Unfettered Musings

Monday, November 22, 2004

Hillary, a centrist?

It is obvious that Senator Clinton is positioning herself to be a candidate for president in 2008. As part of that positioning she is going to have to convince a lot of people that she is a moderate. But does her record in the senate say "moderate"? The Washington Times has this to say about it:

Hillary's Senate record

Our friends at the National Review spotted this post-election howler in an Associated Press dispatch: "For 2008, the presumptive leading presidential candidates are New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, a Northeastern centrist . . ." Recalling Mrs. Clinton's pre-senatorial work for Marian Wright Edelman's radical Children's Defense Fund and Robert Treuhaft's "revolutionary" and Black Panther law firm, the National Review understandably responded to this evolving new line on Hillary by exclaiming, "Whoa, whoa, whoa!"

The Washington Times editorial page would like to add its two-cents' worth by reviewing Mrs. Clinton's first years in the Senate and comparing her voting record to the record of liberalism's unquestioned standard-bearer, Teddy Kennedy, who would be proud to say that he has never been mistaken for a "Northeastern centrist." What do you know? The unquestionably liberal voting records of these two Northeasterners are virtually indistinguishable.

The op-ed lists several examples of her "moderate" voting record. It is definitely worth reading.

Here's the thing. A lot of people are liable to buy her lies that she is a moderate when the spin doctors start in full force. How is that possible, you say? Have you ever listened to Sean Hannity's "Man on the Street"? Did you hear the gentleman a few days ago who said he voted for Kerry, and then was asked who Kerry's running mate was, to which he responded "Al Sharpton"? Too many voters are CLUELESS. I realize that some won't listen or care, but we need to take it upon ourselves to educate as many as we possibly can. Now is the time to start dispelling the myth that Hillary is a moderate. Now is the time. Being chosen as the Democratic candidate for president may be a coronation, but her bid for the presidency shouldn't be.