Hillary and O’Bama: Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss

In the end, the question of who Hillary is seems almost a bit anthropomorphic. Surely she has loved, laughed and suffered in the usual human ways, but what we are left with is a sleek, well-funded, power-seeking machine encased in a gleaming carapace of self-righteousness. She’s already enjoyed considerable power, both as a Senator and a “co-president,” and in the ways that counted, she blew it. What Americans need most, after fifteen years of presidential crimes high and low, is to wash their hands of all the sleaze, blood, and other bodily fluids, and find themselves a president who is neither a Clinton nor a Bush.

Barbara Ehrenreich, June 19, 2007

Obama, the political twin of Hillary Clinton and the corporate Democratic Leadership Council her husband helped found, is determined to liquidate Black politics as an independent force in the United States, having already proclaimed, “There is no Black America.”

Glen Ford, June 13, 2007

I’m hoping that this is a sign of strength, in that the Democrats and liberal/left press are feeling confident enough that they are willing to risk strong criticism. The Clintons, though, brought us “the end of welfare as we know it” and NAFTA and neither seemed to have given either a second thought.

O’Bama has an increasingly opportunistic ring to everything he does and he seems utterly disconnected from any constituency. Hillary seems like a seasoned New York politician, but is O’Bama really from Chicago? None of the candidates (except maybe Kucinich) ever mentions the last two stolen elections or the criminality of the White House. It doesn’t really make me feel confidence.

About Ray Watkins

I was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. I grew up in Houston, as a part of what we only half-jokingly call the Cajun Diaspora. At a certain point during the Regan administration, I had to leave, so I served in the Peace Corps, Philippines, from 1987-89. I didn't want to return to the United States just yet, so I moved to Paris, France, where I lived for three years or so. I then moved back to Austin, Texas, where I had received my Masters Degree, and (eventually) began a Ph.D., which I completed in 1999. I spent a year at Temple University and then accepted a position at Eastern Illinois University where I worked until May of 2006. I now work exclusively on line (although that may change) for Johns Hopkins, the Art Institute Online, and Smarthinking.com. I can be reached most easily via email: raywatkins [that 'at' symbol] writinginthewild.com

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