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 CÃ¦sar 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.
All great and good presidents have had some great passion or interest outside politics which enabled them to connect with Americans on issues which transcended politics. For Teddy Roosevelt, it was likely his love for the great outdoors. For Eisenhower, it was his record of service in World War II. For Ronald Reagan, it was, in large part, his love for the kind of movies Hollywood used to make.
But, Ms. Hillary couldn’t even appreciate that man’s leadership, reducing his record in one recent debate to “bad ideas.” And she certainly can’t emulate the unifying themes of his rhetoric.
Without interests outside politics, Ms. Hillary has become obsessed with her quest for political power. And in that obsession, she has lost the ability to use that power wisely. How can she unite the nation when she has such a harsh view of her ideological adversaries — and when she has no passions which allow her to transcend her partisan affiliation and show her more human side?