March 7, 2007

Oh how embarrassing

I’m awful at accents, both doing them and picking them, although on the latter score I can usually pick the absolutely obvious. The Princess, on the other hand, has a good ear for doing accents. Perhaps she should run for President of the United States of America, just like Hillary?

Power Line brings us the changeable and excruciating accents of Hillary Clinton. Really, you have to listen to this to believe it.

Elsewhere, Hilary says:

“To all those who say a woman can never be elected as president, I say you’ll never know until you try and I say that’s what I want to in this campaign.”

“Together we can break that hardest and highest of all glass ceilings and together when we do it will be all of our victory.”

Well, maybe 50 years ago it was commonly believed that a woman could never be elected president, but I doubt that anyone in the USA thinks that these days.

As for that glass ceiling, Hilary should have looked over her shoulder at the many female Prime Ministers and female leaders in other countries who crashed that ceiling long ago, not to mention the women in her own country who have reached levels of power that would have been unimaginable 50 years ago (take a bow Condi; take a bow Maddie Albright). Sure, it’s not exactly an even split between the genders, more like 80 to 90% in favour of men, but still, others have actually beaten Hilary to the heights of power that she is now aspiring. Unless she is suggesting that the achievement of women in other countries doesn't count.

As for her exhortation that people should vote for her for the challenge of breaking this particular glass ceiling, or suggesting that it would be a collective victory – utter tosh. Unless she plans on sharing her presidency with every other woman in the country, and from memory, Hillary isn’t much for sharing, or unless she proves to be the person that the American electorate wants as President, there is no reason why a country should get behind her, purely for the sake of putting a woman – any woman – into that particular job.

Hillary also said that she would end the war in Iraq. No further details were divulged.

Disclosure: I am of a strong opinion that a woman who cannot be trusted to leave home with her own accent intact cannot be trusted to run the USA.

Via Melbourne commuter newspaper, mX, March 07, 2007

3 comments:

  1. Anonymous12:01 AM

    Don't worry Caz. Brave prediction 1: she won't get the nomination.

    Brave prediction II: Gore will run and likely win the nomination (actually I think I did that on Harry's site last year).

    Brave prediction III: Obama as the running mate.

    The last more a hope I think. Nice ticket though. I think it a winner too.

    Obama a contender in 2015 at about fifty? A likely winner as well.

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  2. Brave?

    Brave?

    That's insanity!

    I sure hope you haven't taken out any bets on your predictions.

    I know the Gore option rears its large head from time to time, but, you know, I just don't see it happening. He has a niche all his own at the moment. Yes, yes, I know, there's Bono too, not forgetting Bob Brown and others closer to home, but Gore has carved a unique place for himself. The Green Messiah - armed with a PowerPoint pack.

    As a US president he would be in a long line of presidents before him, and all the presidents that will come after him, and the very best he can hope for is an eight year stint.

    But in his guise as The Green Messiah - armed with a PowerPoint pack, he can go on forever and ever, and even when he dies he can be remembered as The Green Messiah.

    Besides, don't forget how arduous and expensive is a presidential run in America. If he really was going to run he'd need to be raising money now.

    I don't think Obama would take the VP role. If I was him I'd take something else, step into the VP role later, perhaps, and then run for the top job.

    Gore is now familiar to everyone as the president-who-wasn't, and for that reason, is no longer presidential material. His role for the last six years has changed his public persona too much - likely, I think.

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  3. Brave?

    Brave?

    That's insanity!

    I sure hope you haven't taken out any bets on your predictions.

    I know the Gore option rears its large head from time to time, but, you know, I just don't see it happening. He has a niche all his own at the moment. Yes, yes, I know, there's Bono too, not forgetting Bob Brown and others closer to home, but Gore has carved a unique place for himself. The Green Messiah - armed with a PowerPoint pack.

    As a US president he would be in a long line of presidents before him, and all the presidents that will come after him, and the very best he can hope for is an eight year stint.

    But in his guise as The Green Messiah - armed with a PowerPoint pack, he can go on forever and ever, and even when he dies he can be remembered as The Green Messiah.

    Besides, don't forget how arduous and expensive is a presidential run in America. If he really was going to run he'd need to be raising money now.

    I don't think Obama would take the VP role. If I was him I'd take something else, step into the VP role later, perhaps, and then run for the top job.

    Gore is now familiar to everyone as the president-who-wasn't, and for that reason, is no longer presidential material. His role for the last six years has changed his public persona too much - likely, I think.

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