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ヒラリーは涙を見せるのか

 
前回紹介した保守が読んでいる記事だとヒラリーは悪徳政治家のように描かれています。一般の人にとってヒラリーは有能な人物だと思っていても彼女が果たしてどんな人間かよくわからないというのが本音なのかもしれません。だからこそ今週のTIMEはIn Search of Hillaryというタイトルで特集記事を組んだのでしょう。PBS Newshourでは、ヒラリーは人間性をもっと見せればいいのにとMark Shieldsはアドバイスしていました。一方のDavid Brooksは弱さを見せないようにするのでは否定的な見解でしたが。。。



8分20秒あたりから
JUDY WOODRUFF: What about that, Mark? What does she need to do?
MARK SHIELDS: I think she has got to be optimistic. I think she has to be — she has to reveal herself. I mean…
JUDY WOODRUFF: What do you mean? She’s been around for a long time.
MARK SHIELDS: I mean, there are people who know Hillary Clinton who tell wonderful stories about her, how likable she is, how funny she is; 99 percent of American people don’t — have never seen that side of her.
Whether it’s her guarded privacy or whatever else, I mean, there has got to be some sense that this is a human being that I can identify.
Let me argue with David, dissent with him on Ted Cruz. If Donald Trump does lose, and especially if he loses the way that David describes, being revealed as this bizarre personality, Ted Cruz is not going to be what Republicans are looking for in 2020.
Dan Coats, retiring senator from Indiana, a mild-mannered man, a former United States ambassador to Germany, former congressman, a respected member of the Senate, said of Ted Cruz after this week in Cleveland he’s the most self-centered, narcissistic, pathological liar I have ever seen. And he said, you can quote me on that.
Now, this is the kind of feeling that his colleagues have. People are going to be asking anybody at 2020 after this kind of election that David and I both expect it to be, what kind of person is this? Is this somebody we can be comfortable, somebody we can be confident in, somebody who is not neurotic or worse?
JUDY WOODRUFF: You’re talking about Ted Cruz at this point.
(CROSSTALK)
MARK SHIELDS: And Donald Trump.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Donald Trump agrees with him.
MARK SHIELDS: That’s right. Right.
JUDY WOODRUFF: David Brooks, what about Mark’s point about Hillary Clinton needs to show more of who she really is, something personal about herself? What about that?
DAVID BROOKS: It is true there is a contrast between the candidates.
It is absolutely true the people who work for Hillary Clinton speak of her in glowing terms and say she’s loyal, she’s thoughtful, she thinks about them, she remembers birthdays. When something bad has happened, she’s there for them.
These are not stories you hear about Donald Trump. Nobody is saying, I wish — the Trump I know is so personal and warm. Nobody says that. Even if his own daughter, when she talks — Ivanka, when she talks about her dad, it’s because she got to go see him on a work site. It’s not because he is ever at home.
But, with Hillary, there is apparently this warm side that she has never let us see, but that intimates really do talk about. But to reveal that would mean breaking through the wall of distrust that she’s encased herself in for the last 25 years.
And I’m not sure she’s — she’s never shown a personal willingness to do that, because it makes her vulnerable. And her emotional invulnerability has at once made her survive, but has hurt her politically and her likability ratings. So, I really don’t expect her to do that.

2008年の大統領選挙の時はニューハンプシャー後の予備選で涙を見せたことがありました。David Brooksも指摘しているように今回そんなことをしたらトランプ陣営から徹底的に批判されそうですからそんなことはしないでしょう。が、やはり彼女の人間性をもっと前面に出してもらいたいなと個人的には思っています。ワシントンポストの以下の記事もそんな論調でいた。こちらはヒラリーの著書から彼女の人間性を見出そうとしている好意的なものです。

Book Party
To understand Hillary Clinton, don’t watch the convention. Read her memoirs.

What we learn about the Democratic presidential candidate through her two contrasting memoirs, "Living History" and "Hard Choices"
By Carlos Lozada July 22


While Donald Trump claims to be our voice, Hillary Clinton forever struggles to find hers.
Her speech Thursday at the Democratic National Convention will afford her yet another chance to argue her case, to explain why she’s the best person for the presidency. For Clinton, whom we’ve known so well and so long, that’s a challenge. Familiarity affords obvious strengths, but so far in this campaign, it often has posed a hindrance, with the proportion of Americans viewing Clinton unfavorably creeping up as the race has worn on. The candidate who discovered her own voice in a small New Hampshire port town eight years ago now faces an electorate that has trouble trusting what she says. “I have work to do on this point,” she admitted recently.

Conventionでは有能な政治家の面を強く打ち出そうとするだろうが、もっといろいろな局面で悩んで家族や政治を行ってきた面こそが心を打つと語っていろいろなエピソードを紹介してくれています。

“Living History” spans Clinton’s life from childhood through her election as the junior senator from New York in 2000. “Hard Choices” chronicles her experiences as President Obama’s secretary of state. “Hard Choices” is about her ability, “Living History” is about her humanity.
Clinton may be tempted to stress the former, to premise her election on expertise and predictability, especially when her Republican rival sells only fear and division. Yet in reading her memoirs, that is the less-compelling version of the candidate. “Living History” is riskier, more vulnerable, more real, especially read now, in an era when most campaigns have grown less so. Competence and experience have always been Clinton’s calling card, but they’ve not sufficed. For the remainder of this campaign, her task, her hardest choice, will be to reveal the humanity behind the capability, the person inside the politician.


なぜ今回出馬するのか、その理由を彼女の信条に見出して締めています。

Why? Unquenched political ambition is the easy, obvious answer, a chance to deploy all that experience and ability on her own, at last. But a line recurs in these two memoirs, a Methodist lesson from Clinton’s Midwestern, mid-century upbringing: “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.”

Clinton has tweeted these words and posted them on Facebook recently, and I won’t be surprised if she invokes them again in her convention speech claiming the Democratic nomination. If you support Clinton, the sentiment is inspiring; if not, the notion of Clinton doing all she can by all means possible may terrify. But the final clause — “as long as you ever can” — is telling. It embodies the Clinton of her memoirs: familiar, enduring, scarred, but eager and available, if we’d only choose her. Even her Secret Service code name, “Evergreen,” is apt, the perfect label for a candidate whose principal qualification for the presidency is her eternal readiness for it.


彼女の選挙キャンペーンでも使われた信条のようで、モーガンフリーマンが声を担当しています。



人間誰しも評価されるもの、目立つものしかやりたがりません。オバマ大統領もどちらかというとパフォーマー的な面があると思いますが、トランプはその最たるものではないでしょうか。ヒラリーは誰もやりたがらない地味な仕事をしっかりやってくれていましたし、大統領になっても期待できるのではと思っています。
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