Friday, May 23, 2008

V.P. Clinton? Forget About It!

It is amazing. A day doesn't go by where I am not knocked almost senseless by the utter shamelessness of Hillary Clinton. Her campaign appearances are a virtual cornucopia of insincerity. Did you ever notice this? Every time she takes the stage, within ten seconds she'll flash a big shit-eating grin to a "friend" in the audience, she'll then point to that person and vigorously nod - it happens every single time! If you think I am exaggerating, watch her the next time she mounts the stage at a rally. To whom do you think she is pointing? Here's the answer: no one. It makes for a good photo opportunity. One of the most iconic photographs ever taken of President Kennedy was at a press conference in 1961. Jack is in the midst of a good laugh and is acknowledging the next reporter's question by pointing at him. The Democrats (and more than a few Republicans) have always loved that photo and many of them have tried to emulate it. Hillary is just doing her tried and true, John Fitzgerald Wannabe impersonation
It is now clear to anyone who has been bothering to pay attention that the Junior Senator from the state of New York is quite content to hold the Democratic Party hostage for as long as it suits her merry whim. She knows damned good and well that she is not going to be chosen as the standard bearer for the Democratic party at the convention in Denver this August. The only chance she will ever have at wining the nomination will be by running as second on the ticket this year, subtly sabotaging the campaign from within and trying again in 2012. Does that sound like a slightly paranoid scenario? Maybe it is - but I have earned the right not to trust Senator Hillary Clinton. You've earned it too.
Be forewarned: our gal has every intention of hijacking the party of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt by forcing it to put her on the ticket as Senator Obama's running mate. How bad of an idea is this? Let me count the ways....Here are seven good reasons why she should not be on the ballot in 2008:
Reason #1:
It's all a matter of balance. Let's face some serious facts here, kiddies. The Dems have taken a decided roll of the dice by giving the nod to a relatively obscure, forty-six year old black guy named Barack Hussein Obama. To say that this ticket is going to have to be carefully and perfectly balanced is the understatement of the century. Two major precedents on one ticket is much more than this silly country can handle. Like it or not, if Barack is going to be successful in November, his VP nominee will have to be a southern, white male - he doesn't even have to be a conservative! The American people have had damned near thirty years of the putrid Reagan/Gingrich/Bush/Bush Revolution and are finally awakening to the fact that it will take generations to undo the damage that has been done to this once-great nation by these clowns. Trust me on this one: they are now more than willing to go in a new direction. In fact, they are desperate to do so.
Reason #2:
We've already had eight years of Dick Cheney. Do you seriously believe that, were the Democrats somehow able to win with her on the ticket, she would ever consent to the traditional roll of the vice-president as defined in the U.S. Constitution? In other words, do you think for a minute that Hillary Clinton would spend eight or even four years presiding over the senate, waiting to break a tie? That is the only role the vice-president is legally required to play. All else is extra-constitutional. It's easy to imagine Vice-President Clinton mounting a counter presidency within the administration, causing nothing but grief and embarrassment to President Obama.
Reason #3:
America is sick to death of the Clintons. Having Senator Clinton on the ticket is not a necessity - in fact it is nothing more than an unnecessary risk. I was a Democrat at one time - and not just a passive Democrat, either: I was a member of the Orange County (New York) Democratic Committee. I left that party a decade ago for many reasons. William Jefferson and Hillary Clinton are just two of those reasons. Between the two of them they were able to set progressive politics in this country back half a century. Two for the price of one, huh? Thanks but no thanks.
Reason #4:
It's all about Hillary. In October of 2003 Senator Clinton stupidly voted to give this president (of all presidents) the authority to wage war on the sovereign nation of Iraq without the constitutionally mandated congressional approval. That vote should have been the biggest no-brainer of her career and she blew it! That she had her eye on the 2008 election and she was trying to prove that she was as blood thirsty as any man, there can be no denying. Would voting against that measure have been seen as an act of political courage? Sure it would have, given the hysterical nature of the time. But that's what you expect from a potential president: courage, not expediency. For that reason alone, she doesn't deserve to have her name on a laundry ticket.
Reason #5:
Have you noticed how unbearably condescending Hillary is with her supporters? Barack Obama, on the other hand, speaks up to his audience, appealing to their imagination and intellect. Walking away from an Obama rally, one feels inspired. After three minutes of Hillary Clinton, I just want to take a shower. Barack has refused - time and again - to pander to the lowest common denominator. Hillary has demonstrated too many times to count that there's no depth to which she won't sink. ("SHAME ON YOU, BARACK OBAMA") Shame on you, Hillary.
Reason #6:
The Far Right at the moment is as dejected as they've been at any point since 1964. Their motivation is dead. How to motivate them? Three words: Hillary Rodham Clinton. They can't kick poor old Teddy Kennedy around anymore (God bless him). Hillary is the bell that will make these knuckleheads drool like a pack of half-witted Pavlovian dogs. My advice? Keep her off the ticket.
Reason #7:
Honestly, would you be able to stomach four more years of those stupid pants suits? I ask you.

