Skip to comments.Is this the end of the Clintons?
Posted on 01/02/2008 10:31:10 AM PST by COUNTrecount
Was I witnessing the last throes of the 15-year-long Clinton political psychodrama in Ames, Iowa yesterday? Heres my newspaper piece on Hillarys final plea for support in tomorrows caucuses. The case she made was far from compelling that shes human (honest) and that she has unrivalled experience. Both propositions are debatable and she was much less compelling than Barack Obama and John Edwards have been in recent days. She seems to have had some kind of speech therapy to create a softy-soft voice that made me long for the grating shrillness of yore.
Hillary Clinton tried to present herself as softer and more human
The Obama campaign is supremely confident that victory is within its grasp. So what? I hear you ask. Iowa is a sparsely populated, unrepresentative state in which on the Democratic side only 124,000 people caucused in 2004. Surely it cant matter that much? Dont bet on it. If Hillary loses tomorrow, her presidential bid is likely to collapse like a house of cards.
For all the arguments against Iowa having such disproportionate influence and Christopher Hitchens airs some good ones with characteristic aplomb here it does mean that pre-packaged, calculating politicians like Hillary are scutinised and exposed (well see if Mitt Romney is too).
All the money and establishment backing she had behind her couldnt prevent her getting caught out by voters asking her about Iran and Iran, discovered planting softball questions and rumbled for having advisers forwarding smear emails about Obama. She tried to remain aloof and away from the voters but it didnt work if anything, the seeds of her demise (if thats what it turns out to be) lay in that strategy.
When an incumbent-style campaign is built on a sense of inevitability, it comes under huge strain when hit by an early defeat. The bubble is burst which is what will happen if Hillary loses Iowa to Obama in Iowa (if she loses to Edwards, the picture will be less clear).
Of course, if Hillary pulls through then its difficult to see how Obama and Edwards can beat her this is absolutely their best shot. Adam Nagourney of the New York Times argues here that Iowa might mean nothing. Thats possible. But my hunch is that it will end up meaning everything.
The Clintons’ political drama is much older than 15 years. Their WHITE HOUSE spotlight has already lasted for 15 years.
I don’t see Mrs. Bill Clinton losing this election. This is just another “Mrs. Bill Clinton overcame HUGE odds and is now the new Comeback Kid.”
She seems to have had some kind of speech therapy to create a softy-soft voice that made me long for the grating shrillness of yore.
I am softer and more human
GOD, I hope so!
“I hope it’s the end of those clowns”
I doubt this will be the stake through the heart that it’s going to take to stop this bloodsucker.
Not until they have had stakes driven through their hearts, and have been turned to ash by being exposed to the full light of day.
Tacoma News Tribune
December 20, 1998
Headline: CLINTON IMPEACHED
Who would of thought that they would still be on top of the political heap 10 years later? The Clintons arn’t going anywhere.
Also small planes and high rise buildings.
They will become like Jimmy Carter -- still there, and desperately trying to influence events.
Both of them (that is, both of the Clintons) will try to win the Nobel Peace Prize (just like Carter).
Both of them will strive to be "Elder Statespeople".
And, like Jimmy Carter, they will become grotesque figures -- sort of like the weird uncle that all family members tolerate, but most feel embarrassed about.
If Obama loses tomorrow, it's all sewn up for Hillary. In fact, Obama needs to win with a several point cushion and have Edwards place second. Only then will I finally be convinced that Edwards will be the Democratic nominee.
And, frankly, Im surprised we havent seen her get darker to counter Obamas advantage with African Americans.
But she cannot overcome the dreaded man hands.
How will it ever be the end? Clintons scattered their flying monkeys all over the airwaves, with Snuffeloctopus on ABC and Car-
Vile on CNN. Until the
D(nc)inosaur media is erradicated or totally reformed (fat chance)these corrupt scumbags will be around for a long long time.
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