Thursday, May 18, 2006

Hillary Can Be Stopped
In fact, I think she'll have a hard time winning the Dem nomination when the time comes, and ultimately will lose the general election by a decent margin. I thought I had linked to this before, but it really sums up how I feel about Bill Clinton's "better" half (if by better you mean smarter and more eeeeevil). GW Bush fumbles words, mispronounces, and sometimes makes them up. Hillary on the other hand pronounces perfectly, and is very good on the fly. Her problem is, as Morris puts it, she has two styles: shrill and bland. Her words tend to suck the life out of a room, and when she gets excited it sounds like she's about to pop a blood vessel in her head.
But when she has something to say, the passion burns inside her and metastasizes into anger and thence to shrillness. Like Bella Abzug before her, Hillary can't speak about issues without coming across as harsh and angry. Mehlman captured that affect perfectly in his characterization of Hillary as "angry."
While passion can be an asset, if you cannot convey the passion with not only words, but feeling (as Bill Clinton does to perfection despite not seeming to have any strong moorings) you cannot win an election. Despite his malapropisms and war on pronunciation, GW conveys a sort of "down home" sincerity. Hillary conveys a sense of condescension, and anger that some do not agree with her.

Comments on "Hillary Can Be Stopped"


Blogger Ben said ... (1:43 AM) : 

there is no question in my mind she wouldnt win the general. the question is whether democrats stop her from getting the nomination. i dont think they will.


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