The senator said that left unchallenged, Republican leaders could ram through extremist judges, wreck Social Security, and make unacceptable concessions to China, Saudi Arabia and other nations that finance the United States budget deficit.
"There has never been an administration, I don't believe in our history, more intent upon consolidating and abusing power to further their own agenda," Mrs. Clinton told the gathering.
"I know it's frustrating for many of you, it's frustrating for me. Why can't the Democrats do more to stop them?" she continued to growing applause. "I can tell you this: It's very hard to stop people who have no shame about what they're doing. It is very hard to tell people that they are making decisions that will undermine our checks and balances and constitutional system of government who don't care. It is very hard to stop people who have never been acquainted with the truth."
In some of her sharpest language, Mrs. Clinton said that abetting Republicans was a Washington press corps that has become a pale imitation of the Watergate-era reporters who are being celebrated amid the identification of the Washington Post source Deep Throat.
"It's shocking when you see how easily they fold in the media today," Mrs. Clinton said, again to strong applause. "They don't stand their ground. If they're criticized by the White House, they just fall apart.
"I mean, c'mon, toughen up, guys, it's only our Constitution and country at stake."
Some of the "moderate" Dems, notably Joe Biden whom I otherwise like, are distancing themselves from the kind of rhetoric used by Hil, Dean, and Reid. Wise up, Mods. This kind of open talk, speaking truth to power, is exactly the right course. Folks with a soapbox gotta get up on it and SHOUT! We can't pussyfoot around with these bastards anymore. As I see it, political correctness and politeness are two of the reasons the Reps have steamrolled this country. They view it as weakness and work it like a red-headed stepchild to their evil ends. There's a lot of rocks that need to be turned over and maybe some noses that need bein' punched if our country is to survive.
I don't care what some folks think of Senator Clinton's seemingly centrist trend. She's got balls and a loud voice and she's using them. Kinda cute, too.