Monday, November 07, 2016
Happily Voting for Hillary
I have known since election night, 2008, who I would be voting for tomorrow: Hillary Clinton.
I was, and remain, a strong supporter of Barack Obama. I believe he has been a very good president, and has accomplished a great deal despite colossal obstruction. I thought Hillary Clinton would make a good president in 2008, but Obama would make a better one. I have not changed my mind.
Since then she has done all she could to prepare to succeed Obama. As with the parade of policy wonks who head the lists of Democratic politicians these days, she does her homework. She is better prepared on foreign policy than Obama was. She has invaluable experience as a senator. And she has the unprecedented preparation of having been First Lady.
Like her husband, the first President Clinton, she is a trimmer. She has cut deals and cut corners. Nonetheless, on the scale of presidential-level politicians, I would rate her failures about a 2 on a ten-point scale. Of presidents in the past century, I think only Jimmy Carter and the current incumbent would rate higher on that scale. That includes some very effective presidents.
And then there is the great historic moment of the first woman president. Mrs. Gruntled and I will be wearing suffragette colors when we vote, in honor of this new epoch. And I dearly hope, and expect, that she will win.