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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

2005 Political Chameleon Award

The committee of three has met (me, myself, and I), and the Political Chameleon Award for 2005 goes to (appropriate drumroll):

New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Senator Clinton is nothing if not clever. Iraq? As hawkish as they come, using her perch on the Senate Armed Services Committee to push for the expansion of the Army by one division. On abortion, she's re-treading her husband's "safe, legal, and rare" rhetoric, though abortions continued apace under her husband's presidency. Did she have tea lately with Tipper Gore? One would think so, since she's going after video game makers like she's on a moral crusade, all echoes of a once conservative Mr. and Mrs. Gore.

Harvard professor Samuel Huntington argues that the U.S. is going through a religious revival. Will it be accompanied by tectonic shifts in public attitudes about morality? It's probably too soon to tell. However, Senator Clinton tracking to the right seems to be only the latest indicator that if you want to be elected, you must reflect the values of the mainstream of voters, and that mainstream is clearly to the right of official Democratic party dogma. If winning the White House means doing the chameleon routine, so be it.

Whether Clinton's changes are heartfelt or mere window dressing remains to be seen. What is almost certain is that Democratic Presidential candidates in 2008 will look more like Joe Lieberman than Dennis Kucinich. The junior Senator from New York won't be the only chameleon come primary time.

Update: David Shraub responds at TMV.


At 10:20 PM, Blogger David Schraub said...

Responded to (and it's "Huntington," not "Huntingdon").

At 7:00 AM, Blogger Double Birdie said...

Correction made, and thanks for the link at TMV.


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