June 5 2008

Kelly Thomas

Democratic presidential hopeful New York Senator Hillary Clinton speaks at her election night event at Baruch College in New York, NY on June 3, 2008. Democrat Barack Obama plunged Wednesday into a five-month election battle with Republican John McCain after making history by becoming the first black presidential nominee of a major US party.
(AFP/File/Robyn Beck)
(AFP/File/Robyn Beck)

FINISHING THE SEASON. In the movie, Bull Durham, Kevin Costner, a minor league baseball catcher, is released. He comes by to see his love interest. She has a voice over once he leaves and says, “He has to finish the season.” I feel this way about Hillary. When I hear those criticizing her, I think, give me a break; she is just finishing the season.

And, she has done just that, even though she has not officially conceded yet. The Democrats need to give her time, a little space, maybe even a few concessions(pay off debts, possibly even the vice-presidency), but the media can't quit bashing her. ( It's time for Clinton to bow out) I am fascinated in how vitriolic some are toward her.

This has been a long campaign, and I will be making no decisions tonight," she said. "In the coming days, I'll be consulting with supporters and party leaders to determine how to move forward with the best interests of our party and our country guiding...Hillary Clinton

I have been a supporter all along, if, for no other reason, than she is a woman. Men have screwed up the country so much, let's give a woman a shot. Didn't happen. I am amazed that she did not get the delegates she needed to win the nomination. My disclaimer, as if anyone is interested: "I would vote for almost anyone if he/she were a Democrat." I made my mistake for “W” the first term.

But like many people, I don't like most of the Congressional types who call themselves Democrats or, say, Howard Dean. Still, all things considered, based on performance and the mess our country is in, putting the Democrats in gives us the best chance to right a whole series of disasters, mainly Iraq.

Of all the things that I’ve felt bad about during this campaign, it is that Hillary has been treated so badly by the news media. I don’t think anyone who is the least bit objective can deny it-shameful as my Mom would say.

There has been almost no subject of which she has not taken abuse. The “talking heads” forayed into her remarks about JFK’s assassination as if she meant someone is going to knock off Barack. Please!

These O’Reillys and Limbaughs need to get a life. But, it really is not only them, but the main stream media as well. It is a amazing that people, especially in the states she won, have risen above the media negativity and voted for her.

"There isn't anything we cannot do together if we seek God's blessing and if we stay committed and are not deterred by the setbacks that often fall in every life."

In some ways, it is simply politics as I see it; but, then again, it isn't. To be honest, always in the past, I have not been so underwhelmed about the Presidency, thinking having a majority in Congress provided checks and balances.

However "W" has made me think differently: A President can take you to war and that makes all the difference in the world. This President has done that and now we are in a debacle from which we cannot extract ourselves.

Congratulations to Hillary for finishing the season.

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