"Bill Richardson said you eat babies!"
As much as I don’t want to and have tried desperately not to pay attention to the increasingly bitter battle for the Democratic nomination, I have to get a couple of things off my chest, or I’ll explode.
It’ll also give me a chance to link to two New York Times Op-Eds about the Horror that is Hillary.
If Clinton somehow secures the nomination (in his damning article "The Long Defeat," David Brooks puts her chances at a mere five percent) I fear that I may actually be morally compelled to sit out one of the most important Presidential elections of my time.
Because I cannot, in good conscience, vote for a person so egocentric and vainglorious that she’s willing to tear apart a political party and provide the opposition with electoral ammunition just so she can continue to soak up a spotlight that was never rightfully hers to begin with.
Oh, I know she’s smart, shrewd, capable etc. But she has little regard for the Democratic process, or even the future of her party. The Clintons, with their long and tangled relationship with truth and transparency, are willing to twist delegates’ arms (and I’m not even talking the super ones) on the road to a Presidency that would be as divisive and polarizing as George W. Bush‘s.
I’m not saying Barack Obama is perfect. But he’s the zeitgeist candidate, the one with the best chance of repairing the damage to America’s global reputation, while forging the necessary alliances to solve the legion of domestic problems we currently face. He’s a thoughtful, considered, intelligent man who’s firm and judicious, yet slow to anger. Obama is our best hope for an American Restoration. I’m wondering if we even deserve him.
Hillary, to borrow Brooks’ phrase, represents "the audacity of hopelessness."
I agree with Maureen Dowd that a Clinton-Obama or Obama-Clinton ticket is looking like a pipe dream. Of course, stranger things have happened. John F. Kennedy was no fan of Lyndon Johnson, and they were forced to pair up.
I suppose I could suppress my gag reflex if she was Obama’s VP.
But if it’s Hillary on top with some other running mate, I may do the unconscionable.
I might just stay home.