You’re hired

I’ve went back and forth several times during this campaign cycle. I’ve supported John Edwards and Ron Paul, but I remember being excited many months ago when I heard that Hillary Rodham Clinton would be running for president. Wow! A female president? Lord knows that males have been screwing it up for long enough that maybe it was time to let the other gender give it a try.

That infatuation quickly subsided as Mrs. Clinton was portrayed by the media as a polished politician who was part of the Washington establishment that we’ve all come to loathe. It got to the point where it just didn’t seem cool to support her – after all, most of Hollywood and the music industry were jumping up and down about a young senator from Illinois.

Try as I might, I just couldn’t figure out what all the hoopla was about, but I figured if John Edwards, Oprah, and Nicole Richie were supporting Obama, then I would be really stupid not to join in. I tried to look beyond the questions that I had about Barack – his history and his lack of experience – and I even got to the point that I began wishing that Clinton would drop out so that we could finally settle on a nominee – something the Republicans seemed to have no problem doing.

All of that changed today.

Senator Hillary Clinton stopped by our little town to convince the hundreds of people gathered that she is the best choice we can make when we vote in our primary this Tuesday. I didn’t go with high expectations, realizing that I was still undecided about which Democrat I would be choosing when I entered the voting booth. I just figured that it would be silly not to go hear what she had to say, especially given the fact that most politicians don’t even know that my town exists.

After waiting in a line that stretched almost halfway around the block, going through a security checkpoint that would rival that of any airport, and securing a spot just a few yards from the podium, we were greeted by the former First Lady. I was impressed with her demeanor, her words, and her humanity. She didn’t seem at all like the evil woman that she is often portrayed as online and by the mainstream media. She was humble, eloquent, and she seemed genuinely concerned about the welfare of millions of hard-working Americans.

She made a hilarious comparison between politics are cars, saying that when you’re driving and you want to go forward, you choose a “D”; when you want to go backwards, you choose an “R.” She talked about the importance of health insurance for everyone, lessening our dependence on foreign oil, bringing the troops home, and improving the economy.

The thing that really made me think was when she said that we should view this election as a hiring process. Which candidate did we think was the most qualified to perform the tasks that are needed to get this country back on track? That’s a no-brainer.

Obama might be idealistic, likable, and a great public speaker, but Clinton has the experience. She was a governor’s wife, she served as First Lady during eight years of peace and prosperity, and she’s a multi-term senator. Her husband took a country with record debt and gave it a record surplus. Sure, the Clintons aren’t perfect, but I do believe they know how to lead a country.

So, on Tuesday, I’ll be casting my vote to hire Hillary for the job. Then I’ll head home and wait for the press to point out how poor, white, and uneducated Kentuckians are voting for the “uncool” candidate.

Author: Brian

Blogger. Bookworm. Michael Jackson fanatic. Lives in Kentucky with partner of 12 years and three fabulous felines.

11 thoughts on “You’re hired”

  1. Awwww, Brian!!!!

    I respect your decision but I can’t.stand.Hillary. I would be curious as to your opinion regarding why she’s even still IN the race.

    Obama for Hope, Baby!!!

  2. @ Caroline: Her argument is that she has the most popular votes (she’s counting Florida and Michigan, even though the DNC isn’t). Considering there’s only something like four more states left to hold primaries, I think she might as well stick it out until the end.

  3. It’s so awesome that you got to see Clinton! I really do want her to win, and she’s right – she did (and probably will) win the popular vote… if only her party would count them.

    I’ve pretty much gone through exactly what you described, and I ended up supporting Hillary as well. Too bad I voted in Michigan (I haven’t switched my voter’s registration to Chicago yet). I guess I don’t count :-(

    Also, Clinton might be further behind, but they’re both losing. They need 2025 delegates to win, and neither Obama nor Clinton has reached that # of pledges.

    I can’t express how much of a mistake I think Obama is. Bloody effing hell.

  4. I can’t express how much of a mistake I think Obama is. Bloody effing hell.

    Hear, hear. And I’m convinced that an Obama nomination means President McCain.

  5. YOU WENT! I wanted to so bad. I didn’t find out about it until too late, as we went camping Saturday night. I have a really cool story about something that happened to me at work Saturday morning that is related to her stop. Maybe I’ll blog it.

    I also wanted to go see Bill when he was in the area Friday night, but couldn’t due to work. In fact, that’s what I meant to talk to you about when I emailed you the other day, but I forgot……..

  6. @ LenaB: It’s a shame your vote doesn’t count. I think they are supposed to rule on whether or not to count delegates from Florida and Michigan in a couple of weeks.

    @ Jamie: I think you’re probably right. In fact, some analysts believe that Hillary is now trying to prevent Obama from winning this time so that she can run against McCain in 2012.

    @ Alyson: I wish you had been there! It was a beautiful day, a lovely location, and an exciting speech!!

  7. If those analysts are correct and Hillary IS trying to bring Obama down so she have a go at McCain the next time around, then I want to vomit. So much for the “servant” in public servant. Good heavens, with so much at stake right now in our country and in the world, I would hope that all this boiled down to more than just one more battle of wills, egos, and self interest.

  8. @ Karen: I don’t put much stock in the talking heads on tv, since it’s their job to speculate and they are so full of vitriol for Clinton. I think most (if not all) politicians are self-serving, but she did seem genuinely concerned about our country when she spoke here Sunday.

    Whatever her reasons for staying in the race might be, I’m convinced that Obama will be the nominee. If so, I feel there’s a very strong chance that McCain will be our next president. Never before has a Democrat won the presidency without carrying some of the swing states that Hillary has won.

  9. Your insight into Hillary after seeing her just confirms my long-standing support for her. No American understands the complex challenges facing this country, and can respond in a humane, progressive (i.e., non-Republican) way like she can.

    And as far as her support for and understanding of human rights issues, particularly the struggle of gay Americans to have the same rights and benefits of citizenship as others, no other candidate can even stand in the same room as she.

    Having said this, there is no way in hell she will get the nomination.

  10. @ Boy Grows Up: Agreed. Even if they count Florida and Michigan, it’s a long shot.

    @ Darla: I take it you aren’t fond of Hill? :P

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