May 31, 2006
The Washington Post carried a front page story yesterday that simply amazed me (and not much amazes me anymore). The headline was “Clinton is a politician not easily defined.” That would be Hillary Clinton, the senator from New York and almost certain presidential candidate in 2008.
The subheadline read “senator’s platform remains unclear.” A republican politician would be said to have no convictions, but not a democrat, especially a Clinton democrat.
Senator Clinton will take whatever positions best help her win the nomination. To the liberal she will try to sound liberal. To the more conservative she will try to sound more conservative. If that sounds like her husband’s strategy, it is. He was all things to all people and stood only for himself and his personal pleasures.
Hillary Clinton’s only conviction is she would like to be president. She is an unreconstructed liberal who will wear whatever costume it takes to win the white house for herself. Then lookout, because if she does win, we’ll see she has convictions after all, but by then it will be too late.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.