This blog has not been shy about calling attention to the fact Hillary Clinton has some chinks in her armor. I have stated there is a special route the Clinton’s have taken over the decades when it comes to ethics and conducting themselves in the political arena. That is not a political slam but instead just following the headlines in the newspapers since 1992 and letting facts lead the way. I strongly suspect that many of my fellow Democrats in states like Iowa and New Hampshire are thinking about the past as they ponder the future and the votes they will soon cast for a presidential nominee.
If I could meet with voters at their home, or more pleasing to me over pie and a hot mug of coffee in a small diner, the plea I would make to them would be very straight forward. There is only one way to have a Democratic victory in November. And in their gut, I would remind them, they know the way to achieve that needed goal.
I would readily admit being very peeved over the way Clinton selected which emails to erase from her server or how she made money on the speaking circuit based on past government service–something which I always view as unseemly regardless of who does it. I know such speeches are a most lucrative undertaking but it is a smarmy way to get richer.
But then I would remind the caucus or primary voter seated in front of me that our country requires something of us that necessities we place personal feelings and opinions on one side and balance them out with the long-term needs of the nation. For instance how important do our personal feelings over emails (as in my case) stack up with the need of future nominees to the Supreme Court understanding the Constitution is a living document. The list of such issues range from health care, climate change to international relations.
As a reader of history it never fails to lead me to one conclusion. There was never a time when one could just conclude that the national narrative would always unfold with everything more or less working out for the good. The framers of the Constitution were not at all sure what they produced would last any longer than they might actually live. Military minds hoped D-Day would prove to a powerful strategy in World War II, but everything looks better on paper. We read history knowing the outcome. But those who lived the history we now enjoy in books were living one moment to the next and not sure of what might take place.
And so it is with the decisions we make for our future.
We need to lift ourselves up to the task of making sure that the outcome we actually want to have happen will take place.
Readers know that I was ready to double-somersault had Vice-President Joe Biden entered the race. It was not that I would be uncomfortable with Clinton sitting in the Oval Office but rather my deep appreciation for Biden’s character and convictions.
I have written words of praise for Martin O’Malley and would be proud to cast a ballot for him. I have listened to the speeches from Bernie Sanders and pondered how in an ideal world with a congress made up of anyone other than Republicans his views might be shaped into policy.
But Biden decided not to run, O’Malley never could find a way to break through, and Sanders has no way to win in a general election. An election that I need not remind any real Democrat which must be won by our side.
Therefore thoughtful Democratic caucus and primary voters need to seek out the way to get to our goal of securing the White House for the next four–or more likely if we prevail–eight years. First time voters, or young voters without political experience might think only of some idealized notion of who to cast a ballot for, not fully realizing the stakes that are involved at this pivotal time in our history. Mature and seasoned voters know that the stakes are too high to throw the election to the Republicans.
Hillary Clinton is smart, skilled, and capable. She is the nominee who can keep the White House in Democratic hands.
The question now falls to how smart and politically skilled the voters are.