In the Mail: “Can She Be Stopped?” by John Podhoretz

Inside the dust jacket:

It’s the ultimate nightmare scenario for conservatives: to awaken on the morning of November 5, 2008, to the news that the last swing state has been colored bright blue and Hillary Rodham Clinton is the President-elect of the United States.

Could it really happen?

Frighteningly, yes. In fact, as bestselling author and leading conservative commentator John Podhoretz reveals, this is not just a scary “what if” scenario; it will happen . . . unless conservatives take immediate action.

Sounding the alarm bell with wit and verve, Can She Be Stopped? shows that Hillary’s plan to capture the White House is much further along than her enemies fear. Podhoretz uncovers the host of reasons why–many of them counterintuitive. He also destroys the comfortable myths about Clinton that conservatives cling to: She’s saddled with too many “high negatives.” She’s too liberal to get elected. “Clinton fatigue” will keep her out of the Oval Office. You’ve heard them all, and they’re wrong on every count.

Murdoc suspects that there is a ‘vast “anti-Hillary” conspiracy’ machine being assembled even as we speak, powered by folks who actually look forward to a chance for venting on the national public stage.

I’d like to humbly suggest that, perhaps, the best “anti-Hillary” strategy would be for Conservatives to run a good candidate. And maybe even make an attempt to appear capable as legislators in the Congress that they control. Just my two cents.

Murdoc’s buried right now, and a couple of books behind as it is, but he’ll be sure to report on this book when he gets to it.


  1. I’d like to humbly suggest that, perhaps, the best ‘anti-Hillary’ strategy would be for Conservatives to run a good candidate. Best *conservative* candidate? Ha! My suggestion would be to run a good *anything* candidate. It would seem that the Democrats are currently holding more of the conservative cards than most ‘conservatives’ these days. Specifically, on issues of fiscal management, personal freedoms, domestic issues, jobs and employment, healthcare etc….etc…etc… I have been stunned at the massive reversal and revocation of many of the fundamentally conservative values from their traditional roles to roles of pandering to the Christian conservatives, big business and yes, big government. I certainly am not looking forward to H. Clinton on the Democratic ticket, and hope and pray that there will be a different alternative, but if we have anything like Bush on the Republican side, the Democrats are going to get my default vote in protest. We can do so much better than we have done over the past few years in terms of foreign relations, domestic issues, healthcare (does anyone here have parents or grandparents that have had to navigate the new Medicare rules?), military funding and resources, energy policies (how many of you have had significant impact on personal business because of fuel costs that have doubled in the last couple of years?) and more. And given the focus of this site, might I remind those here that many of the most significant defense related projects that led to the fall of the Soviet Union came under Jimmy Carter, a Democrat. The B-2 Stealth bomber, the Seawolf submarine, the Pershing II system, and a new renaissance of special forces in the Army, Air Force, Navy and Central Intelligence Agencies were all programs that received approval under this administration.

  2. (how many of you have had significant impact on personal business because of fuel costs that have doubled in the last couple of years?)’ And that’s the American government’s fault… how?

  3. And that’s the American government’s fault… how?’ Federal fossil fuel subsidies & tax breaks ($5 Billion/year) have made for a disfunctional market, which may have resulted in the current inflated prices. Prices are inflated due to multiple incompatible fuel standards; this mostly the fault of the States, but it may have been possible for the Federal govt. to standardize it all. Opposition of one sort or another (Fuel companies and their lobbyists, and the politicians they ‘rent’, like the high prices too; it’s not just the fault of NIMBYs and environazis) to more refineries have also prevented supply from matching well with demand. Ethanol standards (State and/or Federal) also force odd things to happen to processing gasoline, this increases the costs. Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel is also expensive to, but likely worth it. And while I am not criticising of our foregn policy, the current conflicts we are involved in demand a huge amount of fuel; obviously this increses the price. Petroleum prices worldwide are inflated both due to demand -and- the number of nationlised oil companies and other politcal interference. Our Federal government -might- -maybe- -kinda- -sorta- -possibly- had something to do to influence the preponderance of such governments (maybe). Caveat: While fuel prices are almost at the same price as that of the crisis of the 70’s, we are some 60% more efficient at creating wealth with the energy we use now than we were then. So, the efect is considerably less damaging.

