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I’m beginning to think I was right. Hillary might have been the better president.

During the election I was a Kucinich man until it became quickly apparent he didn’t please the powers that be. Then I cringed a little and supported Hillary. Why Hillary? Not because I was a fan of DLC type candidates, or thought the pro-big-corp policies of her husband were a good thing, or because her being part of that odd political-religious cult The Family was a good thing. No, because I knew Hillary and her husband knew these bastards and knew just what they would do. Bill had already been through it.

I don’t know for sure she would have been tougher: wiser. But I know now that Obama isn’t wise enough to handle this. In what one could term a concession speech he basically tooted the same tune: we need to work together. Hasn’t he figured out that simply isn’t going to happen? He’s still doing the college professor bit.

The common analogy has been “he’s playing chess while they’re playing checkers.” Supposedly that means he’s plotting and planning moves ahead of time. But, to be honest, if this election proves anything it proves he sucks at chess and it doesn’t matter how clever he plays anything if they simply refuse to play.

Coming out a few weeks before the election and blaming everything on the “professional Left?”

Not engaging until the last few weeks?

Letting them tell lies over and over, like the whopper that Obama was refusing to work with… them? That’s not just the cart before the horse. That’s shooting the horse and then claiming he tried to shoot you.

I predicted that as soon as they won at least one investigation would begin: I’m sure many more. Damn, I hate being right.

Maybe some kind of attempt at judo? Bad press delivered by means of bad boy and girl behavior. Might work… if we had an actual media anymore instead of sheep following the Right Wing bullshit propaganda machine. The next day Katie Couric was asking if he had learned his lesson and was now willing to work with the other side.

Wait a minute, Katie. Who was refusing to work with whom?

I was told over and over during the Left’s battle: Hillary vs. Barack, that she would be too controversial. The Right would use her as a rallying point. That they would go back to what they did during Bill. You would think the way they behave Hillary was elected. They did it anyway because this has never been about Bill, or Hillary, or heath care, or Monica. Not in the slightest. It’s been about a movement willing to do anything to create, essentially, a one party system. And they’ve damn near done it as our Dem leaders keep shifting Right to accommodate, to capitulate, to try to please those who will never be pleased.

All I can think of is the president in Independence Day. When he asked the invading alien what they wanted of us the alien simply said…

“Die. Die.”

Barack Obama has a great speaking voice. In kinder times he might have been the best president we’ve ever had. But we don’t live in those times.

Some of the more negative assessments of Hillary I willingly admit have at least a grain of truth. Not really my kind of candidate. Too DLC. Too willing to veer to the right: even if it means running over her base. Of course many of these assessments are also true of Obama. He just has the vague, say something that sounds meaningful but really isn’t, pol thing down better than Hillary.

Very talented, if that’s what you like.

One of the most consistent knocks against Hillary is one, simply put: “She’s a bitch.”

I never found Hillary to be a bitch.

But in a time when a president’s only answer to those who will never compromise is a Rodney King-ish…

“Can’t we all get along?”

We certainly don’t need Mr. Rogers

Maybe that’s exactly what we need right now: a “bitch.”


Inspection is a column that has been written by Ken Carman for over 30 years. Inspection is dedicated to looking at odd angles, under all the rocks and into the unseen cracks and crevasses that constitute the issues and philosophical constructs of our day: places few think, or even dare, to venture.

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leighmf's picture
leighmf 8 years 31 weeks ago

An accountant working on the Whitewater investigation showed me the Clintons' tax returns in 1995. They still hadn't paid off their student loans.

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micaanab 8 years 31 weeks ago

The republicans would have done the same to Hillary. No matter what she did they would find the one thing that was bad and never let it go. The republicans were on the ropes and had nothing to loose. The lied and cheated to get back on top and I don't think Hillary would have been able to difuse it.

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ken carman 8 years 30 weeks ago


So what do you suggest, give up?

There's one thing bullies respond to: being out bullied. It would all depend upon her actual response, or any actual reponse. I don't like it, BTW: but it is what it is.

Would Hillary have done that? Probably not as much as needed: a guess. But she certainly would have been more capable by mere experience alone. And I don't think Barack has the ability: if possible it's been stripped out of his DNA. And that spells disaster for the next two years ... and in 2012.

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ken carman 8 years 29 weeks ago
Quote leighmf:

An accountant working on the Whitewater investigation showed me the Clintons' tax returns in 1995. They still hadn't paid off their student loans.

Yeah, I paid off mine.

Of course a lot of students did that. Stupid. But if that was true, why of all the nonsense they threw at them we never heard that? Only convinces me more that it was "throw every damn thing up against the wall and see what sticks, even if it's a lie or not all that important."

Like they simply hadn't paid them off yet.

You see "not paid" is not the important question: had they stopped paying them? Refused to pay anything? Or simply stretched it out? By 95 they had a hell of a lot more to worry about than student loans. Maybe they were paying only what that had to. Legal. Perfectly legal.

Law degrees are damn expensive: even back then.

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