A good friend of mine put me on to a story in The Daily Kos about a nonprofit lobbyist who tried to give money to the Obama campaign (as a personal contribution) but had his check returned. It seems Obama really is serious about not accepting money from lobbyists. This is the kind of thing that has led me to support Obama, despite disagreeing with him on more than a few policy issues. (Ok, virtually all of them.) But honesty is an important policy, too, no matter which party is in office. I figure the folks I ostensibly agree with are selling us out, so maybe I’ll give integrity a try.
The best part about the story? This guy’s wife had automatic payment set up with Hillary’s campaign (who was happy to take money from them) and now they can’t get Hillary’s campaign to stop taking their money each month. Kind of a thinly veiled metaphor for what a Hillary presidency might be like.
To follow up my earlier posting of an Obama speech, here, in the interest of equal time, is the Clinton speech given after her New Hampshire win. Warning: the following speech may contain the phrase “Weâ€™re going to tap into all of the spirit, the talent and just the plain grit of this great nation again.” If you’re suffering from acute allergies to meandering, incoherent, vacuous bullshit, you may want to skip this. What’s amazing is that Hillary accuses Obama of being all talk and no substance. This is a person who has barely any more time in the senate than Obama, and her only other true political experience is a failed healthcare proposal as first lady. Like it our not, she’s no Bill Clinton. Not even close. And the following speech makes that obvious. Bill talked a chick into letting him diddle her with a cigar as reciprocation for oral. A goddam cigar. If that’s not a metaphor for being an effective statesman, I don’t know what is. At any rate, I’ve taken the liberty to add a few editorial comments. I’d warn you that not all are safe for work, but I think it’s a bit too late for that.
“I felt like we all spoke from our hearts, and I am so gratified that you responded. Wait, did you FEEL like you spoke from your heart, or did you actually speak from the heart? Honesty is not a feeling, it’s a factual matter. I think this sentence is pretty revealing of her character, like how you know when somebody starts a sentence with ‘Honestly…’ they are probably about to lie. Now, together, letâ€™s give America the kind of comeback that New Hampshire has just given me. For all the ups and downs of this campaign, you helped remind everyone that politics isnâ€™t a game. This campaign is about people. What the hell? Were her writers on strike, too? Itâ€™s about making a difference in your lives. According to the Constitution, it’s not supposed to be… Itâ€™s about making sure that everyone in this country has the opportunity to live up to his or her God-given potential. The opportunity, or the Federally mandated entitlement to appear to live up to their potential at the expense of those who actually did? There’s a difference, Hillary. That has been the work of my life. Wait, did I copy the wrong speech, or did a corporate lawyer with 7 years in the Senate really say that?