Yawn: Hillary's Running


The topic below was originally posted in my blog, the Intrepid Liberal Journal.


Hillary Clinton made it official today and joined the fray. Click here to listen to Clinton's official announcement from her website and here to read the actual text.


Frankly, reading and listening to Hillary's announcement is like drinking soda without carbonation. It's focus grouped for the political fifty-yard line. Just like Al Gore in 2000, Hillary will campaign from weakness. Too fearful to offend the "middle class" or appear weak on national security will result in a mealy mouthed posture. Strength stems from authenticity but does Clinton even know who she really is anymore?

Clinton is very closed and insular and listens to a tight circle of advisors like Bush. As we've seen, such an insular governing style is dangerous. Her husband was far more open, hungry even for a diversity of information as president. Hopefully, he will serve as an information conduit for her as Eleanor Roosevelt did for FDR. My suspicion however is Hillary would be obsessed with leaks as president and drown inside her bubble. Also, she has the imagination of a grapefruit.


Edwards interests me because on domestic issues he's offering specifics about valuing "work over wealth" whereas Hillary's a corporatist. I remain troubled about Edwards' record on Iraq and therefore I'm not quite sold on him yet. Obama to this point is a platitude machine but his candidacy does intrigue me. How will he handle the fishbowl? Is there more to him than "something new"? I'm curious to find out.


An Al Gore candidacy would intrigue me because he's grown as a person since 2000. I suspect he would campaign on candor instead of being afraid to lose. I'd sign up for his campaign in a heartbeat. Alas, it doesn't appear he will run.


I used to believe Hillary was authentic with a core but unlike Gore, the former first lady has regressed. I hoped Hillary would emerge as a Robert Kennedy sort of figure in the senate but she has not put her prestige on the line for the working poor or the cause of peace.


Hillary is so afraid of appearing weak that she appears weak. Her pandering on an amendment for flag burning last year has me wondering what else she would surrender to project an image of values and toughness. We don't need that sort of weakness undermining the progressive cause. Hillary has proven she can take a punch. She also deserves credit for providing effective constituent service as a senator. As a senator, Hillary has been a workhorse more than a show-horse unlike Obama or Edwards when he served. As a New Yorker I respect that.


But her original support of the Iraq war was a callous and cowardly act of political expediency. Her tepid "if I knew now what I knew then" explanation regarding Iraq is neither believable nor acceptable. War and peace requires a different standard of leadership. Not calculating cynicism resulting in needless bloodshed.


I don't underestimate Hillary. She's disciplined, smart and tough. And I'd love to support a woman for the White House. We could certainly do worse and this country has. But her candidacy for president does not inspire me and I expect to support somebody else.

Tags: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards (all tags)

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Re: Yawn: Hillary's Running

Did anyone else notice the way the camera was swaying back and forth during her web announcement? What's that all about?

by bluenc 2007-01-20 01:54PM | 0 recs
Consider It A Metaphor ...

for a politician afraid to lose and desperately straddling the political fifty yard line.

by Intrepid Liberal Journal 2007-01-20 02:02PM | 0 recs
Re: Yawn: Hillary's Running

It's so she doesn't look stiff I assume.

I am so tired of these micro-managed campaigns where every detail, including I'm sure the wattage in the light bulb in the lamp and the actual books on the lamp table behind her are meticulously thought out before-hand.

Also, is it just me or did it look too green outside? I'm guessing they did this recently, but it looked a little too much like it was September outside. Oh well, warm winter and all I guess.

by adamterando 2007-01-21 05:11AM | 0 recs
My first thought:
The 'sound-bite line' from her announcement was clearly the first sentence: "I'm in. And I'm in to win."
Sound familiar?
Our favorite ex-congresswoman from Florida made almost exactly the same statement 10 months ago...
by Kalil 2007-01-20 03:08PM | 0 recs
Re: My first thought:

OMG. This should be a full diary. Ouch.

by Bob Brigham 2007-01-20 04:21PM | 0 recs
Re: My first thought:

Holy crap. How could she not realize!

by BobbyNYC 2007-01-20 06:14PM | 0 recs
Re: My first thought:

I contemplated it, but...  I'm not skilled at taking 3 sentences and expanding it into a full diary.  Feel free to run with it, though, if you'd like.

by Kalil 2007-01-20 06:34PM | 0 recs
Too Easy

I don't think the netroots should really start whacking her good until she bottoms out, give her another few months to bleed and then we should bring this up. Damn, too funny.

by Bob Brigham 2007-01-20 07:45PM | 0 recs
Re: My first thought:

According to http://www.gwu.edu/~action/2008/clinton/ clintonorg.html

Phil Singer is the Communications Strategist for the Clinton campaign.  And gives his resume as:

"Communications director at the DSCC in the 2006 cycle.  Spokesperson for the Kerry campaign (announced April 16, 2004).  Singer worked for the previous four years as communications director for Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY).  Before that he worked for Congressman Steve Rothman (D-NJ) and for Sen. Robert Torricelli (D-NJ)."

Spokesman for the Kerry campaign huh?  Wow.  They did such a good job.

"If people can't communicate the least they could do is shut-up."  -- Tom Lehrer

by ATinNM 2007-01-21 08:29AM | 0 recs
Torricelli - scumbag

Hillary sure seems to pick staff that worked for other scumbags.

by Pravin 2007-01-21 12:33PM | 0 recs
Re: Yawn: Hillary's Running

It's merely the Oprah Winfrey effect. When Oprah did a series of interviews with Bill Gates, I had this strange sensation. Then I dug up the fact that Oprah Winfrey is worth about 1.3 Billion Dollars! Of course, Gates is worth about 50 Billion. But then I realized something -- there are only about 250 Americans (it's rising fast!) who have more than 1 Billion! (none live in Connecticut, however! Although every rich person seems to own at least on house in the Nutmeg State. It's the Nutmeg State 'cause it was home to the Great Nutmeg Scandal -- people carving wooden nutmegs!!!) So, these two had something in common indeed! Like, if Oprah ran, she would be a Billionaire president!

