Breaking: As I finished writing this, my news screen filled with the story of a bomber taking two hostages in Clinton's NH campaign office. She's cancelled her speech to the DNC, and Obama closed his NH office as a precaution. Drudge report will probably suggest that she staged it.
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A few days ago I wrote about the Zogby poll showing that Hillary Clinton would lose to any of the Republican presidential nominees. Okay, that poll was taken before the shameful display the Repubs put on in their last "debate" and maybe things have changed. (And by the way, could we please stop demeaning the art of debate by calling these media shams what they are? Why don't we just call it American President and let J-lo and Simon Cowell vote them off the show?)
But "anonymous" wrote the following comment:
I'm trying to get over this here, that Hillary Clinton should take one for the team. No one else, just Hillary Clinton, sometimes known as Senator Clinton. We haven't seen a Folk Devil this hated since FDR.
It does seem to get down to a horse race, doesn't it? Isn't this why we have so much trouble with the MSM, that it/they can't seem to get to issues, only the score?
Yes indeedy. I agree that it's unfair that Hillary should take one for the team. In 2004 I ran to be a delegate to the national Democratic convention, but in the finals, when I saw that there were a lot of people more qualified than I, I withdrew, saying I'd be back in 2008, running as a delegate for Hillary. So I fully expected to be leading the charge for her in this election. What happened?
Well, I think most people know the drill. The almost mechanically driven performance, the backing away from a firm stance on almost anything but especially Iraq, the sense that the real person -- who as I said in the earlier post I like and respect -- has been packaged away and put into a blind trust along with her other assets. Those things are hers to claim.
But history has dealt her the harsh blow of Bill's legacy (the personal not the political, as he left office with a 60+ approval rating, and frankly I'd bring him back in a heartbeat.) and the Rove-inspired Clinton smear machine. It's the neo-cons who created this folk devil, and the media who let them get away with it.
Still, here we are with a slumbering Fox TV-informed public (exhibit A, the You Tube questions to the Repub candidates the other night.) and they buy into this Hillary hatred big time, and I don't think any of us can bear an entire election cycle of their abuse -- not to mention four years if she wins.
Although who are we kidding? They'll smear whomever the Dems put forth. And ironically, Hillary might be the only one seasoned enough to fight back. Remember Bill blasting Chris Wallace on Fox?
So, when I say she needs to get out of the way, I say it not so much as a criticism of her -- though she does give us much to criticize -- but with a weary sadness at the state of politics in America.