It would have seemed unbelievable to me eight years ago, but lately I have really been rooting for Hillary Clinton. One reason for wanting Hillary’s electoral fortunes to improve is a desire to see the Democratic nominating process drag on until the maximum amount of damage can be done to the ultimate winner. In that, I share the goal of Rush Limbaugh’s “Operation Chaos” – an effort to get as many Republicans possible to vote in the Democratic primary for Hillary. In addition to that, though, I believed Hillary was the weaker of the two candidates and would give Republicans a better chance of winning in November. The third reason, as much as I hate to admit it, is that I derive a perverse pleasure watching that old Clinton machine back in action. The brazenness, the ruthlessness, and the sheer audacity (to borrow a word from Obama) of the Clintons is a thing to behold. Mostly though, I was just really afraid of presidential candidate Barack Obama.
Not only was I afraid that Obama would be almost impossible to beat, but I was afraid of what he would do in office. For all of Hillary Clinton’s faults, if she were elected President the next four years would be all about how to make sure she would be able to hold the office the four years following that. She might not be so timid as to go the school uniform route that her husband did, but she has been in the Beltway long enough to have become part of the establishment, and would certainly not intentionally do anything outrageous enough to endanger her chances of re-election. In other words, Hillary the President would not be the same as Hillary the Wellesley College student. In no way do I think a Hillary presidency would be good for the country, but with Obama there is greater danger. The man with the most liberal voting record in the Senate and a mandate from the people for change would be a dangerous combination indeed.
Hillary’s “three a.m. phone call” ad did some damage to Obama. Even more was done by his own advisor’s admission that Obama was not ready for that middle of the night call. At that point my fear of Obama the candidate began to subside. For the first time in months, Obama came down from superstar, if not supernatural, status to walk among the earth with mere mortals again. No longer did he appear invincible The Clinton persistence paid off and it appeared Hillary might be able to keep things close enough to hang in the race for a while.