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On NAFTA, Hillary called a pickpocket, leader of band of child criminals, and good at avoiding responsibility or the consequences of her actions

The South Africa wire services ran a story that termed Hillary an artful dodger for her responses to questions at a forum by AFSCME and other labor groups:

Slick Hillary? Former President Bill Clinton earned the nickname "Slick Willy" for his mastery in the political arts of ducking and dodging. He had a knack for convincing people on both sides of an issue that he agreed with them. His wife may not be as smooth, but Sen Hillary Rodham Clinton is doing a passable impression of the ever-parsing former president. Would she pardon Scooter Libby? No comment. Would she nominate a union leader to be secretary of labour? Maybe. Would she repeal the North American Free Trade Agreement? Can't say. .. Shortly after Rep Dennis Kucinich vowed to repeal the North American Free Trade Agreement, Clinton was asked if she would move to scuttle it. She dodged. "Like anything," Clinton said, "NAFTA had some positives, but unfortunately had a lot of downsides."

According to Wikipedia:

The Artful Dodger is a character in the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist. The Dodger (whose real name is Jack Dawkins) is a pickpocket, and so-called by his skill and cunning in that respect. As a result he has become the leader of the gang of child criminals, trained by the elderly Fagin... The nickname "Artful Dodger" is still commonly used to refer to someone who is good at avoiding responsibility or the consequences of his or her actions. "Artful Dodger" is also Cockney rhyming slang for "lodger".

To be fair, Hillary has come out with a statement against the NAFTA expansion to South Korea, although not to Peru, Panama and Colombia. For some more on the situation, check out these pieces by Ralph Nader and Hillary's previous primary challenger Jonathan Tasini (who reminds us that " People who criticize Sen. Clinton need to recognize when she has taken the right position.")

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