Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton castigated President Bush and Congressional Republicans yesterday as being mad with power and self-righteousness, complained that the news media have been timid in taking on the administration, and suggested that some Washington Republicans have a God complex.
“There has never been an administration, I don’t believe in our history, more intent upon consolidating and abusing power to further their own agenda,” Mrs. Clinton told the gathering.
“I know it’s frustrating for many of you, it’s frustrating for me. Why can’t the Democrats do more to stop them?” she continued to growing applause. “I can tell you this: It’s very hard to stop people who have no shame about what they’re doing. It is very hard to tell people that they are making decisions that will undermine our checks and balances and constitutional system of government who don’t care. It is very hard to stop people who have never been acquainted with the truth.”
“We can’t ever, ever give in to the Republican agenda,” she said. “It isn’t good for New York and it isn’t good for America.”
Referring to the Congressional leadership, she said, “Some honestly believe they are motivated by the truth, they are motivated by a higher calling, they are motivated by, I guess, a direct line to the heavens.”
Then, lightening the moment a bit, she referred to reports during her husband’s two terms as president that she would try to channel a favorite first lady of the past. “Now, I talk to Eleanor Roosevelt all the time, and she has never said there is any reason to only have one point of view. But apparently they have a different direct line.”
In some of her sharpest language, Mrs. Clinton said that abetting Republicans was a Washington press corps that has become a pale imitation of the Watergate-era reporters who are being celebrated amid the identification of the Washington Post source Deep Throat.
“It’s shocking when you see how easily they fold in the media today,” Mrs. Clinton said, again to strong applause. “They don’t stand their ground. If they’re criticized by the White House, they just fall apart.
“I mean, c’mon, toughen up, guys, it’s only our Constitution and country at stake.”
Oh, you can expect some really harsh reaction to this…from Joe Biden and John Edwards.