What Are We Going to Do in 2010 and 2012 (Part Four)?
It's that time again, people. As the summer bogs down in a swamp of heat, humidity and semi-amusing wingnut insanity, let us turn our minds to cooler times in the future, to the month of September, when (dreamy sigh) the aspens will be turning, and election season will be upon us.
Are there any races you're particularly interested in? Against my will, I have been drawn into the primary battle between my Congresscritter, former fave Carolyn Maloney, and photogenic upstart Reshma Saujani. I wrote about Reshma recently in the post "A Pattern Emerges," and with her latest campaign tactics, she is only confirming her extreme similarity to Barack Obama.
Remember how Obama sent out those "Harry and Louise" flyers to bash Hillary Clinton's health care plan? I received a similar flyer from Saujani about Maloney's alleged crimes in continuing to fundraise for her corporate PAC while being a legislator involved in financial reform. Uh, Reshma, not everyone is a wealthy hedge fund manager from Chicago. Some people need to actually fundraise while they're running for office! I can't find it online, but it doesn't matter, because she repeats all the stupid allegations on her website. Read it if you dare!
But that's not all! She also released an ad trying to paint Maloney as some kind of BP crony. The ad is, shall we say, a little light on the facts.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney's office today called an attack ad released by her opponent—one that seeks to portay Ms. Maloney as a toady of the oil industry—"preposterous."
"This is preposterous," said Maloney spokesman Alix Anfang, in an emailed statement. "Congresswoman Maloney has been a clear, consistent leader in standing up to the oil industry and demanding that the oil industry regulators do their job. Our opponent is exploiting this national crisis in an attempt to score political points."
To Ms. Anfang's point, Ms. Maloney has a 100 percent approval rating from the League of Conservation Voters, and her legislative record indicates a contentious history with Big Oil. [MB: Feh! What does that prove? Facts are stupid things!]
But James Allen, a spokesman for Ms. Saujani's campaign countered, "Being a leader is much different than voting the right way on party line environmental bills. Once again, Carolyn Maloney is talking about the past not the future, and following instead of leading. What's her plan to prevent this from happening again? What's her proposed legislation?"
(Wiping tears of laughter from my eyes) Wow! What a breathtakingly inept response. Nowhere does Allen refute the claim that the ad is factually untrue. That's because the ad is factually untrue. He simply throws around the word "leader" as though his boss has some right to it. I must reiterate here that the Divine Ms. Saujani has no government experience at all. In what way can she claim to have ever been a leader? Where is HER proposed legislation, I wonder? She seems to be great at lying and using focus-grouped, empty slogans, but these "accomplishments" do not a leader make. See: Obama, Barack.
And does she really expect Carolyn Maloney to come up with legislation to combat future deepwater drilling disasters? Got news for you, Reshma, since you don't appear to have the slightest fucking clue what you're talking about. The laws to prevent this shit from happening ALREADY EXIST. It is not Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney's job to enforce those laws. The MMS, the agency whose job it actually is, was bribed by, and snorting meth off toasters with, oil executives from BP. Thus, it granted waivers to open Deepwater Horizon when it was quite clear the well was structurally unsound and could blow at any time. Further fingerpointing should go towards Barack Obama, who did nothing to clean up the MMS agency's long history of cronyism and corruption under Bush, and is still doing nothing to clean up the catastrophic results of that cronyism except giving speeches and placing his thumb firmly up his own rear end. In the real world, these are the government agents who are responsible for what happened at Deepwater Horizon.
La Saujani has pissed me off so much, I'm going to grit my teeth and vote for Carolyn Maloney in the primary. I'm damned if I'm contributing to the effort to allow that malicious creature to knock Rep. Maloney out of her seat.
As for the actual election, I'm not sure yet. I am still inclined to give it a miss and/or write in NOTA.
Now, you'll notice I added 2012 to the mix this time. I've had myself a little epiphany, aided by my recent travels out of the country. I was discussing the economy and the BP oil spill with the manicurist at the spa (I know, you all hate me right now), and she said that her husband might lose his job because he works for an American oil company. I realized then that our environmental policy, and our economic policy, IS our foreign policy. And as she was speaking, I kept having visions of the Gulf of Mexico becoming a pool of ugly black sludge while Barack Obama or his Republican twin, Mitt Romney, saunters his way into the Oval Office and somehow figures how to keep profiting from the misery of tens of millions of Americans and countless millions of people all over the world, in every country you can possibly think of. Our political stupidity is not only screwing us over, it's screwing everyone else over as well. No one is safe from our malign corporatism. No one!
I became furious as these thoughts roiled in my unsleeping brain, but still didn't have any clue as to what I would do about it.
And then, it hit me. I've got to come out and say, for myself, that I want Hillary to run for President in 2012. And, I've got to talk to people about it - people who may know her personally - and let them know that I feel this way.
I remember all too well how bushwhacked I was by the Democratic Congresscritters' failure to end the Iraq War in 2006. But, I made excuses for them. I said, "They don't have enough power. What can they do? Those evil Republicans! It's All Bush's Fault!" When people tried to tell me that the Dems deserved blame too, I refused to listen. When the field of candidates came out in 2007, I was first taken with Al Gore, then John Edwards. I never gave Obama a second thought except for some discomfort when Oprah started pushing him on all her fans. Any Democrat would do for me. Go team! Go team D! When I came out for Hillary, it was with a marked lack of enthusiasm. Only when I saw the debates did I really start to get how utterly capable and competent and deserving she was of the job, and how easily she outshone all the others on the stage (with the exception of Dennis Kucinich, who sadly, did not live up to his inspiring rhetoric on single-payer health care).
Well, in 2012, I will NOT make that same mistake. I am saying right now that there is no acceptable candidate for President in the 2012 election except Hillary Clinton. None. There will be no liberal Messiah that will suddenly emerge from the pack. There is no perfect candidate who is both a liberal on domestic and on foreign policy. If such a person existed, that person would never have a chance in Hell of becoming President anyway. There is no one with the stature, popularity, intelligence and ability to handle the horrors of possibly the worst job in the world, except Hillary Clinton. In addition, there is no way to fix our broken system unless we right the wrongs of 2008 and allow the person who actually won the primaries in 2008, to win the election in 2012.
Let me say right now that I don't expect miracles. I know this is a long, long shot, although there has been some buzz about it from various pundits here and there. The reason it's a long shot is because of Hillary herself. I don't believe she has any plans to run, especially not against Obama. However, one thing I do know about her is that she is a responsive politician. I had ample evidence of this from her responses to the phone and email campaigns I participated in when she was my Senator. Rarely did a coordinated effort from the liberal base fail to push her to the left when she needed it. If she gets enough calls and emails asking her to step forward for the good of the country, perhaps she will change her mind.
So today, this is my activism: I am taking my stance, with the support of my Widdershins co-bloggers, Chatblu and BlueLyon. And, I am going to contact as many people as I can, whom I think may have a line to Secretary of State Clinton, and ask them if they can put a flea in her ear.
I won't join anything again. Been there, done that. And, our blog won't be a Hillary 2012 blog. We will continue to post on a variety of issues, as we do now. But if you feel the same way we do, I hope you, too, will start spreading the news. Could it be that the next President will be the former Senator from New York, New York?