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ClarkUSA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-12-07 02:01 AM
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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.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion/200406415...


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