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posted at 9:00 pm on July 28, 2007 by Bryan

“I have been enjoying myself too much, and spring and letter-writing are — to the bourgeois mind — no excuses!”

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“Can you be a misanthrope and still love or enjoy some individuals?” Ms. Rodham wrote in an April 1967 letter. “How about a compassionate misanthrope?”

RedWinged Blackbird on July 28, 2007 at 9:22 PM

Is half the country really going to vote for that? No matter how many times I think “President Hillary” it doesn’t get any less surreal. WTF?

D0WNT0WN on July 28, 2007 at 9:27 PM

Hillary was a nerd? Shocking! Not!

kiakjones on July 28, 2007 at 9:40 PM

When was it that she said she was going to join the army and went down to the recruiters office?

Dusty on July 28, 2007 at 9:44 PM

Shrillery supporter of Eugene McCarthy:

Surrender: “He entered the race because he saw the Vietnam War escalating and said that the Johnson administration “seems to have set no limit to the price which it is willing to pay for a military victory.” Check

Smelly Hippies: Backed by a “children’s crusade” of young peace activists and college students who shaved off their beards, cut their hair and went “Clean for Gene,” Check

Kos Kids: “To the Democratic convention in Chicago came thousands of McCarthy partisans and war protesters bent on making their voices heard.” Check

Socialist: “After the war, he was acting chairman of the sociology department at the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., and he became active in Democratic Party politics. In 1948, he became chairman of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party of Ramsey County, Minn.,” Check

Blames America for 9/11: “After Sept. 11, 2001, he said the United States was partly to blame for ignoring the plight of the Palestinians. “You let a thing like that fester for 45 years, you have to expect something like this to happen,” Check.

Teddy: “Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) said last night: “Gene’s name will forever be linked with our family. In spite of the rivalry with Bobby in the 1968 campaign, I admired Gene enormously for his courage in challenging a war America never should have fought. His life speaks volumes to us today as we face a similar critical time for our country.” Check

Yes, it’s easy to see how the Hilldog supported this “New Democrap.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/10/AR2005121001454.html

Kalapana on July 28, 2007 at 9:50 PM

I probably should have read that link.
But my 2008 vote is already comitted to ABH.

TunaTalon on July 28, 2007 at 9:53 PM

Ms. Rodham’s letters are written in a tight, flowing script with near-impeccable spelling and punctuation.

Is she a comma splicier? Modifier dangler?

SouthernGent on July 28, 2007 at 10:12 PM

So sounds like she got infected with socialism at an early age.

Dont write healthcare checks that your bourgeois mind cant cash

William Amos on July 28, 2007 at 10:21 PM

David Horowitz contributed his two cents worth. David say’s ‘been there done that’

sonnyspats1 on July 28, 2007 at 10:21 PM

One can’t get much more explicit than that, but Horowitz expounded on the theme in an interview with Insight. “It was a bunch of revolutionary law students who were trying to obstruct justice; that’s what it was about. A guy was tortured and murdered; the government was trying people for the crime.… The Panther leaders who were on trial all thought it was okay to torture and murder somebody. That’s what Hillary Clinton was defending, people who thought it was okay to torture and murder somebody.”

Hillary was a “revolutionary”? Horowitz says that “the people she was with at the time were communists.… These people didn’t want civil rights, they wanted a Soviet state. We all knew it. She knew it. This was the communist left, the New Left, the hate-America left.”

sonnyspats1 on July 28, 2007 at 10:23 PM

COMPASSIONATE MISANTHROPE should be her campaign motto.

No wonder she picked BJ.

profitsbeard on July 28, 2007 at 10:38 PM

Goldwater Girl?!? This reads like a credible piece.

sonnyspats1 on July 28, 2007 at 10:59 PM

Well, that was not exactly the same as reading the writings of a young George Washington.

Zorro on July 28, 2007 at 11:03 PM

That’s what Hillary Clinton was defending, people who thought it was okay to torture and murder somebody.”

Well they were fighting for a “just” cause. Of course, what our military is doing now isn’t in her mind(just because the polls say so, of course), so torturing a prisoner is out of the question.

Her hypocrisy knows no bounds.

Kowboy on July 28, 2007 at 11:10 PM

Bourgeois, I better never hear someone suggest she’s anything but a socialist, anyone who uses that word like that is.

Bad Candy on July 28, 2007 at 11:15 PM

I didn’t know she once a Republican.

terryannonline on July 28, 2007 at 11:19 PM

Misanthrope? Wrong again Shrillary. The term misandrist is far more accurate. She hated her father back then (in the ’60s) and probably stills hates him today. She clearly hates her husband. Bubba was the perfect mate for her, since he generously supplied her with all the vindication that she needed (in order to justify her hatred of men).

