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Thursday, February 15, 2007
Bill O'Reilly hits it on the head: Why They Dislike Hillary ...hatred towards some American politicians like President Bush and Hillary Clinton is becoming an obsession for some people. An unhealthy obsession, in my opinion. A few days ago on television, I asked why Senator Hillary Clinton would put herself through two years of personal attacks in her quest to be President. Is it ambition, a thirst for power, or a belief that she can help Americans in unique ways? There is no question that Mrs. Clinton will be viciously attacked in every way imaginable. The stuff thrown at her will be malicious and unrelenting, designed to humiliate her and break her spirit. I said I felt sorry for the Senator, just as I feel sympathy for what President Bush is now going through. Well, the mail poured in. Some of the letters vilified me for being "soft" on Hillary Clinton. There was more than a little hate contained in those missives, and I'm curious about it. What is it about Senator Clinton that causes so much animosity? The rest of his column can be read on his site.
posted by Jack Mercer @ 2/15/2007 03:07:00 PM  
  • At 2/15/2007 07:35:00 PM, Blogger chickenhawk said…

    Bill is correct here. But there is something I need to get off my chest: whats happening right now? There is this incredible Barack Obama fever for some reason- I cannot comprehend it, because what has he accomplished? All the attention in the newspapers, online, evening news, wherever, is so focused on him right now. And while most of the coverage is positive, it will, and already is, creating a backlash- an opposition to Obama. When you're in the news so very often, you become the center of attention of those who adore you, and of course those who do not.

    What else is going on here is Hilary is gaining strength by not having the spotlight so early on in the campaign, like Obama has. I thought it was absolutely hilarious when I was reading in the Boston Globe everyday when Obama started campaigning (everyone knows people are campaigning well before they actually announce it) how fumed Hilary must be that Obama has stolen all her thunder, that she is in the background. This couldnt be better for Hilary. It is all Obama all the time, and with all the coverage, those who do not and will not support Obama are out in full force watching his every move, every word, and dissecting every single little thing about him, adamant about bringing him down. They perceive him as this growing threat- they think that he is the guy to beat, so they are trying to beat him. And I am convinced they will. His political philosohpy, what we know of it, doesnt seem to appeal to the middle too much- where I find myself and many many others. Yeah I like charisma, I like personality, I like what appear to be genuinely good people. But that doesnt mean that you can be the President.

    Meanwhile, Hilary is not getting a third of the press coverage Obama gets right now, and if she is smart- which she is- she would not be the least bit aggravated by it or care one iota- this is only benefiting her. Yeah, of course her name will be mentioned in the news and she will be discussed. But right now, she is no Barack Obama- the politics, the hate, are all focused on him now, so realistically, there is little chance that Hilary will fall out of favor with many people.

    It is incredible that the past 8 years, Hilary has been the biggest threat to Republicans, they absolutely despise and fear the notion of a Hilary presidency. And I dont think a lot of people understand that right now, Hilary is gaining strength through this sudden Obama obsession. Obama got off to this lightning fast start, and I dont see that as a good thing.

    I liken this to a marathon- if you start off using all your speed and energy, you certainly will find yourself well ahead of the pack early on. But as time progresses, you will quickly be exhausted and weakened, and those who conserved their energy for the latter part of that race will be more fit to compete in the end. And I dont necessarily mean Obama will become emotionally exhausted- he wants this- but the electric atmosphere he brings will surely subside.

    Obama is so exposed right now, come Fall, he will be another Howard Dean (as far as success goes, not personality and rhetoric). Hilary is being shielded by Obama fever. When she gives her inauguration speech in January 2009- which she will- the first person she should thank is Barack Obama.

    "No way Hilary would ever be President."

    And I generally come back with, "Oh yeah, how many people must have said that about a B movie actor, or an inarticulate fratboy from Texas?"

    "But still, its Hilary no way."

    That final retort alone- the "I have no real argument" retort, is all I need to be convinced that Hilary will win.

    Bill OReilly is right overall, its just a different person who is about to be hated on. Its already begun.

  • At 2/16/2007 10:18:00 AM, Blogger Helen Losse said…

    Do you have the link to this article?

  • At 2/16/2007 10:25:00 AM, Anonymous jack mercer said…

    Hi CH!

    I look forward to your future punditry! Will be back to respond, but I agree 100%. We live in a nation where designer hatred is commonplace.

    Hi Helen! Hope you are well! Actually I tried to get to the article just yesterday, but it has been moved to the archives which is premium content. It was a good, well thought out article, though. While I do look forward to the coming race, I am becoming a bit sickened by the vitriol on both sides.

    Happy Friday to you both!


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