Sara Whitman

Within arm's reach

Filed By Sara Whitman | March 21, 2008 4:10 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Democrats, election 2008, Hillary Rodham Clinton, HRC, John McCain, primaries

It is painful how this political race is ending up. The Democrats are imploding and the sole Republican is sitting pretty, looking calm, almost regal.

It's been hard to watch. I am a Clinton supporter. I believe she is a better candidate. It's not about Obama. I think he is capable and if nominated, will surround himself with smart people.

I simply believe Clinton already is smart enough.

What I'm struck by, mostly, is not the fight between the "Dunkin Donuts Clintonites" and the "Starbucks Obamatrons." Nestled in our enclave of liberal supporters we are arguing over minutia.

Especially in the LGBT community where either candidate leaves much to be desired. It's choosing between being treated like dirt and being treated like dirt.

But we sit today, with a historic opportunity, to elect the first African-American man or to elect the first woman President of the United States and we're blowing it.

Unwelcome folks in the world of white, male power. Very unwelcome. I have often questioned where the mud slinging has come from- the other Democrat or the entrenched powers that be?

I came across an essay this morning, "Whiskey in the Kitchen" in the book, "An Omelette and a Glass of Wine," by Elizabeth David.

David recalls a gentleman who writes to complain about the audacity of a food writer to suggest using whiskey, instead of cognac, to flambé a lobster. The complainant was from England, in 1952.

"I wonder if deep down that peppery gentleman's irritation might perhaps have been due to fear that once the gaff about whiskey not being suitable for the kitchen was blown the master's bottle would no longer be quite sacrosanct. The little woman, instead of having to explain the spending of twenty-five shillings of the housekeeping money on a half bottle of 'cooking' brandy, would be at liberty to raid the Scotch for a few tablespoonsful at any time, and nobody the wiser."

Not unlike today's political situation, now is it? As Clinton or Obama come close to the ultimate prize, I can't help but feel that those entrenched in political power would rather we stick to our Senate seats, our State legislatures, rather than sip at the carefully guarded Scotch.

The way things have always been done- cognac for flambé, is being challenged. The master's bottle is no longer sacrosanct.

And instead of locking arms to combat the very real John McCain, we are killing each other.

With history within arm's reach.


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You had two camps who have been waiting a long time for their hisotric dreams to come true, women and African-Americans.

When Hillary's peeps started the 'kitchen sink strategy' she should have been aware of what that was going to do to the party.

See, Monica, that's EXACTLY the kind of comment that ends up with every democrat chasing each other's tail, screaming and fighting.

I disagree. Strongly.

However, I don't want to elect McCain.

do you?

It is always the other guys fault.
( 'guys' in the general sense of people.)

Too many people in BOTH camps are now sitting around playing the blame game. Because A said this abou B it is all their fault.

BLAH BLAH.

So we end up with another repug as president, because everyone knows that as far as a presidential race goes, the dems have perfected the old "snatching defeat from the jaws of victory" shtick."

I don't care WHO sits on the throne, as long as it isn't another one of those sanctimonious, self-rightous bigots who pander to their buds in big business while the rest of us go down the tubes.

Are we too blinded by our own racist, sexist, whateverist you want to name bull shit that we will just pick up our marbles and go home if our canidate doesn't win?

Dems are such losers.

I don't know, Sara. I thought Monica's comment was on par with:

I am a Clinton supporter. I believe she is a better candidate. It's not about Obama. I think he is capable and if nominated, will surround himself with smart people.

I simply believe Clinton already is smart enough.

Neither are really untrue. You think Clinton is smart. Monica thinks Clinton's people unleashed "the kitchen sink" strategy. Both are correct.

But what's left over are the assumptions. We automatically assume that what Sara really meant was Obama isn't smart - he just surrounds himself with smart people. And Obama hasn't unleashed a "kitchen sink" strategy of his own according to Monica. But neither of those were really said.

But defenses very quickly got manned. (Pardon the phrase).

Again.

I don't care WHO sits on the throne, as long as it isn't another one of those sanctimonious, self-rightous bigots who pander to their buds in big business while the rest of us go down the tubes.

I'm a conservative, but even I can get behind this sentiment. Yes, it's time for a change. Better a Democrat than a Theocrat, and the only way we are going to arrest the slide from Republicanism to Rethuglicanism is to punish our so-called "representatives" at the ballot box.

Are we too blinded by our own racist, sexist, whateverist you want to name bull shit that we will just pick up our marbles and go home if our candidate doesn't win?

Yes you are. Add hypocrisy and not a little sanctimony too. Why do you think I'm on the right? It's because of the kind of dirt being flung by both Democratic candidates against each other. That's the way they do things, that's the way they've always done things. It's the Democrat way.

You're going to lose an unloseable election at this rate - unloseable because right-wingers like me are fed up with the Fundies who've infiltrated the GOP.

"Looking regal"? I wouldn't give him so much credit. And if he is, it isn't Obama's or Clinton's fault, it's more the fact that the press corps is enamored with him.

However, I don't want to elect McCain.

I really wish we'd stop using lines like that to shut other people up who have legit concerns. It's almost as bad as "If you criticize Bush, the terrorists win."

okay, alex, so you'd prefer the bitching back and forth?

what possibly can come up that's new? I disagree with Monica. I'm sick of hearing how "dirty" Clinton is and how "above it all" Obama is.

He's not. Monica can come back with this link and that link, and I can come back with this link and that link...

enough with the fighting. to what end? I'm not changing her mind, she's not changing mine.

I've heard the legit concerns over and over and over again.

If it's something new? great. it's not.

The last thing I want to do is defend one historic - yet mediocre - candidate against the claims of the other historic - yet mediocre candidate.

It has become impossible to speak critically of one without being perceived as a supporter of the other.

They are both disappointing to me (although not as disappointing as John Kerry was for the entirety of the 2004 campaign).

There is nothing either can say at this point that won't sound desperate. Just get on with it already...talk about something else while this primary season drags on into tedium....one of them will win eventually and the impact of either as a President will be quite similar.

Can we take Obamas suggestion and look into policy matters instead of being obsessed with taunting? Look at our complex and crumbling economy. Hey - nothing is new in heathcare...except it continues to be a drain on our spending potential. How much does that war cost us? How are we paying for that??

Nahhhh...you are right....its much easier to talk about Clinton's feminine scheming and Obama's plans to enslave whitey.

Would this country please get sucked into the center of the planet and shit out the other side already? I wish it would hurry....