Sunday, May 25, 2008

Campaign 08: What Terrorists?

Ben Adler at notes that President Clinton's clemency offer to 16 Puerto Rican nationalists who belonged to FALN (an organization responsible for more than 100 bombings in the U.S. and Puerto Rico between 1974 and 1983) has not been "an issue" this year. Kenneth McClintock, president of the Senate in Puerto Rico and co-chairman of Hillary Clinton’s campaign there says it is a "highly charged issue" and that "there has been a desire to get past that conflict.” Yeah, no kidding. And who needs to be anywhere near a "highly charged issue" when in the middle of a hotly-contested, critical presidential campaign? It is simply inappropriate!

When Clinton spokesman Isaac Baker was asked to comment on the role the clemency affair might have in the Puerto Rico primary, he answered:
“Puerto Ricans share the concerns of all voters — turning this economy around, keeping our neighborhoods safe and providing quality health care to every Puerto Rican. They know Hillary has the strength and experience to deliver real solutions to the challenges facing Puerto Rico.”
It was the sort of non-response that could have been given to any question. And that is why Mrs. Clinton's campaign has been the phenomenal success that it has been. Imperious BS without the soothing effect of a clear record of accomplishment. No need to look for subtle evidence of sexism here. It can be quite difficult sometimes to find the bottom of something that isn't even shallow. See Adler's piece here.

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