The second night at the Democratic National Convention has passed. All Bubba!
President Bill Clinton gave a stem winder of a speech in support of his sweetie, Hillary Clinton. And his highlights reel describes a scary smart, dedicated person. focused on policy and making lives better, especially for the youngest among us. (Dahlia Lithwick wrote Bill Clinton’s Love Song for Slate.)
Yes, yes, I know Bubba hasn’t been an especially faithful husband, but that’s none of our damn business. (Frankly, he looked mighty frail and tired last night,. I suspect his boots may be on the high shelf for good.)
Best commentary ever on the Clinton marriage? Here’s former Arkansas Republican Governor and evangelical Christian Mike Huckabee in an August 17, 2007 interview on National Public Radio:
Bill Clinton and Hillary went through some horrible experiences in their marriage, because of some of the reckless behavior that he has admitted he had. I’m not defending him on that–it’s indefensible. But they kept their marriage together. And a lot of the Republicans who have condemned them, and who talk about their platform of family values, interestingly didn’t keep their own families together.
Flaws and Clintons go together like peas and carrots. On the other hand, in the elections since 1968—I was 11 on November 5, 1968—I can only identify a few candidates without evident flaws. They include: Hubert Humphrey (1968), George McGovern (1972), Gerald Ford (1976, 1980), Walter Mondale (1984), and Barack Obama (2008, 2012). They ran for office without an ax to grind, or an interest in anything other than making America a better place for thee and me. (I will debate Bubba’s interest in all of us until the cows return to the barn from wherever, but I’m focused here on the no-brainers, and he was and remains a very flawed man.)
So here’s my issue. Many—including member so my own family—can’t abide Hillary Clinton. They say she lies. That she has taken money from bad people. That … well, I can go on, for they say many things. So here’s what I wonder? And it’s truly in the realm of wonder, as opposed to argument:
Did it matter to you that Richard Nixon told us he was not a crook when, clearly, he was? Did you take issue with President Ronald Reagan when he told us he could not reconcile the facts with his assurance that he would not negotiate with terrorists, after his administration sold guns to raise money to buy freedom for hostages? How did you deal with President George W. Bush placing all war expenditures “off line” to avoid record budget deficits? What do you make of the fact that Donald J. Trump cannot make a truthful statement, intentionally? (Even broken clocks are right every twelve hours.) Or that he appears to have Russians and their money crawling all over him? And what about the lies our pretty honest presidents offer up.
Look, politicians lie. So do people, mostly, and that goes for boy people and girl people. And if political lies area bigger deal, it’s because politicians focus on more important matters then we do, mostly.
I’m sure Hillary Clinton says stuff which isn’t true. And when we decide to hold all of our politicians to standards which make lying a disqualifier, I’ll be ready for Saint Somebody, man or woman. For now, though, and for me, Hillary Clinton represents the only choice in this election and, as well, a fine choice.