Skip to comments.An Open Letter to Hillary Conservatives
Posted on 03/01/2008 7:15:57 AM PST by Richard Poe
|by Richard Lawrence Poe
Friday, February 29, 2008
I ADDRESS this column to that new breed of conservative, the Hillarycon. These are conservatives who support Hillary Clinton. Below I describe the three types of Hillarycon and explain why each is wrong.
TYPE 1: The Innocent Hillarycon
The first type is the most well-meaning, but possibly the most deluded. Innocent Hillarycons view Hillary as a weaker candidate than Obama, and thus seek to help Hillary win the nomination.
They are wrong. Hillary's weakness is an illusion. She is playing rope-a-dope with Obama. By hanging on the ropes, and taking Obama's punches, Hillary saves her strength for the knockout punch.
Rest assured, the knockout will come. No matter how many primaries Obama wins, Hillary will beat him at the convention. Backroom intrigue is her specialty.
Hillary will bully, bribe and blackmail the superdelegates to vote for her. She will claim disqualified delegates from Michigan and Florida. She will steal state delegates through litigation. At the appointed time, Hillary's media operatives will ambush Obama with allegations of corruption, immorality and extremism.
Hillary has powerful patrons in all the right places. She will win the nomination.
The real purpose of Hillary's rope-a-dope is to lull Republicans into complacency. In this, she has largely succeeded.
Conservative talk radio jocks have lost interest in Hillary. On February 11, Sean Hannity suspended his "Stop Hillary Express" campaign, arguing that Obama poses a greater threat. Rush Limbaugh told listeners on February 26, "the longer Hillary can stay in this the better for us." He urged Republicans to register as Democrats and vote for Hillary in the primaries, "to keep that party at war with itself."
Hillary's rope-a-dope has paralyzed conservative book publishers, none of whom are assigning Hillary exposés. They fear she will drop from the race before their books hit the shelves.
"When I get anti-Hillary proposals, I tell them, Just wait and see if she becomes president, says Marji Ross, president of Regnery Publishing. Regnery's 2004 release Unfit for Command torpedoed John Kerry's campaign.
No Unfit for Command will dog Hillary this election season. It is too late to assign such a research-intensive book. Hillary has outmaneuvered the dirt-diggers.
TYPE 2: The Crafty Hillarycon
The second type of Hillarycon supports her for Machiavellian reasons. A Hillary presidency would teach Americans a lesson, they say. Her extremist policies would shock the nation, driving voters into the conservative camp.
Nonsense. This is a formula for suicide. As president, Hillary would liquidate conservatives, unleashing the fury of America's counterterror apparatus against us.
Most vulnerable are volunteer groups like the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, which patrols the Mexican border to stop illegal crossings. Minutemen were outraged when President Bush called them "vigilantes". But Bush never hampered their operations. President Hillary would handle them differently. She would declare the Minutemen "domestic terrorists" and send them to Gitmo for waterboarding.
If this sounds farfetched, consider the counterterror policies of the last Clinton regime. Barely a month after Bill Clinton took office in January 1993, Muslim jihadists detonated a bomb beneath the World Trade Center, killing six and injuring thousands. The Clintons responded by declaring war on "domestic terrorists".
Only two days after the 1993 World Trade Center bombing -- on February 28, 1993 -- the Clintons laid siege to the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas. New York Governor Mario Cuomo told NBC on March 1 that our biggest security threat was, Americans killing one another with guns". Attorney General Janet Reno declared on March 13 that her number one priority would be protecting abortion clinics from terror attacks. Then came Project Megiddo, an FBI program targeting rightwing Christians.
TYPE 3: The Spiteful Hillarycon
The third type of Hillarycon supports Hillary out of spite. These are ideological purists whose hatred for President Bush has metastasized into hatred for all things Republican. Since they must vote Democrat or not vote at all, they choose Hillary, claiming she is more "conservative" than the rest.
Spiteful Hillarycons are the worst of the lot, because they are phonies. They know very well that Hillary has not a "conservative" bone in her body. But then, neither have the Spiteful Hillarycons.
What they share with Hillary is anger and vengefulness. They would gladly cast their votes for Mao Tse-Tung, if they thought it would vex President Bush. Their motives are psychological, not political.
This then is the Hillarycon agenda. It is neither a Republican agenda, nor a conservative agenda, nor a winning agenda. It is Hillary's agenda. Surely we can do better than this.
|Richard Lawrence Poe is a contributing editor to Newsmax, an award-winning journalist and a New York Times bestselling author. His latest book is The Shadow Party: How George Soros, Hillary Clinton and Sixties Radicals Siezed Control of the Democratic Party, co-written with David Horowitz.|
Please let me know if you want ON or OFF of my Hillary ping list.
Meanwhile, I support the conservative still...Ron Paul. When I get the opportunity to vote, that’s who gets my pick.
Obama seems to be Soros’ dog in the fight.
So do they hold their meetings in a large place, like an elevator?
Add me, please..
No "seems" about it. Soros buys weak politicians he can own outright. His support for Obama goes back a ways.
Yeah I’m off the Grand Old Plantation too. My vote won’t be for Paul but it will go to a conservative.
This is a good analysis.
1) I want Hillary out NOW, not November. There’s plenty of time to work on Obama - he’s a very weak candidate.
2) Too risky! Too many issues we need to deal with to sit back and hope the Dems mess them up. There’s no certainty that people will turn back to the Republicans.
3) I voted for Reagan twice, and I’ve resigned myself that he might be the most conservative candidate I ever vote for. So I will make the best decision given the choice I have.
I’m with you. When my state’s primary FINALLY comes up in May - I will vote a straight Republican ticket - but I will vote for Ron Paul instead of John McCain. Ron Paul is the most conservative candidate still on the ballot.
I will not submit, but will send a message with my vote. McCain must be stopped before the convention - it is still not too late to get rid of him.
You’re right to point out that Obama is not inevitable. That is the media game being played to derail Hillary. On the other hand, you have some who are wise enough to use the arguments between them to point out the character flaws in both. The more you can make Obama lovers hate Hillary and vice versa, the easier it will be to take both down, which is necessary if they decide to run as a team.
Gondring, Sancho Panza has left the building
I used to admire Ron Paul. But his position on Iraq has made me realize how little I really know about him. His reasons for opposing the war make no sense to me.
Thanks for the ping!
Crossed over to the Texas dim primary last Tuesday and, clothespin firmly attached to my nose, voted for Hussein.
Getting Hildabeast and The Stain® off the stage of American politics is job 1 right now.
Sounds like an oxymoron to me.
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