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Hup, Hup, Hillary

And if, heaven help us, she is pipped at the post by Mr Obama, we can just imagine the Iron Lady’s parting shot: “I will be back.”

india Updated: Apr 05, 2008 00:07 IST

Her husband was widely credited with dropping them too often, but Hillary Clinton seems determined to show the world who really wears the pants this election. None of that feminine touch for her; she is out all guns blazing. Will she make an effective commander-in-chief? Hah, just try me, is the answer from the Senator who recently compared herself to the legendary American boxer Rocky Balboa. Now old Sly Stallone of the Rocky I, II, III... fame may not be too pleased about being compared to the lady. But you don’t argue with someone whose manicured finger may soon be on the nuclear button. It’s been all about guns and poses for Ms Clinton, to the extent that she reinvented herself as a heroic General MacArthur when describing her visit to Bosnia. Weaving her way across the tarmac at the airport, Hill dashed to safety evading sniper bullets. When an intrepid correspondent outed her saying that the airport was calm as a millpond, the lady beat a hasty retreat. But did that deter her appetite for combat? In your dreams.

She is the best man for the job, says she, and she will fight tooth and nail for every job shipped out of the US. Not even George W, malapropism, mixed metaphor and all, went that far. You need a fighter on your side, she told election crowds. We are glad to see her gladiatorial instincts in the fight to preserve jobs for true blue Americans. We think she should not stop at depriving some bisibele baath-eating Bangalorean out of an IT job or some shyster pharma man who may doing outsourced medical work. No, feisty Hillary must also stop outsourcing security in war zones like Iraq to rag-tag bands of locals. After all, why hand out to the Natives these jobs for the Boys? Now, surely the Senator is not afraid of spilling a bit of blood for the greater glory of the motherland? We, sitting here in the comfort of not having to choose in another country’s presidential election, believe her when she says she is the one to get the job done.

With Hill at the helm, we also hope that America will take a pre-eminent role in policing the world and not leave peace-keeping in such salubrious places like Sierra Leone and Somalia to a motley crew of Indians and Bangladeshis. We expect her, sleeves rolled up, after having shown the Natives their place, to create millions of new, high-paying jobs that simply can’t be outsourced. So while rival Barack Obama is wittering on about a more inclusive society, change and hope, Ms Clinton has another message for the world — be afraid, be very afraid. And if, heaven help us, she is pipped at the post by Mr Obama, we can just imagine the Iron Lady’s parting shot: “I will be back.” Now, Arnie Schwarzenegger may even allow her to use that line in an act of extreme bipartisanship.