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Hillary Is ‘In It.’ Last Name to be Determined Later.



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To the surprise of no one, Hillary’s running. (And the logo is “Hillary for President, not Hillary Clinton for President.”) Video here.

As she says, she’s not just starting a campaign, she’s beginning a conversation. Which is probably something like a “listening campaign,” which is how she began her campaign for the Senate in 2000.

“We all need to be part of the discussion, if we’re all going to be part of the solution.”

So no opt-outs, huh? We can’t choose to not be part of the discussion, nor to choose to not be part of the solution?

“All of us have to be part of the solution.”

Oh. I wonder if some part of that statement got cut off? “That’s why I’m setting up reeducation camps around the country, so all of you can get with the program.”

“Let’s talk about how to bring the right end to the war in Iraq and to restore respect for America around the world.”

“Let’s talk about how to bring the right end to the war within my party over my position on Iraq, and to restore respect for my position as frontrunner.”

“How to make us energy independent and free of foreign oil. How to end the deficits that threaten Social Security and Medicare.And let’s definitely talk about how every American can have quality affordable health care.”

Okay, my only observation during this point is that on the video, apparently the cameraman fell asleep, because her head is centered, then right, then left a bit, then up and then down. Maybe someone decided that the standard head-on shot could be softened by slow movements of the camera a few inches one way, then another way.

You know, after six years of George Bush, it is time to renew the promise of America. Our basic bargain that no matter who you are or where you live, if you work hard and play by the rules, you can build a good life for yourself and your family.”

I kept waiting for Hubby to pop up in the background and give her the thumbs up on his oft-used phrase, “people who work hard and play by the rules.”

“I grew up in a middle-class family in the middle of America, and we believed in that promise. I still do. I’ve spent my entire life trying to make good on it.”

I have lived my dream of spending eight years living in public housing, and wish to do it for another eight more.

“Whether it was fighting for women’s basic rights or childrens’ basic health care. Protecting our Social Security, or protecting our soldiers. It’s a kind of basic bargain, and we’ve got to keep up our end.”

You know, our soldiers are actually pretty good at protecting themselves. But I’m sure they can sleep easier, knowing Hillary Clinton is watching over them.

“So let’s talk. Let’s chat. Let’s start a dialogue about your ideas and mine.”

Let’s not.

“Because the conversation in Washington has been just just a little one-sided lately, don’t you think? And we can all see how well that works.”

Oh, come on. There have been two sides in Washington – on one side, the corrupt pork-barrel-loving free-spending big government greedheads who want open borders and to use the public trough as a way to line their own pockets, and then on the other side, we’ve had the Democrats. I take it back, Senator Clinton is absolutely right. The conversation in Washington has been one-sided; it could use some actual conservatism.

“And while I can’t visit everyone’s living room, I can try.”

Americans, please lock and deadbolt your doors.

“And with a little help from modern technology, I’ll be holding live online video chats this week, starting Monday.”

“I got the idea from my husband. Since leaving office, Bill has been raving about how much fun he has chatting for hours and hours with ‘young former constituents’ over the Internet.”

“So let the conversation begin. I have a feeling it’s going to be very interesting.”

Total agreement, Senator. Good luck.

UPDATE: Brian asks, “so when was this taped? The greenery in the background is not today in Chappaqua.”

Didn’t they have a warm spell lately? An early bloom? Or is Hillary in warmer climes? Or are we looking at evergreens in the background?


Tags: Barack Obama , Bill Richardson , Chris Dodd , Fred Thompson , Hillary Clinton , Horserace , Joe Biden , John Edwards , John McCain , Mike Huckabee , Mitt Romney , Newt Gingrich , Rudy Giuliani , Sarah Palin , Something Lighter , Tommy Thompson


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