Hillary Clinton and the Worship of Power

I have to applaud the opening to Peggy Noonan’s latest column — and shudder with recognition at her conclusion.

Let’s start with Noonan’s opening:

From the first voting in Iowa on Jan. 3 she had to prove that Clintons Are Magic. She wound up losing 11 in a row. Meaning Clintons aren’t magic. He had to take her out in New Hampshire, on Super Tuesday or Junior Tuesday. He didn’t. Meaning Obama isn’t magic.

Two nonmagical beings are left.

What the Democrats lost this week was the chance to paint the ’08 campaign as a brilliant Napoleonic twinning of strategy and tactics that left history awed. What they have instead is a ticket to Verdun. Trench warfare, and the daily, wearying life of the soldier under siege. The mud, the cold, the dank water rotting the boots, all of it punctuated by mad cries of “Over the top,” bayonets fixed.

What we have are two vulnerable candidates on the Democratic Party side, but if anyone thinks that is grounds for complacency on McCain’s part, they’d be wrong. McCain is largely receiving a pass right now because Democrats and media are preoccupied with the Clinton vs. Obama struggle.

That takes us to Noonan’s frightening conclusion:

I end with a deadly, deadpan prediction from Christopher Hitchens. Hillary is the next president, he told radio’s Hugh Hewitt, because, “there’s something horrible and undefeatable about people who have no life except the worship of power . . . people who don’t want the meeting to end, the people who just are unstoppable, who only have one focus, no humanity, no character, nothing but the worship of money and power. They win in the end.”

It’s shudder-inducing because it’s cold and true. Hilary Clinton has been running for president for over 20 years, starting during Bill Clinton’s term. She ran for Senator of New York as part of a calculated strategy to build credentials and take a half-step toward the presidency.

Clinton was unofficially known to be running for president in the 2008 election long before 2008 and long before any other candidate appeared.

Clinton wants its. She wants it enough to give her life for it — and she has.

No wonder Obama is having trouble delivering the coup de grace.

For Clinton to be stopped, a whole lot of people will have to want to keep her out of the White House more than she wants to get in. That’s a tall order.

If Clinton is not mathematically eliminated in upcoming primaries, the trench warfare will continue right through the Democratic Party convention and into the general election and — if Clinton does not win in November — onward from there into the courts. Under no circumstances will Clinton go gently into that good night.

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