Friday, August 24, 2007

Blurring the Lines: The Bullshit of Clintonian Triangulation
Josh Marshall has already weighed in on Matthew Yglesias' post lamenting a recent statement by Hillary Clinton. And I have to agree with them both but on a slightly different trajectory. First, here's what she said (my emph.):
"It's a horrible prospect to ask yourself, 'What if? What if?' But if certain things happen between now and the election, particularly with respect to terrorism, that will automatically give the Republicans an advantage again, no matter how badly they have mishandled it, no matter how much more dangerous they have made the world," Clinton told supporters in Concord.

"So I think I'm the best of the Democrats to deal with that," she added.
In other words, she's been working both sides of the foreign policy fence for a reason: so that she can easily slip into Republican costume should a terrorist strike occur. And she can do that easily because she's been wearing one for so much of her time in the Senate. This is my main problem with Hillary: I don't trust her. She has given me every reason to believe that as President she would pander to foreign policy nutjobs in search of re-election, and would govern via mostly inconsequential half-measure.

Matt and Josh object because they think it's loser talk - and it is - to say that Republicans have an advantage if something terror-related happens. What a shitty position undercutting Democrats, essentially admitting that she doesn't believe in her own primary-season talking points! But I think it's worse than that. I think we're being set up. We can't forget that not only did she vote for the war, she refuses to say it was a mistake. She sounds mostly like a Democrat now, but it appears that her general election plan is the same old DLC crap: blur the foreign policy lines. She thinks she's the "best to deal with" terrorism in a general election, why? Because she's most experienced and most prepared to become a Republican, and thinks that will work. I, for one, happen to believe the Republican way is bullshit, and has gotten us into a deep, deep mess. I don't want a President who is even capable of that approach, much less one who believes it's the way to speak to the American people. Proud Democrat, please.

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