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    May 08, 2008

    Don't cry for her, Democratic Party

    Posted by: Kevin

    Clintonx_2The festering Clinton boil is finally being lanced within the Democratic Party, at least for this election cycle.  It's a tremendous bit of luck not only for the party -- despite its idiotic blindness to this fact.  It's a relief for the country, given the brand of politics that this couple would practice if it regained control of both the party and Washington.

    I haven't written much since Hillary Clinton entered the fatal win-at-all-costs phase of her doomed presidential campaign a couple months ago, frankly because there wasn't much more to say.  The ship would inevitably sink, it was just a matter of whether enough of the remaining idiots in her camp would get into the lifeboats and save themselves in time from the wake of her titanic disaster.

    A lot of tripe is thrown around about gay Republicans in the gay media, and has been for over a decade.  But not enough has been written about the toxic impact that Clintonism has wrought on the gay community and its political leadership.  The cravenness of it, the poisonous combination of raising hopes with glistening promises, and dashing them at the first sign of political risk -- all the while shifting the blame to others -- has done more to destroy what was once a potentially powerful movement than anything a small band of hapless, closeted gay Republicans on Capitol Hill (now "cleansed" for the most part) could ever have done.

    And if the rich content of her presidential campaign was any indication, Hillary Clinton would have been even worse for us as president than her husband.  Unlike him, she didn't have the touch when it came to using the charming lie on gay rights.  She speaks in half-tones, half-measures and platitudes with little heart in it, and made it fairly clear by the way her campaign did gay outreach that it was all about hack-o-rama appointments and personal ambition within the gay political community.  Basically -- get on board, or be cut out.  Very Karl Rove, and very lethal for those who sign up for it.  I can attest to that personally, as can nearly every Republican of every stripe in politics right now.

    Indeed, her brand of politics seems to have divided the gay Democratic camp into two clear factions -- those who envy the Republicans so much that they want to emulate them (all the while bashing and personally destroying gay Republicans, interestingly enough, to cover their own shame), and those who are fed up with calculation and ruthlessness in politics that they are willing to try almost anything that is new and different.  (A third, unregistered group simply has walked away and taken up new interests in frustration.)

    From my vantage point here in South America, it is amazing how parallel the Clintons are to the political couple that is running Argentina at the moment -- Néstor and Cristina Kirchner.  He was president last, and now she's president, while he is about to take the chairmanship of the main Peronist party.  They, too, rail at big business, count on labor unions and blue-collar workers as their base, and spin all sorts of webs to scapegoat, capture and destroy all political opponents, from inside their movement or outside it.  They, too, deflect any and all blame for their policies that do harm, and refuse to even acknowledge reality at most junctures.  (Sound familiar?)  They came from a backwater province in the south of the country, which Néstor ran as governor, and Cristina launched her own presidential campaign last year from a Senate perch she'd recently captured outside Buenos Aires city.  But Argentina is sinking into, perhaps, its worst social, economic and political crisis since the nervous breakdown it suffered in 2001 -- completely at the hands of this self-obsessed, knuckle-breaking political machine government that the Kirchners are running.  And Cristina, pig-headed to the end (The Economist says she lives "in the land of make-believe") is mobilizing unions to beat down protesters in the name of fighting big business.  The galloping 25% inflation rate is something she blames on "greedy rich corporate owners" who won't voluntarily lower prices, raise wages, and pay for it all out of their profits.  (It has nothing to do with her, of course, nor market economics.)   She answers the new crisis with gimmicks (hello, gas tax holiday?) and populist rhetoric, not because she's incompetent.  It's because the entire raison d'etre of Peronism - like it's North American cousin in Clintonism - is to win at all costs.  To say anything, do anything, blame anyone, and never surrender to win out in the end, at the expense of anyone outside the walls of their marital union.  Over the last half-century, it has destroyed a once powerful country, probably for good.

    Ask any gay Hillary supporter to say, in plain words, exactly why Hillary would be best for the country.  You will never -- I repeat, never -- get anything in response but platitudes mixed with venomous stabs at either Obama or the GOP or both.  ¡Que peronista!  And all her most prominent gay defenders are lifetime gay Democratic hacks simply hoping for a job.  Period.  They defend the Clintons in the face of the Defense of Marriage Act and "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", and stand ready to defend them again to the teeth -- and the do-nothing Democratic Congress, and the "fight-on-the-ice" DNC -- should four or eight years pass without any movement on either under their watch.  ("It wasn't the {lying, hypocritical} president's fault! It was [insert blame here]!") They are the worst detritus of the Bill Clinton era of gay Washington, and would bring a sense of blind loyalty to power more dangerous and insidious than the paradoxical, circus-freak brand that has been trotted out in hit pieces on gay Republicans who still love George W. Bush.  Because it would have the air of respectability, and could not dare be questioned without reprisal.

