Everything is subject to change, but for now I’m going to vote for Hillary, mostly because I don’t confuse politics and morality. She’s on the right side, and that’s already good enough. I voted for Hillary in the primaries the last time around, and then made my peace with Obama, whom I was happy to see win, twice.
Truth be told, Obama has proved to be only so-so despite being the smartest guy in the room, or actually maybe because of it. Even with this and that flash of genuine brilliance, he’s proven to be a stiff political communicator, sententious and tinny. About Israel I think he’s been just fine, but not tough enough against the occupation. And much of the fault for the current Syrian debacle hangs squarely to these past two Administrations. Instead of taking the lead, he let the Russians and Iranians manipulate the vacuum filled by ISIS. Is there any reason to think a deal with Iran won’t advance Iranian hegemony and aggravate the unfolding disaster there and in Iraq?
It just might happen that her campaign this time will collapse. I’m ready for that, and then I’ll move on. But as a matter of principle, I refuse to vote for prophets and saints. In politics, I actually despise them. I don’t like the supercilious sense that they know how to do things better than anyone else. Immodest, they always disappoint. That’s why I have always thought that Hillary would have made the better president; because she’s tough as nails and just a little corrupt, an established and experienced pol, an operator practiced in the gross political arts of back slapping and glad-handing. It’s a pity that Obama was nowhere near as good.