Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Why do black folks love the Clintons so much?

Let me say, I like Bill Clinton. I like him in the way that one likes a president that presided over eight years of prosperity. I voted for Bill Clinton. And I was sorry to see the right wing make so much hay over the Lewinsky affair. The man appears to be a shitty husband, but still he was a good president. Yeah, I like Bill Clinton, but some of my sisteren and bretheren appear to love Bill Clinton. I mean, if I may be colloquial, "love his dirty drawers" kind of love. And that love seems to translate into a fierce loyalty for Hillary Clinton in the 2008 presidential election.

Just a few days ago, Sideshow Bob Johnson said:

Bill and Hillary have long been deeply and emotionally involved in black issues? (Whatever those are. We are not a monolith, Bob.)

Now, I was a cute young thing in the 90s, fresh out of college. Maybe I was sleeping it off after a night at the club the day the Clintons rode through the black community throwing money from their sleigh. (But you would think they would have talked about it on CNN.)

I just don't get it. Is it the saxophone? Does a Clinton sighting evoke fond memories of The Arsenio Hall Show? Is it the hope that Hillary will fix the welfare mess that Bill created? Is it Bill's Southern drawl that makes folks think of "down home?"

Did this bit of delightful pandering capture our hearts?

Do the Clintons have compromising pictures of somebody's mama? WHAT IS IT?

A lot of people fought hard so that black people could vote. Some died. I just know that thousands of us wouldn't give away our right to select the best candidate, just for some warm and fuzzy feelings of Clinton nostalgia. Would we?

What are the ISSUES that make Hillary Clinton the best candidate for the job? So far, I've heard that I need to vote for her because she is a woman, or because Bill Clinton is "black" (And if I hear that one more time...). Come on Clinton supporters, my candidate is in third place and if he drops out you want my vote. Convince me that Hillary is the one for me.


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