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Clueless in Washington

So I am watching Bill Maher’s last show of the season Friday, and he had an unusual panel: three people who never screamed at one another – two rather tepid liberals and a rather tepid Tea Party guy. I have no idea where he found all of them in this day and age. In any event, Bill throws out a toss up question along the lines of would the Democrats be better off if Hillary Clinton had been elected. After a bit of musing the tepid three and Bill all said something tepid, maybe they would be.

That’s when not very tepid me shouted at the television, Who are you kidding and where have you been for the last 20 years?

Don’t get me wrong, I like Hillary and think she is doing a darn good job as Secretary of State. But President Hillary Clinton? Please, she would have started out with three strikes against her: she is a Democrat, a Clinton and a woman.  The far right would have gone after her with gusto, just like they did her husband, Al Gore and John Kerry.

Admittedly Bubba left himself vulnerable at times.

Sorry, Democrats, but that is the way the game is played today at every level and in every quarter and you don’t get it. Politics has always been about sparring, but somehow the Democrats still think it is Muhammad Ali floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee.

In fact it has become, as has boxing, ultimate cage fighting, where you can punch, kick and even stomp your opponent while he or she is down on the canvas.

Compromise? The far right doesn’t have that word in their dictionary. Why do you think they are going after Dick Lugar? Because he doesn’t pass the litmus test.

And they have a powerful arsenal: radio hosts, a TV news network, several Supreme Court decisions, giant industrialists giving money to a host of PACS (see Supreme Court decisions) and a damn-the-outcome attitude. They even think Jesus is on their side.

What do the Democrats have? Harry Reid. Why, I would even buy a ticket to see what happens to Harry Reid inside the ultimate fighting steel cage.

No, Democrats, you just don’t get it. Ali no longer floats like a butterfly or stings like a bee.

As a party you can’t even do that.

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