Hi, Where Have You Been?

It’s no secret Hillary Clinton has not been my favorite politician over the past, I don’t know, coming on nine months or so.  But it is worth noting that I kinda liked her prior to about Augus or September of last year.

You’ll also probably notice that as of late I have struck a more amicable tone regarding the New York Senator.  To be perfectly fair, I think my grievances with her have all but subsided and really the only people left that I have any lasting real animosity for anymore are the pro-Clinton bloggers who still seem to be just as hysterical if not more hysterical than ever before.

Which brings me to a quote from Mrs. Clinton that makes me wonder, hey, where have you been?  It’s been a while since we’ve seen you, and, well, I kinda miss that Senator Clinton.

Hillary Clinton on Wednesday reiterated her vow to stay in the Democratic presidential race, but she said it would be a “terrible mistake” for her supporters to vote for John McCain over Barack Obama.

“Anybody who has ever voted for me or voted for Barack has much more in common in terms of what we want to see happen in our country and in the world with the other than they do with John McCain,” Clinton said on CNN’s “The Situation Room.”

“I’m going to work my heart out for whoever our nominee is. Obviously, I’m still hoping to be that nominee, but I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that anyone who supported me … understands what a grave error it would be not to vote for Sen. Obama.”

 

Which is exactly the kind of leadership I have been looking for from her for a while now.  There’s of course the case to be made that I’m only lauding her now because she’s telling her supporters to support Obama should he win, which I won’t discount.  But this is also the same Hillary Clinton that was the frontrunner, who was a masterful politician, and who lead the pack by simply leading the pack.  The “incumbent” strategy that I had wished she had stuck to this entire time.

Of course, there is something else very very significant here as well.  That being her actual words, and I hope they truly ring true throughout the Hillblogs out there because it’s a message that they seriously need to take into consideration.

Simply put, if you’re a Clinton supporter that couldn’t bring yourself to support Obama, well, I guess I can get that.  But if you’re a Clinton supporter that would vote for McCain over Obama, it’s very questionable you were ever really a Clinton supporter in the first place.  That kind of behavior borders on mania.

It’s been an emotional primary.  I get that, and it’s hard to put away the pitbull mentality, especially after spending months with the feeling like your back’s to the wall.  I’ve been there quite a few times.  But I think we all need to just breathe a moment; realize the nominee is going to be who the nominee is going to be, and that the overriding principle to all is that there need not be another third Bush term.

Period.

Everyone needs a good and healthy dose of Bush Derangement Syndrome and McCain Derangement syndrome to help get over their crippling cases of CDS and ODS.  Sense people, we must find them.

More at Memeorandum: TPM Election Central, The Democratic Daily, MyDD, The Caucus, Jules Crittenden, DownWithTyranny! and Balloon Juice

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