Sunday, November 13, 2005
Hillary Clinton materialized in Jordan today to tour the site of al Qaeda's last atrocity, yet another example of why she is the candidate to beat in 2008, not just for the Democratic nomination but in the general election as well. In one deft move she (i) again burnished her reputation as a hawk on al Qaeda, a requirement for her to win it all, (ii) took advantage of her husband's connections with the world's leaders to appear presidential without, er, looking as though she were taking advantage of her husband's connections, and (iii) managed to appear as though she were in charge, which was emasculating as hell in 1993 but which is utterly essential between now and [cough, cough - ed.] 2016.
Suffice it to say that Howard Dean, John Kerry, John Edwards, and the rest of the cartoon candidates were nowhere to be seen. This trend will continue for three years -- you will never see a picture of Hillary or Bill with any of those men, except perhaps camouflaged in a huge gathering of other people. No worries, though -- those other guys are too afraid of their denialist base even to think of showing up at the site of a terrorist attack in the heart of the Middle East.