Friday, May 09, 2008

Hillary Huckabee

On Tuesday, May 6, at 5:02 AM, I posted a comment on the excellent political website AlterNet. Under the title, "She Can't Win", I wrote:

"The Clintonistas have forgotten a very important fact of political life: a Democratic candidate seeking the presidency cannot possibly win without a huge turnout of African Americans. Come election day [should they give her the nomination], many people will remember the vicious race baiting of Hillary and her cohorts and many of them will end up staying home - or voting for Ralph Nader."

A little later that morning, after having had a second look at what I had written, I decided that the term "vicious race baiting" was a tad strong (I shouldn't write anything before I've had that first cup of coffee, should I?) I posted an apology to Ms. Clinton and her supporters, said that I should have used the phrase "subtle race baiting" and left it at that. I'm beginning to have second thoughts. After listening to a recording of a phone interview she gave on Wednesday to USA Today, I'm starting to think that "vicious race baiting" was somewhat of an understatement:

"Senator Obama's support among working, hard working Americans - White Americans - is weakening again, and....Whites in both states [Indiana and North Carolina] who hadn't completed college were supporting me....I have a much broader base to build a winning coalition on....There's a pattern emerging here."

Wow, I thought, that's fairly vicious, isn't it! I take it back. I am not trying to imply that Ms. Clinton is a racist; certainly that is not the case. But what she was trying to say in a non-too-subtle way was this: "Hey, America! This black guy can't possibly win. Send the forty-third White person to the White House!" By the way, when it gets to the point that your main selling point is that you're supported by the least educated among us, I think the time has come to seriously consider packing it in.

Truth be told, the bold and naked aggression of Hillary Clinton and company is something to behold. What is happening here is as obvious as it is tragic (not to mention despicable ): she is trying to sabotage Barack Obama's campaign in the general election, guaranteeing a McCain victory in November and leaving an opening for her to run in 2012. The fact that another four years of a GOP controlled White House will destroy this country (that's assuming that it is not already beyond saving) apparently does not mean a thing to her. Maybe it would be unfair to imply that Senator Clinton does not love this country, but it is crystal clear that she loves herself a whole lot hell of a lot more. How does this woman even sleep at night?

Hillary, it's over. You ran a historic campaign but it's over - done, kaput, finis. You are never going to be president of the United States of America - not in 2008; not in 2012. Maybe it'll happen in the next lifetime but not in this one. As 'historic' as your campaign might have been, it was terribly planned and unprofessionally run. The people you surrounded yourself with were not known for their ability or political smarts but by their loyalty to you. We're near the end of eight years of that kind of an administration and where has it gotten us? Intelligent leaders keep close to them men and women who will say the cold, hard and bitter truth - not an entourage of starry-eyed sycophants. And Marc Penn? Where in the hell did you find him? I've hardly ever seen a Republican that sleazy! Am I to believe that this guy was to have a role in your administration?? What, are you nuts??? The last thing this country needs at this point in time is a moderate version of the Bush White House. It's over, Hillary. Come to your senses and get a grip. In the words of Bob Dylan, "It's all over now, baby blue."

David Letterman put it perfectly. Although Hillary lost North Carolina and barely won Indiana, "She has a substantial lead in the state of Denial."

41: Bush; 42: Clinton; 43: Bush; 44: Clinton....

ENOUGH ALREADY!

We cannot allow America's future to be placed in the hands of two power-hungry, dysfunctional families. We are not a nation of dynasties. That's the kind of thing the Founders of this country warned us about over two-hundred years ago. We need a second Clinton administration just about as much as we needed this second Bush administration. What we need - desperately - is something new. That "newness" is personified in Barack Obama. We don't want to return to the foolish policies of the past. The first Clinton administration was quite capable in many ways. It certainly was head over heels better than what we have now. But there is also a bitter legacy from the Clinton era. They were all-to-willing to go along with the extremist forces within the Republican leadership in the House and Senate at a time they should have been fighting against them. No. The last thing this country needs is four or (Heaven forbid!) eight years of the style of indecision and appeasement that Hillary Clinton has demonstrated since becoming senator.

