Whatever my reservations about a compromise/unity ticket in the past, I think it's clear by now that both Obama and Clinton need to be considered on a ticket.
I had a sudden revelation while listening to some of the candidates
pander talk about the gas tax this weekend:
From Talking Points Memo Election Central:
George Stephanopoulos asked her a direct question: Could she name a single economist who agrees with her support for the gas tax holiday?From The New Republic's blog, The Stump - Hillary vs. Pointy Heads:
Hillary sidestepped the question, and tried to use the complete dearth of expert support for the idea to her advantage, pointing to it as proof that she's on the side of ordinary folks against "elite opinion" -- a phrase she used twice.
And from The Plank, "How To Beat Gas Tax Demagoguery":"I'm not going to put my lot in with economists," Clinton said... We've been, for the last seven years, seeing a tremendous amount of government power and elite opinion basically behind policies that haven't worked well for the middle class and hard-working Americans."Anti-intellectualism, success in obscure rural areas--when exactly did Hillary become Mike Huckabee?
The Clinton and McCain campaign have defended their plan to suspend the federal gasoline tax in strikingly similar terms.A flash of understanding! In addition to the gas-tax pandering, consider the following:
John McCain, when asked about New York Times columnist Tom Friedman's opposition to the tax suspension, replied:"I understand in New York City that you don't really drive a long way most of the time," McCain said. "But -- and then maybe you're chauffeured."The common thread here is anti-intellectual, populist demagoguery.
1) Hillary wants to "obliterate Iran." John McCain wants to "bomb-bomb-bomb, bomb-bomb Iran."
2) They both voted to invade Iraq and supported the war long after most Americans wanted us to withdraw our troops.
3) Hillary made it clear that only she and McCain have passed the "Commander-in-Chief threshold."
4) Hillary is already running a Republican-Karl-Rove style campaign. She wouldn't even have to change her current strategies.
5) Hillary and McCain are said to genuinely like each other. And both are said to genuinely dislike Obama.
6) After 15 years of railing against Richard Scaife for coordinating the "vast right-wing conspiracy" against her and Bill, Hillary reconciled with the conservative hit man in order to win the Pennsylvania primary. Think of the possibilities of a Clinton-Scaife team in taking on Obama!
7) The Clintons already have ample experience ramming Republican policies down our throats: See NAFTA, The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, The Telecommunications Act of 1996, and efforts to privatize government, the military, etc. Bill has been called "The best Republican president since Eisenhower." Now Hillary won't have to worry about that being a joke.
8) Hillary Clinton's chief strategist (until recently) Mark Penn is CEO of the DC-based PR firm Burson-Marsteller (Blackwater's PR firm!). Charlie Black, John McCain's top adviser, is chairman of BKSH, Burson-Marsteller's lobbying firm. Imagine the savings on lobbyists and campaign advisers!
9) The Clintons and Joe Lieberman are all part of the Democratic Leadership Council gang, whose objective was always to turn Democrats into Republicans Lite. Lieberman finally ditched the Democratic Party and is currently campaigning hard for McCain. Now, he and Hillary and Bill could all be together again as one big happy family!
10) By joining McCain, Hillary and Bill won't have to hide their race-baiting anymore, which has to be stressful, trying to keep so many Liberals from figuring out what they're doing. She's already locking up reactionary beer-drinking, gun-toting bowlers. Now she can really tell those intellectual arugula-eating, latte-drinking Obama-loving elites to kiss her white, "working-class" ass.