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Criticizing Hillary: Deja Vu All Over Again

by Christopher Chantrill
February 22, 2007 at 9:16 am

REMEMBER the good old days of the 1990s?  When anyone that criticized President Clinton was immediately shamed as a Clinton Hater?

Those days are back, according to Dick Morris and Eileen McGann.  And it is not just opponents of the future president who are forbidden to criticize her. 

Not even supporters of Hillary’s opponents are allowed to disparage her. If they do, the wrath of Hillary surfaces and it is not a pretty sight.
The latest sinner is Hollywood superstar David Geffen. Geffen used to be an avid supporter of the Clintons – he raised over $18 million for them in the past. But no more. Now the Dreamworld founder is backing Obama – and he’s not afraid to say so.

Said Geffen to Maureen Dowd:

I don’t think that another incredibly polarizing figure, no matter how smart she is and no matter how ambitious she is — and God knows, is there anybody more ambitious than Hillary Clinton? — can bring the country together.

Sounds fair, don’t you think?  I mean, this is a presidential campaign.  Powerful people get to brief media bigfeet and use them to communicate their rather superficial notions to the world.

But of course the Clinton War Room is outraged.  Hillary sent out Howard Wolfson, and through him

Hillary demanded that Obama dump Geffen and return the $1.3 million that he raised for Obama because of Geffen’s negative comments about the frontrunner and her husband.

Er, what’s that?  You are not allowed to contribute money to Barack Obama and then voice your deeply felt misgivings about the sainted Hillary Clinton?  This is unethical, or something?

Presumably Hillary Clinton’s spokesman is not saying that contibuting and opining is illegal.  And least, not yet.

Well, if this is how the Clinton campaign is operating in the innocent days a year before the primaries, imagine what it is going to be like in the month or two running up to the elections!

But then it it doesn’t take any imagining.  It all sounds so familiar.  We’ve been here before.

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Christopher Chantrill blogs at www.roadtothemiddleclass.com.  His Road to the Middle Class is forthcoming.


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The incentive that impels a man to act is always some uneasiness... But to make a man act [he must have] the expectation that purposeful behavior has the power to remove or at least to alleviate the felt uneasiness.
Ludwig von Mises, Human Action


Chappies

“But I saw a man yesterday who knows a fellow who had it from a chappie that said that Urquhart had been dipping himself a bit recklessly off the deep end.”  —Freddy Arbuthnot
Dorothy L. Sayers, Strong Poison


China and Christianity

At first, we thought [the power of the West] was because you had more powerful guns than we had. Then we thought it was because you had the best political system. Next we focused on your economic system. But in the past twenty years, we have realized that the heart of your culture is your religion: Christianity.
David Aikman, Jesus in Beijing


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Annie Dillard, Holy the Firm


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Francis Fukuyama, Trust


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