This is the truth.

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 @ 7:10 pm | Clintonitis, Election crap

John Aravosis:

She makes me yell at the TV like she’s George Bush, and no one other than George Bush makes me yell at the TV – until now. I actually can’t stand her or her husband any more. I defended her. I defended her husband. And now I’m actually wondering if the Republicans weren’t right about them. That’s how bad she has damaged her reputation. People who actually liked you, who actually helped you, who actually defended you, LOATHE you now. Call me a Clinton-hater all you like, but people like me were the ones who had your back. And we never will again.

I will disagree with the last statement. I would again, perhaps. If Hillary Clinton were being attacked unfairly, I would defend her. But she is not being attacked unfairly. She is having the truth told to her, repeatedly.

It saddens me to think of her and Bill Clinton now, and what the future holds for them. I guess I was always neutral towards Hillary, admiring her at her best but never being particularly excited about her. But Bill, whoo boy. That one stings. I still remember the excitement I felt in 1992 when he ran against Bush I. I loved the man. I loved the way he ran the country, although I came to understand later that many of his policy decisions were heavily flawed and sacrificial of what made Democrats different from Republicans. But on the whole, it was good government that looked out for those trying to get ahead, balanced our books with long term prosperity in mind, and didn’t get us into an endless clusterfuck of a war. Bill’s intelligence was dazzling, and the nation was infused with a sense of well-being in no small part due to his skill behind the wheel. Flaws were there to be seen, no doubt, but in the end it was the first Presidency in my lifetime that I felt good about.

I don’t feel that anymore when I look at Bill today. Today he seems irrelevant and obsolete, a gas-station attendant trying to get everybody to remember when he was the Homecoming King who fucked the Prom Queen. And Hillary, who started out passionate and strong, has fulfilled her years-long mission of erasing the scars caused by her honesty and turning into the ultimate robo-candidate, a plastic automaton devoid of integrity, sensibility, or principle, existing only to pursue and accumulate power. While every once in awhile you sense her saying, “But it had to be done so I could get the things accomplished I cared about…” she revealed the damage done once she was cornered and saw defeat approaching. She had made the sacrifices necessary to be comfortable saying whatever it took to get elected, and so it became the path of least resistance.

I want to feel sympathy for Hillary and Bill now, as they look to the future and see their hopes die. I want to think of them possessed of their old humanity, and feel their frustration as they say to themselves, as I’ve often said to myself, “But I did my best…” But they sacrificed that humanity to attempt destroying a candidate who still possesses that quality.

Hillary voters, I do not know how you can continue maintaining any sense of idealism or affection for the Clintons after the past couple months. I do not know how you cannot see how she has offended the majority of Democrats and lost the race. I do not know how you can act indignant about perceived insults from Barack Obama when he has been as gracious and restrained as possible in dealing with her scorched earth campaigning. I do not know how you could let her Republican tactics turn you off on Barack so much that so many of you claim you’ll vote for McCain instead, although that is rather improbable. You people have not explained yourselves well.

But this is the time to put these things behind us. The Clintons can earn some respect back, depending on how they act over the next six months, although Hillary is clearly not ready to rehabilitate herself yet. But Barack Obama has done plenty enough to earn your respect and cooperation to put an end to the ways of George Bush and his adoring GOP. And, having defeated Hillary Clinton while polling consistently ahead of John McCain, he’s done more than enough to assuage your fears that he won’t get the job done. The time to fear and fret is over. If you make the decision to support the Democratic nominee all the way til November, it will happen. Hillary’s claims are self-fulfilling prophecies borne of no rhyme or reason. We must all put at the forefront the mission of getting a Democrat in the White House, so that we can pursue the vital work of remaining vigilant and staying on top of that Democrat to stick by us all until the last day of office.

-jb

17 Responses to “This is the truth.”

  1. Thomas Tallis Says:

    I guess I was always neutral towards Hillary, admiring her at her best but never being particularly excited about her

    do you really want me to dig back to the very beginnings of the campaign to refute this?

  2. Thomas Tallis Says:

    I mean I’m revolted by her endgame too, don’t get me wrong, but don’t revise your position – you’ve been ruthlessly attacking her since January.

  3. jeromy Says:

    I’m referring to the earlier days of Hillary, during her years as First Lady and first few years as Senator. I’ve described her as I’ve seen her, which has been more negative in the last couple years, especially since her vote for the Iraq war. Ruthless? That’s rich, I just told the truth and it sounded like hell, ala Truman. I’ve also written several posts defending her when she was attacked unfairly by rightwingers, although obviously that hasn’t happened since she started campaigning like a Republican, earning their admiration and my mighty wrath.

    Really, the point is here that these were people whose side I used to be on, people I used to like, people I do still possess some degree of sympathy for despite it all. That’s something lots of Clinton-o-philes have forgotten in their approach, that the Clintons have betrayed the people who spent nearly the past two decades defending them. If you can’t see the nuances in my position here, I don’t know how much clearer I can be.

