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I saw Hillary Clinton driving yesterday. Not literally, but you will get what I mean.
Here’s the scene: An intersection with stoplights with turning signals. Four lanes on each side of the road — left turning lane, two through lanes, right turning lane. No vehicles in the left turning lane going my direction. Vehicles in the left turning lane from the opposite direction. Vehicles in through lanes from both directions but none in the right turning lane going my direction.
I pull on to the roadway from the shopping center a few hundred feet from the intersection and stop behind a black Dodge Charger that, in turn, is stopped behind a white vehicle. The three of us are in the rightmost through-lane with vehicles on our left and in through lanes in the opposite direction. The light is red.
At that particular intersection if there is traffic in the left turn lane the ground sensor tells the stop light to switch the green turning light signals on while holding the through traffic. This is true on both sides of the intersection.
The light is red and there is no cross traffic at that moment. The Black Charger whips into the right turn lane and then into the intersection turning left in front of the waiting cars on both my direction and the opposite direction. My wife and I are astonished as no doubt were the other ten or so vehicles at the intersection.
I pondered how the driver of the Black Dodge processed this situation. He/she (yes, we all think it was probably “he” and young) had avoided any vehicle coming from behind in the right turn lane, and crossed a total of seven lanes of waiting vehicles not to mention potential cross-traffic to perform what I call the “Hillary Hook”: extremely careless but not somehow grossly negligent. The success of the Hillary Hook depends on everyone else obeying the law while your conduct is so outrageous that people are frozen into inaction.
No doubt if the act had actually been observed by law enforcement a stop would have been made and a citation issued. Of course, that is, unless the driver actually was Hillary.