The Clintonistas are now implying that their gal has been a victim of sexism throughout this whole nasty process. Oh, please! The reason I am not supporting Hillary Clinton is not because she is a woman, it is because she is Hillary Clinton. If her name had been Eleanor Holmes Norton, I would be working overtime to secure her the nomination - Barack Obama be damned.
So there you have it. Vice-President Clinton? Bad idea. Don't even go there, okay? Every election since 1980 has had a Bush or a Clinton - or both - on the ticket. Let's put a stop to this stupid dynastic trend in our national elections. That isn't what this country is all about. Not even close.
Tom Degan
Goshen, NY
In a meeting this morning with the editorial board of the Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Argus-Leader newspaper, Senator Clinton was asked why she didn't get out of the race. After explaining to them that her husband wasn't able to secure the nomination until the June 1992 California primary (which isn't true, by the way, he had wrapped it up weeks before) she then went on to make the following, incredible statement:
"We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in know I just, I don't understand it....I find it curious, and I don't want to attribute motivations and strategies to people that I don't really know. But it is - It's a historical curiosity to me....I don't understand it."
I understand it, Hillary. You need a long rest, dear. That's not a sexist statement; that's an undeniable fact. As Keith Olbermann asked this evening on MSNBC's Countdown, "Why, in the name of all that all of us hold dear, would she say anything like this?"
The Clinton campaign is over. So is any chance she had to be second on the ticket.
Never mind.


At 3:11 PM, Blogger charles moore said...

Hi Tom,

Hope you are feeling better soon. Flu or no, you are on a roll here. This woman is simply toxic and to put her on the ticket with Obama would be the kiss of death to him and the Democratic party. God, we can only hope and pray that he and his advisers have better sense than that.

At 10:21 AM, Blogger Jan said...


You missed one gigantic reason: Bill.

He can't stop talking and you know the yammer would go on were she on the ticket and in the Observatory. His snide, down-home blather would cause a haze to hang over Washington D.C.

If she couldn't control him in the Oval Office, how in hell could she keep him on a leash?

Look, the Clintons are greedy people and they'll do anything for a buck. Do you think that would ever stop were she Obama's VP?

You're right, a Hillary Vice Presidency would be devoted to undermining Obama 24/7.

I agree she's fin ished. Her remarks in SD were the finishing touch. And she knows it ... just take a good look at the supermarket "apology." If her remark offended anyone, indeed. What the hell kind of an apology was that.

She done. You don't have to stick a fork in her to know that.

Mars to Hillary: I made a mistake. Just say \it.

How about the Governor of Kansas. Now there's a woman your could vote for!


At 5:10 PM, Blogger stoney13 said...

You too with the flu? I think the Bushies must have a witch doctor with some dolls of us somewhere with LOTS of pins sticking out of them!

Yea Hillary is toast! That crack about Robert Kennedy is the icing on the cake! At first I thought... You know,.. maybe,... but NOW! Oh HELL no!

