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Should Donald Trump surge from behind to win, he would likely bring in with him both houses of Congress.

Much of his agenda — tax cuts, deregulation, border security, deportation of criminals here illegally, repeal of Obamacare, appointing justices like Scalia, unleashing the energy industry — could be readily enacted.

On new trade treaties with China and Mexico, Trump might need economic nationalists in Bernie Sanders’ party to stand with him, as free-trade Republicans stood by their K-Street contributors.

Still, compatible agendas and GOP self-interest could transcend personal animosities and make for a successful four years.

But consider what a Hillary Clinton presidency would be like.

She would enter office as the least-admired president in history, without a vision or a mandate. She would take office with two-thirds of the nation believing she is untruthful and untrustworthy.

Reports of poor health and lack of stamina may be exaggerated. Yet she moves like a woman her age. Unlike Ronald Reagan, her husband, Bill, and President Obama, she is not a natural political athlete and lacks the personal and rhetorical skills to move people to action.

She makes few mistakes as a debater, but she is often shrill — when she is not boring. Trump is right: Hillary Clinton is tough as a $2 steak. But save for those close to her, she appears not to be a terribly likable person.

Still, such attributes, or the lack of them, do not assure a failed presidency. James Polk, no charmer, was a one-term president, but a great one, victorious in the Mexican War, annexing California and the Southwest, negotiating a fair division of the Oregon territory with the British.

Yet the hostility Clinton would face the day she takes office would almost seem to ensure four years of pure hell.

The reason: her credibility, or rather her transparent lack of it.

Consider. Because the tapes revealed he did not tell the full truth about when he learned about Watergate, Richard Nixon was forced to resign.

In the Iran-Contra affair, Reagan faced potential impeachment charges, until ex-security adviser John Poindexter testified that Reagan told the truth when he said he had not known of the secret transfer of funds to the Nicaraguan Contras.

Bill Clinton was impeached — for lying.

White House scandals, as Nixon said in Watergate, are almost always rooted in mendacity — not the misdeed, but the cover-up, the lies, the perjury, the obstruction of justice that follow.

And here Hillary Clinton seems to have an almost insoluble problem.

She has testified for hours to FBI agents investigating why and how her server was set up and whether secret information passed through it.

Forty times during her FBI interrogation, Clinton said she could not or did not recall. This writer has friends who went to prison for telling a grand jury, “I can’t recall.”

After studying her testimony and the contents of her emails, FBI Director James Comey virtually accused Clinton of lying.

Moreover, thousands of emails were erased from her server, even after she had reportedly been sent a subpoena from Congress to retain them.

During her first two years as secretary of state, half of her outside visitors were contributors to the Clinton Foundation.

Yet there was not a single quid pro quo, Clinton tells us.

Yesterday’s newspapers exploded with reports of how Bill Clinton aide Doug Band raised money for the Clinton Foundation, and then hit up the same corporate contributors to pay huge fees for Bill’s speeches.

What were the corporations buying if not influence? What were the foreign contributors buying, if not influence with an ex-president, and a secretary of state and possible future president?

Did none of the big donors receive any official favors?

“There’s a lot of smoke and there’s no fire,” says Hillary Clinton.

Perhaps, but there seems to be more smoke every day.

If once or twice in her hours of testimony to the FBI, grand jury or before Congress, Clinton were proven to have lied, her Justice Department would be obligated to name a special prosecutor, as was Nixon’s.

And, with the election over, the investigative reporters of the adversary press, Pulitzers beckoning, would be cut loose to go after her.

The Republican House is already gearing up for investigations that could last deep into Clinton’s first term.

There is a vast trove of public and sworn testimony from Hillary, about the server, the emails, the erasures, the Clinton Foundation. Now, thanks to WikiLeaks, there are tens of thousands of emails to sift through, and perhaps tens of thousands more to come.

What are the odds that not one contains information that contradicts her sworn testimony? Cong. Jim Jordan contends that Clinton may already have perjured herself.

And as the full-court press would begin with her inauguration, Clinton would have to deal with the Syrians, Russians, Taliban, North Koreans and Xi Jinping in the South China Sea — and with Bill Clinton wandering around the White House with nothing to do.

This election is not over. But if Hillary Clinton wins, a truly hellish presidency could await her, and us.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.”

Copyright 2016 Creators.com.

