Have you ever wondered why Hillary Clinton has based her presidentialcampaign on her experience and not upon her actual record? For a simplereason. Any emphasize on the record would bring attention back to her results.Her results are best characterized by the dismal approval ratings ofthe current Congress, which are even worse than Bush's ones--anamazingly miserable result. But if you believe that our media would bother to explain this not-so-subtle distinction between the spin and reality, then you are betting on the wrong horse.
By the way, in a case of a successful presidential run, would the Clintonshire again that Republican consultant Dick Morris (now prominent FoxNews commentator) to redefine their priorities? If we needed Dick Morris to determine our national priorities, we could keep George W. Bush in the White House.
Their hiring of Dick Morris is a sign of how much the Clintons wanted to be liked by Americans, even at a cost of abandoning their declared principles.But in the Clintons' minds, principles are for fools. Hillary has just denounced the same principles (globalization, open-border trade agreements, export of American jobs) that her husband signed into the law while in the White House. When the negative consequences of such policies started to flood the USA, Hillary acted as she had nothing to do with them, without a single tear in her eye for all the problems wreaked upon the middle class.
But we have to admit one amazing characteristic of the Clintons. Theyare such quick learners. They fully accepted (and took the credit) forMorris's action plan that delivered some initial results, Kucinich'scall to withdraw from Iraq and Obama's request for a change as theirown.
It is even more impressive that Americans are faster learners thanthe Clintons. The Clintons embraced all those changes only after themajority of the Americans supported the changes as indicated by 1994Congressional elections, 2006 Congressional elections and 2008 Iowacaucus. It means that the Clintons are not naturally-born leaders, justextremely skillful followers.
Isn't it very tragic that in early 2008 Bill Clinton felt a need todeclare somewhere in New Hampshire that he opposed the Iraqi War fromthe very beginning? It would be great if he shared his early thoughtswith the American public in a timely manner several years ago. But tolead, one needs to be a leader.
Jan 16 2008 - 11:22am