Towards the end of my previous post "The Most Secretive Politicians in History" I said (emphasis mine, throughout this post):
Let me end with another observation from yesterday's comment thread, where commenter Jesse had this to say:
Richard Mellon Scaife ...she talked to this monster...really how many excuses are there left to give?
I don't know if Jesse is an Obama supporter, but this is classic CDS. On the one hand you have a candidate - Sen. Obama - whose entire foreign policy pitch is based on having direct talks without pre-conditions with some of America's worst enemies and the worst dictators in the world - in order to bring reconciliation or peace. His entire campaign is based on the pitch of "unity" and bringing people together even if you disagree strongly with them and their tactics. In contrast, here you have the usual suspects getting the vapors over Sen. Clinton giving an interview to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review editorial board (a newspaper that is important in Pennsylvania whether she likes it or not) - where she had no option but to talk to the owner and her longtime nemesis Scaife. These are the slender and completely BS threads upon which Hillary hatred and the Jacobin* impulse are sustained.
Look what we have today (since it's not April 1st yet and it's dated March 30, 2008, I'm going to assume this is a real editorial):
By Richard M. Scaife
Uh-oh! Deep trouble ahead for Hillary Clinton from the "netroots".
Hillary Clinton walked into a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review conference room last Tuesday to meet with some of the newspaper's editors and reporters and declared, "It was so counterintuitive, I just thought it would be fun to do."
The room erupted in laughter. Her remark defused what could have been a confrontational meeting.
More than that, it said something about the New York senator and former first lady who hopes to be America's next president.
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More than most modern political figures, Sen. Clinton has been criticized regularly, often harshly, by the Trib. We disagreed with many of her policies and her actions in the past. We still disagree with some of her proposals.The very morning that she came to the Trib, our editorial page raised questions about her campaign and criticized her on several other scores.
Reading that, a lesser politician -- one less self-assured, less informed on domestic and foreign issues, less confident of her positions -- might well have canceled the interview right then and there.
Sen. Clinton came to the Trib anyway and, for 90 minutes, answered questions.
Her meeting and her remarks during it changed my mind about her.
That's the sound of several heads exploding. Clinton's arch-nemesis Scaife continues:
Walking into our conference room, not knowing what to expect (or even, perhaps, expecting the worst), took courage and confidence. Not many politicians have political or personal courage today, so it was refreshing to see her exhibit both.
Sen. Clinton also exhibited an impressive command of many of today's most pressing domestic and international issues. Her answers were thoughtful, well-stated, and often dead-on.
Particularly regarding foreign policy, she identified what we consider to be the most important challenges and dangers that the next president must confront and resolve in order to guarantee our nation's security. Those include an increasingly hostile Russia, an increasingly powerful China and increasing instability in Pakistan and South America.
Like me, she believes we must pull our troops out of Iraq, because it is time for Iraqis to handle their own destiny -- and, more important, because it is past time to end the toll on our soldiers there, to begin rebuilding our military, and to refocus our attention on other threats, starting with Afghanistan.
On domestic policy, Sen. Clinton and I might find more areas on which we disagree. Yet we also agree on others. Asked about the utter failure of federal efforts to rebuild New Orleans since the Katrina disaster, for example, she called it just what it has been -- "not just a national disgrace (but) an international embarrassment."
Scaife goes on:
Does all this mean I'm ready to come out and recommend that our Democrat readers choose Sen. Clinton in Pennsylvania's April 22 primary?
No -- not yet, anyway. In fairness, we at the Trib want to hear Sen. Barack Obama's answers to some of the same questions and to others before we make that decision.
But it does mean that I have a very different impression of Hillary Clinton today than before last Tuesday's meeting -- and it's a very favorable one indeed.
Call it a "counterintuitive" impression.
Very troubling indeed. Sen. Clinton has this ugly and detestable habit of impressing people who get to know her well - especially independents and Republicans! The result? A powerful Republican and media magnate who hated the Clintons came dangerously close to endorsing her! We certainly can't have that! After all, according to The Clinton Rules and The Obama Rules it is only acceptable if Republicans endorse Sen. Obama - he who has courted them aggressively - in support of his campaign of hope, unity and change.