Marco Rubio travels to Israel this Sunday, a first stop on the road to national office in 2012. Sarah Palin is laughing at the blue establishment blood drying on her victorious stiletto heels. The Detox Party is open and busy with fear filled officials up for reelection in 2012. The anti-Detox Party Kooks are still on Hopium living in their community reality, not reality community world. Many of the narratives (“memes” for the pointy headed) of Big Pink are now conventional wisdom. Our comic 2009 “Howard Dean for President” stalking horse bait is now a serious consideration.
Hillary Clinton? Where is Hillary? Hillary Clinton is at Colombey-les-Deux-Églises.
Geographically speaking, on Election Day Hillary was 9000 miles away from Barack Obama. Hillary visited the non-Orwellian Oceania state of Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, making jokes at the expense of Barack Obama. On the day after, Hillary was in New Zealand, called “President Clinton” and saw signs saying “We [heart] Hillary Clinton.”
Geographically Hillary was in Oceania, but politically Hillary Clinton is at Colombey-les-Deux-Églises.
Colombey-les-Deux-Église is more than a French town. Pat Buchanan in a pre-election musing recalled a little of the history of the famous little town:
“On Tuesday, the nation, including millions of Obama voters, will come out to empower the Party of No, even as the nation voted in 2006 and 2008 to throw out that party. While many did respond positively to Obama’s politics of hope and change in 2008, as they ousted the Republicans, the nation, after Tuesday, will have voted in three straight elections in four years to be rid of its ruling regime.
The United States is starting to look like the French Fourth Republic.
After France lost Indochina, began losing Algeria and was flipping from one premier and one party to another, the call went forth from an exasperated nation to Gen. DeGaulle to come and take charge of affairs.”
Buchanan cites the state of our red and blue union, “budget and trade deficits, the soaring national debt, an unemployment near 10 percent for 14 straight months”. Barack Obama is not up to the job, that everyone by now knows. Who then?
DeGaulle, a name that personified France itself, was called forth by an “exasperated nation” during the French Fourth Republic. The United States today is more than “exasperated”. In the words of an Obama voter, we are “exhausted“. So, our eyes turn to Colombey-les-Deux-Églises and the plucky blond lady which inhabits that political Brigadoon. Colombey-les-Deux-Églises:
“The municipality Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises was created administratively in 1793, and it became part of the district of Chaumont and the canton Blaise[disambiguation needed]. In 1801, under the name Colombey, it passed to the canton Juzennecourt. In 1972, it absorbed the communes Argentolles, Biernes, Blaise, Champcourt, Harricourt, Pratz and Lavilleneuve-aux-Fresnes.
The village achieved fame as the home and burial site of the 20th century French soldier and statesman Charles de Gaulle. He is buried in the village cemetery in a humble grave with only the inscription “Charles de Gaulle 1890-1970” but at the western exit of the village a 164 ft (50 m) high Cross of Lorraine was built, commemorating his distinguished wartime role as commander of the Free French Forces.
De Gaulle withdrew repeatedly to Colombey as his political fortunes waned; first on the establishment of the Fourth Republic in 1946, and then between 1953 and 1958 before he became President again at the height of the Algerian Crisis. His final withdrawal to Colombey came in 1969 and he died there the following year. Colombey became widely used as a political metaphor for a statesman’s temporary withdrawal from political life, until his country would come calling for him again.“
We’re certainly not making a point-by-point comparison of Hillary Clinton’s political situation and that of Charles DeGaulle. We know the history and are well aware of the differences and the sarcastic retorts we’ll hear from the anal retentive Hillary Haters such as Andrew Sullivan. Sullivan will no doubt sniff and say, “why, they should have make the comparison to Cincinnatus….”
Verily, as Toynbee observed “Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.” The same can be said of political parties. We have been proved right about the historic Mistake In ’08. [See HERE, and HERE, and HERE, and HERE, and HERE, and HERE.]
The Obama celebrity madness has led to exactly the cul-de-sac which we predicted so very long ago – Women, Gays, Catholics, white working class are repulsed by Obama. The gifters of the Obama nomination have been proven wrong and will be pushed out. And, as we predicted a long time ago, if Obama is not flung back to the depths of Lake Michigan 2012 will be much much worse. In 2012 Obama Dimocrats in the Senate will vastly outnumber Republicans up for reelection and there will be another 2010 style slaughter.
As India attacks coconuts in order to protect the vacationing Obama with his Emperor style waste of hundreds of millions of dollars a day, some of the most devoted Obama coconutty worshipers realize “he is not all that”.
The more intelligent look to the solution who continues to work at her self-created Colombey-les-Deux-Églises:
“Hillary’s Date with Destiny
“There is,” Shakespeare’s Brutus said to Cassius, “a tide in the affairs of men.”
