A reader writes:
Do you really think that any other non-Hillary candidate will somehow be free of attack from the Limbaughs, JPods, and Hannitys of the world? They already call Obama "Osama" and have suggested that he was educated in a madrassah. Any Democrat that is elected will be subject to polarizing fire from the right, especially if the right loses badly in 2008. It doesn't matter if it is Hillary or anyone else, it will be 1998 all over again. Except this time, with a "stab in the back" betrayal of all that is good and right and favored by Jesus to spice it all up.
In that context, casting a vote to poke these guys in the eye with a stick seems as good a reason as any to vote for HRC. It certainly isn't a reason NOT to vote for her.
I don't know how to get the toxic genie back in the bottle. I hope, but doubt, that Obama has the unifying "it." But for the moment and for the foreseeable future, the genie is out. For this I blame the Republican Party, and only the Republican Party.
I think the only way that the polarizing toxicity gets drained away from national politics is if the source of that toxicity - the culture warrior wing of the GOP - is decimated, and a new GOP can grow free of its power.
Now as far as Hillary goes: She'll be equally corrupt and wrongheaded as the former Cheerleader and his band of merry neocons, just as devious, and she will be just competent enough to keep the ship of state on an even keel. Then in 2017, she can hand off the controls to the next half-bright disaster in waiting.
See it really isn't all that bad, is it?
And it's Jeb, after that, I presume.
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