So who won the Democratic debate between those old white people who want to be president?
The Democratic "insiders" say
Outsiders were too busy watching the baseball playoffs on TV. But "insiders" play politics for a living. Being "insiders," they're shy, like dappled forest creatures, so they wouldn't let their names be used in praise of Mrs. Clinton, lest they be wrong someday.
These "insiders" live in the
"I'm a reluctant Clinton supporter, but I thought she killed it tonight," Politico quoted one of many "insiders" as saying. "She was in a league of her own. Prepared, confident, funny. And she genuinely seemed to be enjoying herself up there. ... For crying out loud ... she made a joke about women taking longer in the bathroom!"
Yes, she did. So why bother with an election? Just put her in the
But don't dismiss the "insiders." They count for much in American politics. They helped rot out the
And they'll do the same to the Democrats. Just give them time.
What upsets "insiders" is the revolutionary dynamic running through voters of both parties. Voters are angry. They know that "insiders" are the creatures who remain after institutions fail.
There were "insiders" at Constantinople when the Turks breached the walls, and they were in
History is always written by "insiders," and what's clear is that "insiders" think
He seems to be an honorable man, though I disagree with his class-war politics and much of what he says. Unfortunately, he gave Clinton a pass on her email scandal, and the "insiders" loved him for it.
But he was witty and grown-up and wedded to principle, and he connected to young people the way Sen.
And I learned Sanders honeymooned in the
He reached people on debate night, especially with his comments about
Sanders could have stressed that Mrs. Clinton is a creature of
The thing about "insiders" is that in
Those who cleave to ideas and principle are considered rustics, or crazed, so candidates like Sanders or Paul are viewed with suspicion by "insiders." But a Paul vs. Sanders presidential debate is something I'd pay to see.
The "insiders" call such people "true believers," usually with a dismissive smirk, and then buzz back to the hive.
OK, OK, OK. This hive business is becoming quite cumbersome -- I really hate it now, but I'm too far in to just let it go -- so let's once again remind ourselves that the "insiders'" main job is to protect the queen.
American history tells us that the queen has always been a man, but Hillary aims to put things right.
Each time she was asked a tough question by
Cooper: Secretary Clinton, Governor (
CLINTON: Well, I can't think of anything more of an outsider than electing the first woman president, but I'm not just running because I would be the first woman president ...
COOPER: Secretary Clinton, how would you not be a third term of President (
CLINTON: Well, I think that's pretty obvious. I think being the first woman president would be quite a change from the presidents we've had up until this point, including President Obama.
And so "insiders" declared her victorious.
Years ago, over veal chops at Gene & Georgetti, the famous
"When they're in, we're in," said an "insider." "And when they're out, we're in. We're always in."
Hillary, they just love you.