The Democratic Party doesn’t have the luxury of affording Hillary Clinton the time she needs to fully resolve the loss of her dream to be president because this was a primary, not a general election where she would have months or years to lick her wounds. The party needs her now at her best to assure a victory for McCain whether she runs for vice president or uses all the power of persuasion she can bring to bear to keep her 18 million supporters from defecting to McCain.
I watched all three historic speeches. McCain, stumbling over teleprompter Obama attack lines, made Bush look lovable with one nasty spontaneous smile after another. With no class, Hillary Clinton smiled like a someone possessed by the Devil as she acted as if she had The Dark’s One’s guarantee she’d be president in 2009.
When the Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws panel voted some supporters of Hillary Clinton stood and began to shout “Don’t steal my vote!” and “Let’s go, McCain!”. In "Apocalypse Now" (based" on Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness), Kurtz (play by Marlon Brando) utters some of the most famous dying words in fiction: "the horror, the horror." I don’t use the word horror lightly, but the horror of Kurtz’s jungle and the horror of years more of needless death in Iraq under McCain should make reasonable people shudder.
Defenders of George W. Bush have settled upon the most outlandish "best defense is a good offense" approach in response to former press secretary Scott McClellan’s damning insider look at the propaganda machine he was a part of. Their responses , as a defense of the adminstration, are an exercise in distraction. However, it may not change the fact that exploiting the gullibility of a large portion of the American public always worked for them before.
I wonder if Hillary Clinton could even name the Obama children. Barack is too classy to suggest she needs to apologize because Malia Ann (age 10) and Natasha ("Sasha" age 7) might find out that she brought up the chance that "Daddy might get killed".
The Daily News featured her OpEd ("Why I continue to run"), which provided her a second chance to apologize to Barack Obama and his family. She didn’t. According to Terry McAuliffe and Howard Wolfson, she has no reason to do so:
If anyone ever had hope that an Obama-Clinton dream team would be a ticket to ride to easily victory in November, the glaring proof that she’s imagined Obama dying of an assassin’s bullet should wake us from that dream turned mightmare forthwith.
Maybe it won’t be called "The Rant" anymore. Online the word rant is now overused, and in fact most of Doug’s columns, despite some colorful verbiage, are far too well reasoned out to be called mere rants. I expect that unless Doug plans to ignore national politics, no amount of Benedryl or cortisone will stop the itch to share his opinions with his coast to coast audience and read the comments from regular readers.
I watched Hillary’s victory speech after routing Obama in West Virginia. Billed by her supporters as one of the greatest political speeches of all time, if excellence in wishful thinking was the criterion I’d give her an A plus. I have to give her credit because of the three candidates she proved that if evil space monsters bent on the subjugation of earth ever invade us and need a foil to get the population to lay down their arms and becoming willing slaves, I’d say Hillary is their girl.
If Hillary Clinton was in a battle to save the nation from four years of George W. Bush lite or George W. Bush heavy or wherever Senator John McCain falls on that scale, I would urge her to fight to the bitter end. But the polls clearly show she isn’t. Barak Obama has as much chance of beating McCain as she does.
After a long hard winter working the gulag of the campaign trail, two blissful weeks on the beach at the Caribbean compound of one of her wealthy friends soaking up the sun sure would surely be preferable over the frantic life she’s been leading for the "normal" person she pretends to be.
5/4/08 Not worth a full column: Using the excuse that she wanted to be able to see a questioner from the audience, Hillary rose from her chair opposite George’s this morning, and never sat down. (NEW: David Brooks noted this too.) George stayed seated for one question but when it became apparent Hillary wasn’t about to sit down, he also stood up and had to stand for the rest of the hour.