What creeping inevitability?
Well, she's got the turtle vote
Enter Ozone Woman
By MAUREEN DOWD
Shaken by the Asian tsunami, Katrina, gas prices and a literally explosive Middle East, many Americans now see the environment and conservation as the scintillating, life-and-death subjects that Al Gore has always presented them as, rather than the domain of cartoonish sandal-wearing, tree-hugging, New Age-y, antibusiness wackos.
As John Heilemann notes in New York, the Gore boomlet is also driven by "the creeping sense of foreboding about the prospect of Hillary Clinton's march to her party's nomination." Hollywood's top environmental campaigner, Laurie David, a producer on the Gore movie, argued, "It's not time to experiment with trying to put in office the first female president or with somebody people feel is such a polarizing figure."
Some Democrats are secretly compiling data to prove that Hillary is unelectable to derail the notion that she's inevitable. Gore loyalists suggest that they could be co-front-runners — a couple of raccoons in a bag.
The two hall monitors have always bumped against each other, first competing to be Bill Clinton's co-president, and then over Democratic money in the 2000 election.
So we are left with the prospect of a race between these two Democrats (Al, a popularly elected president; Hillary, a co-ruler). Neither was president, but both think they have been. Al's a seeker and Hillary's a triangulator (or you might say she's inflating her tires to the right pressure). They have shared the problem of stiff, situational personae, when they seemed to wake up every morning trying to figure out who they should be, how they should appear or how they should position themselves. By fashioning their identities all the time, they condemned themselves to being seen merely as identity fashioners.
This week's New Yorker has a long piece on the Democratic Party(offline). But what was clear from the piece was that no one really wants Clinton to run. She is seen as the ultimate liberal.
Who could kill chances to pick up seats in the Midwest and South.
Can anyone point to a large bastion of Hillary support? Most people on Kos want nothing to do with her, I'm unaware of any large blogger who is pro-Hillary. In fact, only the DC Dems and the media are pushing her campaign, everyone else ranges from moderate worry to absolute opposition.
I mean, Richard Cohen was right to ask what she stands for. And the "third way" people, the people we more accurately call Vichy Dems, have no clue if they think Hillary is going to have some electorial blitzkrieg. Her popularity comes from name recognition alone, and 2008 won't let her run that way.
posted by Steve @ 1:28:00 AM