Yessss! He's in. He's presumptious, he's audacious, he's presidential.
As a feminist, I support Hillary. As an aging Boomer, I support Hillary. As an unabashed fan of Bill Clinton, I support Hillary. As a play-fair-it's-her-turn kind of person, I support Hillary.
But as an American who grieves for what has become of my country, I support Barack Obama.
By quirks of fate, his time has arrived and Hillary's has passed. I can see that cabinet post just waiting for her, Health and Human Services perhaps? Read on.
Ironically, it's her vaunted political acumen and expediency that helped make her moment pass. Had she and her cronies had the political courage -- the audacity -- to vote against invading Iraq, as Paul Wellstone did, we wouldn't be mired in that tragic hell-hole now, and it's unlikely there'd even be an Obama candidacy in 2008.
I vowed in 2000 that I'd run as a delegate to the 2008 Democratic convention, so I could cast an historical vote for America's first woman president. It breaks my heart that I no longer want to do that.
That said, the political expedience we see in Hillary that is so repugnant would probably serve her well as president. I've been around long enough to have seen that the purist, the principled, the non-compromiser (if he or she can even get elected) isn't necessarily the most effective leader or legislator. And if she pulls through the primaries as the clear winner, I will, of course, support her.
But right now America looks to me like one of those rusty old freighter ships, run aground and oozing oil, while the crew of jackals and hyenas who drove it onto the rocks makes off with its cargo. And I think the rest of the world sees us that way too, a pathetic ship of fools, partying, shopping and obsessing on the likes of AnnaNicole, vaguely aware of the swath of destruction we're creating, but lacking the imagination or will or discipline to do a damn thing about it.
But even those of us who are accutely aware of the disaster have pretty much been stymied at trying to stop it. Even though the turnaround in 2006 gave us some relief, the last six years have been the most frustrating and deeply depressing years of our lives.
Make that more than six. The bad years really began with the arrival of the neo-cons, out to destroy the Clintons, the left, and shrink the government until it can be drowned in the bath tub, as Grover Norquist so charmingly put it. And it hit its zenith with the fatal blow job, which distracted the fools on the ship from all else, fanned the flames of Clinton hatred, and gave rise to the moralist blather of the Christian right. And somehow it made those of us who fashioned our dreams out of the rhetoric of Jack Kennedy, and cut our social justice teeth on the courage of Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., look like we stood for nothing much more than free-sex and sleaze. It was as if everything our anti-war, back-to- the-earth generation stood for was boiled down to Bill Clinton's various appetites. And of course we all know how upstanding the marriages and sex lives of so many of those who tarred him turned out to be.
So now Hillary pays the price for Bill's disgression, what else is new, but also for her own (mis)calculated and constantly shaded views on Iraq. And although I think Hillary would do a good job restoring our Bush-tainted reputation in the world, I think Obama and his family would do it even better.
I'm not writing her out, (John Edwards either, for that matter) but for now I'm all about Obama.