Morning Widdershins: Here We Go Again
Posted June 16, 2014on:
Good Monday, Widdershins. This is the third and final installment in the Cavalcade of Chatblu. MB should be back and ready to go again next week, and all should be well again in the Valley of the Widdershins.
Things are strange in the Valley of the Democrats. One would reasonably think that Dems would be wildly celebrating the bounce-back of Hillary Clinton . She’s clocking as high as a 69% approval rating, which should send both Party members and left-leaning denizens of the Fourth Estate into paroxysms of rapture. It should especially bring about joy, considering the dearth of great candidates on any stripe on the current horizon. It should, but it isn’t.
Predictably, the chattering class is at it again. There is a far-left movement on favor of Elizabeth Warren. She is a wonderful woman, and after some years of experience will make a terrific candidate. Senator Warren has admitted as much herself, and is a signatory to a letter endorsing SOS Clinton’s candidacy. Some time back, Chris Matthews mourned the loss of the “Clinton Democrats”, and vowed to ponder a way to bring them back into the fold. Now Chris is again raising doubts about her fitness to run. Hint: you reviled her last time, then blustered against the women who turned their backs on the Democrats party. You now wonder aloud why college-educated suburban women have increasingly left the party, yet somehow you cannot grasp the fact that all of this bluster may well be a factor in the defections – it certainly was in mine.
Predictably, Maureen Dowd has hopped aboard the Torpedo Hillary Express. In a post for the New York Times, MoDo wonders aloud if HRC is too scarred from repetitive battles to ever recover enough to be Madame President. She then draws a comparison between Sec. Clinton and Elsa from “Frozen”, and muses if Hillary will ever be able to let go and work for the good of the people. She cites defensive posturing, but seems to miss her own point here:
On NPR’s “Fresh Air,” Clinton grew testy when Terry Gross pressed her on whether the decision to finally publicly embrace gay marriage was a personal evolution or a political “calculus” — now that it’s not as much of a political liability and now that the court has dismantled the dreadful Defense of Marriage Act, which her husband cravenly signed into law in 1996. Clinton said she couldn’t do it as secretary of state. But the vice president was not constrained from saying what was in his heart and pushing the president in the right direction.
Yes, Ms. Dowd? And your point is what? Joe Biden is a great guy who never, ever feels a downside to anything that he says or does. He is everyone’s lovable yet slightly crazy uncle. Hillary Clinton would have been seen as “interfering” and “sabotaging” the President had she said anything even approaching “pushing” the President. Women should not be “pushy” – remember? I also remember that he was charismatic, and she was not. I recall that he opposed the war, she voted for it. She felt entitled, backed Wall Street, cut deals , etc., while he was fresh, new, innovative, blah, blah, blah. Y’all missed one point – she’s much more experienced, and tends not to fold like a lawn chair when pushed. That’s important.
I had spent a little time over the past year wondering if any of the pro-Obama folks were going to perform an Act of Contrition over the mess that they helped to create. The war is a disaster, the Bush policies are now set in a fresh pool of concrete, and corporate welfare is at an all-time high. Imagine, if you will, the shrieks from the Professional Left had a President Hillary pulled off his industry-friendly Health Care Act with input from Max Baucus and Mike Enzi? Can you imagine them sitting idly by and watching her escalate Afghanistan?
The wars will be forever part of the Bush legacy, but I’m afraid that Barack Obama is going to have to shoulder part of the blame for the wars and for the continued growth of income inequality as well. I guess this confirms that, while hope is always good, it takes some grounding and some experience to really promote change. Hopefully, the American voters will not be sucked into the vortex again, and will permit someone with actual leadership to govern,
This is an open thread.
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