover, a story the Washington Post Fact Checker found so unbelievable that the newspaper awarded the tale “Four Pinocchios?” That roughly translates to a bald-faced fabrication.

The local Fox News affiliate in Washington, D.C. recently noted that, “Hillary Clinton’s views on gun control change as frequently as her hairstyles.” When she was running for Senate in New York, she was for national gun registration, the Fox News report noted. When she ran for president in 2008, she swung toward a more moderate position, talking about her memories of duck hunting as a child. Now apparently back on the pre-campaign trail, she’s talking gun control again, the report explained.

Hers is a voice that apparently ought to be heard, if one reads a June 8 column in Delaware Online by Joni Balter, formerly a member of the Seattle Times editorial board. Balter’s contention is that women’s voices should be heard on gun control.

Perhaps she would include the voices of Anette Wachter, Katie Oittinen, Michelle Locke Hemby, Linda Waggoner and Gracie McKee. They were profiled by the Seattle Times back on June 1 when the newspaper did a piece on the “skyrocketing” number of Evergreen State concealed pistol licenses.

Mrs. Clinton’s visit, according to the Seattle, is for a “limited access book-signing event” only. Apparently she’s not here to raise campaign cash just yet, but a group dubbed “Ready for Hillary” has already held one event, the story said. It is not clear whether it is just that support group, or the country as a whole, that is “ready for Hillary.”

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