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What If Hillary Clinton Were President?

The Gang of Eight would have reemerged, and Democrats would now have a majority on the Supreme Court ...

Over the weekend, Democrats were all party poppers and fireworks over the failure of the Senate GOP’s so-called “skinny repeal” of Obamacare. In reality, the defeat was no huge loss. The proposed repeal wasn’t just skinny; it was dangerously undernourished. Waif supermodels from the ’90s were shaking their heads and saying, “Get that thing a hamburger, stat.”

So left-wing media take one day off from calling John McCain a war criminal to call him a hero. Big deal. What we really needed was a McDonald’s-for-every-meal, gravy-guzzling, obese repeal of Obamacare. The GOP failure to win the health care victory after seven years of anti-Obamacare hype and despite controlling the White House and both houses of Congress was an epic failure — a club-soda-proof stain on the Republican brand going forward.

But even though the Left is shaking its anti-Trump pom-poms while the Right is licking its self-inflicted wounds, things aren’t so bad in Conservative-land. No matter what anti-Trump dramas the media cook up or which ones he conjures up with his own brand of pot-stirring magic, the American people are always winning because Hillary Clinton didn’t move back to the White House.

Here’s what the political landscape might look like if Hillary Clinton had won the 2016 election:

Act 1: The Judicial Branch (Who on Earth is Neil Gorsuch?)
In a world where Trump won the 2016 election, Justice Neil Gorsuch is a household name. Everyone knows the Cliff Notes version of the Trump appointee: Neil Gorsuch … Supreme Court justice … originalist … loves the Constitution … The late Antonin Scalia himself couldn’t have chosen a better successor … created 5-4 conservative SCOTUS majority.

If Hillary Clinton were president (insert full body shiver here), she would have appointed a “living constitutionalist” to the Supreme Court, and Democrat appointees would have had their first Supreme Court majority in almost 50 years. In a Clinton presidency, conservatives would have been doing back flips if they’d managed to end up with left-of-center, failed Obama nominee Merrick Garland on the court.

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The left-wing media love to wax apocalyptic on a daily basis and label President Trump’s every word a threat to democracy. But what could threaten democracy more than a Supreme Court majority who believe that the Constitution changes — not by the invocation of Article Five and subsequent ratification by three quarters of the states — but on its own? President Trump’s appointment of Justice Gorsuch stopped that from happening.

And the Supreme Court wouldn’t be the only victim. Every day Hillary Clinton would be appointing activist judges to federal courts across the U.S.

Act 2: The Legislative Branch (Clinton Mandate + Malleable Moderate Republicans = R.I.P. Conservatism)
It’s bad enough having senators like John McCain, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski cross party lines to protect the status quo from conservatism. If she-who-must-not-be-named were president, they’d be crossing party lines to boost progressivism, and they’d probably start with an amnesty bill.

Moderate Republican senators would be falling all over themselves to join an amnesty bill. Remember the Gang of Eight Republicans — Jeff Flake, Marco Rubio, John McCain, and Lindsey Graham — who cooked up an amnesty deal with Democrats to the delight of then-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell? No reason to think they wouldn’t be on board for another globalist attack on American citizens. For good measure, throw in Collins and Murkowski, who aren’t exactly poster children for party discipline or conservative values.

Hop over to the south side of the Capitol, and you’d find the House of Representatives’ Freedom Caucus rendered powerless. In Trump’s America, they fight to make sure that the president’s agenda is implemented in the most conservative way possible. In Hillary’s America, all the power in the House would belong to the Tuesday group — a coalition of moderate Republicans that was created to counteract the supposedly too-conservative Freedom Caucus.

On every progressive nightmare of a bill, the Democrats’ magic number would be 12. Can the Democrats get 12 Tuesday Group Republicans to spend a fortune and grow the federal government? And the answer would always be “yes.” When Democrats cross the aisle to help Republicans the mainstream media go all Shark Week and rip them to shreds, but when Republicans cross the aisle to help Democrats, the mainstream media call them heroes. Just check out the McCain-is-a-hero headlines the senator scored this week with his big thumbs-down vote on the skinny repeal of Obamacare.

Hillary’s agenda would have met with a score of giddy Republicans desperate for a kind word from The Washington Post or New York Times.

Act 3: The Executive Branch (Who Needs Congress When She Has a Phone and a Pen?)
If you-know-who had won in November, the deep state would have become the never-ending-pit state, and there would be no Jeff Sessions, Ben Carson, Betsy DeVos, Rick Perry, or Mad Dog Mattis fighting it. It would be the same characters we endured for the past eight years, along with a new batch of America Last, globalist warriors.

Since taking office, President Trump has signed dozens of executive orders, from “minimizing the economic burden” of Obamacare to hiring 5,000 more border control agents, to forcing agencies to slash extraneous regulations.

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In short, Trump’s executive orders have been focused on putting America first. There’s no telling what sort of executive orders Hillary Clinton would have issued, but it’s no stretch to assume that they would revolve around taking the status quo and making it more socialist. She certainly wouldn’t roll back any of Obama’s misguided phone-and-pen, who-needs-Congress, unilateral legislation.

A Hillary Clinton victory in 2016 would have been a mandate for swamp-ism, empowering the globalists in both parties, the special interests, and establishment politics. Whatever Trump drama du jour the media are serving up, every day that Clinton is far away from the presidency is a victory for the American people.

(photo credit, homepage and article images: Gage Skidmore, Flickr)

Eddie Zipperer is an assistant professor of political science at Georgia Military College and a regular LifeZette contributor.

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