09 October, 2007

She is a Nice Person!

File this one under dispassionate and objective, hard-hitting news... or not:

Don Schwartz, who describes himself as "a super-Deaniac progressive type," decided to back Hillary Clinton - whose centrist views, he concedes, do not necessarily match his own - for a simple reason. He wanted, finally, to be with a winner.
Either that, or he knows--as is patently obvious--that she's not really a 'centrist' at all but well to the left of even Mr. Dean. Only in Boston-Globe-Land and northward (i.e., Vermont and its socialist environs) would she be considered as such with a straight face.
When Schwartz, the vice chairman of the Londonderry Democratic committee, started to contact his neighbors, with a goal of reaching 100 people per week, he thought he would have to appeal to their respect for her rather than their affection.
Respect for what? Her role as consigliere of her husband's administration? For her gutsiness in proposing the wholesale socialization of the largest share of this country's GDP? (healthcare) For her willingness to stick around through her husband's many affairs? For her ability to weather a list of financial scandals and shady dealings that would have killed a lesser mortal? For her flip-flops on the war? For her boldness in taking money from a shady Chinese national and a former hedge fund operator well to the left of Vladimir Lenin who made his money speculating on the U.S. dollar?
"I was actually surprised how many people said they were for Hillary," Schwartz said. "Now, they're getting to know her, and they're starting to like her. She is a nice person!"
Well, now that's a great reason to elect someone president. (Reminds me of the logic used when Jimmy Carter got elected.) This is why I dropped a subscription to my hometown newspaper long ago. What's frightening is that around here, many take their entire world view exclusively from its pages, thinking it to be both centrist and comprehensive. Hillary doesn't need to send them a check. They already know what to write.