  4. Thomas Tallis Says:

    yeah this is where I’m just baffled – Clinton was a monster from the month he took office. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”? the failure of universal health care? the willingness to let the base blame it all on the Big Bad Republicans? the disastrous policies in Somalia? the genocide in Serbia? the further blaming of the Republicans for these failures? there was one reason and one reason only to like President Clinton: the economy surged under him for eight consecutive years; the markets loved him. Republicans like to invent all manner of stupid stories about why that was, because it pains them to admit that they’ve completely lost the plot on the economy, and that neither the market nor the public trusts them any more, and won’t for many years to come, since the neo-con strategies exemplified by Bush & Co. are such clear, ringing failures.

    If you really liked or respected Clinton before hand, on what grounds did you base your respect, other than his ability to win? One likes the Clintons for the same reasons one likes the Yankees: they win ball games.

  5. Thomas Tallis Says:

    I mean I ain’t hatin’ dude. But it sounds from your original post like what made you feel good about Clinton was that he was a Democrat in office – you’re surprised now that he continues to behave like a Democratic politician?

  6. jeromy Says:

    Um, first of all, I was a pretty bad noob on politics most of my life, always paying attention but rarely gaining an understanding much deeper than scanning the newspaper every once in awhile provided. The past ten years have been a huge transition period, with the Lewinsky scandal being what launched me into more detailed analysis, and the following years marked by Chomsky and Nader totally blowing up the way I looked at things. Yes, I was “raised Democrat” and that party identification did play a large part in things, but it didn’t take a genius to see the improvements over Reagan and Bush.

    DADT was well-meaning and sounded good on paper, but there’s no arguing that Clinton came out of the gate trying to be pro-gay, got stung for it, and decided that it was always easier to talk a good game and throw gays under the bus when it was necessary. The Clintons have never repaired that with gays, but the damage they’ve done is something I’ve grown more aware of over the years.

    The failure of health care is massive, and Hillary Clinton deserves tons of blame for it. And received it. At the time, being a young feller with nothing but the MSM to depend on, health care for all was just made out to be this horrible impossibility that was sinister to boot, and I didn’t give it much more thought. Of course, I’ve come a long ways on health care since then and my resentment of her behavior then has grown.

  7. jeromy Says:

    It’s also worthwhile to note that many gays are, somehow, massive Clinton fans still. I mean, after Reagan and Bush you can understand liking the first President who talked about gays like they were actual human beings. But gay and straight alike need to expect action to go with the talk nowadays.

  8. Thomas Tallis Says:

    It almost breaks my heart that you actually believe such action will ever come from a Democratic candidate for President

  9. jeromy Says:

    Well, given that it will never come from a Republican president, you’re saying action will never come. I don’t believe that, and I believe when it comes, it will come from a Democratic president. And I think odds are quite favorable that Obama could be that president. And if he pulls a Clarence Boddicker on them too, I’ll kick him in the junk.

  10. Thomas Tallis Says:

    No you won’t! You’ll do what Bill Clinton partisans did: blame his failures on the Republicans. I got five bucks says that you’ll be defending Obama’s capitualtions on this very blog one year from now, explaining how he’s having to adjust to the political realities of Washington, etc. – as is your fate if you’re foolish enough to believe in the Democratic party as a source of progressive political change

  11. jeromy Says:

    Watch me!

    1. I have always faulted Bill Clinton for DOMA.
    2. I will never fail to note that Republicans are to blame.
    3. Change will come from the bottom up, never from a party, on this issue, and a Democratic president will go along with it before a Republican one will, end of story.
    4. Obama is a bottom-up politician, he’s happening because individuals like me gave a few bucks to him. Thus the odds are favorable that he will be responsive to what’s going on, and he’s already been more brazen and bold in his support of gays than any presidential candidate before.

    Thus: It ain’t impossible, you nattering nabob of negativity.

  12. Thomas Tallis Says:

    you got hope, I got history, my five bucks are safe

  13. jeromy Says:

    No you ain’t got the history because I haven’t forgiven Bill Clinton. Wash, rinse, repeat!

  14. jeromy Says:

    Things change, dude. History is rife with the evidence of that. Things staying one way for a hundred or a thousand years is not evidence that it shall last always. Anything and everything will one day be gone.

  15. Independent Says:

    Jeromy, it’s useless. Repent! Repent! Acknowledge that politics should never inspire! Every member of the elected is as dirty as the next. No one will ever be different! Life is miserable! Baaaaaahhh!

    /slits wrists

  16. jeromy Says:

    Hope you were listening to The Cure or some Smiths while you died…

  17. Independent Says:

    I’m an obsessed Obamafanatic! We only listen to “Yes We Can” on YouTube.