Sunday, May 15, 2005

Senator Clinton

My friend the Marathon Runner sent me an email Friday asking what I thought of this from the NYT about Hillary Clinton and Newt Gingrich.

I'm all for it. I'm not much of a partisan really and appreciate seeing foes get together. On the other hand, I'm not certain how far apart these two were on many things when you get down to it.

Check out this review in Timeswatch analyzing the times wording of the story.
Friday’s front page heralded the oddball political partnership of liberal Hillary Clinton and conservative Newt Gingrich, except reporter Raymond Hernandez wouldn’t use any troublesome L-words for the former First Lady. Here’s how the writing gets crafty: “In the 1990s, these two rivals stood on nearly opposite ends of the political spectrum; he led the assault on the Clinton presidency and helped derail the ambitious health care plan she championed.” He was an assailant and a derailer, while she was an ambitious champion. In that shorthand, you can see what to expect in the rest of the article, in which Newt praises Hillary, and then the Times suspects that’s not a very good move for Newt.
Today drudge is sporting a banner from the Atlanta Constitution on Sen Clinton's commencement address at Agnes Scott College.
Clinton, a New York Democrat who has made two visits to Iraq and Afghanistan as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said she is "very proud of our country" for standing with the women of those nations. She said it is "absolutely essential to our national security and the furtherance of peace and democracy around the world" for that commitment to continue. "You cannot have democracy if half the people are shut out," the senator and former first lady said. 'You cannot have freedom if half the people are told they are inferior. You cannot have peace when half the people can . . . decide how the other half lives."

She said she hopes more young women will "contribute to that great struggle abroad."
Always hard to know what to make of a Clinton, whether to believe them or not; but if she keeps sounding like a Democrat who's militant in the defense and spread of democracy in the tradition of Wilson, FDR, Truman, and Kennedy, I'd give here a hearing. Getting a Democrat today to say they're "proud of our country for standing up in Iraq and Afganistan" and that we're carrying out a "great struggle" is a real achievment (sad to write that). If she means what she says here she could make people proud to call themselves LIBERALs again and the NYT wouldn't have to avoid the word when writing about her.

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