I loved the Guardian report on the Elton John concert for Hillary Clinton in New York, especially the intro:
Elton John is well qualified in surviving against the odds, and last night he took to the stage and sang his heart out for someone else who refuses to quit: Hillary Clinton.
They may be battling for a lost cause, but that’s the thing about us baby boomers: we are hopelessly romantic.
Okay, romantic may not be the right word to use about the Clintons, but how about dogged and true?
Even their critics will concede the Clintons are dogged and true to their own ambitions at least — and I think, with all her spunk, Hillary is a hell of a lady.
Yes, age is beginning to show on her, she is not as youthful as Obama, she may not have his gift for words, she has even been known to fib at times, but she is passionate and true to her convictions. Yes, she has changed her stand on Nafta and the Iraq war, but that may be because she now sees they are making people suffer. Why should that be seen as opportunism and not concern for the people? If she didn’t care for the people, she wouldn’t have been fighting for universal health care.
Elton John in his passionate support for Hillary accused Americans of misogyny. He said:
“I’m amazed by the misogynistic attitudes of some of the people in this country. And I say to hell with them … I love you Hillary, I’ll be there for you.”
I don’t think misogyny is the only culprit here.
The fact is Barack Obama is eloquent, charismatic, seen as a visionary, and possesses a shrewd intelligence. He may be just what America needs — an astute politician whose own interest tallies with national interest. Both he and America gain, for example, by overcoming racial differences. He appeals to both liberals and independents and is now trying to win over the anti-gun control lobby as well. A leader who appeals to such diverse groups is likely to unite the nation.
But the fact is, the Democrats have not seen such a divisive nomination battle for a long time.
Hillary remarkably continues to win in the big states despite being outspent by Obama and bombarded with constant media criticism.
Her appeal was vividly summed up in a Salon headline: Hillary’s bridge back to the 20th century. The report said:
With recession looming, Clinton banks on ’90s nostalgia, reminding Pennsylvania voters of the good old days of her husband’s administration.
“Clinton’s version of the ’90s is a little airbrushed,” Salon added.
But there is no doubt that the American economy was stronger and American influence greater during the Clinton administration.
Hillary is offering neither visions nor illusions in harking back to that era. She is recalling the honest truth.