 
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  1. And, with the election over, the investigative reporters of the adversary press, Pulitzers beckoning, would be cut loose to go after her.

    Our press does not work like that anymore, Mr. Buchanan.

  2. Jason Liu says:

    It’s possible Hillary would enact an “SJW presidency”, bringing campus and tumblr level bullshit to the national stage. Her record of pandering shows that she could do this just to appeal to the SJW types, even if she doesn’t believe it herself.

    Remember that the left mostly looks inwards, at perceived enemies inside the country (that would be you, reader). Foreign policy is just a tedious chore for them.

    • Replies: @Kyle McKenna
    , @Thirdeye
  3. @PiltdownMan

    While I agree again with Mr. Buchanan’s excellent commentary, I also have to concur with the first critical response and point out that if she gets in it will be because the presstitute media has studiously avoided all of these issues. The question will be whether internet sources and the total discrediting of the corporate parasite media can create the climate necessary to go after the obvious criminal behaviour she represents.

    • Replies: @Zach
  4. KenH says:

    The Republican held hearings produce nothing tangible and if it has nobody’s been punished as a result of it. The hearings will serve as just more red meat and kabuki theater for the base and the media.

    A Hillary Clinton presidency would truly be hell not because of the storm clouds of treason and illegality following her but because she intends to deliver the final coup de grace to the Constitution liberties while importing even more third world masses who will be dumped on white suburbia and exurbia.

  5. While I respect Pat Buchanan, I think that he is living in the past. As long as Hillary Clinton has one-third plus one of the Senate prepared to vote to acquit her, she will do whatever she pleases. She will simply stonewall all attempted investigations and the press will support her. The checks and balances no longer work–she will rule by executive order, rulemaking, administrative interpretation, not to mention bribery and intimidation. Congress can’t even use its power of the purse, since government shutdowns are a farce. With Hillary Clinton, the constitutional system, which barely functions today, will end.

  6. John Jeremiah Smith [AKA "MCPO USN"] says:

    Should Donald Trump surge from behind to win, he would likely bring in with him both houses of Congress.

    Unlikely. Advertising the election at the local level has local effect, as it should. Where I live, the local Democrats are attacking the local Republicans with gusto, and leading in the local polls.

    Abortion is a biggie; there isn’t an American woman born in the last 50 years who doesn’t believe, deep down, no matter what she says in public, that if she’s gotta have an abortion, she’s gotta have an abortion.

    And the illegal mexicans that vote, vote Democrat for obvious reasons; that Catholic bias is undone by the promise of welfare benefits.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    , @Kyle McKenna
  7. John Jeremiah Smith [AKA "MCPO USN"] says:
    @Diversity Heretic

    While I respect Pat Buchanan, I think that he is living in the past. As long as Hillary Clinton has one-third plus one of the Senate prepared to vote to acquit her, she will do whatever she pleases.

    Exactly! Facts win over daydreams every time!

  8. John Jeremiah Smith [AKA "MCPO USN"] says:

    It kinda depends, doesn’t it, Patrick? If Trump wins, all the dual-passport holding Israelis will immediately swing to his side. Heck, they’d be doing it publicly already, if the polls were holding at one or two percent.

    Hillary will spend all our money on illegal aliens, free tuition, and bogus “healthcare” plans. Debt will double, inflation will double.

    Trump will spend all our money on a grotesquely bloated and incompetent military and military industrial complex. The rest of the federal borrowing will go into the pockets of the rich as “tax reform” (hardyharhar). Debt will double, inflation will double.

  9. @John Jeremiah Smith

    Abortion is a biggie; there isn’t an American woman born in the last 50 years who doesn’t believe, deep down, no matter what she says in public, that if she’s gotta have an abortion, she’s gotta have an abortion.

    Not just American women born in the last 50 years, but most women, everywhere, always.

    Witness all the bloody, deadly, do-it-herself coathanger abortions (as described by Richard Yates in Revolutionary Road). Think about all the trips across the border to Tijuana (my sister did that!). These things have always occurred when women were unable to do the deed any other way.

    When a pregnant female, of any species, has “gotta” do something, she’s “gotta” do it. Governments have no business meddling in this — in nature.

    That’s why I feel strongly that the abortion issue is a red herring that distracts the Republican party, it’s candidates and its voters, from what is really important to the United States and its Citizens. The Democrat operatives and the political Left just love this.

