|The Nossiter Net
The net that shall enmesh them all
Edited, Written, and Published by Josh Nossiter
|A Hill Not Worth Climbing
Thursday, February 21st, 2008
|The Nossiter Net is cast to snare some of the riper rascalities of the day. Comments? Send a letter to the editor.|
|Hillary Clinton, the ready-on-day-one candidate for president, had to lend her campaign $5 million because her campaign manager forgot to tell her they’d run out of funds. That cost campaign manager Patti Doyle her job but maybe Clinton should have fired herself. In concert with the devilish Mark Penn, “microtrends” guru and PR man to the world’s nastiest thugs, Clinton has run a presidential campaign even more inept than her failed health care reform effort. She likes to say she’s testy and ruddy – er, tested and ready, which may very well be true. But she’s failed every test and the voters seem more than ready to retire her presidential bid.
Her fans claim she’s serious and competent, all substance and no flash, a hard working first spouse who became a hard working legislator. She says she’s about solutions, not words. So why did she mismanage the biggest (the only) serious assignment she got in the Clinton White House? Her incompetence not only failed to solve the healthcare crisis but set back the cause of universal care by decades. She followed that triumph with a bestseller about raising children she may or may not have written. She globetrotted with Chelsea. Oh, and she redecorated the White House.
With Bill’s presidency on the skids and the ravening mob of foaming at the mouth right-wingers in full cry after them, the Clintons might have saved their political reputations with a deft speech or two. FDR did it with his Falla speech. Even Nixon had the political acumen to talk up his wife’s Republican cloth coat and their dog Checkers when his back was to the wall. Instead Hillary complained about the vast right wing conspiracy and Bill parsed the meaning of “is”. The impeachment a deft political team likely could have avoided was one of the more sordid chapters in American political history. It’s a testament to the unspeakably vile nature of Clinton’s principal tormentors that the episode ultimately hurt them more than it did him.
In the Senate, Clinton’s fame gave her the sort of national platform reserved for a very few Senators, Ted Kennedy among them. Hers was an opposition bully pulpit she could have used to expose the lies of the Bush administration and to fight against the murderous and unconstitutional excesses of the worst president in history. Forget soaring flights of rhetoric and eloquent defenses of our civil and human rights; all she had to do was tell the plain truth about Iraq, torture, illegal surveillance, the Patriot Act, the appalling Supreme Court appointments. The Clinton name would have guaranteed her nightly airtime and a devoted national following. She might have been a unique bulwark against the assaults of the Bush-Cheney gang.
Instead, she cheer-led the war in Iraq, not even reading the relevant intelligence reports on that benighted country prior to the invasion. She’s been a staunch supporter of the Orwellian security apparatus Bush and his minions have imposed on the country. And she is to this day utterly unrepentant about her failure to act as a responsible opposition leader, her total betrayal of the position of power fate, and her husband, handed to her.
Ironically, had she spent the past seven years acting as the virtuous and conscientious stateswoman she pretends to be, the presidential nomination would have been a cakewalk. The convention would have been her coronation, her path to the White House made smooth by the cataclysm of eight years of Republican misrule. Self-interest would have perfectly meshed with the national interest. A smart politician would have seen as much. A legislator of good conscience and substance would have acted so regardless. But she is neither, and so good riddance.
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A NOTE TO READERS
There was nothing new at The Nossiter Net between March 3rd and April 26th, 2007, nearly eight weeks. The reason: tech sabotage. Yahoo Geocities, the host for this site, denied access for the entire period. At one point, they even managed to lose all the files. In many discussions with Yahoo staff, no clear explanation was forthcoming. No one seemed able to fix the problem. Ruling out the possibility of Dubbya’s revenge, I finally wrote to Mr. Terry Semel, Chairman and CEO of Yahoo! Inc and described the ordeal the page had undergone since the beginning of March. A week later, a helpful Yahooo engineer named Jason called. He had my letter before him. Though he couldn’t do the repairs on on the spot, he promised a fix by the next day. That was April 26th, nearly two months after shutting me down in the first place.
The Nossiter Net apologizes, which is more than I can say for Yahoo Geocities.
©Joshua C. Nossiter, 2008
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