I wasn’t going to write this blog until after the primary, but I decided that would be chicken manure. Which reminds me of one of my dear husband Roger’s favorite jokes. (Have only heard it about 200 times.) It seems Bess Truman was lunching with some of D.C.’s prominent society ladies. They implored her to stop President Harry Truman from saying manure. She replied that it had taken her 20 years to get him to say manure.
So, I have voted for Hillary Clinton. My dear husband Roger has changed his registration from Republican to Democrat (after 25 years of voting for Democrats rather than Republicans) so he could also vote for Hillary. He had held back this change in registration so he could vote against Trump, but that was no longer an option.
We have voted for Hillary Clinton, because we, like the Los Angeles Times Editorial Board consider her to be, head and shoulders above her competitors. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/endorsements/la-ed-democratic-presidential-endorsement-20160426-story.html . I think the Times observation that “[a] Clinton presidency would be more prosaic than a Sanders administration, but it also is likely to be more effective” nails the issue beautifully. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-hillary-california-20160603-snap-story.html .
Now, to my dear friends who are Bernie Sanders’ supporters, if he wins the nomination I will support him thoroughly. I will send him what money I can. I agree with his policies entirely. But, how on earth can he ever accomplish them? Remember Obama had a majority in both houses of Congress, and had to fight tooth and nail to get the Affordable Care Act passed. With the current gerrymandered congressional districts, winning a Democratic majority in the House is pretty much an impossibility.
I do not write this to try to change your vote—I suspect most of my readers have already voted. I write to explain my vote. It is difficult to work up enthusiasm for Clinton. She has, in my opinion, truly been the object of a “vast right-wing conspiracy” that began with the ridiculously endless pursuit of wrong doing by Bill Clinton. Their big exposure? Clinton had a blow job, aided by a cigar, and lied about it. How that compromised his ability to be a good president, has never been evident to me. It was a Starr inquisition, which wasted millions of our money to allow Republicans to try to impeach a president, something they wanted to do since the Nixon debacle.
In 1992 I was a property manager. Early in that year I showed a condo in Carlsbad to an older lady. Well, she probably wasn’t that much older than I am now, 71, but perspective changes. While taking her through the property, I discovered she was from Little Rock. So, I asked her, “What do you think of Mr. Clinton?” She responded that she was the last person to ask such a thing. Her very own daughter, (or was it her daughter-in-law; can’t remember,) she admitted, whose husband worked in the same law firm as Hillary Clinton, was very smitten. He’s so charming she avowed, women often threw themselves at him. Ever since that conversation, I’ve tended to take the various charges against Bill Clinton with a grain of salt. Yes he lied about his affair with Monica. But to dismiss his character for such a dalliance, would be to ignore the dalliances of FDR, Eisenhower, and JFK, to name but a few including Thomas Jefferson.
Now, I’ve been married for 44 years and counting, and my husband has never strayed, but then he never had the temptations offered to Bill Clinton. So, I do not know how I would respond to an infidelity such as Hillary was faced with. But, I don’t think that’s any of my business. I certainly don’t think any less of Hillary because she did not divorce Bill Clinton. I believe that a marriage is much more than sex.
Hillary Clinton does not have the charisma of her husband, or Sanders. But, she is thoroughly competent. And, she has the nearby advice of Bill. And his eight years’ experience should not be discounted. How many of you would vote for Barack Obama if that were an option?
But, time for full disclosure. I think, as a 71 year-old woman, that it is time for a testosterone-free presidency. And, I think she is the best person to go against the testosterone filled megalomaniac Trump.