not that it matters all that much, but hillary IS tougher…

Hillary Clinton

Hillary IS Tougher. No Doubt About It...

In a  Daily Beast article entitled “Hillary Told You So”, the writer explores the increasing  level of buyer’s remorse among disaffected Obama supporters. She recounts a few particular observations:

At a New York political event last week, Republican and Democratic office-holders were all bemoaning President Obama’s handling of the debt-ceiling crisis when someone said, “Hillary would have been a better president.”

“Every single person nodded, including the Republicans,” reported one observer.

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At a luncheon in the members’ dining room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Saturday, a 64-year-old African-American from the Bronx was complaining about Obama’s ineffectiveness in dealing with the implacable hostility of congressional Republicans when an 80-year-old lawyer chimed in about the president’s unwillingness to stand up to his opponents. “I want to see blood on the floor,” she said grimly.

A 61-year-old white woman at the table nodded. “He never understood about the ‘vast right-wing conspiracy,’” she said.

Looking as if she were about to cry, an 83-year-old Obama supporter shook her head. “I’m so disappointed in him,” she said. “It’s true: Hillary is tougher.”

The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates discounts the Monday morning quarterbacking as,

Coates is just wrong on this one. It certainly doesn’t change anything since there’s no going back now. But upon reflection,it  is remarkably easy to glean the Clinton toughness that’s so missing from the current occupant of the White House.
Drew Westen smacked us with the how and why of our collective blind spot in his August 6th editorial;
On substance, there are only marginal differences between Obama and Hillary Clinton, but there are many more differences where experience and competency are concerned. But in 2008,  we were all so busy swooning over Mr. Obama’s rhetoric that we missed it. Now we see it. Now we’re clear. 

There’s nothing wrong with looking back and saying to yourself, “I goofed.”

 

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Yvette
Yvette

More and more, I'm of the belief that this is all unfolding just how Obama knew it would. He's happy with the outcome ... But I totally agree that Obama is not beyond reproach because he's black. Since when does being black give you a pass?

Ms Scripter
Ms Scripter

I voted for Hillary in the primaries and I wish she would challenge Obama again. In all honesty, she would win. Obama just does not have the mojo and he demonstrates poor leadership skills. The Republicans are making him look like he does not have a clue and it is resonating in the opinion polls. I'm also getting a little sick and tired of my folks using the fact that he is our first Black President as a crutch so we do not criticize his ineffectiveness. If their is a 3rd party candidate that is worthy they will have my vote.

Yvette
Yvette

Is she a corporatist? Absolutely, which is why I made the point of saying that the differences between an Obama vs. Clinton administration are marginal. However, I do believe that a Clinton health care reform bill would've been stronger and liberals wouldn't be nearly as disaffected had Hillary been elected. She is not and never has been as conflicted as our current President. Again, the differences are largely at the margins, but Clinton wouldn't have allowed herself to be made a fool of by Republicans in the way that Obama has. Having said all of that, I will admit that you're right about the two party system. Neither Democrats nor Republicans represent the people or have our best interest at heart. It's time to build something worth saving.

Kevin
Kevin

I'm not buying it, she's more of a corporatist than Obama is turning out to be - the key here is not the players, but the game. The current two parties are just opposite sides of the same flawed coin. Corporate lobbyists and industrial interests have more influence and control in DC than the very constituents that voted these folks in