Hillary Clinton voted for the War in Iraq.
For me, that’s what it comes down to. Which is not to say that it’s just a single issue; I consider that vote to be a good indicator of just what we’re getting.
When the drums were being pounded for war with Iraq, and there were talks of Weapons of Mass Destruction and so forth, I — a nobody geek sitting in my house reading on the internet — knew it was all bullshit. And it wasn’t my job as a Senator to know it was bullshit, but I did. I didn’t have a staff to analyze things and find out if they were bullshit before I voted on them, I just had me. And I saw right through it.
I’m not claiming super-genius analysis powers. On the contrary, I’m pointing out my lack thereof. And yet, I still figured out what Hillary Clinton didn’t. It was clear to me (and to plenty of other people) that the war had no plan and was being built on lies and supported with assertions that were straight out of Dick Cheney’s fantasy world. But she didn’t see this and partly as a result we went to war, costing the lives of untold (and uncounted) hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and thousands of American soldiers. The war has destabilized the region, run up the deficit to staggering levels, destroyed America’s reputation, and allowed Al-Qaeda to regroup and rally.
No one in their right mind should have voted for this hapless misadventure, but Hillary Clinton did. And in doing so, she failed one of the few tests I have for a candidate: she or he has to be smarter than me when it counts.
I’m not crazy about Obama at all. I think he’s got a lot of things he needs to figure out before he’s Presidential material. I’d be voting Kucinich if I could, and if he’s still on the ballot here, I may do so anyway. But I’ve seen what Hillary is bringing to the table and not only does it not impress me, but I already voted against it in 2004.