So Super Tuesday is next Tuesday and for the most part, Tuesday is Go time in the election. Whoever does better between Hillary and Obama gets the bead on the candidacy. Obviously, this is of great interest because I've drank the Obama kool-aid and then drank it again.
Despite my affection for Bill, Hillary has kind of bugged me. I don't doubt she'd be a decent President (the bar is mighty low these days) but it's the dynastic portion of her candidacy, the fact that she comes off like she's owed this election that kind of grates. Not to mention that despite the supposed Girl Power symbolism her election would mean, the reality is that she wouldn't be even near where she is if she wasn't married to somebody famous. If her name was Hillary Jones, nobody would care.
But whatever, I'd still vote for her in a general election without worrying about it.
Like a lot of people, however, the past few weeks has grated on me and I don't really like her anymore. I don't even really like her husband anymore. It's like the week before and after South Carolina, the facade was stripped off the both of them, revealing the cynical, calculating, sense of entitlement that lurks beneath them. It also brought back what somebody in the New Yorker referred to as "the circus" those two bring with them.
If you read the press, there's a lot of Obama-mania out there. Republicans breaking down in tears during his speeches, young people getting off of Facebook long enough to go vote for him, lepers being cured just at the sound of his voice. At this particular moment it actually looks like somebody who does represent major change and hope, a candidacy based primarily on idealism than anything else might actually win.
But, of course, he won't win. Because cynical and calculating always beat idealistic. Because our election system is severerly twisted and beaten and is geared towards the lowest common denominator winning. And because the mass of voters out there still think "Oh, it's a Clinton-- I've heard of her. I've heard a little about Obama but I've been too busy watching American Gladiator to pay attention to the election."
Just you wait and see.
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