Saturday, June 7, 2008

Hillary Chooses Party Over Country

Hillary's Speech: "A tale full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." (MacBeth)

"In her ferociously waged campaign, Sen. Clinton made many friends. Today, with one cynicial -- and pervasively political -- speech, she lost many of them."

"I would rather lose an election than lose a war." (John McCain) Does anyone believe Senators Clinton and Obama are capable of uttering a similar sentiment?

Senator Clinton's address today was well-delivered but substantively empty. She reminded me a great deal of Roseanne Roseanna Dann (Gilder Radner) on the old "Saturday Night Live." She was the one who wildly misunderstood political concept and, when that was pointed out to her, would say, "Oh, never mind."

Today, Sen. Clinton gave us a tagline for her presidential campaign: "Oh, never mind." It was, as Shakespeare said in Macbeth, "a tale full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

Sen. Clinton's speech today was one that valued Party over Country, which is profoundly disturbing. In her campaign, she raised serious question about Barack Obama's fitness to be President. In today's speech, she did not deal with -- or resolve -- those questions. Are we really to believe that when that 3 a.m. call arrives on the red phone that Obama has suddenly become ready to answer?

In the campaign, Obama and his surrogates branded Senator Clinton (and supporters like Geraldine Ferraro and Bill Clinton) as racists, liars, and warmongers. Any comment on those points Mrs. Clinton? "Oh, never mind." I guess it's just all "politics -- i.e., meaningless, trivial, hot air. "Oh, never mind."

Does she want us to believe that he has suddenly transformed himself into some who can deal effectively with great challenges? Is the man -- Obama -- that Bill Clinton said last week had "slimed" his wife through surrogates like Rev. Wright and Father Pfleger now a man of decency?

Mrs. Clinton told us this afternoon how great the Democratic Presidents of our lifetime had been. Oh really? President Carter with high inflation, high unemployment, a terrible energy crisis, and Americans languishing captive in Iran? President Johnson engaged in an endless conflict in Vietnam? President Clinton entertaining Monica Lewinsky in the Oval Office? Those are not good memories, Hillary.

Presidents Johnson, Carter, and Clinton were all men who valued Party slightly more than country -- and they did great damage to their nation. In the campaign, Hillary Clinton spoke some hard truths about the inadequacies of her opponent. Today, she delivered a speech, one written by someone else, that was in total conflict with everything she said over the past two years. It was certainly not her finest hour. The people who supported Hilary's historic campaign should be very dismayed at what she said today.

If you want to read about a woman of real courage and toughness, you'll find one right below. She values country and family first, and she's a critic of her Party when it falls short of its obligations. Mrs. Clinton feels her Party is perfect, and that's just one of the ways she fails to live up to the standards manifested by Gov. Palin. Sarah is America's future. Hillary Clinton is a fading remnant of America's past.

In Sen. Clinton's ferociously waged campaign, she made many friends. Today, with one cynical -- and pervasively political -- speech, she lost a lot of them.

A tough governor, Alaska's Sarah Palin, with some equally tough soldiers from her state. Gov. Palin's 18-year-old son, Track, is in the U.S. Army infantry. He enlisted on September 11, 2007. A lot high elected officials talk a great deal about how they "support our troops." Obviously, Gov. Palin's support -- and personal involvement -- goes ways beyond rhetoric.

Is this the woman who will face off against Hillary Clinton for the presidency in 2012 or 2016? A growing number of observers believe that will the case. Sarah is regularly called "America's most popular governor," a designation coined by Weekly Standard editor and FOX News commentator Fred Barnes. If you'd like to know why Gov. Palin is so widely admired, please read the Barnes article.

This Saturday and Sunday, I'll be writing about Sarah Palin on this site -- with a separate piece on my Hillary Supporters blog. After Sen. Clinton's speech this Saturday, I'll discuss why Hillary Supporters (and others) should be urging Sen. McCain to put Mrs. Palin on the Republican ticket.

Today, on my Pennsylvania blog, I have a posting about the many qualities Gov. Palin brings to the table -- why she has broad appeal to many important groups. If you'd like read more right now about Sarah's many strengths, please visit that site.

The founder of the Draft Sarah Palin movement, Adam Brickley, writes almost daily about Sarah at his site: He's been receiving thousands of "hits" daily. Adam, a 21-year-old and recent college graduate, illustrates what one energized person can accomplish in today's America.

More to follow after Mrs. Clinton speech at noon.

On Tuesday, June 10, I'll be on Sirius radio, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time. On that national broadcat, I'll be discussing Sarah Palin and why John McCain should name her to the ticket. I hope you'll listen -- and call in if you'd like.


Ted said...

Q&A How can McCain SIMULTANEOUSLY attract both Hillary AND Bob Barr voters? Answer: PALIN Veep!

Jim Fryar said...

Sarah Palin is a winner for the Republican Party, I think people long for leaders with the steely strength of character she displays, her quiet determination and integrity.

Popularity is a great thing, and she has it in mountains, (I only have to mention her and my hits rise dramatically, thanks Sarah).

Populism on the other hand is a totally negative, narcissistic play at achieving support, and while it works for some it ultimately fails and inevitably drags everything down with it. Someone else is left to pick up the pieces.

Palin has on the other hand been prepared to risk her political support to do what is right and clean our the elements who use position to benefit themselves.

Stephen R. Maloney said...

Jim, you're absolutely one of my favorite people on God's green earth (which I'm told is getting a little warmer). I hope everyone will visit your site -- and keep returning. As you know, Sarah has a special place in my heart. When she gave me a "hit" from Ft. Benning during the weekend of her son's graduation from infantry school, I smiled for a long time. I admire her toughness and her total commitment to her family and her state. When I compare her to a "slug" like Obama, well, there is no comparison. I don't know if our country deserves her, but it sure needs her. Again, everybody, go visit Jim, our neighbor in Australia.

steve maloney
ambridge, pa