Since we've had an Obama lovefest on the site of late, I thought it was time we gave Hillary a bit of love. Hillary Clinton is the right candidate for this point in our history and gets my wholehearted endorsement and I'd love to tell you why.
Let me get this out of the way from the start... She has experience. She has great ideas. She has the skills to deliver on what she promises. But she's not perfect - far from it.
Her stance on marriage and specifically DOMA is despicable, but I think the differences between Clinton and Obama are mainly semantic on our issues. I've wondered about Obama, what with his kissing ass with the anti-gay African-American preachers and all, but...
The real question here is which candidate can lead this country on all of the issues. We will have to move either of them in terms of LGBT issues but I believe they are both moveable. So focusing on the nuanced differences is simply a waste of time. Unless you're a Lost Cabin Republican, you're voting for one of these two in November and I hope it's Hillary.
On the issues, she's a far better choice. Hillary Clinton has a better health care plan. She has a better education plan. She has a better economic vision. And no, she's not going to keep us in Iraq indefinitely. Hillary Clinton is just as much or more of an agent of change and it is the kind of change we need. At this time in our history, we definitely need some change but we need experienced change. No one being serious can say that having a woman as president, regardless if she's part of the establishment or has the last name Clinton, won't radically alter this country for the better.
Hillary has years in the spotlight and has had encounters with literally millions of people. She has been in the spotlight directly or indirectly for over 25 years. There has been a lot of shit slung at her and little if any has actually stuck. When the right wing machine comes after you, if you've ever so much as stepped on a spider in malice they will expose it and call you a murderer. She worked on issues during her husband's administration and she has been a very strong and competent Senator that was overwhelmingly reelected in New York. I call that tested and experienced.
Clinton has also shown great command of the facts in her debate performances. Having worked on these issues all her life, she has a breadth and depth of knowledge that many of the other candidate had trouble matching. And while many criticized her for "snifflegate" in New Hampshire, I found the moment quite sincere and refreshing.
Watching the media's misogyny and revisionist history has been appalling to me. From the glee of writing her off after Iowa to the "stunning turnaround" meme when everyone knew she was going to win in New Hampshire, to the Bil Clinton factor to the aforementioned snifflegate, the media has done its damnedest to write the history rather than report it.
Obama, on the other hand, has a lot of fans and does well with his message of hope. After 7 years of ShrubCo, we're all in desperate need of a light at the end of the tunnel. I just don't think Barack Obama has the stuff his dreams are made of - at least not yet.
Obama has barely what you can call a record. What record he does have is not one of distinction. He admittedly plays politics with important legislation, such as his repeated "present" votes in the Illinois legislature. He's admittedly closely tied with Illinois' own Jack Abramoff in this Tony Rezko guy, who went to jail a few days ago in an FBI sting. Obama has a very short history in politics and in the public eye and has shown some seriously bad judgement in these cases alone. (Let alone the anti-gay preachers I mentioned before.) I don't think he's really the stuff so much as he's just a lot of talk.
So, for those Obama supporters out there, I have this question: What on Earth makes you think this guy can deliver? Name one important thing he's even tackled, let alone worked his ass off to make happen, since joining the US Senate. He is not distinguished for anything other than his ability to demagogue on par with the best of the best. Sure he did good work on initiatives for the poor in Illinois, but I don't know of anything he spearheaded worth mentioning.
In the debates, he's been a blathering mess more often than he's been inspirational. When pressed, he starts to look pissy and purses his lips like he's ready to burn Wolf Blitzer's beard with his laser eye beams or like he's going to wrestle John Edward's hair. He only looks presidential when he makes speeches and lots of people are watching. I really enjoy those times and find him appealing when he's in his element. Otherwise, he looks rather precocious and often very petulant when things aren't going his way. He comes off as very arrogant to me most of the time.
Would I vote for him if he got the nomination? In a heartbeat. Do I believe he is destined for great things and probably could and should be the first black president? Absolutely. But the way some folks are swooning over him, it'll take an Oprah-Jesus hybrid to be worthy of being his running mate. I just don't believe he's ready yet. He is untested under real fire. What the Clintons are accused of having done so far are kiddie games compared to what he'll face against the wingnuts in Washington. He's young enough to run again and again for at least the next 25 years.
Considering the state of decay of our infrastructure, the state of the world after BushCo's rape of our friends and foes alike, and the state of our economy in a time of massive debt, economic downturn, and a seemingly bottomless dollar, I want someone who can go in and fix the damned place from day one.
I am confident in Hillary's ability to do so. Not so much with Obama.
UPDATE: Thanks to one of the commenters for pointing out this great piece about Hillary in the NY Times. It seems I'm not the only one tired of the BS from the Hillary Haters out there...