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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Monday, April 13, 2015

Which Hillary?

I disagree with Amanda Marcotte's point.

Hillary should be "Bad Ass Hillary" from time to time.  Especially in debates with the GOP.  She should pick some fights and go to the mattresses from time to time.

But first, I find it ironic that Marcotte - a feminist - is urging Hillary to act like an alpha male.  Her opening video was adept precisely because Hillary didn't put herself front and center.  She can be the "b$%^* who gets things done", but she can also be the grandmom who wants to listen to YOUR problems.

Hillary Clinton doesn't have to be all things to all people.  But she has to be appealing.  Her husband and her former boss have an undeniable charisma.  She doesn't offer that.  She offers competence.  I get that this is what Marcotte is asking she project.  But she needs to be warm, empathetic and, maybe most of all, quiet.  She needs to be a listener.

I think that will play very well. Because when was the last time a politician listened?

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