Holding my breath for the outcome from Nevada next week, where little is known about what to expect from this secretive caucus state. I don't have the energy to flesh this out properly, but I wish someone would write the definitive piece (that will fall on deaf ears) about how each generation has their candidate who they believe is "The One." The One who will change everything that is wrong in politics. The One who inspires them to finally pay attention. The One they will go to the mat for. But as we learned with Barack "Hope" Obama, no one -- no matter how smart and no matter how charismatic -- can do that. And by backing a candidate based on their appeal instead of their pragmatism, we only end up LOSING elections (McGovern) or WASTING time. We need someone who already knows this, and is ready to hit the ground running. We don't need someone who gets elected on a pipe dream, then squanders years slowly realizing it's getting crushed. As I watch this cycle of hero worship unfold once again, I have to ask: Are Sanders supporters really so young (or stupid) that they don't know that Hillary is the one who TRIED TO GET
SINGLE-PAYER UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE back in 1993, only to have ANY health-care reform become a nonstarter for another 15 years as a result, as punishment for even broaching the subject? Are Sanders supporters really unable to recall what happened with what little reform we did get, and how Republicans voted more than 40 times to repeal it and sent it to the Supreme Court twice? President Obama is certainly the greatest president of my lifetime. But my biggest regret (and I hope his) is that he wasted two years -- when we had control of the House AND the Senate! -- trying to make (a) change he could believe in, but that many of us already knew he never could. I hate to burst your bubble, kids, there's not going to be a "revolution" if your candidate wins. (In fact, voter turnout at the Democratic primaries is actually down, so for all the excitement Sanders is generating it pales in comparison to Obama in '08.) This is the system we have. The only way to "win" is to do the best you can within it and working around it. And because of this, Hillary Clinton is The One.
UPDATE: Watching the Milwaukee debate -- and seeing Bernie try to flag down a waitress all night (as Samantha Bee so perfectly described it) -- really drove home a point I had left out in this post that I'm going to include now. What it comes down to be me is this: Who has the experience and the stature to be a world leader and who is four years away from the average age an American man dies? I don't think it's ageist to say that Bernie would be the oldest newly elected president in U.S. history by A LOT and frankly I don't like the idea of voting for someone who may very well not be able to serve two terms. (And the fact that he doesn't know how to pronounce Iraq also gives me pause!) I'll vote for Sanders if he's the nominee. But Bernie supporters who read this, please tell me you'll do the same if it's Clinton. So many of his fans are telling me they'll just abstain, which would be catastrophic at best.