16 February 2007

50 Arguments Against a Hillary Presidency (BR)

I'm really sick of Hillary Clinton. Not just her, but also the prevailing thought that her winning in the Democratic nomination for President is a fait accompli. The woman is underqualified, not as brilliant as she's generally credited as being, and has said and done some incredibly stupid things.

In the name of putting Sen. Clinton under the microscope and cutting through the phony hype and sensation stirred up on the left and right, here are 50 reasons to say "Hell no" to Hillary when the Democratic primaries roll around:
  • 1. "Aye" vote for the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force that started the war in Iraq.
  • 2. Incredible ability to turn $1,000 into $100,000 overnight.
  • 3. She's no Slick Willie, that's for damn sure.
  • 4. Coining of the phrase "vast right-wing conspiracy."
  • 5. HillaryCare.
  • 6. "Let's chat. Let's have a dialogue."
  • 7. Carpetbagging from Illinois to Arkansas, then to New York.
  • 8. "We are the president."
  • 9. "We must stop thinking of the individual and start thinking about what is best for society."
  • 10. "We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."
  • 11. Dozens of men and women more competent and qualified for the job, for example:
  • 12. Al Gore.
  • 13. Barack Obama.
  • 14. Oprah Winfrey.
  • 15. Russ Feingold.
  • 16. Rudy Giuliani
  • 17. Barbara Boxer.
  • 18. Ron Paul.
  • 19. Joseph Biden.
  • 20. Oscar the Grouch.
  • 21. A Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton presidential succession would look SO lame, not to mention monarchical, in history books.
  • 22. "I have gone from a Barry Goldwater Republican to a New Democrat, but I think my underlying values have remained pretty constant."
  • 23. Her annoying and pointless crusade against video games.
  • 24. Introduction of a "compromise" bill as an alternative to the Flag Desecration Amendment that would nevertheless have criminalized flag burning.
  • 25. If we ever have another Clinton running the country it had sure as hell better be George.
  • 26. Wearing Yankees hats at Yankee games and Mets hats at Met games.
  • 27. Ideally all presidents, but particularly the first female president, would be someone whom reasonable people can respect, if not agree with.
  • 28. Kissing Suha Arafat following a speech in which the late PLO leader's wife falsely accused Israel of using "poison gas" on Palestinians.
  • 29. Both the liberal and conservative press had coronated her the 2008 nominee even before John Kerry threw in the towel.
  • 30. Quick: Name an important piece of legislation Hillary has introduced, sponsored or otherwise ushered toward passage.
  • 31. When not reading from a prepared script, she says "Uh" at least every third word.
  • 32. Even the use of her maiden name has been the subject of elaborate political calculation on her and Bill's part.
  • 33. Fawning support from the Democratic Leadership Committee and her nitwit coterie of neoliberal gasbags like Lanny Davis and Tom Friedman.
  • 34. The melange "Billary" paved the way for later couples' media monikers like "Bennifer" and "Vaughniston" (also, to be fair, "Filliam H. Muffman," but more credit is due to Stephen Colbert for that).
  • 35. Chris Matthews: "[Bush] made it pretty clear from day one we were going to war. How come she still pretends that she didn't know he was going to war? It's like she didn't know anything about Bill and his behavior. How many times is she going to be confused by men?" It bears repeating.
  • 36. Who actually bought It Takes a Village and gave it a serious, thoughtful read?
  • 37. Inability to answer a question with "Yes" or "No" even when the questioner takes pains to make absolutely clear that "Yes" or "No" are the only two acceptable answers.
  • 38. Complaining about the double standards imposed upon females but being too timid to defy them.
  • 39. Teaming up with Newt Gingrich to promote expansion of health care? Are you serious?
  • 40. "I do not think it is a smart policy ... to set a date certain [for withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq]." - June 15, 2006
  • 41. "If we in Congress don't end this war before January 2009, as president, I will." - February 5, 2007
  • 42. "I wonder if it's possible to be a Republican and a Christian at the same time."
  • 43. Her campaign logo reads simply, "Hillary." Like she was friggin' Elvis or something.
  • 44. She has served as a lawyer, First Lady and U.S. Senator, but where is the evidence that she would be a competent executive? Has she ever been endowed with authority and not subsequently bungled it?
  • 45. On her watch, New York, her adopted state and my home, arguably the foremost terrorist target on the planet, has had its Homeland Security funds slashed by the Bush administration and handed to high-risk locales like Des Moines and Bismarck;
  • 46. its ports under federal control offered up to private corporations in Dubai; and
  • 47. its heroic citizens suffering debilitating respiratory cancers from substances inhaled at Ground Zero on Sept. 11 denied sufficient medical care.
  • 48. "Look what the Iraq Study Group came up with. You know, that was a totally nonpartisan group of, you know, 10 wise Americans, you know, some of them Republican, some of them Democrats from different, you know, experiences." You know?
  • 49. The success of her run for U.S. Senate was based not on experience or competence but name recognition and a cynical move to a big state with politics similar to her own, a common liberal criticism of George W. Bush's rise to power.
  • 50. "Ségolène Royal is hotter. And smarter. And more qualified." - a female friend of the site
All quotes taken from Wikiquote

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