Super Tuesday

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.

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6 Responses to Super Tuesday

  1. I would agree with you here. She voted for the war for political reasons, not common sense. The more I see of Hilary, the less and less I like. What a veneered, polished, cold, autonomoton. Could she be any more fake or pandering? A woman as president is a wonderful thing, just not *that* one. She galvanizes the Xeonphobic Party, and who needs a bunch of egocentric zealots “united”. Granted, every last candidate panders to some degree, but not as much as Hilary and Romney. Obama has my vote, even with the obvious imperfections he brings.

  2. Dave says:

    See, I don’t want an apology. I don’t want her or anyone saying “Gosh, I now know that trying to bathe my baby in the dishwasher was wrong and I’m truly sorry for that.” If you didn’t know it was a bad idea at the time, I got nothing for you.

  3. Lyle says:

    Actually, I have less a problem with her vote as much as I do with the way she’s treated questions about it. I could forgive the vote if only she’d say, ‘Holy @#%&, I was wrong and I will do what I can to fix that mistake.’ but she keeps trying to explain the vote was the right one to make even though she thinks it was a mistake to invade. For me, that makes her look like a cynical politician (and kind of a foolish one not to realize that admitting her error would resonate with voters who mostly went through that same journey… kinda like all those Dems in congress who are afraid of fighting to end the war).

  4. David Thiel says:

    While politically I feel as if I’m closer to Kucinich, I voted for Obama. For me, it comes down to this: what message do I want to send the rest of the world? We desperately need to put a new face on this country if only to say that we’ve turned a corner. Is it superficial? Sure. But putting yet another white guy in charge just confirms the status quo, and selecting Hillary further legitimizes the political dynasties that have ruled the past 20 years. Today’s college sophomores have never known a president that wasn’t a Bush or Clinton. Obama might not be my ideal candidate, but he’s good enough.

  5. Vicky says:

    I struggled with my vote today between Clinton, and Obama. The struggle was due to the fact that I truly believe if Obama is elected he won’t be long for this world. So I had to ask myself if I wanted to be partially responsible for getting this guy killed. I ultimately went for him, but I would much rather he come back to Illinois and be Governor. Lord knows this state could use a good one of those.

  6. Dan says:

    At the precinct I worked at today, Obama kicked all sorts of butt, almost double the votes of the runner up, which was Clinton.