Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,

Advance to Water Works. If you pass go, collect $200.

Hillary Clinton's tears cause cancer... Chuck Norris reportedly pissed, voting Huckabee.

Now, I have no problem with a candidate tearing up a bit at times, but it does make me wonder whether it's just part of the game, as her husband was known to get choked up and glassy eyed on cue when it was politically advantageous to do so... and he has been playing an increasing role in her campaign strategy, with the ignomineous defeat of her campaign advisor Mark Penn in advising her to run the kind of uninspiring, cynical campaign she has run thus far.

That said, I do find it distasteful that the moment she finally starts to come across as vaguely human, she then says "some of us are right and some of us are wrong.." 

(read: "But *I* should be the President! Obama's wrong!")

Really, it all seems a bit distasteful, and kind of reminiscent of Reese Witherspoon's behavior in "Election", with overtones of George Bush's "You're either with us or against us." absolutism, and a streak of entitlement about a mile wide. 

Is this a skeptical viewpoint to have about a candidate's show of emotion? Perhaps. That said, Hillary Clinton is a career politician, so I think it's a healthy skepticism. Ultimately, it doesn't matter much whether she tears up occasionally or not. What matters more to me is that she's just not a very good candidate if you want to weaken partisan gridlock, reform the process, bring change to the country, and help bring new life back to the Democratic Party.

Ultimately, it comes down to trusting Obama more, not just because of what he says, but because of his record, his policies -- which are far more detailed than Hillary gives him credit for and available in detail to anyone who cares to google them -- and who he is. I also personally trust people who know him, such as Creative Commons creator / EFF board member / technologist / corruption fighter Larry Lessig, who has nothing but good things to say about him.

"He is the real deal" has become my favorite new phrase. Everything about him, personally, is what you would dream a candidate should be. Integrity, brilliance, warmth, humor and most importantly, commitment . . . on the big issues -- the war and corruption. Obama has made his career fighting both. Obama has committed himself to important and importantly balanced positions. . . that shows a team keen to get it right. . . (and) to a technology policy for government that could radically change how government works." 

I could tolerate Hillary Clinton's behavior a bit better, if it weren't for the fact that she did a speech yesterday evening where she once more seemed a bit choked up at points, so it makes you wonder whether she's being somewhat manipulative or not... but then again, politics is persuasion, and that generally entails some element of manipulating other's emotions. I just hope that her speeches and debates don't start looking like an episode of "Coffee Talk", with Hillary getting "a little verklempt" on a regular basis.


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