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I've never written a diary here, though I've commented on occasion. I just read Hunter's front pager, The Rules of Clintonball, and it got me thinking a little more than usual. I've long felt that Hillary's campaign has reflected a certain Bushy quality that I care for not at all, and I'm becoming more convinced by the minute. I'll try to keep this short-ish, I can get a little wordy.

First, it was a question of which states matter. Pretty easy to sort them, really, just put all the states that went for Obama in the "not so much" column. Thankfully, I'm a Pennsylvanian, so I guess now my state matters. I'm wishing it didn't.
Then, we had the all the other metrics that were employed to show how she was winning, and how she had momentum, etc., even when she was getting pummeled. These old goalposts have been moved so many times that I'm sure they're suffering from metal fatigue, or bearing failure, or whatever it is that goalposts suffer from. I expect that we'll see a new set of goalposts shortly, perhaps some self-propelled ones that move themselves. Who will pay for these goalposts, I know not, though I expect it will be the voters.

Then there's the attitude. You know the one- we've known it for years.

"Not my fault, I'm the victim here".

"I know we agreed to the rules, but now that we're losing, we demand new rules".

"I never said that. Oh, you have tape of me saying that? Well, I didn't mean it. Oh, I voted for it? Well, now I'm against it".

"We accused the Obama campaign of a heinous act, but it was actually our campaign that did it".

Three in the morning. Be afraid.

I can go on.  I am reminded of nothing so much as children. The distorted truth, conditional reality, revisionist history, and outright petulance are that of a fuming child. I'd compare it to arguing with a nine-year-old, but I think I have too much respect for nine-year-olds.

This is very similar to the sort of "Well, yes, we've been wrong about everything so far, but you should trust us- we're right this time" that has been driving me crazy for seven years. The rule breaking. Changing the rules when they don't suit you (outside of the well established legal framework we have for doing so). The making stuff up. The outright lies.

It's just Bushy. She's Bush in a pantsuit. She's Bush with a healthcare plan. Does anyone think, that after the way she's campaigned, that her presidency would be substantially different? I forsee signing statements, and continued abuse of power. I forsee bending the facts to fit the outcome, and cherrypicking the intelligence. I forsee more of the same.

And now, the final straws. This nuclear umbrella, this massive retaliation. What the fuck is a Democrat doing using the phrase "massive retaliation"? Paging Curtis Lemay! Add to this the decidedly offensive whiff of entitlement- that somehow she and Bill were owed the White House for another term or two- that she deserved to be president. Let the kicking and screaming commence. Or continue.

That's not a campaign, that's a tantrum.

Originally posted to ericthefruitbat on Wed Apr 23, 2008 at 10:51 AM PDT.

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  •  Bit of a vent, really. (9+ / 0-)

    Stinging a bit from yesterday. Wish that Obama had done a little better in PA.

    -3.75, -4.77 "Wet women, lying in ponds, distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!"

    by ericthefruitbat on Wed Apr 23, 2008 at 10:55:06 AM PDT

  •  Entitlement? (5+ / 0-)

    The magic word.  When it comes to claiming that "my way is the ONLY way", Hillary and W share the same skin.  

    "My whole world lies waiting behind door number three"

    by wozzle on Wed Apr 23, 2008 at 10:56:35 AM PDT

  •  Vent and rant is sometimes good for the (2+ / 0-)
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    ericthefruitbat, Dark UltraValia

    intellect.  One thing I try to avoid in my comments and diaries here is reactive words; for me I cannot see that I would be contributing to positive dialogue were I to just go off, spouting banal hyperbole.  For others, it seems to be o.k. (at times).

    That said, I must confess that all my suspicions about Hillary Clinton being little more than a privileged corporate shill seem to have been justified.  I have always held reservations about her, along with a perhaps conflicting sense of believing her to be essentially a progressive-minded person.

    No longer.  She's a wolf in sheep's clothing.  She's no good for the Democratic party.  She owes her allegiance to Big Bizness, not to the grassroots people like myself.  It's always been my philosophy that the President represents all of the people.  I know this has seldom been the actual case, and in Hillary I now see this would never be the case.

    Having taken political science courses in college, I understand the concept of "elites vs. the masses".  Not that all elites are bad, but certainly that some are.  Hillary Clinton is one pernicious elite, and would serve her country no good as President.

    I do find solace though in the high probability that we will never have to face (and live with) another Clinton presidency.

    Barack Obama will be our next President.

    If we're not willing to boldly refute the lies, the lies will stand as truth.

    by cn4st4datrees on Wed Apr 23, 2008 at 11:33:24 AM PDT

    •  Well put. (0+ / 0-)

      That said, I must confess that all my suspicions about Hillary Clinton being little more than a privileged corporate shill seem to have been justified.  I have always held reservations about her, along with a perhaps conflicting sense of believing her to be essentially a progressive-minded person.

      I wish that I had said this, and as well as you have.
      Thanks for the comment and insight.

      -3.75, -4.77 "Wet women, lying in ponds, distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!"

      by ericthefruitbat on Wed Apr 23, 2008 at 11:55:55 AM PDT

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