As the body count and horrific details of the Orlando slaughter became clear, a prominent businessman said to me with a tone of resignation, “Well, I guess Donald Trump just won the election.”
Not yet, but events definitely have a vote, and Orlando was an earthquake-sized event that is rocking the presidential race. Already, it has forced Hillary Clinton to blink.
Hours after she initially hid behind politically correct codes of denouncing undifferentiated “hate” and demanding more gun control, Clinton felt the earth shift and did a fast about-face.
OK, she grudgingly admitted on CNN Monday, “whether you call it radical jihadism or radical Islamism, I’m happy to say either.” She later warned about the threat of “radical jihadists” while insisting, “Today is not a day for politics.”
Right, it takes the murder of 49 innocent Americans for the Democratic Party’s presidential standard-bearer to confess the obvious, and she claims it has nothing to do with “politics.” She lies even when it’s not necessary.
Most important, Clinton is still stuck with the failed policies of Barack Obama. The president’s refusal to say the words “Islamic terrorism” is outrageous, but it’s not a mere verbal tic.
Obama’s denial of reality informs his toothless anti-terrorism policies, both at home and abroad, and Clinton has yet to break with him. Indeed, a long speech she gave Monday was an attempt to appear tough while still embracing Obama.
The coat of fresh paint won’t work, because the old approach is fundamentally flawed.