I'm seldom a fan of David Brooks, but this column is outstanding.
It's painful to see Hillary Clinton not only using the worst, most cynical strategies of the Bush Administration's spin machine, but also making a virtue of it, claiming that her ability to stoop so low means that she is the candidate best able to take on McCain in November.
Nothing remains of Clinton's strategy to paint herself as more experienced than Obama; all that remains is the claim that Hillary is the better intimidator. As Brooks points out, this means that, "if elected, she’ll have the power to take the Hobbesian struggle she perceives, and turn it into remorseless reality."
Little comfort for those who, like me, are already finding the Democratic nominating process, in a variation on the Hobbesean theme, to be nasty, brutish, and interminable.