Angry New Yorker

Sunday, December 07, 2003
Our senator, Hillary Clinton, on This Week with George Stephanopoulos.

I can’t imagine that anything pleases Hillary Clinton. Right up front, full disclosure: I didn’t vote for Hillary. I would never vote for her and I hope the citizens of New York boot her out of office at the first opportunity.

This said, her performance this morning on This Week with George Stephanopoulos highlights just why she infuriates those on the right, and, frankly, should infuriate all clear thinking New Yorkers. If you are heading up, she argues the international community prefers down; if you achieve A, she questions why wasn’t B selected; if asked directly what she believes regarding C she responds with a definition of D. She’s appears truly to be congenitally incapable of answering a question directly.

For example, in direct response to George Will’s question “just who’s less free because of the Patriot Act?” she pulls a classic Hillary in responding by raising the issue of detainees at Guantanamo -- which, surprise, surprise, have nothing to do with the Patriot Act. Then, she, repeatedly, on both This Week and subsequently on Meet the Press, declaims that the U.S. doesn't have a deep enough reserve of the proper troop mix to increase our boots on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan. Excuse me, Mrs. Clinton, wasn’t your husband the commander-in-chief of the U.S. armed forces, and therefore responsible for total troop levels, for eight years before 2000? But her implication is it's the Bush administration’s fault. And when Tim Russert repeatedly asks Mrs. Clinton if she would accept the democratic nomination for 2004 if offered to her she tap dances before finally proffering a non-answer “it’s not going to happen” at which points she begins cackling like a mad-woman.

Bottomline: While I don’t agree with everything President Bush and the Republicans do, for crying out loud there’s virtually *nothing* Hillary says I trust or agree with.

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