The Right Stuff

Why didn't the dems grab John Kerry or Al Gore for another run at the White House?

Because you can't win the presidency with unappealing, liberal, elitist intellectuals who real people can't relate to. Democrats have known since the 1950's that they shouldn't nominate candidates who look and sound like liberals, but that generally was the only kind they had.

It wasn't until Bill Clinton came along that democrats found the model of a candidate who could play nationally. Liberal by nature, bright enough and well-educated enough to please the elites, he came with with a lust for livin' and lovin' that belied his policy wonk tendencies. Clinton and the New Democrats successfully argued that it was okay to offer up electable people.

And while he held office, democrats were happy with the compromise. Bill Clinton may not have felt right, but having power felt pretty good, so they were even willing to fight for his right to have sex with interns and to lie under oath about it.

And they were prepared to go another round with the Clintons, as much as it made some stomachs churn, if that's what it would take to toggle out of Bush mode.

But then the Messiah presented himself, and all that changed.

Barack was perfect. An intellectual Harvard elitist who didn't look like one. Someone who could construct an intelligent thought without sounding like he had just rung for the butler. Someone who had no track record to be held up to the American people and laughed at.

And, being black, no one could accuse him of being John Kerry.

Even if he was.

Last week, the tape emerged that burst the bubble. Barack in action, in front of the elite, talking like a true Harvard Man, chortling over how the little people cling to their guns and religion.**

And Hillary went into hyper speed, slapping Barack with lefts and rights and uppercuts and below the belts and anything else she could find in her repertoire.

And now she's found her best shot. She sees the opening. Here's what she said yesterday:

"We had two very good men and men of faith run for president in 2000 and 2004," Mrs. Clinton said at a forum on faith televised live on CNN last night. "But large segments of the electorate concluded that they did not really understand or relate to or frankly respect their ways of life."

Bang! There it is.

Barack is not the change candidate anymore. He's the same old same old.

John Kerry in racial drag.

There's talk of some video of Barack's "Kerry moment" sitting in a camera somewhere. If it surfaces this week to replace the barely audible audio, this story could really have legs.

Not enough to save the democrats from Barack.

But enough, when packaged with Pastor Wright and Tony Rezko, et al, to seal the deal for McCain in the fall.


** "Keep you doped with religion, and sex and TV. And you think you're so clever, and classless and free. But you're still fuckin' peasants as far as I can see." John Lennon, Working Class Hero