Friday, February 26, 2016

Hillary Clinton on 'Morning Joe'

Hillary's interview with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski was lengthy and deep.  If you missed it, you can catch highlights at the Morning Joe website. Some of the conversation is in the tickers at the bottom of the pictures below.

Reports in the aftermath of last night's GOP debate refer to a Rubio-Cruz tag team going after Trump. In the run-up to this interview, I saw concerns from some of Hillary's supporters that something like that would happen here. It didn't.

This is just my opinion, but it seemed to me that the reason it didn't was because rather than Joe and Mika teaming up against Hillary, Joe and Hillary somehow were the tag team.  Her responses were reasonable, and Joe immediately responded to that in a positive way.  Mika seemed superfluous to the proceedings except for twice - once when the question of women being held to a higher or different standard arose, and again when the issue of millennials came up.  Hillary, in her signature manner, reached out to Mika and said, "You've got two."  So while Hillary was the one who said this is a generation who feel cheated and left out, it was Mika who called them willful and materialistic.  Hillary said that once the process is complete she thinks they will see the value of her plans.


Joe thought she was.  He said he saw the Hillary of 2008 again.  That explains, perhaps, his tone throughout.  In 2008 he called Hillary his "girlfriend."  Hillary agreed that she has sensed a change since Nevada.

The response below is very important.  I think one of the faultiest and most damaging views of Hillary is that she is somehow a woman of steel who can weather anything  - in many ways "inhuman."  She is very human. It is counterintuitive to think that someone whose policies so incorporate and address the pain of others does not feel pain herself.

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The most dramatic response to how trustworthy Hillary is and the degree to which she keeps her word is the support she immediately gave the Obama campaign as soon as she suspended her own in 2008.  President Obama could count on her.  We all can.

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Here is where her caring, deeply, about others was apparent.


Again, when everyone else is held to this standard, she will comply. If this is a Hillary-only standard, it simply is not fair.

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I don't think she can remind people of this too many times.


She is not making any assumptions about who the GOP nominee will be.