Politcal Exhaustion: The Democratic Presidential Nominee Race

The Republican contest ended quite soon, and surprised many a pundit who wrote off Senator John McCain. The Democratic race, in contrast, is still going.

I wonder why.

If Senator Obama lost 20+ primaries / caucuses to 10+, and was trailing in popular votes and delegates, I’m sure he would have been asked to get out of the race for the sake of party unity. However, his opponent is Billary, so the fight will continue up to the Democrat convention.

I don’t consider all the gender and race conflicts breaking out amongst party loyalists to be serious. Most of it is media generated, because a long race makes the newspapers, magazines, cable and national networks lots and lots of money.

The line between celebrity and celebrity politician was crossed many decades ago. So those who complain about Senator Obama‘s recent celebrity and popularity, as if his support is negligible aren’t being honest. Billary is a celebrity too.

I’m pretty much done with following this race.

I find the ratcheting up of the “she who is greatly offended” brigade tiresome. The argument that Billary is being hammered, or not voted for because she is woman is a joke. She wouldn’t be able to run if she wasn’t a privileged white woman. Her husband is an ex-President. Billary‘s claiming that all his achievements are hers as well. If everything in the name of feminism is this twisted, what is the actual philosophy?

I also think Senator Obama‘s ardent supporters need to relax and have confidence in the man. He keeps his cool, which I admire. They should do the same.

Watching Pastor Jeremiah Wright (Trinity United Church of Christ) go off as he did was damaging and unnecessary. Was he jealous? I think the success of younger blacks bother some of their elders. It has to. Watching the young achieve heights that limited the older folks has to drive some of them batty. That’s no excuse, but that’s the only insight I could come up with.

All I’m saying is that Pastor Wright may be working off of an old, negative, angry, bitter and disappointed historical, social and personal template. He can’t or wont see that times have changed for the better. Let’s be real, it’s not great or perfect, but it can be fabulous in the future. However, refusing to acknowledge the positive changes in America is a failure on his part, not Senator Obama.

There is no easy way to become President of the United States of America.

Does anyone think achieving the most powerful job in the world would be a cakewalk? The person who occupies the White House literally has direct affect on the lives of millions, if not billions, of people. Ever notice how much it ages the occupant?

There’s no limit to what people will call a Presidential candidate or the President. I find the language used, regardless of party affiliation, Democrat or Republican regretful.

I think supporters of the Democratic nominee for President, be it a black man or a white woman will have to get used to the insults. It’s not fair, but think of all the names President G W Bush has been called. He has no political identity group that protects him on that basis alone. I understand that he is the standard / stereotypical powerful white male, but he is a human being with feelings.

As each individual (representing a political identity) group moves into a role of real power it cannot hold onto the mantel of victim. The insults on this person will be the norm. Perhaps in a twisted way, that is progress.

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Stunning: Camilia Page on Hillary Clinton

I usually don’t cut and paste from other writers, but Camilia Page from Salon.com expresses thoughts I’ve been unable to.

She sees the contempt for people coming from the Billary that I do.

The first nice bite:

Hillary’s willingness to tolerate Bill’s compulsive philandering is a function of her general contempt for men. She distrusts them and feels morally superior to them.

Following the pattern of her long-suffering mother, she thinks it is her mission to endure every insult and personal degradation for a higher cause — which, unlike her self-sacrificing mother, she identifies with her near-messianic personal ambition.

And her response to the Gloria Steinem b.s. that showed up in the New York Times earlier this week:

Hillary’s disdain for masculinity fits right into the classic feminazi package, which is why Hillary acts on Gloria Steinem like catnip. Steinem’s fawning, gaseous New York Times op-ed about her pal Hillary this week speaks volumes about the snobby clubbiness and reactionary sentimentality of the fossilized feminist establishment, which has blessedly fallen off the cultural map in the 21st century.

History will judge Steinem and company very severely for their ethically obtuse indifference to the stream of working-class women and female subordinates whom Bill Clinton sexually harassed and abused, enabled by look-the-other-way and trash-the-victims Hillary.

Right and I’m supposed to want to vote for Hillary Clinton, because she’s what? A woman? What a crock-of….

Tell it! Tell it! Camilia Page puts on the smack-down:

The Clintons live to campaign. It’s what holds them together and gives them a glowing sense of meaning and value. Their actual political accomplishments are fairly slight.

The obsessive need to keep campaigning may mean a president Hillary would go right on spewing the bitterly partisan rhetoric that has already paralyzed Washington. Even if Hillary could be elected (which I’m skeptical about), how in tarnation could she ever govern?

Seriously, hasn’t anyone had enough of Bush-Clinton-Clinton-Bush-Bush yet? Let’s turn the page people.

And the truth about Hillary Clinton‘s political “experience”:

But Hillary herself, with her thin, spotty record, tangled psychological baggage, and maundering blowhard of a husband, is also a mighty big roll of the dice. She is a brittle, relentless manipulator with few stable core values who shuffles through useful personalities like a card shark (“Cue the tears!”).

Forget all her little gold crosses: Hillary’s real god is political expediency. Do Americans truly want this hard-bitten Machiavellian back in the White House? Day one will just be more of the same.

Vote, people, for anyone. But not these people. Let’s not kid ourselves, Hillary is running for a third Bill Clinton term. Ugh.

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Business, Politics and the Personal – Part i

I don’t lack for topics to write about, I actually have too many. Yet I feel one needs to write and keep a thematic flow. Today, I’ll break that rule. I wasn’t even aware that I had built a box and joyfully stepped into it.

I’m going to briefly (I hope) write on some topics in this and following posts:

&#149 Politics: in consideration of campaign finance, should the New York Times’s relentless pro-Hillary Clinton slant be viewed as a campaign contribution? I’ll include Time Magazine and the Washington Post in this collective.

I am always amused by how people in the media are always so certain they know what is best for the American people. They suffer from chronic smartest people in the room syndrome.

If these people say that the years Hillary Clinton spent as First Lady qualify her as co-President and is her political experience, then she’s to blame for all the misdeeds and scandals of the Clinton Administration as well. Shouldn’t she have been impeached too?

By the way, what are her legislative achievements as Senator of New York? Oh that’s right, she thinks that illegal aliens should get driver’s licenses. It’s not like people use a driver’s license as a form of ID to ah, let’s see, ah, vote – right? US Citizenship isn’t earned or a privilege anymore. Is this an Open Borders Society?

Todays politicians are not just treasonous and they are not just unpatriotic. Their contempt for the American people is so deep that they think nothing of disenfranchising people who have died for the right to vote. Why is the situation in this country such that US Citizens are put over a rack of laws to abide by, but it is a free-for-all for others?

Clean house, I say, clean house. Let us stop voting for those that have such contempt for us. Try a new method of voting: just vote for the new guy. Rarely, if ever, re-elect anyone.

If people want to vote in someone as president who is famous for being famous or “smart”, why not at least pick an attractive and likable individual? That would make Senators Obama and former Senator Edwards a more attractive pair to vote for.

Last, but not least, the writers of the New York Times do not understand the people they write about. This is true of articles (the few that exist), which cover black American women. I often feel as though they are writing about an alien species, which I feel is done on purpose.

I don’t care if they claim that 99.9% of black American women love dem Clintons.

I am one of a handful that ain’t voting for her.

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