Thursday, January 3, 2008

They Won't Go Gracefully

Some polls have Hillary third in Iowa. Apparently even Democrats are seeing her for what she is - a liar without her husband's ability to pull it off.

The Clintons were insufferable in power, and now we'll get to see how gracefully they handle defeat. It won't be an inspiring sight. Their shamelessness reached an earlier peak on the day of Bill's impeachment, when he pulled all of the House Democrats onto the White House lawn for a "rally" - as if impeachment for the crime of perjury was just some primary setback. This quality - their repellent shamelessness - was all that kept them in power. Richard Nixon had a sense of honor, but Bill Clinton never did. His wife's willingness to stand by him was a sure sign that nothing matters to her more than power.

I've always had this theory about the two of them. They wouldn't have gone willingly. If another one of Bill's bimbos had come forward during the impeachment hearings and testified as to what sort of man he was, the truth may have been so blunt, so undeniable, that it may have have turned a dozen or so reluctant Democratic senators. He might have been convicted by the Senate, just so they could be done with him.

Even then, the Clintons wouldn't have left the White House. Having said that the House impeachment was just politics, they would have said the same thing about the Senate conviction. They would have eagerly forced a constitutional crisis. A sitting president refusing to leave office on conviction by what they would have called a "partisan Senate." The only way they would have left the White House was if the army went in and used tear gas.

And surprisingly, I find myself in agreement with Andrea Dworkin on Hillary:

Ever since she went to the White House as First Lady, her life has been going down the tubes. She had to give up her profession and she's been the staunch wife standing by her husband, no matter what vile things he does to humiliate her. It's pathetic. She should pack her bags and leave.

6 comments:

Hayden Tompkins said...

I have to admit. I WAS surprised that she didn't at least give him a hard time, like move out of the White House or something. She seemed robotic about the whole thing.

Paul, just this guy, you know? said...

If another one of Bill's bimbos had come forward during the impeachment hearings and testified as to what sort of man he was, the truth may have been so blunt, so undeniable, that it may have have turned a dozen or so reluctant Democratic senators.

Nah. The Clintons are the only shameless Democrats holding office. Nobody had any questions about what was done. It was all about party loyalty.

Paul, just this guy, you know? said...

Meant to say rather, "AREN'T the only shameless Democrats..."

Sweating Through fog said...

Paul,

No they aren't - most politicians are shameless to some extend. I just think the Clintons stand out even from that tawdry crowd.

Oddly enough, it's one of the reasons I have no concerns about Hillary being elected. She won;t expend power to move the country in her direction, and hence she won't do any real damage. I'm more afraid of politicians that do have fixed principles.

rorybowman said...

"Afraid of politicians that do have fixed principles," eh? Reminds me of a quote I've seen attributed to German general Erich Von Manstein:

"There are only four types of officer. First, there are the lazy and stupid ones. Properly deployed, they can be useful. Next are the diligent, intelligent ones: They make excellent staff officers. The lazy and intelligent ones make the best command officers. Those who are both diligent and stupid are a menace, and must be dismissed at once. "

Sweating Through fog said...

Nice quote about officers.

I'm thinking the best example of the last is Sir Douglas Haig, who went through with an offensive in Flanders even though he knew that the Germans had discovered his complete plan of battle. Apparently he felt his plan was so good that it had to succeed even if the enemy knew all about it.

Like all his offensives, tens of thousands of lives were lost - for nothing. No sign of failure, however clear, would make him question things.