Are you as burned out on politics as I am?
I'm no Andrea Mitchell. No one will ever ask me to be on Meet the Press nor will my blog be picked up by Huffington. I do not know the name of the minister of Kazakhstan ... and I cannot seem to stop calling Myanmar Burma. All these things mean that I will not be in the White House Press Room at any point in the foreseeable future.
That being said ...
I ... am for Hillary Clinton. This may be because I'm white ... or a woman ... or of a "certain age." Bill Clinton, God love him, can't change my age or gender or race any more than he can change his wife's. But I don't believe that's why I've been supporting her.
While I begrudgingly admit that either Democratic nominee would be a better choice than McCain ... I believe Hillary is more qualified. She has more experience ... she's more eloquent ... and, when it comes down to brass tacks ... she's a much better politician.
Now, we all want to believe in this dream scenario where a perfect, unblemished individual will step forward with no political ties or cronies ... someone who has never scratched anyone else's back or agreed to do 'em a solid. We have this fantasy that someone will stand on the Capitol steps and say, "I'm gonna clean UP this place!" ... and really mean it.
But "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" isn't reality. Statistically speaking, there should be at least one honest person ... in some public office ... somewhere. But after having dealt with local aldermen and public officials ... who are, let's face it, the lowest rung on the political ladder ... my hope for some kind of sea change is all but nil.
If Barak really is, as his supports believe, the agent of change that this country needs ... it would be the equivalent of winning the Mega Ball Lottery. Not impossible ... just highly, highly improbable.
I suppose I've become cynical enough to believe that by the time an individual reaches the highest office in the land, they're going to have to have a PHD in backscratching and bullshit. They're going to have to know which wheels to grease ... and have people with oil cans standing at the ready.
In any case ... I support Hillary. I want the chance to vote for her as president. However, again ... I'm a cynic ... and I suspect that at this point, the New York Times would need to publish photos, video, and DNA of Barak in bed with a dead girl or a live boy in order to stop his momentum.
I can see the writing on the walls ... and, unfortunately, I think the wind of change is blowing against us. I'm still rootin' for ya, Hill ...
Did you ever think
That we could be so close
The future's in the air
I can feel it everywhere
Blowing with the wind of change
Take me to the magic of the moment
On a glory night
Where the children of tomorrow dream away
In the wind of change
Scorpions - Wind of Change