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Former Green Beret lieutenant colonel, Gordon Cucullu is now an editorialist, author and a popular speaker. Born into a military family, he lived and served for more than thirteen years in East Asia, including eight years in Korea. For his Special Forces service in Vietnam he was awarded a Bronze Star, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, and the Presidential Unit Commendation. After separation from the Army, he worked on Korea and East Asian affairs at both the Pentagon and Department of State as well as an executive for General Electric in Korea. His first major non-fiction work, Separated at Birth: How North Korea became the Evil Twin, is based in large part on his extensive experience in Korea and East Asia as a governmental insider and businessman. [website] [go to Cucullu index]

 


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Where Have All the Clintons Gone?
Noticeably scarce...
[Gordon Cucullu] 10/21/04

Those of us whose memories span back to the Sixties recall the popular anti-war folk song of the period ‘Where Have all the Flowers Gone?’ It was catchy, easy to sing, and typical of the sappy genre of that time. As we come to the final electoral sprint of this ultra-marathon called a presidential race one can almost hear a flower-bedecked, long-faced John Kerry mournfully strumming the tune, ‘Where Have all the Clintons Gone?’ ‘Cause, Sportsfans, they sure ain’t here, where the candidate needs them.

‘Gone into a deep hole, both of ‘em’ might be the refrain. It’s probably too conspiratorial even fore the most seasoned Clinton bashers to believe that he timed his bypass surgery for this time, but if it had to happen the timing was definitely fortuitous. Regardless of the ultimate excuse used, it was necessary that the Clintons, especially Bill, did not campaign vigorously for John Kerry. After all, the last thing that they want to do is help him win the office. So a plan had to be drawn up for the Clinton Party leaders to excuse themselves from the fray, while, if possible, shaping the campaign.

Bill had made a few desultory appearances prior to the heart crisis. For the record, we are delighted to see that he seems to have come through in good shape. But no one is terribly surprised that six weeks post-op he is reported by friends to look ‘wan’ and become ‘exhausted’ after his daily recuperative mile-long walk. Clinton tells visitors that he would ‘sure like to be out on the campaign trail,’ but just isn’t strong enough. Certainly it is only fair to give him the benefit of the doubt, but judging by his absence earlier in the race it is clear that his heart isn’t in a presidential run. Clarification: his heart is not in John F. Kerry’s presidential run.

Similarly, Hillary Clinton appears rarely, usually with the mien of a self-appointed ‘truth squad leader’ on a mission to keep Republicans honest. She beats her drum with a consistent bash-Bush rhythm while staking out a centrist position on key issues like the war. Ostensibly a good foot soldier for the Democrat Party, Hillary Clinton (with her husband’s assistance) runs a guerrilla campaign that would be the envy of Che Guevara. She places herself strategically in the public eye but distant enough from the upcoming Kerry-Edwards nuclear meltdown that she won’t become radioactive. She’s walking a fine line because she has to sabotage both Kerry and Edwards without appearing to betray either.

Senator Clinton coquettishly fields questions about a possible HRC candidacy that her advance people have planted firmly in the minds of the fawning press that she makes certain surrounds her infrequent appearances. Her media sycophants then breathlessly report the same answer that she has given hundreds of times as if it is breaking news. Her vigorous denials – spurred on by a ‘you-go-girl!’ press corps - are a constant reminder to the Clinton Party base that they could have had a real contender instead of the ineffective, pompous wax manikin that was their post-Howard Dean default option. Such damp-eyed wistfulness keeps HRC front and center among the faithful who are going to be on a tear to retake their party after the Kennedy-Kerry-Edwards debacle of 2004.

The Democrat Party is today at war with itself. Far left Deaniacs are grumbling at their exclusion, and the New Democrat, triangulatory Clinton faction is fighting for its life against the upstart Massachusetts-based Kennedy-Kerry radicals. The only hope for a political life for John Edwards, who would have been booted out of the Senate had he run again, is to stay hooked onto the K-K bandwagon, hope that he can survive the train wreck, and be party nominee in 2008. But as James Carville and the Clinton crowd would say, ‘that dog won’t hunt, boy.’ Edwards, even more than Kerry, has the Clinton snipers drawing a tight bead on his political future. As you read this triggers are being squeezed.

For a brief moment it looked as if Kerry would actually surge in popularity with most Democrats and become the legitimate party leader. Had he succeeded he would then control of the most vital cog in the Democrat money machine, the Democratic National Committee. And the DNC controls the money. Since the Clintons have succeeded in keeping their nasty attack dog Terry MacAuliff in charge means that Kerry’s tenure as leader is a short-term lease not a buy. He is about to be served eviction papers.

In a further series of panic-induced personnel shifts, taken after Bush got the poll bump from his convention that Kerry missed in his, ex-Clinton staffers began to move into key campaign slots. Virtually all of the available Clintonistas were hired to ‘fix’ the sinking Democrat campaign. That’s like inviting the pirates aboard to help trim sails. Judging from the increasing frequency of hateful, personal, smarmy and over-the-top stupid statements emanating from the Kerry-Edwards campaign the Clinton strategy of implosion seems to be working.

The addition of MacAuliff and Carville along Joe Lockhart, Paul Begala, Lanny Davis and others of their ilk signals that the fix is in. In out years a dazed Kerry will be overheard while windsurfing off the Vineyard mumbling ‘I coulda been a contender,’ just coming to the realization that the Clintons planned for him to dive into the tank all along. Guess who, for example, planted the ‘suggestion’ that both Kerry and Edwards drag Mary Cheney’s sexual orientation into the debate, virtually guaranteeing public revulsion. And how about all that ‘wrong war, wrong place…’ stuff? Some of these messages may play well with the base but are guaranteed to alienate the vital center, which was always terrain that Bill Clinton was careful to stake out as his own.

Analyst Dick Morris has noted throughout that Kerry put himself in a difficult position. He had to retain support of the Deaniacs, keeping them from drifting to Nader or remaining home on Election Day out of pique, while moving to the broad center. Instead of triangulating a position like Clinton did successfully in 1992 and 1996, Kerry chose to occupy both positions. That’s why he sends the ‘flip-flop’ message to voters. Once the Clintons identified this weakness they moved with incredible political skill and acumen to exploit it. Watch for ‘Hillary ’08’ lawn signs to appear on November 3. CRO

copyright Gordon Cucullu 2004

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