January 27, 2008
The Coming Clinton Campaign: You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet!
Tom Bevan at Real Clear Politics has a post up about the increasingly strident rejection of "Billary" Clinton -- especially the Bill half of that machine -- by prominent Democrats. Not only pundits like Joshua Marshall and Frank Rich, but big names of the Democratic past, including Caroline Kennedy (famous for being the daughter of JFK) and Ted Kennedy (famous for drowning his sorrows, his joys, and his dates).
Key graf that caught my attention:
With Caroline Kennedy's endorsement this morning, and this tease by Mark Halperin suggesting Uncle Teddy's isn't far behind, there's a growing sense that the Democratic establishment is getting ready to throw the Clinton era into the dustbin of history. Of course, the Clintons will not be shoved aside easily, if at all.
In fact, I believe that with every passing day, Bill Clinton will seize more and more power and control within the campaign itself, until he becomes de facto campaign mangler, pushing aside Patti Solis Doyle... who is, after all, Hillary's pal, not Bill's. I'm guessing that she'll end up still campaign manager in name, but in reality she'll be nothing more exalted than Hillary's personal advisor. Top strategist Mark Penn will (I suspect) be restricted to chief pollster (his other hat). And I wouldn't be surprised if some of the old Clinton cronies were brought back officially... Paul Begala, James Carville, George Snuffleupagus. (The first two are already unofficial Clinton "advisors.")
Increasingly, it will be Bill Clinton calling all the shots, nakedly campaigning (if that's an image America really wants to envision) for a third term -- with occasional sly quips that, "of course, it's really the little woman who will wear the pants this time" (guffaws all around). On the trail, he will utterly eclipse the little woman.
If this eventuates, it can work both for and against us:
- On the one hand, Bill Clinton is one of the most brilliant campaigners we've seen in decades... after all, he was able to elect the most personally flawed president in modern history -- twice. His specialty is the mud run: Clinton goes so over-the-top in his personal attacks that he goads his competitor into responding, smear for smear. Once the race devolves into a mud-wrestling match between Bill Clinton and Somebody Else, Bill wins (and the man from Hot Springs loves it).
- But on the other hand, we now see more clearly than ever just how weary the entire country is of America's national soap opera, All Our Clintons (a.k.a., the Middle-Aged and the Pants-less).
Even Democrats are starting to remember just how embarassing that hillbilly was, and how shrewish and hectoring was his snide, condescending, sarcastic wife. They practically embody the awful, horrible couple which moves next door, eventually forcing all the longtime neighbors to dump their property and flee.
Consider this: In 1996, at a time of extraordinary (illusionary) peace and prosperity, before being impeached, and running against 113 year old Blob Dole... who only punctuated his anemic campaign by his senior moments, such as accidentally hurling himself into the mosh pit in Chico, California. With all that going for Clinton, the sitting president still couldn't even manage to get a majority of the popular vote.
I believe that either John McCain or Mitt Romney could run a very effective campaign against the Clinton tag-team that largely comprised pointing at Bill and saying, "Do we really want that back in the White House?"
But my, my... if my gut guess (not even at the level of a prediction) comes to pass, won't we have an -- interesting -- nine months to come. ("Interesting" in the sense of that supposed Chinese curse, of course.)
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The following hissed in response by: Evilned
"Ted Kennedy (famous for drowning his sorrows, his joys, and his dates)."
Now residing with appropriate credit in my quotes generator waiting for my next upload. :)
Now to business...
We should be hearing about Obama having a "Tragic" accident any time now.
Sometime in October, if McCain is the nominee, (God forbid!) we will be hearing about how his physical health suddenly collapsed, due to the torture while a POW. The fact that his last physical showed him to be in peak health a month earlier will be ignored by the MSM.
If Romney is the nominee, we will probably hear from the 6 wives he has hidden away in a secret location in Utah or something, along with charges of embezzlement from the Olympic committee.
Just a guess mind you.
The above hissed in response by: Evilned at January 27, 2008 3:52 PM
The following hissed in response by: Fritz
Dafydd, Dafydd, Dafydd, shame upon you for evoking such repugnant images in my mind. Bill Clinton nakedly campaigning? Gag, gag, barf, barf.
The following hissed in response by: Terry Gain
I don't think Hillary can defeat the GOP nominee whoever he is. I would be surprised if she is the Dem rep. It seems to me the Dem elite and MSM are trying to set up a contest between the young charismatic black messiah and the old angry white man RINO, albeit former war hero.
The following hissed in response by: LarryD
Ah, Terry, remember Clinton vs Dole? I think Clinton vs McCain would not go as some people think (including McCain himself).
The MSM can be counted on to be hostile to the Republican candidate, even if it is their good buddy McCain. It would be quite a shock to McCain how much he gets attacked.
The following hissed in response by: MTF
The Dhimmicrats are running, not walking, away from Hillary's candidacy. Today started with the Kennedy's and will end with them too (in the person of 'ol drink-and-drown himself), but you might have missed the erstwhile columnist/theatre critic Frank Rich of the NYT coming out against the Clintons in his column today.
This is an interesting anti-Clinton mojo developing.
The following hissed in response by: Geoman
Fool me once. shame on you, fool me twice shame on me, fool me thrice? I might as well just put a gun to my head.
America won't be fooled thrice.
The following hissed in response by: PPJ aka Jim
I must protest calling Bill Clinton a hill billy.
I know hill billys and he is not one.
The above hissed in response by: PPJ aka Jim at January 28, 2008 9:48 PM
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