with the electorate this fall. I would vote for him just because I think we need a strong 3rd party movement to shake up the far right far left synergy that has developed. Polarization has become the norm and people seem to be happy with it.
As for Hillary? She scares me because of the pandering she does to the particular crowd she is speaking to at any given time. I'm tired of politicians spoon feeding us inane sound bites... it has contributed to the dumbing down of american politics.
THE defeat of Joe Lieberman, the most hawkish senator in the Democratic party, by an anti-war political novice in a primary election in Connecticut last week was a spectacular coup for the ?netroots?: the grassroots, anti-establishment, anti-war left that had mobilised opposition on the internet to the political grandee.
The same activists are now seeking to bend Senator Hillary Clinton to their anti-war side or face defeat in the Democratic presidential primaries. Her supporters are concerned that the ?jihadist? left, galvanised by the victory of East Coast millionaire Ned Lamont, are on the rise in the Democratic party, starkly affecting its national electoral prospects.
Mike McCurry, White House press secretary during Bill Clinton?s presidency, said: ?The very idea of centrism is under attack now in the party. We have our own loony left too.?
The former first lady, whose strategy for winning the presidency in 2008 has been based on persuading the electorate she is a genuine moderate and tough on national security, is watching her back warily.
?She?s got to read the results with a certain anxiety,? said McCurry, who remains close to the Clintons. ?There is a very angry Democratic base out there and it?s perilous for ?new Democrats?. She is going to be figuring out a way to heavy-up the anti-Bush message.?
Clinton faces a potentially deadly squeeze between Republicans, who are ramping up their charges that the Democrats are soft on terror in the wake of the airliner bombing plot, and her own party activists who have received all the proof they seek that untrammelled opposition to President George W Bush and the war in Iraq is an election winner.
If the New York senator is to win the Democratic nomination for president, she will need the support of her party base in the presidential primaries.