myiq2xu has a post on The Confluence citing two news articles where HRC says pretty firmly that she's done with public service after the Secretary of State gig. Nope, Hillary is not going to save us, even if we ask nicely.
This should come as no surprise to anyone who has been reading her statements over the last year. She has said repeatedly that she is "old" (she had a wonderful exchange with Robert Gates in an interview where they ribbed each other about being in the Old Folks Caucus), she was not going serve a second term as Secretary of State, and that she had other things she wanted to do. One of my private observations is that with Chelsea getting married, there's going to be grandkids, and Hillary will not want to miss a second of that. Plus there's other family things like getting to spend more time with her husband and her mother. There's this big foundation attending to human needs around the globe that would greatly benefit from her energy and intelligence. And then there is the incredible freedom of getting to decide what she wants to do unfettered by the caterwauling of the CDS contingent.
I am personally disappointed by the idea that HRC won't take charge if only because it means I don't get to watch Versailles' collective head explode in outrage, but I am very happy for her. It means that I have to let go of a hope that she would somehow be able to reverse the nightmare of the 2008 primaries as I watched fauxgressives let their inner misogynists out to play for the sake of a Reagan adulating opponent. Of course, Hillary herself told us this when she stopped her campaign back in June of 2008 - don't live in the past, don't dwell on what might have been, don't let yourself be consumed by resentment over a loss.
New Deal 2.0, if you will.
It means turning away from the course the Stevensonians have set, drenched in sanctimony and cultural arrogance, and, as we have seen in all its ugly reality since the primaries of 2008, actively and aggressively opposed to the fundamental principle of the New Deal, that there is nobility and honor in all honest labor. Their unrelenting demonization of working class America is perfectly in accord with the philosophy, principles, policies and acts of their beloved, pure, perfect candidate, Obama, who has methodically enacted a domestic policy that by design eviscerates the social and economic safeguards of those who live by their labor, not by their investments, financial deals and trust funds.
Let me say that again. The cultural contempt of Whole Foods Nation for the working class in America is being acted out with perfect fidelity by The Precious. He is delivering exactly what they want.
The Democratic Party has been brought up brutally short by Obama and made to look at the deep division that splits most of its traditional base from the current leadership and a very vocal and dominant, though numerically minor, constituency, a group that mostly identifies as "Independent" (fearful of seeming too loyal to a party - how gauche!) and constantly threatens to bolt and protest vote. Their ideal candidate is someone who lauds Reagan and won't put "Democrat" on his campaign literature. If a primary challenge is made, it needs to be done not merely against Obama, but also against this political faction within the Democratic Party. Modern New Dealers must retake the party and make it, once more, the party of FDR.
Hillary and Bill gave in 2008 have become is a declaration of what an FDR Democrat stands for: Fairness, Dignity, Respect. An FDR Democrat is someone whose politics rewards those who work hard and play by the rules. An FDR Democrat never stops fighting for the ordinary person, even when the media, political opponents and even your own party mock you because you aren't part of their class. She doesn't look down on you because you earnestly believe in God and can hunt for your own dinner. He isn't going to tolerate racism or misogyny, and will call you on the carpet for either. She encourages the better angels in her opponents and can always answer "And we get...?" with something constructive. He can distinguish between personal insult and political challenge, because it isn't about him and his feelings, it is about his constituents and their needs. We aren't resentful that some people are more economically successful than others - opportunity is a good motivator - but we won't accept that some classes should get all the goods while the majority scrabble for a stable life.
An FDR Democrat begins each day with a single question - What will I do to make the lives of ordinary Americans better? - and ends the day by saying what he or she has accomplished towards that end.
This kind of politics is not against anyone, though it is firmly against certain political actions and goals. It doesn't categorize people into the saved and the damned. It has a daunting work ethic and rewards intelligence without idolizing it. It values the simple and concrete over the grand and abstract. It does not despair or dismiss.
Hillary is not going to save us because she cannot. It is not within her power to do so. It never was. No candidate can do this. Her refusal to run turns us back on ourselves, not to wait for a candidate to rescue us from The Precious, but to tell a candidate what he or she is going to do to win our support. It may be that the greatest work Hillary did was to endure the 2008 primary, bringing out into the open the anti-D/democratic impulses of this faction in the party, but refusing to cripple the party by bolting or sabotaging Obama. We have been allowed to see him operate without impediment and understand in unequivocal terms just how ready the Obamacan cadre is to complete the reversal of the New Deal.
Give up fantasies of political perfection and the notion that any one candidate can save us from the bad guys. New Deal 2.0 is going to be a multi-year effort in party capture and rebuilding.