May 7, 2008

Time to break out the rest of the Crown Royal

Well, tonight we've come from behind, we've broken the tie, and, thanks to you, it's full speed onto the White House.

Uh, not so fast there Hill...

It's over. Done. Kaput.

Even though some pundits acted like they just couldn't bring themselves to say it, and some actually acted as though you still have a chance somehow, the fact remains that as of this morning, there is no possible way you can best Barack Obama in any of the reality based measures which humans use to select their choice of leaders.

And even though some pundits haven't figured it out yet, even if you were given all the Florida delegates and votes you say are due you, and even if, as you shamelessly demand, the votes and delegates from Michigan are awarded to you even though you ran a one person race there without Obama's name appearing on the ballot, for God's sake, YOU STILL COME UP SHORT.

That's the bottom line. Under none of the myriad and every-changing ways you've tried to slice and dice and julienne the way you demand people choose their candidate, you CAN'T win. It's time to go back to your "just folks" mansion in Chappaqua.

Well, there IS one way left where you might pull it off. And that's if you can con, bribe, or otherwise threaten enough super-delegates to vote against the will of Democrats across the country and select you over Obama. End of story. Or at least it should be.

You might want to hunt up the rest of that Crown Royal that you downed in your "just folks" offensive.

I, on behalf of long-suffering Dems everywhere, issue this humble plea: won't someone PLEASE get the hook? It's time for Hillary to accept her parting gifts and walk off stage.

Speaking as a person who has had great admiration for Clinton for decades, but has seen that support and good-will all but vanish in the face of her patently phony and cloying performance as of late, I couldn't be happier with Tuesday's results in Indiana and North Carolina.

Needless to say, it was certainly disappointing to see Hillary squeak by Obama in Indiana solely on the basis of Republicans who crossed over to vote for her, either due to the fact she acts so much like Bush politically, or simply to mess with Democracy, since after all, that seems to be their favorite hobby these past 8 years.

I was disappointed to watch Hillary steadily, almost daily, do and say and propose things that revealed her as a phony, pandering, duplicitous, double-talking, and frankly, dishonest politician.

Some mistake this as her being a "fighter". Nah. It's just that she's willing to twist and/or spin things shamelessly and seems to have no line which she wouldn't cross in order to win.

While it's impossible for me to not feel some form of empathy for her doomed campaign as far as her personally, she couldn't bow out soon enough if she did it week ago.

Hillary is tenacious. She's a model of a person who sets her sights on a goal and pursues it with singular devotion and focus, who works three times as hard as the average human and who voluntarily invites microscopic inspection and public scrutiny and all the horrible unfair attacks and smears it invites.

For that, she still has my admiration... or perhaps rather it's awe, kind of like looking at some exotic animal that can do things far beyond the ability of humans. I do admire her drive, but that's tempered by the fact that I'm not sure what's behind that drive, a desire to fix everyone's problems, as she proclaims, or simply a lust for position and power or a chance to one-up her husband, who knows?

What I do know is that she clearly has shown herself as the type of politician, or rather a practicing precisely the sort of politics that has driven millions of Americans into strong support of Obama in the hopes that we can get away from it once and for all.

Hillary will say anything. She'll ape McCain by jumping onto the ridiculous and counter-productive "gas tax holiday" that anyone with a few firing brain cells can tell is nothing but a step backwards disguised as somehow addressing the concerns of "real" Americans, while putting tens of thousands out of work, neglecting maintenance and construction of crumbling infrastructure, and in the end benefiting individuals to the tune of a half tank of gas over the summer.

Thank goodness Obama had the wisdom to refuse to fall for this crap and called it the way it was. Watching Hillary's performance when George Stephanopolis asked if she could name one economist who supported her plan was enough to make George Bush blush. A more evasive and B.S. laced response couldn't be imagined.

She and her campaign later tried to suggest that economists don't know what they're talking about and that government has made policy decisions based on economists recommendations in the past that turned out poorly.

Sounds even stupider than Bush. "We don't need no steenkeen economists!"

And the recent concerted attempt to woo the very people who had attempted to destroy her and her husband without conscience for decades, spending hundreds of millions and blatantly lying about them in ways only the worst slime could dream is troubling and in a sense, unforgivable.

Sure, she's trying to woo moderates or independents that might be dumb enough to watch Fox News, but when Richard Mellon Scaiffe and Rupert Murdoch think you're just peachy and endorse you, anyone supporting Hillary had better stop and think.

