Wednesday, May 31, 2006
The Road to Perdition (or the HILL-GORE highway)
Last night as I engaged Ellie ("Political Hot Spot" and a great blog, btw...) she mentioned believing that either Hillary Clinton or Al Gore will be the nominee for the Democratic party in 2008.
That was it for me.... "I'm damn angry and I'm not gonna' take it anymore" I bellowed to the four winds....
Ok, so it wasn't that dramatic, but I did let out a sigh... Jeez, I said, are you kidding me? let me paste what I said verbatim. And I quote...
"Ellie, I was going to save this rant for a future posting of my own but you have uncoiled it from me. Every time I try to give the Democratic party a chance to earn my vote (not probable, but possible...), most people I talk to pull out the Clinton/Gore bit. I can't find the fascination with Hillary Clinton or Al Gore. Seriously; and Bill Clinton was the ONLY Democrat I've ever voted for (a protest vote in 96' against Dole, but all the same). Personally I would love if Al Gore would just clean Hillary's clock in the primaries and have her scurry to run for President of the Senate or something mundane. Just to see her arrogant Butt wither in the vine. As painful as it is to watch Gore, at least he stands for something and will lob verbal bombs with the best of them. I admire the guy. He took the sickest punch to the solar-plexus in the history of politics in 2000 and kept his chin up; did the private thing at Harvard and Apple, and kept his quasi-public image enough in the open to be a thorn to Bush at every possible moment. Good for him. I dis-like Bush as much or more that he does. What has Madame Hillary done? Field-poll testing of every answer she gives, sits on the fence on half a dozen "third-rail" issues and has not come out for or against anything in 6 months! She is the stepford candidate. Doesn't want to piss on any group, no matter the ideology. Talk about playing it safe. It is amazing to me the gumption of this woman. Its like she expects people to come up and kiss the Ring in the primaries and give her the de facto red carpet to the oval orifice. I agree with you that it will PROBABLY be one of those two, but the Democratic party has so many talented Governors like Warner (Virginia), Locke (ex-Washington), Corzine (New Jersey),... The list goes on and on and yet it always comes down to these two invalids. If the party of the Donkey loses again in the 2008, it is not because independents like me won't give them a shot, it is because you guys can't pick a solid candidate to save yourselves. Gore? 8 years of Clinton prosperity... .he blows it, could not even win his own home state!. Kerry? HE had 4 years of Bush bumbling, speech-polio and Iraq,... HE blows it. Just as America is tired of the Bush legacy so is half of America brain-fatigued of the Clinton name as well. But go ahead and give her the nod. You do so at your own peril, ... and mine too unfortunately."
Shortly after that rant I began to look for reasons why I felt this way.... Stay with me Demos, because in spite of not liking what you are going to hear, you will like me at the end (I can hope, cant I?)
Reason 1. Like it or not, the blow-hards on right wing radio have it right on one thing, you guys spend 90% of your bull-horn minutes bashing Bush and 10% giving semi-salient alternatives to his policies. People, my ambivalence for the man is well documented in many of my postings, but who wants to hear complaining about him 24/7? ... Harping about stuff we already know? Bush lied, Bush is dumb, Bush cant put 2 words together, Bush is suppressing our civil liberties, Bush is killing our soldiers...... you guys are killing ME! The Democratic "New Plan" unveiled last month made such amazing new proclamations as "we will look harder for Osama Bin Laden" (wow!) "We will fight a smarter war" (stop, I can't take the cutting-edge thinking!) The day the preponderance of Democratic bloggers stop the bitching echo and start to REALLY talk amongst themselves, ... start engineering solutions, convey platform alternatives, hash out ideas outside the box, put a positive and pragmatic view of the future ...that is the Day you will right (pardon the pun) your ship and start getting traction with the "silent majority", those who don't rant but stand back and watch the parade go by. You have precious few Red States in play for 08', and not ONE Blue State you can afford to lose. I swear, I listen to right and left wing talk radio all day , I sure as hell know what you are against, but I still don't know what you guys are FOR! The perpetually-surprised looking Pelosi is not a good face for your party, and her plastic surgeon should get fired as well (I know, its a cheap shot but I've gone 3 paragraphs in serious mode..)
Reason 2. Your candidates, -pure and simply- Suck. Al Gore?... look, even I can see that one. Eight years faithfully serving at Clinton's side, yep;... he was due and probably amongst the better-prepared Vice-Presidents in history. I'll give you that. But Kerry? the guy was a back-benching, Gold-diggin' Senator for 12 years! Name me one, ONE amazing piece of legislation he wrote or co-wrote at the top of your head (googling is not permitted today) The reason I did not vote for either candidate in 2004 is that to me, they BOTH sucked!. I voted for my little known Libertarian fellow and said to hell with both major parties. If Bush and Kerry are the "best and brightest" we can muster then our Country is toast. Whatever happened to people like Harry Truman? He could care for the poor, stand on moral principle, refer to God without having to qualify his statement, drop a few Atomic bombs on Japan AND still be for fiscal responsibility. I swear if he were alive and running today I would kneel down and swear allegiance to the Donkey's Ass... (is that a redundant thing or what...). Nominate Hillary and you will get 5% of the swing voters in Purple States -that are the true "deciders" of the election-, and they will vote for whom-ever is running against her, even if its freakin' Gumby. There goes your election, your hopes and the high probability of 8 more years of Republican rule. I can live with myself, I don't vote in Democratic primaries,... whats your excuse?
I love my country soooo much, that I would eschew my own party line, for the greater good. You guys give me a candidate I can look up to, respect their honesty, trust the fairness of policies and see transparency through-out, and I will vote with you, not against you.