Here are just a few questions that are screaming to be addressed: Why has Senator Clinton been endorsed by the likes of Rupert Murdoch and Richard Mellon Scaife? Why is Rush Limbaugh encouraging his Republican listeners to vote for her in states where cross filing is allowed? Why is Pat Buchanan (whom I love by the way - politics be damned) advocating that she fight her way straight through to the convention in August? Why was her recent interview with Bill O'Riley a virtual love fest of softball questions? Have these knuckleheads finally seen the light? Not bloody likely. They know very well that the American people, for the most part, are sick to death of the Clintons. They know that a Clinton nomination means certain defeat for the Democratic party come November. Why is it that so many registered Democrats are completely blind to what anyone paying attention can see is an obvious Machiavellian political ploy?

If they know what's good for them, the Clinton camp will take a deep breath and face some undeniable facts. They've already hurt Barack Obama's chances by implying that John McCain would make a better president than he. You can take it to the bank that the GOP will use her "endorsement" in their campaign ads in the autumn. If Obama is defeated in November, a good argument will be made that the blame should be placed at her doorstep. If that happens, not only will she not be nominated as standard bearer in 2012, she won't even be nominated to run again for the senate in that same year (There are thousands of us here in New York who will see to that).

What the Clinton people have to realize is that what they have here is a lose/lose situation. They might as well see the light, recognize the hopelessness of their plight, do the right thing and give the senator from Illinois a hearty and sincere thumbs up. If they really think they can somehow seize this thing at the convention and walk away with a party united behind them, I have just two words for them: Chicago 1968. 'Nuff said?

True, the Democratic party is taking a decided risk by giving the nomination to an African American, even someone as charismatic as Senator Obama. But to hand the nomination to Hillary Clinton would have been sheer insanity. America is in dire need of many things at this point in its history. Another Clinton White House is not one of them; trust me on this one, campers.

For months I've been suggesting that the Dems come up with a compromise candidate, someone who hasn't been as damaged during the primaries as Clinton and Obama have been (My pick would have been John Edwards). Since that is not likely to happen at this stage, it is the responsibility of all smart progressives (we used to be called liberals) to get behind the campaign of Barack Obama. This is the most crucial presidential contest since 1932. Not in seventy-six years has the need for this country to go in a new direction been as blatantly apparent as it is at this moment in our history. Let's get behind this guy - NOW.

Tom Degan

Goshen, NY

tomdegan@frontiernet.net

NOTE: Here's a link to AlterNet. It really is a great site: http://www.alternet.org/

13 Comments:

At 10:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

An endorsement from Richard Mellon Scaife should be the kiss of death for anyone, especially for a self-proclaimed "progressive." Maybe Scaife, Limbaugh, et al are trying to use reverse reverse psych on us?

I had the same reaction when I heard it on the radio yesterday, the "working....hard-working white Americans" remark. My first thought was "she didn't really say that, did she? NPR only edited it to make it sound that way?"

 
At 10:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Tom,

Isn't it amazing how the past two elections and now this one, have been such fingernail-biters for us all? When have we had three such intense campaigns in a row with so much at stake?

Do you think either Obama or Clinton will entertain the idea of asking the other to be a running mate? I'm hoping against hope that Obama asks Ralph Nader for that honor. After all, doesn't he deserve it more than anyone else? I'm so impressed with his long record of consistently fighting for the little man and woman.

As a woman, I have to say I am so disappointed in Hilary. She's not what I want for the first woman president of this country! She inspires nothing but disgust and pathetic laughter from me.

fearless flower

 
At 6:12 PM, Blogger Phil said...

Gee, Tom, I was sort of hoping that you'd put a really hideous picture of Hillary at the top of this post. Oh, well, I guess I can convince myself that it's close enough.

Throughout her campaign, Hillary has revealed her true colors; her unfounded attacks against Obama--and numerous other lies--indicate the depths to which she's willing to sink to gain the Democratic nomination. Hillary is a better friend to the Republican Party than most Republicans are. Those of her supporters who haven't yet seen through her hypocrisy and disingenuous statements-purporting-to-be-fact aren’t paying attention.