There's been a clear attempt by various right wing figures who lead their right wing lemmings around by the nose to urge a campaign to support Hillary.

Gee, that must be because they feel she'd make the best president, right?

Or could it be that they think she'd be the easiest to beat?

And really, if either were true, isn't that a pretty good reason to reject Clinton?

Add to that the fact that she's gotten more campaign millions from big Oil, banking, insurance, and various other corporate coffers than even McCain, money which is from the very forces that have successfully prevented the very health care reforms and environmental and energy policies Clinton tells us she'll accomplish, and it's clear that Clinton is nothing but more of the same, just in a pants suit.

Sure, she'd be worlds better than any Republican, a vastly superior president than John McCain.

But if you desire any sort of change from the same old "leadership by bullshit" we've all suffered from for so long, then be glad when Clinton finally is hauled off the stage by several burly stage-hands kicking and screaming.

I just hope she stops campaigning after Obama is inaugurated.

With the revelation this morning that she'd loaned her campaign several more million, I imagine she'll be campaigning long enough to try to make that back at least.

As for the suggestions that she might be Obama's vice-president, I wouldn't have a problem with that. But I'd sure hate to be Obama's food taster.


At 5/08/2008 9:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No way HRC is VP - she has already likely cost him the election and she will not be rewarded for that.

The fact that he had to keep running has brought all of his weaknesses (SF comments, Wright, wife's comments).

In addition, the fact that he has struggled so much in big states, important states, when he has been the presumptive candidate and has outspent HRC 3:1 - leaves him in a very bad situation heading into November.

At 5/08/2008 9:45 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Anon 9:19

Obama's in "a very bad situation heading into November"???!!!

Surely you jest.

First of all, don't make the mistake of using how Obama fared against another Democrat who had essentially the same positions as Obama.

This was a contest between two very popular and skilled Democrats who both shared positions diametrically opposed to those reprented by Bush and McCain.

Because the race was tight between Clinton and Obama does NOT translate into somehow the race between Obama and McCain being nearly as close.

Actually, the very fact that these two candidates have generated such universal buzz and support should tell you that when pitted against a fossil like McCain, representing the same corporate/elite policies that reward the rich and powerful while doing nothing for the middle class, and the warped "give war a chance" theme, McCain is the one in "a very bad situation."

The guy has about a gazillion dollars compared to McCain, who is having to resort to outright fraud in order to compete (getting loans based on eventually receiving public financing, then going back on that pledge and applying for public funds) and other accounting gimmicks designed to allow corporate and billionaire donors to contribute unlimited amounts which will eventually find their way back to his campaign.

But there is no way McCain can begin to compete financially. Is that a "very bad situation"?

Obama represents hope and vitality, and the promise of a new and better tomorrow, McCain represents continuing the "war" in Iraq simply for the purpose of making sure that there's war in Iraq. McCain represents the continuation of the ruinous policies designed to shelter the very rich, shield them from any insecurity, and continually use the government for their benefit only.
McCain supports handing over social security and health care to Wall Street.

McCain positions on almost every major issue of importance goes directly against the wishes of the majority of Americans.

Polls show Obama beating McCain handily, and beyond that, polls show that a Democrat, ANY Democrat, would beat McCain.

And yet Obama is in "a very bad situation heading into November"?

Obama's campaign is largely responsible for the largest number of newly registered DEMOCRATS in the nation's history, numbering literally in the millions.

A candidate from the same party as the incumbent president has NEVER won when the economy was tanking as it and will continue. Ever.

Republicans are facing the music. Newt Gingrich describes it as a total anihilation and disintegration for Republicans in November, and the chair of the Republican congressional campaign committee essentially told all Republicans not to expect much as they're nearly broke.

But it's Obama that's in the bad spot.

I see.

Wow. Don't know how you figure that. I think you're allowing your fear knowing he'll win to cloud your view of reality and pretend that McCain has a shot.

McCain is hopelessly doomed if the election were held on issues. That's plain.

The only chance in hell he has is if he engages in the ugliness and slime-bucket tactics that the Republicans are so famous for.

But times have changed. All but the usual gang of morons don't fall for it anymore, and actually are repulsed by it, especially when contrasted with someone like Obama who's main draw is his call to end the sort of Republican lies and bullshit that have poisoned politics in America.

But Obama is in a really bad spot.


At 5/17/2008 2:15 PM, Blogger Dusty said...

Personally I don't think she would want the second chair and she would make a decent pit bull in the Senate...ala Hottub Tommy Delay..


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