Fleas? What Fleas?

How wrong can a guy be? Not much more wrong than I was two weeks ago when I was sure the good Reverend Wright had killed Barak Obama’s chances at the Democratic nomination. In making my judgment call I ignored two basic facts:

  1. The Democrat base does not care about the morals, ethics or honesty of a candidate for public office unless that candidate is a Republican.
  2. A whole lot of people in the Democrat party apparatus really, really hate Hillary Clinton.

Sixteen years ago when Bill and Hillary Clinton were running as the “two-fer-one” ticket they survived Bill’s infidelities and sexual harassment, Hillary’s turning $1000 into $100,000 in the cattle futures market when a “friend” “invested’ on her behalf, both of their involvement in the Whitewater land scam and even Bill’s draft dodging and the exposure of his effort to simultaneously dodge the draft and to conceal the his draft dodging to maintain future political viability.

None of these things mattered a whit to his supporters. I watched in disbelief as this reprehensible pair won their party’s nomination.

Why I should have expected the rank and file Democrat party faithful to act with more regard for themselves, their vote, the office of the president and their country this time around escapes me. I guess I’m just an optimist. Don’t get me wrong, I still despise Hillary Clinton, but next to Barak Obama she’s Abraham Lincoln. Well”¦Chester Alan Arthur anyway.

My grandfather once told me not to step on people as I climbed up the ladder of success, as I might meet them on the way down. Hillary’s grandfather apparently never shared the same wisdom with her, or she may have just been too busy calling him a male chauvinist pig capitalist oppressor of the people to listen to him.

By all accounts, Hillary Clinton is a truly miserable human being. One of those people so dreadful to be around, so abusive, that only the opportunity for access to the rewards of power keeps people in her circle. Bill is said to be no Dale Carnegie himself. There are a lot of Democrat players with axes they’ve been secretly sharpening for sixteen years, and those axes are now being wielded in the form of super delegate votes.

Clearly, Hillary is the stronger candidate in a general election, but the opportunity to get revenge by crushing her is just too tempting for these folks to pass up. Hillary vs. McCain would be a close election, but even as inept as the McCain campaign appears to be, there is no way Obama can beat him.

Here’s hoping I’m not writing a mea culpa about that last paragraph in seven months.

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  • John Fairplay

    I think it’s fair to say that no one knows yet what issue the Presidential election will turn on. Rumor has it that Hillary has a nuclear issue to use against Obama, and will wait for closer to the convention to deploy it. There’s a wonderful veneer of success around Obama, despite the fact (as Fred Barnes points out) that he just lost a primary election by 41 points – a beating so bad he had to trot out trial lawyer/shark John Edwards to try and distract from it.

    I have yet to see evidence that Obama can win a single state Bush won in 2004, but the election is a long way off yet.

  • Jerry

    None of the three remaining candidates seem any good to me.

  • Bob Clark

    The real issue is real wages less medical benefits for working folk have been slipping since the late 90s if not before. Meantime, folks with capital have done better than average. So we are in a part of a long economic cycle where the have nots want the income disparity addressed. Thus, the popularity of the more extreme socialistic policies of Obama. Conservatives need not apply in this part of the cycle. Unfortunately, I believe the only true solution is conservativeness. Economic strength comes from maintaining competitiveness, not throwing up trade barriers and union job protectionism as Obama threatens to do. These do not ultimately work as we’ve seen with the demise of the Detroit automakers and before them U.S steelmakers.

    Oh, well. Grin and bear it.

  • dean

    Tim…as part of the “Democratic base” (whatever that is) I can assure you that ethics and honesty matter. But holding out for a perfectly moral, perfectly ethical, always honest politician would be a long wait. Its a world of imperfect choices that both parties (and third parties) offer.

    As you say, given your track record, I’m not going to lose any sleep over Senator Obama’s prospects to beat Senator McCain in the fall. I think and hope conservatives are in for a period of suspended animation nationally, as you have been locally these past 20 years or so.

  • Bob Mulroy

    Hated or not, She’s the machine candidate. I simply cannot wait for the convention.

  • Eddie

    Yup, conservatives probably are going to be held suspended, until some politician that isn’t simply pandering picks up the banner. Bush, although right on some things, has a distinctly Clintonesque view of government expansion… and look where that’s getting us.

    Twenty years of no conservative power in Oregon has us mired in expensive, pointless programs, a lack of investment in even basic upkeep for the infrastructure we do have, and constant political show boating, while our economic situation always ranks near the bottom nationally.

    Maybe someday, my son’s generation can straighten things out, as it is, we’re cruising for second-world status faster than you can say President Obama.

    • dean

      If your son’s generation is that same as mine (he is 18,) they are going big for the democratic party in general and Obama in particular.

      • Anonymous

        Only if his son is an idiot raiaed by an idiot.

        • dean

          Yes…that must be it. 65% of people aged 18-30 are idiots raised by idiots. And the 70% of Americans who think President Bush is a failure are all idiots.

          Too bad for you we idiot Americans appear to be emerging as the majority.

  • Roger Veritas

    You don’t know Hillary and you are trying to “frame” her and label her in order to defeat her. This tactic was adopted by Barack long ago when his campaign website designer created an apple commercial knock off depeciting Hillary as an agent of the establishment. You have been bamboozled in the words of your Messiah.

    Of course check out Larry Sinclair read below.

    You should look this up on the man you think you know so well.

    Ask him about ….

    Ask Obama or his staff to respond to the allegations Larry Sinclair has been making.

    Larry has claimed that Barack Obama’s drug practices are much more recent than he claims.

    Larry has also subpoenaed Barack Obama, David Axelrod, and the campaign for phone records in connection with an execution-style murder of Donald Young.

    § Donald Young was the choirmaster of Obama’s much maligned Trinity church.

    § Donald Young had been in contact with Larry until his death.

    It turns out that Donald was also gay.

    Parties unknown executed Donald and several other members of Chicago’s gay community.

    Why is Larry doing this?


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