It looks like New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has been drinking some of the snake oil served up at Howard Dean’s Democratic National Committee. According to the New York Times, at a “Women for Hillary” fund-raiser yesterday, the Empire State’s junior senator accused the GOP of “being mad with power and self-righteousness.” Seems she was a little mad herself in explaining the failure of her party, the Senate’s minority party, to stop this alleged power grab:
I know it’s frustrating for many of you, it’s frustrating for me. Why can’t the Democrats do more to stop them? I can tell you this:I can tell you this: It’s very hard to stop people who have no shame about what they’re doing. It is very hard to tell people that they are making decisions that will undermine our checks and balances and constitutional system of government who don’t care. It is very hard to stop people who have never been acquainted with the truth.
Funny thing for a Clinton to accuse someone of “not being acquainted with the truth.” I do hope there is video footage of this event and the RNC gets a copy of it. It would certainly undermine Mrs. Clinton’s attempts to position herself as a centrist.
This is just another sad example of the mean-spirited accusatory rhetoric which has replaced debate in the Senate’s Democratic caucus. Mrs. Clinton’s angry string of accusations have no relationship whatsoever to actual Republican attitudes or policies. Indeed, I’m sure that she–as well as her husband and his allies–faulted such angry rhetoric when directed against him when he was president.
During the 1990s, many on my side of the aisle went a bit overboard in their criticism of President Clinton. Now his wife is proving that she’s no better than the worst of his critics. Perhaps she’s just showing her true colors. This speech certainly suggests that her attitudes are closer to those of Howard Dean than they are to those of mainstream America.