CyberCipher on July 28, 2007 at 11:25 PM

Hillary had angst. Wow. me a lonely word. The letters must read like Rosie’s blog

PowWow on July 29, 2007 at 12:20 AM

Anti-Anti-Communist

In her book, however, Hillary does write about some of her radical associates. She notes a meeting in 1969 with David Mixner of the Vietnam Moratorium Committee, an anti-Vietnam war protest group that came under investigation by the House Internal Security Subcommittee for its involvement with communists and backing from Hanoi. Mixner would go on to become a leading homosexual activist, adviser to and friend of President Clinton. He was credited with delivering some six million votes to Clinton in 1992.

Former conservative David Brock’s book, The Seduction of Hillary Rodham, links Hillary with Robert Borosage, a Yale Law School graduate and one of the founders of the Yale Review, who would later become director of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), a Marxist think tank. Borosage is now co-director of the Campaign for America’s Future, a group trying to move the Democratic Party further to the political left.

Hillary writes about her involvement with the Children’s Defense Fund, headed by Marian Wright Edelman, but omits any mention of the New World Foundation (NWF). Hillary followed Edelman’s husband, Peter, as chairman of the NWF. Mrs. Clinton chaired the group during a time, 1982-1988, when it gave grants to the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador, a front group for the communist terrorists; the National Lawyers Guild, a one-time-identified communist front; and the Christic Institute, an extreme left-wing group of lawyers which practiced “legal terrorism” against citizens, retired military and intelligence officials, and others who were perceived to be supporting the cause of freedom from communism in Central America.

sonnyspats1 on July 29, 2007 at 12:47 AM

Bourgeois, I better never hear someone suggest she’s anything but a socialist, anyone who uses that word like that is.

Bad Candy on July 28, 2007 at 11:15 PM

I once had a bourgeois mind.

Mcguyver on July 29, 2007 at 1:07 AM

“Last week I decided that even if life is absurd why couldn’t I spend it absurdly happy?” she wrote in November of her junior year. She then challenges herself to “define ‘happiness’ Hillary Rodham, acknowledged agnostic intellectual liberal, emotional conservative.”

This was my favorite one…though the misanthrope thing should be plastered on her.

The letters prove that she was miserable, consumed-with-self and snooty as a youngster already…and the author makes too many excuses for youth. Nothing has changed, except she wishes to exercise power over others, the world really. That includes the intellectual and the rich, btw.

Entelechy on July 29, 2007 at 1:10 AM

Bourgeois, I better never hear someone suggest she’s anything but a socialist, anyone who uses that word like that is.

Bad Candy on July 28, 2007 at 11:15 PM

Dear Bad Candy, she wishes to remain the Capitalist/Bourgeois she is, and shove socialism down our throats. If she were a true humanitarian, socialist or not, she and the Kennedys, the Hollywoodites, etc. would give most of what they have to the poor anonymously and shut up. I know you know this but it’s good to differenciate. This is why I hate/despise the idealistic socialists/communists so much; none of them actually live the life they preach.

Entelechy on July 29, 2007 at 1:18 AM

Sunday was lethargic from the beginning as I wallowed in a morass of general and specific dislike and pity for most people but me especially,” Ms. Rodham reported in a letter postmarked Oct. 3, 1967.

sonnyspats1 on July 29, 2007 at 1:38 AM

Misanthrope? Wrong again Shrillary. The term misandrist is far more accurate. She hated her father back then (in the ’60s) and probably stills hates him today. She clearly hates her husband. Bubba was the perfect mate for her, since he generously supplied her with all the vindication that she needed (in order to justify her hatred of men).

CyberCipher on July 28, 2007 at 11:25 PM

brilliant insight. now “do” mrs. fred! thompson & mrs. silky pony. i’m going to get a drink and some popcorn & wait for the show to start.
p.s. if you’re available for individual or couple’s therapy, please let me know. doesn’t matter what part of the country. we’ll just move. ;o)

NightmareOnKStreet on July 29, 2007 at 2:43 AM

“…there is a smorgasbord of personalities spread before me,…”

In other words: “I don’t intend to be one genuine person. I will be whatever ‘personality’ suits my goals at the time.”

God help us all if Scheming Sybil gets elected as President.

infidel4life on July 29, 2007 at 4:06 AM

She seethes at her parents’ refusal to let her spend a weekend in New York (“Their reasons — money, fear of the city, they think I’ve been running around too much, etc. — are ridiculous”) and fantasizes about spending the summer between her sophomore and junior years in Africa, only to dismiss the notion, envisioning “the scene with my father.”

