Sunday, January 20, 2008

Clinton Wins Nevada - Kind Of

Hillary Clinton has won Nevada giving her 36 delegate votes to Obama's 38 delegates (Obama received more delegates due to how the count is done in Nevada). While the count was close, this shows the race to the White House is not over.

With the Clinton "win" in Nevada, I fear Democrats are not thinking strategically. My fear is that if Clinton becomes the Democratic nominee, the Democrats will surly lose the White House to the Republican. This election is not happening is a vacuum - people remember the Clinton years in the White House and they don't want a repeat of that. I know I don't. It is not that I think Bill Clinton was a bad President, I think he could have been great. But I don't want to relive the psychodrama of another Clinton Presidency. Going beyond the possible drama of the Clintons, do you really think Hillary will be able to concentrate fully on the Presidency when she has to worry about what Bill is up to?

As for an Obama candicy being stronger, poles show that an Obama canidicy has better cross-over apeal than a Clinton canidacy. People see Obama as someone that can work with both side of the aisle. Clinton is just too polarizing.

But my worries about some possible drama in the White House if we have the Clintons there, again go beyond those fears. I do not understand why people like Clinton. When she had her moment of tears, she seemed to regain momentum. But the real Hillary quickly emerged when she said she had found her voice. I find it hard to believe that someone that claims to have 35 years of experience has suddenly found her voice! Whose voice was she using for those supposed 35 years of experience? I'm not saying Clinton isn't smart or accomplished, but to say she has finally found her voice after "35 years of experience", is a bit of a stretch.

And I also fear she would be just as secretive as Bush/Cheney are now when it comes to being President. You may recall how during the first term of Bill Clintons Presidency, he appointed Hillary to come up with a solution to the health care problem the U.S. is having. While the Clintons decry the secrecy of the Bush/Cheney Administration, the Clintons seem to suffer from the same bout of secrecy.

And as a gay man, I know I can't trust her to do the right and honorable thing towards us. I know she may talk the talk, but that's only when she is talking to a gay group - has she ever touted gay rights to a group that wasn't a gay group? I can't think of one. Obama has - and to a Christian group! Hillary will never speak of gay rights to anyone other than a gathering of gay organizations. And if push comes to shove, she will do exactly what Bill did when faced with making the right decision and what the base wants - she will go with the base, and that means leaving the gays in the dust.
Obama gave a speech to Ebenezer Baptist in Atlanta today:

"For most of this country’s history, we in the African-American community have been at the receiving end of man’s inhumanity to man. And all of us understand intimately the insidious role that race still sometimes plays – on the job, in the schools, in our health care system, and in our criminal justice system.
And yet, if we are honest with ourselves, we must admit that none of our hands are entirely clean. If we’re honest with ourselves, we’ll acknowledge that our own community has not always been true to King’s vision of a beloved community.
We have scorned our gay brothers and sisters instead of embracing them. The scourge of anti-Semitism has, at times, revealed itself in our community. For too long, some of us have seen immigrants as competitors for jobs instead of companions in the fight for opportunity.
Every day, our politics fuels and exploits this kind of division across all races and regions; across gender and party. It is played out on television. It is sensationalized by the media. And last week, it even crept into the campaign for president, with charges and counter-charges that served to obscure the issues instead of illuminating the critical choices we face as a nation."

Obama directly challenges the anti-gay bigotry within the black community. Who else does that? No one.

Obama's habit of speaking the groups about things they may not want to hear goes beyond gay rights. He gave a speech to a group of teachers touting merit pay - not a popular idea among teachers. As someone that has a brother and sister that are highschool teachers, I know someting about the problem with teachers unions and the power they have and the problems that power can sometimes bring. As an example, my sister techeas economics to her highschool students. One problem. My sister never took economics in college. Now this is not to debase teachers or the unions, but to show there needs to be something done to improve our schools. And unpoplular ideas that Obama speak about is a good start. Unions are vital for our country, but it is clear there needs to be reform. Obama is not afraid to talk about reform. Obama is willing to work with unions to make the U.S. better. Clinton, again, would never speak openly about these problems to a group of teachers beacause she is incapable of not pandering.

What we need is someone that will speak his beliefs to all, not just a targeted audience. That someone is Barrack Obama.

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