HILLARY CLINTON, JUDICIAL FILIBUSTERS,
& OTHER PAPER TIGERS
By Christopher G. Adamo
Clinton did indeed downplay his unwavering devotion to the Liberal agenda, especially during the election cycles. But neither in 1992 nor 1996 did his charade gain a majority of the vote (and in both elections, turnout was historically low). Rather, his success resulted from the fact that his Republican opponents had typecast themselves in the insipid “Center,” and thus garnered even less from the electorate than did Clinton.
The senior George Bush won handily over Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis in 1988, when it was perceived that Bush would represent a continuation of the Conservatism of his predecessor, Ronald Reagan. However, right from his inauguration, Bush sought to distance himself from Reagan’s unabashed Conservatism. In the end, he succeeded, to Bill Clinton’s undoubted delight.
So, it is with great disappointment that, as America braces itself for the looming eventuality of another presidential election cycle, and with past lessons presenting themselves as patterns for success and failure, some Republicans seem determined to flounder and stumble themselves into a repeat of recent defeats. This need not be the case.
In a CNN/Gallup poll, released on January 24, 2006, Democratic Party Liberal politicians and their allies in the Leftwing media were aghast to learn that barely one sixth of the respondents to the poll were committed to voting for Hillary Clinton, if she should choose to run for President, while fifty-one percent say that they would never do so. Hillary’s fate ought to be sealed, and her presidential aspirations should go down in flames.
However, this interpretation of the polling data conveys only part of the story. She could not, at least at this point, convince a majority of the voters to support her, but neither did her husband ever do so. And he nevertheless succeeded in winning and serving two full terms. So, it is by no means guaranteed that her effort would ultimately fail.
In light of Hillary’s abysmal lack of popularity among the general public, it is indefensible that, among Conservative strategists and pundits, the prevailing thinking has been that she is nearly invincible, and thus the only possibility of defeating her is to run a candidate who essentially mirrors her.
For Republicans to allow the opposition party’s candidate to define their own nominee, as well as how they plan to run their race, is inarguably bad strategy. But planning to do so in response to an opponent who only garners support from sixteen percent of the electorate is the height of stupidity.
In light of past Republican presidential successes that bear a direct correlation to the Conservatism of the candidate, the last thing those on the political Right should consider is any vain attempt at moving to the political Left. Moreover, the same principles apply to the ability of the Conservative agenda to prevail in Washington on a day-to-day basis.
Consider Tuesday’s successful confirmation of Justice Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court. Here again, a historically staunch supporter of the U.S. Constitution triumphed, despite a profusion of threat and bluster from the Democrats.
In the waning hours of the confirmation process, a vain attempt at a filibuster was attempted by John Kerry and Ted Kennedy. The fringe-filibuster effort was quickly turned back, and, in the final tally, Alito was confirmed by a margin of fifty-eight to forty two. Such numbers make it absolutely predictable that a post confirmation “spin” of the situation will no doubt be advanced by the party leadership.
This vote of less than sixty might be construed as a warning to Republicans that Democrats could indeed filibuster any subsequent candidate, were President Bush so “extreme” as to nominate another pro-Constitution justice to fill the nest vacancy on the Supreme Court. Instead, the real message, which should be loudly trumpeted by the entire GOP establishment, is quite the opposite.
Republican resolve, combined with a solid majority in the U.S. Senate, ought to ensure that, if a filibuster ensued, the socalled “nuclear option” would be successfully invoked. Thus, the real lesson of these events is that, if Republicans remain unshakable in their determination to overcome Democratic Party opposition, it will quickly dissipate into thin air.
For more than a dozen years, Republicans have been in control of their own political successes. Thus, they are culpable for their frequent failures and capitulations. Hopefully, this reality is finally beginning to dawn on them.
American Government & the U.S. Presidency
The American Political System:
Politics & Government in the U.S.A.
