Monday, February 25, 2008

Hillary's Political Hell

Hillary Clinton's latest incarnation this campaign season is part tent revivalist, part ruler-wielding schoolmarm.... and, crowding into John McCain's territory.... part Horseman of the Apocalypse.

From her lips to your ear.... "I could stand up here and say, 'Let's just get everybody together, let's get unified, the sky will open, the light will come down, celestial choirs will be singing, and everyone will know we should do the right thing and the world will be perfect,' are not going to wave a magic wand and have the special interests disappear." (WaPo)

Maybe this rant was because it was Sunday and she felt it was time to test Holy Sarcasm.... roasting Obama's fresh message of hope.

That riff followed her Shillary of Saturday night where she went on the attack, angrily accusing her Democratic opponent of "using tactics that are straight out of Karl Rove's playbook," unleasing scowling disapproval as she scolded.... "Shame on you, Barack Obama."

What brought about this latest broom ride? Mainly it was an Obama mailing pointing out that if Hillary claims part of her "35 years of experience" was her time in the White House where she voiced her support of NAFTA, she can't now claim to not support NAFTA.

As Obama pointed out.... "Yesterday Senator Clinton also said I'm wrong to point out that she once supported NAFTA. But the fact is, she was saying great things about NAFTA until she started running for president. A couple years after it passed, she said NAFTA was a 'free and fair trade agreement' and that it was 'proving its worth.' And in 2004, she said, 'I think, on balance, NAFTA has been good for New York state and America."

After declaring "Mission Accomplished" as the inevitable candidate last fall, her campaign seemed unprepared for the post-inevitability unruly movement toward Obama after his landslide in the Iowa caucus in January. Hillary tried everything.

There was the whisper campaign that Obama was a ghetto dope user.... and, the constant refrain that he's unvetted, and last week that he was a plagiarist for lifting a paragraph from a speech by his friend and supporter who told him to use it.

Her misty-eyed vulnerable woman approach in New Hampshire met with success.... so perhaps that is why in last week's debate she ended by extolling Obama as everything but the second-coming, looking at him all in smiles with a honeyed "I really respect Obama."

Obviously she was just softening Obama up for this week's shrieking-surge.

With the many faces of Hillary, it's hard to get a handle on which Eve-face is the real Hillary. But her latest Danteish incarnation... "Eternal and eternal I endure, All hope abandon ye who enter here".... can't be the glimpse of political Hell that voters are looking for.

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