A Political Vent (you might want to skip this one)

I voted for Hillary Clinton in November 2016. Because Trump.

But I wanted Bernie.

Hillary Clinton is telling us now that the lack of respect from Bernie and his supporters “hurt.” But the manner in which the Democratic party (under the leadership of Debbie Wasserman Schultz) ignored Bernie Sanders, ignored the huge rallies and the enthusiasm of his supporters, “hurts.” Clinton’s narrow-visioned, egocentric take on the presidential election is proof to me that she should never have won the Democratic nomination for President. I wished then, and I wish now, that Clinton would have stepped aside when she saw the wave of enthusiasm that Bernie had behind him. He would have won the presidency and we wouldn’t be dealing with what we’re dealing with now.

I remember thinking “big deal” when Clinton won all those states in the south in her race to win the Democratic nomination. I knew those southern states weren’t going to vote for Clinton in the general election. Winning those southern states meant nothing. I could see that it was the northern states, the Pacific states, the states in the northeast – the blue states – that mattered in the race for the Democratic nomination. The southern states were going to vote Republican in the end. They were not going to vote for Clinton in November.

If Clinton had really had the best interests of the country at heart, rather than her own single-minded, blind, dogged determination to be the first woman President, she would have seen that, too. But she didn’t. The fact that she STILL doesn’t see it is testament to me that she should never have been the nominee for President.

Clinton did a terrible disservice to our nation by not stepping aside and letting Bernie Sanders lead the charge. To feel “hurt” because he didn’t drop out of the race right away has me shaking my head. The presidency of the United States is not some prize to be won by the biggest ego. Neither is it supposed to be a job promotion to whoever gives the most money and time to her (his) political party. The President of the United States is supposed to represent ALL Americans – not just Democrats, not just Republicans, and not just the wealthy and powerful.

And for those of you who are posting a defense of Clinton and telling your readers they aren’t allowed to respond to your post in a negative way: tough bananas. This is still America and I am still allowed to openly disagree with you.

Please can we have a viable candidate in 2020?

 

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9 thoughts on “A Political Vent (you might want to skip this one)

  1. Well said. I’ve been watching a lot of CNN this week, for hurricane coverage, and I’ve seen this promo for her interview with Anderson Cooper that’s. I I guess up. I just think to myself: let it go. Bernie was my pick too, by the way. 😊

  2. I feel like I need to gently disagree a bit. I too voted for Hillary. I very much liked what Bernie had to say. But I felt so sure that he could never bring off those wondrous “pie in the sky” proposals. If he had been able to show how they would work, then I would have considered voting for him altho I had been a Hillary supporter through both campaigns. I don’t think he could have won. I’ve seen Hillary several times on TV the past couple of days and continue to feel she would have been a good president. Just my thoughts that I felt like sharing. Best, Peggy

  3. I agree with your sentiments. It’s really disappointing that she still doesn’t “get it”. Bernie’s rallies were frequently massive, and she knows she didn’t inspire that kind of excitement nor get those kinds of crowds. Television and media conspired to black him out, as well as the DNC. Imagine if he’d been given a fair shot! I wish she could just express some humility and be quiet at this point. It just dredges up painful feelings all over again.

  4. I don’t agree with you, Karen. As much as I like Bernie, and as enthusiastic his supporters were and are, and as much as I agree with him (and with Hillary), I don’t believe that majorities in enough states to claim an Electoral College victory was doable for Bernie. He carried too much baggage for many people. He is a self described socialist, and that doesn’t sit well with many people. He was not a member of the Democratic Party, and did not “pay his dues.” I believe that a candidate should do some of the heavy lifting for a few years, campaigning for others, stuffing envelopes, making phone calls, and listening to those people who do that work.
    I don’t like it that Hillary comes across as having eaten sour grapes (is that the full metaphor?) in her book. I don’t think it serves any useful purpose. I don’t think it will help anyone on the left win any future elections.

  5. I have a paper on my kitchen wall. It reads:

    OK. The joke’s over.
    Can Bernie be our president now?

    I look at it every day and hope for divine intervention to save our planet. Then again, that may not be enough. Sigh…

  6. My feeling is: Not enough people were “energized” to vote for Hillary and I presume Bernie would have suffered a similar fate. Trump energized his base, he reached out to various groups in the radical right.

    I said it myself, we are suppose to be the greatest country in the world, right? and these are the best and brightest minds we could muster up for a Presidential election? (sad)

  7. Right on, Karen. I’ve got Bernie 2020 on my mind (or him putting his weight behind some other powerful Progressive).

    But I’ve got this to say about 2016. Maybe it was OK Bernie didn’t win. 1) No assassination. 2) New-found recognition and popularity. 3) Bernie is busy laying the foundation for a more progressive Congress and government. 4) After Trump, the Republicans are toast and grassroots are ultra-activated (although I would have preferred Hillary).

    When Bernie (or his backed candidate) wins 2020, Congress and the people may be progressive enough to pass Single-Payer, etc.

    Nothing happens overnight. I so admire Bernie’s strategy. It’s like a flowchart. Whenever one pathway closes, another pathway is taken. All of Bernie’s pathways lead to the ultimate goal for a better America.

    I also admire Bernie’s focus and thick skin. He does not allow himself to be distracted by political gossip, and never wastes energy on hurt feelings. Whatever he decides to do in any particular situation is calculated to afford the best possible opportunity to promote the political revolution. Bernie’s judgments cannot always be perfect (that would be statistically impossible), but his decisions are made from the position of goodness, strength, and character.

    • Beautifully articulated, JoAnn! Thank you! So much that was covert is now being exposed. So much that needed to come out into the light, is being brought out into the light. I had a kind of… not sure what word to use to describe it… but I had an experience on the evening of the election that I keep returning to when I’m feeling despair. I was walking the dog. I saw a comet or meteor or something and looked up to the stars and a voice said, “Trust. Everything is happening as it needs to happen.” I knew then. I knew who’d won the election – why else would I need to be reassured? And I think I started preparing myself way back in the summer before when Bernie lost the Democratic nomination. I could see the writing on the wall then. I voted for Hillary, of course, but… yeah… it has been a most interesting year.

      • The Voice of comfort and reassurance. Yes, since you wrote your post, revelations galore —
        Donna Brazile’s Bombshell, and of course the Russian collusion investigation. Yes, these are most interesting times.

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