There will soon come a time when I can’t take advantage of the transposable nature of the name ‘Hillary’ and I have to think of serious blogs titles. Until that day, we soldier on…I watched Barak Obama and Hillary Clinton give their ‘bugger, that wasn’t conclusive; back to the buses!’ speeches last night. I’ve never actually taken the time to listen to Obama make an entire speech before. This blog is partly inspired by what he said on the night of February 5th 2008 but mostly by the results of Super Tuesday.
We now know that Obama took the most states but that Clinton took the most delegates. This is due to Obama taking some states with a population less than Birmingham – Idaho, Alaska, North Dakota and so on. Hillary won the big prizes of California, New York and New Jersey. I stupidly stayed up until 5 am watching the returns with some other sad bastards. Labour Students – you can’t beat them, however big the stick…
The projections weren’t anything hugely surprising. Some places were a bit unpredictable – like Minnesota and Tennessee – but mostly the states were won very closely or by wide margins. Each candidate clearly has a lot of supporters and a lot of opponents. They are weirdly spread – almost like bacteria.
But back to this speech.
It was good. Inspirational almost. There was, indeed, soaring rhetoric and possibly even oration at times. The room was silent, as he reminded usthat we can all get on if we really believe in change. I was given an invitation to become the future, not the past.
And then I got home and there were still people dying of poverty, a war to end, a planet in need of radical salvation and a lingering memory that I need to be a better person because if I’m not, I’m clearly a Clinton.
Bored. Really, REALLY, bored. I’m not stupid and I can see the charm of this halcyon America and idyllic globe but I’m reminded of something my grandad used to say which I shall now recant.
There are bad, bad people in charge of American democracy. John Boener, the Republican House leader and Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican leader haven’t died and will still be going to work on 21st January 2009. They will still believe that government has no responsibility for the poor but should have absolute control of women and that the best way to stop climate chaos is to ask oil companies to find a way in which they can lose money by doing something different. They’re going nowhere. And can we change their minds? No, we can’t!
So, I take comfort in the fact that Obama’s support comes from pokey little places with no people that no Democrat can EVER win in November where as Hillary’s comes from people that will vote for her again in November, in states that need to turn blue to put a Democrat in the White House, like Arkansas and Nevada. Things can only get better.
So in reference to Mr Geese’s previous blog, I want to challenge the fact that beating McCain should be the target of our campaign. If the point of running for office is wanting a better future – hope, if you will – then forcing someone with no policies who is unprepared for leadership on the free world does us no favours. I don’t want some fool having beers in the Oval Officer and ‘bringing people together’ for no useful purpose and no particular reason. I want someone working late nights and slaving over arguments with opponents to being them round. I want Hillary. McCain looks OK now, but its fairly clear that conservatives don’t like him and he can’t escape the fact that he’s knocking death’s door with both hands and his mother’s wrinkly head. I don’t want an Illinois revoution – just a principled soldier at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Is that too much to ask?