Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Hillary caught re-creating her biography yet again

The same woman who pretended that she had always been a Yankees fan when she decided to run for senator from New York and who claimed she'd been named after Sir Edmund Hillary eight years before his ascent of Mount Everest has been caught with another bit of autobiographical creativity. Robert Novak details how, now that she's facing a real challenge from Barack Obama, Hillary has decided that she was always a big supporter of Martin Luther King. She just forgot one tiny detail.
Speaking at Selma's First Baptist Church on the 42nd anniversary of the "bloody Sunday" freedom march there, Sen. Clinton declared: "As a young girl [age 16], I had the great privilege of hearing Dr. King speak in Chicago. The year was 1963. My youth minister from our church took a few of us down on a cold January night to hear [King]. . . . And he called on us, he challenged us that evening to stay awake during the great revolution that the civil rights pioneers were waging on behalf of a more perfect union."

Young Hillary Rodham answered that challenge the next year as the 17-year-old class president at Maine East High School in the Chicago suburbs. She described herself in her memoirs as "an active Young Republican" and "a Goldwater girl, right down to my cowgirl outfit." As a politically attuned honor student, she must have known that Goldwater was one of only six Republican senators who joined Southern Democratic segregationists opposing the historic voting rights act of 1964 inspired by King.
One wonders when the last moment of authenticity was in this woman's life. She will be whatever she thinks she needs to be to get power. Perhaps then we'd see some of the authentic Hillary Clinton, but I doubt it.