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NobleCynic Donating Member (991 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-07-06 01:03 AM
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17. The problem with Hillary is not her voting record
(Except of course, on the Iraq War)

The problem is that while her voting credentials are impressive, she abandons it completely when she crafts her media image. Any time she is questioned before a camera she is as moderate and wishy washy as can be. I know she's playing for the center, and trying to win the moderates, but to ALL politically aware people it is down right insulting.

The righties hate Hillary because they see her as a far left extremist hiding behind a moderate shell.

The left is insulted because, while she votes with us most of the time,
(Except of course, on the Iraq War)
she insults us and distances herself from us in the media every chance she gets.

Either way it is disingenuous. It is dishonest. And it is cowardly.

The right succeeded so well in taking the political stage from us because they learned a very basic political lesson well. The public assumes, mistakenly so, that the truth of any issue is in the middle. Both sides lie, so both sides are wrong and the truth is in the middle. The right took a large step farther right, and thus pulled the entire country with it, because like the sheep we are, we assumed the truth was in the middle. The fact that the middle is defined not be any grand constant, but by what the midpoint ideologically is between the two major parties escapes the general public.

Moreover, there is the perception in the public eye that if a politician campaigns on a strong ideological campaign, but runs moderate policy in practice, he is simply compromising to get things done. If a candidate campaigns on a moderate ideological stance, but runs strongly ideological policy in practice, he is deceptive, and he is a liar.

While running as a moderate and implementing strong policy may have gotten Hillary this far, it is the type of thinking that spells defeat in the long run for the party. You may get what you want in the short run, but the public assumes the middle is in between what the politicians of the left and right are saying. Not what they are actually doing. What they are saying.

In conclusion, I believe it to be far more wise to have a politician that runs a campaign far left, but governs moderate than the other way around. You may get better results short run with Hillary's method, but in the long run the support of the general public shifts ever rightward as you move your public position ever towards the middle. When we appear to move to middle, all we do is move the middle farther right.
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