The Flip Flop: Hillarys Shoe of Choice
"Americans say they are hungering for honesty and demanding
clarity when selecting
the next president, so it is downright fascinating how little
they really care about Hillarys stance on just about everything."
October 4, 2007
Senator Clintons current lead in the polls says more about
her supporters than it does about her.
Americans say they are hungering for honesty and demanding clarity
when selecting the next president, so it is downright fascinating
how little they really care about Hillarys stance on just
about everything. Because her stance has consistently been a straddle.
The first wide stance I noticed was when she was running for
senate. Sporting a Yankees cap, she professed to be mad about
them, even though she had always been a Cubs fan. Yet oddly, there
was no head scratching from the electorate over her unnecessary
pandering. So is she a Yankees fan or a closet Cubs fan? No one
seems to know or care, because Hillary supporters have an uncanny
ability to shrug off her charming inconsistences.
What wasnt so charming was her Iowa ethanol gaffe. Although
she had voted against increased production several times in the
senate, while campaigning in the Corn State she was suddenly ethanols
biggest supporter. Someone in the crowd called her on it, asking
her why then had she voted against it. She stammered about needing
to protect her constituents in New York from higher fuel costs.
Again, her supporters blithely deleted from their memory bank
another glaring two-step.
She manages to consistently be inconsistent, changing her stance
to suit her audience. One day she has both feet firmly planted
on the side of NAFTA, and another will find her digging in her
heels against NAFTA when speaking to union members.
Last year she approved the torturing of terrorists if it could
foil an imminent plot. Last month she said she was against all
She has backed legislation giving amnesty and permanent resident
status to some illegal workers, and also has said that she is
adamantly against illegal immigrants.
On homosexuality early this year: "We want to make sure
that all Americans in committed relationships have equal benefits
. . . I am proud to stand by your side." Sounds like shes
a loyal ally of homosexuals? When asked by ABC whether homosexuality
is immoral, she replied, "Well, Im going to leave that
to others to conclude."
She chastised Senator Obama for ruling out the use of nuclear
weapons in the war on terror. Yet just last year she said, "I
would certainly take nuclear weapons off the table."
People who heard her speak in South Carolina last month about
ending the Iraq war thought she meant we should immediately get
out. Even though she said no such thing, her words are so measured
and nuanced as to be well-received by anyone. "We must begin
to end the war in Iraq and bring our troops home as quickly and
responsibly as we can."
How could anyone be against this statement? Yet it says absolutely
nothing about an immediate withdrawal, nor absolutely anything
about what she would do as president. But again, who cares? If
youre a Hillary supporter, you are gifted in interpreting
her words to suit your agenda. But Hillary is the most gifted
of all because - so far - her fans havent caught on yet.
All candidates fine tune their speeches to their audience du
jour. And they sometimes genuinely have a change of heart on some
issues as they get new information. But for most candidates, youll
find an underlying thread of consistency that allows us to grasp
their basic stand on important issues. Senator Clintons
threads are in shreds; there simply is no way for discerning voters
to stitch them together to better discover what she really means
Nothing she has ever said quite captures her modus operandi as
did her response to an innocuous question about who she would
root for if the Yankees and the Cubs both made it to the World
Series: "I would probably have to alternate sides."
If you choose to disregard a response like this that so aptly
embodies her position on most issues, then you will get the president
you deserve. But dont complain later that she misled you.
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