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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Attack Dog Politics

The rumors of this new Hillary book coming out are making me a bit queasy. Drudge has been running teasing links about it for a few days now, and I can’t get past the little niggle in the back of my head that doesn’t like what looks like a blatant attempt at character assassination.

I’m not sure what is actually going to be in the book, I don’t know what these supposedly Hillary-destroying accusations are going to look like, and I certainly don’t have a handle on how true the allegations will be. But I do know that, unless there is something truly damning, I would rather see conservatives mount attacks on her ideas instead of her past deeds.

Rumors that the book “won’t be pretty” and is brimming with “new dirt” have circulated in the New York press for the past four months.

Yesterday, online newshound Matt Drudge claimed the project was dubbed “Hillary in the Raw,” with content so explosive it could jeopardize Mrs. Clinton’s candidacy. 

“New dirt.” Instead of stooping to National Enquirer style politics, how about reminding people about Hillarycare? Anyone with even marginal fiscal conservative leanings or with a small government bent would quake in fear at the idea of President Hillary Clinton. Her nationalized health care idea would have made Bush’s exceptionally costly pill bill, our already overburdened Medicare/Medicaid expenses, and the giant IOU known as the Social Security trust fund look miniscule in comparison.

Unless there is something truly, surprisingly, relevant, I would much rather see authors going after her policy ideas than her personal life.

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A niggle? What the hell is a niggle?

on Apr 12 2005 @ 08:48 AM

A slightly poorly used word. It means a small, unnecessary worry--I usually ignore the “unnecessary” part and just think of it as a small worry.

on Apr 12 2005 @ 08:53 AM

You have to be niggardly about using such words.

on Apr 12 2005 @ 09:40 AM

There’s the rub: Hillary’s personal life IS her policy.

on Apr 12 2005 @ 12:30 PM
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