by Lee Stranahan
Happy New Year. One of my resolutions is to do more political blogging here at The Dose. So let’s kick it off with the following questions..
Why the hell didn’t we just elect Hillary as President?
I wasn’t a Hillary supporter. Nope, not me. I was for Barack Obama all the way. See, Obama wasn’t an insider like Hillary. He wasn’t going to be beholden to the special interests and lobbying money. He wasn’t cozied up to the financial industry the way Hillary was. He opposed health care mandates, unlike Hillary. And Obama wouldn’t pack HIS White House with Clintonites like Rahm Emanuel or Larry Summers.
You see where I’m going with this. We elected Obama but we got The Clintons.
Except worse. The Democratic base wouldn’t be nearly as split as it is right now because we would have known what we were getting. Hillary voted for the invasion of Iraq so an Afghanistan expansion despite no clear road to victory. The current watered down, mandated health care bill is about what I would have thought Hillary would get us.
Plus – and this is the big one – no Sarah Palin. John McCain put up Palin to appeal to pissed off Hillary voters. With HRC as the nominee, McCain would have gone all mavericky and nominated Alan Keyes or Tiger Woods. But the Palin carnival never would have come to town.