Regardless of what Hillary's purportedly changed attitudes show about her, they speak greater volumes about the political party she seeks to lead. The fact is that Hillary remains a darling of the Left and all its fringe constituency groups despite her increasingly heretical declarations.
Just as when John Kerry masqueraded as a hawk on national defense and the Michael Moore/Howard Dean wing of the party stayed right on board with him, Hillary has virtual immunity for any such apostasies. Why? Because they know she'll always be a card-carrying, hardcore liberal no matter how much she pretends otherwise.
Democrats tell us the American people share their vision, yet many of their leaders won't be honest about who they are and what they believe. Please tell me how it's possible that Hillary Clinton could be the odds-on favorite among committed liberals if she truly believes in the center-to-right positions she's been mouthing lately? She doesn't, and her base knows it. It's a conspiratorial deceit of staggering proportions. The party is morally bankrupt, lacking the integrity to be square with the people about its core principles.
But moral bankruptcy is only half the story. The party is also intellectually bankrupt, standing for little more than obstructing the Republican majority. For a seminar on the party's intellectual vacuousness, read the transcript of Chris Wallace's interview of Sen. Patrick Leahy on "Fox News Sunday" concerning the Democrats' ideas on Social Security. Wallace repeatedly implored Leahy to provide just one idea the Democrats had on Social Security, and all he could say is that President Bush is unwilling to negotiate -- which is both patently false and annoyingly nonresponsive.
Democrat leaders are counting on the American people to be too dense to see through their games, such as pretending to be something they're not (Hillary), and pretending to be part of the solution instead of the problem (Leahy).
Given this poverty of values and character in the Democratic hierarchy, it's all the more frustrating that Republicans can't seem to get their act together.
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