I finally took down my Hillary sign

Today I was paying some bills at the dining table and when I finished with that I took care of one more chore:  I finally took my Hillary sign down from where it had been taped up on the dining room window looking out on our Santa Monica street.

It's been a logical progression.

After the primary, I talked to other Clinton supporters, people whom I generally understood very well.   My pitch was simple:  the uncertainties of Obama are better than the dread certainties of McCain.  Not exactly the raving exultations of the Obama echosphere but then they weren't my audience.

As election day grew close, both my spouse and I made donations to Obama.  Neither was huge and it didn't compare to what what we'd given to Hillary in the Spring but the crashing real estate market and general financial meltdown has affected our household pretty severely.

As a collateral activity, I spent weeks following every poll I could get and reading commentaries on the ground game.  The number of times a day that I logged in to MyDD, FiveThirtyEight, TalkingPointsMemo, TheDemocraticStrategist, and even the OrangeSatan indicates that I'm pretty pathetic and have little in the way of an outside life.

As a result, I was the best prepared election geek at the party we were at on election night and our hostess was happy about the election scorecard sheets I'd made, grouping states into Safe, Lean, and Toss-up, as well as the "inside baseball" explanations about various returns...you should have heard me going ape-shit about the Merkely returns, not realizing how many ballots were yet uncounted.

Our hostess was pretty cool, too.  She baked a cake in the shape of the USA and drew in the state borders with blue icing.  Then, as states were called on CNN, she filled in the states with either blue or red sugar sprinkles as appropriate.  Alas, it was the following day before she could happily color in her birth state of Indiana.  (And my spouse is still waiting to see what happens with her birth state of Missouri, very annoyed that it appears to be losing its bellwether status and is leaning to McCain.)

I was happy when Obama won.  Not ecstatic, like so many of the true believers, but happy.  His victory speech at Grant Park was one of the few things about Obama that I've found to be inspiring.  And despite my misgivings about his experience and some of his policy inclinations, I think he will do our country some good, especially with respect to race and class relations.

Obama's appointment of Rahm Emmanuel actually makes me cautiously optimistic that Obama will engage and be effective with the nuts and bolts of governing, a dimension where I've been very wary of him.  The make-up of his transition team and the process so far has also been encouraging.

Have I drunk the Obama Kool-Aid?  Not on your nellie, you betcha.
There's many a slip 'twixt cup and lip and I'm withholding judgment for at least a year.  

But for the moment, I'm cautiously optimistic about Obama and even more optimistic about the future of our country.   After all the damage it's absorbed during the Bush so-called administration, particularly since 9/11, we can start to clear away the metaphorical rubble and start building anew.

Tags: 2008 election, Hillary, obama (all tags)

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Re: I finally took down my Hillary sign

Well if this helps some more she has been offered, it appears the job of SoS.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/11/14 /clinton-met-with-obama-ab_n_143810.html

by jsfox 2008-11-14 11:49AM | 0 recs
Re: I finally took down my Hillary sign

I'm actually not wild about Hillary taking the SecState job.   I'd prefer to see her accumulate seniority in the Senate and become a lioness there.

On the other hand, as I remarked to several people about Rahm Emmanuel, it's hard to say "No" when the President asks.  In taking that position, Emmanuel has most likely derailed his shot of ever becoming Speaker of the House, something he dearly wanted.

by InigoMontoya 2008-11-14 12:12PM | 0 recs
Re: I finally took down my Hillary sign

there's more at stake than personal ambition. She's the best for that job and she'll be the most prepared, best positioned SOS to help the administration hit the ground running.  She'll take it, for us, she's always been for us. My goodness she would have taken VP if it were offered in order to help the ticket win.  She'll take SOS to make the world a safer and sweeter place.  And madeline and she are best friends.  She'll have the advice of the most experienced past SOS and the best one.  

by anna shane 2008-11-14 12:51PM | 0 recs
Re: I finally took down my Hillary sign

Agree. Hillary would be a spectacular choice. I'm optimistic since neither she nor the Obama team are making any effort to throw cold water on the story, and greatly encouraged by the overwhelming enthusiasm the idea is being greeted with in general.

by phoenixdreamz 2008-11-14 04:45PM | 0 recs
Re: I finally took down my Hillary sign

In terms of Senate experience, it would take decades to accumulate it. As SoS, I'm guessing it puts her in line for all sorts of stuff, particularly VP if Biden steps back in 2012 or as Pres in 2016.

