Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Neo-Triangulation a.k.a. "Finding Common Ground"

Hillary Clinton has begun her campaign for president in 2008. Her speech yesterday on abortion is her attempt to appear “moderate” on a heated social issue. Don’t be fooled, “moderate” is a liberal code-word that immediately paints their opponents as “extremists.” And who wants to be guilty of extremism, no matter the issue?

"There is an opportunity for people of good faith to find common ground in this debate…” Hillary said yesterday. She is appealing to pro-lifers by stressing the importance of reducing abortions, yet moments later appeases her left-wing supporters by firmly restating “her support for the Supreme Court's ruling in Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion nationwide in 1973.”

This “re-clarification” of her stance on the abortion issue is nothing more than a continuation of her husband’s mastery of Dick Morris’ “triangulation” strategy. Remember the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy or “I smoked but I didn’t inhale.” Bubba shamelessly said anything to score votes. And why wouldn’t Hillary do the same thing? After all, that strategy earned them eight years in the White House.

Observers will notice a pattern with the Clintons. I call it “But Syndrome” (I know that’s a terribly weak name, but cut me some slack—it’s my first week of blogging. Maybe we should just shorten it to ‘B.S.’). Everything they say is followed by a “but” or other qualifier. In the linked N.Y Times article, there are two more examples of this near the end (and I suspect with a small amount of research I will find many more in the public record):

“Mrs. Clinton supported a proposed ban on late-term abortions as long as it included an exception to protect the health of the mother; in turn, she has opposed such a ban when it lacked that exception. She has also supported some state parental notification laws under which a teenager must involve at least one parent in the decision - but only when there is an exception in the laws that allows the judge to bypass the law and let the teenager obtain an abortion on her own - a process known as "judicial bypass," which Mrs. Clinton has also supported before.” (Emphasis mine).

I honestly don’t expect that we will see Roe v. Wade overturned within our lifetimes. Whether you agree with the decision or not, I just don’t see any changes coming any time soon. Yet, for many “single issue” voters (on both sides), the abortion debate is their issue in electing presidents, senators, and probably all the way down the line to dog-catcher.

In November, voters rejected John Kerry's “global test” and his utter incapability to take a stand on any issue. I just wish Americans would do the same when it comes to the Clintons. We need to be careful in assuming that voters rejected liberal ideaology in the last election. It’s entirely possible that someone other than Bush could have been elected had the Democrats nominated someone with more charisma than John Kerry. Slick Willie may be followed by Slick Hillie in 2008. Be warned.

"for many “single issue” voters (on both sides), the abortion debate is their issue in electing presidents, senators, and probably all the way down the line to dog-catcher."
Where did you hear this one Rock? Its an interesting statement. I would've thought taxes, party lines or defense long before abortion.
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