08 March 2008

More Power to Samantha

Hillary Clinton is a monster. She's a crude parody of feminist progress trying to turn the United States into a parody of democratic republicanism like Pakistan and India are. In Pakistan a 19 year old boy is the leader of the leading opposition party because of his lineage. In India an Italian woman is the leader of the governing party (but has the common sense not to serve as president or prime minister) because of the family she married into. Senator Clinton's claim on American votes is little better. She is a monster like George W. Bush is, like Teddy Kennedy was before voters repudiated him in the 1980 primaries.

Samantha Power wasn't talking about any of this when she called Clinton a monster. She was apparently complaining about the Senator's campaign tactics, and as an adviser to Senator Obama she came off as a whiner -- if only because her interviewer refused Power's explicit request to keep that particular comment off the record. The Obama campaign isn't supposed to whine; that's what the Senator himself says. So it was probably right for Power to go, not because of what she said about Clinton, but because it was bad form for her position. But with all that being said, Hillary Clinton is a monster. There may be worse monsters out there, and we may yet be forced to choose among monsters, but we shouldn't have to hold our tongues while we hold our noses.


hobbyfan said...

There's a certain amount of coincidental irony here. A week prior to Ms. Power's remarks, on TNA Impact wrestling, one wrestler, in explaining to another how monsters aren't real, lumped Senator Clinton in with the likes of Freddy Kreuger, Jason Voorhees, & Michael Myers. I found that to be rather amusing, since Swillary was the punch line to a joke, IMPO. In Ms. Power's case, the joke, unfortunately, was on her. As you note, she asked that her statement be kept off the record, but in an election year, anything is fair game in a mad obsession to sell extra papers.

crhymethinc said...

What gets me is that in this country, where we proudly claim our right to free speech, people still feel that they can't really practice what they preach out of fear of possible repercussions. The joke is on America, where freedom is only a word, not a reality.

hobbyfan said...

"Freedom's just another word...."
"Me & Bobby McGee", written by Kris Kristofferson.

Oh, so true. People react just too quickly, with the speed of a hair trigger, to ideas/remarks they don't quite understand or find offensive or in opposition to their particular POV.