To pour a forty on the curb, or whatever gesture suits you, for the Hillary Clinton we used to know. She was always a polarizing figure, but there was a time where her public life was, well, admirable. Her actions as First Lady may well have made the path to election easier for any woman seeking any office, let alone her own presidential race.
This began to decay when she moved to New York just in time to qualify for the Senate race. We gave her the benefit of the doubt for carpetbagging. After all, there was the palpable feeling that we were all in some manner her constituents.
We gave her the benefit of the doubt when she voted for the war. The extent of the information available to her at the time wasn't common knowledge, and the information at our disposal was even less so. Even those who were strongly against the war at the time could understand why someone would be for it.
I'll admit that I didn't give her the benefit of the doubt when she teamed up with Joe Lieberman to sponsor that FEPA bullshit. But in my defense, censorship is fucking treason.
Then this '08 campaign business started. I'm not going to recount it because I'm fucking sick of it. I thought she'd reached the bottom when she said she was pressing on so that the voices of the people might be heard at a time where her only conceivable path to nomination flew in the face of those very voters' will.
And then this
The implication is hideous. Especially given that the death threats for Barrack Obama have come early and often, and many of us, even those not in his camp, have had fears of history repeating itself. Especially given that many have compared him to Robert. Especially given that Robert's brother was diagnosed with an inoperable tumor just days ago.
And this isn't a one time misstatement. It's appeared several times in print already.
I have a habit of letting Keith Olbermann speak for me in times like this. It's an easy fallback, but if I were behind a desk at MSNBC I'd be saying the same thing.
Take it away, Keith.
A toast to the Hillary Clinton we once knew. Maybe one day we'll see her again.