Check out "Stoney's Rage" to see what I had to say about it!

Here's something for that flu:

Take three lemons, a fifth of Kentucky Bourbon, and a pint of honey.

Arrange the three lemons around the pint of honey, making an attractive display for the table so significant other thinks you've actually done something today.

Then go sit on your ass somewhere quiet, and drink the bourbon! Trust me! It works!

At 5:26 PM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Stoney, I'm feelin better already! Keep those old medicinal tips comin' you rascal, you!

Tom Degan

At 8:48 PM, Blogger libhom said...

Obama literally would have to be suicidal to pick Clinton as his running mate.

At 8:10 AM, Blogger Fabianna said...

I actually kind of like Hillary┬┤s pant suits.

At 12:57 PM, Blogger jeff said...


As always, a nice Rant.

HRC is now officially radioactive. No one touch her for fear of contamination. The Dems pay off her debt, even the 11 million she owes herself, and tell her to go away quietly... or else.

Has anyone mentioned the staggering irony of the fact that HRC is actually holding RFK's old seat? Beggars belief.


At 1:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

First off, I hope you're feeling better.
Second, Hillary is gone. She just hasn't realized it yet. Someone will get the hook and yank her off the stage before too long.
Third, and this will make you feel even better, the FBI has the evidence needed to indict the war criminals. I've been waiting for this for a long while, as you have.
Here's the link:
Peace, my friend.

At 4:22 PM, Blogger Prairie Waif said...

Who would have thought your Rant would need an addendum? Wasn't she already beyond the pale?

Glad to hear Stoney's Medicinal "herbs" worked. STONEY?! Got anything for political poisoning? I've gotten a really bad case over the weekend and I must have caught it from the neighbors as I live in Canada.

Jeff, as for your question about Senator Clinton holding RFK's Senate seat, she referenced it in her explanation to the Kennedy family as she stated, "As you know, I hold Senator Kennedy's Senate Seat from NY."

I told Tom, ages ago, or so it seems, that I was officially off the mailing list of Alternet. I then signed up again. Zoikes!

I am disengaging from anything to do with people who will continue to defend Mrs. Clinton. I had had more than enough when they could still support a Candidate that LIED to them prior to taking the Oath of Office, now? This much >< .

What's the cure for severe political poisoning Stoney? I await your reply. . .with bucket nearby.
(=^o^=) <----my protection Polar Bear, seems I need one from some of the political antics occuring in the "neighborhood."

At 9:29 PM, Blogger stoney13 said...

Prairie Waif,

Get yourself a blogspot account and rant and rave until your family intervenes! Ignore the interventions, and carry on!

It's kinda like a boil! You've got to pop the core out before it gets better!

After the thing pops, the follow up is easy! Roll a half a gram of freshly dried BC bud in a rolling paper! Stick it in your face and set it on fire, while breathing deeply in! Hold your breath as long as possible, then let it out s-l-o-w-l-y! See? Better!

At 12:16 AM, Blogger Prairie Waif said...

Thanks for giving me, and The Rant reader's the herbal cure for severe Political Poisoning. I found this URL for you:

Earlier today, I actually READ on Alternet, some 16-year-old's essay on WHY Barack Obama is the NEW JIM JONES. What the hell is going on? I think it is time this home schooling end. The experiment has just turned out a bunch of lunatics.

Say, where did "THAT" get "ITS" elementary education? I mean, besides outside the pale. . .

At 1:08 AM, Blogger Prairie Waif said...

Ranting again I am! You HAVE TO SEE THIS---->The Good, The Bad and The Rest of Us.

I just got clued into this when someone thought they were being derisive and instead sent me to a place where it is "cozy" and you will know the other good bit about it when you watch the 90 second video.

At 10:12 PM, Blogger charlie reina said...


Let me suggest an eighth argument against Hillary as Vice-President: President Obama would never find anyone willing to be his food taster.

Charlie Reina


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