Though it may be too soon to write off the sinister force of
nature known as Billary, the end seems near following Barack Obama's sweep of
the Potomac primaries.
Obama is now the frontrunner and odds-on favorite to win the Democratic nod.
Betting on Hillary Clinton has collapsed in favor of her neophyte foe, dealing
a stunning blow to the once-inexorable Clinton
Obama deserves a lot of credit for threatening this upset. He's a classy, inspiring
candidate who has run a strong, yet clean, campaign.
Billary has only made that impression clearer for voters, however. Even hoary
Democrat loyalists -- who last decade apologized, scandal after scandal, for
the eventually impeached head of their party -- have realized they don't want a
rerun of the nasty Bill and Hillary show.
They were reminded during the Nevada and South Carolina primaries
of just how sleazy things can get with Team Clinton. Their underhanded campaign
tactics turned a lot of people off. Nobody (with the exception of gutter
fighters like Paul Begala and Terry McAuliffe) wants to wade through another
eight years of that muck.
My sense is that the left wing of the electorate is also fed up with the back-stabbing
phoniness of the Clintons
and their ruthless end-justifies-means morality, which includes going after
with hammer-and-tongs even liberal blacks they once championed. It seems most
everyone -- even Teddy Kennedy -- now recognizes their shallow character.
As former Clinton
supporter David Geffen has said: "Everybody in politics lies, but they do
it with such ease, it's troubling."
In the final analysis, character still matters in politics, thankfully, and Hillary's
lack of it may have proved her undoing.
Sure, she's hidden it better than in the past. But voters have seen – even through
the saccharine smiles, cackles and serial tearfests -- enough of her
mean-spiritedness, dissembling and shameless hypocrisy to know that she would,
once in office, only reinforce the axiom that a leopard never changes its
She claims, for example, that she's spent her entire career putting her Yale
Law School degree to work for the common good, bringing "positive change
to people's lives for 35 years."
Please, Ms. NonProfit spent the bulk of it -- 15 years -- pulling down $200,000
a year at the most prestigious corporate law firm in Arkansas, where she not only represented
Wal-Mart and other big companies but at the same time sat on their boards.
Hillary complained Obama hasn't been "vetted." Whereas, "I
certainly have no problem with whatever scrutiny comes my way." This from
the woman who stonewalled investigators about her roles in the cattle futures
and Whitewater sweetheart deals; the Travelgate purge; and the subpoenaed
Castle Grande billing records that went missing until, conveniently, the
statute of limitations expired in the case.
Her Nibs is so arrogant she can't even see her own hypocrisy. She knocked Sen.
John Edwards for failing to "actually deliver health care for everyone,"
as if she did. The only thing she delivered with her ham-handed Hillarycare
overreach was control of Congress into the hand of Republicans.
Obama, by comparison, was far more intellectually honest during the debates.
For instance, Gov. Bill Richardson said he favored a cap-and-trade system over
a carbon tax to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, because a carbon tax would be
"passed on to consumers."
Obama agreed that a "cap-and-trade system makes more sense." However,
"I disagree with one thing Bill said," he demurred. "Under a
cap-and-trade, there will be a cost. Plants are going to have to retrofit their
equipment. And that's going to cost money, and they will pass it onto
He didn't have to say that. He could have demagogued the issue like Hillary
would have. But he chose, refreshingly, to level with voters.
This stark ethical contrast is no doubt why even Clinton's 1992 national campaign manager is
endorsing Obama now.
It was believed, in the natural progression of American mores and milestones,
that the electorate would next be receptive to a woman occupying the Oval
Office. That an African-American has more than likely leapfrogged the
presumptive nod to that historic social mantle speaks volumes about the
popularity and likability of this woman.
Though feminists have campaigned hard for Hillary, it's better for the advancement
of women that she's denied her "inevitability." Hillary Rodham
Clinton would be such a disaster as president that she'd risk ruining for
decades to come the chances of other far-more-qualified, -trustworthy
and-deserving women leading the nation.
And Lord knows we'd never try another First Gentleman after Bubba took a tour
as First Ladies' man.
Billary's baggage may have finally caught up with them. This time around, it's
the CHARACTER, stupid.