Blood for Hillary

I have engaged in deadly combat in defense of Hillary Clinton, and have the scar to prove it!

Well, ok, it wasn't deadly combat so much as a fistfight outside a club in Ybor City. And it wasn't so much a fistfight, as it was me getting clocked by a guy twice my size. And it's not exactly recent. Ok, here's the story...

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Keith Olbermann is a classy guy

   If you say something dumb, It's polite to say "I'm sorry, that was dumb". He just apologized for the whole "take her into a room" thing, gave it some context. I thought that was really upfront of him. It did come out pretty "mangled", to use the popular term.

There's no reason we can't be civil, is there?

Obama 08

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Stop the bleeding

 cross-posted at DKos

  It should be clear by now, to any dispassionate observer, that the Democratic Party is floundering. Whether through incompetence, or conniving, The Florida Dems have allowed an unpleasant situation to turn into a public debacle. Michigan seems to be in the same boat. In a year when The Republican Party seems set to lose it's political shirt for a generation, The Party of Bush is maintaining it's dead-heat with the Dems, even while continuing to run on a platform of endless war, corporate welfare, and open disdain for the Constitution. John McCain, "Hero" of a pointless and illegal war that ended before I was born, has abandoned every principle he once claimed to hold dear in his naked pandering to his Party's corporate and military-industrial masters, yet still maintains his MSM-crafted image as a straight-talking Everyman. He continues to state publicly his intention to not only maintain our current "strategy" in Iraq, but to expand it to encompass Iran, Syria, and any other Middle Eastern nation who might oppose our designs in the region. His economic and domestic policies (If I may use that term) are sound-bite pablum, the sole purpose of which is to keep in place the robber-baron political/financial structure that's been eating our country alive for the last 20 years. In any sane world, this man and his lobbyist handlers would have been booed off the stage long ago. In the current insanity, however, he has found an ally.

  Hillary Clinton has presided over one of the worst-run political campaigns in modern American history. With it's air of presumed inevitability, epic infighting, gross financial mis-management, and repugnant attempts to smear any who dare to question it's underlying justification, her operation, in both form and substance, resembles nothing so much as the Iraq war itself. It features the same strategic blindness and message-reshuffling we've been treated to these last seven years. According to the "Plan" (once again, I'm abusing a term), it should have been over long ago, with Victory a foregone conclusion. That didn't happen, largely due to her own political history (HillaryCare, the Iraq war vote, the Kyl-Lieberman ammendment), but also from the desire of many Democrats to avoid another four years of partisan warfare, and White House psychodrama. Her reliance on triangulation and name-recognition, unsupported by any contingency planning whatsoever, and her inability to construct any overarching message more substantive than "Don't stop thinking about the 90's", has reduced the former presumptive nominee to a near-Huckabee level of electoral support. Instead of finding a "Solution" we can believe in, she has now made what I can only describe as the most cynical political calculation I've seen since Reagan cut the Iran hostage deal in 1979-80. She has decided to try to destroy her Democratic opponent, to render him unelectable in 2008, in the mad hope that after four years of McCain, the country will welcome her as Savior in 2012. This opinion may seem harsh, even outlandish. In support of it I have only to point to the candidate's recent behavior: The adoption of Republican talking-points (indeed the creation of future Republican talking points!) in a textbook example of rovian Fear & Smear tactics. The sheer chutzpah of a liberal conneticut multi-millionare, a lifelong lawyer-politician, married to one of the most powerful men in the world, and board-member of some of the largest corporations on earth, re-inventing herself as a down-home, shot-drinking, gun-toting small town girl while painting her opponent, a former community organizer on Chicago's south side and child of a middle-class single parent as an "Elitist", is an example of cognitive dissonance so egregious I lack the adjectives to describe it. I can't remember the last time a politician insulted my intelligence so blatantly (and I lived through the Reagan presidency).

 Despite this, a portion of the Dem party itself (namely the DLC), and a significant number of voters still support Clinton. These folks are as entitled to their opinions as I am, and I respect their point of veiw, though I fail to understand their loyalty in this matter. When asked, most of these good people respond with reasons ranging from nostalgia for the former president, support of Hillary herself, a desire to see the last glass ceiling broken (a desire I happen to share), or a purely pugnacious desire to see the Clintons get another round against the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy. I don't discount the authenticity of any of these motives. As a matter of fact, I would have enjoyed seeing Hillary knock a few of Scaife's teeth out, rather than sitting down and playing nice with that maggot. I do doubt the authenticity of Clinton herself. I can only point to her voting record in the Senate, and her behavior during this campaign, as justification for this belief. Her politically motivated support of Bush's agenda in the Senate, where she was one of the few Senators with the public stature to have had a chance to head off this Iraq nightmare, I cannot forgive. Tens of thousands of our troops have been killed, or maimed for life, and she has not had the guts to even apologize for her blunder. Her "if I knew then, what I know now" dodge is political ass-covering at it's most pathetic. Her campaigns' non-stop ocean of plausibly-deniable slime, back-stabbing, and teary-eyed victimology is the most disgusting bit of political theater I've ever been witness to, next to the Bush administration itself. Her recent attempts to smear Obama, ably co-ordinated with, and abetted by, the Republican media machine, are frankly sickening. If the good people of New York see fit to return her to the Senate again, more power to her. I cannot, and will not, support this person for President of the Untied States.


