Hillary is being very weird

In a bizarre speech yesterday, Hillary wittingly or unwittingly admitted that the Republicans are best when it comes to security against terrorism. Here’s what she said:

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday raised the prospect of a terror attack before next year’s election, warning that it could boost the GOP’s efforts to hold on to the White House.

Discussing the possibility of a new nightmare assault while campaigning in New Hampshire, Clinton also insisted she is the Democratic candidate best equipped to deal with it.

“It’s a horrible prospect to ask yourself, ‘What if? What if?’ But if certain things happen between now and the election, particularly with respect to terrorism, that will automatically give the Republicans an advantage again, no matter how badly they have mishandled it, no matter how much more dangerous they have made the world,” Clinton told supporters in Concord.

“So I think I’m the best of the Democrats to deal with that,” she added.

The former first lady made the surprising comments as she explained to supporters that she has beaten back the GOP’s negative attacks for years, and is ready to do so again.

Yes, it’s true that, after hypothesizing that there might be a terrorist attack, Hillary goes on to say that the Republicans have, to date, mishandled terrorism. What’s peculiar is what Hillary goes on to say after that: “So I think I’m the best of the Democrats to deal with that.” (Emphasis mine.)

In that single little sentences, it’s obvious that Hillary intends to put down the other Democratic candidates. By framing it as she did — that is, by comparing herself only to Democrats — it makes her sound as if she is tacitly admitting that, while she’s the best amongst Democrats, she can’t compete against Republicans.

The fact is that, despite Hillary’s insult to the Republican administration, voters who are not true believers when it comes to the anti-War movement know three things: (a) There haven’t been successful terrorist attacks on American soil in almost six years of Republican control over security. (b) None of the Democrats have come up with an alternative plan for fighting terrorism beyond cutting and running in Iraq, which most sensible people know would be disastrous, a la the President’s recent Vietnam speech. And (c) the only thing Hillary has promised is to take the Republican war and, in some vague, unexplained way, do it better. At best then, she’s like a Republican — and knowing this, all she can do is assure voters that she’s better than the Democrats.

(If you think this little squiblet deserves some attention at Patrick Ruffini’s 2008 Presidential Wire, please click **here**.)

UPDATEBest of the Web caught the same inadvertent (?) admission.


2 Responses

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  2. Sen. Clinton indulged in a bit of political speculation, but hardly conceded GOP superiority in the homeland security area. She restated conventional wisdom- which holds that many would reflexively coalesce around the Presidency in the event of another major attack. She added that such an showing of support would be independent of the merits of the administration’s actions or inactions- as it would likely be an emotional and instinctive outpouring, ala 9/11. Taken as a whole, Ms. Clinton’s ramblings were hardly radical.

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