Wednesday :: Dec 26, 2007

NYTimes Writer Lashes Out At Hillary Once Again


by Jeff Dinelli

For those of us who read the New York Times on a regular basis, it's abundantly clear: Patrick Healy does not like Hillary Rodham Clinton. In today's edition, Healy manages to mention HRC throwing up and the Lewinsky scandal in the first three grafs.

Anyone who's ever read a Bob Woodward book on the Bill Clinton presidency knows, Hillary was a principal and often final advisor to her husband for nearly all major decisions. Yet Healy's latest attack piece today tries to rewrite that fact:

In seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, Mrs. Clinton lays claim to two traits nearly every day: strength and experience. . . . She has cast herself, instead, as a first lady like no other: a full partner to her husband in his administration, and, she says, all the stronger and more experienced for her “eight years with a front-row seat on history.” Her rivals scoff at the idea that her background gives her any special qualifications for the presidency. Senator Barack Obama has especially questioned “what experiences she’s claiming” as first lady, noting that the job is not the same as being a cabinet member, much less president.

Obama has apparently never read a book about the Clinton presidency. He'd be enlightened by doing so, or maybe talk to President Clinton or such people as Mickey Kantor, who were there.

. . . [S]he was more of a sounding board than a policy maker, who learned through osmosis rather than decision-making, and who grew gradually more comfortable with the use of military power. . . . [S]he acted as adviser, analyst, devil’s advocate, problem-solver and gut check for her husband, and that she has an intuitive sense of how brutal the job can be. What is clear, she and others say, is that Mr. Clinton often consulted her, and that Mrs. Clinton gained experience that Mr. Obama, John Edwards and every other candidate lack — indeed, that most incoming presidents did not have. “In the end, she was the last court of appeal for him when he was making a decision,” said Mickey Kantor, a close Clinton friend who served as trade representative and commerce secretary. “I would be surprised if there was any major decision he made that she didn’t weigh in on.”

Weirdness abounds from the pen of Healy and the mouth of Obama.

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