The Huffington Post has some audio that should pretty much seal Hillary Clinton’s fate, if not with primary voters, then with the Democratic base in November, as if it was going to get that far.
Essentially, Hillary thinks she’s losing because of Democratic activists. No kidding. Here’s what she said:
Moveon.org endorsed (Obama) — which is like a gusher of money that never seems to slow down. We have been less successful in caucuses because it brings out the activist base of the Democratic Party. MoveOn didn’t even want us to go into Afghanistan. I mean, that’s what we’re dealing with. And you know they turn out in great numbers. And they are very driven by their view of our positions, and it’s primarily national security and foreign policy that drives them. I don’t agree with them. They know I don’t agree with them. So they flood into these caucuses and dominate them and really intimidate people who actually show up to support me.
Do I even have to state that this is total crap?
Here is a woman who was the presumptive nominee for about three years, whom Democratic activists were absolutely stoked about. She had everyone excited; the thought of going back to the relative prosperity of the Clinton era, and having a woman in charge, as well. Seriously; any success she’s had thus far is due to those Democratic activists, including MoveOn.
She had the thing in the bag, but then she did what her predecessors, Gore and Kerry, did before her; she listened to the DLC, and put her principles on a shelf, not thinking that her principles were actually the key to becoming president.
Barack Obama is presenting us with a message of hope, and rather than embrace that and run with it herself, her people told her to contrast herself with it. Just as I can tell you the exact moment that Bill Clinton won the presidency in 1992 (when he held up the Health Care Security Card), I can pinpoint the exact moment when Barack Obama won the Democratic nomination. It was when Hillary and Bill Clinton attacked him for speaking about "hope."
That, in a nutshell, was flat stupid.
Sometimes — and this may come as a great shock to the Democrats running Hillary Clinton’s campaign — you do better by embracing your opponent and building upon his or her theme. You don’t diss hope, for Chrissakes! You embrace hope. And in a year when people are hungry for vast change, you don’t sell your goddamn "experience." I mean, if I hear "Hillary will be ready on day one!" one more time, I’m going to hurl.
I think MoveOn is a great organization, and I have been a member for at least 6-7 years. I don’t agree with everything they do, such as the "Betray-us" ad, but then, if you agree with everything that anyone does, you pretty much have to be braindead yourself. I was a little surprised when they endorsed Barack Obama, to be honest, but I have never seen them do anything that was "anti-Hillary." If Hillary Clinton thinks that merely being pro-Obama is the same as being "anti-Hillary," then she might think about joining the delusional Joe Lieberman on the dark side.
Hillary Clinton will be packing it in within the next week or so, but she only has herself to blame, not Democratic activists. Activists were mostly in favor of a Clinton presidency early on. See, here’s the funny thing; when Obama first announced, I thought it might be too soon. I was thinking he’d be better off waiting until 2012 or 2016. But throughout primary season, I was torn among Edwards, Obama and Clinton, and would have been happy with any of them (or Biden, Dodd or Richardson, for that matter).
I am now a huge Obama supporter, not just because he speaks to voters like adults, and speaks to our better nature, but also because Hillary Clinton has disappointed me. She’s better than her campaign, and she should have fired every damn one of them after Iowa.
Hillary Clinton lost for the same reason Gore and Kerry both lost. They
didn’t lose because of the right wing hit machine; they lost because
they forgot who they were, and what they stood for. Hillary, who
married "the man from Hope," forgot what got her where she is in the
And that is not the fault of either Barack Obama or MoveOn.