Critics, Celebrities Oppose Hillary For President
According to the British paper, The Guardian, celebrities are lining up against Hillary Clinton because of her pro-war stance.
Here is the short list so far:
1. Cindy Sheehan: "I think she is a political animal who believes she has to be a war hawk to keep up with the big boys... I will resist her candidacy with every bit of my power and strength."
2. Kathleen Turner said she "had her doubts' about Clinton's potential bid."
3. Stone said it was "too soon" for Clinton to run.
4. Clooney criticised the entire Democrat leadership, including Clinton, for lacking the backbone to speak against the Iraq war.
5. Sarandon, one of the most politically active of the Hollywood elite, was forthright: "I find Hillary Clinton to be a great disappointment. She's lost her progressive following because of her caution and centrist approach."
6. Madonna: As reported in the Daily News, quoting an Out magazine interview, she said she was equally concerned about Clinton's chances of winning. The pop icon reportedly said she thought the former first lady should "go for it" in 2008. But she wondered if the time was right for Americans to put their trust in a woman president.
7. CodePink: "She's not listening to her constituents when it comes to how they feel about the war in Iraq," said a spokeswoman for Code Pink, a women's anti-war group that is helping to organise protests wherever Clinton speaks.
Hollywood donations are nothing to scoff at, and politicians tend to curry their favor.
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Anti-war protesters interrupted U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's speech at Brown University on last night by heckling the New York Democrat for four solid minutes before police escorted them out of the auditorium.And there are other critics, for example,
Clinton was about eight minutes into her 50-minute speech, "Women Leaders," when an unidentified man stood and shouted "Is it leadership to support the war?
"They [the Dems] genuinely want someone who is going to stop complaining about the way things are and start doing something," Frank Luntz, a pollster credited with helping Newt Gingrich knock Democrats from power in 1994, said.
Therein, he said, lies a major flaw for Clinton and eight other Dems he analyzed in focus groups with 700 New Hampshire and Iowa Democrats.
"We tested all the candidates and not one of them, still, has put together a stump speech that really, truly captures ... 'Here's the problem, here's the solution.'"
He also said the New York senator was making a mistake by getting on the Democratic bandwagon of hawking religion to prove Democrats have moral values, too.
Recent Gallup polling data showed that a majority of Americans steadfastly refuse to embrace Hillary Clinton, despite her virtually unquestioned status as the presumptive 2008 Democrat presidential nominee.