But if we look at the situation with Hillary, which at first blush might seem unrelated, we see that some people are probably going to react negatively to any already-famous person who runs for president.

My problem with Hillary is that she is very conservative, and way too concerned about our 'moral fiber.' On the other hand, she would be better than Bush by light-years.

by blues 2007-01-20 05:24PM | 0 recs
Re: Yawn: Hillary's Running

Huh?

by clarkent 2007-01-20 06:03PM | 0 recs
Re: Yawn: Hillary's Running

I get this intuition that you just are not fond of me. Maybe because I'm a low-down, rotten person. However, it's not my fault. I was born like this.

by blues 2007-01-20 06:58PM | 0 recs
Re: Yawn: Hillary's Running

blues, I just couldn't understand what you were saying.

by clarkent 2007-01-21 03:15AM | 0 recs
Re: Yawn: Hillary's Running

Did you know that in 6 years she has not done one piece of major legislation?  She thinks she has the experience and the chops for the job but, what has she done for 6 long years???  Apparently not much.

by vwcat 2007-01-20 07:44PM | 0 recs
Re: Yawn: Hillary's Running

Video games are more important than Iraq.

by Bob Brigham 2007-01-20 07:45PM | 0 recs
Hillary's Running

Yep, she's done absolutely nothing in her life - and she has no experience:

Remarks of Hillary D. Rodham, President of the Wellesley College Government Association and member of the Class of 1969, on the occasion of Wellesley's 91st Commencement, May 31, 1969:

I am very glad that Miss Adams made it clear that what I am speaking for today is all of us -- the 400 of us -- and I find myself in a familiar position, that of reacting, something that our generation has been doing for quite a while now. We're not in the positions yet of leadership and power, but we do have that indispensable task of criticizing and constructive protest and I find myself reacting just briefly to some of the things that Senator Brooke said. This has to be brief because I do have a little speech to give. Part of the problem with empathy with professed goals is that empathy doesn't do us anything. We've had lots of empathy; we've had lots of sympathy, but we feel that for too long our leaders have used politics as the art of making what appears to be impossible, possible....

In 1969, Rodham entered Yale Law School, where she served on the Board of Editors of Yale Review of Law and Social Action and worked with underprivileged children at the Yale-New Haven Hospital. During the summer of 1970, she was awarded a grant to work at the Children's Defense Fund in Cambridge, Massachusetts....During the summer of 1971, she traveled to Washington to work on Senator Walter Mondale's subcommittee on migrant workers, researching migrant problems in housing, sanitation, health and education....During her second year in law school, she volunteered at the Yale Child Study Center, learning about new research on early childhood brain development. She also took on cases of child abuse at Yale-New Haven Hospital and worked at the city Legal Services, providing free legal service to the poor. She received a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Yale in 1973, having written a thesis on the rights of children, and began a year of post-graduate study on children and medicine at the Yale Child Study Center....

...During her post-graduate study, Rodham served as staff attorney for the Children's Defense Fund, and as a consultant to the Carnegie Council on Children. She joined the presidential impeachment inquiry staff advising the Judiciary Committee of the United States House of Representatives during the Watergate Scandal. Rodham became a faculty member (one of only two women in the faculty) at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville School of Law, where Bill Clinton was teaching as well...

...With Attorney General Janet Reno, Clinton helped to create the Department of Justice's Violence Against Women office. She was one of the few international figures at the time who spoke out against the treatment of Afghani women by Islamist fundamentalist Taliban that had seized control of Afghanistan....

...Senator Clinton worked with Senator Charles Schumer to secure $21.4 billion in funding to assist clean up and recovery, to provide health tracking for first responders and volunteers at Ground Zero, and to create grants for redevelopment. In 2005, Clinton issued two studies that examined the disbursement of federal homeland security funds to local communities and first responders....

Should I continue?

Learn to do some basic research - or maybe, back up your feelings with some fact based knowledge.

I'm tired of alleged progressives and/or Democrats bashing Hillary Clinton with the same techniques (and sometimes) the same assertions of the factless and self-righteous wingnut right.

It pisses me off so much that I'm starting to think I'll support her for the nomination - and, up to now, she hasn't been anywhere near my first choice.

by Michael Bersin 2007-01-21 01:33AM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary's Running

Personally, I think she was a pretty good first lady.
And she was one of the main people supporting the Min Wage act. But whatever good things she has done as senator has been matched by a lot of the potential candidates without all of her baggage.

But, as a senator, has she done enough to counter her horrendous record when it comes to the middle east. She has been in denial until recently when she oh so conveniently decided to take a fact finding mission to Iraq. She really needed to take one before deciding the war was heading in a useless direction? Either she is a dishonest woman who puts politics over national  needs or she is a first rate retard like Bush.

by Pravin 2007-01-21 02:30AM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary's Running

Respectfully this just reinforces how much she sold out.

by Intrepid Liberal Journal 2007-01-21 04:25AM | 0 recs
Even SNL writers are on to her

Saturday Night Live, which has been kind of easy on NY politicians(remember the sucking up they did to Guiliani) really got Hillary nicely on her inexcusable opportunisitic behavior when it comes to Iraq. She has lost all my respect when she timed her fact finding mission a few years overdue just because she needed to find a reason to explain why she is going to change course in her line of thinking. I hope she loses badly.

by Pravin 2007-01-20 08:29PM | 0 recs

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