Via Roxie’s World, check out this video for the Dixie Chicks’ “Not Ready to Make Nice”. Please, Senator Clinton, dump Celine Dion, for the love of all that is good and right in the world! Roxie also points to this interview Clinton did with the Philadelphia Gay News. The article is called “Clinton talks, Obama balks,” and PGN explains: “PGN invited both Clinton and Obama, as well as presumptive Republican candidate John McCain, to speak with us. Only Clinton granted an interview.” Hmmm. Well, maybe Senator Obama read Historiann’s pioneering exploration of the queer vote in 2008?
I caucused for Hillary Clinton because I think she’s got the better policies, especially on reforming health care. I don’t think she’s perfect, nor do I think she’s run a perfect campaign (lamentably). If you’re looking for perfection, then go to a house of worship–politics ain’t your game. (Like I said when I voted to re-elect Ted Kennedy in 1994: I’m voting for Senator, not for Pope.) As the campaign has gone on, I’ve become more and more impressed with Clinton’s grace under pressure, and her amazing ability to transcend the ugly attacks and character assassination that she endures now not just from right-wing Republicans and the press and broadcast media, but by people in her very own party who claim to be progressives. (Oh well–women who step out of their place and into the public square have always been called “F**king Wh*r*es,” haven’t they? Stay classy, Randi!) And in spite of the fact that the media are cheering for her downfall, just about half of all Democrats still prefer her. Gee, I wonder what “the math” would be if we had anything like a fair and self-reflective press and a Democratic party that didn’t try to eat its own?
I understand and respect that millions of Democrats prefer Senator Obama. I’ve never tried to talk my friends and acquaintances out of supporting him, although many (not all) have tried to talk me out of supporting Clinton by telling me what a corrupt and unscrupulous monster she is. (Well, maybe they’re right–just look at how her ambition has obviously made her a terrible mother. Look at her wretched twin daughters, the entitled snots who brim with noblesse but can’t be bothered to muster an ounce of noblige. Oh–wait. Nevermind.) What I find striking is that my conversations with Obama supporters (on-line, by phone, and in person) often devolve quickly into demands that I answer for this or that position of Clinton’s which they cannot abide, as though I’m supporting Charles Manson for president. The thing they mention more often than any other is the illegal war in Iraq that she started single-handedly, and that she continues to prosecute to this day against all evidence that this makes the United States safer, and against the will of the American people. (Oh–wait. Nevermind.)
All kidding aside, we should remember who is really to blame for the past 7 years of disasterous foreign and domestic policy, and his name isn’t Hillary Clinton. Also, for those of you who are hung up on the AUMF vote, please remember that Clinton cast the same yes vote that every man who ran for President from the Senate in 2004 and 2008 cast, with the exception of Bob Graham, and I don’t recall Democrats getting nearly this worked up about the boys’ votes either in the primary or in the general election. 29 Democrats voted yes, and 21 voted no, and by the way, big Obama supporters Tom Daschle and Chris Dodd voted yes, too. Also, I don’t recall Bob Graham doing terribly well in the 2003-04 primary race. How funny, then, that Democrats loyally rallied around John Kerry in 2004 without too much nose-holding. I guess he had one advantage that Clinton doesn’t have, and that my friends, seems to make all the difference.