Carol Platt Liebau: The 2008 Presidential Race: Eat Your Vegetables

Monday, August 13, 2007

The 2008 Presidential Race: Eat Your Vegetables

This is guest blogger Wile E Coyote.

Here is an article about the "surprising strength" Guiliani is showing among Republicans, as well as an article on Democrats concerns over Hillary Clinton's high negative ratings.

I think America is looking for a Presidential candidate who will make us eat our vegetables.

Giuliani made New York City eat its vegetables. He was good at it. And they worked.

I will venture a contrast between Giuliani and Hillary. Giuliani knows we don't like vegetables. He doesn't like vegetables. But he knows that we all have to eat them. That's life.

I think Hillary likes to eat vegetables. This is not the same as liking vegetables. Think of the people who derive a perverse pleasure from wearing hair shirts. Hillary feels good about being the kind of person who eats vegetables. She feels even better about being the kind of person who makes other people eat vegetables. In fact, she figures if she makes enough people eat their vegetables, she won't even have to eat any herself because she has been responsible for so much vegetable consumption. Then, she and Bill can go have Big Mac and large fries, swim in Al Gore's heated outdoor pool (carbon offsets) and hang out in John Edward's 10,000 square foot, air conditioned house set on three acres of clear-cut forest.

When Giuliani makes us eat our vegetables, it's so we can feel better. When Hillary does it, it's so she can.

UPDATE: Wiley--I embedded the links. Ruth Anne :)


Blogger Greg said...

I feel a "provide evidence to support your assertion" post coming regarding whether Hillary likes or dislikes vegetables.

5:59 AM  
Blogger Righty64 said...

I think that any of the GOP top-tier candidates could "make us eat our vegetables", but that is not a good enough reason to vote for a candidate. I am STILL not sure what Mr. Giuliani's vison is overall for the United States. I do know that he will fight the Islamofacists, but what about taxes? Judges? Better explanation about his stand on abortion? I think that all his standing in the national polls is about to come crashing down.

9:22 AM  
Blogger Chepe Noyon said...

You know, I was willing to grant you poetic license at first, but you went off the rails starting here:

She feels even better about being the kind of person who makes other people eat vegetables.

This is just idle fantasy on your part. Would it be fair for me to turn the tables on you and say that you feel good about being the kind of person who says that other people feel good about being the kind of person who makes other people eat vegetables? The whole thing is kinda silly, don't you think?

I'll also take you to task for your comments about the lifestyles of the Democratic candidates. This would be significant if Republican candidates were paragons of frugality and conservation. But they are not; their lifestyles are just as prodigal as those of other wealthy people. So, are you castigating Democrats or wealthy people?

Of course, you'll counter with the argument that there is an element of hypocrisy at work with the Democrats. Republicans don't decry excessive consumption; they revel in it. The problem here is that you are conflating many different statements from many different people onto a single person.

If you want to press the hypocrisy case, you must match statements from one person against actions by the same person. Mixing and matching statements and actions from different people doesn't establish hypocrisy.

10:28 AM  

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