Friday, March 09, 2007

The slow sinking of the Hillary-tanic

Friends ask me all the time what I have against Hillary Clinton. I don't have anything against Hillary Clinton because I don't know her. I simply think she is an unimpressive and uninspiring public figure (and now public official) with little or nothing of import to say. In her fifteen years of Washington public life, I honestly cannot remember one interesting statement she has made or big idea she has introduced into the public dialogue. And please don't say universal health care . . . Franklin D. Roosevelt introduced the idea in the 1930s, and every American president battled with Congress (supporters and opponents differed over the years) over some form of compulsory national insurance until Lyndon B. Johnson pushed Congress to enact Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. Since the Great Society era, the debate over universal health care has come and gone (and it now back on the national agenda). Hillary attempted to make it a centerpiece of her husband's presidency, and we all know how that ended up.

Having declared her candidacy for president over 18 months before the next presidential election, Hillary Clinton has nowhere to go but down. Incapable of honest, forthright discussion about any important domestic or foreign policy issue -- her hula-hoop routine over her vote on the Iraq war is comical -- she will spend the next year and a half fending off punches from her opponents and attempting to explain her hair-splitting positions that ultimately amount to non-statements. For someone so uncool, she is truly the Seinfeld candidate in 2008 -- hers is a candidacy about nothing.

Get off the ship, now, or sink with the Hillary-tanic.

2 comments:

Apollo said...

Along this line of thought is a great article by William Greider at thenation.com.

As for myself, I think all the buzz surrounding her is the lingering rumblings of the collective orgasm that happened when a woman announced her candidacy. It was her sex, and not her politics that was, and is still , exciting for so many. I think the same sort of buzz can surround almost any powerful woman in politics, Condeleza Rice comes to mind. But now that the climactic moment has happened, people are starting to wake up and find that the person in their bed is not who they thought she was, but is exactly who they knew she was.

I don't want to give her credit for forging ahead and breaking trail for those to follow because there are countless other amazing women who have done that work in the past, but what she has done is give some the release they needed to find and support someone who has the right stuff.

My apologies for any mental pictures that may have popped into your head, and my apologies to Mrs. Clinton for making her sound like a bar fly. Neither was intentional

Abigail Collazo said...

Along those lines, there are some of us who, despite agreeing with this original post in some ways, will be voting for Hillary Clinton anyway. Unfortunately, many Americans are single-issue voters and as there aren't any other front-running Democratic women on the ballot, Hillary Clinton it will be. Even if you don't buy the story of her Iraq vote, she will always be a woman and I for one, while concerned about her recent neutral, centralized stance on everything, am not concerned that one day she will wake up and not be in favor of a woman's right to choose. Single issue voting is a tactic forced on citizens by political parties and truth be told, it works. She may not be the most dynamic candidate, but she's the only pro-choice, Democratic woman on the ballot. It's sad that voters such as myself can't take too much else into consideration when we feel that our health and safety is on the line.