Goodbye, Hillary " not a moment too soon
Aspen, CO Colorado
Political junkie that I am, no one was happier than I was when Hillary Clinton finally made her 45-minutes-late, half-baked concession/endorsement last Saturday. Jesus, what a drawn-out circus that thing was ” it’s enough to make a body turn Republican.
At least the Republicans were efficient about it: wham, bam, and they were done, while Obama and Clinton had to keep dancing to the same tunes (they shoot horses, don’t they?) while the media people plucked at their navel lint, trying to say something important about flag pins and pantsuits 24 hours a day.
My favorite quote of the whole campaign was Hillary’s comment about being under sniper fire when visiting Bosnia: “I said a couple of things that weren’t in keeping with what I knew to be the case.”
I’m very glad that Obama won, but by the time it happened, I was sick and tired of everyone involved and didn’t think it helped anybody except McCain, who could just sit back and watch the show.
Final Tuesday, when Obama got the winning number of delegates, was among the weirdest in this strange game. First, McCain came out and made a speech. Why McCain, in prime time, during the last throes of the Democratic primary? And why would McCain choose that moment to make the very worst speech of his life? Wooden, staring at the teleprompter, stopping short to give artificial, V-shaped Charlie Chaplin smiles ” one of the commentators said afterward, “My gosh, that was AWful!”
This weirdness was followed by the newly defeated Hillary Clinton coming on, offhandedly congratulating Obama as if she were talking about his winning of Montana and proceeding to make what sounded exactly like an acceptance speech. I think she was probably still pissed that John Edwards endorsed Barack right in the middle of her Kentucky victory.
Then Barack Obama came on with 17,000 people inside the arena, and another 15,000 outside, and a heart-warming commotion was had by all. That part I liked. Now I’d like a little silence.
I hope that the Clintons are out, I hope that Barack doesn’t make Hillary vice president, and I hope that he doesn’t give her any of his campaign money, some of which was mine.
Meanwhile, the whole country has had a good look at the primary and caucus processes, the delegate system and the dreadful superdelegate mess. With any luck, the collective memory will last long enough to effect some meaningful alterations to the Democratic script.
The superdelegates have got to go, and if we can’t change all the other states, we can at least get rid of the caucus system in Colorado, which was clearly undemocratic and unworkable. We need a primary election instead of the unwieldy caucuses. (Do you remember Super Tuesday?).
Ideally we’d have primary elections in all states after a reasonable amount of time of national campaigning and debates, preferably taking place on the same day or within the same month. I’m not holding my breath.
The next lesson to be learned is about the Electoral College, speaking of undemocratic, wherein the unelected candidate can win. I’ll report on that as soon as I can stand to read up on it.
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