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Sauce for the goose

 An interesting bit of historical context, courtesy of HuffPo, for my good friends here at MyDD. It's completely overloaded my brain's snark function, so I'll just lay it out for you...

  "The reason (George H. W. Bush's tactic) works so well now is that you have all these economically insecure white people who are scared to death," Clinton was quoted saying by the Los Angeles Times in September 1991.

A couple months later, Joe Klein, writing for the Sunday Times, reported that Clinton made the following remarks:

   "You know, he [Bush] wants to divide us over race. I'm from the South. I understand this. This quota deal they're gonna pull in the next election is the same old scam they've been pulling on us for decade after decade after decade. When their economic policies fail, when the country's coming apart rather than coming together, what do they do? They find the most economically insecure white men and scare the living daylights out of them. They know if they can keep us looking at each other across a racial divide, if I can look at Bobby Rush and think, Bobby wants my job, my promotion, then neither of us can look at George Bush and say, 'What happened to everybody's job? What happened to everybody's income? What ... have ... you ... done ... to ... our ... country?'"

 I'm gonna forego the obvious point, and simply ask for comments. Try not to let your heads explode.

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kid oakland on DKos

  First, let me apologize for my inability to embed links in a post. I'm extremely lazy. I will learn this arcane skill tonight, I promise. That being said, my post...

kid oakland has a great post up on DKos right now called "The Clinton moment". I read it through twice, and I felt kinda ashamed of myself. I'm new to the Blogosphere, but the reason I love it so much is the fact that you get EVERYONE'S opinion, as long as you're willing to read. The MSM caters to the loudest, and most connected, voices for what I'm sure are good financial reasons. Slime and invective fuel ratings, and thus profits. They have bills to pay, and patrons to please. The end result, however, is a showcase for hard-core partisans preaching to the choir. We must guard against the trend towards that kind of segregation!
  Now, I'm not saying anyone should just lay down and play nice. Argue, debate, cuss, shout, whatever. But we are all in this together, and we will live and die at each other's side.

 Sorry to get all preachy. Go read the post.

Obama 08 (and Hillary: The Toughest, Most Effective Senate Majority Leader Ever. You go, Girl!)

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Hillary Clinton, SML

This is what kills me about Sen. Clinton. This lady has her stuff together. She has issues she obviously cares deeply about. She can be as focused as a laser about policy details I think far too many pols don't pay attention too. I hear that in person she is funny, charming, and warm. She's clearly smart as hell. And yet, I can't bring myself to support her for the nomination. It's partly policy. We hear alot about how the two candidates have near-identical positions, and mostly that's true, but I notice that where they do differ, it's more a matter of what I'll call "philosphy of implementation". Mandates, for one thing. Top-down planning by a small group of people who agree with each other, for another. The conviction that you are "right", and that those who disagree w/ you are either benighted simpletons, or bloodthirsty enemies. It has more to do with attitude, to be honest. I know Sen. Clinton is a warrior. I remember her husband's presidency, and all the filth that was slung at her, and her family. I wouldn't blame anyone who'd gone through that for being a little (or even a LOT) touchy, for deciding to abandon the Flight part their brain, and going full-on Fight as a survival strategy. I can even deal with her, ahem, creative interpretation of objective reality. Every election, people seem to rediscover the fact that gasp politicians lie! I just don't think I can make it through another 4 years of melodrama, and scorched-earth politics. I can't escape the feeling that a Clinton presidency would be, one way or the other, all about Clinton. Because, as sure as bears defecate in forests, the Republicans who are making nice with her right now will, upon her securing the nomination, morph back into the thuggish, slavering trogolodytes we all know them to be. They will attack her, Sen. Clinton will go nuclear, and it will be the 90's all over again (without the whole "prosperous economy" thing, of course...) And any solutions that manage to get applied will be more about political advantage, and Gotcha games, than about the actual problems they purport to address. I can't face it, I flat cannot. The next President, whoever that unlucky person turns out to be, is going to face problems so horrendous that I lack the courage to contemplate them all at one time. This President will need to draw upon the talent, fortitude, and goodwill of every single person in America if they are to have any hope of succeeding. I am no Hillary-Hater (I still have my "Hillary in 2008" T-shirt :) , but I do not beleive she has the personality to accomplish this. I beleive that Sen. Obama does. And, I know I keep harping on this, but there is a job in Washington where Sen. Clinton's character and talents are desperately needed : Senate Majority Leader. Sen. Obama is a nice guy. He's smart, eloquent, and a natural diplomat. If he doesn't have a hard-core policy warrior leading the charge in Congress, those crusty old theives are gonna block anything he tries to do. I can't think of anyone I'd rather have on my side in a knife-fight than Hillary Clinton (O yeah, she'd cut you...)

Hillary, I love you. But, barring some disastrous miracle, you can't win without harming the thing you love, our Nation. All the hot air and hurt feelings aside, I know you wouldn't do that. Stay in the race as long as you feel like you have a legitimate shot. If you win, I'll fight for you. If you lose, hold your head up, and get yourself ready for the fight that's coming. We'll all need you for that one.

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