I don't care
by JJE, Sat May 31, 2008 at 08:47:39 PM EDT
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.