Saturday, November 03, 2007

Hillary's Bad Week

I had a bad week this week. Hillary's was worse. The difference is, her setbacks won't actually set her back.

This is a tragic shame, because the body blows that slammed into her campaign would cripple anybody else. And the first one wasn't even entirely self-inflicted:

Senator Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is gaining fans, even on the West Bank.

“I hope Hillary is elected in order to have the occasion to carry out all the promises she is giving regarding Iraq,” said Ala Senakreh, West Bank chief of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, a Palestinian terror group. “I hope also she will maintain her husband’s policies regarding Palestine and even develop that policy. President Clinton wanted to give the Palestinians 98% of the West Bank territories. I hope Hillary will move a step forward and will give the Palestinians all their rights. She has the chance to save the American nation and the Americans’ life.”
Wow, that sounds like a threat, doesn't it? "Elect our friend Mrs. Clinton your next president or we'll kill you." I can see the bumper stickers now - "Islamist terrorists for Hillary!" Okay, I don't know exactly where Mr. Senakreh would put them, since he and his kind tend to blow up objects with bumpers; maybe I should say "I can see the web banners now" instead. Either way, this probably isn't an endorsement the Clinton Machine wanted until a couple of years from now, when Hillary goes to Jerusalem as president and personally beheads Ehud Olmert (or his successor) on the Pals' behalf.

Is that overly harsh? Well, I'll admit it isn't very plausible - like all despots, she'd never do the dirty work herself. But her terrorist admirers sure seem to have a lot of confidence in her:

Senakreh and other top Islamo-fascists want Hillary in the Oval Office. These mass murders also have “gone negative.” They want GOP contender Rudy Giuliani dead.

“We see Hillary and other candidates are competing on who will withdraw from Iraq and who is guilty of supporting the Iraqi invasion,” said Abu Jihad, an Al Aqsa leader in Nablus. “This is a moment of glory for the revolutionary movements in the Arab world in general and for the Iraqi resistance movement specifically.”

Al Aqsa’s man in the northern West Bank, Nasser Abu Aziz, considered it “very good” that there are “voices like Hillary and others who are now attacking the Iraq invasion.”

Islamic Jihad’s Abu Ayman felt “emboldened” by Clinton’s demands that America retreat from Iraq. He said: “It is clear that it is the resistance operations of the mujahideen that have brought about these calls for withdrawal.”

“All Americans must vote Democrat,” insisted Jihad Jaara, an exiled Al Aqsa agent who commanded 2002’s siege of Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity.

Well, now, how can she argue with this large a groundswell of "grassroots" support? Certainly none of her Nib's Donk "rivals" will, as they're all too busy serving as de facto Iranian ambassadors and lobbyists. But would it be so untoward for the RNC to make an ad, or even a series of them, highlighting the popularity amongst the enemy of the Democrats in general and Mrs. Clinton in particular, complete with audio or even video clips of these terrorists' endorsements? If the former first lady gets the vapors from getting "ganged up on" by six girlymen, how hugely might she meltdown when confronted with one example after another of Islamist adulation towards her and the question of why she thinks these mass murderers like her so much?

That's as good a segue as any into the Dem primary debate on Tuesday, in which, for the first time, Medusa's personal "Washington Generals" squad, evidently deciding they had nothing to lose (and perhaps nothing left to live for), took their lives in their hands and started going after her:

Astonishing, isn't it? No, not her obligatory blame-casting on "this Administration" for "failing to pass comprehensive immigration reform," even though "this Administration" did all it could to jam that piece of wildly unpopular legislation down the throats of the American people, including the use of the sort of aspersion-casting tactics that Hillary helped to patent. Rather, she managed in the space of three minutes and twelve seconds to be, in order: for, against, for, and against the scheme of New York Donk (and now, mysteriously enough, suddenly unpopular) Governor Eliot Spitzer to dispense driver's licenses - and, at least implicitly, the right to vote along with them - to illegal aliens, which a majority (55%) of Democrats in his state oppose. And that whipsawing was entirely driven by the slack-jawed but gleeful incredulity displayed by her suddenly spunky opponents, who pounced on her initial (and uncharacteristically honest) endorsement of the Spitzer plan, with Chris Dodd, of all people, actually saying something sensible for a change: that driver's licenses are a privilege, not a right.

The other thing those baby-challenges brought out of Mrs. Clinton is a big ol' public glimpse into her arrogant, imperious, "How dare you question me, don't you know who I AM?!?" true self that she has gone to such great lengths and effort to keep under wraps. Even as she was trying desperately to extricate herself from the verbal quagmire into which she was sinking by the second, the irritation and personal outrage she was feeling lent an unmistakable edge of hostility to her tone. You just know that what she really wanted to say was....well, no, I can't print that level and sheer quantity of profanity here. You'll have to use your imagination to fill in that blank. Suffice it to say it would have ended with the words, "Off with his head!" Whether that would have been before or after Dodd was shipped off to the Alaska Gulag would have depended upon how pissed she was.

