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On Hillary's strengths AND weaknesses . . . and her possible future run from the Presidency against Gov. Sarah Palin . . .
For many weeks now, I've been involved with Hillary Clinton Supporters, and I'll be writing a series next week called "My Life Among the Clintonistas." Most of the people I've been associating with -- and in some cases, will continue to regard as friends and allies -- are liberal Democrats. They also have a sprinkling of conservative and moderate Democrats. It's been one of the most fascinating experiences of my life. I've had a tremendous amount of correspondence with these people, most of whom are quite different from me in attitudes and political views.
One young woman from New York State asked me why Republicans "hate" Hillary Clinton. I told her most Republicans didn't hate the New York Senator, although they disliked her. She asked me to explain why, and I wrote the following:
A lot of the Republican dislike of Hillary traces back to the statement she made on the "Today" Show in regard to the Lewinsky matter. She said it was "a vast right-wing conspiracy" against her husband. She was wrong, although I don't believe she ever admitted as much. She should have kicked Bill to the curb. Apparently, the guy was a chronic adulterer.
Many Republicans, including this one, believe she valued her career -- and divorcing Bill would have ended it -- over her dignity. Frankly, there's a major character issue involved. They also believe that the "Kosovo sniper-fire" incident, which hurt her terribly in the primaries, is a part of her personality, to exaggerate her accomplishments and experience.
Finally, many Republicans see her as someone who is too willing to cave into Special Interests, including the unions, rather than to offer real solutions to problems like education. In many ways, she is a gifted politician -- with an emphasis on the word "politician." She obviously has a way of connecting with millions of people, which is an important talent/characteristic.
My "problem" with Hillary Supporters is that few of them want to engage in any serious discussion about her strengths and weaknesses. They don't want to "hear" anything perceived as a criticism. The want to worship at the altar of "St. Hillary." The situation strikes the "realists" (like me) as absurd
Hillary is a flawed human being, just like the rest of us poor "smucks." That's why I called one piece I wrote on Hillary "The Empress Has No Clothes."
In her "Unity" speech, she endorsed a guy who had basically "branded" her as a warmonger, a liar, and a racist. She disappointed me and many of her followers.
Much of the criticism Hillary received from the media was unfair, but not all of it was. I compare her unfavorably with Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, a relentlessly honest, totally consistent woman. To me, Sarah is much less interested in getting elected forever to something or other than in actually solving problems, big ones.
She may run against Hillary in 2012 or 2016, although I believe Mrs. Clinton will not be a serious presidential candidate again. 2008 was her moment, and that time has passed. Sarah's time is still to come.
Major Bulletin from PUMAPAC to McCain Supporters.
PUMA, recently re-dubbed "Party Unity My Ass" (originally, "People United Means Action") needs your support and your money.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
"Why Obama & Dean Fear 4 Million!"
"The fear that the PUMA community and their silent supporters will realize the power of their fundraising. If just half of those 4 million who do not support Obama were to immediately give $10 to both the McCain campaign and PumaPac, the influx of cash would spread the Puma message like a wildfire through the media while providing the McCain campaign with the extra resources they need to overcome the wealthy who have funded 60% of Obama's campaign. If the just half of this 4 million were to contribute the media would be forced to question a campaign that they have more often referred to as a "movement", than as the "political campaign" it is."--J. Brown, June 29, 2008, Politically Drunk on Power.
I have given my $10 to PUMAPAC and $25 to McCain. Please do the same.