This past weekend, the first onset of winter temperatures saw the convening of what I like to call the Unofficial Southwestern Connecticut Caucus & Cocktail Hour: a gathering of politically minded Nutmeggers who meet all too frequently over adult beverages and tobacco to discuss the upcoming presidential primary season. This elite conclave included representatives from the conservative wing (all three of us) as well as those on the Democratic side.
After settling in on our barstools, we proceeded to a discussion of who would support what candidate, and why. On the Republican side there were predictable results, with a slight disagreement over whether a non-vote for Rudy Giuliani would constitute a vote for Hillary Clinton, and whether that matters much in a blue state like ours. But the most interesting comments came from our Democratic friends.
As I’ve said before, Connecticut, like many northeastern states, sends mostly Democrats to Washington, yet usually elects Republicans to the governor’s mansion. In other words, while they favor the federal nanny state, most still trust daddy-types to handle executive decisions. Which was why I wasn’t surprised that none of the Democrats we tippled with expressed any real support for Mrs. Clinton.
So herewith I will make my case that Hillary will not win the Democratic nod and that the winner of the Donkey Derby will likely be…John Edwards. Yes, I know that this is a long-shot prognostication and one that will perhaps end up with me consuming much crow in the next few months, but stay with me for a minute.
Recent polls suggest that Mrs. Clinton’s negative poll numbers are holding firm at nearly 50%; a big problem for any candidate. And while it’s true that her husband never garnered a majority of the votes, the real fear is that she will attract great numbers of “broken glass” Republicans — those who would gladly crawl to the polls over shattered shards in order to defeat the “world’s smartest woman” — who would presumably vote across the board against any and all Democrats who might otherwise stand a chance, should Hillary be defeated in the coming months.p>Add to this her vulnerability on national defense which has polarized the considerable anti-war wing of her party as well as their perception that she’s got her finger in the air: We all know the worst-case scenario: br> /p>
The GOP gets its dream of Hillary being the candidate. She gets beat like they and some of us Democrats expect, and we get stuck with another ruinous Republican president….When the supposed “leader” of the Democrats, Hillary, blows with whatever wind she thinks will get her elected, then we have no leadership.br> The leftists who are smart enough to know that Hillary’s candidacy is in trouble were dealt another blow on Monday when carbon credit king and venture capitalist Al Gore again said that he will not be running for the presidency. Apparently Mr. Gore has decided that his role as global savior is, shall we say, just a bit more rewarding. And so the far left base of the Democratic Party must look elsewhere for their prince; and it’s not Hillary. But who is it, and how to deal with Mrs. Clinton?
It’s not news that the mainstream media play no small role in national elections. In fact, with the limiting of non-media free speech due to McCain-Feingold campaign “reform,” their power to influence the vote has only increased. Now it’s no secret that they, like all liberals, have learned that merely gaining a slight majority in the Congress is not enough to accomplish their goals. Recent override-proof vetoes by President Bush have only increased their urgency to retake the White House and their apprehension that Hillary may not win it.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online