Wednesday, February 13, 2008

An essay on discontent

Much has been written about discontent in the Republican Party. Conservatives are disappointed no one having conservative views on all issues of importance has been in the contest for the Republican presidential nomination. The presumptive nominee, John McCain, has been on the ‘wrong’ side of many matters before the Senate and has joined with Democrats to sponsor undesirable legislation, thereby causing conservatives to be unenthusiastic about his success. Newt Gingrich, who conservatives had placed some hope in carrying their banner did not enter the race and a substitute, Mitt Romney, did poorly in the primaries, ultimately backing out for ‘the good of the party’ in an eloquent speech.

But nothing has been written about Democrat discontent. Democrat allies in the news media have dutifully acclaimed the Party’s candidates’ attributes but have side-stepped the serious problem of discontent among the Democrat rank and file.

With much hullabaloo, Hillary Clinton was originally proclaimed the sure winner of the Democrat Party’s nomination derby. The Clinton machine, finely honed during the Bill Clinton administration, was seen as invincible, and Hillary as inevitable. No one dared to challenge the might of the machinery lest they be cast into political oblivion in the future; the Cuomo family being just one example.

Yet amidst some murmurings among party supporters, such as David Geffen, there arose some voices of discontent with more Clintonism. A few even mumbled concern that the next Clinton in the line of succession might not be able to win a national election.

Suddenly, out of the political cloud (and the Chicago political regime) there arose a clatter for a Party savior, a black true liberal, “an articulate, clean African-American” riding on a horse provided by the reverend Farrakhan, pranced out of the rubble of Camelot to save the day and the Party.

No one gave the black savior much hope to shatter the Clinton machine at first, but a persona with the unlikely name of Hussein Obama starting slowly at first, gathering momentum and a growing following, rose up to put a monkey wrench into the machine.

The schism in the Democrat Party and success of her rival brought tears to Hillary’s eyes (on at least three occasions, but who’s counting). Even husband Bill Clinton expressed a quandary; who to support – the first black (a real one, even if only 50%) or a women as the first president of their kind? William Jefferson Clinton, out of a sense of respect (for the first time) of his wife decided to throw his substantial hat, which becomes ever larger in proportion to his growing ego, onto the head of his pant-suited, tearful wife. Perhaps his decision was made a bit easier because many considered him to be “the first black president”.

With time real Democrat discontent began to grow. Unlike Republican discontent which arose out of ideological differences among the choices presented to Republicans, discontent among Democrats was generated by the qualities and character of the candidates themselves. On the one hand there is the shrieking, ill-tempered, conniving, disingenuous, lying, shrew (but a woman nevertheless) with an idolized spouse; and on the other hand there is a handsome, “articulate and clean”, charismatic, smooth talking (as long as the teleprompter doesn’t break down), rock-star-like darling of a candidate with a militant spouse (a cross between Serena Williams and Maxine Waters).

The dilemma of the Democrat Part regulars, the news media and ‘independent’ voters is palpable. Independents, who eschew ideology but like smiles and stature, are very likely to give their votes to Hussein but loyalty by Party stalwarts dictates selection of Hillary as second in the line of succession. However, Party pragmatists see in the swooning crowds at Hussein’s gatherings a person with a real chance of winning the presidential lottery. Couple that with ‘white guilt’ and who can say the time is not right for a partial Muslim victory, not Party regulars for sure. One can almost hear the cheers of support for Hussein around the world, especially in the Mid East. Furthermore, support of black voters in the presidential election that follows is very likely to increase from 95% to 99%.

With these difficult choices to make, it is easy to understand the reason for discontent in the Democrat Party, even if the liberal press is blind to it.

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