Thursday, November 01, 2007

Whiners Need Not Apply For Presidency

Hillary Clinton skated into the U.S. Senate thanks to the assistance of a remarkably uninquisitive media, as well as by playing for female voter sympathy when Rick Lazio supposedly "stepped into her space" during a debate.

I've been concerned that Hillary could end up as President in the same manner, and was pleasantly surprised when Tim Russert pressed Hillary about the lack of access to the Clinton Presidential papers until the campaign is over. Russert even displayed the letter President Clinton signed restricting access to the papers.

Hillary unbelievably asserted "That's not my decision to make" when it comes to unfettered access to the Clinton papers. Does anyone really believe that? Former President Clinton, the candidate's husband, could obviously rescind his request that the National Archives suppress the documents.

Now, of course, Hillary is complaining not only about Russert (one campaign operative said "he should be shot") -- heaven forbid Hillary actually be pressed on a substantive question -- but about the other candidates for criticizing her. Hillary is apparently trying to play for female sympathy again by claiming the other male candidates "piled on."

Hillary wants to have it both ways: have us believe she's strong and tough enough to head our nation and serve as commander in chief, but play the helpless "female" card when the going gets tough.

I hope America is smarter than New York was when it comes to the prospect of electing Mrs. Clinton to office.

More from Ed Morrissey at Captain's Quarters.

Update: Fred Barnes writes about the double standard Hillary expects: "...the old feminist one in which women must be treated as equals - except when they're criticized by males. When men criticize, that amounts to unfair picking on a woman, or 'piling on' as the Clinton campaign puts it."


Blogger windycorner said...

Does Hillary Clinton think she can use these kinds of excuses if she is elected president? Would she accuse Vladimir Putin of piling on? Would she say Gordon Brown was bullying her? Commanders-in-chief don't have that luxury and the citizens of America deserve better.

6:51 PM  
Blogger Dana said...

From your link: ""piling on" engaged in by an all-male field of opponents will ultimately drive more female voters into her camp."

Uh, not this female. Some of us are smarter than that. Whether male or female, the last thing I want to vote for is one who is not straight up, clear and unwavering on their view. (Really, one can't waffle on Iran when nukes are involved.)

This was a big stumble for her, no doubt, but she isn't a little wall flower - she'll come back more determined and fight dirty to regain footing.

8:33 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Agree completely with both of you!

Best wishes,

8:59 PM  

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