Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Hillary heads right

Here's Hillary on George Bush:

"He is someone who has a lot of charm and charisma, and I think in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, I was very grateful to him for his support for New York," Clinton said Tuesday night during a talk at the National Archives about her life in politics.

Clinton, a potential presidential candidate in 2008, said that despite their "many disagreements about many, many issues," she has always had a good personal relationship with the president. ...
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Bush's charm and charisma have been hidden from me but Hillary seems to have found them. She also finds something attractive in McCain, Newt Gingrich, Rupert Murdoch and Lindsay Graham. Here's a few paragraphs from an article in the Financial Times.

Hank Sheinkopf, a Democratic political consultant who worked on Bill Clinton's 1996 re-election campaign, said the alliance makes sense for both Mrs Clinton and Mr Murdoch. "She's not going any place. The only place she goes after this is the White House. Why not have a friend? That's a smart move for Mr Murdoch to make." He acknowledged that "there are some on the left who will feel that this is not a good thing".

But mainstream Democrats who want to ensure that Mrs Clinton wins re-election handily and is in a strong position to run for president will not mind. "They will see it as putting together a coalition that works."

Mrs Clinton has worked to tone down the liberal image she won during her husband's presidency, when she led the failed fight for national healthcare. She has courted Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker, appearing with him on a panel on healthcare reform, and Republican senator Lindsay Graham, who was involved in impeachment charges against Mr Clinton....
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She must be so confident of winning the nomination that she is already campaigning for Republican votes. The people she is courting need a kick in the teeth, not an embrace from someone so eager to earn approval from the Right. Hopefully, she is in for a big surprise in the primaries when the real "mainstream Democrats" show themselves to be well left of Hillary. It is amazing how eager so called centrists are to sell out the rest of us. Most are protecting comfy seats in Congress or cushy mainstream media jobs which they aim to keep no matter who is in power. To do this they work to be simultaneously Left and Right and all things to all people. Shape shifters like Hillary we do not need.

Right is wrong, no matter what party dress it comes in.

Update: More on "don't make waves" Democrats here.

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