Has anyone else noticed it? Hillary is morphing more and more into George W. Bush as this Democratic Primary comes to a close. In more ways than one, she’s turning into the very man she relishes replacing and “cleaning up” after. Of all the grotesque political displays aimed purely at winning an election rather than presenting a cogent argument for votes, this one must truly top them all.
Let’s count the ways Hillary R. Clinton is turning into Hillary W-wannabe Clinton:
- She’s in touch with her inner illogical macho guy by using words like “obliterate” in reference to Iran and then refuses to admit her mistake. Wow, that will really help America’s reputation regain its humble dignity abroad.
- She makes false campaign promises, specifically that the gas tax holiday would benefit Americans. The gas tax holiday would cost thousands of jobs, cost Washington state alone $126 million in federal funding that has already been spent for highways, cost “potentially 300,000 jobs” , and require a non-existent law forcing the oil companies to replace the tax with their profits. Remember during the campaign in 2000 when he said he didn’t think the U.S. should be the world’s police? Gotta love those pre-election, meaningless proposals.
- When almost all experts decry the gas tax holiday, Hillary says she isn’t going to “put her lot in with economists.” Refusing to listen to knowledgeable, experienced experts in are area in which your authority is questionable… hmmm, sound familiar?
- The upper-class, former first lady found in Pennsylvania that pretending to be a gun-totin‘ factory worker will bring in those white working-class votes by the thousands! You know, it just reminds me of someone. Hmmm, who can it be? Oh yeah! The last presidential victor who duped voters into forgetting he was born into an upper class family and had everyone convinced he was a good ol’ boy, everyman’s guy from Texas who’d like to have a beer with ya if I hadn’t dun givin’ up drinkin when I found Christ again.
- Her aides use the Right Wing media as political hit men. Paging Karl Rove.
- She backtracks, in this case, on the Michigan primary. You can listen to the audio here, in which Clinton says in October, “It is clear this election is not going to count for anything.” Then, in January, Clinton says, “But I hope to be president of all 50 states and U.S. territories, and that we have all 50 states represented and counted at the Democratic convention.” Bush’s backtracking is legendary, from refusing to fire members of his staff who were involved in the Valerie Plame case to the various reasons for invading Iraq to the environment.
- Probably the most significant likeness to George W. is Hillary Clinton’s disregard for the popular vote. Hillary’s camp has repeatedly made clear that it is focused on requiring delegates, rather than voters, which indicates Hillary would be satisfied if superdelegates handed her the election over the will of the voters. It is well known that George W. lost the popular vote in 2000 to Al Gore by 543,895 votes.
And you know what? This strategy is working. For all the democrats passionate about replacing this administration, many sure do seem to be rewarding behavior that is increasingly similar to those currently in power. In fact, Obama is far more dislike Bush and yet, he is struggling to convince working class Americans – those who suffer the most under the Bush/Cheney reign – of this. While I’ve never been one to claim that the American electorate always make the best decisions, these votes of late for Hillary seem to defy political common sense and are instead self-defeating.
I almost need no other reason than Coulter and Limbaugh and Rove support Hillary over Obama AND her recent behavior has Joe Scarborough and Pat Buchanan simply gushing, to rest assured that my vote for Obama in the primary was the right one.
Until Obama regains that “fire-in-the-belly” voters favor in their candidates, he’ll struggle against Hillary’s successful strategy of characterizing herself in the same vein of the most unpopular president in modern U.S. history. Boggles the mind, I tell you.