Obama's Whole Wheat Bread Is Now Toast
It's Monday, October 29th, 2007 and Barack Obama's chances of becoming the 2008 presidential candidate for the Democratic Party are done-diddly-diddily-done-done-done. Where does this leave those who consider themselves to be members of the Democratic Party (I include myself in this group)? It's not even Halloween and Hillary Clinton, a corporate/delphic oracle who speaks on high from the Land of Our Betters has already won the nomination. Chris Dodd is great, but will not be the nominee (Maureen Dowd can't snark about him the way that she would like to, so it's a no-go). John Edwards is a good candidate, but not a great candidate, and will also not get the nomination--too many powerful, scaly corporations no-likey-dragon-slayers.
Hillary Clinton will have to stumble and fall and not get up before Al Gore would deign to put himself in front of all the media whores and their shit-flinging armaments, and that's the way it is. Hillary is standing high upon the Acropolis and can survery the land with certitude: There it is. Take it.
Can we who consider ourselves to be progressives get candidates to speak of actual issues in an honest fashion, of what has happened (and is happening) to our Constitutional Democracy? Will anyone speak in a way that informs and does not manipulate the public? Will we have a nominee who will speak about renewable energy and responsible and affordable healthcare and attending to our nation's infrastructure? Does a woman have sovereignty over her own body or not (say it, damn you!) What of the New Christianist Crusades that have shoved mythology into government quite beyond anything any of us living have ever seen in a Democracy?
Will we just have to take it on faith that Hillary Clinton will respect our Constitution and not seek to further reduce the rights of "We, the People?" As climate change progresses the opportunity for demagoguery increases, as human beings from old social, racial and economic divisions begin to search for solid ground to save them (us) from the rising waters. Will Hillary be Our Captain, Oh, Captain, who can keep the crew from steering us into the rocks? Will mere survival be the new goal, instead of the best and the brightest working to make life better for the most people and animals and plants and...?
I don't know the answers to those questions(surprise!). The only thing I do know today is this: the Democratic nominee ain't gonna be Barack Obama. Now, were he to run as a Republican (which some might argue he already is trying to do) he could have made some noise in the race...perhaps he would have considered his core messages more carefully had he known he sounded like the Hollow Men of the GOP: that sorry, angry group of old, white guys who would bomb far-away countries first and decline to ask any questions later, unless they could ask the questions while torturing someone brown.
The GOP is looking for a few, good men. Obama? Are you listening?