Hillary’s speech

We weren’t looking for it, but Mr. Bookworm accidentally stumbled across Hillary’s speech on TV.  I listened to a little and then, put off by her frenetic delivery, read the rest.  I have just a few of comments, since I don’t think it merits more than a few.

Hillary is not an inspired speaker, although she is a competent one.  My sense was that, in lieu of exciting ideas and genuine leadership, she substituted speed and volume.  I found it exhausting to listen to that hectoring list of all the miracles that will come unto earth if the Democrats can just retake the White House.  There was no passion there, just a laundry-listed frenzy.

On the subject of “inspiration,” this speech was anything but.  Instead, it was a generic political speech.  The references to Obama seemed to have been slotted in at strategic points, without actual regard for Obama.  Hillary could just as easily have said “Candidate X” without changing the content one iota.  There was a robotic quality to the fact that, each time Hillary had made a few points on the Democratic want list (universal healthcare, equal rights for everyone, an activist Supreme Court), she’d then throw in “and Obama can do this.”

The problem is that I never got from Hillary a sense of why Obama can do this (whatever “this” happens to be) — and given Obama’s record of failed initiatives, maybe silence was golden.  After all, Obama gets a quick start on everything but, once he’s achieved his goal (law review editor, law professor, State senator, United States senator) he does almost nothing or he fails in his initiatives.  His whole goal is getting there, not being there.  If he followed the first part of that pattern and did nothing in the White House, his tenure might be harmless.  On the other hand, if he followed the second part of that pattern and embarked on failed government handouts and boondoggles for his political friends, I can envision a very painful four years and a long national recovery.

Also, as is always the case with Democratic speeches, the maudlin hard luck tales creep me out.  I feel as if I’m listening to some presentation from a charity that is demanding my emotions and, most importantly, my money.  I don’t view government as a giant charity.  I view it as a infrastructure support service that should be minimally intrusive and minimally expensive.  I don’t need saccharine human interest stories — most of which I suspect are suspect — to define my government.  That’s the liberal fascism Jonah Goldberg wrote about, which envisions a smiley faced government that will take care of all human needs.  It’s not comforting, it’s frightening.

And that’s what I thought of Hillary’s speech.

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  • Deana

    Hi Bookworm –

    Politics completely aside, I thought Hillary’s delivery last night was spot on. She showed energy, spirit, determination, etc. She is not a naturally gifted speaker but I thought she did a great job.

    I can’t help but wonder how many folks at that convention are secretly wishing they had nominated her instead of Obama. No one there seems to be able to articulate why Obama is a good candidate. (Perhaps because that is not possible.)

    On a side note – Bill Clinton is just fascinating to watch at events like this. He swerves from predictability (mouthing the words “I love you” to Hillary, regardless of how insincere that appears) to an utter lack of predictability (i.e. what WILL come out of his mouth??).

    Deana

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    I won’t quarrel with your assessment of Hillary’s delivery, Deana. I prefer beautiful speech to that kind of aggressive, charged-up speech. Although I don’t agree with him politically very often, I’ve thought of Tony Blair as a marvelous speech giver: beautiful use of language and ideas, lovely cadences, just a pleasure to listen to. I find Hillary shrill and Obama soporific. Maybe if they tacked on phony British accents….

    As for Bill, you’re right — it’s always fun to watch a loose cannon if you’re not in the line of fire.

  • Tiresias

    I was amused by her opening lines. She’s a proud mother – democrat – senator from NY – American – Obama supporter… but apparently not a proud spouse. Ol’ Bill was back to being “President Clinton” last night, not “my husband.” (He’s only “my husband” at need, these days, and she’s not running at the moment, so she doesn’t need him. He’ll be back to “my husband” in four years when she runs again.)

    So we have a couple of years here to look forward to Hillary Rodham Rodham; “Clinton’s” been retired for a while.

    These people have no idea how funny they are. Their insincerity is so patent, and any actual adult can see through Bill as though his head were made of glass. They are genuinely hilarious.

  • suek

    >>I’ve thought of Tony Blair as a marvelous speech giver: beautiful use of language and ideas, lovely cadences, just a pleasure to listen to.>>

    He wowed me as well. When I learned more about his actual politics, I changed my opinion. I think as a leader he was terribly damaging – even more so for the fact that he could verbally spin dross into gold.

  • suek

    Even if you don’t make WolfHowling a regular read, you should read this one. It starts out with Michelle’s speech, but then goes further back into the origins of her references, whether she knows it or not.

    http://wolfhowling.blogspot.com/2008/08/michelle-obama-quotes-saul-alinsky.html

    His blog always is very slow loading – I normally hit “stop” as soon as the articles appear. The side stuff seems to be where the “slow” comes from…

  • Ymarsakar

    For those who harbor hate in their hearts and wish to destroy the GOlden Age of the United States, they will find it comforting, Book.

  • Ymarsakar

    I have to agree with Deana on her view of hearing Hillary’s speech.

    Depending on how much you comprehend of the psychology of Democrats or how they view certain issues, the things Hillary said would either make a great deal of sense or make absolutely no sense at all.

    To me, they made a great deal of sense. If i was a Democrat, which was the character I put myself into when I heard her speech on youtube. It was only at the end, when she talked about supporting the troops by kicking their recruitment offices out of Berkley, that I had to get out of character.

  • Marguerite

    Bookworm – Your last point is a big one for me. The proper role of government isn’t about compassion (maudlin or not) and the more it is given that role, the worse it is. Look at the big cities run by ‘compassionate’ democrats – hell-holes of decay and decadence that are rivalling a dying Europe in rates of taxation. I don’t want to hear what any candidate will do for ME or give ME. Hillary’s contempt for Americans is in proportion to her love of absolute government and her overweening self-absorbtion was on display for all to see – it was all about her.

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