Wednesday, January 24, 2007

"A Calculated Strategy of False Intimacy"

I've never really gotten into Tony Blankley's columns, but his piece today on Hillary was great:
[L]ast weekend, Hillary Rodham Clinton presented herself for election to the presidency of the United States with the timeless, clarion call:

"So let's talk. Let's chat, let's start a dialogue about your ideas and mine, because the conversation in Washington has been just a little one-sided lately, don't you think?"

The junior senator from the Empire State may not be leading with her strength with the theme of "a time for chatting." Of all the politicians who have strode, minced, ambled or marched across the stage of American politics over the years, Hillary may be the one least likely to induce the desire to be chatted up by.

Did you see the video of Hillary sitting on a couch, inviting herself into our living rooms to "chat"? What a fraud. This is the kind of thing that's going to kill her candidacy. She can try and pull off this homey stuff in the antiseptic environment of a tv studio. But, Hillary's "just us folks" schtick won't last long in the real world. As Blankley says:

Can you imagine Hillary having a sincere, two-sided conversation with you -- a total stranger? She would have that huge painted-on smile aimed at your eyes, while her eyes would be looking over your shoulder to her handler with the exasperated "get me out of here" look. ...

One can picture her having to listen to some simple-minded suggestion about health care while thinking to herself (once again with that painful to look at smile she forces on to her cold lips) "unless this clown can deliver a seven-figure campaign contribution, why is he wasting his breath?"

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