Goldwater Girl Hillary Rodham was the crème de la crème, smarter and savvier sis of two also-ran brothers from a wealthy Chicago suburban family. Hillary! quit the campus Republican party and got religion at Wellesley College, where she famously studied at Saul [ends justify the means] Alinsky's knee. Her thesis, written under his tutelage, was suppressed by Wellesley at her request, and Alinsky is totally absent from her Wikipedia entry. Make of that what you will. Above, in the flower of her youthful beauty (no attribution) left and right as a Wellesley senior in 1969, when her graduation speech made Time mag as she declared "We're searching for more immediate, ecstatic and penetrating modes of living." Aren't we all? Then came Yale Law School and her destiny, Slick WIlly. Immediate, ecstatic and penetrating, indeed.
"I cannot stand this condescending, calculating, manipulative person," writes Bird Dog at Maggie's Farm, exactly capturing our own thoughts and feelings re the woman who would be Leader of the Free World. Centrist Ann Althouse wants to give the person now known in media circles once again as Hillary RODHAM Clinton -- it wasn't long ago that we were expected to call her Hillary! or Hillary Clinton or even Senator Clinton -- another chance. Commenting on the warm and fuzzy "I'm In" video at HillaryClinton.com Ann says:
I think it's a signal of openness -- possibly as an antidote to the disease of calculation that everyone thinks she has and possibly to leave plenty of room to readjust any and all of her policies and proposals.
And let me add that I think she looked fine.
Photoshop montage of Hillary as Ilsa - She Wolf of the SS from our 2004 post "Hillary's Pink Offensive."
Openness, no. We who closely followed the Clinton trajectory through the White House years know what we know. Hillary was bit by the calculation bug way back when. She is a force to be reckoned with, but she's no Margaret Thatcher, as her campaign chairman the cuddly if morally challenged Terry McAuliffe appears to have convinced the London Times' Washington correspondent. But we do agree with Ann that Hillary "looked fine." Beautiful production values, a skillful surgical nip and tuck of the jowels and a well-coached "kinder, gentler" persona made for a fine outing that might impress the impressionable.
"You can get your Marc Jacobs designer tee shirt at Friends of Hillary for only a $555 contribution, plus tax. And, each shirt comes with a specially-produced 'I Hillary' tag sewn inside," went the caption at the now-defunct website of Hillary's 2004 Pink Offensive. We photoshopped her own quotation about "taking things away" from us and her husband's related concern that we might spend our own money "wrong" for dramatic effect.
"Many of you are well enough off that . . . the tax cuts may have helped you," Hillary Rodham Clinton told wealthy supporters back in June of 2004:
We're saying that for America to get back on track, we're probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.
As we said in the comments at Ron Rosenbaum's provocatively titled "I Like Hillary Because She's Mean" blogpost at Pajamas Xpress:
What I don't like about "the new Mrs.Thatcher" -- beyond her decidedly unThatcherian politics and lack of any evident core values other than the accumulation of power -- is her condescending, elitist, I-know-better-than-you-what's-best-for-you attitude, as expressed in her shameless admission that "We're going to take your money for the common good." Similar to her husband's "What if you spend YOUR money WRONG?"
"As a senator, I will spend two years doing everything in my power to limit the damage George W. Bush can do. But only a new president will be able to undo Bush's mistakes and restore our hope and optimism," says Miss Hillary, inviting her fellow Americans to "join me not just for the campaign but for a conversation about the future of our country -- about the bold but practical changes we need to overcome six years of Bush administration failures. I am going to take this conversation directly to the people of America, and I'm starting by inviting all of you to join me in a series of web chats over the next few days." Isn't that nice.
It's not that she's a woman. It's not that she's a Clinton. It's her assumption that our own earnings are hers to give or take away that galls, especially in light of her invitation to "chat." Not to mention her assumption that we have abandoned hope.
Update: Pajamas Media links to us and to Professor Bainbridge, who writes:
When you compare key quotations side-by-side, it becomes clear that LadyThatcher was all about liberty and prosperity, while Hillary is all about unions, big government, and high taxes and spending.