Love that little Hillary

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Hillary Clinton was on the verge of tears last night. The reports tell us she was “almost overocme with emotion as she entered the arena to loud cheers and embraced her daughter, Chelsea, who introduced her as the next President of the United States.  She took a deep breath to collect herself as delegates in the crowd were in tears”.

I don’t know if those feelings with which Hillary struggled were real or fake. I do know she had to show them, because the thing thousands, maybe millions of Americans don’t like about her is that she seems cold. She doesn’t have the likability factor. If she was a man, you wouldn’t want to go for a beer with her. Whereas apparently everybody wanted to go for a beer with George W Bush.

Too much. We ask too much of our leaders. They must not only be good at their job, they must be people that we admire physically or at least emotionally. Everybody remembers the near-god status of John F Kennedy, who took the US to the brink of nuclear disaster; people remember Lyndon Baines Johnston, and they appreciate (maybe) the work he did for African-Americans, passing crucial civil rights laws by arm-twisting, cajoling, bullying. But you don’t hear people saying “I loved LBJ”.  The great hope most people have is that Hillary will be elected President, because the alternative is not only racist and misogynistic, but because  he comes across as a strutting, narcissistic bully.

The truth is, we like our leaders to be good-looking (bald President, anyone?) and warm, and if they don’t display those qualities we often give into the temptation to dismiss them.

Which is sort of stupid, wouldn’t you say? Mercifully we don’t ask for likability from our surgeons (although think of the people who have had a medical operation and who tell you how nice the doctor was), or our architects,  or our  lawyers:  for the most part we just want them to do their job well and forget about going for that beer.

And yet, even when we know it doesn’t make sense, we yearn for, even demand the likability thing. I fervently hope Hillary gets into the White House, even though I don’t find myself thinking “What a lovely, lovable woman!” And I hope she wins because a President Trump with the nuclear button doesn’t bear thinking about. But also because of his hairstyle and the way he sticks out his lower lip.

We’re distinguished from the animal kingdom because we’re rational. But in politics, it’s a rationality that requires a heavy sprinkling of irrelevant personal qualities. In the end, we’re not really too bright.



Clinton appeared almost overcome with emotion as she entered the arena to loud cheers and embraced her daughter, Chelsea, who introduced her as the next President of the United States. She took a deep breath to collect herself as delegates in the crowd were in tears.

13 Responses to Love that little Hillary

  1. Gearoid July 29, 2016 at 9:55 am #

    Jude, I rarely if ever disagree with you. But on this occasion, I think you’ve got it wrong, very wrong! The devil comes in many disguises. Trump has many failings make no mistake, but Hillary down right scares the bejaysus out of me.

    • Jude Collins July 29, 2016 at 1:14 pm #

      I agree she has a lot of baggage – but Trump for me is off the wall completely. He looks like a demagogue, he talks like a fascist, etc

      • paddykool July 29, 2016 at 2:13 pm #

        Yeah Jude .I’m inclined to agree on this’s simple really .Do you choose a working politician with all her faults, but who has a lot of past experience and is an intellectual who can actually do politics and knows the workings of the White House backrooms already ….or do you hire on a mad bugger who’s an amateur politically , a misogynist , possibly a racist and the very thing the good Doctor Strangelove warned us all against those many years ago!

  2. Antaine de Brún July 29, 2016 at 10:22 am #

    John F. Kennedy posed a question when he became aware of the Bay of Pigs Invasion.

    It was a simple enough question:

    “How could we have been so stupid?”

    The invasion placed too much weight on maintaining a consensus view to the extent that no realistic appraisal of alternatives was undertaken at the time.

    The American public have a difficult choice to make. Trump’s campaign is based on the politics of fear, reminiscent of the cold war era with a red under every bed, now it is a member of an ethnic minority under every bed. Evidence of Hilary Clinton’s hawkish tendencies is not hard to find. She supported military intervention in the Middle East and her views shift for political convenience.

    Today, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a major source of information on the plight of non-combatants caught in Syria’s devastating civil war, put the death toll in the latest Manbij incident at 28 civilians, including, once again, women and children. The death toll is expected to rise.

    Votes, like guns and bombs may be purchased in bulk. In the razzmatazz of American politics discordant warning voices are ignored, stereotypes and rationalizations are used to explain away evidence that does not fit and the national interest is invoked in order to deal with flaws in policy statements.

