Monday, September 16, 2013

Ready for Hillary?

I keep seeing these das pop up all over the interwebs, asking me if I'm ready for Hillary in 2016.

Am I ready for Hillary? No. No, I'm not and I'll tell you why.

I'm not ready for another DLC "centrist."

I'm not ready for someone who voted for the invasion of Iraq because she "trusted" George W. Bush. I'm just some guy, I have no inside info and I'm not especially bright and I knew that Bush and his crew were lying about everything.

I'm not ready for another friend of Larry Summers.

I'm  not ready for a president whose resume' includes being the designated hawk of the previous administration. (

I'm not ready for someone whose answer to the health-care crisis was "managed competition." I'm not ready for yet another president for whom single-payer is not on the table.

I'm not ready for someone who was a part of the administration that gave us NAFTA, GATT and the WTO. Granted, it was her husband, ol' what's his name Clinton that was in charge, but has she ever expressed any disagreement with the "free trade" conventional wisdom?

I am definitely ready for a female prez. I would love to see a President Elizabeth Warren, for instance. Why not a president Barbara Lee? Or Barbara Boxer? Or Barbara Erenreich? Or really anyone named Barbara, I guess? Anyway, I just want to make sure that no one misunderstands me and thinks that my objections to Hillary for president have anything to do with her gender. I would welcome a female president. Just not her.