I want to take time out to catch up with my old blogging buddy “screw ‘em” Kos.
Actually, this goes back to a breakfast I had with a friend of Austin Bay’s – a guy I’d read as a moderate Democrat (by Texas standards, which means a healthy dash of populism mixed with a certain level of culture war). He’s someone who follows politics as a sport – something I’m ashamed to admit I do as well sometimes when it hurts too much to care.We were talking about the next election cycles, and whether Hillary would run, and who would run against her, and how they’d likely do.
He asked what I thought, and I suggested that if she were smart – and she’s very damn smart – she’d sit out this cycle and run in ’12.
First and foremost, it would let her lock up her Senate race early and easy by simply promising to serve out her term.
Secondly, it will let the suicidal-lemming branch of the party – the folks drowning in their own bile like Duncan Black, Kos, Wolcott, Tbogg, and the many (not many enough to make a majority or win an election, mind you, but many enough to scream really, really loud and be quite attention-grabbing) others who cluster around them – proudly march itself off a cliff into electoral oblivion in 2008.
He agreed; he doesn’t think she’ll pull the pin this time around.
Now I’m not a Friend of Hillary. There’s something more than mildly scary about her naked passion for power. I wish in my heart of hearts that I believed she stood for something other than a lifelong dream about locking the door behind herself in the Oval Office and raising her hands in the air while shouting “Mine! All Mine!!”
Then again, I wish I believed that of many of the likely Presidential contenders.
But Kos is about to take on the Hillary wing of the party head-on. He’s about to launch his super-secret plan to nuke the DLC.
Good freaking grief.
I asked the question before about the ever-thoughtful Brian Leiter.
“Does Kos hate the poor so much he wants to guarantee an even longer run of Republican hegemony?”