"Hillary Clinton's presidential, er, book tour hasn't gone well, but not because she isn't trying to avoid controversy. Asked last week by the Toronto Globe and Mail if she believes the U.S. should build the Keystone XL pipeline, she replied: "I can't respond."

Who knew an oil pipeline was classified information? As the former Secretary of State explained, "I can't really comment at great length because I had responsibility for it and it's been passed on and it wouldn't be appropriate." If she told you, she'd have to kill you. Or, to put it differently, if she told you, some Democrats might try to kill her presidential chances.                 
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discusses her new book "Hard Choices" in Toronto on Monday.

Mrs. Clinton knows the State Department made its final environmental assessment of Keystone XL in January. It found that the pipeline would have little net impact on global greenhouse gas emissions. State's final recommendation to President Obama rests with current Secretary John Kerry, so Mrs. Clinton is free to speak her mind as she pleases.

She certainly speaks on other issues, such as gay marriage, where she now exudes the zeal of the convert, having changed her mind only a year ago. She's also more than happy to revisit her 2003 decision as a Senator to support the invasion of Iraq, something she now regrets at every opportunity. And she's perfectly happy to distance herself from President Obama's decisions that are turning sour, such as refusing to support the moderate opposition in Syria.

All of which suggests that her Keystone reticence is an attempt to dodge the Democratic divide between unions that support the pipeline for its jobs and billionaires like Tom Steyer who brook no dissent on climate change. By ducking now, she can see what Mr. Obama decides (if he ever does), test the political wind, and come out on the side that offers the most political benefit. You can't say she didn't learn from all those years with Bill."

Summing Up

If it weren't so sad, all this government knows best pandering to the base nonsense would be funny.

But then again, it's pretty much just another example of politics as usual as practiced in America these days.

And the saddest part is that We the People may very well elect Hillary as our next President.

Heaven help us.

That's my take.

Thanks. Bob.