Wednesday, February 20, 2008

I'm Starting to Admire Clinton's Ironic Sense of Humor

Hillary Clinton made big points in tonight's Texas debate in her answer to the last question, where she portrayed herself as egoless, interested only in the unity of the party and the nation and proud to be sharing the stage with her BFF Barack:

[Y]ou know, no matter what happens in this contest -- and I am honored, I am honored to be here with Barack Obama. I am absolutely honored. (APPLAUSE) Whatever happens, we're going to be fine. You know, we have strong support from our families and our friends. I just hope that we'll be able to say the same thing about the American people, and that's what this election should be about.

It's almost as if she hasn't been doing her best, behind the scenes, to amplify smears about Obama's campaign being a Mansonlike cult; corner both the data on and the loyalty of big Democratic donors; spread -- then deny spreading -- claims of plagiarism. Is it only a dream that she's started a new website to justify allowing party insiders to hand her the nomination even if the voters choose Obama, or that --after originally agreeing that Florida and Michigan's delegations shouldn't be seated -- she's now threatening to sue if they're not.

UPDATE, 9:48 PM: From the "you can't make this stuff up" department: Clinton -- the woman who accuses Obama of plagiarism -- plagiarized the above lines from John Edwards, who said them at an earlier debate! Hat-tip to Anonymous in the comments -- thank you! 'NUTHER UPDATE, Feb. 22, 12:31 a.m. Pacific: Yikes -- turns out Clinton committed multiple plagiarisms in the debate, not just the one!

Here's where the humor comes in: on top of all these incidents of her (a) hypocrisy and (b) efforts to unfairly and undemocratically influence the outcome of the primary election, I stumbled across this ironic gem on HRC's website, under the title "Strengthening Our Democracy":

Fair and honest elections are the bedrock of a successful democracy. Yet we have seen abuses in national elections since 2000 that have undermined our democracy and Americans' faith in our electoral system.

Hillary is a leading champion of election reform. She has introduced the Count Every Vote Act to avoid repeating the problems of the past and ensure the integrity of our elections. Her bill: ...

  • Makes sure that impartial officials administer our elections.
  • Allows the attorney general to bring suit against anyone using deceptive practices ....
Say one thing, do another, politics as usual. Let's hope Texas' and Ohio's voters listen to at least one thing Clinton keeps saying: don't vote for the candidate whose campaign is only about words.
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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

That is interesting considering she got those lines (plagiarized) from John Edwards.
http://youtube.com/watch?v=zAYItnI-lPo#

Anonymous said...

You know Obama plagiarized BIG time -
why because they are deeper in what they are saying. Contrary to what Obama said - his friend denied saying to Obama why don't you use my lines. In effect Lying to the public.


Hillaries words are "general" as are Edwards, in fact we can probaly find more of the same in any speech - so no points there.

Philip said...

It was amazing than OBAMA flip flopped on his foreign policy - and the news media ignored it.

Marcus Watson said...

Clinton ended the Texas debate on a high note. But Obama was the next President of the United States.

Thersites D. Scott said...

One of the Anonymouses says above:

Contrary to what Obama said - his friend denied saying to Obama why don't you use my lines.

But Deval Patrick told ABC News:

i'm neither surprised nor troubled that he used the words that i asked him to use

Jeanine said...

One has only to look at how each Candidate has run their campaigns to determine which is the better leader. Clinton made some mistakes early on and failed to correct them. 1-asking her supporters to contribute the maximum amount upfront, so they couldn't contribute later. 2-not setting spending limits. 3-Making the incorrect assumption that the race would be over by Feb 5. 5-Not having a Plan B. Compare this to the Campaign Obama has run in areas of fundraising, organizing, spending limits, technology; real grass roots involvement. Now ask yourself which group you'd rather be with in an emergency.

Anonymous said...

Nice catch on the "Strengthening Our Democracy" nugget...