If you had asked me nine months ago who would be the democratic nominee for President I would have responded, "Hillary Clinton. Piece of cake. She has it in the bag." I don't even think I knew of Barack Obama.
I don't normally follow politics closely but this got interesting in January because of Hillary.
If you ask me now who's the most qualified to be president, Hillary or Barack: the answer is easy: Hillary. She knows politics. She knows how to play the game and she knows what it takes to get things done. But that's another topic I'll save for a later day. My ideas on politics are far afield. Lets focus today on what went wrong with Hillary's campaign. Hillary did.
When Barack started to pick up momentum because of his grass roots and Internet campaigning (make no mistake, the Internet made a huge difference for him, especially in a financial sense), Hillary failed to respond to the threat properly. She instead reacted with at first denial (Who him? He's a nobody. A junior Senator. He can't possibly win.) Then she reacted with anger (what an upstart? Who does he think he is? I'm next in line buddy, wait your turn, you can be my vice president if you like).
With every off the cuff reaction, statement, and dismissive attitude she systematically destroyed her chances for winning. During her slow crawl into the political gutter she managed to grab hold of Ex-Pres Bill Clinton and drag him down with her. He was a perfect example of how one person's reaction can spread to another. I can almost hear the conversation where she tells him, "This is bull---- Bill. That young whipper-snapper wants my presidency! You must go and kill his chances. Do what it takes."
Bill agreed and proceeded to make a complete ass of himself in many situations because like Hillary he was unable to step back from the situation, keep a sense of humor and formulate good responses. He instead reacted just like Hilary did and made some pretty stupid comments.
There was only one Clinton I was impressed with: Chelsea. I'd vote for her any day, but alas she's not interested in office. This is a perfect example of why I think we should find people who don't want to run for office and insist they be our leaders. They will be motivated by duty to us and actually uphold the forefather's wishes have leaders of the people, by the people and for the people. Politicians these days seem to be of money, by the elite and for themselves. This isn't true of many politicians but it is for most.
Back to Hillary. The next phase of Kubler-Ross grief cycle is bargaining. That hit pretty recently. Denial and anger lasted a very long time. Did you notice? Bargaining happened "a while" after Obama clinched the necessary votes. I get this image of a LOLCAT like, big glassy eyed, lower lip protruding Hillary with the caption, "I can has Vice Presidency?"
I imagine she's in depression now, but trying really hard to get to acceptance because she truly wants to defeat the Republican Imperial War Machine.
Its easy to look back and see her mistakes. Does anyone learn from this? Has she? I don't know. I know I did: I learned that if she had accepted the competition straight away and formed a strategy to contain Obama's enthusiastic youth following she would probably be the Democratic nominee for president of the United States. I learned that reaction is unhealthy and conscious response is healthy.
I honestly believe that fighting the way she did actually caused more people to switch to Obama. I know it did for me. I think if she had said nothing she may have won. Her failure to win can be directly related to her inability to not react to the situation.
I can't fault her though: she's only human.
Next time I'll talk about my perceptions of Obama. He sure is interesting, huh?
Here's a preview: TGTBT (too good to be true) or TGTBE (too good to be effective).
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