1/20/2005

Hillary Is Right

First Ted Rall and now Hillary Clinton. If any more Democrats take stances that I agree with I'm going to get kicked off all my conservative blogrolls. Damn the torpedoes!

Speaking at a dinner last night, Senator Clinton expressed strong support for faith-based initiatives.

Clinton said there has been a "false division" between faith-based approaches to social problems and respect for the separation of church of state.

"There is no contradiction between support for faith-based initiatives and upholding our constitutional principles," said Clinton, a New York Democrat who often is mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in 2008.

She said there must be room for religious people to "live out their faith in the public square."
I find it fairly remarkable that one of the country's highest-profile Democrats is coming out in such strong support of a concept so closely identified with President Bush. Also impressive is her statement about faith and the public square. The presence of religion in the public square is not an establishment of religion, and it would appear that Senator Clinton understands this.

Of course, the cynic in me looks at this and sees the shrewd politics so often associated with the Clinton name. Many Democrats know that they need to find a way to connect with a wider spectrum of religious voters (See "The Company You Keep"), and if Senator Clinton is considering a presidential run in '08, this is a good step in that direction.

Cynical or not, I must applaud Senator Clinton for taking the right stance. Doubleplus so for taking a stance that is not playing well among the "F*ck Middle America" crowd. A brief perousal of the Democratic Underground reactions to the article shows some fairly strong feelings.

From Connie_Corleone:
I hope Democrats don't vote for her in the primaries.

From mutus_frutex
Pandering traitor..

and from MadHound
How about the Democrats growing a fucking spine and stand up and fight like the opposition party that they are supposed to be, instead of rolling over and pissing on themselves like a pup afraid of it's master?
While these voices are not representative of everyday Democrats, they have held an inordinate amount of sway over the party's direction. The end result of that sway has been defeat; Republicans control a majority in the state legislatures, the governorships, the House, the Senate, and have won the White House in seven out of the last ten elections. Moving towards the American mainstream means alienating the BUSHITLER crowd. Senator Clinton appears to be taking some initial steps in the right direction, and for that she deserves kudos.