Saturday, November 26, 2005

Why is it all about Hillary?

I'm really tired of everyone who's not deeply involved in politics assuming that Hillary will automatically be the Democratic nominee, if not the President-elect, in 2008.

I'll give a couple of examples--the first of which is a personal anecdote. I had a Christian conservative client in my office not very long ago. He's a nice guy and all, but certainly, our political views differ. He was complaining about the idiocy of the current Republican party and bemoaning the fact that Hillary was going to be our next President. I said, "hang on, not so fast. I'm a Clark supporter, and there are a lot more of us out there than you think. Lots of us Dems think Hillary is a corporate DLC sellout." He said that he had seen Wes Clark on Fox News and could easily see himself voting for Clark in 2008.

Next example: Christie over at Decafdemocracy--a blog I found through Christie's diaries on DKos--quotes a comedian's perspective on the prospects for a 2008 race:

Morris, who can earn as much as $10,000 for a corporate-party appearance, says he suffers panic attacks every presidential campaign. "Oh-eight should be very interesting, especially if Hillary is in the mix," he says.

Forte deadpans, "I'm already working on my Hillary Clinton."

Well, I've got some news for everyone and anyone who will listen: when you're being outpolled 5 to 1 in the most recent straw poll at Daily Kos, it's time to start talking about someone else, at least in the early going.

Netroots support will mean increasingly more over the course of the next few years, and in addition to that, even the most die-hard of the opposing party can see themselves voting for Clark. So tell Morris and Forte to start prepping their Wes Clark. Hopefully, they'll need it to keep up.

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