“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Saturday, February 09, 2008

The Democrats Worst Nightmare. (Maybe the Republicans)

The one thing the Clinton and Obama camps can agree on is that John McCain, who is popular with independents and moderate Democrats, is their “worst nightmare”.

We have arrived at a time where the US is in a position of needless and preventable vulnerability. Faith and confidence in politics and government has been broken yet the paradoxical popular choice seems to be for more government and more bureaucracy.

Irrationality is rising and a whole new generation is looking for change in all the wrong places. Any change. The left wing purveyors of inspiration are in DEFCON 4. We have yet to get an explanation of what the inspiration will do, but it is a secular faith based something or another and a whole lot of people are buying what they are selling. That brings us to an answer that many of us were unprepared for and that is John McCain.

We do not have another choice and the consequences of an Obama presidency are a risk that we should not take.

Keep this in mind about the current loudspeakers of the party: If they still defend and excuse the obvious mistakes of the past, then why trust their judgment and prognosis for the future? The choice will be between McCain and Barack Hussein Obama. That is the universe we have landed in.

Hillary Clinton's advisers 'in a state of panic'
By Tim Shipman in Washington and Philip Sherwell in Chicago Telegraph

Hillary Clinton’s most senior advisers are in a state of “panic” about her presidential prospects and are plotting to enlist Democrat leaders in Congress to thwart her rival Barack Obama’s ambitions.

The Clinton camp is braced for Mr Obama to win a series of primary elections over the next three weeks, which they fear could hand the Illinois senator unstoppable momentum in the race for the White House.

Mr Obama has begun calling those “super delegates” - 795 congressmen and senior party officials who could break a dead heat - who are committed to Mrs Clinton, asking them to change their minds and help him wrap up the nomination.

As of tonight, the two candidates were neck and neck but Mr Obama appeared to be gaining momentum.

“He’s saying: 'Hey, I won your state and I won your congressional district, why are you supporting her?’” a Democrat strategist revealed.

The Clinton camp hopes to stop the Obama bandwagon by winning Texas and Ohio primaries on March 4, after which Mrs Clinton is planning to call on party grandees including Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives and Harry Reid, the party’s leader in the Senate, to persuade Mr Obama to stand down.

Clinton aides have privately admitted that Mr Obama would only consider such a move if offered the position of vice presidential running mate, something Mrs Clinton has always been reluctant to consider.

A senior Democrat who has discussed Clinton campaign thinking with a member of her inner circle said: “The Clintons are in a state of panic. She has to win both Texas and Ohio.”

But he added that this might prove impossible if Mr Obama maintains his momentum and wins most, or all, of the nine contests which come before that.

Mr Obama was expected to do well in primary elections held in Washington state, Louisiana and Nebraska.

He is also favourite to sweep Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC, which all vote on Tuesday, as well as Wisconsin and Hawaii, where he once lived, on February 19.

Only in Maine is Mrs Clinton confident, though Virginia and Wisconsin may also go her way.

Asked about the upcoming states, Mr Obama’s chief strategist David Axelrod told The Sunday Telegraph: “We feel comfortable with them. What was once inevitable is no longer inevitable. The momentum has switched in this race.

"We closed a 20 point gap in the national polls in the last two weeks. The more people are exposed to his message, the better he does.”

But he added: “We are up against the Clinton machine. We are the perpetual underdog and will be throughout this process. We’re ready to go all the way to the convention.”

Clinton aides believe that if Mr Obama does not deliver a knock-out blow before March 4, the advantage will swing back to her and she will argue for a deal in which uncommitted super-delegates unite behind her, to preserve party unity.

But the prospect of a deal behind closed doors, that could brush aside the views of voters in the primaries, is already creating fury in the party.

Donna Brazile, an African American strategist, said last week: “If 795 of my colleagues decide this election, I will quit the Democratic Party.”

But the Clinton camp fears that a failure to engineer a deal could lead to bitter battles at the Democrat convention in Denver in late August, which could even end with Al Gore, the former vice president, emerging as a compromise candidate.

“There’s a five per cent chance of that happening, but that’s five percent too high,” the Clinton source said.

Mrs Clinton is also under financial pressure.

She claimed that she received $7.5m in donations after admitting lending her campaign $5m last week.

But the source claimed that her campaign is actually in far worse financial trouble than they are letting on.

There will be no proof of how much she raised for three months, when the totals are formally declared to election watchdogs.

The one thing the Clinton and Obama camps can agree on is that John McCain, who is popular with independents and moderate Democrats, is their “worst nightmare”.

They now fear that he could pick Colin Powell or former congressman JC Watts, both of whom are African American, as his running mate.

But Mr McCain still has to shore up his conservative base and is actively looking at the Governors of Minnesota, South Carolina, Indiana, Mississippi, Florida and Texas: Tim Pawlenty, Mark Sandford, Mitch Daniels, Haley Barbour, Charlie Crist and Rick Perry.

Allies of President Bush are making the case for Rob Portman, a former White House Budget office director and Ohio congressman.


  1. To be blunt about it, McCain looks due for an embalming.

    Elk River, Id. AP--If winter is a hump, then Mayor Jim Martin said Friday his town has hopefully made it over the hump.

    "It's just that our hump is a pretty big hump."

    Since January 19, City Clerk Becky Patterson said, 130 inches of snow has fallen. That's nearly 11 feet added to several additional feet earlier in the winter.

    The result has been a declaration of disaster that's translated into state and county dollars and help for snow removal. A volunteer crew of an estimated 100 shovelers will be in town today. And the mayor is touting his town of tin roofs as a hamlet of determined Idahoans.

    "Those old tin roofs are still here," Martin said of the steeply pitched metal roofs designed to shed snow. "The only thing that's changed is we've got less people."

    In the old days, said Marin, a 35-year resident, hundreds of loggers lived in Elk River, and pieces of heavy equipment, like dozers and front-end loders, were readily available. So snow removal was a relatively easy community project.

    Today, with loggers hard to find (turned into an endangered species by Congress-bob) and the town mostly a retirement and weekend recreation community, government must deal with winter.

    "Thank goodness we've got government," said Martin, lauding both state and county officials who have worked to help the town.

    If Obama gets elected I'm moving to Elk River. They'll never find me there. In the picture, you can barely see the houses, for the snow.

  2. I read or heard somewhere that Mrs. Obama said she'd not vote for Billary if they were the nominees. Whatever happened to socialist solidarity?

    In an otherwise dismal primary season, when a month of snow seems like a year, I do hope they get in a hell of a fight, and tear each others guts out. It truly would be 'good for the country' and also a pleasure to watch.

  3. from WND--

    Huckabee concluded with a story from a supporter from Kentucky who had recently lost her house in the tornadoes that ravaged the South.

    "Despite damage to her home there was one thing that was pretty remarkable," he said. "She had a Mike Huckabee yard sign ... When the tornado had gone through, standing pristine, without a hint of damage, or even meaning, was that yard sign. Across America, everywhere there is still a vote to be cast, I am still standing."

    Huckabee handily defeated McCain in today's Kansas Republican caucus, taking 60 percent of the vote to the Arizona senator's 24 percent.
    Without a hint of damage, or even meaning....:)

  4. Went to 'Atonement'. Haven't read the book but it seems the head of the big house spent some time in the kitchen, and the lovers were 1/2 brother/sister. But, maybe I'm wrong.

  5. Gay Saints seek meeting with new Mormon President Monson to talk things over.