Rahm had a better chance and was a rising star, but was still a long way away. He also has more career options and could easily take Governor or Mayor after this if he chose to.

by vcalzone 2008-11-14 05:15PM | 0 recs
Re: I finally took down my Hillary sign

Ah, that was a fun night.  We readers of 538 knew it was over when they called Pennsylvania within 10 minutes.

Off topic I know.

by Jess81 2008-11-14 12:39PM | 0 recs
Re: I finally took down my Hillary sign

We were watching with a friend. My 14 yr old and I jmped up and danced around when they called Ohio because we knew then, the math was final.

The rest of the room had to be walked thru it while we danced around.

Yes, we were strong Hillary supporters. But then we were Obama supporters. And at that moment I felt our nation step away from the brink, towards something like redemption.

And frankly, seeing the operation and taking part in it made me recognize the judgment of the super delegates. Because while Obama and Hillary would both have won, Obama's ground game and mastery of IT made a huge difference across the country. And while I love Hillary, Mark Penn was odious and ineffective. So  by the time the final vote came around, I really had only sympathy for PUMAs who choosing not to participate in the ground game, never saw the reason for the choice.

by redwagon 2008-11-14 03:02PM | 0 recs
Re: I finally took down my Hillary sign

In Old Country, we knew how to deal with people like Mark Penn.  He would have met his fate in the cellars of the Lubiyanka.

by InigoMontoya 2008-11-14 04:15PM | 0 recs
Re: I finally took down my Hillary sign

He should be thrown off the Cliffs of Insanity into a sea of shrieking eels. :)

by CHoustonTX 2008-11-14 08:09PM | 0 recs
As you wish.<nt>

by AZphilosopher 2008-11-14 08:27PM | 0 recs
Re: I finally took down my Hillary sign

I got you beat! I called it when Indiana was too close to call. Because if IN was too close to call, it meant the polls were right. If the polls were right, Obama had won.

by vcalzone 2008-11-14 05:17PM | 0 recs
Re: I finally took down my Hillary sign

Pssh.  There's over, as in you can exhale now (Indiana), and over over, like waking people up to tell them who the next president is going to be.

by Jess81 2008-11-14 07:56PM | 0 recs
Re: I finally took down my Hillary sign

Yes, but I had an appointment at 8 and wouldn't be able to follow the election results. But I knew at that point who had won and I texted everyone I knew to get my prediction in.

by vcalzone 2008-11-22 04:06AM | 0 recs
I was quicker to switch

I too was a fierce Hillary supporter, despaired when she lost the nomination, and for a while just watched the election from afar.

Then McCain exploded, the financial crisis grew larger, Sarah Palin become a scary possibility, and the kind of despicable Rovian divide-and-conquer strategy was deployed.  Meanwhile, Obama stayed cool, used his brain, talked sense and solutions, and became a figure of undeniable integrity and confidence right before my eyes.

My partner and I made contributions to the Obama campaign, put up signs on our lawn, and talked to our Hillary holdout friends about how crucial it is to support not just the Democratic nominee, but Obama specifically.

He is a true contrast to Bush-- expertise, intellect, and reason are now back at the table of leadership.  His apparent plan to stock his cabinet with a "team of rivals" but also a team of experts and stature is commendable, and inspiring of further respect and support.

I'm still a Hillary fanatic, but Obama has also risen to the same stature in my mind.  And he ain't president yet!  I look forward to his presidency with sheer excitement and audacious hope.

(Oh, so this is what Kool Aid tastes like!)

by Sieglinde 2008-11-14 01:49PM | 0 recs
Re: I was quicker to switch

I very much identify with your story, and watched the election from afar after Hillary lost too. Then the chit hit the fan when the realities of a potential McCain administration with no new ideas in the face of a global economic meltdown snapped me out of my funk. It persuaded me to give Obama a 2nd look, and he looked darn good when starkly contrasted to McCain. McCain's choice of Palin threw me into a near panic. By the time early voting time rolled around here in Florida, I was actually starting to like Obama, and appreciate his many fine qualities. I was in line on the 2nd day at the crack of dawn to vote for him.

by phoenixdreamz 2008-11-14 04:04PM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary sign still up

The Hillary for Senate sign, that is. She's been good there and has a lot more to do.

by De Re Rustica 2008-11-14 06:30PM | 0 recs
Come on back to the orange satan, inigo.

We've gone back to slicing each other's throats over meaningless trivia.

It's just like old times!

CJB

by zizzybalubah 2008-11-14 06:38PM | 0 recs

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