The first rule of Political Correctness is that you must worry yourself to
death because some remark you made might offend left-handed mulatto lesbians
who are Jehovah's Witnesses with bad teeth. Political Correctness dictates
that no group has a sense of humor, and that each is touchy to the point of
At the same time, liberals all agree that President Bush "dodged the draft"
by joining the National Guard. They are not bothered in the slightest that
there are millions of Americans who served in the National Guard to fulfill
their military obligations when the draft was on. It never occurs to these
self anointed guardians of sensitivity that those millions of people might
not appreciate being labeled draft dodgers.
But Michael Moore, despite his "I'm a regular guy" baseball cap, doesn't
know anybody who ever served in the National Guard. Jane Fonda, who has
spent her entire life preaching that she is a Marxist champion of the
working people, doesn't really know any regular working people.
Nobody who ever served in the National Guard gets invited to Hollywood
cocktail parties or fashionable get-togethers in New York.
People who served in the National Guard are simply off the radar screen for
those who preach Political Correctness. So for them an upper-income person
like John Kerry served in the real military while Bush was off "dodging the
draft" in the Texas National Guard.
The reason only Bob Whitaker points this out is because respectable
conservatives occupy the same radar screen liberals do. If they didn't, the
media wouldn't give them the "respectable" label each must have if he is to
be a National Spokesman for anything.
I know hundreds of people who served in the National Guard, including one of
my brothers. But I know this only as a matter of statistics, not because
they told me so. We are talking about regular working people here, not the
group that calls itself The Greatest Generation.
People like my uncle who served with the marines in the Pacific during World
War II never brought it up. Their attitude was that this is their country
and they fought for it, period. I do not owe them a free ride for the rest
of their lives because of it. I am not a worm who does not know what Real
Suffering and Real Sacrifice are because I dodged the draft by being four
years old when the war ended.
I have known people for years before happening to find out that they won
combat medals in Korea or Vietnam.
My brother-in-law "dodged the draft" by being in the Merchant Marine during
World War II. He was never in combat because if he had been he would be dead
now. He spent months on a ship being hunted by German and Japanese
submarines. If he had been "in combat" it would have meant being hit by a
torpedo and going down to a freezing death in the sea.
One of my Confederate ancestors "dodged the draft" because he spent his life
as a railroad worker. The Confederacy had a desperate lack of troops, but it
had an even greater shortage of men to run the railroads.
The death rate during the Vietnam War was higher among men who were being
trained as jet pilots in the National Guard than for those who went to
Vietnam. I don't like Bush, but I have to say that if he wanted to avoid the
dangers of Real War, he picked a hell of a way to do it.
The bottom line is that neither liberals nor respectable conservatives
actually know any railroad workers or Merchant Mariners or National
Guardsmen. They don't know any regular people. Which should explain why
they can promote such disastrous and destructive nonsense with a straight
In his speech at the Democratic Convention Bill Clinton hinted at what I have already said.
See June 19, 2004
-- Kerry's Two Fatal Problems.
In that article I predicted that Bill and Hillary would be right up there on the podium backing Kerry all the way. That has come to pass.
I also predicted that, if Kerry picked Edwards as his vice presidential running mate, Bill and Hillary would sabotage him.
Sure enough, in his speech Clinton talked about how young and optimistic and charismatic John Edwards is. Then he joked, "I'm kind of jealous." It is perfectly obvious to everybody that John Edwards is a young Bill Clinton.
Whether or not Kerry wins this year, John Edwards has the inside track to be the next Democratic presidential nominee after him. The next race will be between a young Bill Clinton and the wife of the old Bill Clinton, whether it takes place in 2008 or 2012.
So Kerry can lose in 2004 and Edwards could lose in 2008, which would give the nomination to Hillary in 2012.
Or Kerry could win in 2004 and not win reelection, which would put Edwards on the inside track for the 2012 nomination, the one Hillary needs. That would give Edwards four years of national exposure as Vice President. A young Bill Clinton would be running for the 2012 presidential nomination with four years under his belt as Vice President. By then, the Clintons will be past history.
If Kerry wins in 2004 and in 2008, Edwards will have the 2012 nomination sewn up.
In other words, if Kerry wins in the election, Hillary will be in the position of Teddy Kennedy after Chappaquiddick. Until Chappaquiddick, Teddy Kennedy had the next Democratic nomination sewn up. After Chappaquiddick, Kennedy became a Senate lifer and has-been on the national political stage. That is where Hillary will be if Kerry wins the election.
The Clintons cannot let Kerry win in 2004.
Can the Clintons Stop Kerry in 2004?
I don't know.
I pointed out months ago -- See March 6, 2004 Did Clinton Destroy Dean?
-- that I am 99% sure that the Clintons derailed the Dean bandwagon when Dean was sailing toward the Democratic nomination. What I do not know is exactly HOW he did it.
When you read whitakeronline you get a lot. Bob Whitaker is a published and recognized political expert who made his living as an advisor at the top levels.
I once pointed out to you that a person like me had better not get into hard-knuckle power politics unless he knows himself and his capabilities.
You must know what you are.
You must also know what you're NOT.
I said that a person in the big leagues has to know what his mental equipment is. The reason was because I had to state, in the course of an article, that I was a brilliant man. That was a real assessment I had to make, not an idle boast. A dumb man who thinks he's smart is dead meat in a serious situation.
I ended the discussion by saying, "So I'm smart, OK?"
This cuts both ways. When things get serious, I have to know what I am. But I also have to know what I'm NOT.
I was a staffer. I was a very good staffer. But the league the Clintons play in is a different one altogether. Bill Clinton can call anybody on earth right now. He has been up there in the front office since he was elected the youngest governor in Arkansas history.
Clinton is a political genius. Not just a genius at political advising like me, but a genius at DOING. Clinton has a bunch of Bob Whitakers working for him, though I would naturally consider them inferior versions of the real Bob Whitaker. You don't survive in hardball politics if you have a weak ego.
Clinton was able to destroy Dean because Dean had many weaknesses the media had been ignoring. I don't know how he did it, but with his contacts I probably could have done it. But I could not have done it as surely or as smoothly or as secretly as he did.
Clinton has his limits. He cannot save Bush if Bush really screws up between now and election day. Clinton cannot save Bush if the minority vote Bush thinks he is going to get, and won't get, reaches critical mass this time. The Republicans are doomed by the minority vote and it is only a matter of time before they go down for the count.
Today's Democrats are doomed by the minority vote, too, but that is another story.
See May 29, 2004
-- From my New Orleans Speech: Tomorrow's Leaders Will Have to be Spokesmen for White People
All I know is that as a matter of political logic, the Clintons' main goal is to defeat Kerry in 2004. And I would be astonished if anybody caught them at it.