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Richard Cohen rips Hillary Clinton
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, September 18, 2007

And deservedly so, in my estimation. Cohen talks about one of Clinton's favorite phrases, but only when applied to attacks on her - "the politics of personal destruction". He talks about how she had an opportunity to put her money where her mouth is this past week and failed miserably:
The ad was the moment for Clinton to rise above hackdom. It was a moment for her to insist that the business of politics, not to mention governing, is made even uglier and more difficult when people who merely differ with one another resort to insult. It was a moment for her to say that an Army general, under orders and attempting to fulfill a mission, should not be so casually trashed — especially since she herself has been on the other side of the Iraq War issue and said things she must now regret. And it was a moment for her to trot out her favorite phrase and use it, not in her own defense for once, but in defense of someone else. That moment is gone now — maybe because for Hillary Clinton it never arrived in the first place.
Cohen earlier noted the real reason Clinton (nor any of the other Dem presidential candidates except Joe Biden) didn't have the courage to speak out:
Yet when Clinton herself was asked to repudiate the abuse of Petraeus, she either saw no reason to do so or, much more likely, was afraid to alienate an important constituency, the 3.3 million members of, who stand symbolically at the frontiers of New Hampshire and Iowa. She would, it seems, rather be president than right.
Indeed. And she just wasn't up for a Jane Hamsher lecture ala Elizabeth Edwards, I suppose.

Funny how all of these folks try to convince us that they are fit to lead this country and have the courage of their convictions and are guided by principles we all cherish.

And then, when actually called on to demonstrate that, fall woefully short, again, and again, and again.
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Funny how all of these folks try to convince us that they are fit to lead this country and have the courage of their convictions and are guided by principles we all cherish.
People like Hamsher want, if not to personally lead our country, at least to select the leadership, and yet they openly admit, even boast about their willingness to put their loyalty to their group above any personal priciple they may hold.
Written By: Aldo
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Um, not only is a hyperpartisan Democratic organization, it was created to prevent the impeachment of Bill Clinton. Not likely Hillary is going to bash it. That said, you (and Cohen) are absolutely right. The ad was disgraceful and everyone — including Hillary Clinton — should have disavowed already it and moved on (pardon the pun).
Written By: David Shaughnessy
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Beware of Richard Cohen bearing gifts.

He has the intellectual coherence of a squirrel, and next week he could be down on his knees peforming ungodly acts on Hillary.
Written By: Martin McPhillips
Hillery was asked her opinion of the add, and she danced around the issue without a strait answer.

Written By: Don
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Why would she repudiate MoveOn? She needs it? As an annon. Dem senator said, they didn’t dare call the General a liar, they expected the outside groups to do it for them.
Written By: shark
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