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Hillary Clinton’s Candidacy – The Grand Deceit?

Posted by Ed C on Saturday, January 27, 2007

(h/t Michelle Malkin)

From Gerard Baker and the London Times: The vaulting ambition of America’s Lady Macbeth

There are many reasons people think Mrs Clinton will not be elected president. She lacks warmth; she is too polarising a figure; the American people don’t want to relive the psychodrama of the eight years of the Clinton presidency.

But they all miss this essential counterpoint. As you consider her career this past 15 years or so in the public spotlight, it is impossible not to be struck, and even impressed, by the sheer ruthless, unapologetic, unshameable way in which she has pursued this ambition, and confirmed that there is literally nothing she will not do, say, think or feel to achieve it. Here, finally, is someone who has taken the black arts of the politician’s trade, the dissembling, the trimming, the pandering, all the way to their logical conclusion.

Fifteen years ago there was once a principled, if somewhat rebarbative and unelectable politician called Hillary Rodham Clinton. A woman who aggressively preached abortion on demand and the right of children to sue their own parents, a committed believer in the power of government who tried to create a healthcare system of such bureaucratic complexity it would have made the Soviets blush; a militant feminist who scorned mothers who take time out from work to rear their children as “women who stay home and bake cookies”.

And he closes with:

All politicians, sadly, lie. We can often forgive the lies as the necessary price paid to win popularity for a noble cause. But the Clinton candidacy is a Grand Deceit, an entirely artificial construct built around a person who, stripped bare of the cynicism, manipulation and calculation, is nothing more than an enormous, overpowering and rather terrifying ego.

Wow, somehow I don’t think Hillary’s offer to “Let’s Talk. Let’s chat” is going to change his mind.

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3 Responses to “Hillary Clinton’s Candidacy – The Grand Deceit?”

  1. curious said

    Ed,
    Is there any woman- republican or democrat or other – that you would consider for the office of President? “No” is a perfectly acceptable answer. I’m just curious. Also..

    Is Bush “warm”? Is Pelosi “warm”? Is Obama “warm”? Is Elizabeth Dole “warm”? What is “warm”? Is there a viable “warm” female candidate for the Office of the President?

    Can “warm” women be viable candidates?

    Moving off of “warm”… Can you list a single President in the last 30 years that did not move significantly away from hard right or hard left ground to adopt a more centric stance while running for election? Isn’t it fair to say that most, if not all politicians who seek higher office- change and adapt to become more marketable? Everything for everybody? I can’t think of ONE politician- with hopes of higher office- who has not made that adaption- local state or federal.

    I do not agree politically with Hilary- but I think it would be pretty silly to not vote for her because she is moderating her positions for election. That would leave everyone off the ballot.

  2. To Curious said

    If you don’t see a difference between Hillary, who has polled everything she has done before she did it, and other principled candidates like Obama or Guliani, then I pity you.

    There are plenty of women who would be good presidents. Sebelius for one. Elizabeth Dole would be OK too.

    Hillary is not one of them. She is too calculating. It has all been one grand plan for her since the beginning of Clinton’s 2nd term.

  3. hocoterp said

    I propose an answer to Curious’ question about a President in the last 30 years who didn’t move to the center as part of a run for higher office. Without getting into specific policies, and instead focusing on ideology and a view for how government should operate and what purposes it should serve, I think Ronald Reagan stayed true to the same themes over his political career.

    Consider some quotes from a speech Reagan gave just before the 1964 election. At that time Reagan had been a Republican for two years and had not run for public office; it was his first time on the national scene.

    “This is the issue of this election. Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American Revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.”

    “For three decades we have sought to solve the problems of unemployment through government planning, and the more the plans fail, the more the planners plan.”

    “Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth!”

    And a foreign policy quote: “You and I have the courage to say to our enemies, ‘There is a price we will not pay.’ There is a point beyond which they must not advance!”

    Now some selections from Reagan’s First Inaugural Address:

    “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”

    “As for the enemies of freedom, those who are potential adversaries, they will be reminded that peace is the highest aspiration of the American people. We will negotiate for it, sacrifice for it; we will not surrender for it – now or ever.”

    Reagan’s specific policies may have changed, but his worldview, his vision of the proper role for government, and his sense of America’s place in the world did not move significantly to center.

    As an after note to this post, I need to say that the reason I did not consider whether the candidate moved to the center on specific policy matters is that I was born during Reagan’s Presidency and am not comfortable, without some research, going into that level of specifics. Also, this would not be a blog post and instead would be a mini-paper.

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