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That’s It — We’re Done Hillary

20_hillary_lg.jpgGoing into tomorrow’s Super Tuesday election, I have to concede that, for the last few weeks, I’ve been back-and-forth on Clinton and Obama. I thought, around the time of the Iowa caucus, that I was firmly in the Obama camp. But, despite several setbacks, and despite the inspirational fervor of Obama, I’d finally come to terms with the inevitable: I was going to vote for Hillary anyway. Loyalty trumps all, and I’m a Bill Clinton guy first and foremost. I worked his campaign in ‘92, when I was too young to vote, and again in ‘96, when it was largely unnecessary. Hillary served admirably as governor’s wife of my home state and First Lady for over half of my life. I just couldn’t get past that.

Until today.

Sen. Hillary Clinton teared up this morning at an event at the Yale Child Study Center, where she worked while in law school in the early 1970s.
Penn Rhodeen, who was introducing Clinton, began to choke up, leading Clinton’s eyes to fill with tears, which she wiped out of her left eye. At the time, Rhodeen was saying how proud he was that sheepskin-coat, bell-bottom-wearing young woman he met in 1972 was now running for president.
“Well, I said I would not tear up; already we’re not exactly on the path,” Clinton said with emotion after the introduction.

Goddamnit, Hillary. The weepy gimmickry will work once, but twice? That’s just sad. It’s akin to Bush raising the terror alert every goddamn time an election was imminent. It’s pathetic. Is this what you’re going to do in the White House every time your poll numbers drop? Cry?

You just lost a vote, Hillary.

| Comments (11)


Dude... she's exhausted. I don't think the first time she cried was a gimmick and I don't think this one was either. She does however, need to take a few days off after Super Tuesday and just chill.

How do you know that her tears or her motivation is false? Do you know her personally? Did you see her put Visine in her eyes to get that glowy look? Or did someone on TV tell you what to think?

Really, all the candidates want to win. They all have done unscrupulous things to get to this point. It's what you have to do to succeed in politics... unfortunately for the rest of us.

Hillary has to work at least twice as hard as the other candidates simply because she is a woman. She is under so much more scrutiny because she is a woman. I heard on CNN the other day a talking head predict that she and Bill would divorce within 2 years if she did not win the presidency.

How is that relevant? It isn't. I never heard anyone criticize John Edwards for running for president instead of spending time with his terminally ill wife.

Look- I will vote for Obama if he wins the Democratic nomination, simply because McCain/Romney really frighten me. However, I believe in Obama as much as you believe in Hillary, which you've already demonstrated is not very much. And why do you believe in him? Because he told you to?

How wise you are.

I'm with Laura. My first thought was that she's probably damn tired. I doubt the crying was a gimmick.

And, for what it's worth, that dude who caught the winning pass last night cried when he was interviewed afterwards. Damn sissy!

That being said, I'm leaning towards Obama if only because of his Iraq vote, but I'm still on the fence.

It's not the crying that bothers me so much as the big manically cheery smile-and-wave she does all the time. That's what looks gimmicky to me.

Dustin, hang in there an support your candidate. Give her a break. She's wiped out. She's stressed. She is not expressing her frustration by shooting up a mall. And she didn't yell like Howard Dean. For that I am truly greatful. And I say this as an Obama/Hillary waffler. I will vote Hillary if she wins the nom, no doubt. I live in NY State and I've been listening to people bash Hillary for years but I voted for her for Senate. Now as the election looms closer I find myself (as a Black female) looking at both of these candidates with fear, all "Oh my God, What if he/she actually wins and screws every thing up?!"

I don't sleep, man. I don't sleep.

Hillary has had to work harder in this election than any other candidate? Simply because she's a woman?

Maybe she should just let Bill stop running her campaign for her.

Hillary has reason to shed a few tears. She's in a catch 22 situation.....first she is criticized as a cold, hard female, now, she is lambasted for a few tears. A lot of the male pols have cried, so what is the big deal?

This election is about who is the best possible candidate, not tears.

A lot of people don't get that women are more inclined to tears than men because of the hormones that go along with being female.

I wish that people would stop seeing crying as a sign of weakness or manipulation, instead of a physiological reaction to emotion.

Rule One, Day One in law school for women - Don't EVER let them see you cry on the job. I remember being told to take whatever they throw at you stoically and if I needed to cry when it was over, run to the bathroom! Hillary went to law school before I did and I know she knows that rule. I ain't buying that she's suddenly all emotional cause she's tired. This ain't her first time at the rodeo. And I resent it as a ploy to reach women. I don't want a president that cries in public for anything less than the death of a puppy! Man up, Hillary.

To be fair, I've spent some time observing at the Child Study Center for class; those kids are really f-ing cute. I tear up a little sometimes thinking about what their lives are going to be like (sometimes, it's not looking good for them). And I'm at daycare centers 3 times a week. I can't imagine what it's like to see little kids en masse for the first time in like 15 or 20 years.

I'm a volunteer for the Hillary Clinton campaign in WI. I don't see a tear as a sign of weakness; it shows Hillary has a heart. If anything it should be viewed as something positive. We acutally have someone who has feelings running for President. All people react differenly to situations. I think after listening to people's problems all over the country anyone would get emotional, unless you're a piece of wood.

Having a woman for President would be something new for America. Women have proved themselves as strong leaders in all kinds of jobs in this country from the board room to being mothers and home makers. Women are strong and they are emotional. That's what makes them real.

So typical---a woman cries and she is seen as weak ---George W. Bush has teared-so has Daddy Bush --Bill Clinton----Bill Clinton did a great job as President--Such petty reasons for not voting for a great candidate. Again the voters who are paying attention will lose out to the voters who are not. I am voting on the issues and experience. Hillary is the candidate for me right now. No Questions.