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January 7, 2008
Hillary Clinton’s Down;
Now Finish Her Off
can’t believe I’m rooting for Barack Obama. But it’s sort of like
rooting for the Cleveland Indians, whom I really don’t like, to prevent
a World Series appearance by the New York Yankees, whom I really
really don’t like.
There is much about Obama that should give any American pause, and a
conservative American for sure. But it is so gratifying to see Hillary
Clinton lose – finish third, even – that you just can’t help but look at
Obama post-Iowa and feel happy that he did whatever he did to pull it
And want him to keep doing it.
Even though Obama strikes me as harder to beat than Clinton in a general
election campaign, I don’t care. We’ll cross that bridge when we come to
it. Hillary Clinton is one of the most troubling political figures of
recent generations, and the sooner we eliminate any chance of her winning the
White House, the better.
think the general electorate would reject her, but if her own party’s
voters want to save us the trouble, so much the better.
have long believed that Mrs. Clinton’s political prowess and personal
skills were vastly overrated by just about everyone. Her entire
political career has been contrived – created by circumstances set up
for her not to fail, and driven from day one by an agenda to position
her for the presidency. There has never really been any rationale for
her designs on the big job, other than just that she wants it. Maybe she
thinks that if Bill gets to do it, then she gets to do it, because
that’s their deal, and the rest of the nation is obliged to go along so
she doesn’t get shafted.
Whatever the reason she thinks she should be president, it makes
no difference. She has no record of achievement, no compelling policy
positions, no advantage in experience and no personal qualities that
recommend her for the job.
Yet she has clearly been scheming to get the job since her days as First
Lady. She has shown us throughout her time in public life that she
considers her own ambitions so vital to the nation – or is it just so
vital to her, and does she know the difference? – that she cannot be
bothered to tolerate criticism or scrutiny.
She and her husband use access as a weapon against a disappointingly
intimidated press corps. The most egregious example was the recent
decision by GQ magazine to pull the plug on a potentially
unflattering story about Hillary because they were told Bill would
otherwise not participate in a cover feature.
Her driver’s-licenses-for-illegals debate flub spoke volumes, not
because the issue is the most important, but because she clearly
believed that she could make a preposterous statement, sort of retract
it, blow smoke in both directions for several days and finally
completely contradict herself, and no one would blame her because she
needs to become president and icky questions like that just get in the
The aftermath of that screw-up has not been kind to her. As Obama gained
on her, her campaign actually went so far as to give the press what they
called an “essay” he wrote in kindergarten (you didn’t know
kindergarteners wrote essays, did you?) discussing his desire to be
president. This was supposed to counter his claim that he had not long
been obsessed with reaching the Oval Office.
You mean, like . . . Hillary?
Was this the thing that started to turn Iowa caucus-goers against her?
Or was it when she had a campaign operative insinuate that Obama had
been a drug dealer, only to throw the operative under the bus when that
backfired as well?
Who knows? But if Iowa Democrats started to recognize what some of us
have seen for a very long time, then good job, Iowa Democrats. Now it’s
time for your New Hampshire counterparts to take the next step.
Hillary Clinton should not be allowed anywhere near the presidency, and
the Democratic nomination is too close for comfort. Perhaps even
Democrats are starting to see that now.
Take her out. Then we can have a good clean race to November. And may
the best man win.
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