"My Highest Priority..."

by: Matt Stoller

Sun Sep 09, 2007 at 09:00

This sounds important.

"If we had actionable intelligence that Osama bin Laden or other high-value targets were in Pakistan I would ensure that they were targeted and killed or captured. And that will be my highest priority because they pose the highest threat to America," Clinton told American Urban Radio Networks.

So does this.

"If President Bush has not ended our involvement in Iraq by the time I do become president, I will," she said. "I will do that as my highest priority."

And so does this.

And I pledged to myself, and I pledge to all of you, that I will stay with you every step of the way until we get every single person the health care they deserve."  Doing that, she added, "will be my highest priority, whether I am your senator or I am your president."

That's a lot of highest priorities. 

Matt Stoller :: "My Highest Priority..."

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We are all her highest priorities (0.00 / 0)
but some are more highest than others.

My concern (0.00 / 0)
with HRC- well, one concern, is that this isn't strictly dishonesty, but more a characteristic relection of her arrogance.

My Highest Priority Is To Always Redefine My Highest Priority (0.00 / 0)
What could be more important than determining what my highest priority is?

Certianly not writing this silly little comment.  Which, of course, is why I'm not writing it right now!

"You know what they say -- those of us who fail history... doomed to repeat it in summer school." -- Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Season 6, Episode 3

and don't forget this one from Edwards (0.00 / 0)
Sounds just as important

We can no longer rely on the toy industry to initiate voluntary recalls - safety must be our highest priority.

not relevent (0.00 / 0)
That is discussing the amount of government regulation appropriate for the toy industry, where Edwards wants to prioritize safety.  It in now way implies anything about the highest priority for his presidency. 

New Jersey politics at Blue Jersey.

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You Make A Good Point (0.00 / 0)
that applies to Edwards as well as Clinton. Of course safety is Edward's highest priority - in the area of China imports. He also has other highest priorities in the areas of bin Laden, Iraq, Health Care, etc.

Who among us doesn't have 'highest priorities' in many different areas? I do. I have them in business, in immediate family, in personal relationships, in politics, in retirement savings...

Well you get the point. All people have many highest priorities in different areas.

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Mmmm, Not Quite (0.00 / 0)
I can see that with Clinton's statement re health care.  But the other two don't seem to be similar circumscribed.  It is, at the very least, an annoying locution when used repeatedly without specification.

"You know what they say -- those of us who fail history... doomed to repeat it in summer school." -- Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Season 6, Episode 3

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Highest priority (0.00 / 0)
I wonder if this is just a habit of speech or a reflection of her belief that she really is all things to all people.  She's a natural unitary executive -- scary.

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Sheesh Matt.... (4.00 / 1)
...yer jes confusing us now. I mean I allus thought that HRC's highest, and best, priority was....

Looking out for herself.

But maybe I got that wrong?

Nah, I got it absolutely right.

Peace, Health and Prosperity for Everyone.

Rawr (0.00 / 0)
There can obviously be multiple issues that can be assigned the same priority which is the highest priority. However the process of evaluating priorities must always have a tie breaker if decisions are to be made. This tie breaking can be done by randomization, round robin, first come first serve, or some other ad hoc manner.

Of course evaluating a candidate that has so many "highest priority" issues can be vexing for a voter. However it may be a reflection of how the current president has let the situation deteriorate on so many fronts.

I you want health care, work hard. If you want universal health care, vote for liberals.

My highest priority (0.00 / 0)
is whatever issue might get you folks in the current audience to open up your wallets, or maybe even talk a stroll to the voting booth to vote for me.

I try to focus more on what the politicos DON'T talk about.

For instance - any of these Presidential candidates talking about how they will work to "push back" the Imperial Presidency?  Any of them promising not to issue signing statements?  Any of them promising to get a Declaration of War before they take on Iran?  Any of them talking about doing away with the military contractors?  Any of them talking about rescinding the "Gonzales Rules" for dealing with "harsh" interrogations? 

Kind of redefines "whisper campaign".

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