The Right's New Hero
by hankg, Mon May 05, 2008 at 05:47:37 AM EDT
If there is one Democrat that has been most damaged and savaged during the Bush/Rove Republicans ascension to power it has been Hillary Clinton. But something both tragic and ironic has played out over the course of the campaign. The transformation of Hillary. It seems Senator Clinton has found her voice and it is a voice that is attracting support from some unlikely quarters.
You can track the transformation by following the changing views of what Hillary used to call the great right wing conspiracy towards her campaign. From disdain for the poster child of Liberal Democrats to admiration for a politician that they are now seeing as one of their own.
It started in the lead up to SC:
Pat Buchanan an unabashed proponent of dog whistle politics was gushing with admiration for what he called the Clinton strategy to "Ghettoize Barack". He wrote about SC:
"Indeed, even before the voting had ended, Bill Clinton had tarnished and diminished Barack's victory. Responding to an unrelated question, he volunteered that Jesse Jackson won South Carolina twice in the 1980s.
This is an Arkansan way of saying black candidates always do well when there is a large black bloc vote, as in the Deep South, but no one should take this seriously. By introducing Jackson and earlier saying the Palmetto State contest would be about gender and race, Clinton set the media to looking beyond Barack's total vote to its racial composition."
Once Obama started to look like a serious contender, it wasn't long before Fox, Scarborough, Scaife, Kristol, and virtual a who's who of the right was rushing to Clinton's defense. But lately what looked like a ploy to just bloody and take down the assumed Democratic candidate by giving aid to his main rival has turned into something else. The right wing scumbags that have driven this country into a ditch are discovering a new Hillary and they are liking what they see.
Take this article from the Neo-Con's main organ the Weekly Standard:
"She's running a right-wing campaign. She's running the classic Republican race against her opponent, running on toughness and use-of-force issues,"
"And she's doing it with much the same symbols."
"And better--or worse--she is becoming a social conservative, a feminist form of George Bush. Against an opponent who shops for arugula, hangs out with ex-Weathermen, and says rural residents cling to guns and to God in unenlightened despair at their circumstances, she has rushed to the defense of religion and firearms, while knocking back shots of Crown Royal and beer."
"She might run to the right of McCain, if she makes it to the general election, and get the votes of rebellious conservatives. Or she, Lieberman, and McCain could form a pro-war coalition, with all of them running to pick up the phone when it rings in the small hours."
The Weekly Standard is suitably impressed with Hillary's conversion. They note they are not the only wingnuts warming up to Hillary quoting a post on National Review's blog, The Corner:
"She's entering the culture war as a general. All of this has made her a far more formidable general election candidate. She's fighting the left and she's capturing the center. She's denounced MoveOn.org. She's become the Lieberman of the Democratic Party."
When the right wing scumbags that are the polar opposite of everything Democrats stand for feel like you have adopted their methods, principles and ideals you really have lost your way.
They have attained and maintained power through the politics of Atwater and Rove, slicing and dicing the electorate with wedge issues and swiftboat distractions. An Obama victory terrifies them not because of his policies but because it would mean the end of the power of the politics that has served them so well. As the Weekly Standard article points out Hillary has adopted all the symbols of the right. The Latte Sipping Liberals, the Elites, the scary Black militants, the appeals to fear, the chest thumping braggadocio, the only thing she's missing is GWB's cowboy hat and a phony ranch in Arkansas where she can clear brush and down whiskey shots.
There is an important demographic that Fox news and Hillary share: McCain's generation. The power of the Southern strategy and the culture wars is dying with them. It does not play with the younger generation and that is making the right very nervous. They are beginning to see in Hillary someone who can preserve the status quo and the Republican framing of the national debate so vital to keeping them in the game.
It will be truly ironic if the last gasp of the politics of Rove will be the campaign of Hillary Clinton it's most damaged victim.