So it’s been decided – the main event at DemoMania in 2008 will be a falls-count-anywhere US Title match between Barack “The Nature Boy” Obama and the Billion-Dollar Man, Hillary Clinton. Now, granted, the match will have been decided well before then – it may even be settled by the time Iowa Slam is over.
It’s good to know these things. But, seriously, are the Dems (or America, for that matter) really served by the scenario that’s shaping up? (For those of you new to the world of freelance editorialization, that’s what us old-timers call a “rhetorical question.”)
For my part, I’m disturbed. Troubled. Deeply. And I’m not even a Democrat. Hillary is going to be a trainwreck, I fear – even if she managed to win, her presidency would be one of the most polarizing things to happen to the nation since George Dumbya Bush. I also have serious questions about her policy savvy (see Auto, Grand Theft and War, It was Bush’s fault I was dumb enough to vote for the Iraq). I find myself wondering if there’s anything she really believes in – is there anything she won’t do for a few more votes?
And Obama? Well, he’s young and charismatic and seems to hold the right opinions on many issues. But I find myself worrying that he’s our new Kennedy – in the end, lots of style but a lot less substance than we thought we were getting.
Meanwhile, a guy who I think is better on all counts is out there trying to get everybody’s attention. John Edwards has all the charisma and electability of Obama and he’s more honest, I believe, than Hillary. He’s been pretty up-front in saying “hey, I fucked up on the war,” and he’s making a point of putting that kind of honesty and accountability in the forefront of his campaign so far.
The worst part is that Mark Warner, the best of all possible candidates, seems to be serious about sitting it out. Why? Money? Honestly doesn’t want any part of it? What?
At this stage, I’m watching last night’s Oscars and am just about convinced that if Hil and Obama have Edwards boxed out, I really might prefer – okay, grit teeth and just say it – Al Gore to either of them. He has an issue – a real issue – and he seems to be figuring out how to give the issue some life. We seem to be easing past the point where the word “environment” is seen as purely partisan liberal Satanic propaganda language, and a candidate who can make it relevant has a chance not only to win, but also to untrack the insanely stupid “liberal”/”conservative” division we’ve talked ourselves into in the last couple decades. And I’d be all for that.
This is important, because right now the GOP has nothing – nothing – that I’d see as remotely viable for the White House. I keep hoping that will change, but I think I’m out of luck there.
Please, tell me what I’m missing….