Alex Massie

The Same Old Way

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It would be something of a stretch to compare Hillary Clinton to Napoleon Bonaparte and Barack Obama to the Duke of Wellington. Nonetheless, as this campaign has progressed and Hillary has struggled to find an effective counter to Obama's organisation and tenacity (to, er, say nothing of the hopes of millions of democrats who hope he can finally topple the tyrant, thus liberating a continent), one of the Iron Duke's famous lines from Waterloo seems to sum up the plodding uselessness of the Clinton campaign.

To wit: They came on in the same old way and we sent them back in the same old way.

I think this is the light in which to see Hillary's now-infamous (and somewhat unconvincing) "3am" ad: the last, desperate recourse of a failing campaign bereft of ideas, imagination or options. Even the old Imperial Guard can't save her now.

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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