epa04005678 Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) and her husband former United States President Bill Clinton are seen before the swearing-in ceremony for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as Mayor-elect on the steps of City Hall in New York, USA, 01 January 2014. De Blasio was sworn in as the 109th mayor of New York City on Wednesday, becoming the first Democrat to occupy City Hall in more than two decades while vowing to pursue a sweeping liberal agenda for the nation's largest city. EPA/JASON SZENES The Clintons (Jason Szenes/European Pressphoto Agency)

No car company would dare manufacture a car with as vast a blind spot as that which plagues the pro-Hillary Clinton mainstream media. Let us count the ways:

1. There is no interest and never has been in investigating how she missed the infiltration of jihadis into Benghazi, Libya. No curiosity simmers about how she could have been unaware of the dire security situation that her ambassador faced. Accountability? Confession? No two-hour bearing-of-the-soul press conferences are needed. Benghazi was not at her level. No responsibility, no culture of cover-up. None.

2. The unseemly stew of gargantuan wealth, foreign money, industry titans and access doesn’t seem to interest the mainstream media. Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell (R) was indicted for arranging access for his patron, so why have the Clintons — in the White House and not — suffered no similar scrutiny? The Clinton Foundation resembles more a slush fund for the care and feeding of the Clintons than a buttoned-up foundation whose largess goes to the poor. Hillary Clinton’s speeches bring in the cash, but don’t they also imply favors are to be returned?

3. Critics complain that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is all about me-me-me (as if all pols aren’t). They want profuse apologies for the bridge episode but no “I.” (We are sorry?) From Whitewater to Bill’s escapades to Hillary’s self-regard as feminist icon to “Hillaryworld” (which ensures the Queen Bee remains the only one who matters in the Democratic hive), Hillary Clinton has always been about Hillary and Bill’s survival. They are Tom and Daisy Buchanan, liberal columnists used to remind us, careless with others’ lives. That is fine, as long as the same pass is extended to others who turn politics into self-aggrandizement.

4. Judgment in friends and allies? Umm, the string of convicted donors, the document-pilfering Sandy Berger, and the crew of incompetents (in Hillary’s telling) that couldn’t be bothered with pleas for help from Benghazi don’t exactly speak well of the Clintons’ personnel choices.

5. Bullies? Anyone familiar with the smears of Bill Clinton’s accusers and the wrath of Hillary Clinton ally and attack dog Sidney Blumenthal must regard Christie as a puppy dog. Her campaign against Barack Obama, including racial innuendos from her husband, was nothing if not vicious.

The mainstream media, especially those pundits reverentially following Hillary Clinton for more than 20 years, have created an icon who bears no resemblance to the reality. The aura of competence is thin; the claim to the moral high ground is ridiculous. Yet they and the rest of the Democrats have apparently locked themselves into Hillary Clinton as the Democrats’ 2016 standard bearer. Republicans, on the other hand, have the benefit of actual vetting in advance of 2016. No inevitable candidate means an opportunity to pick the best of the lot (or, in fairness, to pick a lousy one). Republicans can at least be honest about their candidates’ foibles.

Democrats’ self-delusion about Hillary Clinton does neither the party nor her any favors. The party cynically is banking that the old baggage won’t weigh her down, and she’s expecting a free ride to the White House. In the face of a minimally competent GOP opponent, neither expectation is likely to pan out.