DATE: 12/27/2004 09:52:00 AM
DNC Chair Campaign - National Review's Kerry Spot does a good job keeping up with the race of who is going to head the Democratic National Committee. This is an important campaign for the Democrats - the next head of their party will determine the direction of the party and by extension, its electoral future. The Democrats have some work ahead of them if they want to remain competitive in 2006 and 2008. There are two major tasks that need doing - one, they need to get rid of the moonbats. MoveOn, ACT, ACORN, George Soros, etc. These people are the liberal equivalent of the Pat Buchanan brigade in the Republican party of the early 1990s.
Second, keep the Clintons away from the reigns. It was the issue-free presidency of Bill Clinton that allowed Bush to win two terms. The Democrats have moved away from their ideological roots into a realm of spin and marketing. In the short term, and with the right spokesman, this worked wonders for them in the 1990s. Without the charisma of Bill Clinton (and it's some pretty tarnished charisma by now, by the way), the party cannot maintain their electoral advantage against the ideas of the Republicans.
The next great hope of the Dems seems to be Hillary Clinton. Nominating her would be a mistake. I know a lot of conservatives who fear the prospect of a Hillary candidacy. I'm not one of them. Hillary is a terrible campaigner whose charm is a media construct - how often have you actually seen Hillary show a human side? Not very. All of the information we have about her funny personable side come from media accounts. I've seen Hillary make a speech to a friendly crowd and noted her almost complete inability to connect to them. They cheered for her because she was Hillary, not because of what she said. And they didn't cheer all that often.
Sure, the media would give her a free ride in 2008. Sure they would ignore her shady past. But the media aren't the dominant information force they were in the 1990s and 2000 anymore, are they?