Chess is a war game.
You win by playing your opponent, not the game.
The patient, wily, and deft player often triumphs more frequently than the flashy, lightening quick one.
A grand master will pick off the pawns as they cross into enemy territory and then concentrate on checking the King.
The Queen has the greatest maneuverability of all the chess pieces. She can be the most lethal.
The King, by contrast, is often barricaded behind a wall of defenders, with little room to escape-save in a bold and risky fashion.
The King is dying. Long live the Queen.
Quietly, and under almost everyone’s radar, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been vanquishing her foes, while President Barack Obama has been multiplying his.Furthermore, she has been paying off her debts, while Obama has been multiplying his (and the country’s) I.O.U.s.
Obama is down in the polls. Clinton is up. He is losing his liberal base and taking heat on health care, the wars, broken promises, gate crashers, the bailouts, and a grand design that leaves his base behind.
As New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote Sunday, “The Obama White House is morphing into the Bush White House with frightening speed. Its transparency is already fogged up.”
Watch Tuesday night in Massachusetts
On Tuesday night, Clinton may win promotion of another pawn to a valuable seat in the U.S. Senate-and enhance her position on the political chess board.
A non-Kennedy, non-Obama candidate may win the special election to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, and become the first woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate from that ultra liberal state.
If Clinton supporter and Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley wins that will make the ninth score that Clinton has settled. And it will have happened in the state that the Kennedy family once ruled. (continues here)