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To Hillary (& her husband) Politics (& power) is all There is

Yesterday, while reading Hugh Hewitt‘s blog, I came across an excerpt of his recent interview with Christopher Hitchens where that iconoclastic writer predicted that Ms. Hillary would win the White House this year. He thought she’d win because:

there’s something horrible and undefeatable about people who have no life except the worship of power.. . . people who don’t want the meeting to end, the people who just are unstoppable, who only have one focus, no humanity, no character, nothing but the worship of money and power. They win in the end.

His comment of her love for power reminded me of an idea for a post I had about a month ago–that for Ms. Hillary, even more so than for her husband, everything is about politics.

I mean, she may claim to be a Yankees’ fan, but does anybody believe that claim was anything more than a political ploy to make ? Can you even imagine her watching and enjoying a baseball game? When listening to a description of Julius Cæsar in the book-on-CD version of Anthony Everett’s Augustus: The Life of Rome’s First Emperor, I thought of her. At gladiatorial contests, that self-important Roman would feign interest in the events, while reading and signing documents.

Ms. Hillary would seem as out of place in a baseball stadium as Richard Nixon on the a beach wearing black wing-tip shoes.

Just look at her biography. The only time she ever worked in the non-profit sector was for The Children’s Defense Fund. That group doesn’t provide services for kids, but lobbies (ostensibly) on their behalf. That is, she saw the best way to help kids was not to work with kids themselves, but to work for an organization which pushed for political change on their behalf.

It seems her whole life has been consumed with politics; she doesn’t seem to have any other interests outside it.

Just like Richard Nixon (to whom she has often been compared), when she tries to show she has interests outside of politics, she seems as out of place as a man wearing dress shoes on the beach.


Florida Governor Refuses to Pay for Democrats’ Mistakes

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 7:54 pm - March 7, 2008.
Filed under: 2008 Presidential Politics,Noble Republicans

I wonder if John McCain was whispering into Charlie Crist’s ear yesterday. Or if the Florida governor just has some natural political savvy—as well as regard for his state’s finances. I just read that the GOP presidential nominee was campaigning with Crist yesterday in the Sunshine State.

Yesterday, before RealClearPolitics linked me to that Miami Herald article, I watched the governor tell Wolf Blitzer on CNN that of course, he would accommodate the Democrats if they wanted to “do-over” their Florida primary, just so long as the Democratic National Committee (DNC) pays for the re-vote. Maybe he was aware that the DNC “ended 2007 nearly flat broke.” The Republican governor reminded te reporter of his responsibility to balance the state’s budget.

But, the CNN correspondent contended, if you had another primary, you’d generate a “surge” of revenue with all those reporters and campaign aides trekking into the state–not to mention the advertising.

Does Wolf have such a limited understanding of economics that he assumed that money would go into the state’s coffers? He tossed around figures about the cost of the primary and the revenue it would generate, but didn’t even try to estimate how much of that revenue would end up in the state’s coffers. Or whether the amount of money the state gained would offset the expense of the primary.

In any case, the good governor held his ground. And he’s right. His state shouldn’t have to pay for the Democrats’ mistakes. If they want to fix their Florida (and Michigan) problem, let them pay for it.


Posted by GayPatriotWest at 7:25 pm - March 7, 2008.
Filed under: Blogging,Individuation,Integrity

Today is one of those days when you realize that something which, in one moment, seems a major catastrophe is, in the great scheme of things, just a minor inconvenience.

The day started out well. I woke with the alarm, got out of bed, fixed coffee and breakfast, then sat down to do my morning reading, first a book I hope to review on this blog, Norman Podhoretz’s World War IV: The Long Struggle Against Islamofascism, then I was going to read Karl Kerényi’s Athene: Virgin and Mother in Greek Religion, part of my research for my dissertation.

But, before I got to that book on the gray-eyed goddess, I thought I’d check my e-mail. As I did, I paused to check a few blogs and when finding that one link didn’t work, realized that I had accidentally unplugged my modem. So, I plugged it back in, then restarted the computer a couple of times and still no Internet. Finally, I called Time-Warner to learn that our cable was out for a while. Interesting coincidence.

A little frustrated by this delay, I decided to work on a piece on gun control and gays that Pajamas had asked me to write as a follow-up to this post. I had sent out a draft to a few friends who had reviewed it, with each offering some (mostly mild) criticism.  I wanted to revise the piece to fix flaws they had noticed. Soon, I had done just that (editing by hand on a print-out of the first draft), so I sat down to type in the changes, then realized that whenever I pressed the key for some punctuation marks, another showed up on my screen. Weird that my keyboard would go bonkers at the same time my Internet went out.

I thought maybe restarting the computer might help correct that. It didn’t. Soon I was on the phone with AppleCare. Their initial solutions didn’t help. And then I learned (after being on the phone for an hour), I would have to reinstall my Operating System and could lose some data, so would first need to back up my files. Should that fail, I would have to take my computer in.

I had maintained my cool until that time. I lost it for a moment.  Fortunately, the woman from AppleCare was remarkably patient–and I immediately apologized for my outburst.

Later, while running an errand, I realized that if indeed, I would have to take my computer in, in the great scheme of things, it wouldn’t be that much of a hassle. What this morning appeared a major inconvenience is really only a minor setback. I just needed to put things into perspective.

And realize that I could cut and paste (from other documents) those punctuation marks which did not correspond to their key on my keyboard.

I did finish my essay and may even get up those posts I had planned for the day.