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Matthew Freeman is a Brooklyn based playwright with a BFA from Emerson College. His plays include THE DEATH OF KING ARTHUR, REASONS FOR MOVING, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE AMERICANS, THE WHITE SWALLOW, AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, THE MOST WONDERFUL LOVE, WHEN IS A CLOCK, GLEE CLUB, THAT OLD SOFT SHOE and BRANDYWINE DISTILLERY FIRE. He served as Assistant Producer and Senior Writer for the live webcast from Times Square on New Year's Eve 2010-2012. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to Gamespy, Premiere, Complex Magazine, Maxim Online, and MTV Magazine. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., New York Theatre Experience, and Samuel French.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Question

Is Hillary Clinton trying to get John McCain elected President?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I dunno. I just keep thinking "Wouldn't it have been nice if Hillary Clinton had taken about one-twentieth of the energy she exerts on trashing Obama's record (lying about his pro-choice commitments, etc.) and used it to join 23 of her fellow Senate peers in pushing back against the Bush war agenda when she had the chance? Wouldn't that have shown awesome judgment and character and courage?"

But that would require her to actually BE a fighter when it matters, instead of just playing one on TV.

I keep waiting for one of her supporters to point out a single time in her life, political or otherwise, that she went out on a ledge for a principle other than "Bill and I need to be elected." So far, crickets. And the First Lady records are showing that she was in fact a NAFTA cheerleader for the Clinton administration.

Meantime, I watched the CNN special on life for women in Iraq. Hillary Clinton may be a lot of things, but any woman who unleashed that kind of misery on innocent women in a sovereign nation simply to score cheap ugly "hawk" points for her future political ambitions doesn't deserve the moniker "feminist."

Kerry

Mark said...

>I keep waiting for one of her supporters to point out a single time in her life, political or otherwise, that she went out on a ledge for a principle other than "Bill and I need to be elected."

Throughout the Bush administration, HRC and Senator Patty Murray waged a lonely fight to make Plan B (the "morning after pill") available. They put a hold on Bush's FDA appointee and never backed down until it was done.

Also, David Gergen said: "I was actually there in the Clinton White House during the NAFTA fight and I must tell you Hillary Clinton was extremely unenthusiastic about NAFTA. And I think that's putting it mildly. I'm not sure she objected to all the provisions of it but she just didn't see why her husband and that White House had to go and do that fight. She was very unhappy about it and wanted to move on to health care. So I do think there's some justification for her camp saying, you know, she's never been a great backer for NAFTA." [David Gergen, Anderson Cooper 360, 2/25/08]

Anonymous said...

Robert Reich remembers it a bit differently than Gergen:
http://robertreich.blogspot.com/2008/02/hillary-and-barack-afta-nafta.html

Although they seem to dovetail with the notion that Hillary wasn't as much opposed to NAFTA for itself as she was with the notion of going forward with it unless health care was still on the table.

Nonetheless, whatever private doubts she had, she clearly made public speeches supporting it for the sake of her husband's agenda at the time -- which doesn't exactly change my view of her as someone who consistently chooses political expediency and victory over principle.

Kerry