Carol Platt Liebau: Hillary's Inauthenticity Problem

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Hillary's Inauthenticity Problem

Here, the Economist discusses Hillary Clinton's nascent presidential campaign, dutifully noting all its problems but nonetheless declining to bet against her.

What's most annoying is the way the issue is framed at the piece's conclusion -- about "breaking the glass ceiling." It's worth pointing out that Hillary is hardly the living example of feminist ideology that she claims to be. After a promising early start in Washington, D.C., she rode to professional prominence in Arkansas on her husband's gubernatorial coattails; similarly, she gained her Senate seat at the end of her husband's presidency. She resembles the female politicians who have taken over their husband's seats (like Jean Carnahan) more than truly independent female political pioneers like Condoleezza Rice (or even Dianne Feinstein, for that matter).

As Deborah Orin points out, Hillary is having trouble handling the anti-war left that she and others in her party were happy to galvanize for turnout purposes in previous elections. Her efforts to speak to present herself as a hawk and woo "values voters" (speaking, for example, about the tragedy of abortion) are falling flat. The reason? They come across as inauthentic.

And at least these days, inauthenticity seems to be the cardinal sin in electoral politics.

2 Comments:

Blogger wile e coyote said...

Hillary is implementing Bill's triangulation strategy. She is betting that the left will believe that, deep down, she is one of them and that her current positioning is just posturing.

With her establish national network and war chest, she can afford to move to the middle now to burnish her chances in a general election. The biggest knock on Hillary is that she is unelectable. If she can beat this rap by driving down her national negatives, she will lock up the nomination and be a formidable national candidate.

4:29 PM  
Blogger COPioneer said...

wile is right about the triangulation. It's really what Hugh Hewitt is always talking about on his radio show when he says he hopes it doesn't end up being McCain, but if it is, he'll vote for him.

Although, it would be refreshing, and more genuine, if the moonbats actually just went and voted for the socialist or communist that are always on the ticket.

8:43 AM  

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