the Clintons are so scarred that they’re scared. Nothing bold will come from a second Clinton administration – and there’s a non-negligible chance that she’ll be pressured into doing something hawkishly stupid on the foreign policy front. Whether the flaw is action or inaction, the reason will be the same – they are intensely, neurotically afraid of appearing too liberal. The scars cut too deep.I'm not a dirty f*cking hippy --- too damn young for starters, but I also never liked weed, and I have no rhythm or tone so I can't play the guitar --- but the DFH are my allies on a regular basis. And as John Cole noted earlier this week "you don’t diss the insight of the smelly dirty hippies. Once again, they were right.
As Sullivan and others have noted, the Clintons came of age in a different time. In their formative political years in Arkansas, they internalized the lesson of distancing themselves from the dirty hippies. And it worked for them – both in Arkansas and in 1992. And that’s all fine – politicians have to play the cards that historical context deals them. More power to them.
But 2008 is a new world....
Hillary Clinton can win the White House, but she won't be willing to attempt to get that much done besides immediate damage control. I don't think we can afford that opportunity cost.