She is considered the experienced candidate, although she has had few responsibilities in her life (and no accomplishments) other than to be the put-upon wife of Gov. President William Jefferson Blythe Clinton. But she now speaks easily of "our administration" when referring to the United States government from 1993-2000 (her husband's administration.) I wonder whether Socks the Cat and Buddy the Dog (whereever they are today, God bless them) also meow and bark about "our administration." But the media and the public accept that she is "experienced." I suppose she is, of a sort.
Unloved and off-putting as she is, she will probably get her party's nomination even though its left-leaning party voters reject her public centrism, while she is afraid to publicly utter her private "sinistre" political yearnings -- which policies are exactly what her party regulars want.
On the Republican side, the two leading contenders are each, in their own way, despised by the base of the party they seek to lead. Rudy Giuliani, though personally admired and liked, is pro-abortion, gay rights and gun control in a party that is animated by the opposite. Should he get the nomination, there will be many loyal party foot soldiers who will neither battle nor vote for him -- much as they think he is a fine fellow.
Sen. McCain, having spent the last decade being a pain in the Elephant Party's backside, is viscerally despised for being the party gadfly and thereby a liberal media darling. Also in the mix is Mitt Romney, the moderately rich (under $500 million), recently moderately liberal Massachusetts governor, son of a moderately liberal, self-admittedly brainwashed Michigan governor and late president of the defunked American Motors Corporation -- who also briefly thought it would be fun to be president.
If it is Rudy and Hillary, and now Bloomberg, we could be looking at a three-way race between three moderately liberal to leftist New Yorkers running for president in a right-of-center country with no even moderately conservative candidate. And should Sen. Obama surprisingly get the Democratic nomination, then we would substitute for the secret leftist publicly centrist Hillary Milhous, a completely inexperienced African-American possibly former Muslim, partially Indonesian-raised, Harvard-trained Kennedyesque candidate.
Therein, lies the three-party freak show that is likely to produce the next president of the United States during this early period of the Age of Islamist Terror in which we live. And yet, we live in hope that ours is a providentially guided country.
Blankley, who had been suffering from stomach cancer, died Saturday night at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, his wife, Lynda Davis, said Sunday.
In his long career as a political operative and pundit, his most visible role was as a spokesman for and adviser to Gingrich from 1990 to 1997. Gingrich became House Speaker when Republicans took control of the U.S. House of Representatives following the 1994 midterm elections.