Thursday, September 4, 2008

She knows what she's doing

Catching up a little bit from our weekend, we are just now getting to James Taranto’s Best of the Web Today, from Monday. In it he writes:

One prominent Democrat who has been very quite on the Palin choice is Hillary Clinton, who on Friday, according to CNN, put out a gracious statement:

"We should all be proud of Governor Sarah Palin's historic nomination, and I congratulate her and Senator McCain," Clinton, the first woman to win a presidential primary, said in the statement. "While their policies would take America in the wrong direction, Governor Palin will add an important new voice to the debate."

A lot of time and energy has been spent trying to divine whether the presence of Palin on the Republican ticket could pry Hillary supporters away from the Democrats.

Fair enough. Go for it.

But another interesting thought is that Palin offers Hillary a very plausible excuse to take a less active role in supporting Obama – she can make the point (privately) that she is not comfortable participating in attacking a woman candidate of either party. Girl Power! And yes, Hillary is happy with any excuse to sit this out without looking like she’s intentionally undermining Obama. She would love nothing more than for Obama to lose, clearing the way for her to challenge an incumbent McCain in 2012.

So, sitting out helps undermine Obama’s campaign. But what Hillary really needs is to sabotage it. What could she do to sabotage the Obama campaign? Ahhh, back to Taranto:

The New York Times reports that advisers to Mrs. Clinton will play a "greater role" in the Obama campaign as a result of the Palin pick

[VIMH: Are you suggesting Hillary is sending in her advisers with instructions to sabotage Team Obama?]
Oh, no, that's not it at all. After seeing how deftly her campaign managed to take what was to be her inevitable coronation and turn it into a thumping at the hands of the “former community organizer”, she has sent them in and told them to do everything they can to help Obama win.

To achieve the opposite.

MORE: Well, from Hot Air, we didn't like this NY Times headline "Obama Camp Turns to Clinton to Counter Palin", because it's kinda counter to our theory. But, why not actually read the thing...

Advisers to Mrs. Clinton said that she stood ready to help the Obama-Biden ticket, but they urged the campaign not to overestimate the impact Mrs. Clinton could have, noting that she had other commitments this fall, like campaigning and raising money for Senate candidates.

And rearranging her sock drawer.


  1. Hillary wins if Obama loses. Hillary/Obama 2012 is precisely where her sights are set. Otherwise, Obama goes two terms and there is a high probability that the electorate will tire of one party leadership and elect a Republican in 2016. By 2020, Hillary is old toast and loses her opportunity. If 2012 is not her time, she has no time.

  2. "...clearing the way for her to challenge an incumbent McCain in 2012."

    I'm thinking in 2012 Hillary will be running against Palin/Jindal.

    -- Bob1

  3. My theory is that the Clinton's did their duty to party and then quietly peeled off their political machine from the DNC and the BHO campaign.

    Dean wants control? He's got it; counting his own run, Dean is up at bat in the bottom of the 9th with two strikes, bases empty and McCain just pitched the mother-of-all curve balls.

    To mix in another sports metaphor; after the election Bill and cohorts will graciously agree to chip the Dems out of Dean's deep metrosexual weeds and Hillary gets a mulligan in 2012.

  4. Okay, assuming Obama loses, why do you expect McCain not to run again in 2012? Just because he's 72 doesn't mean he's going to die, and he might not want to step down.

    Hillary/Anybody vs McCain/Palin in 2012 might not be so one-sided. It would depend heavily on McCain's perceived health and how well he performs until then.

    I don't remember too many Presidents voluntarily leaving the office.

  5. Well, there was Lyndon Johnson.

    McCain won't be 72 in 2012. He's already catching flak for his age.

  6. "McCain just pitched the mother-of-all curve balls.... Hillary gets a mulligan in 2012."

    Perhaps the most apt sports metaphor is the Skyhook:

    It took 19 years for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's opponents to realize that there is no way to defend that shot, from the moment it left his fingers it was headed downward toward the basket; touching the ball was goaltending, an automatic two points, statistically recorded as a made basket. Touching him as well just provided an "extra point" attempt. Only in his final season did his opponents stop trying to block it, allowing his season field-goal percentage to fall below .500 for only time in his career.

  7. Yes, I was thinking about this the other day.

    If Obama loses, and McCain is a one term president, then it probably will be Hillary vs Palin in 2012 which is Hillary's only chance.

    Hillary loses the 'historic' moniker since she will have to share it with Palin, and Palin will already have a clear record from the next 4 years.

    If she and McCain reform like they say they will (and troops will be out of Iraq) they would well win it.

  8. If Joe Biden needs Hillary!'s help against the Republican VP nominee, I'm sure his campaign chief of staff can help him out. She has a long history of working with Hillary!, a great track record this year, and an encyclopedic understanding of campaign-year soap operas.

    I'm sure Joe's glad Obama filled that spot with Patti Solis-Doyle NOW.

    All those folks that made fun of the judgment and executive experience Obama's shown in running this campaign aren't snickering NOW, I bet.

    They're peeing their pants laughing.

  9. ...please where can I buy a unicorn?