Saturday, February 19, 2005

Hillary Continues to Move Towards the Center

Senator Clinton has moderated her speech on abortion and actually outflanked the President to the right on immigration. Now she's giving the war effort in Iraq a glowing report. She's in Iraq right now and she's telling people that constant stream of suicide attacks are a sign that the insurgency is failing. Quoth Clinton:

The concerted effort to disrupt the elections was an abject failure. Not one polling place was shut down or overrun . . . The fact that you have these suicide bombers now, wreaking such hatred and violence while people pray, is to me, an indication of their failure.

She's right, of course, and it's good to hear a Democrat say it. I'm just wondering what she'll do next. Will she flip the electric chair switch on a mentally retarded murderer (as her husband practically did in his election against Bush senior)? Will she call for the invasion of France? Senator Clinton is a woman who is running for president and distancing herself from Massachusetts style liberalism. It's kind of fun to watch.

Update Sean: You hit it, Noah. No matter what you think of her policies, she's an incredibly skilled politician. She surely knows a knock-out when she sees one. While other clowns from the left try to justify their "opposition-for-the-sake-of-oposition" pre-war view, she finds herself in a position where she can actually point to previous hawkish statements to bolster her credibility on national security and the recent elections in Iraq. She knows that she needs to flank the right from the right on national security to win an election.

I have to admit that I've been skeptical about her scincerity in the past. At the same time, she seems to "get it" more often than not on this issue compared to her party-mates. I hope she's for real. The left in general needs to realize that we are not making up this threat because Wal-Mart wants to rape Iraq of all it's rescources, or the Carlyle Group needs human (preferably Muslim) livers for it's new rocket-powered Kosher missiles. They simply aren't serious, and we can all see it, and one of their own realizes that we take this shit seriously. That's good. As she said today;
"The results of the election are a strong rebuke to those who did not believe that the Iraqi people would take this opportunity to demonstrate their own commitment to their own future."

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