From Reuters: Former President Bill Clinton told Iowa’s Democratic Party faithful on Saturday that the actions of “an extreme sliver” of the Republican Party have backfired and “profoundly divided” the country.
“We’ve got a big responsibility. Forget about 2008. Forget about the politics. Just go out and find somebody and look them dead in the eye and say ‘You know, this is not right’…This is America,” Clinton said. “We can do better and this year, it’s a job that Democrats have to do alone.”
“You cannot blame the entire Republican party for this reason. The entire government of the United States, the Congress, the White House and increasingly the courts for the last six years has been in the total control not of the Republican party but of the most ideological, the most right wing, the most extreme sliver of the Republican Party.”
On the subject of the Clintons, SaveElmer, who frequently comments here, had this piece of advice for those on the left who just refuse to believe Hillary is the current frontrunner for the ’08 Democratic presidential nomination:
For those who prefer another candidate, to get your head out of the sand, recognize that Hillary is a popular figure who commands a significant following, and will be a formidible candidate…
Get your heads around that and you can devise an effective strategy. Continue to rationalize why Hillary isn’t popular, and is actually hated by Democratic faithful, contrary to all evidence, is a recipe for a Hillary victory….which would be fine by me.
Not good for the party however, cause if you are willing to ignore the reality of Hillary’s strengths, it is just as easy to ignore those of Republican opposition.
Do people vote for the more aesthetically pleasing candidate? Do we have a hotness quotient when it comes to our choices on election day? Research says yes, and this year the Democrats have a bumper crop of office seekers that are making tongues wag across the country. According to the Washington Post, Democratic operatives do not publicly say that they went out of their way this year to recruit candidates with a high hotness quotient. Privately, however, they acknowledge that, as they focused on finding the most dynamic politicians to challenge vulnerable Republicans, it did not escape their notice that some of the most attractive prospects were indeed often quite attractive. However, some urge caution:
“There’s a fine line, and you can’t cross it,” said Rep. Rahm Emanuel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Voters don’t like men who look like pretty boys or women who resemble bimbos. “If you’re too good-looking, people won’t take you seriously,” Emanuel said.
Carl Forti, spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, agreed that attractive candidates often have an early advantage. But he said voters’ decisions in the polling booth are rarely skin-deep, especially in a closely contested race.
Speaking of Rahm Emanuel, while some on the far left are disputing the credit congressional Democrats and the media are giving him for getting the Democrats this close to winning in November, others on the left are sure Emanuel will not only be responsible for the Democrats winning the House in November, but will do so with pro-war Democrats.
Still, there are others on the left who blame Emanuel for not contributing to every long shot candidate in the country (as if every House race is equal) and predict some sort of post-Emanuel progressive onslaught in 2008. Of course, there is no indication of just how they plan to usher in this post-Emanuel progressive utopia, especially considering he will more than likely assume a higher leadership role in the party after this election, nor do they explain why Howard Dean’s “brilliant” 50 state strategy isn’t doing anything for their “progressive” candidates.
Remember, as it has for the last four years, this all comes down to the left’s hero worship of Howard Dean and their hatred for the Democratic Leadership Council. They are petrified that Emanuel, a DLC member, will get credit for winning the House in just about 22 days. But as Nancy Pelosi recently said:
This election will swing on a number of different factors, but all of the success that we have will be attributable to Rahm.
Ernest W. Lefever reminds us of the greatness of Truman:
Truman had not gone to Harvard like Franklin Roosevelt, but he was articulate. In 1955, he wrote, “Being a president is like riding a tiger. A man has to keep on riding or be swallowed.”