Saturday, March 08, 2008


O-ba-ma! is a very beatable candidate, and I was hoping to see Hillary get put away in OH and TX. Again look to the British press to summarize things very plainly. Hillary will do anything to become president, and in politics, ambition trumps diplomacy.

The danger, I think, for Mr Obama is that the kitchen sink volley of the last week has revealed a central truth about the Democratic contest: she wants it more. In politics, it's not necessarily the better person who gets the top job, but the one who is really, really desperate for it and willing to go to any lengths to get it.

For Mrs Clinton - and for her momentarily quiet husband - this is it. This is the alpha and omega of their existence; the sacred mission at the heart of their life's journey. They will do anything to get there. Mr Obama has time on his side - at only 46 he will be a leader of the Democratic party for 20 years or more.

In another clever move after this week's primaries, Mrs Clinton showed she perhaps senses this disparity of political hunger when she mooted the idea of a “dream ticket” for the Democrats - she as the presidential candidate, Mr Obama as the vice-president.

It makes perfect sense for her and might, if he thinks really hard about it, suit him. If they win in November, he is the heir apparent when she ultimately steps down. If they lose, he is the immediate successor.

And after another week or two like the last, Mr Obama may finally decide it's better to have Mrs Clinton on his side than have her throwing the plumbing at him.

Gary Hart weighs in.

One of those rules [of politics] is this: Do not provide ammunition to the opposition party that can be used to destroy your party's nominee. This is a hyper-truth where the presidential contest is concerned.

By saying [through her "3 a.m." ad] that only she and John McCain are qualified to lead the country, particularly in times of crisis, Hillary Clinton has broken that rule, severely damaged the Democratic candidate who may well be the party's nominee, and, perhaps most ominously, revealed the unlimited lengths to which she will go to achieve power. She has essentially said that the Democratic party deserves to lose unless it nominates her.

They are tired of not being president and they're not gonna take it any more. And if we don't pony up, they'll tear down the party. What was missing from the news coverage of the stupid Scotsman thing the last two days is that she IS a monster.

1 comment:

Tom said...

Unlike Republicans that recycle the same candidates again and again, the Democrats go for new faces each time. If Obama doesn't win the nomination I think he could fall into the same hole as Humphrey, McGovern, Mondale, Dukakis, etc.

Therefore, the stakes are large.

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