Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Should conservatives support Clinton in the Democratic primary?

Bruce Bartlett makes the case at National Review Online. His argument: the Republicans are doomed in 2008, so conservatives should throw their support behind the most conservative Democrat. Which is Hillary Clinton. It's worth reading the whole thing, but here's a choice quote:

I’m sure that the first reaction of most conservatives will be to say that any involvement in the Democratic party is unthinkable. They view it as the party of treason and socialism. They could no more involve themselves in Democratic politics than a God-fearing Christian would consider working with Satan just because it looked like he was going to win.

For those of you who feel this way, stop reading. There is nothing more in this column for you. But for those conservatives who don’t see the 2008 election as a race between good and evil, but merely a contest between rivals within the same league, I think there is a good case for participating in the Democratic nominating process.

Sure, the odds of this happening are slim to none. But it would be pretty funny to see Hillary ride the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy to victory in the primary.

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