Amy Goodman hosted a discussion between four progressives on the Hillary Clinton candidacy. It’s interesting reading, and I think is actually somewhat representative of the conversations I hear. Two of the four were lukewarm about Clinton — two detested her. I’d put myself in the cool to lukewarm camp myself, but the the other side rather discredited itself with all the enthusiastically goony praise for Rand Paul, highlighted by Charles Pierce. I’m sorry? Really? You want a more progressive candidate than Hillary Clinton, so you’re raving about a bizarrely theocratic racist Libertarian? That makes no sense.
I find it hard to muster much enthusiasm for Clinton, but she’s the candidate we’ve got. I’d like to see more of a contest in the primary season — that’s the time to test candidates within a party, not when you’re in the voting booth in November 2016 — but I will without question vote for the lesser of two evils. We’re stuck with a winner-take-all system, and we have no choice. In the Goodman discussion, Joe Conason stated best how I feel about it all.
OK, the pressing issue for 2016 is: Do we have a radical-right Republican government that, in all three branches, which will end up with, I don’t know, seven, eight Supreme Court justices, like Alito, or do we have a moderate Democratic administration, where, yes, there’s going to be a lot of tugging and pulling within the party, within Congress, over which issues are to be brought to the fore, what the president’s position will be, what she should do if she’s president? That, to me, is a better situation for working families and all Americans—by the way, people around the world—than the idea of a President Rand Paul or a President Ted Cruz or somebody who is going to dismantle every protection that working families in this country have.
I’d love to have an Elizabeth Warren for president, but she’s not running. I’d love to have Bernie Sanders up there, but he’s not running, and the socialist label probably makes him unelectable (but it shouldn’t). We’ve got a conservative Democrat with far too many corporate ties running, and she’s the best we’ve got so far. Name a Republican who isn’t worse than she is, who wouldn’t be representing a party that has gone off the rails, and I might consider it…but you can’t. Such a creature does not exist.