Wednesday, May 07, 2008

It would be interesting to inhabit the same alternate reality as Hillary Clinton. Tonight, having narrowly won a state and resoundingly lost another in the Democratic primaries, she gave a speech that sounded something like a victory speech: "tonight, we've come from behind, we've broken the tie and thanks to you, it's full speed on to the White House." If nothing else, Clinton, who is about as slimy and repulsive a human being as there is, is optimistic. Indeed, she has all the optimism of a terminally ill patient who, upon being told that death won't arrive that day, believes that it means she is cured. Of course, one man's optimism is another man's spin, and Clinton is the best spinner I have seen since Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan.

Of course, one man's spin is another man's bald-faced lie, and that's probably the more accurate way of describing Clinton. The world does not need her ambition in the White House. Plato wrote over 2,000 years ago that those who ought to rule will not want to rule and by corollary, those who want to rule ought not to rule. Clinton is clear evidence that those who want to rule with the same sense of entitlement as a 5-year-old wants ice cream really ought not to rule.

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