In the current issue of the Weekly Standard, Noemie Emery observes the *strange new respect” many on the right currently accord Mrs. Clinton, largely because of her tenacity on the campaign trail. No fan of the former First Lady, I admire how scrappy she’s become, her back up to the wall, “hanging in there with ferocious and grim resolution.”
My admiration might become respect if the New York Senator had been as consistent in support of certain principles as she has been tenacious on the hustings. Right now it seems the only thing Mrs. Clinton believes is that she should be president.
Emery finds she’s now “running the classic Republican race against her opponent, running on toughness and use-of-force issues.” This lady has gone from decrying Republican tactics to adopting them for her own survival.
She seems to have had as many campaign strategies in 2008 as she had hairstyles in the 1990s.
And seemingly as many views on each issue. This weekend she said again that she was “actually against Nafta” while the recently-released schedule from her days as First Lady shows how diligently she lobbied for that treaty’s passage.
As another conservative woman puts it, “If Hillary has shown anything over a lifetime of climbing the greasy pole of political power, it’s that she’s willing become whatever you want her to be.” (Via Thunder Run).
Many of Hillary’s supporters claim she’s a strong woman, so strong says one that she makes Rocky Balboa seem weak, but wouldn’t a strong woman be steadfast in support of something more significant than her own political survival? While we commend her perseverance, we wonder about someone so determined to promote herself.