Years ago during another political battle I was involved in and wondering why no one was bailing I was told: No one wants to be the first person to push him down the stairs but everyone wants to be the second.
I thought about that, we are mostly cowards when it comes to risking our political capital. But once that risk is minimized by someone else taking that first big step then we want to climb on board as fast as possible to gain that new political capital. This is human nature or at least politics.
And that's what's happening to HIllary right now. The Clinton machine has a deep reach, and is known for retribution. They value loyalty above all else, a trait they have in common with Bush. The downside of this is it breeds not loyalty but reluctance to speak out. A bunker mentality appears, for us or against us. That is always the beginning of the end, for Bush, for Clinton.
Over the years the Clintons have squandered huge poiltical capital. They really were a breath of fresh air once. They were Kennedy-esque, young and bright if without the style. Ironically, the behavior of the two men was similar. Bluntly put, they couldn't keep it zipped. But times were different then, reporters were part of the game, some probably got some of those spoils, by proximity. Mostly men reporters then, says a lot.
Many Democrats feel betrayed by the Clintons. She voted with George Bush when he was high in the polls, in anticipation of a later run. As some have pointed out, she had a decent chance in 2004 but blinked and decided to wait. In politics four years is a long time as she's just learned. Because she didn't anticipate any real opposition she didn't prepare a text, a theme, anything much more than the king's army riding her to victory.
I don't feel sorry for her now. Yes, it's an ignoble end although rarely is anything over in politics, but she brought it all on herself. Her goal was only winning, not for the American people but to show her husband she could do it, too. It must be awful to always be in his shadow, it shines so bright and brings such wifely horrors, but she forged on. I've often wondered if it were more rage with Bill - besting him if you will - than a need to be the first woman president.
If there is justice there will be a President Obama soon. A man who speaks of healing and has become the best of what this country offers. We've lost our way by Republicans who stole the election and then ran the country as their personal fiefdom.
And speaking of Republicans, the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over and think the outcome will be different. They are still voting with Bush after losting three blood red safe seats. Can I offer some advice? If you like being in Congress vote against everything Bush wants and spit when someone says his name. To continue to follow him blindly gets us closer to a 100% Democratic congress.