Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Problems for the jackass

Byron York shows us why the Democrats are going to have trouble winning in '08:

Sen. Hillary Clinton was booed again this morning at the Take Back America conference, sponsored by the lefty activist group Campaign for America's Future here in Washington. At this same conference last year, Sen. Clinton was booed for her position on the war in Iraq. This morning, she was enthusiastically received as she bashed the Bush administration — "a stunning record of secrecy and corruption" — but the crowd became less friendly when, at the end of her speech, she turned to Iraq.

"We're going to end the war in Iraq and finally bring home the troops," she said as a number of Code Pink protesters stood up in the audience. When she declared, "The American military has done its job," boos began to be heard around the room. As the boos increased, Sen. Clinton raised her voice. "The American military has succeeded," she said, to more boos. "It is the Iraqi government that has failed to make the tough decisions." Still more boos.

At that point, there was a round of cheers. "I love coming here every year," Clinton said. "I see the signs, 'Get Us Out of Iraq Now.' That's what we're trying to do."

The Democrat Party cannot hope to win unless it can secure the votes of its wackjob base, yet that base is increasingly out of touch with the rest of America.

Notice that the booing came after praise for the military - given in the context of a promise to end the war and criticism of the Bush administration's handling of the war.

It is not just hatred of George W Bush or hatred of war in general or even of this war specifically which motivates the left, at least not entirely, it is hatred of the military in any context.

That is a view which repulses the average American. The great majority of us hold the military in a great deal of respect, admiration and affection. The American public will have zero tolerance for the kind of shameful treatment of our military men and women which a small minority of America-hating lunatics were able to get away with during the Vietnam War.

The more Hillary Clinton, or any other Democrat not running in a local blue state congressional district, attempts to mollify the "Code Pink" wing of the Party the more they will alienate the majority of the American public.