Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Hillary speaks

Hillary Clinton gave a decent speech to supporters ahead of the poll closures in California. She hit on traditional Democratic issues, including unions, "green-collar workers," health care and others. The best line was something to the effect of, "I won't let anyone Swift-boat this campaign," closely followed by a line to the effect of, "I see an America where when young people sign up to serve our country, we sign up to serve them, too" (pitching her so-called GI Bill of Rights).

What I don't understand is why she is taking swipes at Republicans. She needs to work on her crossover appeal if she's going to win the general election. The last time I checked, she didn't exactly have the best numbers among even moderate GOP faithful. Not all Republicans believe that the Bush tax cuts should be re-enacted, nor that climate change should be ignored. Approaches like this are why her negatives are through the roof with Republican voters.

A story broke yesterday about Clinton's hire of an image consultant, whom she paid $7,000 to help her with speech and mannerisms. It's obvious that the money was worth it. She's less shrieky and more measured; not nearly as lyric as Obama, but then again, who is?

Her speechwriter should get a raise, though.