not that it matters all that much, but hillary IS tougher…

August 09 16:24 2011 Print This Article
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Hillary IS Tougher. No Doubt About It...

In a  Daily Beast article entitled “Hillary Told You So”, the writer explores the increasing  level of buyer’s remorse among disaffected Obama supporters. She recounts a few particular observations:

At a New York political event last week, Republican and Democratic office-holders were all bemoaning President Obama’s handling of the debt-ceiling crisis when someone said, “Hillary would have been a better president.”

“Every single person nodded, including the Republicans,” reported one observer.

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At a luncheon in the members’ dining room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Saturday, a 64-year-old African-American from the Bronx was complaining about Obama’s ineffectiveness in dealing with the implacable hostility of congressional Republicans when an 80-year-old lawyer chimed in about the president’s unwillingness to stand up to his opponents. “I want to see blood on the floor,” she said grimly.

A 61-year-old white woman at the table nodded. “He never understood about the ‘vast right-wing conspiracy,’” she said.

Looking as if she were about to cry, an 83-year-old Obama supporter shook her head. “I’m so disappointed in him,” she said. “It’s true: Hillary is tougher.”

The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates discounts the Monday morning quarterbacking as,

Coates is just wrong on this one. It certainly doesn’t change anything since there’s no going back now. But upon reflection,it  is remarkably easy to glean the Clinton toughness that’s so missing from the current occupant of the White House.
Drew Westen smacked us with the how and why of our collective blind spot in his August 6th editorial;
On substance, there are only marginal differences between Obama and Hillary Clinton, but there are many more differences where experience and competency are concerned. But in 2008,  we were all so busy swooning over Mr. Obama’s rhetoric that we missed it. Now we see it. Now we’re clear. 

There’s nothing wrong with looking back and saying to yourself, “I goofed.”


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