(Crossposted from A Chicken Is Not Pillage)
So, it seems that Bill Kennedy has endorsed Hillary Clinton, and at least one moron thinks I should reevaluate my endorsement of Obama. Actually, I have been reevaluating a few things.
1) I lost more than a small amount of respect for Mr. Kennedy when he dropped his Congressional run. I know that he claimed it was for health concerns, but it still left a bad taste in my mouth. Now, I'm somewhat glad he did. Let a fighter carry the load.
2) I'm sure as hell glad that Kennedy is not a super-delegate. I'd like to think that that lofty position is carried by those who won't cave at the first faint breath of an ill political wind (or redundantly, a Clinton fart.)
3) If Kennedy actually thinks that there aren't bitter people in Montana who cling to religion and/or guns then I'd sure as the hell like to see him explain the Freemen. What fricking Montana does that guy live in?
4) There was a time I would have supported Clinton for President. One month ago, I still gladly would have. Not any longer. Big Swede is right, I should reevaluate, and indeed I have. John Cole puts my conclusion into words better than I ever could, so let him explain:
She and her low-brow coterie of lackeys have left a trail of slime and unpaid vendor bills everywhere they have gone the past few months. They have lied, distorted, polled, and then lied some more. They attack viciously, then play the victim when punched back. There is literally NOTHING they will not do to win this nomination. They have convinced themselves and their rabid but diminishing band of followers that she somehow got screwed in Florida and Michigan. They have shit all over every caucus state. They have dismissed every state they have not won as unimportant. They have come up with new names for delegates depending on how useful they are today, and tomorrow they will change their name and corresponding level of importance. Some days they are super delegates. Other days they are automatic delegates. Pledged delegates don't have to stick with their candidate, we are told, except for Hillary's who have to stick with her. The only consistent principle is that the only people who matter are the ones who have voted for Hillary. They have threatened, hell, they have promised, a bitter convention fight if the super-delegates do not crown her as the nominee. They bring out the worst in everyone around them, me included.
And I am sick of it, and I am sick of her.
If it walks like a Republican, and talks like a Republican and whines like a Republican and lies like a Republican, it surely must be a Republican.
Since I'm not likely going to find the time to post my sweeping impressions on the outcome of the M-M dinner, kindly allow me to post my thoughts about Hillary's speech here. That night, she was responsible for the only truly 'WTF' moment. She went off talking all kinds of tough smack about forcing China to "play by the rules", rules she will somehow write that force China to yadayada ... To be honest, that entire bit was completely unreal. We have no force or club to hold over China. We can do nothing to stand in the way of their economic hold because we have become entirely dependent on it, just as we have Middle Eastern oil. So why would Hillary spew such obvious bullshit? Simple, she had what she believed to be a bitter union crowd at her disposal, and she wasn't going to miss such an obvious opportunity to pander to that bitterness, with an obvious lie. Her diatribe was far more elitist and arrogant than anything Obama has said, and vastly more crushing to to those who actually believed that line of crap.
The greatest applause that Hillary garnered on that night were for her bold and cheap denunciations of the current administration. Where Obama took shots at John McCain and dismissed the outgoing horror of BushCo, Hillary went on the attack against those who will be gone (I hope) soon enough. She played on the crowd's bitter hatred of Bush and Cheney. No problem there; I clapped as hard as any. But then, in a moment that seemed to stun the audience, she lauded and praised John McCain the very man who is heir to the awful legacy she so delightfully helped us revile. I defy any, Clinton supporter or no, to make sense of such a move. McCain promises 4 more years of the nightmare we all wish to wake up from, and Hillary demanded that we show deference and respect to him? No. Fucking. Way. Period. Clinton engaged in rank manipulation, dripping with petulant expectation of support and respect. Since that night 10 days ago, I have gotten madder and madder about that shallow little demand of hers that I give a one salient shit about John McCain. In case no one's noticed, I don't tend to appreciate efforts to manipulate me.
So, let Bill Kennedy flee to the security of God, Guns and Gutless pander. Let the Repubs concern troll at will. I remain convinced, win or lose, that I have backed the right horse. Obama told the truth, and if Bill Kennedy can't accept that ... tough. I'm glad that we have, finally, an opportunity to vote for a candidate with a modicum of integrity and at least a small talent for honesty. That candidate would be Barack Obama. For those of you who won't bother to follow a link, I leave you with more words from John Cole:
The woman is a moral black hole- soulless, empty, calculating and nasty all the way to her core (I know, I know- I just don't know the "real" Hillary, who is charming and friendly and down to earth and likes pizza and beer). While her super-human ambition is admirable, it is not grounded in a sense of decency, and she knows no boundaries. Watching her the past few days has been a real eye opener, and watching her campaign the past few months should be a clear enough indication what America has to look forward to if she should win the election (although, I simply can not conceive how that happens). While she runs around lying about Obama, allowing her surrogates to portray him as unelectable, she fails to mention how she is going to win the general election when she can not even convince a majority of her own party to choose her.
Enough is enough. Go ahead and call me "Sullivanesque" in my rants about this awful person. Sullivan was right about her essential character and who she really is, and we all know what we will get if she is elected. Four years of bullshit, division, victimhood, and failed policies that would have been great, but those mean old Republicans just didn't let it pass or people just were not smart enough to do what she wanted. It won't be her fault, it will be the opposition party for opposing her, or it will be our fault because we didn't support her enough, or, well, you know how it is with her.
Count me out.