Dear Mitt: You lost the election.

According to a report from Business Insider, the failed GOP candidate for president in 2012 has taken time out of his “busy” schedule to ridicule Hillary Clinton for pushing the metaphorical “reset button” on our relationship with Russia.

Mitt was never Secretary of State. He was never President. Wasn’t he a governor somewhere down south? Oh, yes, Massachusetts.

Given that track record, he’s in no position to critique Hillary’s foreign policy expertise. There are many decisions that presidents and secretaries of state make that look, in retrospect, like the wrong decision. Give me the name of one president in the last 100 years who never made a foreign policy mistake, or a secretary of state who never gave bad advice or made a questionable choice. Can’t think of one? Neither can I.

It’s possible, as well, that the “reset” position was the right one to take. What did we lose by starting off in a positive direction with Russia — at least trying to?

It comes with the territory and criticizing Hillary is a cowardly, cheap shot from Romney. Or may it was just Mrs. Romney who put him up to it.

 

Gingrich still running against Hillary.

Newt GingrichWhy am I not surprised that leading the charge on the far right against Hillary is Newt Gingrich? You might remember that in 2008 there were some mumbles about Gingrich getting into the race on the GOP side so that he could take on Hillary.

Gingrich was wrong on three counts. First, no one in the GOP wanted someone with his sordid history representing Republicans. If he ran, he would lose the GOP primary. Second, he didn’t have the guts to take on Hillary directly, so he did what he does best — shoot spitballs from the back of the room. Third, in a very close primary race, Hillary did not get the nomination.

Now he’s a commentator on CNN, cable’s second least-watched news network. Gingrich is in his glory. He can say nearly anything he wants and no one will unelect him for doing so. Power without responsibility is his thing, and he has it on Crossfire.

So his first salvo against the woman he never challenged concerned Benghazi. He must be salivating over the GOP House decision to spend every waking moment undermining Hillary’s expected candidacy. Now Gingrich has the atrocities of Boko Haram to lay at Hillary’s feet.

While Gingrich’s pettiness and sordid history does not surprise me, what does surprise me is that this “history professor” is so willing to disregard facts and the complexity of international relations in order to swing at Hillary. His resentment of her and Bill Clinton must weigh around his neck like a dead whale.

A moment ago I wrote that Gingrich, as a commentator on CNN, has power without responsibility. But I take that back. He has no responsibility and no power. If anyone besides his immediate family and the producers at CNN took him seriously, he might actually have some power via the media. But he really doesn’t have that, either.

The truth is, the person with the real power is Hillary. To keep his mammoth ego from facing that reality, his only recourse is power by association. Perhaps if he goes after Hillary, people might think he has something worthwhile to say.

He doesn’t and never has.

 

Hillary, Foundation launch “No Ceilings.”

No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project is an effort led by Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Clinton Foundation to bring together partner organizations to evaluate and share the progress women and girls have made in the 20 years since the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing.

In a letter to friends and supporters, Mrs. Clinton wrote:

“In 1995, at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, 189 countries set an ambitious goal: Women and girls should be able to participate fully in the progress and prosperity of their societies. I was proud to co-lead the American delegation to the conference and to declare to the world that “Human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights, once and for all.”

We’ve made a lot of progress since that day – more girls are in school, more women hold jobs, and more women serve in public office – but we’re still a long way from the goal of full participation. Women and girls continue to face ceilings that limit what they can achieve and hold back entire economies and societies. More than 100 countries have laws on the books that restrict women’s participation in the economy. Women are nearly half of the world’s population, but hold only 20 percent of all parliamentary seats. Around the world, including in the United States, women tend to earn less than men. And nearly 5 million girls are still married under the age of 15 every year.

The great unfinished business of the 21st century is helping women and girls break through these ceilings and contribute fully in every aspect of life.”

Readers can learn more about this project at No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project