Emmett Tyrrell

 The "hard-right ideology" is how she has persistently described the point of view that has governed America roughly since Ronald Reagan brought it into government in 1981. Even her husband entertained part of it starting about the time he said "the era of big government is over." One would think Hillary's persistent diabolizing of Republicans would appease her angry left but it has not. The next day the angry blogs and activist groups were at her neck. She had been speaking at a meeting of the moderately liberal Democratic Leadership Council (DLC). Her plea for a "ceasefire" enraged Democrats further to the left.

 "There's been an activist resurgence in the Democratic Party in recent years," responded Roger Hickey, co-director of Campaign for America's Future -- a pretty angry future it appears. And he added, "Hillary risks ensuring that there's a candidate to her left appealing to those activists who don't much like the DLC." As the DLC was one of the instruments through which her husband fashioned two presidential victories, you can see that the Democrats have a big problem. Another way of putting it is they are "fragmented and in disarray."

 The problem for the Democrats is that their so-called liberals have been for decades living in a fantasy of self-congratulations. They see themselves as responsible for all that is good in America and the hated Republicans for all that is bad. Anything that the Republicans have done right the liberals see as bad, for instance, cutting taxes and thus encouraging the economic growth that has revived the country since the mid-1980s. They are smug and ignorant and now they are at each other's throats. What in terms of policy does the angry left offer, beyond abominating Republicans and the DLC? Well, they hate Halliburton and Wal-Mart. They love the environment and would improve the lives of whooping cranes and rare grasses in Nebraska.

 What is the American liberal? I conceive the American liberal as a fat, florid-faced archbishop from some declining episcopacy in New England waiting around the buffet table late in the dinner hoping to scoop up a few extra desserts, another bon bon to put in his pocket or her purse, an extra glass of sauterne, and to burp when no one is within listening range. Hillary, these are your constituents. Treat them well, or Mr. Hickey will field a candidate to the left of you.


Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
 
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