Bush II then Clinton II? Or no more dynasties?

The ever triangulating Hilary Clinton and her team have decided it’s safe to take on Defense Secretary Rumsfeld. While she’s the current favorite for the Democratic nomination for President in 2008, the progressive base may well go for the reborn, new “authentic” Al Gore.

The base, and perhaps enough of the general electorate, has grown weary, even sick of, the second Clinton’s increasingly transparent jockeying for position that has but one fundamental driving force – the accumulation of personal power. Primary Colors and No One Left To Lie To are the definitive popular works here. The movie of the first is an important, watchable and under appreciated portrayal of boomer politicians.

With Barack Obama still a peripheral player in national politics, Gore’s personal history with connection to a time when governing was not completely circumscribed by personal ambition and aggrandizement will enable him, if he wants a comeback, to emerge as the prime competitor to Clinton II.

The beginning of the Reuters report on today’s Senate hearing and Hilary’s later call for Rumsfeld’s resignation:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New York Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday called on Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to resign, after accusing him of “presiding over a failed policy in Iraq.”

Clinton’s spokesman confirmed the senator said President George W. Bush should accept Rumsfeld’s resignation.

Clinton, a possible 2008 Democratic presidential candidate, at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing earlier in the day, ripped into Rumsfeld for his handling of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

“We hear a lot of happy talk and rosy scenarios, but because of the administration’s strategic blunders and, frankly, the record of incompetence in executing, you are presiding over a failed policy,” Clinton said.

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