Punditz are still writing off Hillary, learning nothing from their past premature obits, only to have her rise like Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction for one more flailing stab at her tormenters, no matter how many bullets, knives, polls and super-delegates are thrown at her.
I’m rooting for Hillary! to win either Tejas or Ohiyah or both so she struggles on, all the way to the convention where an enormous, bloody food fight erupts. The veteran infighters on the Clinton team will surely win on a technicality, fatally splitting the party in the general, as angry young Obama voters, blacks, Hillary haters and young urban professional liberal assholes sit out the election and doom Hillary to an electoral drubbing.
It may even break the Democrat party’s deathlock on 90% of the black vote in future elections, which would be a healthy, good thing for the electorate and the country. Of course it would mean the Democrats would be consigned to a permanent minority, but tough shit.
Its rarely talked about, but if not for the massive monolithic voting block of 12% of the population which is the black voters, the Democrats could never hope to win a national election. Blacks paint themselves as a mindless herd, unthinking, undecerning, irrational and unchanging in the face of the fact that the Democrat party has done exactly nothing for blacks in the 60+ years they’ve voted like sheep for Dem candidates.
It was the Republicans, under Republican president Dwight Eisenhower, who first broached the idea of federal civil rights bills, much to the anger and frustration of Dems like Lyndon Johnson, the Democrat leader in Congress. Dixiecrats formed a united front against civil rights reforms and only the votes of North Eastern Rockefeller Republicans broke their filibusters and allowed passage of the bills during Johnson’s administration (having been forced to accept the reality that the reforms would pass with or without them, he embraced them as a politically expedient measure, while privately excoriating and insulting blacks as inferior and not educated enough to handle voting).
In recent history, what do blacks have to show for 8 years of Clinton, the first black president? A Welfare Reform Bill black activists despised and still rail against. No black names to the SCOTUS. No blacks in powerful cabinet posts like State. No black Chief of Staff.
They had to wait until a Republican was elected for any of those to come to pass.