Hillary: An Imperfect Choice But The Only Reasonable Choice
Life is full of imperfect choices. When ask you to support Hillary Clinton, it is not because I believe she is the ideal candidate. I simply think she is the only reasonable choice.
Based on the polls, I have to assume this will be read by someone who is planning to vote for Donald Trump. Maybe he has said things you agree with and believe are important. Maybe you normally vote for the Republican nominee, whoever it is. If you are in that camp, I beg you to take a hard look at this man and consider whether you can really support the full package: the insults, the impulsivity, the conspiracy theories, the record of cheating small businesses, the ignorance of and unwillingness to learn basic facts about world affairs.
Read a few critical articles. You can write off a lot of them as biased and still have plenty left over.
For some of you, the harder thing to accept may be the idea of voting for Hillary Clinton. When my Bernie or Bust Facebook friends tell me they’re going to write in “Bernie Sanders,” I tell them to do it in crayon. The next president will be either Trump or Hillary, and you need to make a grown up choice.
Unfortunately, people believe all sorts of negative things about Hillary. I see that as a mix of lies and propaganda, valid policy criticism, and stupid problems she has created for herself like this business with the email server. We can argue about the percentages, but all of those are in the mix.
My biggest worry about the outcome of this election is that people are a lot more motivated to vote for a candidate they like than against one they dislike. In 2004, I spoke with a lot of Democrats who were much more anti-George W. Bush than they were pro-John Kerry, and that was not a good way to win.
What is there to like about Hillary? How about persistence? You may remember the healthcare reform initiative she championed during her husband’s administration, which went down in flames. But she came back to push through an important children’s healthcare bill. She lost the 2008 primary election to Barack Obama. She came back to serve as Secretary of State. People forget how popular she was during that period, including with Republicans who wanted to contrast her with Obama. Oddly, those folks forgot how much they admired her once she decided to run for president.
One of the most important speeches at the Democratic National Convention did not come from a Democrat. As an independent, Michael Bloomberg said, “I’m am asking you to join with me not out of party loyalty but out of love of country, and together let’s select a sane, competent person with international experience.” He added that she is not flawless because no candidate is.
Perfect candidates only exist in our imagination, with fresh new faces who reveal their flaws after election day. I ask you to base your vote on reality, not reality television.