Ariana Huffington frets over Hillary's tactics after allowing someone to post off-the-cuff remarks made by Barack Obama. Ariana seems to think that Hillary is still in this to win and worries that she might do so, but only after burning down the Democratic Party.
I am not surprised that few in the MSM are seeing the real end game. But I am a little surprised that, after browsing several blogs, including Huffington's site, that seem to be ardent Barack supporters, nobody seems to see the double whammy Billary have cooked up.
Hillary may still be in the race with at least a small amount of hope that she will ultimately win. Plenty of politicians have blown their leads by making big, stupid mistakes. As savvy as Obama is, he can easily step in it too. The way Hillary has pounced on the rather innocuous statements Obama made about jobless small town people being bitter clearly demonstrates that she has been hoping for this moment. Huffington, at least, has that part right.
But, Billary are not short term thinkers. They are masters at strategy. While I do believe that Hillary is struggling with the denial that always deeply impacts a narcissist when she has been rejected, I think she's also thinking further down the road.
The calculation is pretty clear. It is very hard for either a Democrat or a Republican to win the Presidency without quickly tacking to the middle after locking up their party's nomination. George W. did it in 2000. He was able to stay more to the right in 2004 only because (1) Kerry was such a lousy candidate and (2) an exceptional circumstance resulted from 9/11 being fresh on the nation's mind. That's an unusual situation, however.
So, what's Hillary up to? She may still be hoping for a hail mary pass for 2008, but she's also focused on 2012. The longer she stays in the race, the longer she keeps Obama from tacking to more moderate positions. She is holding Obama to the left by staying in it. If she can keep this up through June, Obama will not have enough time for people to forget his positions during the primary season thus allowing him to start talking in more moderate tones. If he tries making that adjustment in, say, August, he will not have credibility. In the meantime, McCain has had ample time to quiet the right-wingers and is already staking out his natural position, which is that of a moderate Republican.
You see, Hillary knows that if she has to wait until 2016, she will be too old. There are many other women politicians in the wings now, who will have many positive attributes that Hillary simply lacks. They will run on things other than the typical "I am woman, I am victim" platform. But, she might be able to just squeeze in before this new generation of women in 2012.
In short, she is trying to help McCain win. Both McCain and Clinton admit that they are friendly. McCain will probably be dumb enough to give her a leading voice among Democrats during his tenure. And, since McCain is not an inspiring guy, while also being, in his own words, "old as dirt," Hillary is calculating that she's got an even better shot in 2012. First, though, Obama needs to loose in the 2008 general election. She's doing everything she can to make it so.
I hope someone out there picks up on this idea, gets it out in the mainstream, and confronts the Clinton demolition team before it's too late. I do not typically support Democrats, but I believe that for the good of the country, Hillary needs to be kept out of the White House at all costs. So, if that means Obama's gotta win, I'm all for it. It's never good to have a socialist in the Presidency, but it might swing the pendulum back to Republicans in Congressional elections. And, I think he might actually do a lot of good in terms of healing old racial wounds in our country. Conversely, if Hillary gets in there, she will not be a healer. There is not a single good thing that could come from President Hillary. She will play the gender political game just as she used Bill in South Carolina to play the race game and, ultimately, divide the country even further.
So, someone out there, please pick up on this 2012 strategy! The Clintons don't back down from a strategy until it is exposed. Sometimes not even then. But people will see it for what it is once they start hearing about it. If the MSM or a large number of bloggers pick up on the 2012 strategy of the Clintons quickly enough, she'll be out of the race by mid-May and, thus, cease to do more damage.Posted by Eximio at April 15, 2008 09:20 AM | Email This