Carol Platt Liebau: The anti-Hillary?

Thursday, July 28, 2005

The anti-Hillary?

Here is a piece worth reading about Gov. Mark Warner of Virginia -- supposedly a moderate, Bill-Clinton-like Democrat. As the piece points out, the truth is at odds with the fable that Warner's trying to sell.

But don't underestimate the hunger in (elite) Democratic ranks for ABH (Anybody but Hillary). Last night, at dinner with an educated, upscale, pretty far left liberal Democratic couple, I was surprised to hear them dismiss Hillary Clinton out of hand as "too divisive" to win. They're looking for someone else -- and I don't believe they're alone.

The conflict, in my view, will come between liberal Democrats like this couple (who are savvy and realistic) and the true believers that Howard Dean seems intent on bringing into the party. As long as Hillary doesn't alienate the latter by moving too far to the center, they're hers for the taking (as long as enough red meat rhetoric is tossed their way).

But even in the unlikely event that someone like Warner wins the nomination over Hillary Clinton, the Move.On-type moonbats are the gift that keeps on giving. After all, even a "moderate" President Warner would be counting the Michael Moore brigades as part of his coalition. Is that something that Swing State America really wants to see?


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