A Republican writes:

A party that is as motivated by revanchist impulse as today’s Democratic Party cannot bring itself to transcend its anger. That is why Hillary will survive the Obama insurgency.

Yes, Obama would beat us, bad. We would hemorrhage Republican women and a significant number of conservatives would vote Obama to teach the Republicans in Washington not to deviate from Reagan and Goldwater. We would be forced to return to first principles, and we would.

But that is not what Democrats want. They do not see this opportunity. All they see is Bush, and they are obsessed with the man who will not be running in 2008.

This is what we are counting on. We instantly understand that Hillary controls the money. Hillary controls the Superdelegates. Hillary controls the Party Apparatus. Hillary knows that her base voters are more filled with anger at Bush than they are with hope for the future and change for all the American people.

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