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat,
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.
Such, I suspect, were the musings of Hillary Rodham Clinton last night as she watched the election returns from a safe and distant perch in an East Asian hotel, and her thinking was no doubt in accord with what was going through the mind of William Jefferson Clinton as well.”
Who can help but invoke Shakespeare as we witness the nationally tragedy unfold? The problem is Obama, the solution is Hillary:
“As expected, judgment day came on the first Tuesday in November, and the Democrats suffered an historic defeat. [snip]
Of course, the liberal media will go to great lengths to deny the obvious – first, that this constituted a fully conscious repudiation of the agenda pursued by the administration of Barack Obama and by its Democratic allies in Congress and, second, that William Daley – former Secretary of Commerce, brother of the Mayor of Chicago, and mastermind of the Daley machine – was correct when, on Christmas eve, he warned his fellow Democrats that “the political dangers of this situation could not be clearer,” explaining, “Either we plot a more moderate, centrist course or risk electoral disaster not just in the upcoming midterms but in many elections to come.” But no one will credit their spin, and Democrats everywhere will quietly and privately begin to rethink their relationship with Barack Obama.
Those Democrats who survived the Republican tsunami and retained their House seats this year may be apt to suppose that they will survive in 2012 as well. But Senators up for re-election in that year will be inclined to think other thoughts.
Eight of the Democratic Senators whose terms will come to an end in 2012 represent states that John McCain won in 2008, and the same statistics apply in 2014.[snip]
Even before the Democratic Party suffered severe losses yesterday, the polling data suggested that 51% of the voting public hoped that he would be a one-term President and that 47% of Democrats wanted someone to challenge him in the primaries.”
“He is, moreover, caught between a rock and a hard place. If he gives way to John Boehner – if he acquiesces in an extension of the Bush tax cuts, if he accepts severe cuts in the federal budget, if he gives way to a repeal of Obamacare – the left will turn on him with a vengeance. If he refuses to give way on an occasion in which the Republicans have been given a clear mandate from the voters, the opposition tide will continue to grow – especially, if (as is inevitable) unemployment remains stubbornly high.”
From Colombey-les-Deux-Églises Hillary Clinton watches the thrashing Obama in his death throes. From the distance we all watch as the air supply shrivels away from the flaccid hot air balloon called Barack Obama:
“This Hillary Clinton undoubtedly knows – and anything that escapes her will surely not escape her husband, who is as canny as he is wayward. President Obama will undoubtedly attract opposition in the primaries, and unhappiness within the party will be sufficient that he will lose at least some of those contests. Moreover, even if he is renominated, those who oppose him in 2012 will be better-positioned for the nomination struggle in 2016 than those who remain on the sidelines, especially those who – how shall I say it? – are getting a bit long in the tooth.
Had he taken my advice, had he deigned to attend Chelsea Clinton’s wedding, and to ask of her father a favor on the one day in which, as everyone knows, an Arkansan can deny no man’s request, President Obama might now be sitting pretty with Hillary signed up as his next vice-presidential nominee. But he did not grace the Clintons with his presence; he has announced that Joe Biden will once again be his running mate, describing his original choice in this regard as “the single best decision I have made”; and Bill Clinton in recent weeks has gone out of his way, as he ostentatiously put it, to make at least one campaign “stop for everybody that helped Hillary run for president.”
The author indulges his inner Addison Dewitt with snide barbs at the Clintons. The author is also seemingly unaware that Barack Obama was not invited to stink up the proceedings at the Chelsea wedding. But it cannot be disputed that the facts as laid out are well known to the plucky lady and her chit collecting, retribution justice, husband.
“It is, of course, possible that Hillary Clinton so likes her present job that she no longer has any great desire to become President. But I doubt it. In October, 2009 – after I had suggested here, here, and here that the political tide had turned and that a realignment might be in the offing – I bet a small sum that the Democrats would take a shellacking in November, 2010, that in the aftermath the nation’s Secretary of State would resign from that office over a matter of principle, and that she would run for the Democratic nomination. It looks like a wiser bet with every passing day.”
Like the good Scorpio she is Hillary Clinton has a Methodist core which values loyalty. Detractors will say she and Bill are plotting all along to bring down Barack “the boob” Obama. But that entirely misses the point.
During the primaries of 2008 and before Hillary Clinton got to know Barack Obama very well. Better than the boy raised by wolves knows himself. Hillary knew Barack was not ready. Hillary knew Barack would be a disaster to country and to party. Hillary knew she would have to remain ready and do what she could to save the world and this nation from the damage that Obama would do. Hillary’s greater loyalty is to country.
Hillary is at Colombey-les-Deux-Églises, looking at the shore. Hillary knows more storms are on their way. Hillary knows she will soon have to captain the ship through the great storms to come.