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Quote:It's That Bad
By Jennifer Rubin
Published 10/5/2007 12:08:20 AM

Hillary Clinton is the undisputed Democratic frontrunner. She appears to have put to rest concerns of the Democratic base that she is too divisive, not electable and excessively hawkish on the Iraq war.

Through a combination of weak opponents and skillful political positioning she has established a commanding lead. In doing so she has soothed the far left without damaging her general election prospects. Averting a promised troop withdrawal by the end of her first term and declining to replicate the Rube Goldbergian aspects of her health plan, she seems poised to pivot to the center in her race against a Republican challenger.

It is worth reminding ourselves what a Hillary presidency would look like and whether it might not be "so bad." After all, it's not like Dennis Kucinich is going to president, right? Not so fast.

Let us start with the Supreme Court. Six justices will be over the age of 70 in the next president's term. Hillary will most certainly take great care in find Ruth Bader Ginsburg clones to fill the vacancies. Partial-birth abortion ban? Likely gone. Second Amendment individual right to own a handgun? Not a chance. Presidential wartime authority? Greatly limited. Go down the list of each conservative legal victory over the last ten to twenty years, whether it is on free speech or religion or racial preferences. Reversed. And it will take a lifetime -- perhaps six lifetimes -- to restore the proper role of the judiciary.

Let's move on to taxes. The Bush tax cuts -- marginal rate reductions, capital gains reductions, and death tax elimination -- will be a thing of the past. Moreover, given her ambitious spending plans, the revenue "generated" from the tax increases (especially in the event of one whopping recession) won't be enough. (Paying for all those $5,000 baby bonds won't be cheap.) A prime target will be the payroll tax and specifically lifting that $95,000 cap. Then there are hedge fund and cigarette and gas taxes.

And what about HillaryCare? Won't "Harry and Louise" get to keep their health insurance? Well, not if the Hillary HealthCare police find their current insurance plan lacking. If either of them still have jobs they may have to provide "proof of insurance." However, the good news is that they won't be penalized for any medical conditions, so diseases from smoking (if you can afford the cigarette taxes), drinking, and obesity won't result in higher premiums.

The list goes on -- protectionism, racial preferences, union elections without secret ballots. All will be back in fashion and with the help of a likely Democratic congressional majority (maybe even a filibuster-proof Senate) all can become reality.

Then there is foreign policy and the war on terror. Will the Patriot Act survive? Will we have to choose between returning enemy detainees or giving them due process (and access to classified materials to mount their defense)?

So it is not just on foreign policy or terror policy that Hillary take us on a sharp turn to the left. It is on a raft of domestic issues on which Democrats (when we were all fixed on Iraq policy) lurched to the left. With no conservative congressional majority to stop her, Hillary's most ardent "nanny state" impulses will be unchecked.

So "electability" then is not an abstract consideration for GOP primary voters. It is the very real concern that a faulty choice -- an inferior candidate or poor campaigner -- will be incapable of withstanding the Hillary (oh, and Bill is coming too, of course) juggernaut. When conservatives think of sitting home or voting for a third party contender, perhaps they should consider the damage to the country when "Madame President" becomes part of our lexicon.


Jennifer Rubin is a writer in northern Virginia.

If she's elected, you may end up looking like the 11th Canadian province.
It's possible. But if she holds office only through one term, I suspect it will not be as bad as some would proclaim. The most troublesome is the appointment of judicial appointees, not only including Supreme Court Justices. But remember this. For her wishes to be granted, she must first get things through the senate, which requires a super-majority of 60 votes. This is a huge hurtle, and it was intended to be that way.

I also predict that she will be thoroughly hated after four years. She has absolutely no personality that is pleasing. She has no social graces akin to Bubba. And that Cackle will have made 75% of the voting public sick.

And here is another thing. The first two years of Hillary will most likely galvanize the S&Gs to reclaim both houses and make her life miserable from then on.

Just my guess.
Quote:Partial-birth abortion ban? Likely gone. Second Amendment individual right to own a handgun? Not a chance. Presidential wartime authority? Greatly limited. Go down the list of each conservative legal victory over the last ten to twenty years, whether it is on free speech or religion or racial preferences. Reversed. And it will take a lifetime -- perhaps six lifetimes -- to restore the proper role of the judiciary.

Let's move on to taxes. The Bush tax cuts -- marginal rate reductions, capital gains reductions, and death tax elimination -- will be a thing of the past. Moreover, given her ambitious spending plans, the revenue "generated" from the tax increases (especially in the event of one whopping recession) won't be enough. (Paying for all those $5,000 baby bonds won't be cheap.) A prime target will be the payroll tax and specifically lifting that $95,000 cap. Then there are hedge fund and cigarette and gas taxes.

Then there is foreign policy and the war on terror. Will the Patriot Act survive? Will we have to choose between returning enemy detainees or giving them due process (and access to classified materials to mount their defense)?

So it is not just on foreign policy or terror policy that Hillary take us on a sharp turn to the left. It is on a raft of domestic issues on which Democrats (when we were all fixed on Iraq policy) lurched to the left. With no conservative congressional majority to stop her, Hillary's most ardent "nanny state" impulses will be unchecked.
Welcome to civilization, my heartfelt congratulations. Most Americans'll love Hillary for that, if that all comes true. And it seems,
Quote:It's possible. But if she holds office only through one term, I suspect it will not be as bad as some would proclaim. The most troublesome is the appointment of judicial appointees, not only including Supreme Court Justices. But remember this. For her wishes to be granted, she must first get things through the senate, which requires a super-majority of 60 votes. This is a huge hurtle, and it was intended to be that way.

I also predict that she will be thoroughly hated after four years. She has absolutely no personality that is pleasing. She has no social graces akin to Bubba. And that Cackle will have made 75% of the voting public sick.

And here is another thing. The first two years of Hillary will most likely galvanize the S&Gs to reclaim both houses and make her life miserable from then on.

Just my guess.
right wing has already capitulated in the election battle for 2008. All what's left is wishful thinking for later.
Warbicycle,

Comparing the DIRECTION of Canadian political think(Chretien to Harper) and that of America,I'm not sure we wouldn't do well to become the 11th Canadian Province!

Incidentally,I have come to believe that Obama is a plant and I mean this. His last couple of weeks errors are of such ludicrous thinking that I'm now convinced his run was a way for the Clinton's to have a serious opposition,then crush it,etc. He's more serious of a man than to say what he has lately,IMO.

He was never a candidate for anything but the Clinton schmooze,IMO.
I was being facetious.
I know you were,but I wasn't! I want Harper for our POTUS!