International Writers Magazine: Reality Check
On The March
Party is officially scared. From the chessboard scheduling of the
hackneyed winter primaries to the spastic rumblings over at moveon.org
to the sudden awakening of the flaccid Barrack Obama campaign, the
widespread panic is palpable. The consensus is in: Hillary Rodham
Clinton is unstoppable and a growing number of Democrats are not
sure they like it.
There is little arguing Madam Shoo-In is a mighty force now. Unless there
is a major leftist revolt in the Democratic Party, as there surely will
be a right-wing uprising in the Republican Party soon, Hillary Rodham
Clinton is looking more and more like the anointed one.
She sure sounds anointed; populist to hardliner, dove to hawk, upstart
to entrenched, the political map is covered. There is nothing Clinton
will not and has not claimed as her own, a sure sign of someone not fucking
around. There is a clear difference between what Senator Rodham is doing
and what the other Democratic candidates are attempting to do. The field
is making their case for nomination. Ms. Hillary is making a case for
Before a vote is cast, a bribe is offered, or the flavor of the month
goes sour, it appears the Democrats are more than likely going to send
another liberal northeastern senator to the slaughter, and this one is
a woman AND a Clinton.
Inexorable political machines some sixty-plus days from the first primary
(whenever the hell that will be, check back with us) can be gangbusters
for Republicans, but an impending grindhouse for Democrats. Resolute marches
produced victories for Nixon in '68 and'72 and Reagan in '80 and '84,
but Democrats have seen this disaster movie too many times. Such monumental
national flops as McGovern and Dukakis had the early mojo only to be eviscerated
in both the press and eventually at the polls.
The Democratic powerbrokers know the score. The last time the party had
a streaking wildcard candidate this unflinching those in charge convened
to sink Howard Dean so fast nobody in my position could properly explain
it. The Dean people you talk to today still harbor trenchant grudges for
being bamboozled by what they claim was "a fixed game".
Ironically, Dean now presides over a party which misled the public into
believing a vote for them would end the Iraq occupation. He stands somewhere
between survival and severe political backslide unless our dumbbell commander-in-chief
listens to the vice president's age-ravaged blood-clout reasoning again
and starts bombing Iranian nuclear facilities.
Of course even that kind of doom-struck behavior might as easily queer
Hillary's deal as seal it, seeing how she was among a majority of senators
to rubber stamp Iran as a terrorist threat, thus handing the mad bomber
boy president another blank war pass.
High-ranking officers at the Hillary For President committee are well
aware of all these blindsiding factors. This is why over the past two
months Senator Rodham has gone from silent primary front-runner to vociferous
national candidate, ignoring silly speed bumps like Iowa straw polls and
wild upset stories from New Hampshire. They have all-but told the anti-war
crowd to shove it, taking a page from the 110th Congress, and set their
agenda to such national election fodder as health care, foreign policy
shifts and balancing the federal budget.
And don't think anyone at Democrat Headquarters think it anything less
than defiance that on the issue of federal cash hemorrhaging, the candidate
has repeatedly referred to her husband's stellar economic record over
the past few weeks.
Ignoring party power brokers is either suicide (Dean) or genius (Bill
Clinton), and since the last name of the frontrunner happens to share
the latter's the plan is to plow ahead ignoring key platforms, special
interest lobbies, and the usual party crutches that might slow down The
The Clintons have never been the darlings of the Democratic Party, just
as, ironically, neither have the Bushes. Yet to hear most over-hyped pundits
call it we may have a double-dynasty on our hands: A minimum 24 years
of Bush/Clinton White Houses, two family names running purportedly the
freest nation on the planet. So how is it a second Clinton is poised to
take the Democratic nomination?
Big Bill's accent in the Democratic Party from early 1991 to November
'92 was an odyssey of good timing and better luck. George Bush's approval
ratings were so high in '91 nobody with half the brains or a third of
the will to capture the presidency dared challenge him. In that vacuum
appeared a little-known governor of Arkansas with a rap sheet of bad press
so long he resembled the perfect sacrificial lamb. And Clinton would have
been toast too if not for the blind hubris underlying Bush's reelection
non-strategy and a human monkey wrench named Ross Perot. The brash stupidity
of the Republican Revolution of 1994 and a laughably inept Bob Dole put
him back in.
George Bush sr. could have sleepwalked through the 1988 campaign, and
many claim he did. In '92 this damaged method of campaigning earned him
a permanent vacation. But his son learned a thing or two about staying
on your toes, and when the Republican Party pulled a Howard Dean ambush
on the remains of the loose-cannon John McCain 2000 run, realizing it
best to pitch a ventriloquist dummy against an unlikable dink like Al
Gore, the rest is history.
Oh, and fear of gays and Arabs doomed John Kerry, who was so incapable
of defending himself, his record or his indecipherable agenda, Junior
only needed to not appear guilty to regain power.
Make no mistake, timing is everything in 2008: No incumbent and an incredibly
liberal line of front-runners in the Republican Party mean daylight for
Democrats. This works for Madam Shoo-In since running as a liberal New
York Senator who happens to sport a vagina is a dead-end risk. It also
works against her. The party is not going to allow this kind of smooth
opening to be pissed away on the haughty dreams of a silver-spoon candidate
whose been under the impression for over two decades that eating her husband's
heaping shovels of horseshit means she gets to be president.
Of course there will be plenty who argue that just because George sr's
condom busted we're at war with the entire Middle East.
And I might be one of them.
© James Campion November 1st 2007
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a staggering eighth Oval Office address since the beginning of military
action in Iraq, the president went on to list further benchmarks for a
"return on success" set to unfurl in March 2008
and Kettle Revelations
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