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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Clinton Fatigue

I like John Cole, but sometimes he can be politically naive.

It doesn't matter who the Democratic nominee is in 2016.  I remember one reason why I supported Obama in 2008 was because I wanted to move beyond the Clinton Drama.  So, the GOP gave us Obama Drama instead.  If you think nominating Martin O'Malley or Elizabeth Warren is going to allow you to skip the Vince Foster/Benghazi/Whitewater nonsense, then you haven't been paying attention.

Bill Clinton is rightly derided for tacking too far right after '94, especially with his Wall Street deregulation.  But if he had had a Democratic Congress, I doubt he would've been so eager to embrace welfare reform or the repeal of Glass-Steagall.

If you want a Progressive President, you need to have a Progressive Congress, and Hillary is the most likely person to turn the House Blue.  As Republicans hamfistedly attack her, they will lapse - inevitably - into misogyny.  And that will flip more and more women voters - white working class women voters - into the Democratic column.

I'd rather have Elizabeth Warren and Kristin Gillibrand running Senate Committees than one of them being President, while the other is a ranking member.

Still, it would be nice to see Hillary avoid some of the more odious of her former pack of Clintonistas.  No more Mark Penns or Lanny Davises, please.  That could be a deal-breaker.

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