  4. Sam: I barely can make the time to read books these days. It’s awful. I read a lot online (obviously) and try to keep up with a number of military-related magazines, but books (and especially fiction books) are all-too-often ignored. I’m hoping to finish off ‘Menace In Europe’ by Claire Berlinski this weekend, though. I listen to a lot of audiobooks while commuting (about 30 min each way) otherwise I’d never get to take in any books at all. (Listening to ‘Lord of the Rings’ for the umpteenth time right now…)

  5. Well, I find a couple of things odd Sam: (a) Fuel is expensive in other countries too. It’s cheaper for you than it is for us. So if it’s the governments’ fault, it must be a problem shared by many countries. Remember it’s a global market and the US isn’t the only driver of price, even if you’re a major one. (b) Those problems all sound rather disconnected. While I agree that something could be done about them on a federal level I don’t believe it’d be a ‘magic bullet’ which would cause fuel prices to drop drastically overnight. It will take decades of careful management, I think. You can’t overcome the fundamental problem that it’s a resource in limited supply (often controlled by undesirables with no guarantees of fair play), and in high demand – worldwide. I place most of the blame on people who choose to consume far more fuel than they really need to, and don’t back off when the price goes up. Those things make the demand for fuel inelastic. And, you know what happens when suppliers realize the demand for their product is inelastic – the price goes up. So while your (and my) goverments could be doing a lot more to help, this isn’t really their fault fundamentally, they’re just contributing a little bit to the problem, and not helping as much as they could.

  6. Nic, just answering the question as best I could. And yeah the ‘governments’ influences are ‘disconnected’, in the U.S. anyway.

  7. OK, well, that’s fair enough. But my point, in summary, is: while I think it’s completely legitimate to complain about the lack of government action on the energy front, I don’t think that makes the high price of fuel ‘their fault’ as such. Yes, they failed to address it in any meaningful way. But they didn’t necessarily cause the problem in the first place.

  8. hillary will win. just dig up ross perot. a semi-anything candidate. she’ll win with less than 40% of the vote.

  9. B2 Program: 1981 Seawolf program: Mid-80s Pershing II: 1974 Special Forces rebirth (pegged to SOG): 1970 Given that Carter was president from Jan 77 to Jan 81, how can you claim any of that was Carter’s doing? Hell, the only thing Carter can claim is killing the B-1, which Reagan brought back.

  10. Phelps, Do your homework. 1) The B2 program was the ‘B’ plane approved under the Carter administration second to the ‘A’ plane which was to become Have Blue and then the F-117. It was started in 1977 under the direction of Bill Perry, Secretary of Defense for the Carter administration and Northrop won the contract in 1981. 2) The Seawolf program was approved under the Carter administration and began active planning in 1982 with development through until the first one was ordered in 1989. 3) The Pershing II program was an evolution of the Pershing I program and was first functionally deployed in the field in 1983. Advanced development of the Pershing II started in Nov ’77 with engineering development in ’79. In 1980 Jimmy Carter granted the Pershing II BRICK-BAT status making it the highest national priority system at the time. 4) After the failed Iran hostage rescue operation in 1980, Adm. James Holloway was appointed by Carter to head a review panel that recommended strengthening ALL US SOF capabilities and personnel. Adm. Holloway’s course of action was approved by the Carter administration.

  11. Something tells me that only attacking Hilary is going to make her look like a victimn and get more votes – she already has an advantage in that she’s a woman. Just support Mark Warner (in the primaries) if he runs. Either that, or hope McCain or Frist runs.