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Hillary at Wellesley: Still babbling after all these years

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By Michelle Malkin  •  November 2, 2007 09:10 AM

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Fresh from her illegal alien driver’s license bungle and the Democrat debate pile-on, Hillary sought refuge at her alma mater, Wellesley College yesterday. If the Associated Press account is to be believed (grain of salt always required when reading MSM political coverage), Hillary got her warm embrace:

Clinton spoke at Wellesley two days after a rocky debate performance in which she fought off criticism from six male presidential rivals. Thursday’s event had a decidedly “You go, girl” flavor, with reminders of the pioneering nature of her candidacy…At Wellesley, hundreds of students jammed a campus auditorium to see Clinton, many wearing T-shirts that said, “I can be president, too.” They danced in the aisles to songs like “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic” and a few shouted “We love you, Hillary!”

She’s playing the Poor Gal Card to the hilt, and her operatives are in full femme revenge mode:

Her comments at Wellesley and a new fundraising appeal from campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle suggested there was an element of sexism at play.

“On that stage in Philadelphia, we saw six against one. Candidates who had pledged the politics of hope practiced the politics of pile on instead,” Solis Doyle wrote. “Her opponents tried a whole host of attacks on Hillary. She is one strong woman. She came through it well. But Hillary’s going to need your help.”

Grrrrrrl Power!!!!

If there’s anyone who deserves blame (or credit?) for Clinton’s botched answer on the Spitzer, it’s Solis Doyle. She’s an open-borders activist who has yanked Clinton to the left after the candidate seemed to have a brief moment of clarity about border security in 2004.

Even Hillary acknowledges her own lifelong incoherence. Check out her comments about her Wellesely valedictory address:

She reminisced about delivering the commencement speech her senior year — a call for activism among young people that won national attention at the time.

Clinton winced remembering some of the flowery language she had used.

“I have to admit it wasn’t the most coherent address, and I sort of cringe when I read that I actually said things like ‘coming to terms with our humanness’ and ‘inauthentic reality,'” she said. “But I still believe as strongly today as I did then in my statement that politics is the art of making what appears to be impossible possible.”

If she’s still cringing over her 1969 remarks, I imagine she’ll be cringing over her big debate blunder for years to come–God willing, on a remote island and not in the White House.

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Postscript: Guess that Wimmin Thang ain’t all it’s cracked up to be…

“We’re really excited that a Wellesley woman could be the first woman president. But people really like Obama, too. So there’s a need to do research,” said Eileen Crehan, a senior majoring in math and biology.

Postscript II: Obama chides Hill for using her chromosomes as a defense mechanism.

NYTimes coverage of the Grrrrl Power rally:

“So let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work together,” Mrs. Clinton told the cheering, standing-room-only crowd of more than 1,000 students in Wellesley’s Alumnae Hall. “We’re ready to shatter that highest glass ceiling.”

Many of the women wore T-shirts that proclaimed: “I can be president, too.”

Does this set off your B.S. alarm?

She recounted how after being admitted to both Harvard and Yale law schools, she attended a cocktail reception for prospective Harvard students and was introduced to a famous professor. “One of my friends said, ‘Professor So-and-So, this is Hillary Rodham, she’s trying to decide between us and our nearest competitor,’ ” Mrs. Clinton said. “And he looked down at me and he said, ‘Well, first, we don’t have a nearest competitor. And secondly, we don’t need any more women.”’

There were audible gasps from the audience.

“So,” Mrs. Clinton said, “I decided to go to Yale.” At that point the crowd broke out into laughter and applause.

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Related reading: Hillary’s no-longer-hidden Wellesley thesis. (Link fixed!)

More related reading: Peggy Noonan on Hillary’s revelations about her inner self…

The story is that she talked about policy. Not talking points, but policy. In talking about it she seemed, for the first time, to be revealing what’s inside.

It was startling. It’s 1993 in there. The year before her fall, and rise.

I spent a day going over the transcripts so I could quote at length, but her exchanges are all over, it’s a real Google-fest. Here, boiled down, is what she said.

Giving illegal immigrants drivers licenses makes sense because it makes sense, but she may not be for it, but undocumented workers should come out of the shadows, and it makes sense. Maybe she will increase the payroll tax on Social Security beyond its current $97,500 limit, to $200,000. Maybe not. Everybody knows what the possibilities are. She may or may not back a 4% federal surcharge on singles making $150,000 a year and couples making $200,000. She suggested she backed it, said she didn’t back it, she then called it a good start, or rather “I support and admire” the person proposing such a tax for his “willingness to take this on.”

She has been accused of doubletalk and she has denied it. And she is right. It was triple talk, quadruple talk, Olympic level nonresponsiveness. And it was, even for her, rather heavy and smug…What Mrs. Clinton revealed the other night was more than an unfortunate persona. What I think she revealed was that her baseline thinking has perhaps not changed that much since the 1990s, when she was a headband wearing, power suited, leftist-who-hadn’t-been-wounded-yet. It seemed to me she made it quite possible to assume you know who she’ll be making war on. And this–much more than the latest scandal, the Chinatown funny money and the bundling–could, and I think would, engender real opposition down the road. The big chink in her armor is not stylistic, it is about policy. It is about the great baseline question in all political life: Whose ox is being gored?

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