I’ve respected Hillary Clinton for a long time, but I was not ready to endorse her for President of the United States until after watching her cool-under-fire, super-smart, in-command, even heroic performance in front of a bunch of crazed, frothing-at-the-mouths, out-for-blood Teapublicans. Add in Hillary Clinton’s dominating performance in the first Democratic 2016 presidential debate, and I’m sold — this woman has got “it,” big time.
As for Bernie Sanders, as much as I like and respect him, he’s simply not going to be the Democratic nominee. So of course I’m happy to listen to what he has to say on the issues – I agree with him on a lot, but certainly not everything, including guns, where he’s wildly wrong in both substance and tone – and to enjoy the impressions by Larry David and other comedians. But…c’mon, seriously? Does anyone really think Bernie’s gonna beat Hillary for the nomination, and that America’s really going to elect a self-professed “Democratic Socialist” as President? Sorry, not seeing it. At all. As for Joe Biden…well, he’s not running, which makes my decision to endorse Hillary Clinton that much easier.
We’ll have plenty of time to discuss substance, but for the moment, I’ll just say that I agree with Hillary Clinton on the issues probably 90%-95% of the time. The main thing I want to see from her is an even stronger commitment – and she’s got a strong one now – to phasing off of fossil fuels and onto clean energy ASAP. Of course I want to see her fighting for a more progressive tax code and a more equitable America generally – and I believe she will do that. We all know she’ll fight for equality for all Americans, that’s not even a question. We also know that she’ll be one of the most qualified President-elects when it comes to foreign policy in U.S. history. Same thing on domestic policy, come to think of it.
Last but most certainly not least, I believe Hillary Clinton gives Democrats the best chance of winning the White House in 2016, taking back the U.S. Senate, and making some serious gains in the U.S.House of Representatives and state legislatures across America. But yeah, I’ll admit it, watching those sneering, hate-filled Republicans yesterday try and try, but utterly fail, to even lay a GLOVE on this amazing woman pushed me from respecting Hillary Clinton to “I’d crawl over broken glass on a bed of hot coals for her!” LOL Anyway, with that, I strongly endorse Hillary Clinton, and look forward to her demolishing whatever right-wing, climate-science-denying, Koch-sucking freak the Republicans nominate.