For the last two months, I have been silent on this blog, largely because of a major personal move from South America and partly from my feeling that Hillary Clinton, vastly overrated as a human being, was distorting the Democratic race...even on this blog, for a time. But lately, she is going so far, that even her most ardent supporters must be wondering if this woman comes from a different planet, in her dogged attempt to prove that 'winning is everything' for her.
Senator Clinton doesn`t seem to have that inner handbrake or tact, that most politicians, and human beings possess, that forbid them going into waters too deep for all but the most foolish or most wise. It is becoming clearer and clearer that Hillary is definitely of the former not latter, and she has gained little wisdom to go with her experience at the seat of power, earned mainly on her husband's coattails.
Like most politicians of the second order, she over-eggs almost every argument when 'pleading her case', and she lacks modesty or humility because she fears it would show weakness. She is a self-advertized incorrigible fighter; that is evident, not a diplomat or statesman or a stateswoman.
In the Michigan/Florida imbroglio she has been invoking her case to seat these delegations as a cause equal to the celebrated civil rights movement, even paralleling the Zimbabwe Democratic stugggle against the petty tyrant, murderous thug, Mugabe. This only serves to trivialize these landmark movements rather than strengthening her argument.
No one seems to have asked the question if the beauty contests, the non-binding Michigan and Florida primaries, were to count as full primaries, wouldn't that set the precedent that in future Presidential elections any state could set its rules or dates as it wished, without fear of censure or rebuke with backbone, from the Democratic National Committee? It doesn`t make any sense. Why bother even having a Rules Committee at all, or rules or even a national committee?
Yes, it is a pity the voters of Michigan and Florida did not have proper and timely representation, but that is the fault primarily of their delegate `jumped up` state leaders who insisted on thwarting the national leadership when they jump started their primaries, even when they knew what stiff sanctions would be leveled at them.
Now the second example, yesterday, her widely, viewed RFK assassination quote. I would say it is remarkably tasteless but because it is coming from Hillary, it is not so remarkable. Just a few days after Ted Kennedy was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, she insinuates it is always possible that a leading candidate could be assassinated again, like Bobby Kennedy.
As I commented to Lee months ago, this may be very good reason for Obama, merely out of self-preservation, to deny her the veep spot on the ticket. Even if you don`t buy into the JFK (or Lincoln) conspiracy theories, Johnson as his conservative replacement must have been a factor in any thinking that went into that assassination.
If 'thinking about the unthinkable' is ultra vires (beyond the power), surely speaking about it is unspeakable, or at the very least a minefield- Hillary typically voted against the Senate banning landmines treaty- . She implies it is only the month of May, that 'these are early days', an Obama assassination and not the less lethal character type (it might be too late for that) can`t be yet completely ruled out.
Hillary is like one one so those unstoppable cinematic aliens. I can almost see Obama giving his acceptance speech on the podium in August, in Denver, when she suddenly bursts through his chest, grappling and clawing until the last agonizing moment.
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