Protect and Defend

Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Monday, May 22, 2006

Poor Hillary

Here is a funny quote.

“You can smell the fear in Hillary Clinton. What happened to that fearless woman? Everything she does is poll-tested. As a result you have a politician that stands for nothing. You wonder if she remembers what she stands for. That’s not even an attack on her, or maybe it is.”

From Arianna Huffington (Washington Post, May 22, 2006).

It’s bad for Hillary when the Right doesn’t even have to give her a hard time.


Blogger betmo said...

i was commenting on my blog recently about the fact that there aren't any politicians who stand up for what they believe in and don't play politics. hillary is no exception and no, i never thought that she would ever run for anything more than senator.

Mon May 22, 10:41:00 PM  
Blogger Truth-Pain said...

I heard a nice little morsel on the Chris Matthews Sunday show,... Joel Kline predicts she is NOT running on -08' and instead is focusing on running for Senate President, shoving Harry Reid out of the way and just being the Grand Damme of American Politics for the next 20 years.... I think the theory has merit. Here's my bold prediction (?)... if she does not win Iowa by 20 points in the primaries, she bails out, throws her support behind a centrist moderate and cuts her political loss. She is terrified of failure.

Mon May 22, 10:43:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

In some ways I hope it is her. I think there have been so many polarizing people in the White House for what will be 16 years that the people are going to want someone more moderate. I say Rudy-Allen in ’08. This way you get the best of both worlds.

Mon May 22, 10:56:00 PM  
Blogger Truth-Pain said...

You heard it here first ... Romney/Huckaby in 08'for the party of the Elephant. Not that I endorse that ticket,.. but looking at the electoral college map and where the Republicans need to go, this is a ticket that covers a lot of holes for them, and covers their center, right and even independent liberals.

Mon May 22, 11:54:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

But with Allen the Republicans can keep almost the entire South with Florida still in play and with Rudy you get a chance at New York. If New York is not an automatic for the Democrats they suddenly have a much tougher hill to climb. I also think that Rudy plays well in the white-ethnic Massachusetts and with both of those states in play it is going to be extremely difficult for the Dems.

Tue May 23, 02:55:00 PM  
Blogger Truth-Pain said...

I follow your reasoning, but I think the Rudy offsets the Allen gains... not too many folks in the south, Fly-over country and Bible belt trust a progressive-minded New Yorker with an "R" after his name.
The secondary problem is that Rudy is such a dynamic speaker,... he makes Allen look vanilla in comparison... you don't want a repeat of the current situation where Cheney is pretty polished and can articulate almost anything, and Bush has vocal polio...

Tue May 23, 03:44:00 PM  
Blogger betmo said...

vocal polio is an understatement. i personally think the man must have fallen off of the wagon again.

Tue May 23, 08:00:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

But, there is one thing that Rudy has that does sit well with the South and Middle America. They know what he did on 9-11; some people can make or break their career in a moment. Bush sat and read to the kids in Florida for 7 minutes after hearing that the country was under attack while Rudy went straight to Ground Zero and took over. The Religious Right would of course want someone who more closely falls in line with their politics, but they thought they had that with Bush.
And I have met Sen. Allen, and had the chance to interview him. He is a very Southern dynamic speaker in a slower almost preacher tone. Rudy and Allen are a nice contrast and can be either seen as two opposites that attract more people or two opposites that put off more people. I think they could be more of the first.

Tue May 23, 08:43:00 PM  
Blogger quakerdave said...

Pro-choice Rudy who kept his mistress in his house while he was mayor, along with George Allen, the guy with the noose and rebel flag in his office? Vs. Hillary?

Eegad. Even I may have to stay home.

Tue May 23, 08:56:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

No no no. There was no rebel flag in his office; you are thinking about in his senior year picture in college he did wear a lapel pin that was the Confederate battle flag. And I knew the story about the noose, but it has nothing to do with what you are insinuating, and instead was given to him for a different reason. Once I remember what it was or find it on the internet though I will let you know.
And remember Rudy is also a cancer survivor.

Tue May 23, 10:46:00 PM  

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