Two weeks ago Bruce Bartlett suggested that, in a climate where a Republican candidate can't win the White House, conservatives should place their bets on the least-liberal Democrat -- Hillary.
As each day passes, it becomes increasingly clear that the Democrats will win the White House next year. It’s not quite 1932, but it’s getting close to a sure thing. All the energy is on their side, they are raising more money from more contributors, and there is little if any enthusiasm for any of the Republican candidates—even among Republicans.
Of course, one can never rule out the ability of the Democrats to seize defeat from the jaws of victory. But sometimes the trend in one party’s direction is so strong that even the grossest incompetence can’t keep it from winning. I think 2008 is shaping up as that kind of year for the Democrats.
If I am right, conservatives are going to have to make an important decision at some point. Do they go down with the sinking Republican ship or do they try and have some meaningful influence on the next president by becoming involved in the Democratic race?
....To right-wingers willing to look beneath what probably sounds to them like the same identical views of the Democratic candidates, it is pretty clear that Hillary Clinton is the most conservative. John Edwards is the most liberal and Barack Obama is somewhere in between.
Hillary?!?!?! You've got to be kidding.
Townhall.com readers took to the streets -- they didn't actually riot, but whole lot of email flew my direction over the column. I'm sure Bruce Bartlett got an earful from readers as well.
Enough that he decided that one column a week wasn't enough for a proper dialogue with conservatives so he's started his own Townhall Blog called Bartlett's Notations.