2008 The Backlash Against The Politics of Victimhood
posted by November 1 at 17:07 PMon
Clinton’s campaign described the last debate as “The Politics of Pile On.” A strategist from a rival campaign isn’t having it:
There’s just no way she wins running as a victim. She and her team reflexively go there because it’s worked before. But this is different. She’s not the first lady. She’s an aspiring commander-in-chief. She can’t simultaneously put on boxing gloves and call herself the tough guy in the field (“i’m your girl”), ask for the keys to 1600 and the nuclear codes, and complain that Russert and boy candidates are being mean to her. She’s asking to be made the most powerful person in the world, and aggrieved victim isn’t part of that profile.