Hillary Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at Georgetown University in Washington. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press / AP)

Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Monday, February 23, 2015 – Published 4:02 pm

Tuesday Hillary Rodham Clinton addresses the Watermark Silicon Valley Conference for Women. The former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state comes to the Bay Area at a time when I hear more people — on the left and the right — cringing at the prospect of Clinton heading the Democratic ticket next year — and worse, squaring off against Jeb Bush in a Bush-Clinton rerun. To many, a Clinton nod has the grim inevitability of death and taxes.

Still, Clinton is a fit keynote speaker for a conference that boasts the theme “Lead On.” According to a press release, the event “will feature one-of-a-kind discussions among thought leaders and industry experts about how women can rise to the top of their organizations; insight and expertise about navigating career and life transitions, and interactive sessions offering practical advice to help create and grow positive personal experiences outside the workplace.” For even if she failed to win the White House in 2008, Clinton surely has crashed the glass ceiling.

It was less than a year ago that Clinton complained that President Bill Clinton and she were “dead broke” when they left the White House in 2001. Now she is primed to serve as the Democrats’ Mitt Romney. Since 2001, the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation has raised close to $2 billion. Last week the Wall Street Journal reported that at least 60 companies that lobbied the State Department when she was secretary — including Exxon, Chevron and Wal-Mart — donated more than $26 million to the foundation, as well as $3.2 billion to philanthropic projects set up by the Clinton Global Initiative.

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