Moving to the Center?

Hillary Clinton’s handlers have made a big deal about positioning the Senator from New York in the political center, especially on matters concerning abortion and immigration. Well, so much for that. Today, the real Hillary Clinton slipped out from under the carpet.

During a speech in Manhattan this morning, Hillary delivered the following ‘sensitive, non-partisan’ comments about the Bush administration and her colleagues across the aisle:

“There has never been an administration, I don’t believe in our history, more intent upon consolidating and abusing power to further their own agenda.”

“I know it’s frustrating for many of you; it’s frustrating for me: Why can’t the Democrats do more to stop them? I can tell you this: It’s very hard to stop people who have no shame about what they’re doing. It is very hard to tell people that they are making decisions that will undermine our checks and balances and constitutional system of government who don’t care. It is very hard to stop people who have never been acquainted with the truth.”

Mrs. Clinton described Republican leaders as messianic in their beliefs, willing to manipulate facts and even “destroy” the Senate to gain political advantage over the Democratic minority. She also labeled the House of Representatives as “a dictatorship of the Republican leadership,” where individual members are all but required to vote in lock-step with the majority’s agenda.

Referring to Congress’ Republican leadership, she said, “Some honestly believe they are motivated by the truth, they are motivated by a higher calling, they are motivated by, I guess, a direct line to the heavens.”

Then, leavening the moment a bit, she referred to reports from the Clinton White House that she would try to channel with a favorite First Lady of the past. “Now, I talk to Eleanor Roosevelt all the time, and she has never said there is any reason to only have one point of view,” she said. “But apparently they have a different direct line.”

“We can’t ever, ever give in to the Republican agenda,” she declared. “It isn’t good for New York and it isn’t good for America.”

Abetting the Republicans, she said in some of her sharpest language, is a Washington press corps that has become a pale imitation of the Watergate-era reporters who are being celebrated this month amid the identification of the anonymous Washington Post source, Deep Throat.

“The press is missing in action, with all due respect,” she said. “Where are the investigative reporters today? Why aren’t they asking the hard questions? It’s shocking when you see how easily they fold in the media today. They don’t stand their ground. If they’re criticized by the White House, they just fall apart.

“I mean, c’mon, toughen up, guys, it’s only our Constitution and country at stake,” she said. “Let’s get some spine.”

Commenting on Justice Janice Rogers Brown, Clinton said, “If you read about her, try not to get upset – I had to read about her and it kept me upset for months,” Mrs. Clinton said of Judge Brown. “This is a woman who truly sees the world in 19th century terms. You know, during the Clinton administration, we used to talk about building a bridge to the 21st century. This administration wants to build a bridge to the 19th century.

“They want to undo and turn the clock back on the progress of the 20th century, whether it’s the right to organize, whether it’s the right to be able to have a choice when it comes to the most private and intimate decisions that a woman has to make, whether it is to protect the environment.”

A particularly “excruciating test” for the nation’s political future, Mrs. Clinton predicted, could come this summer in a showdown over a nominee to the United States Supreme Court, if one or more current members retire.

President Bush “wants to nominate someone, I believe, who will be a confrontational nominee so that he can provide support to his far-right extremist base,” Mrs. Clinton said. “And we have to stand as firmly as possible against that.”

There she is, doing what she does best – throwing red meat to a angry mob.

Anyone can stand up in front of a room filled with sympathizers and lob insults, but did Senator Hillary Clinton propose any real solutions to problems faced by our nation?

Not one.

Hillary, you can’t get elected to the presidency if you don’t have a simple plan. By the way, you need a clue too.

No matter how she’s packaged, Hillary Clinton is a typical liberal Democrat, nothing more, nothing less. If she continues to deliver speeches like this one, she’ll never get any further than the Big Apple.


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