Hillary Clinton has a new message in Iowa — she’s a hard worker.
She said, rather clumsily, in the last Iowa debate, “Everybody on this stage has an idea about how to get change. Some believe you get change by demanding it. Some believe you get it by hoping for it. I believe you get it by working hard for change.” The New York Times said Hillary “has sought to cast herself as a workhorse.”
I don’t want a president who is so disengaged he reads his positions off of note cards, like Reagan. Nor do I want one who hopes the thing is handed to him, like Thompson. But I’m not impressed by hard work. In this country, the Protestant Work Ethic is held up as golden. But hard work ain’t enough. Sen. Clinton worked hard on health care reform, and she still doesn’t get that her secrecy as she gathered opinions was a problem — secrecy leads to a Bush administration that is run by lobbyists. She said in Thursday’s Iowa debate that the problem with her health care effort was that she didn’t have a good enough communications plan. More hard work would have made it better. No, dear, having the right instincts and values would have made it better. Work won’t solve the problem of bad judgment and the inability to admit mistakes.
A workhorse? No thanks. I want a graceful strong steed with a sense of where he’s going and the ability to inspire us to run alongside or want to hop aboard. You don’t “get” change by work or hope or demands. If you’re a catalyst, you spark change to happen around you.