Monday, 21 November 2011

Little Sister Don't You!

Yet again they're talking up a Hillary challenge, or rather an Obama concession. But Obama will never stand down for Clinton. Like almost everyone else running for president - and that's all this guy has been doing for the past two years, ie, running for reelection - he's a vanity candidate and a vanity president. In the classic formulation, he became president in order to be somebody, not in order to do something. And that means he cares about himself first and foremost, not his country or his party.
        Not that Clinton is any different. But she's not just vain, she's dumb. If she weren't, she would have politely declined the Secretary of State lollipop which Obama bought her off with in 2009. But like a little sister happily accepting some consolation prize from big brother, she grabbed her sticky hand-me-down prize and dropped her claim to something better. What a sucker!
       If only it weren't so! Think what politics would be like now if Clinton had kept the hand dealt her in 2008 like the ballsy player they said she was. It wasn't a bad hand at all: sure, Obama had all the kings, but there would be another draw in 2012 in which the savvy players would get a chance at the wild card, the economy. Until then, hang on to those three aces, time, talent, and tenacity. And then... bluff.
      And that bluff would have been a shadow across the Obama White House for four harrowing years. We know about shadow cabinets but Hillary would have been the shadow president. Instead of getting her regular and respectful update coverage in the news, she would have been hovering like a cloud over the world's front pages and in the op-eds every day of the week. Obama would know that cloud tangibly in the haze of smoke engulfing him as he went from a few cigarettes to a few packs of cigarettes a day. Hillary would be smoking, too, of course, but in a different sense. In the incendiary sense. Her party might hate her at first, but what could they do as her base, always solid in itself, began to mushroom in the wake of Obama's self-detonating tenure? By now the Independents and even a good showing of Republicans would have come over to her. And instead of mere respect she would have had, by this time next year, - all things else being equal - what secretaries and little sisters only dream of having: real power. Suck on that, lil brother!
       Clinton should have seen that Obama wouldn't get any traction in a soon to be Republican senate, or at the very least her sharpie better half should have sensed what was coming. What was Bill telling her, for God's sake? Politics and poker are as bread and butter but these two players threw in a jackpot hand like the two rubes that some people always thought they were. Slick Willie go fish!

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