In her sympathetic interview with Katie Couric, Hillary whines that Obama hasn’t had to deal with negative ads, a “meanie” press that has been so “tough” on her (she wouldn’t last a second in the cauldron they’ve set for W these past 7 years!), and then she talks about how she wants to “unify” the country, too. The thing is, she wants to unify us into agreeing with her.
Asked if the media has treated her the same way as they’ve treated Obama, Clinton told Couric, “I think the media has certainly been very, shall we say, tough on me.”
“Tougher on you than Senator Obama?” Couric asked.
“Or nearly anybody else, the best I can tell. But that’s okay,” Clinton said.
“You’ve said, ‘I’ve been through the Republican attacks. And I’ve been vetted.’ And cynics suggest that you’re insinuating there’s some deep, dark secret that is in Barack Obama’s past that will be somehow unveiled by a GOP attack machine,” Couric said.
“You know, that is not what I’m suggesting at all. But, you know, Senator Obama has never had, I don’t think, a single negative ad run against him. He’s never been on the receiving end even in this campaign. It’s been incredibly civil by any modern standards,” Clinton said. “Until you have been through this experience, you have no idea what it’s like. And he hasn’t been. He’s never, ever had to face this. And I think that I am much better prepared and ready to, you know, withstand whatever comes my way.”
“Are you saying he couldn’t handle it?” Couric asked.
“I’m just saying that I’ve been there and I know how to handle it… ” Clinton replied.
“…Because in exit polls, most people thought you would make a better commander in chief. But, they said, Barack Obama would be better at unifying the country. Why are you so often seen as polarizing?” Couric asked.
“I think it’s because I have been active on behalf of a lot of controversial causes like universal healthcare, like a woman’s right to choose for many, many years. And that is who I am,” Clinton said. “Unity for the sake of unity is not my goal. I want to unify the country around meeting big goals like dealing with our energy crisis. I want to call the country to action around global warming. I want to set some, you know, really big vision that young people can buy into. That’s the best way to unify the country.”
“I want to set some, you know, really big vision that young people can buy into. That’s the best way to unify the country.”
Man, that’s lame. Frighteningly empty of anything but raw ambition and appetite.
If you ever go back and try to read a Clinton speech – by either Clinton – you find that they are rhetorically unremarkable and truly empty. Lots of words, very little real content. Try it sometimes.
Of course, Obama is no treasure chest of profundity, either.