Can Hillary Clinton match Donald Trump’s mastery of the arts of personal slander and invective, asks Victor Davis Hanson in NRO:
Hillary is starting to resort to her naturally unpleasant side, both in form and in content. She should learn from Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz. When Trump unloaded on them in turn, each eventually stooped to reply in like kind — and seemed suddenly unpresidential. Trump, of course, never claimed to be or perhaps could be completely presidential. But his establishment targets became less presidential once he scraped often their veneers and they climbed down into his muck.
Does Hillary think that she can match Trump’s mastery of the arts of personal slander and invective? This time around, the target is not Marco Rubio’s stature, Jeb Bush’s energy level, or Ted Cruz’s hardball delegate hunting, but a scandal that won’t go away, because it cannot, given the meteoric rise of the Clintons’ net worth predicated on the misuse of government power. Hillary should revisit Elizabeth Warren’s surrogate attacks. She went from a consumer-rights, liberal Harvard icon to a fellow Trump brawler and lost a twitter war of invectives, having forgotten that she is a U.S. senator, while Trump is (at least for now) a private citizen.