[Marxism] Hillary Battles Bernie Sanders, Chick Magnet

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Sun Feb 7 15:13:39 MST 2016


With all respect, Louis, I do not think that Bernie Sanders has "a narrow message."  That is modern code for an emphasis on class over race, gender, age, etc.

Wythe


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(I'll be voting Green but I loved this op-ed piece.)

NY Times Op-Ed, Feb. 7 2016
Hillary Battles Bernie Sanders, Chick Magnet
by Maureen Dowd

MANCHESTER, N.H. — HILLARY CLINTON first grabbed the national spotlight 
47 years ago as an idealistic young feminist, chiding the paternalistic 
establishment in her Wellesley commencement speech.

So it’s passing strange to watch her here, getting rebuffed by young 
women who believe that she lacks idealism, that she overplays her 
feminist hand and that she is the paternalistic establishment.

Bernie Sanders may be a dead ringer for Larry David, but Hillary is 
running the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” campaign. She can’t fire up young 
voters by dwelling on what can’t be done in Washington and by explaining 
that she’s more prose than poetry.

She’s traveling around New Hampshire with a former president who could 
easily layer in some poetry, and a handful of specific snappy plans for 
the future, to her thicket of substance and stack of white papers. But 
somehow, Hill and Bill campaign side by side without achieving synergy.

Is it that he’s as tired as he looks or does she feel too competitive 
with him to ask for that kind of help?

As one Hillary booster in Hollywood marveled: “There’s no chance her 
husband doesn’t understand the problem. The look on his face during her 
speeches evokes a retired major league All Star watching his son strike 
out in a Little League game. This is so fixable.”

Hillary is like a veteran actor who doesn’t audition well. Bill could 
tell her not to shout her way through rallies, that it doesn’t convey 
passion but just seems forced, adding to her authenticity problem. Her 
allies think mentioning her shouting is sexist, and sexism does swirl 
around Hillary, but her campaign cries sexism too often. In 2008, Barack 
Obama used race sparingly.

Even after all this time watching Bill and Barry, she still has not 
learned the art of seduction on stage. She’s surrounded by former Obama 
and Bill Clinton strategists, but they are not helping her achieve “the 
goose bump experience,” as Lily Tomlin called it. Hillary has ceded the 
inspirational lane to the slick Marco Rubio, who’s more like the new 
John Edwards than the new Obama.

In the MSNBC debate on Thursday night, Hillary huffily said she could 
not be an exemplar of the establishment, as Sanders suggested, because 
she’s “a woman running to be the first woman president.”

But she is establishment. So is Nancy Pelosi. So was Eleanor Roosevelt. 
Hillary must learn to embrace that and make it work for her, not deny 
it. As a woman, as a former first lady, senator and secretary of state, 
she’s uniquely equipped to deliver a big, inspiring message with a 
showstopping speech that goes beyond income inequality, that sweeps up 
broader themes of intolerance, fusing the economic, cultural and 
international issues at stake.

She could, as one talented political speechwriter riffed, say something 
like this: “We’re a stronger country when more people have higher 
incomes; when women get paid the same as men; when we draw on the 
diverse talents of immigrants; when we show the world that America is a 
place that embraces all religions, that offers refuge to the persecuted 
and the terrorized. When a few old rich white men are the only ones who 
succeed, that’s not just unfair, it’s untenable.”

Hillary’s most poignant moment came during the CNN town hall on 
Wednesday night when she said that, as a young woman, she had never 
expected to run for president herself, given that her husband was “a 
natural.” It was her misfortune in 2008 to run into another natural. She 
was not “likable enough” that year.

But it was at least fathomable. She was running against the Tulip Craze 
Barack Obama. Now she’s running against a grumpy gramps, a stooped 
socialist with a narrow message, brusque manner and shaky grasp of world 
affairs. But the Clintons are still leveling the same charges, that her 
opponent’s stances are fairy tales and that his idealism masks tough 
tactics.

