By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
January 6, 2008
Besides “knowledgeable,” “sharp on the issues, “innovative” and “cool in a crisis,” what other qualities do Americans seek in a candidate?
Try “charming,” “self deprecating,” “humorous,” “joy-filled,” and “one of their own.”
Note to Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney: pack your stuff: you are going home this week.
The people of France (and French speaking Canada) call the quality Americans seek in a candidate “je ne sais qua” or “le pheromone.”
The people of Thailand call this certain something “kanalya.” Kanalya means “cool,” “subdued,” “calm,” “understated,” and certainly not feisty. It means charming and diplomatic and “knowing.”
We’ve watched all the debates leading up to the impending New Hampshire primary Tuesday. We’ve also watched the candidates in all their many TV appearances (OK: we’re political junkies here at Peace and Freedom).
Hillary had been doing pretty well in a contrived-looking but effective self-deprecating and humor-filled tour. But then she got “off message.”
In the last few days, Hillary showed her real self. Mean. Strident. More than self-assured. Self CERTAIN.
The talking heads, voters interviewed and respondents to polls panned her.
She also has been craving photo ops with has-beens Bill Clinton and Madeleine Albright.
One of Hillary’s symbols of greatness, change, progress and the future, the former Secretary of State was born in 1937.
Hillary missed a memo or two (or three). She is running on her experience. Experience in what, exactly? First Lady-hood? She is running on an agenda of change. Yet she drags around the old man who might really be an albatross. Some young voters have to ask who that old grey haired Dude IS?
Hillary: Young voters don’t want nostalgia. They want hormones and action – not vitamin E and Viagra.
So, we think, though she’ll hang on like a cat with claws in a curtain, Hillary is dead meat this week.
Now for Mitt Romney. He missed a few memos too. Note to Mitt: lose that sweater. You look like a rich, frat boy preppie. Oh, you ARE a rich frat boy preppie! Many Americans can’t relate to you my friend. You seem to be trying to buy the election with your own money.
Mitt will help us with health care. Sure. He doesn’t even have health insurance. He can pay cash.
And Mitt, aren’t you are a Mormon? Isn’t that a cult that encourages men to have multiple wives? Oh, just your GRANDPA? Sorry. Good luck with the women’s vote my friend.
Prediction of the week: Mitt and Hillary start to fade toward oblivion this week. Both are near the bottom of a greasy pole. Or poll.
Thanks to the wisdom of those New Englanders up yonder. We think.