December 02, 2007
The Inevitable American Evita?
[T]he Republicans have fallen into a trap by continuing to cling to the Hillary-is-inevitable trope. They have not allowed themselves to think the unthinkable -- that they might need a Plan B to go up against a candidate who is not she. It's far from clear that they would remotely know how to construct a Plan B to counter Mr. Obama...I don't know what to think about that. Perhaps it's one of Frank Rich's usual indigestibles, meant only to cause stomach upset.
Althouse offers few clues about how to season the Rich dish, and I don't blame her. But I so loved her response to the question of whether Hillary's support among women "represents 'a hunger to make history':
I don't believe it... unless the "history" in question is: first President to make an end run around the 22nd Amendment.I can't second that enough! That's exactly what this race is. A tawdry and tacky solution to a constitutional inconvenience:
I'm sorry, but the idea of a wife of a president who could never become president on her own becoming president as an end-run around the Constitution is cheap, tawdry, and above all tacky.Sorry to quote myself, but I'm just not feeling terribly original today.
And besides, I think it matters enough that it bears repeating, and I'll probably repeat it again.
If people feel so strongly about putting the Clintons back in the White House, isn't the proper way to get rid of the 22nd Amendment first? Is it really necessary to put on a charade we'd laugh at if it happened in an ignorant Third World country?
There's no GOP equivalent that I can think of. The closest thing would be to have Maria Shriver run for Arnold.
It might just work.
(After all, she is a Kennedy....)
NOTE: The title of this post is a takeoff on the title of this book, and it should be noted that while Evita never became the president of Argentina, the Peronist penchant for having wives take over is well known.
In the interest of full disclosure, I'm not a fan of Peronism. Or Clintonism.
MORE: My thanks to Glenn Reynolds for linking this post, and a warm welcome to all!
Your inevitable comments are welcome!
I'm especially honored to be linked in the same post as Tim Blair, who notes an interesting Paul Krugman inconsistency over legitimacy (to say nothing of plagiarism....)
MORE: I'm glad to see that Venezuelan voters rejected Chavez for life.
What remains to be seen is whether Americans will do the same for Hillarita Clintón.
Where's the King of Spain when you need him?
posted by Eric on 12.02.07 at 03:10 PM
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