Saturday, May 06, 2006
CLINTON WINS CRUCIAL KOS NON-ENDORSEMENT
Hillary Clinton has a few problems if she wants to secure the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination. She is a leader who fails to lead. She does not appear “electable.”
Unlike every other candidate backed by Daily Kos.
Moving into 2008, Republicans will be fighting to shake off the legacy of the Bush years: the jobless recovery, the foreign misadventures, the nightmarish fiscal mismanagement, the Katrina mess ...
... the numbingly-recited leftoid talking points ...
Every Democratic contender will be offering change, but activists will be demanding the sort of change that can come only from outside the Beltway.
Yeah. Spare change from George Soros.
Hillary Clinton leads her Democratic rivals in the polls and in fundraising. Unfortunately, however, the New York senator is part of a failed Democratic Party establishment—led by her husband—that enabled the George W. Bush presidency ...
So Clinton is to blame for Bush? Not Fox News or Jed Bush and his cabal of Florida criminals or disenfranchised voters? Interesting.
Of course, it’s still early. At this point in the last presidential cycle, the first hints of Howard Dean’s transformational campaign were barely emerging.
That brief “emerging” phase was quickly following by the much more entertaining “vanishing” phase.
Even as the establishment mocked Dean and his supporters (“like a scene out of the ‘Star Wars’ cantina,” laughed a rival campaign aide), his army of hyper-motivated supporters organized across all 50 states. This movement exploded onto the national scene when Dean began reporting dramatically higher fundraising numbers than his opponents. Had Kerry not lent himself millions to reach the Iowa caucuses, and had Dean not been so green a candidate, Dean probably would have been the nominee.
And how we all wished for that. (cough)George McGovern(cough).
Dean lost, but the point was made.
Point: Morons support weak candidates. Made.
Today, however, Hillary Clinton seems unable to recognize this new reality. She seems ill-equipped to tap into the Net-energized wing of her party (or perhaps is simply uninterested in doing so) and incapable of appealing to this newly mobilized swath of voters. She may be the establishment’s choice, but real power in the party has shifted.
And the new power is ... Daily Kos!
Our crashing of Washington’s gates wasn’t about ideology, it was about pragmatism. Democrats haven’t won more than 50 percent of the vote in a presidential election since 1976. Heck, we haven’t won more than 50.1 percent since 1964.
Forty years on, nothing’s changed.
Those failures led the netroots to support Dean in the last presidential race. We didn’t back him because he was the most “liberal” candidate. In fact, we supported him despite his moderate, pro-gun, pro-balanced-budget record, because he offered the two things we craved most: outsider credentials and leadership.
So much for Dean’s leadership. Kos posters have recently been pitching for Wesley Clark:
There are some who may doubt the General’s motivations, his political savvy, or his ability to play with the big boys of the party. I am not one of those. Not any more. I have seen most of the party leaders of the past few campaigns up close and personal. Met and greeted them, heard them talk live, looked into their eyes, and watched from afar on C-SPAN speech after speech after speech. I’ve seen Clinton, Gore, Kerry, Edwards, and Dean up close and personal - but I’ve never seen anything like Clark! Is he a politician - yes. But he’s an American first, and the things he said today… with the exception of Al Gore’s recent speeches, never before have I seen a politician with the guts to so lay it on the line.
We now return for Moulitsas’ powerful conclusion:
Just as we crazy political junkies glimpsed the viability of the candidacy of an obscure governor from a small New England state three years ago, today we regard Hillary Clinton’s candidacy as anything but inevitable. Her obstacles are big, and from this vantage point, possibly insurmountable.
Based on Kos’s record, bet on Hillary for 2008.