Sunday, March 09, 2008

Hillary "The Hammer" Clinton

There was a time back in law school when the only tort I knew was negligence. I therefore would attempt to turn every fact hypothetical into an action for negligence. To which my tort professor replied: "When the only tool in your kit is a hammer, everything looks like a nail."

Something similar could be said of Hillary Clinton. She's really only got one tool in her kit: the political attack. It's a hammer. And boy is everything else a nail. Girl comes across a screw and thinks, "Hmmm, maybe we should use the hammer for this." It's a screw, sweetheart. You need a screwdriver. Read that last sentence again, and you'll probably find a Bill Clinton joke lost in there somewhere.

I'm not so sure that everything LOOKS like a nail so much as Hillary WANTS everything to be a nail. High unfavorables? Somebody get her a hammer. Moderators always ask for her response first? WHERE IS HER MOTHERFUCKING HAMMER?

And here's the real tragedy. It's appropriate that Hillary gets such support from blue-collar workers, because what happens to a person, and their hammer, when we try to move towards a hammerless world, when their hammer is the only thing they've got? Do they add information technologies or consensus-building into their toolkit? Or do they just keep on hammering?

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