By Kyle | August 26, 2008
Hillary says she has spent “the last 35 years in the trenches.” Didn’t she spend some of them in law school and many subsquent years at an obscure corporate law firm in Arkansas? How are these things “trenches”? Is every law school student “in the trenches”? Is every fat-cat lawyer? “In the trenches” is a military metaphor. It’s a bit rich considering she has no military service on her resume. It’s a bit like John McCain claiming he’s got more soul than his opponent.
“No way. No how. No McCain.”
What does that mean? What reason has Hillary given us to vote against John McCain?
“To my sisterhood of the traveling pantsuits.” Funny. Kind of. But it shows Hillary is unaware of what pantsuits represent. They aren’t really an emblem of style. At least not the lumpy kind she favors.
Me, me, me. There is a whole lot of me in this speech. “I ran for president…to sustain the American dream.” Fine. Weren’t you supposed to be talking about Barack Obama? Hillary Clinton is like the passive-aggressive monster Kristen Wiig plays on “Saturday Night Live.” It’s all, “Yes, Barack Obama is our great hope” (Um, I got 18 million votes.) “I support Barack Obama.” (Um, I’ve been doing this for 35 years, not half a Senate term). “Barack Obama represents hope and change.”) (Um, Georgia, Iran, Iraq…remind you of anything? Like the fact that I’ve got more foreign policy credentials.)
At last, she has started beginning sentences with Barack Obama will do this and that. He’ll cure the economy and global warming and repair our alliances. Okay.
“John McCain is my colleague and friend. He has served our country with honor and courage. More high gas prices and less alternative energy. More jobs getting shipped overseas. More war and less diplomacy.” That’s the stuff. But it’s a bit hard to prove, isn’t it?
“In 2008 [McCain] still thinks it’s okay when women don’t earn equal pay for equal work.” Did I miss something? Did Barack Obama propose massive legislation to establish a vast new bureaucracy to go around figuring out how much work everyone does and making sure women and men doing exactly the same jobs, with, presumably, the same level of expertise and seniority and the same number of hours worked per week, get paid exactly the same? You would think I would have noticed. Or is the reason to vote against McCain what he “thinks” on this issue, irrespective of whether this has any policy implications? How does she know what McCain thinks, anyway?
Did Hillary Clinton just compare herself to a fugitive slave? Where exactly did she experience something comparable to slavery? in the wealthy suburb of Chicago where she grew up? Or at Wellesley?
“We’re Americans. We’re not big on quitting.” Good line.
“There is no chasm too deep. No ceiling too high.” A little fist-pumping action. Nice, positive. Effective. She’s forceful, seems confident and in charge, presidential. Pretty good speech. I don’t think it’s going to change many minds.