When I wrote my column "Does Hillary have a Monica motor driving her to be the boss of Bill? (LINK) on January 28 I decided to support Barak Obama. That was before Super Tuesday when he became her most formidable competition.
A few commentors took me to task for suggesting Hillary’s intense drive to "be the boss of Bill" stemmed in part for wanting to exact the ultimate revenge for her husband’s affairs.
Jay Span Sr. wrote:
I love reading your and Doug’s stuff, but you both seem to have major problems with women, sex and forgivness. It’s getting "public bathroom toe-tapping creepy" too. You two seem to have a very personal issue with any woman that doesn’t stomp on her husband like a piss-ant for cheating.
Mary Cali wrote:
Like Hal, I too am a clinical social worker. I know how specualtive some in the field can be. Hal throws out that Hillary’s motive for running is revenge offering no evidence. Weak specualtion is something that happens all too often in the field. Hal totally overlooks Hillary’s life time interest in policy and politics before she even met Bill.
In response to these criticisms I wrote, in part:
Politician’s marriages ceased to be their own businesses when they became both tools to garner votes and when they became fodder for the infotainment that often passes for news. The marriages shouldn’t concern us unless they seem to influence the politician’s behavior and decision making, particularly in a negative way.
I wrote that
I think Hillary has an unconscious, or barely conscious, reason for
wanting so desperately to be president. It is almost too obvious to
state when put in the context of what I’ve written so far. It can be
summed up in a word: revenge.
I don’t mean to imply that this is her only reason. She has always been a political animal like her husband and who knows, had he been content to be a house husband she might have run for governor of Arkansas and ended up as president.
Now political analysts are predicting, based on the numbers, that there is a 5% chance or less that Hillary can win the nomination. This is from New York Times OpEd columnist David Brooks (who also discusses "what she’s going to put her party through for the sake of that 5 percent chance") writes:
In short, Hillary Clinton’s presidential prospects continue to dim. The door is closing. Night is coming. The end, however, is not near.
Last week, an important Clinton adviser told Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen (also of Politico) that Clinton had no more than a 10 percent chance of getting the nomination. Now, she’s probably down to a 5 percent chance. From "The Long Defeat".
Hillary, seemingly having traded sensible everyday shoes for combat boots, is digging in those heavy heels and refusing to exit gracefully, is no longer merely "the bitch". She is indeed more like The Terminator (that’s what, according to Maureen Dowd, a former aide calls her); except that we all knew that The Terminator had a pretty damn good chance of winning.
I just saw Bill on the news addressing a group telling them first "we need to win this thing" with body language looking to me like he meant Hillary and I need to win this thing. He then changed his body language and repeated the phrase in a way that appeared to mean "Hillary and all of you need to win this thing".
This is what Hillary is contending with. She has a husband who still wants to dominate her. He doesn’t want HER to win, he wants TO WIN as he always has. For him, this is the meaning of we.
Like when he was in the Oval Office, he wants to play with his cigar and smoke it too.
Hillary knows that only by becoming the Lord of the Oval Office herself can she have the ultimate revenge against Bill. Only as president herself can she tell him, literally or figuratively, to take a hike.
I do not believe she ever forgave him. I think she has been biding her time to turn the tables on him all along, positioning herself for a run for the presidency.
I see no signs that convince me she has put the blue dress and all it means behind her. Now everyone is reminded of this.
Gordon Fischer, the former chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party and Obama’s Iowa co-chairman last fall, said over the weekend on his blog that Bill Clinton shouldn’t be forgiven for, as he saw it, implying that Obama doesn’t love his country as much as Hillary Clinton and John McCain do. Fischer went on to write that the former president’s remark was a "stain on his legacy, much worse, much deeper than the one on Monica’s blue dress." (LINK)
I am saying Hillary Clinton is nothing more or less than human. As nasty a reference as this is, as a reminder of the worst of Bill’s serial infidelities, it will probably further stimulate Hillary’s need to get even. She is no longer thinking rationally because if she was she would realize that she is no longer acting in the best interest of the country. As long as she continues to be a surrogate for John McCain she increases the chances he will be the next president.