    I say let’s drop abortion as an issue. Let the Citizens of each state decide via their legislators, when that becomes possible. It will become possible after President Trump apoints true Constitutional scholars to the Supreme Court.

    • Replies: @John Jeremiah Smith
  10. Gene Su says:

    No, Pat. I think if Hillary Clinton was elected, something that is still sadly probably, she will be Queen Bee Weasel. She will lie and obstruct justice at every step of the way. She will fill the Supreme Court, her Cabinet, the FBI, the CIA, and other bureaucracies with her pets to protect herself. She’ll even declare war on Russia as Putin is the only person in the world who has her e-mails. She’ll get away with running the country into the ground.

  11. John Jeremiah Smith [AKA "MCPO USN"] says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    That’s why I feel strongly that the abortion issue is a red herring that distracts the Republican party, it’s candidates and its voters, from what is really important to the United States and its Citizens.

    Very much so, well-stated! I could not agree more.

  12. @Jason Liu

    It’s possible Hillary would enact an “SJW presidency”, bringing campus and tumblr level bullshit to the national stage. Her record of pandering shows that she could do this just to appeal to the SJW types, even if she doesn’t believe it herself.

    Not just possible, I’d say it’s just about guaranteed. Pandering works, after all. And the more angry, disaffected people you can create–and then coalesce–the larger and more secure your base. It does help a bit to have the MSM in your pocket.

    • Replies: @another fred
  13. @John Jeremiah Smith

    Agreed here as well. It’s been dismaying to see Trump (who started out as a bit of a populist) adopting so many ‘traditional’ Republican stances which add little to nothing to his general appeal, and actually detract from his appeal to independents. I know that it’s a political calculation, but I’m not convinced as to its effectiveness.

    Meanwhile, with regard to Hillary’s promises, they are endless. I actually took a look the other day. Pretty much endless free everything for everyone. What’s not to like about that?

    I actually believe Hillary will be the most cynical occupant of the White House in all its history, and that’s saying something.

  14. Either way we’ll have a presidency from hell.

    Apparently Trump Tweeted suchly…

    Donald J. Trump
    ✔@realDonaldTrump
    Just out: Neera Tanden, Hillary Clinton adviser said, “Israel is depressing.” I think Israel is inspiring!

    http://mondoweiss.net/2016/10/netanyahu-ruthless-depressing/

  15. Another senseless column by a D.C. hack. NATO has troop buildups at the Russian border. Russia’s Navy is on the move. The UN kicked Russia off of the humans rights council and is stirring up the war in Syria by repeating U.S. lies about chemical weapon use. This election is about survival as a RACE. Putin is not a fool, Obozo, Kilary and their three stooges state department have the world dangerously close to WWIII and Buchanan is oblivious to this fact?
    While the USA was fighting senseless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Russia was creating a modern military and nuclear weapons collection. My only hope is if Putin nukes the USA he takes out the east coast first.

    • Replies: @AryanKnight
  16. Thirdeye says:
    @Jason Liu

    Absolutely. Greatest bag of distractions ever. If the SJW types realized how frivolous and venal they make America look to the world outside of the Anglosphere and a few northern European countries like Sweden, they would be shocked.

    • Replies: @dearieme
  17. Thirdeye says:
    @Diversity Heretic

    As long as Hillary Clinton has one-third plus one of the Senate prepared to vote to acquit her, she will do whatever she pleases. She will simply stonewall all attempted investigations and the press will support her.

    If that one third of the Senate is looking at brutal prospect for midterm elections, it could change their minds. The prospect of carrying Nixon’s baggage into the 1974 elections was what flipped enough Republicans to force Nixon to resign. And Hillary is a whole lot less popular even within her own party than Nixon was in 72. That’s why she’s only five or six points up on Trump rather than something like the twenty plus Nixon had over McGovern, the last candidate who was completely abandoned by his party’s establishment the way Trump has been.

    I’m not so sure the MSM lockstep with Hillary is that durable; they fell in behind her against Sanders in the primaries and against Trump in the general. Come January, all bets are off.

    I think Hillary would be lucky to last two years. I’d put my money on the sudden “discovery” of how serious her health problems are when things go south.

    • Replies: @another fred
  18. El Dato says:
    @Diversity Heretic

    This.

