Sorry, next week we'll hopefully get back to talking about things like what to do if an agent asks for an exclusive or how to deal with editorial input, but for now I'm still in political mode, so here we go.
Mika B. over on Morning Joe hates Hillary so much that during the long Democratic nomination process any time someone said something positive about Hillary, Mika's lip would curdle. That's not a misspelling. I did not mean to write curl. Mika's lip would curdle, like spoiled milk.
Maureen Dowd over at the New York Times hates Hillary so much that she can't hardly write an op-ed on any subject, even a subject that has absolutely nothing to do with Hillary, without taking a reflexive kick at her or Bill, whom she also hates.
And now Mika is speculating on whether Hillary might be to blame for Caroline Kennedy's failed bid for the New York senate seat; while Maureen Dowd, who in a previous column endorsed Caroline because they are friends - a real smart reason to think someone is the best qualified to hold public office - blames Hillary outright, claiming that the governor of New York did not want Caroline because it would piss off Hillary, who Caroline campaigned against in the Democratic nomination process, and that the governor wanted Hillary's support in his own reelection bid when the time comes. Are you following all this? More importantly, are you annoyed by it?
OK, so Mika and Maureen hate Hillary, as a lot of people still do, or at least we're told that. Plus, the talking heads need stuff to hate on so they can keep their programs and columns lively - hate is great for ratings. But is this good for us?
No matter what anyone feels about Hillary, she is now Secretary of State and that reality is not going to disappear anytime soon.
The front page of the New York Times today listed the upcoming layoffs from major corporations and they numbered in the tens of thousands. The country is in a financial mess. In my own small corner of the world - Danbury, CT - it's a mess. Stores are being shut right and left. People are losing jobs with little or no hope of replacing those jobs at the same level, if they can find jobs at all. My own personal economy is a mess. Even the economy of publishing? One big mess.
And then there's the rest of the world. An unsettled situation between the Israelis and Palestinians. Afghanistan. Pakistan. Africa.
We could just go on adding national and international problems to this list all day long and we still wouldn't be finished.
And there Mika and Maureen go on hating Hillary and, yes, clearly rooting for her to fail.
Many people, including many high-ranking Republicans, think that Hillary is a good person for the job at this time, as do I. But even those who don't should not be rooting for her to fail. Sure, if she does a lousy job, then it'll be time for people to pile on. But right now, we need her to succeed. We need all of President Obama's nominees to succeed. I am. Really, if tomorrow he appoints former President George W. Bush - MonkeyBoy! - as Secretary of Defense, I will root for him to succeed until the minute he does something truly catastrophic.
Seriously, people. Don't buy into the haters. Don't drink the Haterade. Because at this point, rooting for Hillary to fail when the country and wider world is in such disarray and so badly in need of deplomacy and development, is anti-self, it's anti-country, it's anti-American, and it's anti-world.
So tell me what you think. And while we're at it, just to add some fun to the mix, the question of the day:
WHO, IF OBAMA APPOINTED THEM AND TO WHICH JOB, WOULD MAKE YOUR LIP CURDLE?
Be well. Don't forget to write.
[edited to add: My apologies that this is appearing as one solid block. I had some really cool paragraphing and hit all the double hard returns right, but RR has failed to take it that way and life's too short to keep fiddling.]