    So breathe easy, gay Democrats.  Hillary is finally being shoved out the door by the length and breadth of the selfishness she represents.  Whether it's soon, or after the inevitable rejection of her 900th attempt at game-changing party rules on May 31st (nuevamente peronista), it's been in the cards since February. 

    Whether you realize it or not, it's good for you.  Embrace it.  And get back to work in making your party something other than a gigantic waste of money, hope and effort.



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    1. queerunity on May 8, 2008 2:36:47 PM:

      she is hurting the democratic party and embarassing herself


    1. Randy on May 8, 2008 6:41:45 PM:

      I agree that this is becoming a waste of time and money. I sometimes wonder if her staff is playing this up so they can continue to blow through Democratic supporters money just to keep a job. Most of these will not serve in an Obama administration that's much more efficient (proven by his campaign approach) and will not tolerate their wasteful attitudes. An NY Times article a while back profiled the Clinton campaign and how wasteful it was compared to Obama's and McCain's campaigns.

      It is so important that Clinton supporters do the math and realize this race is over. The rhetoric put out by the campaign is lacking in substance. Each time there is a setback the campaign urges us to go on further. I have a sneaky suspicion that if she does lose she'll do what some have suggested, run as an independent just to keep running.

      Over a $100B has been spent on this Democratic nomination race. The only one's benefiting from this spendfest are the political and media hacks who can only hope it keeps on going. They have no clue how to really work and earn a living.

    1. Thomas on May 10, 2008 10:36:33 AM:

      Nailed it. When I expressed these exact sentiments to an LGBT email list of Obama supporters the response received was incredible. Gay activists just starting out don't know this history and when it is explained to them the light bulb comes on and it all makes sense. And then they know to stop beating their heads against the wall trying to convince the so called leaders that they're working against their own best interest.

      So many gay leaders were hacks during the Clinton years - they just wanted a seat at the table and sold their souls to get one.

      I couldn't agree more with your post, Kevin.

    1. Strict Scrutiny on May 10, 2008 12:02:21 PM:

      Kevin, I agree with the general sentiment of your post, but the level of hostility and invective here is a little much. For all their faults, and there are plenty, the Clintons have at least been nominal allies of the gay community. Maybe being friends in name only isn't the greatest thing, but I'll take that over the bristling anti-gay hostility you find in most parts of the GOP.

      And, with all due respect, you shouldn't tell people what is good for them -- it sounds a little, well, uh, paternalistic.

      I am delighted that Barack Obama will be the nominee for the Democratic Party and I believe he is more sincere and progressive on gay issues than Ms. Clinton. There is no question now that Clinton should exit the race gracefully and start supporting Obama. And her supporters would do well to follow her lead.

    1. Kevin on May 10, 2008 7:40:27 PM:


      I appreciate your post, but sorry. The truth might hurt, but the truth is the truth.

    1. Mark Mead on May 10, 2008 9:51:12 PM:

      "Nailed it" is spot on.

      Perfect, frank, honest analysis. As usual.


    1. Steve on May 11, 2008 12:39:40 AM:

      I agree with everything in Kevin's post -- except for his whining about justifiably harsh criticisms of closeted gay Republicans, which only undermined the force of his argument.

    1. Strict Scrutiny on May 11, 2008 2:10:00 AM:

      I appreciate your post, but sorry. The truth might hurt, but the truth is the truth.

      Fair enough -- I suppose she has earned a good bit of the scorn being leveled against her these days. BTW, nice to have you posting here again.

    1. TimInChicago on May 11, 2008 3:47:47 PM:

      I was at the 93 march on Washington, the wave of gay hope was amazing, and i have since felt just like M. Ethridge stated at the Logo debate in August 07, that we were "thrown under the bus by the clintons". I bought a poster at that March, had it framed which i rarely do, and it has since hung in my living space, on it the quote, "Our Freedom was not won a century ago, it is not won today, but some small part of it is in our hands, and we are marching no longer by ones and twos but in legions of thousands, convinced now it cannot be denied by any human force" - MLK, in small print at the bottom of the poster, printed by Progress Printing Group, Chicago, IL....obama's 1.5 million donors are these legions marching, not denied by any Clinton force. it is time for change, Obama 08

    1. Double T on May 11, 2008 10:26:15 PM:

      So does anyone want to give a date for her OFFICIAL exit announcement May 13th, 14th or the 21st?

      I'm an Obama supporter, but I don't see her going quietly.
      I think Hillary is good for one or two more surprises. Kevin predicted the NH Primary was IT for her then. But she hung on. I can't imagine her pretending to love Bill for another 8 years.

      This is do or die for Hillary. 8 years away, might as well be 800 years.

      I'll pick May 21st.

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