Two months ago, I said I “kind of like” Hillary Clinton. Most definitely not as a presidential candidate, as I think made clear, but as a public figure. I even said that she seemed to hold public service in high regard.
Well, let me rephrase that. HRC holds HRC in high regard, so much so that she would apparently prefer to see John McCain elected if she is not the Democratic nominee this fall. She is so eager to cripple Obama that she has repeatedly touted McCain’s leadership and experience (and drastically overstated her own) over Obama’s. She declared that both she and McCain have both passed some as-yet-unspecified Commander-in-Chief test, leaving that poor green Obama at the kids’ table. Then her campaign opened and dealt a crisp new deck of race cards: while HRC was campaigning for McSame, her staff was caught red-handed running a web site video of Barack Obama, edited to make the bridge of is nose wider and his skin darker… making him, you know, “blacker.” Just in case people weren’t aware that he’s black. (Then they lied about it.) Meanwhile, HRC went on 60 Minutes and did her level best to not quite kill off the “Obama is Muslim” rumors being circulated by her high profile surrogates and a viral email campaign. And Geraldine Ferraro went on every program that would take her to charge that Obama would not have gotten this far if he weren’t black, and that she wouldn’t be taking so much flak for speaking truth to power if she weren’t white.
And somewhere in the past two weeks, my grudging respect and modest admiration for HRC turned to disappointment and disgust. Either she is a spineless, valueless figurehead allowing vicious campaign managers to position her as a race-baiting megalomaniac, or she’s a race-baiting megalomaniac. (Or, equally plausibly, she’s a Republican.) Keith Olbermann seems a bit disappointed, too (I tried to embed that video, but it’s not working; so click that link and watch it on Americablog; it’s so worth it.)