And, yes, I'm very much familiar with AlterNet; I've been reading (and sometimes responding to) your comments there for the better part of three years. On the AlterNet forums I'm known as ConnecttheDots.

 
At 6:59 PM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Dear Phil,
Thank you for connecting the dots for me! I, too, have been reading your little gems of wisdom for a while as well. Isn't AlterNet great?

You make a good point, Hillary has been a friend to the GOP, hasn't she? I'm so relieved that her campaign is on the outs. Early on in this thing, my one hope was that she was such an odds on bet so early on, she would burn herself out. Thank goodness she has.

All the best,
Tom Degan

 
At 8:32 PM, Blogger charles moore said...

Hi Tom,

Another great article and analysis of the situation. I am beginning to think that Hillary must be psychotic not to see or admit that she is on a losing streak. It also appears that she is being driven by some sort of revenge motive against Bill. In spite of his now standing by her, there is some sort of sick family psychodrama being played out here.

And a note to Anonymous, if Hillary were to become vice president with Bill beside her, they would scheme,claw and undermine Obama until the presidency was completely destroyed.

These people are so power hungry that they will stop at nothing. Friends to the Republicans? They are worse than the Republicans.

 
At 2:33 PM, Blogger Prairie Waif said...

I feel like I walked into the dental office of "The Little Shop of Horrors." I came for a cleaning and instead keep getting root canals without benefit of anesthetic.

And with Hillary as the Dentist? I cannot even get out of the chair before she starts another speel on what she can do for my healthcare. . . Please, just let me test your blood to see if you are white, blue-collar, under-educated working class; I know you like me! You like me, you really, really like me!

Please, someone, get me out of here before Marc Penn feeds me to Bubba.

Kill the plant before the cuttings spread and kill more hopes and dreams of recovering our country and Constitution.

 
At 9:02 PM, Anonymous Wendy said...

Tom Dear,

I sense your rant has escalated into full-blown rage at this insanity. A big part of the problem is that so many people are passive citizens. Sure, they vote and it makes them feel so proud. Outside of this pathetic contribution to society, they take assert no effort to inform themselves and their views are based on 30-second sound-bites during the local nightly news cast.

Therein lies the challenge. How to get the voice of reason and reality to a boomer culture who only uses their computer to send stupid chain emails and hasn't the slightest idea we are screaming to be heard. Obviously alternative web and news channels aren't cutting it. Perhaps we can all chip in and send them all a DQ ice cream cake with the cold, hard truth written in gooey green icing. THAT might stand a chance of being read.

Please treat yourself to a relaxing professional massage. I feel your kneck muscles knotting all the way from Missouri.

Peace

 
At 12:46 AM, Blogger Carrie said...

Do you think anything will happen to Obama? That is what scares me... Every time I watch him, I worry.

peace

 
At 9:46 AM, Blogger charles moore said...

Carrie,

Please do not even say or think that. That is a big concern of mine also,

 
At 9:52 AM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

I woke up in the middle of the night thinking the same thing. God, keep him safe.

Tom

 
At 2:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I ask myself what is Clinton actually trying to do? I come up with one possibility as you stated, sabotage Obama and wait until 2012. That seems really risky, how can she insure that Obama loses. A second possibility is that she has a number of supers willing to support her who will not commit unless she has enough elected delegates to put her over the top. Her math may be very different than the TV pundit math. If this is true I hope Obama will create a third party and run as an independent. I think if Obama put it all on the line and make people choose to define the American people for the world to see that he can beat Clinton and McCain in a three-way race.

 
At 2:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

. . . she won't even be nominated to run again for the senate in that same year (There are thousands of us here in New York who will see to that).

Tom,
Time to mobilize and start your 527 and start developing your ABC 527 for NY's Senatorial Campaign to boot Hillary and her carpet-bag out to wherever she chooses to drop her "g's" most.

Waif

 
At 1:14 AM, Blogger C. Marie Byars said...

I wish, I wish, I wish. . .so many things could be different. . .we really need a third (and a fourth and a fifth and a sixth) party in this country. Then there would have to be coaltions to legistlate & a broader range of issues and solutions would be heard---much more doable in this internet age.

 

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