Politics is bloodsport. I love the game. I believe in picking sides and forcing detractors to reveal their paranoia, hysteria and weakness. The most successful politicians in the modern age are patient. They employ the trapdoor spider model of electioneering. Give a little, retreat a little. Let the enemy grow confident in their stride. Give ‘em a soft place to fall. Then eat their innards.
Enter New York's junior US Senator Hillary Clinton, mistress of the Democrats Trap Door Spider League. Her entire life story was simply pretext to this moment. Hillary picked a winning horse from Arkansas, then rode him all the way through his turn at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. As US Senator, Hillary successfully played to her strengths while obfuscating her weaknesses. She's played hawk, dove and bow hunter on the Iraq War policy. She markets Bill as Husband-in-Chief and reminds her Democrat fans of the Two-Fer that was the first Clinton presidency.
She emerges in poll after poll as the front runner for the Democratic nomination in 2008. The conveyance of an inevitability is critical to securing the nomination. In 2000, then-Governor Bush's folks never thought for a second that he wouldn't be elected. They engineered the conditions on the ground during the entire primary season. They convinced the press it was a done deal, even though they all enjoyed the open bar on McCain's Straight Talk Express. And time after time, John McCain fell victim to the trap door spiders.
So it shall be with Hillary. Many Democrat insiders are already in her camp though not because of friendship. Many insiders owe Bill and Hillary Clinton for their professional success. Once you have been a presidential appointee, it's very difficult to give that up. If Hillary is elected President of the United States, expect that many loyalists still serving in Plum Book assignments will be promoted. Folks on the outside for the Bush administration will be assigned to positions with more prestige. Let the private parties at the Caucus Room begin.