At any rate, this meltdown led to an Opie Edwards campaign ad that, conceptually, was lifted all but verbatim from the famous Bush "windsurfer" ad against John Kerry in 2004, right down to the background music (and which I'll be playing on Hard Starboard Radio this morning). What makes Edwards' ad so effective is that it broadens the scope of scrutiny on Hillary's triangulation from the Spitzer illegals drivers license scam to her flip-flopping on Iraq and zig-zagging on Social Security reform, and all by simply playing clips of her dueling evasions side-by-side. Indeed, it could be used verbatim by any of the GOP field and, copyright issues notwithstanding, wouldn't have to be edited one jot or tittle.

Of course, none of this is new. Anybody who hasn't slept through the past decade and a half knows that Hillary Clinton is as big a liar as her sexually incontinent husband. The difference between the two has always been that she doesn't have Mr. Bill's preternatural talent for it. She's had to substitute Nixonian iron self-discipline in its place in order to keep carrying out the charade that she isn't the biggest left-wing radical nutbag of them all, and of late some cracks have started forming in that facade. That hasn't mattered up to now because everybody on the Democrat side has been - wisely, in my estimation - cutting her a complete pass on it. Tuesday night that pass-cutting came to an end.

And the once and future Queen was not happy about it. She turned the Clinton Machine into full spin overdrive in a direction only she, as a hardcore feminist, would have the temerity to navigate: whining. Immediately came the "Politics of Piling On" ad, as though it's somehow unfair that she, as the Donk frontrunner, is in the crosshairs of the other candidates trying to catch her for her party's presidential nomination. I'm sure she does think that's unfair; that nomination, and the presidency along with it, she considers to be her personal property by divine (or Gaian) right. But to essentially come out and say it, I didn't know there was such a thing as freudian candor. Makes me wish I'd taken a Psychology course or two in college.

The ad was accompanied by a memo of the same title that bleated:

Sadly, Senator Obama caved to the pressure of the pundits and fundraisers who demanded that he go negative and abandoned the ‘politics of hope’ message that sparked so much interest in him early in the campaign. Meanwhile, Senator Edwards doubled down in his effort to become the guy best known for attacking other Democrats. Not to be outdone, the rest of the pack followed suit and piled on in the hope that they’d get some media attention.
Welcome to the major leagues, Hillary. Amazing as it is to behold, you're not playing mumbledy-peg anymore. And, the brave but empty boasts of some of your supporters to the contrary, if you can't take the heat from a handful of metrosexuals whom you're going to squash like grapes anyway, what is there to suggest to voters who don't want a waffling, scheming shrew in the Oval Office that you can handle the perils that flow across Old Resolute on a daily basis?

The Clintonoid conference call on Wednesday was more of the same. Mark Penn, Mrs. Clinton's senior strategist, complained that Dennis Kucinich - Dennis f'ing Kucinich - got "easier questions" than his boss, as though the frontrunner should get UFO questions and a fringe loon like Kucinich should get the ones on matters that concern somebody who may actually become president. Another participant in the call said that Tim Russert, the asker of the "Do you support Governor Spitzer on drivers licenses for illegals" question as well as several other toe-curlers, should be shot. And Penn finished up the call by, if you can believe this, begging for even more campaign contributions in order to help Hillary withstand the "siege" she'll now be under on a daily basis.

Yep, I guess it really is tough to have a cunt and be one too.

As a post-script, the Hillary! campaign did one more flip-flop on "what Governor Spitzer is supposed to do":

"Senator Clinton supports governors like Governor Spitzer who believe they need such a measure to deal with the crisis caused by this Administration’s failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform,’” her campaign said.
Given the stupendous unpopularity of "comprehensive immigration reform," this stance, and her debate debacle, will put her in a lot hotter water in the general campaign, if the Republican nominee has three brain cells and a full set to rub together.

Whether by accident or design, her attempt to change the subject ironically closed the loop back where it began:

Hillary Clinton Statement on President Bush’s Speech Today

“George Bush’s faulty and offensive historical analogies aren’t going to end the war in Iraq, make America safer or bring our troops home. Americans are tired of the President’s efforts to play politics with national security and practice the politics of division.

“When I am president I will end the war in Iraq and bring our troops home safely.”
The President's "faulty and offensive historical analogies" were his parallels in a speech this week of Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda to Lenin and the Russian Bolsheviks and Hitler and the Nazis. If anybody would be thought to take offense at those comparisons, one would think it would be bin Laden, althought I rather think he'd be flattered instead. Which means, by any reasonable interpretation, that Mrs. Clinton is, in essence, coming to bin Laden's defense. Maybe she'll gratefully and publicly accept the endorsements offered by the al Aqsa Martyr's Brigade and Islamic Jihad after all.

Is it better to be known as a dishonest waffler or a jihadi-symp? Wow, that's a toughie. Somehow, I imagine she'll do both.

And STILL get elected next November. Though I'd love to believe Newt Gingrich's take that Hillary's shot at the Dem nomination is now down to even money and sinking fast, I'm still in concurrence with Brother Deacon:

I'm not so sure. Feminists and the other disaffected women who swell the ranks of Democratic primary voters represent Clinton's "get-out-of-jail card" when it comes to winning the nomination. My hunch is that, in using that card now the Clinton campaign is betting that, as ridiculous as whining about Tim Russert and Clinton's male competitors seems to moderates and conservatives, such whining will resonate with many female Democatic primary voters.

I can't say that this is a bad bet.
Or in the general election, either.

Remember the first rule of politics when the Clintons are running: None of the other rules apply.

And certainly not to them.