Jonah Goldberg brings up an interesting point about Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton—neither is a natural politician. But with Sanders it works, says Jonah; with Hillary it doesn’t. Whatever you think of Sanders, “it’s pretty apparent that he is sincere. The man is drawn in indelible ink and there’s no erasing the contours of his soul.”
Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, has been drawn in pencil, erased, re-drawn and re-erased so many times — like a little kid doing over a stick figure again and again on the same piece of paper — that the gray smudges and worn-away tears in the paper are far more permanent than the lines.
It’s not that Hillary can’t be sincere, it’s that she’s faked sincerity for so long, about so many things, she can’t really be sure if she’s being sincere.
This helps explain why her sense of humor can be so awful. When you joke, by definition you’re not being sincere. But if you don’t know what sincerity is, you can’t successfully craft something fake. It’s like trying to forge a painting with no clear memory of the image you’re trying to copy.
When asked if she “wiped” her server, she responded, “Like with a cloth or something?” No doubt she thought this was a clever retort, but the retort landed squarely in the land between sincerity and humor known as failed sarcasm. Almost all of her “jokes” and a lot of her “sincerity” land there because the only feeling she’s really in touch with is resentment at having to answer to all the little people.
But Mr. Goldberg has a problem with Bernie. Mr. Sanders—a man who denounces the political system as corrupt—is a coward. Bernie Sanders refuses “to connect the corruption of the political system to the corruption of House Clinton.”
By Bernie’s standards, Hillary Clinton is incredibly corrupt. Isn’t the Clinton Foundation—masquerading as a charity—a violation of everything Sanders stands for?
“If Bernie Sanders had the conviction of a real Communist, or even one of America’s great socialists, he would make this personal, he would recognize the opportunity he has and seize upon it.” Read more on Hillary and Bernie from NRO’s Jonah Goldberg here.