And she’s still not likable enough for the young women who were supposed 
to carry her forward as a Joan of Arc. According to an NBC News/Wall 
Street Journal/Marist poll, Sanders won among young men and women in 
Iowa by 70 points. And in New Hampshire, going into the weekend, polls 
showed him leading with women, racking up yawning margins with women 
under 45 and with both sexes under 30.

Lyndon Johnson said that the two things that make politicians more 
stupid than anything else are sex and envy. With Hillary, there are 
three things: sex, money and the need for secrecy.

She was in on sliming her husband’s ex-girlfriends who told the truth 
about liaisons. She has long been driven by a fear of being “dead 
broke,” as she put it — and a conviction that she deserved the life and 
perks she would have had if she had gone into the private sector. That 
led her to do her suspiciously lucrative commodity trades while Bill was 
Arkansas attorney general and to make Wall Street speeches on the cusp 
of her 2016 campaign, even though she and Bill had already made more 
than $139 million between 2007 and 2014.

The Nixonian obsession with secrecy by the woman who was once an 
idealistic lawyer on the Watergate committee staff — on Whitewater, 
health care and her State Department emails — caused her to 
unnecessarily damage herself and leave Democrats perennially spooked.

While she was giving three speeches to Goldman Sachs for $675,000, her 
party was changing. As the economy slowly healed, Democrats were 
seething with anger over the big banks that never got punished for 
wrecking the economy and the reckless billionaires who are still living 
large. A tone-deaf Hillary was there sucking at the teat and that rubs 
people the wrong way.

Sanders noted in Thursday’s debate that Hillary’s “super PAC” had raised 
$15 million in the last quarter from Wall Street. The Wall Street 
Journal calculates that since the Clintons first entered national 
politics in the early ’90s, Wall Street has given more than $100 million 
to their campaigns, foundation and personal finances.

When Anderson Cooper asked why Hillary had taken the obscene Goldman 
Sachs windfall, she gave a stupefyingly bad answer to a predictable 
question. “Well, I don’t know,” she said, throwing up her hands and 
shrugging. “That’s what they offered.” She was reluctant to release the 
texts of her “Don’t worry, I’m one of you” speeches.

As with the Chappaqua email server, Hillary is not sorry she did it. 
She’s only sorry people are making a fuss about it.

Typical of the Clintons, she tried to drag in others to excuse her own 
ethically lax behavior, noting that “every secretary of state that I 
know has done that.” After the Monica scandal broke, Clinton aides cited 
Thomas Jefferson, F.D.R. and J.F.K. to justify Bill’s Oval Office cavorting.

But the other secretaries of state were not running for office, Cooper 
pointed out.

“To be honest I wasn’t — I wasn’t committed to running,” Hillary said.

It’s that sort of disingenuous answer that has spurred so many Democrats 
to turn to the straight-shooting, Wall Street-bashing Sanders.

When Hillary accused Sanders during the debate of doing an “artful 
smear” on her, charging him with insinuating that she engaged in 
pay-for-play with Wall Street, drug companies and other special 
interests, some Republicans predicted that the moment would go down as a 
Gary Hart-style challenge that would come back to haunt her.

They said that surely Matt Rhoades, the Hillary oppo-research expert at 
America Rising, must already be plotting ads slamming the disturbing 
cat’s cradle of foreign money that came into the Clinton Foundation 
while Hillary was at State, and the unseemly tentacles of Teneo, the 
global firm run by Bill Clinton’s former body man, Doug Band, where Huma 
Abedin, Hillary’s closest aide, worked while she was at State.

Sanders’s populist surge — he raised $20 million last month, $5 million 
more than Hillary — has led some top Democrats to wonder if President 
Obama will have to step in and endorse her.

Wouldn’t that be rich? The Wellesley idealist-turned-realist needs the 
Chicago idealist-turned-realist who beat her last time to save her from 
the Vermont idealist clinging to a simple reality: Wall Street fleeced 
America and none of the big shots got punished.

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