Monday, March 28, 2016

Hillary and dishonesty

I don't have any insider knowledge to be able to assess Hillary Clinton's integrity directly. Indirectly, I arrive at the same inference that I have with respect to the health effects of caffeine: If there were a serious problem there, somebody would have found it, because so many people have been looking so hard for so long.

It does bother me, then, as it bothers Kevin Drum, to hear young progressive-types I know and respect rejecting Hillary on the grounds of dishonesty and corruption, charges that have been stoked for many, many years by well-funded right-wing smear campaigns. They have gotten nothing to stick, and not for want of trying.

So folks, go ahead and feel the Bern. You have good reason. Hillary is probably too friendly with the one percent, and possibly too eager to pursue the military option when Obamian patience would better serve. But remember that come November, this flawed but fundamentally competent centrist Democrat is going to need your participation and votes to prevent our flawed but fundamentally worth-saving country falling into the hands of the nutters.

Well, that's how I see it, anyway.

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