- Why ABC's "Commander-in-Chief" is a Condi Rice clone (with additions)
- by Mia T, 9.28.05
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Is Hillary Clinton tough enough to be president?
That question is increasingly being asked as speculation mounts that the New York Senator will seek the Democratic nomination in 2008.
A front-page story in USA Today - "Can Hillary be Elected Commander in Chief?" - explores the issue and features a poll that contains troubling news for Hillary and her supporters.
When respondents were asked if they would rate Clinton highly (4 or 5 on a 5-point scale):
- Only 36 percent said she could handle the situation in Iraq if elected president.
- Just 38 percent said she would effectively protect the country from terrorist attack.
- 59 percent thought Clinton is not strong on national security.
- 42 percent said she would use military force wisely as president.
- 56 percent doubted she could handle an international crisis.
- Only half said she is a strong and decisive leader.
Overall, 37 percent said they "strongly disagree" or "somewhat disagree" with the statement "Hillary Clinton is tough enough to president."
Washington insiders say Clinton has been repositioning herself to beef up her standing among voters as a strong supporter of the military who could be an effective commander in chief.
She is the first New York senator to sit on the Armed Services Committee, and recently introduced legislation to boost the Army by 80,000 soldiers over the next four years.
She was nominated by the Pentagon -- "with which her husband often had contentious relations, particularly on gays in the military -- to serve on a blue-ribbon panel studying how to foster better cooperation among the military services," USA Today reports.
A recent study by National Journal showed Clinton's record on defense, foreign policy and economics last year made her the 34th most liberal senator, while in 2003 she had ranked ninth.
But critics say Clinton's recent shift smacks of a political makeover aimed at polishing her national security credentials before a 2008 run.
"I think these are absolutely newfound views," William Black, executive director of the anti-Clinton political action committee Stop Her Now, told USA Today.
"This is someone coming from an administration that had open disdain for the military.
"Her whole involvement in getting on the Armed Services Committee is a calculated political ploy to burnish up her national security and defense credentials. She certainly didn't seem to care a whit about the military before."
Some GOP analysts say Hillary's decision not to divorce her husband after he admitted having an affair with Monica Lewinsky, which garnered sympathy from voters during her run for the Senate, could raise questions about her toughness if she seeks the White House.
"She's going to have a problem in reconciling voters' pity for her plight as first lady with seeing her as a figure with heft on foreign policy and defense issues," said GOP pollster Kellyanne Conway.
"That's the nagging underpinning that nobody likes to talk about, the 800-pound gorilla on her back."
Poll: Hillary Can't Be Commander in Chief
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
The Hotline also polled on some questions concerning 2008. In their poll, Hillary Clinton has a positive approval rating of 48 to 44 percent.
By contrast, Condoleezza Rice has a 59 to 25 percent approval rating.
By an overwhelming percentage of 85 to 9, respondents said they would be comfortable supporting a female candidate for the White House. And by a greater margin, 86 to 4 percent, participants said they would vote to support an African-American candidate who was well qualified.
- Rice also strongly outpolls Clinton on all national security questions: who is stronger on national security issues, ability to handle an international crisis, ability to protect the U.S. from a terrorist attack, ability to manage Iraq and ability to be a "strong and decisive" leader.
The Power fo Rice
National Review Online
June 14, 2004
- Last night's addition of the entertainment news show "The Insider" had a poll. Who would you vote for as President in 2008 if the candidates were: Condi Rice, Hillary Rodham-Rodham, or Oprah Winfrey?
- Well, Condi won the poll.
ommander-in-Chief" Mackenzie Allen is a carefully crafted Condi-Rice clone. She is not hillary clinton. Indeed, she is specifically antihillary.
This can mean only one thing: hillary clinton and her agitprop machine have determined that missus clinton, the construct, is unelectable.
Because ABC is part of the permanent clinton agitprop, because the "Commander-in Chief" head writer is a veteran of clinton campaigns and hillary's press office, because the show has been perfectly positioned to desensitize the electorate to the notion of a woman president just in time for hillary, because of all of the above, one would not expect ABC to model the show's protagonist after hillary clinton's infinitely more qualified potential rival.
So why has it done just that?
"Commander-in-Chief" is electoral legerdemain. It is yet another clinton two-step intended to fool the voters. It is designed to:
- desensitize them to the concept of a female president, using a highly qualified exemplar, the Condi-Rice clone.
These are not ordinary times. America is waging the global War on Terror; the uncharted territory of asymmetric netherworlds is the battlefield; the enemy is brutal, subhuman; the threat of global conflagration is real.
Defeating the enemy isn't sufficient. For America to prevail, she must also defeat a retrograde, misogynous, troglodyte mindset. To successfully prosecute the War on Terror, it is essential that the collective patriarchal islamic culture perceives America as politically and militarily strong. Condi Rice excepted, this requirement presents an insurmountable hurdle for any female presidential candidate, and especially missus clinton, historically antimilitary, forever the pitiful victim, and, according to Dick Morris, "the biggest dove in the clinton administration."
- bait-and-switch: conflate the highly qualified, electable Condi-Rice clone with the highly unqualified, unelectable hillary clinton
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ALL HILLARY, ALL THE TIME...
