Skip to comments.Hillary Clinton wears many faces, but none a winner
Posted on 02/02/2006 8:54:56 PM PST by presidio9
Liberals are sizing up Hillary Clinton for the umpteenth time, and they don't like what they see.
To be honest, I never understood what they saw in her in the first place. The amazing thing about Clinton is that she's so unappealing. She isn't a particularly gifted speaker. She's smart, but in a conventional and lawyerly way. She doesn't connect well with audiences. Her idea of improvisation seems to be leaping from the prepared text to prepared note cards.
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However, she has defied the rules of nature and gotten better looking over the years, which, along with her soap-opera marriage, probably explains some of her success with supermarket checkout-aisle publications.
Indeed, her greatest success has been at exploiting expectations others have for her. For some fans, she was the struggling career woman who could bring home the bacon. For some detractors, she was ''Lady Macbeth,'' cold and calculating in an obviously political marriage. She was also the apotheosis of the 1960s, for friends and foes alike. For the Children's Defense Fund crowd, she was the baby boomer idealist who worked her way through the system. For the American Spectator gang, she was the former Black Panther sympathizer and acolyte of Chicago radical Saul Alinsky who finally achieved power. After the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Hillary - who was no stranger to her husband's weaknesses - suddenly became the victim in a culture with a fetish for victims.
At every turn, Hillary Clinton's Zelig-like public persona has been a fabrication - either by her fans, her enemies or herself. One telling episode came when she published her massively successful autobiography, ''Living History.'' The book tour was nothing short of a coronation, confirming her gravitas and commitment to ''the issues.'' She portrayed herself as resigned to the fact that she'd have to answer Barbara Walters' questions about her personal life, but she always made it seem like she'd rather wrestle with the hard issues of public policy.
But when The Washington Post actually tried to ask her about something other than how she cried over her husband's sexcapades with an intern, the senator from New York ''declined to be interviewed about the political content of her book.''
Hillary Clinton's latest reinvention paints her as a moderate, even an Iraq war hawk. Few people buy it. Reporters regularly assume her motives are opportunistic rather than sincere, focusing on how every pronouncement will position her for the 2008 presidential race.
Some liberals have had enough. ''I will not support Hillary Clinton for president,'' wrote Molly Ivins, the voice of conventional thinking on the left. ''Enough. Enough triangulation, calculation and equivocation. Enough clever straddling, enough not offending anyone.'' The segment of Democrats who sanctified Cindy Sheehan can hardly countenance a presidential candidate who unapologetically voted for the war and positioned herself to the right of President Bush on foreign policy.
The New Republic offers perhaps an even more devastating critique of Clinton for Democratic pragmatists: She can't win. Marisa Katz dismantled the myth that Clinton can appeal to ''red state'' voters because she won in upstate New York. Turns out former Vice President Al Gore and Sen. John Kerry each did better in upstate New York than she did. And Gore, a Southerner, couldn't even win his home state of Tennessee. Meanwhile, a recent Gallup poll showed that 51 percent of Americans won't even consider voting for Clinton.
Hillary Clinton's success over the last decade and a half has been in pretending to be her own woman while really playing one part or another for the benefit of the media, her husband or various feminist constituencies desperate for a role model to confirm all of their comfortable stereotypes.
That's why there's something oddly satisfying in the possibility that Clinton being herself is politically disastrous. And, if she's really just playing one more role according to some classically Clintonian political triangulation, there's something equally satisfying to the prospect that even her fans aren't falling for it anymore.
"But none a winner" - Somebody tell Dick Morris...
Hillorat never could get the guy vote, she is everything we can`t stand. But, she also won`t get the wife vote either.
She lost them when she didn`t pull a Boobitt on Bubba.
How come nobody ever mentions the obvious: its more likely that she'll be the vice pres nominee than the pres nominee. Warner/Clinton is the ticket Id predict. Warner would be better off with someone else, but he may have no choice.
Or would frogs start flying out of her arse?
Nobody with those piano legs will ever be sworn in as this nation's leader.
Even Taft has a better set of gams.
She's just stone unlikable.
I guess she figures it's 1992 and Bubba's little horndog routine can oil up an entire planet.
Dems should run Cindy Sheehan and Michael Moore. They can flip a coin to see who gets the top of the ticket...
Augh. I wouldn't touch that line with 2 twenty-foot poles...
The writer needs to learn about these new inventions called "glasses".
Some photos look like her face/skin is actually melting.
Others show lots of sheetrock tape and compound and heavy sanding and paint.
More vodka Hillary.
By 2008 your "portrait" in the White House will have to be hidden in the bunker.
But we all know how that story ends up.
Sadly, there may be some truth to that theory.
Molly Ivins is not going to "support" her? When? In some Iowa primary where she throws her support to Robert Mugabe (or whomever the Moore/Sheehan/Streisand/Kennedy/Kerry/Dean 'Rats) deem worthy?
When/if (God forbid) the Hildebeast runs for Prez against any Pubbie and who is MOlly goingto support? The Pubbie?
Molly (like the rest of the left) is lying through her teeth (AGAIN).
Yeah, Jonah. We hate those wannabes who cash in on family ties.
Hillary really stepped on her schlong with that "Plantation" remark........
No way Americans will EVER vote for a woman with a schlong........
Ahhh! Egads! I think you just gave me nightmares tonight!!
<=This is real life.
Some weeks ago, I saw an interview (History Channel?) with Bill Clinton about Franklin Roosevelt. The (impeached and disbarred former president) Clinton was beaming when he said (I paraphrase) FDR claimed that the main qualification to be President was that one needs to be a good ACTOR. I think that Mister Clinton repeated this twice. You could easily tell that it was his his view as well.
Hillary Rodham lies with no less frequency and no more compunction than her alleged husband. She's just not very good at it. (For example, do you believe that she has no idea where the billing records came from or who hired Craig Livingstone? And, did you know that she was named after Sir Edmond Hillary?)
She wants to be a presidential poser too. She thinks that by the right combination of fictional constructs, she will be electable. The problem is that the "triangulation" strategy is becoming transparent.
I expect the Dem voters to nominate Hillary Rodham. I expect her to pull a number of eleventh hour Hollywood stunts (think sympathy here). I also expect the national electorate to have a healthy fear of a woman who won't reveal her Wellesley senior theses; and who can't be trusted not to pardon wealthy donors, FALN terrorists, or to steal White House china.
I knew it your a Hoosier! :)
(Hope she got that tooth fixed, it's a bit distracting. Isn't there a term for that, something like "haggle-toothed"? Wonder how much we had to pay to fix that one for her.)
There's no way she can last till the 2012 election cycle, she's pretty much past expired-date already.
And that's an insult to piano legs! ;-)
They still are enrapt with John Kerry, if you can believe what you read at the DUmmies site.
Surely you jest, Mr. Goldberg!
Exactly! Bill was not given a gnat's chance prior to the Dem convention. (Remember Bush 41 was at 90+ approval one year out?)
Silly pictures and name-calling will not win the day.
Now I know what killed Harry Carey.
There wil be PLENTY of Hillary's "bath-water drinkers" voting for her highness....even AFTER they hear her SCREECHES!!