For me, this says it all. One of the main foundations of the psyche of the modern leftist is a hate of the father. Combine this with the guilt used by Judeo-Christian as a control mechanism and you have a recipe for a self-hating, societally suicidal modern liberal.

At least Shrillary had a sense of humor about her developing self-hate,

“Random thinking usually becomes a process of self-analysis with my ego coming out on the short end”

Was that sort of writing really indicative of the level of a Wellesley student?

Sad.

progressoverpeace on July 29, 2007 at 7:58 AM

Fascinating stuff.

Compassionate Misanthrope is just so perfect, and I agree that only Leftists use the word “bourgeois”.

Her disdain for the Middle Class is particularly striking – the very people she wants to sucker into voting for her (or rather her “Smorgasborg” of personalities).

Buy Danish on July 29, 2007 at 10:11 AM

These letters lend ultimate support to Hillary’s most vitriolic critics, those who question her motivations and honesty and sincerity. She hangs herself with her own pen, and the notion that this person might become Commander in Chief should scare the heck out of any sane voter.

The self-described “compassionate misanthrope” struggled to establish her role in a world she calls “absurd.” After experimenting with characters such as “alienated academic, involved pseudo-hippie, educational and social reformer” without gaining the “absurd happiness” she sought, Hillary ultimately adopts a proactive “actor” persona for use on the civic action stage. No wonder she’s such a gifted political chameleon.

Her supporters love to tell us how important Hillary is to America’s future. She is indeed a very special person, the “little girl in the sunlight” constantly monitored by “heavenly movie cameras watching my every move.” This is an ego that would explode Freud’s head.

To hell with introspection in an absurd world, as it is just “too depressing”. Instead, Hillary happily finds a light burden, her mission and salvation: “The easiest way out is to stop any thought approaching introspection and to advise others whenever possible.” This explains her total lack of shame, since her conscience was removed long ago.

What a grand explanation of Hillary’s pathologies and her totalitarianism! As pronounced on Sixty Minutes in 1992, she rejected “stayed home and baked cookies” as a career path – to instead pursue happiness as a benevolent dictator.

Oh, but don’t share Safire’s concern that Hillary is a “congenital liar” – she’s only acting.

T J Green on July 29, 2007 at 10:14 AM

Wow- Looks like someone had serious daddy issues…

mojowire on July 29, 2007 at 10:22 AM

In her early letters, Ms. Rodham refers to her involvement with the Young Republicans, a legacy of her upbringing. In October of her freshman year, she dismisses the local chapter as “so inept,” which she says she might be able to leverage to her own benefit. “I figure that I may be able to work things my own way by the time I’m a junior so I’m going to stick to it,” she writes.

Already working things her own way. Scheming Compassionate Misanthrope? The worse kind.

Ordinary1 on July 29, 2007 at 10:39 AM

And we thought Bubba had a big ego. When will we see the letters in their entirety, without some reporters editing and cherry picking? I’m sure there is more Maxist drivel she doesn’t want published.

roninacreage on July 29, 2007 at 10:41 AM

This is also a notable quotable -

“Sunday was lethargic from the beginning as I wallowed in a morass of general and specific dislike and pity for most people but me especially,” Ms. Rodham reported in a letter postmarked Oct. 3, 1967.

I’m not sure that I believe her when she says she “dislikes” herself (although I don’t doubt that she was and is filled with self-indulgent self-pity) but her dislike and pity for everyone else is quite shocking.

I don’t know about you all, but it has never crossed my mind to “dislike most people”. Why does she want to lead us if she has such disdain for us?

It must be the “pity” part. And of course the other “p” word – “power”.

Buy Danish on July 29, 2007 at 11:07 AM

The NY Times must be worried of these letters. They are getting out in front of the story and trying to paint the picture of a college person finding her way. What do the letters really say? With the web there is no excuse to not post all the letters.

Some of these quotes seem like it paints a person that would say and do whatever it takes to get what she wants. Notice that Hillary asked for copies of them. Damage control? This is not the last time we hear about the letters IMO

unseen on July 29, 2007 at 5:10 PM

This is not the last time we hear about the letters IMO

unseen on July 29, 2007 at 5:10 PM

Poppin’ some corn hoping you’re right!

Ordinary1 on July 29, 2007 at 6:59 PM

All I see from her own words is a young woman who, because she is not attractive, became a hateful woman. Now, after reading her own words, I sincerely wonder just what the contract said between Hillary and Bill. I don’t see her as gay, but certainly a bitter woman with dad hatred. This is something that comes back to haunt you big time, believe me. If we do not resolve issues in our childhood and young adulthood, we do not become “nice, decent” people as grown ups.

sharinlite on July 30, 2007 at 2:50 PM