Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Greenwald on Clinton

Glenn Greenwald on Hillary Clinton and the 2016 election,

"Hillary is banal, corrupted, drained of vibrancy and passion. I mean, she’s been around forever, the Clinton circle. She’s a hawk and like a neocon, practically. She’s surrounded by all these sleazy money types who are just corrupting everything everywhere. But she’s going to be the first female president, and women in America are going to be completely invested in her candidacy. Opposition to her is going to be depicted as misogynistic, like opposition to Obama has been depicted as racist. It’s going to be this completely symbolic messaging that’s going to overshadow the fact that she’ll do nothing but continue everything in pursuit of her own power."

Quite a few readers took exception to the “opposition to Obama has been depicted as racist” part, but I think the point has validity. No small part of the opposition to Obama was and is racist, of course, but I have seen valid criticism labeled as racist when it clearly was not, and one has to wonder how many people who would have criticized Obama have stood silent due to fear of being called racist. And by no means all criticism of Obama and his policies has drawn charges of racism.

That being said, I think Greenwald’s statement covers it pretty well.

1 comment:

bruce said...

I liked the part where government ".. is a de facto monarchy, in it's own place not affected by elections.." . Yes, I'm paraphrasing, but go and read it, you'll see. And it's so true. Don't think elections mean all that much anymore.

He's pretty sure Hillary will be nominated and elected. There are a lot of candidates staying out /on the fence because of a possible Hillary candidacy. The best chance of that not happening is the 8 year/2 term turnover that often happens AND a viable Republican candidate. Good luck on that one.

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