The Right's New Hero

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.

Tags: Hillary, right wing, Weekly Standard (all tags)

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17 Comments

Re: The Right's New Hero

I know deep down inside Hillary is a progressive.  And usually I would ignore these diaries calling Hillary a republican.  But she is waging a culture war usually reserved for republicans and I don't disagree with anything written in this diary.

by reggie23 2008-05-05 06:01AM | 0 recs
this diary is racist crap

keep playing the race card because it has helped Clinton up to now.  

by TeresaInPa 2008-05-05 06:03AM | 0 recs
Re: this diary is racist crap

I have not called Hillary a racist or a Republican. I merely quoted what the right wing is writing and saying about her.

I'm not regurgitating right wing swiftboat slime like Clinton surrogate Sidney Blumenthal does. Trying to get the mainstream press to pick up on right wing smears. These were articles written in support and admiration of Clinton and her tactics.

You might want to ask yourself what do these wingnuts see in Hillary and her campaign that is so admirable? These are the proponents of Neo-Con policy, the politics of racial resentment and represent everything Democrats are fighting against. So explain to me why they are now so smitten with somemone they spent so many years vilifying?

by hankg 2008-05-05 06:15AM | 0 recs
Re: this diary is racist crap

Really, how so?

by venician 2008-05-05 06:25AM | 0 recs
Re: this diary is racist crap

my question was for teresa.

by venician 2008-05-05 06:26AM | 0 recs
Re: The Right's New Hero
WOAH. That Weekly Standard quote is huge.
by proseandpromise 2008-05-05 06:05AM | 0 recs
Race Card Anyone?

nice try.

by owl06 2008-05-05 06:06AM | 0 recs
Re: The Right's New Hero

oh please

by switching sides 2008-05-05 06:13AM | 0 recs
Re: The Right's New Hero

Oh Please? You don't like Hillary's new friends?

What, no put down of Latte Sipping Liberals, Move On, terrorist appeasers and the left wing radicals taking over the party?

These responses usually include the mandatory right wing talking points.

by hankg 2008-05-05 06:18AM | 0 recs
Should she be the nominee -

unlikely - they'll come after her soon enough - and with abandon.  Read history - it's a clue.    

by Xanthe 2008-05-05 07:23AM | 0 recs
Re: The Right's New Hero

Hillary's been a right winger since she got elected to the Senate. Just another of her political miscalculations.

by Kobi 2008-05-05 07:37AM | 0 recs
An excellent Senator

I don't think thats true at all. Aside from her votes on Iraq and Iran which were political calculations to make her look 'strong' on national security she has had an exemplary senate record. Not much substantive differences in policy and voting records between her and Obama. I would have thought either would make a good President with each having different strengths.

However as this campaign has progressed she has adopted more and more of the rights messaging, tactics and frames. At first it seemed like she thought that you had to beat the Republican's at there own game. Which concedes the framing of the debate to the frames the Republicans have successfully imposed on the national discourse over the last 20 years. But it was a tactic to achieve her progressive agenda.

But with the chest thumping on Iran, the attacks on Move On, the way the kitchen sink strategy has developed. In that context the Weekly Standard article is a real eye opener. They are obviously seeing something that to them looks very appealing but to me looks malignant in the new Hillary.

by hankg 2008-05-05 07:50AM | 0 recs
Re: An excellent Senator

You forgot to mention her votes for bush's 2001 bankruptcy law, NCLB, and the the Patriot Crap.

Now she's talking about nuking and obliterating Iraq.

And in 2006 she had the least liberal voting record in the Senate. Hillary decided to ride the pendulum as it swung right and hasn't gotten off yet.

by Kobi 2008-05-05 08:00AM | 0 recs
Re: An excellent Senator

Obama's voting record was not perfect neither was John Edwards or any of the other candidates. But the recent transformation of the Clinton campaign and the enthusiastic reception it is getting from the far right is something beyond the pale.

by hankg 2008-05-05 08:26AM | 0 recs
Re: An excellent Senator

She's come to love the smell of napalm in the morning.

by Kobi 2008-05-05 08:39AM | 0 recs
Re: Okay . then this should be fair...

This diary has nothing to do with the MSM. Certainly Hillary has done a lot more whining on that subject then Obama. It is about how the right wing sees a whole new Hillary. One that they are seeing as "one of them" and an ally in the fight against the Liberal Democratic menace.

by hankg 2008-05-05 07:55AM | 0 recs
Re: Okay . then this should be fair...

I quoted nothing from the MSM and I have not seen the MSM covering this. It's been 24/7 Wright with an occaisional look at the polls and how Wright affects the horse race. Recently there it's been the gas tax but this is a non issue in the MSM.

I quoted the right wing hacks that have been the enemies of everything Democrats should stand for. They are now seeing a kindred spirit in Hillary. Why do you suppose that is?

by hankg 2008-05-05 08:23AM | 0 recs

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