Yesterday I flew home from Michigan, spending time in two airports. In each one, the ubiquitous TV's were tuned to Fox "news" and Hillay's jubilant victory speech in Puerto Rico. There was no sound, but from the captioning you'd think that Hillary was Fox's kind of gal, and that Barack Hussein Obama (yes, they really do call him that on Fox) was the anti-christ. "In every category, every demographic, even those concerned about the war, people overwhelmingly favored Hillary Clinton to Barack Hussein Obama, proving her point that she is indeed the more populist and likable candidate to take on front-runner John McCain . . . "
And, from Hillary's demeanor and words, you'd think she'd just won the presidency, if not supreme commander of the universe. (I've won more votes than anyone in history . . .) What she won was a love-fest in Puerto Rico, where they still adore Bill. And it's a perfect fantasy island sort of victory, because Puerto Rico may be Hillary's state of denial, but it's not a state.
Nixon parallel coming up.
This morning, reading various accounts of her strategy and her state of mind, with even the NYTimes calling her behavior of late a bit "goofy" (Okay, the woman's got to be running on fumes. She's entitled to some goofy moments.) I had a flashback to Richard Nixon's last days in the White House, with advisors like Henry Kissinger trying to figure out how to get him to accept that it was over, that the chopper was waiting on the lawn, while a clearly deranged Nixon carried on "conversations" with portraits of former presidents out in the hall.
I never for one moment felt sorry for Richard Nixon. But Hillary's no Richard Nixon, and as her advisor Don Fowler said, "She doesn't deserve this." He was referring to the decision of the Rules Committee on Michigan and Florida, but he didn't make that entirely clear, and I thought he also was hinting that she doesn't deserve this prolonged and painful exit. And despite her unconscionable behavior in the last months of this campaign, I agree.
Would someone -- maybe Chelsea -- please tell her that the chopper is waiting on the lawn? And while they're at it, tell her supporters -- the rabid few who chanted "McCain '08" during the meeting of the Rules Committee -- that there's room in it for them as well.
And let's have a healing victory party in St. Paul tomorrow night and get on with it. Booyah, as Barb would say.