Thursday, January 25, 2007

Hillary: a Time for Chatting

The same friend, with a story about why Bush won in 2000 -- and an article on why Hillary can't win:

This article (below) by Tony Blankley --- albeit a biased source --- underscores Hillary’s problem writ large.

I will never forget the comment of a friend of Chinese friend of mine who came from a very prominent family, studied in the US and became an investment banker.  Prior to the primaries that led to George W. Bush’s nomination in 2000, when he was a real long shot and dark horse, my friend confidently predicted Bush would become President.

More than a little surprised at the comment (Bush was a real long shot at the time) and his confidence in the eventual outcome I asked him why he thought so.  To which he replied:

“Bush is the only candidate anyone would want to have a beer with --- the average American can really relate to that guy.”

Since my friend is also a person with whom who it is great to have a beer and a chat with, he was speaking from experience.

The rest, as they say, is history.


Hillary: a Time for Chatting
By Tony Blankley
Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Cato the Elder, the great Roman senator, stood for the proposition "Carthago delenda est" -- we should destroy Carthage. Thomas Jefferson ran for president to protect the yeoman farmers from Hamiltonian big government. James Polk promised to steal Texas from the Mexicans. Abe Lincoln stood to preserve the Union. FDR promised to defeat the Depression with bold experimentation. Ike would end the Korean War. Ronald Reagan promised to built up our military strength, defeat Soviet Communism, cut taxes and spending.

And last weekend, Hillary Rodham Clinton presented herself for election to the presidency of the United States with the timeless, clarion call:

"So let's talk. Let's chat, let's start a dialogue about your ideas and mine, because the conversation in Washington has been just a little one-sided lately, don't you think?"

The junior senator from the Empire State may not be leading with her strength with the theme of "a time for chatting." Of all the politicians who have strode, minced, ambled or marched across the stage of American politics over the years, Hillary may be the one least likely to induce the desire to be chatted up by.


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