Monday, January 07, 2008

Hillary shows her tender, emotional side--and still shows her arrogance.

Today, in a campaign stop in Portsmouth, NH, Hillary addressed the rigors and strains of the campaign trail, and in so doing, she started to get emotional and cry a little. Here is the description of the event from Ben Smith of Politico.com.
The question was innocuous:

"As a woman, I know it’s hard to get out of the house and get ready," said Marianne Pernold, a local freelance photographer. "Who does your hair?"

Clinton began by talking about her hair — she has some help — but moved to talk more generally about the campaign.

"It’s not easy, it’s not easy, and I couldn’t do it if I just didn’t passionately believe it was the right thing to do," she said.

"I have so many opportunities for this country. I don’t want to see us all fall back," she said, her voice breaking in the last phrase.

"This is very personal for me," she said to supportive applause from the small gathering, at which she'd been discussing policy around a table for an hour. "It’s not just political, it's not just public — I see what's happening. We have to reverse it."

"Some people think elections are a game — it’s about who’s up and who's down," she said. "It's about our country's future, it's about our kids' future — it's really about all of us together."
So far, so good. That is accurate and reasonable. There's more...
"And some of us put ourselves out there and do this against some pretty difficult odds, and we do it, each one of us, because we care about our country," she said.
This still is very good, but...wait for it...
"Some of us are right and some of us are wrong. Some of us are ready and some of us are not. Some of us know what we are going to do on day one, and some of us haven’t thought that through enough," she said.
Oh, she was so close!

First of all, there is no way her statements cannot be characterized as an attack on Obama. She first says that we all have to move beyond these sorts of attacks--and then she launches into one. Yet more hypocrisy from Hillary. But that's not the really bad part.

She just had to point out that she is right and everyone else is wrong. She just had to point out that she is the only one who could possibly be qualified to do the job from day one. She just had to wonder out loud why is it that everyone else cannot see what is--in her mind--so blatantly obvious: that she is right and everyone else is wrong?

Think I'm being unreasonable? Watch the video for yourself, and then tell me there is no arrogance to her statements.

I found a great comment in the discussion contained in the link for the video. It was made by a poster identified as NCSteve:
So no, I don't fault her for the tears, but its that ironclad conviction that she knows what's right and she knows what needs to be done and everyone else doesn't and will lead us to ruin that I've found most troubling, and, frankly, obnoxious, about her from, if you'll pardon the expression, Day One.
I'm right there with NCSteve, and I just hope all Democrats are waking up and realizing this as well.

This episode was just the first of three major mistakes made by Hillary today. The next to be discussed shows once again that she is no different than George W. Bush, and the last one is just so stupid it defies comprehension.

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