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Saturday, January 20, 2007
  The Hillary Syndrome

Am I the only person in America whose opinion of Hillary Clinton is just "meh"? For both left and right, she's the ultimate love-her-or-hate-her polarizing figure, and for the life of me I've never understood why. I mean, she's a competent centrist Senator, somewhat calculating like most successful politicians. I don't support her for president because I don't agree with the direction in which her faction wants to take the Democratic Party, but that hardly makes her the Antichrist. Yet so many progressives seem to see her that way - I've even heard good liberals say they'd vote for McCain over Hillary. That's just fucked up on so many levels.

And speaking of antichrist, the right's hatred of Hillary has long operated at a truly cosmic level. I just don't get it. She made a few missteps as first lady. She represents a kind of successful woman that conservatives like to disdain (even as many conservative women have had very similar career trajectories). Okay, I get that. But how did she become the ultimate transcendent evil?

Anyway, the early reviews - most blogs still yet to comment - on candidate Hillary:

Newsmax: Hillary will save the GOP

The Corner: "Americans, lock your doors."

Free Republic (comment): "I would even vote for McCain against the Princess (or Witch) of Darkness" [See? Now the super-pure leftists and the wingnuts are converging].

Redstate (comment): "Disingenuous from the get-go."

Daily Kos: Senator, we need to talk.

Steve Gilliard: "Yawn."

We'll see the magazines' view next week, though I guess it's all pretty predictable.

If weird.

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