Hillary and Philadelphia Deserve Each Other

“Philly Is Hillary’s Kind of Town.” So enthused Philadelphia-based writer Jennifer Weiner in a guest opinion piece published in today’s New York Times.

“We get each other,” she averred, “the candidate and the city. We are both derided, scarred, flawed, still standing. Immovable.”

As it happens, the Philadelphia Inquirer agrees. If anything, Ms. Weiner understates the case. In an editorial published yesterday, the Inquirer declared: “Philly’s a great place for a party, but its Democrats are a disgrace.”

The editorial continues:

“In just the past three years, Philadelphia Democrats have seen a congressman, a state senator, five state representatives, and eight city judges found guilty of corruption. A former city sheriff also faces charges, and our top elections official has come under scrutiny for frequently failing to show up to work or, ironically, vote.

“The federal and state investigations that swept through Philadelphia’s Traffic Court, whose judges were handpicked by the Democratic machine, was so devastating that Philadelphians voted to abolish the court on the same day they helped give Pennsylvania’s delegates to Hillary Clinton. One reported beneficiary of Traffic Court ticket-fixing was the only city Democrat on the state Supreme Court, Seamus McCaffery, who went on to resign amid examination of pornographic emails he distributed to other officials.”

But what’s a little hanky-panky between friends, right?

“The standard political response to these outrages reveals the institutional quality of the city’s Democratic corruption. When Rep. Chaka Fattah was convicted of running a criminal organization last month, not a single high-profile Philadelphia Democrat expressed public disapproval or called for his resignation. Former Gov. Ed Rendell had testified on behalf of the former deputy mayor who bribed Fattah; Rep. Bob Brady, the city’s Democratic chairman, had recently endorsed the congressman for reelection. The city’s overmatched Republicans, meanwhile, have too often been complacent or even complicit.”

The editorial concludes:

“The DNC host committee’s efforts to keep its underwriters under wraps won’t help the Democrats argue that this is just a Philadelphia problem. Neither will Clinton’s close brush with federal law enforcement over her efforts to hide her State Department emails from the public.”’

Jennifer Weiner is quite right: Philly is Hillary’s kind of town. And the rest of America should take careful note.

HGordonHal Gordon, who wrote speeches for the Reagan White House and Gen. Colin Powell, is currently a freelance speechwriter in Houston. Web site: www.ringingwords.com.

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