As a Permanent Resident of Canada, I retain my US citizenship and therefore my right to vote there. Of course, since Bush was appointed president and "re-elected", and so for the last seven years has made a complete mess of pretty much the whole world, I take particular interest in the 2008 presidential race. Many tomes can and will be written on the crimes of the current regime of the Republic Under Bush. Most of us are absolutely chomping at the bit for the chance to unseat the Republicans. The question at the moment is who to support in the primaries.
So, who to vote for as the Democratic nominee? In the interest of keeping this to a reasonable length, here's the big three - Clinton, Obama, and Edwards.
Edwards? I like the guy. I liked him even more, in fact, when I found out he got a $400 haircut. That's called sharing your wealth, people. I like his poverty activism. And I don't see how him being a self-made wealthy man discredits that one bit. I have always hated that some people insist that in order to be against poverty, you can't possibly have a penny to your name or it's somehow pandering or illegitimate. So, okay, I like Edwards just fine.
Obama? I like him, too. Except that he called Steve the Canadian president.
Clinton. Oh Hillary. While I think she has been a great senator for New York (note - I am not, nor have I ever been, a New Yorker) I have to say, not my fave. And not only because of her AUMF vote, and her subsequent refusal to say she made a mistake in voting for the Iraq war. It's more of a personal issue. I lost a lot of respect for her during the whole stand by her man thing. I mean, one affair? I can see working things out, sticking together, maybe coming out of it stronger as a couple. But come on, teh Clenis is a horn dog who apparently put it to any and every overly made-up bimbo that would have him. And she stayed. I'm not going to guess at why, because it's none of my business. But I know that if my husband embarassed and shamed me on the world stage that way? I would kick his ass to the curb so fast and so hard that he and his checkbook would never recover. I didn't want to have to hold my nose and vote for Hillary.
I've been wishin' and hopin' that Wes Clark would run. I knew he would be a long shot for the nomination, but I really felt that he is
one of the few people in the world that could restore credibility on the world stage to my broken country. His military credentials are
impeccable. He was a Rhodes scholar and was first in his class at West Point, as well as supreme commander of NATO. So he's incredibly intelligent AND knows war, and military strategy, and is also brave and rather handsome. Unlike some other presidents we have known. Ahem. Oh, and did I mention that he has always been against the Iraq invasion and occupation?
Alas, Wes is not going to run. I have vivid fantasies, though, of him being made Secretary of State.
Now. That being said, I've always felt that no matter who got the nomination, they would be 1000x better than any sleazy pig the Republicans could muster up. And I stand by that. Whoever the Democrats nominate, I will support them 100%, without reservation. I will campaign, I will send money, I will try to GOTV. THAT is how bad the Republicans are.
The USA is one supreme court justice away from overturning Roe v. Wade. There will be court challenges coming up (I hope) concerning domestic spying, torture, the PATRIOT Act, and corporate overlordiness in general. Who do I want appointing judges? Not Fred Thompson. Not Ron Paul. Not Mitt Romney or Ghouliani. I want a Democrat, even one who has accepted funds raised by "Uncle" Rupert Murdoch.
This morning I read that Wes Clark is endorsing Hillary Clinton. Oh. Kay.
Clark, the former supreme allied commander of NATO, praised the New
York senator as "a remarkable person" with the skills and experience to
"She will be a great leader for the United States
of America and a great commander in chief for the men and women in
uniform," Clark told reporters in a conference call with the former
I thought it over. And over. And I may yet change my mind. But for now, because I respect the opinion of the General, I will cautiously support Hillary Clinton to be the Democratic candidate. I already have a Hillary '08 t-shirt that my sister got me in the airport in D.C., which I folded up and put in my t-shirt drawer because I couldn't throw it away - it was a gift, after all. I'll get the shirt out, and hope of hopes, if Clinton is elected, she will either choose Wes as her running mate (oh.....that thought makes me soooooo happy.....) or make him Sec. of State so he can start cleaning up the horrendous mess left by Condi. Not sure that he'd 'fill her shoes', as I don't know if Ferragamo makes them that big. But he could certainly kick her ass in a diplomacy contest.
Uh - Go Hillary '08!