I don't care

After watching the ridiculous posturing by all involved at today's DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee meeting, and all the ridiculous posturing and preening moral vanity on both this site and other blogs, I am returning to the mindset I had back in January.  I am also reminded of an old war criminal's quip that the smaller the stakes, the fiercer the battle.

I don't really care who wins the Democratic nomination.

Both of these candidates are centrist Democrats.  Neither of them is going to usher in a new golden age where everyone has cheap healthcare, the war in Iraq has ended, and gas is $1.50 a gallon.

Do I prefer Senator Obama?  Sure.  But marginally.  And really only because I think he is slightly more intellectually honest (though he is certainly deceptive and cynical more often than I'd like) and because the drama and infighting that inevitably hangs around the Clintons is so goddamn tiresome.  

But if either Clinton or Obama is elected president, you're not going to get a fucking pony.  Anyone who thinks Clinton's healthcare proposal is going to make it into law as she now proposes it is dreaming.   So is anyone who thinks Obama is going to bring a new tone to Washington and Democrats and Republicans will hold hands and set aside petty bullshit for the good of the nation.  And anyone who thinks either of them will solve the foreclosure crisis or bring a swift and satisfactory conclusion to the war in Iraq may as well be reading The Secret.

At the same time, either one is significantly more rational than John McCain, who wants the status quo in Iraq to continue, will continue to break the budget, and will appoint a bunch of hacks to the federal judiciary (which is more than just the Supreme Court), and to various positions in the executive branch where the real decisions that affect the lives of individual people are made.

So, Obamaboyz and Hillshills, chill the fuck out and realize that no politician really gives a shit about you.  None of them will do half of what they say they will.  You're just choosing the lesser of several evils.  In fact, should either of them be elected, you'll probably be completely pissed at them by this time next year.

The candidacy of your preferred Democratic candidate is not a moral crusade.  It's not the civil rights struggle, nor is it women's suffrage.  It's just two cynical but reasonably decent politicians, either of whom will be significantly better for country than the douchebag that is John McCain.

Tags: clinton, nomination, obama, stupid fights over little (all tags)

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18 Comments

Pony? No way

We have been promised jetskis dude, way better than some stupid pony.  

by libertyleft 2008-05-31 08:50PM | 0 recs
rec for calling McCain a douchebag

by hope monger 2008-05-31 08:53PM | 0 recs
And that IS the way it is, too! Rec'd! n/t

by bobswern 2008-05-31 08:56PM | 0 recs
Re: I don't care

"We understood there was to be punch and pie."

Both of these candidates are centrist Democrats.  Neither of them is going to usher in a new golden age where everyone has cheap healthcare, the war in Iraq has ended, and gas is $1.50 a gallon.

Well put, but I think Obama will usher in a new age. Not brand new, but new nonetheless. A validation of grass roots, a desire for different political actions.

That's a big deal.

I don't need a pony or magical slippers (although 1.50 gas would be spiffy), but I think a win by Obama would change Washington.

Maybe not as much as some of his more ardent (fanatical) supporters claim and swear, but change would be inevitable.

by Artemis Jax 2008-05-31 08:55PM | 0 recs
The President will be a Democrat.

That will be the most pronounced change.

The country's flat, busted broke. We're in Irag. Gas is approaching five fucking dollars a gallon. Social Security and Medicare are closer than ever to bankruptcy. The ozone layer ain't getting depleted any slower than it was a year ago. Roe v. Wade is in danger of being completely erased. Guns run rampant in our streets.

Yeah, they're leaving Obama or Clinton a train wreck. They'll be so busy picking up the pieces, the bottom line is the next occupant of the White House is starting out with a royal mess, a thankless job, and nothing but criticism and blame from the press and public for Bush's fuck-ups over the past eight years. (And, whomever IS in the White House will be blamed for the aftermath. Count on it.)

Frankly, if it was me, I'd rather take a temp job javelin catching in Beijing this Summer!

by bobswern 2008-05-31 09:03PM | 0 recs
Re: The President will be a Democrat.

Either Clinton or Obama, in my eyes, will affect change and make a good impact. More so than you give them credit for. And I think either MORE than a match for a press corps that will undoubtedly find the testicles and ovaries they've been sorely missing the last 7 years.

I agree, I certainly wouldn't want to walk into the Oval Office after Bush (and not just because of the smell), but I honestly believe either is a match to the task.

Just so long as we don't expect miracles.

by Artemis Jax 2008-05-31 09:07PM | 0 recs
Re: I don't care

But if either Clinton or Obama is elected president, you're not going to get a fucking pony.

Clearly you're unfamiliar with Obama's Pony Plan.

"As I have criss-crossed this great country, I have seen yet again what unites us: Ponies.  Therefore, I promise a pony in every home by the end of my first term."  --Barack Obama, April 26, 2008

by mistersite 2008-05-31 08:55PM | 0 recs
Re: I don't care

But they said there'd be puppies and rainbows and unicorns and complimentary oral sex for everyone!

by ragekage 2008-05-31 08:57PM | 0 recs
Complimentary oral sex! Where do I sign-up? n/t

by bobswern 2008-05-31 09:05PM | 0 recs
Re: Complimentary oral sex! Where do I sign-up?

I don't know, they're telling me it was a lie!

Probably a good thing. Christ Almighty, I haven't even hardly looked at a member of the opposite sex since my daughter was, uhm, conceived. I think I've forgotten how.

I can only imagine some day in the future- "Woah, wait a minute- you want to put WHAT? WHERE? ... Okay, well, if that's what the young kids are doing..."

by ragekage 2008-05-31 09:09PM | 0 recs
Re: Complimentary oral sex! Where do I sign-up? n/

do we get to pick the person who gives the complimentary oral sex?

sign me up!!

by colebiancardi 2008-06-01 04:09AM | 0 recs
Re: I don't care

Pohnees rawk.

by haremoor 2008-05-31 09:00PM | 0 recs
Rec'd for this line:

an old war criminal's quip that the smaller the stakes, the fiercer the battle.

That would be Henry Kissinger.  Great reference.

by Coach Jay 2008-05-31 09:15PM | 0 recs
So are you telling us...

...that the cake is a lie?

by mistersite 2008-05-31 09:23PM | 0 recs
no cake

by JJE 2008-05-31 09:32PM | 0 recs
Re: I don't care

Hahahaha.  This diary cracked me up.  We're in the middle of a primary, you're not supposed to tell the truth!

by Steve M 2008-05-31 09:32PM | 0 recs
Re: I don't care

This site would be much more entertaining if it were run only by cynical realists.

by rfahey22 2008-05-31 09:34PM | 0 recs
Re: I don't care
Do we have a choice?  A Pony or Jetski? hmmm...
I want a jetski, as I won't have to clean up poo. Ew! :)
by PurpleMyst 2008-05-31 09:52PM | 0 recs

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