Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Bad Decision Making in the Clinton Camp
Hillary Clinton’s decision to pull out of a rally because Sarah Palin was also scheduled to attend is bad choice on both politics and principles.
Americans like to see politicians put aside politics for principle (which is why the Palin camp’s response, which you can read in the linked article) will go over far better than Hillary’s. While those photo op togetherness moments for our elected overlords itch at the cynical region of my brain, the truth is that most of us still end up thinking happier thoughts when politicians find common ground. Complaints about it being a “partisan” event aren’t going to make the situation better--especially since the organizers were obviously hoping for a bipartisan pair of politicians to support their cause.
While it’s a small thing, I also don’t imagine that it will help Obama or Hillary maintain the Democrat’s traditional advantage in wooing Jewish voters.
To me--a conservative Republican, admittedly, so not much Hillary’s target audience--this is a slap in the face to all of us who believe that Iran is a real and credible threat and that the survival of Israel, one of the United States’ very few friends in the region, trumps party politics every time.
To be fair, though, it isn’t as bad a decision as, say, contracting someone to write a new book in the late Douglas Adam’s Hitchhiker’s series. Those books are so tied to his voice and to his skewed world view that it’s hard for me to imagine any other writer doing justice to the subject matter. Perhaps Terry Pratchett but even that seems a stretch.
Perhaps I’m being too pessimistic, but the Spider Robinson/Robert Heinlein abomination left me a little scarred.
Besides, who the hell is Eoin Colfer?
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