Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Clinton, Brown and the Content-Free Wave

David Brooks in the New York Times - 'No wonder the Clinton campaign feels impersonal. It's like a machine for the production of politics.' 
This is brilliant; it is also a very exact description of the Brown campaign.
From the same column - '... the tens of thousands of times she pretended to be delighted to see someone she doesn't know...' 
Of course, that silly, empty wave at nobody.... why do they do that?


  1. On balance, at Aintree, I prefer to bet on the well trained. They tend to get round the course. Better if they have some form over the jumps. This is not to say that I have not with the help of a pin found a pretty bay, bet, and won. Just not this year.

  2. The "well trained" or "fully vetted", as she prefers it, argument is a nonsense, as her pathetic lies about her visit to Bosnia, and the continued refusal to release tax returns, suggest.

    She's a cold machine, which is why her comment that "occasionally I am a human being like everybody else" would be funny if the implication weren't so terrifying.

    Sure, politicians lie like footballers have bad haircuts, but it's the extent of and the reasons for the lying that trouble me with Clinton. And also, like Brown, the chronic inability ever to admit error.

    The problem with Brown, like Clinton, is that too many people don't believe a single word he utters, to the point where he has become a figure of ridicule, as with the non-election farce. Clinton is already an incredibly divisive figure, producing as much negativity as positivity.

    The Terminator-like Clinton machine is far slicker that Sideshow Brown's, but she's increasingly revealing herself to be of a similar ilk.

  3. Johnny, exactly right. I have recently read Sally Bedell Smiths book, The Clintons in the White House.
    Their naked lust for power is frightening. If she gets the job, and I wouldn`t bet that she won`t, do not forget that the little chap with the briefcase will be her constant companion, her only criteria pre button pressing will be "will it keep me in the Whitehouse.

  4. What about Gordon Brown and the contentless smile - deeply scary, and it's getting worse...