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US Politics-Now I'm getting worried.

You all know how I get about politics. About everything really, but for the time being we're talking politics.

Last year this time I was totally laughing off Donald Trump as a product of "silly season," and mostly lamenting the fact that Jon Stewart was leaving us and wouldn't be there to get us through the whole election cycle. I gave no credence whatsoever to the possibility that he would actually be the candidate and I stayed in Ostrich-lie denial until the whole thing got clinched with the final melt-downs of Cruz and Rubio.

I also didn't believe that the crazies and haters of the UKIP variety would actually push the UK out of the EU.

Aaaaannnndddd, I figured the Bernie people who have enough pragmatic political sanity to accept reality when the time came.

None of this seems to be happening.

Since Facebook is more of a "real world" thing, where I actually have to tip-toe a bit, because I use my real name and actually interact with some of the people, I've done something very unusual for me and not expressed all of my thoughts on matters that are very important to me.

I did one long post about my experience of volunteering for Edward M. Kennedy in 1980 and how that was my "Bernie" year and how we ended up LOSING, at least in some part because the Kennedy people couldn't reconcile to the Carter campaign in time, if at all.

It's here and PUBLIC, if you want to read it.

I am an unabashed Hillary supporter. I KNOW all the reasons this is problematic and you know what? I don't give a flying Philadelphia fuck! Here's what I know...you ask me "what has she accomplished?" I'll tell you what she accomplished-----she got Bill Clinton elected. She sat next to him on sixty minutes and told Steve Kroft, "I love this man," and that got him past the first round of crap being thrown when the Gennifer Flowers allegations were threatening to derail the whole thing. Was Bill my first choice in 1992? Not particularly, but as we went through that round of primaries, it became clear that he was the one with the physical and metaphorical cojones to go up against the Republican hate machine.

Yes, we got lucky with the Perot thing and maybe even the fact that George H.W. Bush is a more decent fellow than his son, but it COULD have ended up like 1988 if Bill and Hill and Carville and Begala et al hadn't been willing to do the things that the Dukakis campaign couldn't or wouldn't.

So yeah...tell me bad things about Hillary. They could every single one be true and she would still be preferable to Donald Trump. And in a world where "Brexit" (SHUDDER!) could happen, then Trump could happen.



( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 3rd, 2016 06:18 pm (UTC)
anybody but Trump. If that asshole wins I'm fucking moving to Canada.
Jul. 4th, 2016 07:36 pm (UTC)
Much as I would love getting an inch closer to banging Justin Trudeau like a kitchen door, the fact is it's not super practical (or particularly easy) to emigrate. We probably all said/felt this way regarding the election of Reagan, Bush I and Bush II and here we are. Whatever happens, most of us are going to stay here and live through it...but it would be better not to have to live through that. (Hey Justin, baby, give me a call.)
Jul. 4th, 2016 06:38 pm (UTC)
We're pushing back against the calls for pulling out of the EU sooner rather than later (ie the referendum is non-binding, Article 50 is incomplete and untested, it requires primary legislation in a House of Commons where Leave MPs are in a minority), but in many ways the damage has been done - the crazy racists now think they're the voice of the people and you don't need to go far to find a Leave voter who admits they had no idea why they voted Leave. The bit that still puzzles me is why Corbyn is still clinging on, I hope we do get a decent leadership contest - Angela Eagle would be a good leader. Or failing that we need to persuade Nicola Sturgeon that England could become part of a Greater Scotland with her as PM.
Jul. 5th, 2016 06:08 pm (UTC)
I feel so bad for the sane people who got overwhelmed by the tide of crazy and the "LOFO" centered campaign that played on emotion instead of facts. I even had to explain to hubby that it honestly wasn't about the UK not liking certain rules and restriction of the EU, and was being totally sold by racism and anti-immigration.
Jul. 5th, 2016 07:05 pm (UTC)
I've wondered where the damage was done campaign-wise, and I can't drop the notion that the EU/EEC being the butt of so many jokes over the years is a big part of it. I'm wondering how many people who believed all the stories about bananas being too bendy to be legally sold also thought Jim Hacker was a real Prime Minister.
Jul. 9th, 2016 04:05 am (UTC)
Call My Euro-Bluff!
Jul. 5th, 2016 12:47 pm (UTC)
(Here via the Home Page)

I am an unabashed Hillary supporter.

How horrifying to know that people really are still supporting this criminal Clinton female.
Jul. 5th, 2016 06:05 pm (UTC)
Well bless your heart and thank you for sharing. Meanwhile the actual FBI appears considerably less perturbed by the situation.
Jul. 7th, 2016 05:27 am (UTC)
I admit to not being very up on politics (even my own country's) but I vote and I help where I can and I fully support Hillary - most people I know (the rest have no opinion on foreign politics at all) want her to win, even though we can't say anything about it beyond supporting it.
Jul. 9th, 2016 04:05 am (UTC)
Thanks for the support. It's going to be a disaster beyond imagining and I'm getting more and more convinced it IS going to happen. I hope I'm wrong, but the cards are falling in the way that Republicans know how to exploit brilliantly.
Jul. 10th, 2016 12:24 pm (UTC)
The news reports are getting scary, I have to admit. I'm just hoping like hell it won't.
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