To Andrew Sullivan and now to Jeff Taylor at Reason--stationary targets, I know, but bear with me--I shall attempt to explicate something. I'll quote Taylor:
Just more of Hillary Rodham Clinton saying and doing anything for power.Taylor, you see, thinks that Hillary getting a little teary-eyed was a nefarious plot of some sort that happily backfired. Dude. First of all: Get. A. Fucking. Life.
Anyway, the explication. This notion that Hillary Clinton, somehow uniquely among aspirants to high office and in particular the presidency, seeks Power is moronic. And by moronic, I mean retarded. And by retarded, I mean so dumb that anyone who holds this view may as well give over his job and humanity and settle for a more appropriate métier, like sitting in a cage while cosmetics chemists put shit in his eyes. Of course Hillary Clinton wants power and will go to extraordinary lengths to acquire it. So too Barack Obama, John Edwards, Mitt Romney, McCain, Huckabee, and the rest of that gaggle of psychopaths. One does not seek the office of the President of the United States, which I remind you is singularly the most powerful office in the entire history of the human species upon this planet, without first possessing an unhealthy attraction to power. Little Dennis Kucinich and old Ron Paul want power too; they simply propose that they will effectuate their power in a different manner.
I mean, hell, look at Romney. Here is a man who has effectively recreated himself as an entirely different person, who has recanted--in full public view!--virtually every one of his previously stated legal and moral and ethical and economic beliefs in order to make himself palatable to the percentage of the population that will determine whether or not he can gain his party's nomination, upon which occurence he will with great alacrity repudiate his recantations in order to make himself palatable . . . you can see where this goes.
They'll all do or say anything. This ain't pick-up, baby. This is the pros. These people are jockeying for their turn at the tiller of the American Empire.