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Tone deaf

I like Hillary Clinton with 100 percent of half of my heart. The other half sees her as a tone-deaf opportunist whose public persona doesn't exactly inspire trust.

The latest example came at a campaign stop in Iowa yesterday. You've seen the TV clip by now: An 8-year-old girl told Clinton, "I have asthma, and occasionally I've heard people talking behind my back about not wanting to be near me because I have asthma. I mean, people, it's not contagious."

Clinton responded: ""You are looking at somebody who's had a lot of terrible things said about me, and I am well aware of the fact that it's really easy to do that. Luckily, I'm old enough where it doesn't particularly bother me, but I can't even imagine what it's like to be, you know, a young person in today's world where that's coming at you all the time."

After she said that, my eyes rolled so hard I thought they'd get stuck in their sockets. That's a fair equation, all right: an 8-year-old girl being stigmatized and mocked for a disease, and a hard-bitten, veteran pol having "terrible things" said about her.

Then my cynical journalist's point of view took over. Ernest Hemingway once said, "Every man should have a built-in automatic crap detector operating inside him," and the needle on mine jammed at the far end of the red zone when Clinton added, "I really do think we need more love and kindness in our country. That's why it's important to stand up to bullies wherever we are, and why we shouldn't let anybody bully his way into the presidency, because that is not who we are as Americans."

That's right: Clinton spun an honest moment of compassion into just another campaign sound bite.

Spare me.


( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 23rd, 2015 03:21 pm (UTC)
You gotta hand it to her. She has mastered the ability to refocus every spotlight onto herself. And she has a Ph.D. in Artificial Sincerity.
Dec. 23rd, 2015 03:55 pm (UTC)
PhD = Piled Higher and Deeper
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