Over the last 8 - 10 weeks my disquiet at the thought of Hillary being the dem candidate and / or getting into the oval office has continued to grow and to sprout ever more ramifications as to why this would be another disaster for our country. We're already up against the ropes from the succession of 8 years of the regime's deliberately disasterous policies, part of which has been to spend the national government out of existence financially, and to create distrust of every federal agency and institution by deliberately turning them into centers of incompetence, and often as well, cesspools of corruption and politicalization. (Ya really didn't believe 'they' were that stupid, didja? Smart enough to steal elections and take out any candidate of their choosing? No, the destruction of centralized federal government is 'their' objective, and 'they've' reached a lot of 'their' goals -- if only by appointing who 'they've' appointed to judgships and pillaging the treasury, the greatest transfer of wealth into the fewest hands the world maybe has ever seen.)
My disquiet began with no longer trusting or believing in Hillary, based on her lies concerning serving in the U.S. senate, and her pandering to the regime over Iraq, as well as her early debacle with health care, and her deep connections to the health insurance companies, her cronyism with Murdoch and other corporatist power brokers, and her long-known secrecy. Transparency is not Hillary. She'll no more make our government answerable to public scrutiny than the regime has.
Now my disquiet includes Bill. He royally screwed us all over while in the Oval Office. He'll do it again, when it's supposed to be Hillary in that Oval Office. The 2 of them will also be fighting over who has the real power. Bill still doesn't control himself sexually, by all accounts. His heart surgery didn't change his life-time behaviors, except in diet. It will be another politically paralyzed presidency, paralyzed by Bill. His rhetorical outbursts in the last 2 weeks on the primary and caucus trails have reminded us all what he is. It will be another politically paralyzed presidency, paralyzed by Hillary, as she tries to stay out of Bill's shadow, and he walks in front of the vice president, creating yet more disunion in the nation.
Bob Herbert had a piece today in the NY Times op-ed page that applies to this, "Questions for the Clintons".
Gary Wills has another, that says everything I've been thinking, "Two Presidents Are Worse Than One."
While The WaPo Magazine has this rather sad article on Edwards, who clearly people admire and respect and maybe even trust, so why don't more people vote for him? I admire him more and more, and believe, considering the break down of who voted for whom in today's SC primary, he's the one of the three who is actually electable, and who also can really pull this country together.
Obama won SC yesterday. Black women evidently are right turned off by the Billary deal. Can you blame them, with all that barely concealed rhetoric that African Americans have heard the entire history of the U.S., that "boy, you just aren't ready yet." Not to mention the disgusting, repellant remarks on the level of "Bill Clinton's had more black women than Obama." Using black women as the bridge in a childish weenie-wave contest between two men is the most dispicable thing they've done yet. As Hillary's well-known for being in control of everything around her, and of Bill too, and even announced by her campaign as an endorsement for abilities as an administrator, can you believe for a second that she was unaware of this as a short-term strategy? How much more of their bad judgment and lack of self-control can this nation endure?
If Obama's not ready now then, when? Obama is NOT my favorite by a very long shot. But he, at least, won't be paralyzed by scandals, if he goes into the White House. And I tell ya, we are all sick to death of those 3 voices out of the last 16 years: the shrubbery AND the billary. I want to hear different tones, different timbres, new language. My ears cringe at the sound of the voices of all three -- shrub and billary.
Frank Rich has weighed in today on this as well.Go here for "The Billary Road to Republican Victory.
It's rather heartening, than otherwise, to see so many of the dem-leaning chattering class leaning toward this point of view today.Here's another, Glenn Greenwald, who has always been more of a billary supporter than not. Bill Clinton: The Chris Matthews of South CarolinaThat so many of this very loosely labeled 'us' are rejecting strongly this trashy behavior of the billary machine to make this suddenly about 'race' rather than character and all the other legitimate issues that lead to choice, speaks well of this 'us.'Or -- maybe, merely our self-interested terror of what the billary machine's ultimate consequences will be: another 8 years of 'them.'