Saturday, February 23, 2008
Hillary Clinton-The Bi-Polar Candidate
Queen to mirror: "Let the voters decide who is the fairest of them all!"
Mirror to queen: "They are"
Today, fourty-eight hours after Hillary Clinton charmed an Austin crowd by proclaiming at the close of her latest debate with Barack Obama that she was so proud to be sitting on the stage with him, Hillary has appeared in Ohio screaming bloody murder about her opponent.
Obama's offense was that his campaign sent out a couple of flyers to Ohio voters criticizing her health care plan and stance on NAFTA. Waving the flyers in the air, Hillary proclaimed, "Shame on you, Barack Obama!.......Meet me in Ohio and let's debate your tactics!....Let's let the voters decide!"
Yes, folks, we're going to have another debate (Tuesday in Cleveland). This time, it's "for real". One would think that after 19 debates, the Democratic voters would have made up their minds, which, perhaps, they have.
What is so entertaining is watching Senator Clinton's constantly changing tactics as she tries to launch one Michael Myers comeback after another. In Austin, she produced the low point in the debate when she went after the Obama plagiarism flap with an obviously prepared quip about a xerox something or other. That drew boos from the crowd, and no doubt led to the firing of whatever hapless staffer gave her that line. But according to the pundits, Hillary "saved" the evening with her gracious compliment to Obama in her closing remarks. Some pundits seemed to think it might be another turning point, like the supposed tears in New Hampshire. (You know, Hillary really is human-she really is a nice person, after all.) If this is how the Democrats decide their votes (on feelings), then God help the nation.
But now it's back to the Ralph and Alice Kramden routine, as Ohio voters can now anticipate a debate filled with fireworks over Health Care and NAFTA.
When one looks at the constant highs and lows of Hillary Clinton, constant changes of direction and firings of staffers after primary losses, it would lead one to wonder. Many liberal pundits are suggesting that she has been served badly by her campaign staff. That is highly possible when you consider that she has people like LA Mayor, Tony Villaraigosa as her national co-chair. However, I prefer to think that the real problem is not the campaign, rather the candidate. But, of course, I am just another old fogey who believes in personal responsibility, which is kind of outmoded these days.
More seriously, however, has Hillary's performance in this campaign demonstrated that, as president, she would run the Ship of State with a steady hand?