Liberalism Versus Conservatism in American Politics
Traditional Conservatism: Questions & Answers
Conservatism: Attitudes, Types, & Present Status
Constitutional Conservatism: American & British
Classical Liberalism: Intellectual Foundations
Classical Liberalism: Conservative Liberalism
Manchester Liberalism & Social Darwinism
Modern Social "Liberalism": Statist "Liberalism"
Radical & Totalitarian Ideologies
Radicalism, Utopianism, & Totalitarianism
Christopher G. Adamo is a freelance writer who lives in southeastern Wyoming and works in the field of industrial instrumentation.
He is actively involved in Wyoming's political process, serving as a delegate to successive Wyoming State Republican Conventions
and as a member of the Wyoming State Republican Central Committee. He has assisted Republican candidates for local and state
legislatures and for the United States Congress. His articles, which appear regularly in The Progressive Conservative, U.S.A.,
and on a number of other websites, reflect a major concern with the damage being done to Conservatism and Conservative causes by
the Liberal Leftist faction in the Republican Party as well as by the much larger and more powerful Liberal Leftist faction in the
Democratic Party. During the early and middle 1990s, Adamo was Editor of the Wyoming Christian Coalition's official news organ,
The Wyoming Christian.
Africa: Black Africa *
Africa: North Africa *
American Government 1
LINKS TO PARTICULAR ISSUES & SUBJECT MATTER CATEGORIES
TREATED IN THE PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE, U.S.A.:
American Government 2 * American Government 3 * American Government 4
American Government 5 * American Politics * Anglosphere * Arabs
Arms Control & WMD * Aztlan Separatists * Big Government
Black Africa * Bureaucracy * Canada * China * Civil Liberties * Communism
Congress, U.S. * Conservative Groups * Conservative vs. Liberal
Constitutional Law * Counterterrorism * Criminal Justice * Disloyalty * Economy
Education * Elections, U.S. * Eminent Domain * Energy & Environment
English-Speaking World * Ethnicity & Race * Europe * Europe: Jews
Family Values * Far East * Fiscal Policy, U.S. * Foreign Aid, U.S. * France
Hispanic Separatism * Hispanic Treason * Human Health * Immigration
Infrastructure, U.S. * Intelligence, U.S. * Iran * Iraq * Islamic North Africa
Islamic Threat * Islamism * Israeli vs. Arabs * Jews & Anti-Semitism
Jihad & Jihadism * Jihad Manifesto I * Jihad Manifesto II * Judges, U.S. Federal
Judicial Appointments * Judiciary, American * Latin America * Latino Separatism
Latino Treason * Lebanon * Leftists/Liberals * Legal Issues
Local Government, U.S. * Marriage & Family * Media Political Bias
Middle East: Arabs * Middle East: Iran * Middle East: Iraq * Middle East: Israel
Middle East: Lebanon * Middle East: Syria * Middle East: Tunisia
Middle East: Turkey * Militant Islam * Military Defense * Military Justice
Military Weaponry * Modern Welfare State * Morality & Decency
National Identity * National Security * Natural Resources * News Media Bias
North Africa * Patriot Act, USA * Patriotism * Political Culture * Political Ideologies
Political Parties * Political Philosophy * Politics, American * Presidency, U.S.
Private Property * Property Rights * Public Assistance * Radical Islam
Religion & America * Rogue States & WMD * Russia * Science & Ethics
Sedition & Treason * Senate, U.S. * Social Welfare Policy * South Africa
State Government, U.S. * Subsaharan Africa * Subversion * Syria * Terrorism 1
Terrorism 2 * Treason & Sedition * Tunisia * Turkey * Ukraine
UnAmerican Activity * UN & Its Agencies * USA Patriot Act * U.S. Foreign Aid
U.S. Infrastructure * U.S. Intelligence * U.S. Senate * War & Peace
Welfare Policy * WMD & Arms Control
Africa: Black Africa *
Africa: North Africa *
American Government 1
POLITICAL EDUCATION, CONSERVATIVE ANALYSIS
POLITICS, SOCIETY, & THE SOVEREIGN STATE
Website of Dr. Almon Leroy Way, Jr.
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
An Online Journal of Political Commentary & Analysis
Dr. Almon Leroy Way, Jr., Editor