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Seattle Times Op-Ed: Democrats shouldn't settle for momentum-killing Hillary
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When Democrats worry about Hillary Clinton's electability, they focus on her re-energizing a depressed Republican base while
demoralizing core Democratic activists, particularly those outraged about the Iraq war... But there's a further danger if Clinton is nominated, beyond
losing a winnable election that she'll prevail but then split the Democratic Party... Much of Hillary Clinton's support may be nostalgia for when
America's president seemed to engage reality.... remember that over the course of Bill Clinton's presidency, the Democrats lost six Senate seats,
46 House seats and nine governorships. This political bleeding began when Monica Lewinsky was still an Oregon college senior.

Given Hillary's protracted support of the war, her embrace of neocon-servative rhetoric on Iran and her coziness with powerful corporate interests,
she could create a similar backlash once in office, dividing and depressing the Democratic base and reversing the party's newfound momentum...
To prevail in close races, Democrats need enthusiastic volunteer involvement. This happened in 1992, and again in 2006. If Hillary Clinton is the
nominee, she'll most likely significantly damp this involvement, especially among anti-war activists.

She'll also draw out the political right in a way that will make it far harder for down-ticket Democrats in states like Kentucky and Virginia, where
the party has recently been winning. She might not win at all, despite Bush's disastrous reign... even if she does win, she's then strongly likely to
fracture the party with her stands. She talks of staying in Iraq for counterterrorism operations, which could easily go on indefinitely. She backed
the Kyl-Lieberman Iran amendment that James Webb called "Cheney's fondest pipe dream." She supported a regressive bankruptcy bill and the
extension of Bush's tax cuts on capital gains and dividends.

If Clinton's contributors are any guide, like the homeland-security contractors she courted at a $1,000-a-plate dinner, she's likely to cave to
corporate interests in her economic policies. The relative party unity created by Bush's policies will quickly erode... I'd vote for Clinton if she
became the nominee. But I'd do so with a heavy heart.

With Republican polling numbers in the toilet, this election gives Democrats an opportunity to seriously shift our national course that we may
not have again for years. It would be a tragedy if they settled for the candidate most likely to shatter the momentum of this shift when it has
barely begun.

Bush I -Clinton I - Bush II - ?
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  -Seattle Times Op-Ed: Democrats shouldn't settle for momentum-killing Hillary ClarkUSA  Dec-12-07 02:01 AM   #0 
  - Oh, look, you remembered to include the tired meme.  aquart   Dec-12-07 03:17 AM   #1 
  - Loeb simply remembers what Hillary supporters willfully forget  depakid   Dec-12-07 05:21 AM   #3 
  - yet another politically naive piece full of the same tired "progressive"* revisionism and...  wyldwolf   Dec-12-07 04:45 AM   #2 
  - I Thought That Was A Seattle Times Editorial Not A Guest Piece  DemocratSinceBirth   Dec-12-07 05:24 AM   #4 
  - Another tired ad-himinum  Armstead   Dec-12-07 08:24 AM   #10 
     - Wyldworld Is Pro Gay Marriage, Pro-Choice, and Pro Affirmative Action  DemocratSinceBirth   Dec-12-07 08:28 AM   #11 
     - I was overstating in the same spirit  Armstead   Dec-12-07 08:29 AM   #12 
        - I Would Humbly Submit That Folks Like Wyldworld  DemocratSinceBirth   Dec-12-07 08:34 AM   #15 
           - See above  Armstead   Dec-12-07 08:43 AM   #16 
              - I Took The Political Compass Test  DemocratSinceBirth   Dec-12-07 08:54 AM   #20 
                 - Many of us here try to do that....  Armstead   Dec-12-07 09:05 AM   #23 
     - sorry, guy. We've been down this road before. Want to again?  wyldwolf   Dec-12-07 08:30 AM   #14 
        - This Is Where I Exit  DemocratSinceBirth   Dec-12-07 08:45 AM   #18 
        - with all due respect  wyldwolf   Dec-12-07 09:56 AM   #28 
        - Not really, unless it were to be an actual two-way discussion...  Armstead   Dec-12-07 08:47 AM   #19 
           - what you call "tit-for-tat" I call examining the circumstaces surrounding the 1994 elections  wyldwolf   Dec-12-07 09:34 AM   #25 
  - .  SIMPLYB1980   Dec-12-07 07:30 AM   #5 
  - That's A Great Picture  DemocratSinceBirth   Dec-12-07 07:36 AM   #6 
     - That sounds good to me.  SIMPLYB1980   Dec-12-07 08:09 AM   #8 
     - You mean THIS Richard Holbrooke?  Kucinich4America   Dec-12-07 08:57 AM   #21 
        - They Were Prescient  DemocratSinceBirth   Dec-12-07 09:10 AM   #24 
  - Given the extreme divisiveness of the anti-Hillary people, it's odd to say she would divide the Dems  Perry Logan   Dec-12-07 07:41 AM   #7 
  - Divisiveness is a two-way street  Armstead   Dec-12-07 08:19 AM   #9 
  - Should we push the boulder up the hill or have the wind at our back?  BeyondGeography   Dec-12-07 08:29 AM   #13 
  - She'll have a polarizing effect on the entire government  insanad   Dec-12-07 08:44 AM   #17 
     - Great post...Obama will restore and re-energize our democracy  BeyondGeography   Dec-12-07 09:01 AM   #22 
        - I first heard of him 3 yrs. ago on Oprah  insanad   Dec-12-07 09:52 AM   #27 
  - i never tire of recommending this thread  sniffa   Dec-12-07 09:35 AM   #26 

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