I never got around to writing this, but I’ll admit it as if I had: a few months ago, I would have given odds that Hillary wouldn’t run. Good odds. I thought all the talk about her running for president was smoke and hot air. Why would she voluntarily open herself to the kind of vitriolic filth that would ooze from the Right like primordial slime the second she announced? They hate her. They hate her more than they hate Bill. They hate her more than they hate Teddy, and before Hillary I wouldn’t have thought that was possible. They hate her because she’s a woman and because she stuck her nose in where a woman’s nose doesn’t belong when Bill was Pres. They hate her with a hate that is searing – bitter, bottomless, and as bilious as snake-puke.
I can hear Limbaugh and O’Reilly now:
Hillary had an abortion, you know.
Sources say Hillary murdered Vincent Foster.
Sean, there’s speculation today that Hillary Clinton was responsible for the massacre of 37 people when she visited Darfur last year.
WorldNetDaily and Matt Drudge are reporting that Hillary Clinton is having an affair with Satan. Sources say that Beelzebub will hand her the White House if she agrees to bear his evil child, who they allege will be the Anti-Christ when he grows up.
And that’s just the warm-up.
I would have bet as much money as I could scrape together that she wouldn’t run. Whatever else she may be, she isn’t a masochist – or she didn’t used to be – and she rarely fought battles she knew going in she couldn’t win. And she can’t win this one. The Right will go after her like she’s meat and they’re ginzu knives. They’ll make the campaign so ugly that Hillary will be seen as a divisive figure even by her supporters and dumped by the DINO’s as soon as they can see which way the wind is blowing. Even Obama won’t draw the kind of vicious slanders and degraded slurs she will. They hate him but not with the boundless hatred they lavish on Hillary. It’s a different order of magnitude.
But maybe that’s what makes her run possible where it wasn’t before. After all, the Right is stinging from defeat and no matter who runs they’re going to take the ’08 campaign into the sewers with them. They’re already claiming that Obama was trained in a terrorist camp when he was a kid and hinting around that he’s an Al Qaeda mole. The gloves are clearly off (though it’s a legitimate question if they were ever on). In an amosphere as poisonous as this one’s goiong to be, she might as well run as not. She can’t make it any worse.
But, Jesus, hasn’t she had enough? For 8 years the Right Wing Noise Machine accused her and Bill of every crime they could imagine. If our libel laws weren’t a sorry joke, Limbaugh, O’Reilly, Savage, Hannity, and all the rest of them would be in jail right now suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune under the tutelage of a con named “Bung-Hole Bubba” for what they claimed about her alone. Does she really want to go through all that again? If she wins, it will just get worse. She’ll spend her presidency defending herself from one contemptible attack after another, without mercy, without end.
Not to mention the effect it will have on the country to have yet another Democratic administration so tied up in fending off virulent mud-slinging and character assassination that it has no time or energy to do half of what needs to be done. Do we really need to go through all that again?
Not that she isn’t trying to prepare for the onslaught.
Mrs. Clinton’s advisers say she knows full well, from long and sometimes painful experience, the challenges to come. She will have to convince people that another Clinton in the White House will bring more of the successes, and fewer of the shadows and scandals, that marked her husband’s administration, her advisers say. She will have to figure out the role that Mr. Clinton will play, a question that Republicans will almost certainly highlight.
“I have never been afraid to stand up for what I believe in or to face down the Republican machine,” Mrs. Clinton said in a statement on her new campaign Web site. “After nearly $70 million spent against my campaigns in New York and two landslide wins, I can say I know how Washington Republicans think, how they operate, and how to beat them.”
Let’s hope so. New York wasn’t exactly a challenge. The RNC knew they couldn’t beat her and didn’t waste $$$millions$$$ proving it. A presidential campain is a whole other animal.
And, right now, it seems it’s a good bet that whoever the Democratic candidate is, s/he’ll win. The Pubs have NOBODY.
- Romney? Please. The man’s an ambitious hack with no positions he isn’t willing to change on a moment’s notice, and conservatives don’t like it when they can’t count on uniformity. (Although I must say I’d just love it if the wingnut Pubs fell for Mitt’s lame act and nominated him. What goes around ought to come around.)
- Giuliani? Get real. He’s an Upper West Side snob with no traction outside the Northeast and damn little there. It’ll be a miracle if he survives Iowa, let alone New Hampshire.
- McCain? Not likely. His advisors – and his own cowardice – have sabotaged his one-time image of courageous independence. Even the Pub faithful are beginning to see him not as a principled maverick but as a Bush toady. As they run from one, they bail on the other. And he’s the best they’ve got.
Of course, there’s always Sam Brownback. A real, live, card-carrying wingnut, Brownback lives out where the buses don’t run. Republican activists, extremists all, will love him.
With his opposition to abortion, embryonic stem-cell research and same-sex marriage, Mr. Brownback hopes to establish himself as the dominant conservative in the race. The American Conservative Union, which hails him as one of “the best of the best” in the Senate, gave him a 100 percent conservative rating in its most recent survey of Congress.
It goes without saying that he’s anti-gay, anti-abortion, anti-tax, and anti-just about everything else to the left of Attilla the Hun. But he’s also a theocrat who wants to see America run on Xtian laws, not secular ones.
“The last thing we need in America is to take God out of our public lives and institutions,” Mr. Brownback said during his speech in Topeka, Kan. “We need to embrace our nation’s motto, ‘In God we trust,’ and not be ashamed of it.
“To walk away from the Almighty is to embrace decline for a nation,” he said. “To embrace him leads to renewal, for individuals and for nations.”
To him, the Constitution is an evil document that ought to be scrapped and replaced by the Bible – preferably the Old “An Eye for An Eye” Testament. You know, the one where god comes down with a flaming sword and disembowels everybody who doesn’t fall in line behind Sam Brownback.
He has a reasonable opportunity to win nomination if the faithful turn out in numbers for the primaries, but in the general he stands about as much chance as Paris Hilton does of becoming Pope. Whichever of these clowns gets the nod from the wingnuts, it’ll be a gift to the Democrats. Including Hillary.
But still…. My lord but this is gonna be mean.