Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Hillary's myth

Running for president seems to entail installing a myth into the public opinion and then carefully nurturing it.

Hillary Clinton, for her part, goes unchallenged as the "experienced" democrat. She chides others, Obama for instance, for their lack of it. She pretends at every turn to excrete experience from her every pore.


Hillary has been a Senator from New York for a term and change and that doesn't exactly set the standard for excellence.

If she wants to argue she is experienced because she was close to Bill's success, then that seems like a weak position, especially for a democratic candidate. Experience through osmosis?

If she goes against someone like John McCain the myth she has so carefully built to win the nomination becomes exposed as hollow in the face of his record.

Now that she is struggling in the polls I wouldn't be surprised to see Obama pop Hillary's experience bubble, or else counter it by brining someone like Joe Biden aboard his campaign.

Since he is more Clinton than Clinton, perhaps he will follow James Carville's advice: "When your opponent is drowning throw them an anchor."

We shall see.

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"Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge"

Charles Darwin