So says John Edwards. "...not even me," he said of himself. Then he went on to bash Hillary Clinton on her vote on the resolution regarding Iran and her acceptance of campaign cash from lobbyists, with the word "corruption" slung around. Then when Hillary took issue, he raised his eyebrows and pursed his lips. Very Church Lady.
In the swirling mix of conviction and emotion that is politics, it's often easy to mistake resentment for reason, or vice versa. Nowhere is that more true than when looking at reaction to the presidential candidacy of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (NY). There are, indeed, principled reasons for a liberal not to embrace Clinton as her candidate, not least among them the New York senator's vote on the resolution that gave the president the go-ahead to invade Iraq. But among Hillary's most vocal critics, the reaction is something more visceral.
Among the lawyers and opposition figures rounded up, jailed or placed under house arrest is Asma Jahangir (sometimes spelled Jehangir), Pakistan's best-known feminist and human rights activist. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon issued a statement calling for the release of Jahangir, currently the UN's special rapporteur for religious freedom, along with the other political detainees.
In his essay on today's New York Times op-ed page, scholar François Furstenberg makes a comparison between the "with-us-or-for-them" rhetoric of the Bush administration and the avec-nous-ou-contre-la-révolution parlance of the pro-war faction that emerged from among the winners of the French Revolution. (As we say in Jersey, pardon my French.)
She's tougher than Rudy, more experienced than Obama, done more for poor folks than Edwards, and smarter than everybody. That's the subtext of her responses on Social Security and her vote for the Iran resolution. Biden and Dodd are making sense in taking her on about her Iran vote, but her tone and body language trump their pleas. My colleague, Dana, is right about Obama; the offensive stance does not become him. And though it may be sexist of me to notice, Hillary's somber suit -- a black pantsuit with brown accessories (including a pocket square) -- look like fightin' clothes to me.