"My Biggest Flaw? I Just Work Too Darned Hard."

The coverage of Hillary Clinton at Vox is shamefully in-the-tank, and never moreso than when Ezra Klein is writing it. He sounds like one of those too-clever job interviewees, except he's making the case for her getting the job instead of himself.

My favorite example remains his piece entitled, "Hillary Clinton Doesn't Trust You." It purports to be a criticism of Hillary Clinton for not trusting the voters, but it is really a criticism of the voters for not really meriting her trust. The idea is to immunize her for a real flaw by admitting the flaw's existence, but then casting it as a strength. You're supposed to come away with a new respect for her wisdom in not trusting the American people, and maybe even a sense of guilt for not being worthy of her.

Today, he has a longer and more in depth version of the same rhetorical trick. Why is it that people inside Hillary's circle describe her in such different terms, adoring and glorious, when the average person doesn't trust her? Once again, he admits the problem exists, and pretends that he is going to criticize her faults as a candidate. But the real answer? "Every single person brought up, in some way or another, the exact same quality they feel leads Clinton to excel in governance and struggle in campaigns.... Hillary Clinton, they said over and over again, listens."

Oh, yeah. That's why I don't trust her. Because she listens.

Or maybe, you know, it could be this.


raven said...

She works too hard?

Great. The confluence of evil and enterprise.

Assistant Village Idiot said...

Every single person in Stalin's inner circle felt the same way about him.

That doesn't mean she's Stalin. It just means that it is a meaningless method of evaluation. Everyone in a powerful person's inner circle feels that way about their leader. They have, over time, given up much to follow them, and they cannot even consider that they might have paid that cost for nothing.

Ymar Sakar said...

Evil is already bad with Hussein and his golf games. Imagine an evil as industrious and as ruthless as Soros, in a female witch's body.

The benefit of learning to recognize evil is that it also produces knowledge of human nature, vice a versa too.

Texan99 said...

Remind me again when she excelled in governance?