Friday, January 26, 2007

America's Lady MacBeth

MacBeth is my favorite of the four great Shakespearean tragedies; I've loved it since high school. So Gerard Baker's piece, The Vaulting Ambition of of America's Lady Macbeth, caught my eye:
There are many reasons people think Mrs Clinton will not be elected president. She lacks warmth; she is too polarising a figure; the American people don’t want to relive the psychodrama of the eight years of the Clinton presidency.

But they all miss this essential counterpoint. As you consider her career this past 15 years or so in the public spotlight, it is impossible not to be struck, and even impressed, by the sheer ruthless, unapologetic, unshameable way in which she has pursued this ambition, and confirmed that there is literally nothing she will not do, say, think or feel to achieve it. Here, finally, is someone who has taken the black arts of the politician’s trade, the dissembling, the trimming, the pandering, all the way to their logical conclusion.
Read the whole thing; it's pretty bracing.


Anonymous BlueBuffoon said...

The proverbial "Exhibit A" in support of Baker's thesis may well be the dust-up over Hillary's fingerprints on the reports raising questions--some of which seem more than a little bit of a stretch--about Barack Obama's Muslim background. How clever to plant the story with a conservative source--certain to get the info out and then easily smeared (at least for her willing allies in the liberal media) as part of the vast right-wing conspiracy out to get her. (The original WaPo piece by Howard Kurtz--no surprise there!--requires registration.)

No wonder some call these operatives "Hillary's flying monkeys"!

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Friday, January 26, 2007 8:27:00 AM  

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