March 3, 2008
They're Both Right
“She’s testy and ready.” If the primary election has demonstrated anything this year, it is why Hillary Clinton should not be president. If she were to run the nation as incompetently and on the fly as her supposed “inevitable” candidacy has been run, it would fall on the rocks on Day One.
Leon Panetta, President Clinton’s chief of staff, and without doubt a Clinton loyalist, complained bitterly this week that the incompetence of the campaign owed much to top strategist Mark Penn, who he compared to Karl Rove. He said Penn hadn’t planned for the long haul.
Just like Hitler in 1939 and Donald Rumsfeld in 2002, the Clintons didn’t prepare for a long war (there, dear reader, I have done the nearly impossible, compared both Bush and Clinton to Hitler!). They thought it would be over by Christmas. One reason that they didn’t take the long view was the deep down feeling by the Clintons that they were “owed” the presidency again and that their progress towards that goal should be something more in the nature of a coronation than a battle.
I’ve always thought that Hillary was the Democrats’ Richard Nixon, and now here’s a new Nixonian riff: The press wants her to lose. One Hillary stooge suggested that every time Obama levels a personal attack against her (i.e. confronts her with her actual record) “the press has largely applauded him.” Another said the press is following Hillary’s fall with “glee.”
If, as seems increasingly likely, Mrs. Clinton loses, we may yet see a repeat of “You won’t have Dick Nixon to kick around any more.”
I’ve thought for awhile that most Democrats, who might have been in love with Bill, never really could see the charm of his wife, who is variously described as “Wicked Witch of the West, Nurse Ratched,” and “either your first wife or your current mother-in-law.”
You would think that the same crowd that went weak kneed about Bill 16-years ago would also be motivated by the “You go, girl!” dream. Now they are going weak-kneed for Obama.
Hatched by Dave Ross on this day, March 3, 2008, at the time of 10:40 PM
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The following hissed in response by: MTF
I come here for the opinions first-A, and the writing first-B. I love the "she's testy and ready" line, as well as a near impossible inclusion of Hitler, Rove, Bush and Rumsfeld in a 350 word post on Clinton.
The following hissed in response by: Geoman
I thought "Testy and Ready" was McCain's campaign slogan.
Of course Mr. Hopey Changey Obama's motto of "Inexperience matters" trump both.
The following hissed in response by: TerryeL
I am not so sure I would write Hillary off just yet. I think the Messiah is losing steam.
The following hissed in response by: Dafydd ab Hugh
I think the Messiah is losing steam.
We could start calling Barack Obama "Locomotive breath."
The above hissed in response by: Dafydd ab Hugh at March 5, 2008 1:19 AM
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