August 20, 2007
I never thought I would say those words, but when I hear Rove speak about Hillary Clinton, he sounds not only sane, but he sounds correct. I wrote an article back in February called “The Hillary Illusion,” which can be found here:
This article also drew quite a response, with 43 posts because there are still people out there who balk at the notion that this country is simply not ready to elect a female president. I do not mean the cities and urban areas. I am talking about the south and the Bible Belt. Moving beyond the electability of any woman presidential candidate, the problem is also that it is Hillary. Now I say that while admitting that I think she has done a very credible job as my Senator, and I would vote for her again in that capacity. The unfortunate fact of the matter is that people have already made their minds up about Hillary. They either like her or they hate her and there is nothing she can do or say during a campaign that will change those opinions. That contributes to her unelectability. That brings us back to Karl Rove and his goodbye tour of the talk show circuit, designed specifically to pick a fight with candidate Clinton. Since the Rovian machine does nothing by accident you must as a progressive ask yourself; why?
Qui bono? Who benefits from this attack? Given that Hillary is in the middle of the primaries, where she is fighting for only democratic votes, she is the only one that benefits from this assault by Rove. Because Rove is considered practically demonic from the democratic base anyone he attacks will automatically benefit from it. So why does Karl Rove wish to help Hillary? There is no secret to decipher here. He spelled it out correctly. He knows that she is a fatally flawed candidate. He knows that she will enter the election season with the highest negatives in the history of polling. He correctly says that people not only dislike her, but that they are very unlikely to change their opinions of her. Who better to be the democratic candidate then?
Not only Rove; ask any republican candidate, operative, or talking head and they will all tell you that Hillary IS the candidate. Fox News talks her up as the defacto candidate. Normally conservative sources have been casting platitudes at her throughout the campaign season; the primary season that is. Again; why? Because they know what Rove knows. They know what I said back in February. That Hillary cannot win a general election. These right-wingnuts are waiting patiently to attack Hillary as a political chameleon, a person who will say anything to get elected, and they are waiting because they want her to be the candidate first. Once she is and all bets are off, the GOP knows they will only have to focus the majority of their extensive resources on a small handful of swing states, knowing full well that red states cannot get any redder than if Hillary is running.
Hillary is a candidate of the machine; have no doubts about it. That is the secondary benefit of the GOP assisting Clinton become the democratic candidate. People like Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul, who represent real change outside the machine, are routinely ignored by the press to ensure their candidacies have no chance of reaching the mainstream. The media is selecting your candidates America. During the primaries we have a chance to select not only the best candidate, but the most electable one. Hillary likes to brag on about her experience, as if that should be the deciding factor in casting your vote. She does have experience. She was in the Senate when this war started and she voted for it. George Bush brought in a lot of folks with “experience” and what has it wrought?
I wouldn’t fall for the tired old recycled lines about experience folks. I don’t want someone with experience if that experience doesn’t add up to anything that will solve our problems in this country. Despite the fact that Hillary would not be my first choice, I would pay particular attention to the fact that every person on the right treats her as THE candidate. I become increasingly concerned when Fox News and the usual right-wingnuts prop up her candidacy as if they WANT her to be the candidate. But I become downright frightened to hear Karl Rove attack Hillary when he knows full well those attacks will only help her become the candidate. It is frightening because Karl Rove may be reviled but there is no questioning how smart he is. The goodbye tour to attack Hillary was a strategic move, as is anything Karl Rove does. I know this much, if Karl Rove wants Hillary to be the democratic candidate, I should want the opposite.
This is not about a woman running for president, although that plays into it. It is about a woman who the entire country has made up its mind about already. I may dislike Karl Rove but I am smart enough to pay attention when he is maneuvering. There is nothing that will make the GOP happier than to have to run against someone that has the highest negatives of anyone in history. To run against someone who half the country already dislikes before any negative campaigning even starts. Don’t fall for it America; or we will wake up in 2009 with four more years of war, poverty, and death. All with Karl Rove laughing while making $100,000 per speech on the lecture circuit.