    Kennedy’s successful intervention in the Cuban Missile Crisis was the result of his insistence about the need to test alternatives. He examined conflicting data and made decisions based on evidence which avoided a war.

    Perhaps we ask too much of our leaders. Kennedy’s life ended in Dallas. Some Irish leaders’ lives ended in Kilmainham.

  3. Colmán July 29, 2016 at 10:48 am #

    Tá Micheál D Ó hUiginn maol – Michael D is kind of bald

    • Jude Collins July 29, 2016 at 1:12 pm #

      True, Colman – but I was thinking of the US President.

  4. Perkin Warbeck July 29, 2016 at 11:40 am #


    Not a run of the mill moniker as, say, Veronica
    For the Hill-Bill girl to play a mean harmonica
    Now a name like Chelsea
    Is not common like Elsie
    Or Tess, if she’d been begotten in Thesalonika.

    * President-in-resident Clinton 3-to-be.

  5. Belfastdan July 29, 2016 at 12:22 pm #

    Ah good old Hilary whose “we came, we saw, he died quote” on the sexual violation and murder of Gaddaffi has to be one of the most sickening things uttered by a major public figure.

    Hilary is far more dangerous than Trump who is at heart an isolationist. Hilary is an ideologue is in hock to the likes of Goldman Sachs, just watch those drones fly.

  6. billy July 29, 2016 at 12:52 pm #

    shes unfit to run the country,failing to deal with radical islam ..trump. think hes right.

  7. Wolfe tone July 29, 2016 at 1:34 pm #

    I am afraid Jude you could find yourself on the losing side of an election result again. Trump is saying all the right things just like the brexiteers did and just like those who voted leave, there’s a whiff of voting in trump to poke the eye of the establishment.
    Clinton is and will be more dangerous to people’s around the world than Trump. But that’s ok cos it will be non Christians that will reap her whirlwind, so that’s fine.
    The Irish, sadly have always been seduced by razzmatazz politicians, especially American ones.

  8. Sherdy July 29, 2016 at 3:11 pm #

    Donald or Hillary – some choice the Americans have made for themselves!
    I imagine if I interviewed the inmates of some US mental institution I could have come up with a more attractive, and more sane choice.
    God help America!

    • gendjinn July 30, 2016 at 1:16 pm #

      Or made for them.

  9. Ryan July 30, 2016 at 5:19 am #

    “We’re distinguished from the animal kingdom because we’re rational”

    Humanity has proved time and time again that rational people are a tiny, tiny minority. Irish economist David McWilliams points this out in his books. He argues that Economics should stop viewing people as rational because most people simply do not make rational decisions, the evidence showing this is overwhelming. Example? Well McWilliams himself points out that he warned the Irish public repeatedly (as far back as 2002, there’s videos of him on Youtube proving it) that the Housing Bubble was going to burst but most people (even other Economists) ignored his warnings and continued pretending everything was fine.

    There’s other diverse examples of irrationality in Humanity: People gambling knowing the risks of losing money, taking drugs knowing the risks of addiction, getting into debt knowing they will struggle repaying it, cheating on their wife/husband knowing it could destroy their marriage, etc

    I’d be more fearful of Hillary Clinton becoming President than Trump. I wouldn’t be surprised if Hilary wanted to invade Iran, she was very keen on bombing Libya into the stone age a few years ago and gleefully laughed and boasted in an interview about the death of Colonel Gaddafi. There is a video of Gaddafi’s death and though I’m not his biggest fan I think its sickening to gleefully laugh and boast about a man begging God for help before he gets executed. I’m sure watching the video was what got Hillary all excited.

    Everyone wrote Trump off as a joke and now he’s the Republican candidate for US President. I honestly think Trump will win. He even has Obama’s brother voting for him. I think a lot of people in the USA are sick of the direction their country is going in. Its the same for people in Europe, we see the rise of the Far Right all over Europe and Far Left politicians wonder why? They cant accept their own policies aren’t what people want. There is also mass electoral fraud going on too. The main reason why immigration is being pushed through is because the Far Left know they will vote for Social Housing, Benefits, etc So its basically importing voters. The Labour Party under Tony Blair openly admitted they allowed millions into Britain to change the very society.