Sen. Hillary Clinton Moved to the Right Before She Moved to the Left
By: Jim Kouri, CPP
When Democrat Sen. Hillary Clinton was booed by her party’s base at the “Take Back America” conference, it was the result of her saying the US must finish the job in Iraq and not announce a withdrawal date.
However, Clinton voted “Yes” to a resolution demanding that troops begin withdrawal of US troops this year and that the Commander-in-Chief should submit a plan for total withdrawal — or a “redeployment,” as several Democrats call leaving Iraq.
Clinton also opposed any criminal investigation of the New York Times and defended their right to print the story regarding the top secret money transfer operation targeting Al-Qaeda.
Clinton, speaking to a Buffalo TV station on Wednesday, even questioned the legality of the administration’s practices and called for a congressional review of what she called bank trawling. It’s been widely accepted that the international banking surveillance operation is legal and, in fact, the New York Times in an earlier editorial said such a program was necessary to fight terrorism.
In addition, when voting on a constitutional amendment that would protect the American flag from desecration such as burning, among possible presidential contenders in 2008, six voted yes: Democrat Evan Bayh of Indiana and Republicans George Allen of Virginia, Sam Brownback of Kansas, Frist, Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, and John McCain of Arizona.
Five, all Democrats, voted no: Joseph Biden of Delaware, Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, Christopher Dodd of Connecticut, Russell Feingold of Wisconsin and John Kerry of Massachusetts.
One political analyst said he wasn’t surprised that Sen. Clinton is flip-flopping on issues.
“Hillary [Clinton] talks right, but votes left. She’s trying to fool voters into believing she’s a moderate while her voting record shows she’s with Kerry, Kennedy, Feingold and others on the left,” said Mike Baker, a political strategist.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if all the booing at the Take Back America event was a sham to fool voters. They [the antiwar left] know Clinton will attempt to sound moderate until she becomes President of the United States.”
Baker also believes that the news media, who are performing more of a public relations function for Hillary than being unbiased reporters, played up the “booing” story in the hopes of convincing Americans that indeed Clinton is both a moderate and a credible Commander-in-Chief.
“There is an obvious incestuous relationship between the likes of the New York Times and Democrats such as Hillary Clinton. Does anyone believe she and her fellow liberals would advocate criminal charges against their own fellow travelers?”
One of the big political stories was Sen. Clinton’s hiring of professional left-wing blogger Peter Daou. Clinton wants his help to disseminate her message on the Internet to combat the conservative bloggers. It’s evidence that New York’s junior Senator is taking the power of the Internet seriously.
Historically, Clinton has avoided appearing on any media venues considered unfriendly to her. She avoids talk radio — except for perhaps the far-left Air America — and Fox News Channel anchors and hosts such as Bill O’Reilly. She does grant “audiences” to infotainment stars such as Katie Couric and Diane Sawyer, whose interviews with Clinton are more like lovefests than hard news interviews.
However, with the 2008 presidential election cycle beginning, Clinton smartly understands the power of the Internet to get her “controlled,” positive message out to potential voters.
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he’s a staff writer for the New Media Alliance (thenma.org). He’s former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He’s also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He’s a news writer for TheConservativeVoice.Com. He’s also a columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he’s syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. He’s appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com. Kouri’s own website is located at http://jimkouri.us
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a columnist for The Examiner (examiner.com) and New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc. To subscribe to Kouri's newsletter write to COPmagazine@aol.com and write "Subscription" on the subject line.