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  •  What has Hillary done? (2+ / 0-)
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    GayHillbilly, MO Blue

    On some wingut radio show, Michael Medved, I believe, a self-indentified liberal caller is asked, "So tell us who you think ought to be president in 2008?" And the caller says immediately, "Hillary Clinton." Medved seemed to be waiting for this:

    "Can you name one thing Hillary has done as a Senator? Just name one thing she's done."

    Well, I'm driving along, listening to this, and I wonder what the caller is going to say. Because I can't think of a single thing.

    "Umm... well I can't come up with anything offhand, but I know she'd be a good president..."

    That's all the caller could put on the table, and this exchange went very well for Medved. Damn! I thought. Thanks for helping him make his point.

    But this Privacy Bill of Rights idea is exactly the sort of thing that I will remember, because it's the kind of legislation that we really need and somebody ought to be spearheading the effort. Back to Kos's point: It's one thing to propose legislation. These "insane jackasses" do it every day. But can Hillary get it drafted and voted on? Can she work on her colleagues and pals across the aisle and get the thing passed? That would be an accomplishment and it would begin to establish a track record.

    The candidate I'll be looking for is the guy who comes across as totally genuine. I'll gladly campaign for Feingold if he runs - and he has a laundry list of actions I could point to and say, "Russ was only one who stood up against Patriot, he's the only one who tried to censure the president, he's forwarded a plan to exit Iraq," and these are things that tell us how he might lead the country. At this stage, it might be too late for Hillary to establish that - but like you, I'll give her credit if she earns it, and she's actually tried to do something here. Let's see if she follows through or just tossed this lil' bon mot out the window of her carriage to quell hoi polloi.

    Every day's another chance to stick it to The Man. - dls.

    by The Raven on Thu Jun 22, 2006 at 09:30:36 AM PDT

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    •  Frankly, I am strongly suspect a candidate who (1+ / 0-)
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      "comes across as totally genuine."  I'll tell you frankly:  To many people, Officer Furman of OJ fame came across as totally genuine, until tape recordings proved that everything he said about the "N" word was a total and intentional lie.  Bush came across as relatively genuine to many voters.

      I knew Clinton was a calculating president, but calculation comes with intelligence.  The opposite of calculation is what we have in Bush's "genuineness", when he tells us God has asked him to advocate for the positions that Rove has coincidently found to be most successful with focus groups.  

      I'd rather have a president and a party leader whom I KNOW is calculating, because that shows she's able to count the costs, weigh the costs and benefits, and take us to victory in the face of crafty opposition.  

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