The case for Clinton

I am a Bernie Sanders supporter. That sentence should provide some idea of how difficult it is for me to write this article. Nevada is now a fading mirage in the 2016 Presidential campaign tail lights and I’m sad to say the hopes for a Sanders nomination are dimming as well.

Speaking to Chuck Todd of MSNBC and NBC following his loss in Nevada, “the Bern” had this explanation: “What I’ve said over and over and over again, we will do well when young people, when working-class people come out.” Uh…Senator Sanders? Sir? Bernie? I grant you that the Clinton victory in Iowa was — after the final analyses were all over and done — was 3/10’s of 1%; not exactly an overwhelming mandate from the people of the sovereign state of Iowa. You rebounded — big — in New Hampshire, a state known for being very much inclined to be rebellious where the mainstream is concerned and the very devilment to those who predict such things as candidate victories. Nevada where you were so sure that you would win and pick up gobs and gobs of delegates didn’t work out for you.

Salon, an online magazine with a strong liberal viewpoint to their writing quotes Slate magazine as follows: “Barring a catastrophe,” Slate’s Jamelle Bouie wrote, Clinton’s “nomination is inevitable” again.

“This doesn’t mean the campaign is over,” Bouie was quick to note, adding that “Sanders is still a formidable candidate.”
“But the uncertainty that has defined the race since New Hampshire is over for the time being. Clinton still has her advantage with black and Latino voters, and in a Democratic primary, that is dispositive,” he concludes.

So lets’ take a moment and think about this. Hillary Clinton has seen the White House from within as First Lady and from the outside as a Senator—and one willing to extend a hand to often unwilling GOP members to try to accomplish something in an increasingly obstructive environment. Add to this, the fact, as Secretary of State, she was in on some of the most important diplomatic achievements of the Obama presidency.

Some say her cynicism is the dark side counterpoint to Bernie’s idealism. Be that as it may, it’s also some rather pragmatic and empiric experience that the Senator from Vermont lacks. True he’s been in the Senate longer, equally true, he’s never been the Secretary of State, nor has he been the First Lady—at least I don’t think so. Anyway, the fact is Clinton would be one helluva good President. Put aside the much vaunted glass ceiling of male Presidential candidates.

First of all, we’re Democrats and we don’t dig glass ceilings, we are the party of inclusion. Second, even the most cursory examination of her proposals show profound policy knowledge, pragmatic suggestions for dealing with other nations, the national debt and numerous and sundry social ills. All of which seem to be missing in the GOP proposals by the way. I am a Democrat, I will vote for whichever candidate wins the nomination. But increasingly, I’m obliged to say Hillary would be one helluva good president.

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