This is not to say the series isn't ALL about hillary. You just don't SEE hillary.
You don't see hillary's looming presence.
You don't see her smallness. Her haughty distain. Her flat affect.
You don't see her corruption. Her ineptitude. Her banality.
You don't see her rage. Her coldness.
You don't see her abusiveness. Her vulgarity. Her stridency.
You don't see her extremism. Her balkanizing. Her lust for power.
You don't see the harridan. You don't see the Hildabeast.
What you do see is Condi, Condi in a President Allen "shell."
You see a President Allen who is idealistic, is accomplished in her own right, does not crave power, has a nonpartisan streak, is an intellectual, an expert in foreign policy (Mideast expertise replaces Soviet for the obvious reason), was plucked from the chancellorship of a great university, speaks with a quiet strength.
You see a President Allen who even looks like Condi Rice. The strong bone structure, the wideset intelligent brown eyes, the full lips, the brunette, retro flip, (aka 'power flip' post-Condi), the great figure. And perhaps definitively, the legs.
It would be naive to think that this wasn't a precise clinton calculation, what with her main man the lead writer 'n all.
At first I thought it was a feint. If "Commander-in-Chief" is a too-transparent hillary infomercial, ABC's agenda will certainly backfire. Perhaps that was the initial reasoning and explains why, for example, gorgeous Geena Davis and not some squat bottle-blonde matron, was cast in the lead.
But in the end, there are two reasons (corresponding to the two cities of the Hollywood-DC axIs) for the Condi clone.
The first is straightforward: Hollywood typecasts. Condi is presidential and hillary is a fishwife.
And the second is the thesis, above, that hillary clinton and her agitprop machine have determined that missus clinton, the construct, (missus clinton, "as is,") is unelectable, and so the clinton agitprop must desensitize and bait-and-switch.
They will desensitize the electorate to the concept of a female president, (using a highly qualified exemplar, the Condi-Rice clone because they have determined that a hillary exemplar would be rejected, that, indeed, given the post-9/11 realities, Condi Rice is perhaps the only female exemplar that would work.)
Then they will bait and switch; conflate the highly qualified, electable Condi-Rice clone with the highly unqualified, unelectable hillary clinton. Indeed, the clinton conflation ploy to make hillary acceptable to the voter is already a clinton standard operating procedure, witness missus clinton's address to the Democratic Leadership Council in Columbus, Ohio in July.
how the clintons are handling the hillary dud factor
by Mia T, 8.03.05
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MAD hillary series #5
WHY MISSUS CLINTON IS DANGEROUS
FOR THE CHILDREN
FOR THE WORLD
- They turned our bridge to the 21st century into a tunnel back into the 19th century. Back us out of that Republican tunnel, fill it in, go back across the bridge.... We'll have a giant celebration when we come back to Columbus in 2020. There's nothing more wonderful than making dreams come true.
hear hillary clinton
address to the Democratic Leadership Council
issus clinton is a dud.
I could say she has all of bill clinton's baggage and none of his charm, except I don't find bill clinton charming. What she lacks, in my view, is lubricant. Snake oil. She grates.
It's more than simple dislike. You don't want to see her; and you definitely don't want to hear her.
Missus clinton is everyman's worst nightmare: ex-wife, fishwife, frigid wife, mother-in-law; worse, the abusive Nazi commandant in the Lina Wertmuller masterpiece. When she humiliates, which is always, she dons the military-issue undershirt, she grabs the whip.
The clintons are clearly aware of this problem and are attempting to mitigate it with veneer.
Their first ploy is to pushpoll to artificially jack up missus clinton's numbers; this is a relatively easy task, given a compliant press. This illusion of electability is intended to fool the voters, activate the herd mentality and ultimately fool the smart money of the David Geffen-Harold Ickes stripe.
It won't work. Missus clinton has 100% name recognition. Any vote she doesn't already have, she won't get. Conversely, many voters have 0% information on the clinton abuses of power and utter failures. From this it follows that many votes she has today, she won't have tomorrow.
Their second ploy is to conflate "bill" and "hillary." "The clintons" become a single construct. Missus clinton arrogates bill's "bridge to the 21st century " as "theirs." And, by lifting the lyrics straight from Pinocchio, she becomes "the man from 'hope'."
The danger here for missus clinton is that with the bridge and the hope come the abuses and the utter failures.
Who in heaven's name is writing missus clinton's speeches? They make her sound like a cross between Pinocchio on Halcyon and a clueless tourist from Park Ridge, Illinois driving into Manhattan during rush hour. Oops.
And the plagiarizing... I mean, the clintons are shameless. And it isn't only Pinocchio.
In 2002, I wrote that the bridge to the 21st century was, arguably, clinton's most delusional conceit, that it overshot the mark by at least 1400 years.
To be fair, missus clinton's 19th-century reference is to that <yawn> retrograde 'retrograde Republicans' cliché, whereas my 7th-century reference is to the retrograde-in-fact islamofascist terrorists, whose jihadi declarations and acts of war against us the clintons willfully ignored for eight long years--allowing al Qaeda to grow exponentially in strength and reach, setting us up--very nicely, thank you--for 9/11 and its cataclysmic aftermath.
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