Rob Douglas: Go ugly or go home
February 17, 2008
Can I get an Amen?
Sorry – not loud enough.
It’s Sunday morning. Let’s try again.
Can I get an Amen?
No. Not a timid Anglican Amen whispered, so as not to offend.
Picture Robert Duval in “The Apostle.”
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Now give me a rafter-shaking, pigeon dust loosing, standing on your feet with eyes and hands raised to the ceiling, full-throated Southern Pentecostal AMEN.
What’s the occasion?
It’s time to kiss Hillary Clinton goodbye.
I keep humming “Ding-Dong, The Witch Is Dead” from “The Wizard of Oz.”
A bit harsh, but I can’t help myself. As a high school freshman, I played the lead munchkin and ding-donged the Wicked Witch goodbye during many a performance. The tune comes naturally for me.
I suppose caution is called for. After all, the political pundits all counsel to never wager against a Clinton. I’ll take the bet and double down.
Hillary has two choices. She can go ugly, or she can go home.
Facing a candidate with the momentum Barack Obama has, Hillary could take the high road and concede, pledge her delegates to Obama, encourage the super delegates to align with him in Denver and, with a unified party, defeat the Republicans in a landslide come November.
A graceful exit might gain an invitation to join Obama as No. 2 on the ticket. At least it would keep Hillary viable for 2012 or 2016.
I know. That’s fairytale thinking from the Land of Oz.
More likely, Hillary will pull Bill off the bench he’s been warming since South Carolina and recreate Billary for Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania, where Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell says whites might not vote for a black.
Billary loves to go ugly. Billary will divide the party along demarcations of race, ethnicity and gender. Billary did this in earlier races. While it didn’t work in Iowa and South Carolina, it did work in New Hampshire, Florida and Michigan.
Caffeinated readers on cup two of Steaming Bean might say, “Hold on there, Munchkin Man. The Witch can’t use Florida and Michigan ’cause Howard Dean – who learned the hard way it’s not whether you can recite the states in the Union but how you recite them – put Florida and Michigan delegates out of bounds for treating the primary calendar as a game of ‘Can You Top This?'”
No matter. Billary’s minions are working in the DNC sewers trying to change the rules so Florida and Michigan can be used to her advantage, in spite of the fact Obama wasn’t on the Michigan ballot and didn’t campaign in either state.
How ironic that the Democratic Party, which likens itself to a rainbow coalition headed by “The First Black President,” finds said president pitting one layer of the rainbow against the next in a losing attempt to gain the presidency for his wife.
Can it be that the Clintons always saw minorities as stepping stones to walk upon from one office to the next?
Can it be that the white liberal establishment always has been comfortable with people of color in the Democratic Party as long as the top slots stayed white?
These have been valid questions during both the reign of the Clintons and the last 50 years of the Democratic Party as a whole.
Talk about glass ceilings. Talk about being hoist by one’s own petard.
The Democratic Party, which for decades sought to divide minorities from the Republican Party, is now finding that in the name of the Clintons it must divide within the Democratic Party minority from minority; black from brown; young from old; man from woman.
But Billary’s divide to conquer tactics will fail. Their attempts to divide have grown transparent and the Democrats are crying foul. This week’s exit polls show the politics of division imploding.
It’s time this presidential race becomes what it should be: An open clash between politicians of two different generations, with two differing views of the world and two different views of the Iraq War.
That is a battle and an election worth fighting for.
That is McCain v. Obama.
Can I get an Amen?
Steamboat Springs resident Rob Douglas spent 10 years as a political commentator and radio talk show host for ABC Radio and Hearst-Argyle Television, following an earlier career as a Washington, D.C., private detective. Rob currently works as a security consultant and hopes there are no remaining pictures of him as a munchkin.