Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Why Dick Armey Is Predicting a Hillary Win

This column by former Republican Majority Leader and eventual ACLU consultant Dick Armey argues that not only is Hillary inevitably going to be the Dem nominee, but without something drastic, she will be the next President of the United States.

Kyle at Comments From Left Field wonders why an establishment type Republican like Armey would be writing something like this about Hillary so early in the game.

One thing I think Kyle misses- the Republicans are going after Hillary this early because the Republican Party is in deep shit at the moment, and the specter of Hillary is the one thing that can rally people to the party. On the other hand, Obama is tough to go after for Republicans seeking to rally the troops because so many Republicans in exile have flocked to him.

More importantly than that, though, is the fact that Hillary is the single greatest fundraising tool the Republican Party has, and especially that Giuliani has. It has less to do with her substantive positions than it does with the fact that her substantive positions are slightly to the left of Bush, but they are combined with a Bush-level addiction to secrecy and executive power. I've said before and I'll say it again: Hillary is Bush with a brain and a pantsuit, with slightly more left-leaning politics.

Something else worth pointing out- Armey is himself something of a Republican-in-exile, having joined forces with the ACLU. If you read the whole article closely, you will notice he is engaging in a desperate plea for Republicans to abandon the Hillary-esque style of governing the Bushies have pursued and return to what used to be their bread and butter before Bill Clinton beautifully co-opted it. In that sense, he is demonstrating how he hopes the specter of Hillary will wake the Republicans up and adopt principles that they have long since forgotten.

(HT: memeorandum)