Saturday, August 9, 2008

The hardest working person in politics

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton keeps on working while those around her take vacations, lay low on bus tours, or spend time laying out the melodramas of their lives on national television.

Senator Clinton is making appearances in Nevada, touting the importance of a Democratic presidential victory this fall, trying to gin up support for the DNC's favorite son, Senator Obama.

Meanwhile, here's where everybody else is.
Senator Obama: on vacation (Hawaii)
Speaker Pelosi: on vacation
DNC Chair Howard Dean: on a bus tour to register voters (most recent stop Pittsburgh)
John Edwards: on television (proclaiming his own narcissism)

I have nothing against vacationing. Or voter registration. I do object to narcissism, and I don't quite understand how proclaiming oneself a narcissist provides any excuse or justification for behaving selfishly, deceitfully, and hypocritically.

But, I digress. The Democratic National Party has a problem: its leadership and its favorite son, Senator Obama, seem unable to generate the sort of enthusiasm that leads to winning the Presidency of the United States of America. The only person who seems to be trying to do anything about this is Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has gone on the offensive against the Bush administration and even after all that has happened touts the importance of backing Senator Obama should he be the ultimate nominee. Senator Clinton also takes responsibility for fundraising to retire her primary campaign debt while encouraging her supporters to support the DNC for the sake of the downticket Democrats who so badly need a functioning party apparatus to help them secure victory in the contests they face in November.

I realize that Dr. Dean is not on vacation nor on TV. But should the DNC chair be on a bus registering voters when he could be providing leadership and making it clear at the least that both Senator Clinton and Senator Obama will be given an equal and genuine opportunity to be elected the Party's candidate to run in November? Arguably, if Dr. Dean truly cares more about the Democrats winning the White House, rather than saving his own face, he could and should be meeting with a nonvacationing Senator Obama asking him to make way for Senator Clinton to be the only candidate whose name gets entered into nomination at the Convention. Either way, riding around on a bus doing voter registration just does not seem like the highest and best use of a DNC chair's time when his party is facing a meltdown in a year it should be handily beating the Republicans.

I applaud Senator Clinton's determination to keep on keeping on. The rest of the folks on my list: I simply do not understand how they think their conduct is contributing to the election of a Democrat to the White House this fall.


Anonymous Sally said...

Senator Clinton makes the Energizer Bunny appear lazy.

She and Bill are not only great politicians but very nice human beings.

August 9, 2008 at 4:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will Senator Obama be back from Hawaii in time for the Convention?

August 9, 2008 at 4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for detailing this up so nicely. I was amused to learn that Senator Obama needed another vacation after his Easter vacation while Senator Clinton was on the campaign trail. I wonder if Senator Clinton will have time for a vacation before the Senate reconvenes.

August 9, 2008 at 5:09 PM  
Anonymous ainnj said...

anonymous said...
Will Senator Obama be back from Hawaii in time for the Convention?

August 9, 2008 4:30 PM

LOL!!! I certainly hope not!

You are absolutely spot on about the excuses of Edwards. He blames his infidelity on his narcissim, which in turn he blames on his being a Senator, vp candidate and presidential candidate.

As to nancy p, I though she was suppose to be out saving the world by donating her book to poor people to burn for fuel?

Meanwhile, Clinton is campaigning away for the one who is trying to produce the biggest carbon footprint ever recorded in the history of the presidential election! what a guy...

August 9, 2008 at 5:34 PM  
Blogger Valhalla said...

I suspect Dean's bus tour is the Obama campaign's equivalent of Siberian exile. (thinking on Solzhenitsen lately, with his recent passing).

As the Soviets operated, esp. under Stalin, Dean is a bit too important to made to disappear permanently. But he can be tucked safely out of the way, drawing crowds in the 100s, reminded of his self-inflicted irrelevance at each stop, and reflecting (one hopes) on his failures.

I'd feel horribly for him, except karma, it's a b*tch.

August 9, 2008 at 5:40 PM  
Blogger Aeneas said...

