Clinton’s Hollow Words on Bush

Hillary Clinton is attempting to dress Obama in Bush’s legacy (Washington Times, emphasis mine):

Speaking at the Newspaper Association of America’s annual conference, Mrs. Clinton derided Mr. Bush, saying that “rather than defending the Constitution, he has defied its principles and traditions.”

She noted the long nomination battle but said, “When the campaigns conclude … all that’s left is the choice we have made.
“We have seen the power of the presidency placed in hands unready or unwilling to address the tasks that lie ahead,” she said, adding an accusation that Mr. Bush squandered an opportunity to unite the world after the 2001 terrorist attacks.

Unwilling is a clear reference to Bush. Unready though?  That’s a dig at Obama’s experience.  She is trying once again with a subtle rhetorical flourish to link Obama and the President, while distancing herself from her own record of support for the President:

“The president is not above the law in our system of government, and we need to make that absolutely clear starting next year,” she said.

If she is elected, “starting from Day One, the Bush-Cheney era will be over in name and in practice,” she said.

One problem is that where Obama has opposed Bush’s policies, Clinton has in many notable cases supported them.  Another is her language.  She’s an elected official now.

The words “Starting next year I’ll fight” are pretty hollow coming from a Senator.

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