JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE AMERICAN CLAP-TRAP VERSION OF HITLER’S STAB IN THE BACK: THE SMEARING OF HILLARY CLINTON DURING THE PRIMARY

JOHN CHUCKMAN
 
POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN IN THE GUARDIAN

Sorry, but yours is a ridiculous article.

Hillary was not smeared. If anything is a smear, it is your saying so.

Indeed, efforts like yours, nasty Ferraro clap-trap, remind me painfully of Hitler’s insidious “stab in the back” speeches.

There is an American sense of entitlement – I want it all, and I want it now – lurking behind claims like yours that is repulsive.

As Ms. Clinton herself would say, American national politics is a snake pit. Nothing unusual happened to her during her campaign. She was out-smarted and made several serious strategic political mistakes, displaying real weaknesses and embarrassingly negating her claims to superior experience and skill.

Obama was castigated for everything from not wearing a stupid flag pin to the words of another man, his pastor, for being a secret Muslim and for the deliberate, inappropriate leak from a senior aide to Canada’s minority Conservative prime minister concerning NAFTA.

Ms. Clinton actually rather gleefully joined the party on some of this,
adding ethical shortcomings to her other revealed faults.

There was a genuine and natural revulsion on the left at much of Ms. Clinton’s behavior and words.

As someone who thought well of her during her White House days, I was appalled by some of her behaviors. I thought she was disgraceful. She was Richard Nixon re-incarnated.

I expect little dramatic change from Obama. That, sadly, is the very nature of the American Imperium, a colossal hulk next to impossible to steer off its course, but at least he won his nomination as honorably as it is possible to do in such a corrupt and unethical place as the United States.

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