December 02, 2007

A President Just Like the One that Married Dear Old Dad.

There was no doubt that the Clinton campaign would find a silver lining in the New Hampshire hostage event on Friday but this AP account of her reaction could have been a campaign press release. If this doesn't set off the bullshit detector.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - When the hostages had been released and their alleged captor arrested, a regal-looking Hillary Rodham Clinton strolled out of her Washington home, the picture of calm in the face of crisis. It was a vintage example of a candidate taking a negative and turning it into a positive. And coming just six weeks before the presidential voting begins, the timing could hardly have been more beneficial to someone hoping to stave off a loss in the Iowa caucuses and secure a win in the New Hampshire primary.

Calm in the face of crisis? Read on.
It affected me not only because they were my staff members and volunteers, but as a mother, it was just a horrible sense of bewilderment, confusion, outrage, frustration, anger, everything at the same time," Clinton said.

This is hardly a picture of Churhillian stoicism in the face of a implacable foe. It makes me question whether being motherly is the first quality that she would draw on in the event of a real crisis.
Over the ensuing five hours, as a state trooper negotiated with the suspect and hostages were released one-by-one, Clinton continued to call up and down the law enforcement food chain,(??) from local to county to state to federal officials...Along with taking charge while giving the professionals free rein...
Clinton sought to use the sad moment as a national teaching opportunity, another skill often employed by presidents.

So what did we learn through this little teaching opportunity? We know that when handed lemons she knows how to make lemonade, just like mother used to make. When things go wrong she can be counted on to be bewildered, confused, outraged, frustrated, angry, all at the same time. Just like mother when you broke her favorite vase. She knows how to be in charge while letting others think they have free rein. Just like dad used to think. In case of an emergency she knows how to call 911 and when the crisis was over she'll be there to give everybody a big hug. She just wants to be our Mommy.

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