December 13 2016
We not only have a president-elect. We have a shadow president-elect.
Because Hillary Clinton just won't go away.
It's customary for the losers of presidential elections to fade away graciously right after their concession speeches. George H.W. Bush wrote a nice letter to Bill Clinton in 1992, even though Bush's real feelings might have been less sanguine. Mitt Romney simply dropped from public view completely for a while after losing in 2012. John McCain simply resumed his life as an Arizona senator after his 2008 loss to Barack Obama.
But Hillary, a scant month after her Nov. 8 debacle, was giving a policy speech on Washington and telling Congress what sort of legislation it ought to pass on a new pet topic of hers: "fake news." Isn't setting policy something the president is supposed to do, not the lady who lost the election?
"Hillary Clinton on Thursday decried the spread of fake news online, calling it an “epidemic” that Congress should take action against.
“The epidemic of malicious fake news and false propaganda that flooded social media over the past year — it’s now clear the so-called fake news can have real-world consequences,” Clinton said during a speech on Capitol Hill.
And now her campaign has jumped into another issue that's supposed to be the domain of the commander-in-chief: national security and defending America from its enemies.
Ten of the presidential electors (out of 538) requested Monday morning that they received an intelligence briefing on the conclusion from federal agencies that Russia was behind the DNC hack in a concerted effort to help Trump. In a statement Monday, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta endorsed that effort.
“The bipartisan electors’ letter raises very grave issues involving our national security,” Podesta said in a statement Monday. “Electors have a solemn responsibility under the Constitution and we support their efforts to have their questions addressed.”
“We now know that the CIA has determined Russia’s interference in our elections was for the purpose of electing Donald Trump. This should distress every American,” he continued. Podesta also announced the campaign would back efforts to declassify the intelligence so every American could see the evidence.
Not surprisingly, some of Hillary's fans are urging her to go the whole hog as shadow president and deliver an inaugural address. Here, according to Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, is what Madam Shadow President ought to say on Jan. 20:
I propose that for every Cabinet officer named by Donald Trump and confirmed by the United States Senate, we in the opposition will have a shadow cabinet member who will monitor the work of that department and comment as needed....
Our shadow secretary of state and secretary of defense will support America's interests abroad, remain true to our long-term relationships with NATO members and other allies, and constantly work toward peace. While protecting ourselves from terror, we will continue to be a nation of immigrants that welcomes those who come to us in genuine pursuit of liberty and a fresh start....
We will have a shadow secretary of the treasury, a shadow secretary of health and human services, secretary of education, and secretary of veterans' affairs. Each and every Cabinet-level post will have its equivalent, as will the heads of many of the top regulatory agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Federal Communications Commission.
In other words, not just a shadow government. A shadow big government.
Where the money is supposed is supposed to come from to pay for this vast edifice of shadows isn't clear, since American taxpayers are strapped as it is trying to pay for the actual government. Of course Hillary might be able to tap into whatever's left from the whopping $1.2 billion poured into her losing campaign--if there is anything left.