Senator Clinton has earned the nomination and earned to be on the ballot in November. Whether she would've earned the White House, that, of course, would be in the hands of the voters, in accordance with our Democratic principles; that is why I am not going to say 'she earned' the White House, unlike the person vacationing in Hawaii who thinks that the American voters owe him their vote.

Senator Clinton would've won the White House, and we would've had a Democrat in the White House.

But, I am sorry to disappoint--it doesn't matter how hard she works for Obama and how many times she extols me to vote for him, if she's not on the ballot I will not vote Obama. I will NOT validate what happened to her nomination and to the rest of us by voting for him. Even if they play the sickening game of putting Senator Clinton on the ballot for Vice-President. I won't vote even if they go through the farce of placing her name on the ballot; if she is not nominated, my vote stays home.

Without Senator Clinton on the ballot, I am not taking one step or one action that in any way, shape or form will validate or accept the DNC's actions and Obama's and his handlers.

August 9, 2008 at 6:03 PM  
Anonymous LADYESQ said...

I just love to read Heidi Li's blogs. They crack me wise, so sarcastic, so TRUE! Thanks Heidi...keep it my, my friend!

As for Edwards, sheesh...there's a special reservation in Hell for that man. He is nothing more than baby-satan! My thoughts go out to Elizabeth.


August 9, 2008 at 8:51 PM  
Blogger Rose of Tralee said...

First to Heidi:
"if Dr. Dean truly cares more about the Democrats winning the White House, rather than saving his own face, he could and should be meeting with a nonvacationing Senator Obama asking him to make way for Senator Clinton to be the only candidate whose name gets entered into nomination at the Convention."

This is brilliant, Heidi. It's the stand we should take. No compromise/NO DEAL! It's what all the SD's should be doing, and we should lobby them for this. I'm about Hillary's age and have been political as long as she has. I do not recall the word "presumptive" used as a modifier for the word nominee prior to this year. Has it been used before? the decision always gone to the convention in my memory.

Now to Valhalla: Very interesting in that Dr. Dean's road trip (sounds like a movie) is not the only thing within the DNC that has a Soviet flavor these days. How is Obama suddenly the party leader without a vote?

What's that whirring sound? Is it Jefferson spinning in his grave?

August 9, 2008 at 9:16 PM  
Anonymous Carolyn Mann said...

I agree with Valhalla that the Obama campaign has shipped Dean off to Siberia to do busy work. But, after all, Dean doesn't have much to do at the DNC these days. The Obama campaign is running the show there, too.

August 9, 2008 at 11:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dean on that bus.... I understand he's not running things at the ONC, but why does he have to humiliate himself in this manner ? This like he's on a pilgrimage to a shine to atone for some sin.

Hillary has always found the answer to any situation in hard work.
That's how she responded to the fix in the Spring, that's how she is handling the full court press from the DNC and Upper Crust now. No one else would be accomplishing and still be in the wings.....ready to lead. None But Hill. She is amazing!

Thanks for your blog Heidi! It's a must read!

August 10, 2008 at 12:37 AM  
Anonymous mm said...

If I were Dr. Dean I would be wanting to hide on a bus too. I'm sure that Dr. Dean wants to avoid having to answer the very simple question: "Why isn't the DNC following its own rules and placing Sen. Clinton's name in nomination?"
As for Obama in Hawaii, the Sun. politicals programs this morning seemed to think that he has made a mistake going to somewhere "exotic" even if it is to visit his grandmother (isn't she under a bus?). They suggested he ought to be vacationing at Myrtle Beach or better yet, not at all.
Bill Richardson today directly linked the negotiations about Sen. Clinton and the convention to the retirement of her debt. Now there's a surprise!
The one question I am left with however is this. Would Sen. Clinton "win" both ways if she refuses the call to have her name put in nomination? In other words, if she says no to this invitation, she appeases the party, and at the same time, insures Obama's defeat in 08 leaving the path clear for her in 2012. A risk on her part but I do wonder whether it is part of the negotiating calculations.

August 10, 2008 at 10:31 AM  

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