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The Clintons need to go away

I’m gonna get into hot water for this post.  But it’s 5 am, CST, I’ve been up for hours, I’m living in a hotel with a four year old and a seven year old, and maybe I’ve lost enough of my mind not to care.  If you see me on the floor in Denver and I try to discuss something with you and you’re an HRC supporter, please talk to me anyway.  I’m really a nice person.  But I’ve just had it with the Clintons.

Let me say that when Bill did his thing (you know what I mean), I defended him.  I loved Bill Clinton.  I loved his Presidency.  My thinking then was that I didn’t give a rat’s ass what he did in his personal life.  That was between him and his wife.  When he lied about it, though, I cared, because that reflected his ethics and I do think those are important for a President.  But I do think that he’s one of the smartest men on the planet (intellectually) and was a fantastic President.

I’ve never been able to stand Hillary, not as a First Lady, not as a Senator.  Why?  Who knows.  I have friends in New York who love her because she’s been a great Senator for them and I have to respect that.  I do think that she is extraordinarily smart and extremely capable.  Were she our party’s nominee, I would have supported her whole heartedly.  I do think she would have made, and maybe someday will make, an excellent President.

But right now, Bill and Hill need to go away.  I am so tired of all of the negotiations, the tip toeing, the figuring out of how to make them happy at the Convention.  I’m tired of the two-step the Obama campaign is having to do to make Bill and Hill satisfied with their roles.  This is his time.  They need to get over it.

I read this morning that Bill is getting speaking time on Wednesday before the Veep speaks.  I’m sure the party faithful will love to hear Bill, but Obama should not have *had* to concede this time to Bill, giving the Clintons more face time at the Convention.  I’m positive that I heard a week or so ago that HRC was not going to submit her name for nomination at the Convention.  Yesterday, however, I read that she’s still not sure and her supporters are still demanding that she does so they can be heard.  Chicks, you’ve been heard loud and clear.  You all need to get over it, too.  If you’re desperate to hear her and spend time with her, there’s an EMILY’s List fundraiser on Tuesday, 8/24 at the Sheraton in Denver and for as little as $50 you can have HRC, Pelosi and Michelle. 

Getting back to Hillary, herself, I’m tired of her non-committal crap.  On a discussion on her website yesterday, she danced around the nomination issue and the VP issue.  Just commit to bowing out, please.  You know that it’s the right thing to do for the party.  You know that the party, for the sake of unity, needs you to simply say that you won’t submit your name.  Then the media can get over this “subterranean grumbling” line (I swear I just heard this on CNN).  Yes, your die hard supporters will be pissed, but, honestly, nothing will ever help them see the light.  As Obama said, “”We’re not talking to those people ….”

This is Obama’s time.  Had Hillary won the nomination, it would be her time and I know that Obama would have had the grace to step aside and let her have it.  Now she needs to do the same.  She gets her night at the Convention to speak and be front and center.  That needs to be the end of it.

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Back Open for Business

After a long hiatus, AshPolitics is back open for business.  I don’t know if anyone out there is here to read it, but I’m hoping I’ll bring some folks back on the train along the way.

So where did I go?  Well, I went to FL.  Back in February, my family and I took a trip to the land of Mickey.  For one full week, I unplugged.  I paid zero … that’s absolutely no … attention to politics for an entire week.  I missed primaries.  Primaries!! for heaven’s sake.  Up to that point, I had worked just over one solid year, every day, on the Barack Obama campaign as a volunteer on his Rapid Response team.  I was in deep, getting and responding to sometimes over 200 emails a day.  I was digging, hanging with the cool kids on Daily Kos, watching Chris Matthews religiously, and generally following everything politics I could find.  I was eating, breathing, and sleeping the Democratic primary.  And then I went to FL and exhaled.

On my return, I realized that the Democratic primary was making me nauseous.  The infighting, the racism, the negativity.  I had begun the process as an Obama supporter with tremendous respect for the Clintons and the legacy of President Clinton.  I had reached the point where the campaign they were running made me embarassed to be a Democrat.  I could no longer face the circular firing squad that was the Democratic primary.  And so I unplugged.

Before I unplugged, I was invited to blog on a friend and fellow Obama supporter’s blog, Zennie’s Zeitgeist.  Zennie is not only a dedicated Obama supporter, but a lifelong dedicated Democrat and, it turns out, a stalwart friend.  His blog was credentialled for the 2008 Democratic National Convention and, being the guy he is, he’s taking those of us who blog on his site along with him.  That’s not something one says, “no” to and it has dragged me back into the world of political blogging.

It’s also easier, admittedly, to reenter this world now that the Democratic nomination has been settled.  Senator Clinton will address her supporters tonight, finally concede, and endorse Senator Obama, promising to do everything she can to help him win in November.  I’ll have to gather my strength to blog later regarding my opinions on whether or not (not) he should take her on the ticket as VP, but at least she’s finally ceding the battle space and coming on board as a general.  Being here to blog pro-Obama and not anti-Clinton will be sweet relieif.

So now let’s turn our focus to November.  This is Obama v. McCain, Dems v. Republicans.  Let the battle begin.  It’s nice to be back. 


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