    Hell, Dick Cheney should have been hung out to dry (if not hung from a rafter) with all his merry co-pirates and assorted “industry interests” from the Dubya administration for leading the charge of burning the US and the Middle East down for authoritarian fun & profit. Nothing happened, we can’t even remember their names (I do remember Wolfowitz and that Ari Fleischer guy, also Rummy) . Meanwhile the daily horror has become the new normal – nice cementing there, Obama.

    • Agree: jacques sheete
  19. @Kyle McKenna

    Pandering works…

    And they have refined it to an art form, but as W. C. Fields observed, one should never wise a mark. The facts that a few of the marks have been “woke” to the fact that Hillary is blowing smoke up their collective arse may be her undoing.

  20. @Thirdeye

    I think Hillary would be lucky to last two years. I’d put my money on the sudden “discovery” of how serious her health problems are when things go south.

    It is a stressful job, especially if your “allies” start turning on you. Woodward and Bernstein are warming up in the wings.

    • Replies: @Thirdeye
  21. Rehmat says:

    “Much of his agenda — tax cuts, deregulation, border security, deportation of criminals here illegally, repeal of Obamacare, appointing justices like Scalia, unleashing the energy industry — could be readily enacted.”

    LOL ….. You mean even under Israel’s controlled Congress and Senate?

    Scalia was not the only Catholic Zionist sheep. There are still six more Catholics on the US Supreme Court who have long record of licking AZZs of their three fellow Jew judges even though two of them are Lesbians.

    On February 16, Nathan Lewin, Washington-based US Supreme Court attorney mourned the death of so-called “Italian Catholic” Justice Antonin (Nino) Scalia, 79, at the Jewish Journal, saying: “When there was no Jewish justice on the Supreme Court, Justice Scalia told me, he considered himself the Jewish justice.”

    “Scalia’s admiration for Jews and Jewish learning explains the frequent references in his opinions to the Talmud and other Jewish sources, and the significant number of Orthodox Jewish law clerks he hired,” Lewin added….

    https://rehmat1.com/2016/02/18/justice-scalia-the-jewish-gentile/

  22. Zach says:
    @Exiled off mainstreet

    Once Hillary is in, the knives will come out. Bernie’s supporters are now biting their tongues, Elizabeth Warren doesn’t like Hillary, squishy Republicans like Paul Ryan are going to want to be paid back, Obama and his followers would love to see Hillary impeached and Tim Kaine placed on the throne. It goes on and on. Someone from one of those factions will hand incriminating info about Hillary to the press. If Hillary wins, she’ll be damaged goods and there will be plenty of leftists willing to use the press in a power grab.

    • Replies: @Thirdeye
  23. Thirdeye says:
    @another fred

    The media were also pretty soft on Nixon during the 72 campaign – he was in the afterglow of his accomplishments with China and Russia, a peace agreement over Vietnam was imminent, and the prevailing mood was a desire for normalcy, which McGovern definitely did not represent. Watergate was a fly in the ointment that was downplayed by virtually all the national media until after the election.

  24. Thirdeye says:
    @Zach

    IMHO the Democratic Party would be in its best position going into 2018 if they popped the Hillary zit early. Kaine would probably be no better than Hillary in terms of policy, but his innocuous personna would be far better for the Democrats than a belligerent coattail-riding harpy who is on record mocking roughly half of the electorate as deplorables and losers.

    • Replies: @John Jeremiah Smith
  25. John Jeremiah Smith [AKA "MCPO USN"] says:
    @Thirdeye

    Kaine would probably be no better than Hillary in terms of policy, but his innocuous personna

    I guaran-goddamn-TEE you that watching and listening to Tim Kaine will drive a peaceful, working man to apoplexy. Hillary’s bad enough, but Tim Kaine would tie a rocket to the hearse carrying America to the grave. And to think I was saying to myself, before Hillary picked Kaine, “This can’t get much worse”.

  26. @Ironfist666

    Russia has the firepower to kill all of Europe and most of the USA. Buchanan is well aware that the JEWS are to blame for most of the problems the world is having but too gutless to lay the blame.

    In the very least, Buchanan is in the fight to preserve white culture and not a wimp like George Will or a complete whack job like Cal Thomas. Sadly, conservatives haven’t figured out yet that their “movement”(really bowel movement) died long ago. White men need to stand up and be counted or be pushed aside by Sheissehaute invading from inferior cultures.

  27. dearieme says:
    @Thirdeye

    “venal”: the mot juste, old horse. Spot on.

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