Monday, January 14, 2008

A Point For Hillary

I've personally expressed support for Barack Obama's presidential campaign. And I still believe he's the candidate who can recreate the optimism and enthusiasm about our country that's been missing for so long. But I'm troubled about the latest tiff over the civil rights movement. Senator Hillary Clinton reminded us that without the support of President Lyndon Johnson, the great civil rights bills of 1964 and 1965 would never have made it through Congress. She's right. Johnson, who had been Senate Majority Leader before becoming vice president, knew which arms to twist and what promises to make in order to get the bills through Congress.

Johnson's skill at manipulating Congress does not detract one whit from the efforts of Dr. Martin Luther King, jr., James Forman, Ralph Abernathy, Fannie Lou Hamer, John Lewis, or any of the other courageous black men and women of the civil rights movement. Senator Clinton was saying that without strong presidential leadership, progressive legislation is not likely to get through Congress. And she's right.

I still support Obama. But it's troubling that people in his campaign have made this unwarranted attack on what is simply a true statement.

4 comments:

Emperor Ropi said...

I don't like Hilary Clinton.

steve said...

Ropi,

Thanks for visiting. I'm personally impressed with Hillary Clinton, though I still support Obama. Either of them, in my view, would be better than any of the Republicans running. But then I've become what they call a "yellow-dog Democrat"--somebody who'd rather vote for a yellow dog on the Democratic ticket than any Republican.

Tea N. Crumpet said...

I'm feeling like a yellow dog Republican meaning, I don't like the R's in office. I don't like the religious vote they carry. I don't know if I will vote Republican even though I actually believe in the old way they thought back before they started courting religious views and going extreme. I'd like to see Obama in-- he is himself.

steve said...

Tea,

According to Garrison Keillor, the term is "Second Coming Republican." That is, if Jesus were to come back with all his angels and archangels, and announce he was running for president on the Democratic ticket, the Second Coming Republicans wouldn't vote for him.

Of course, what you're saying is a little different. It's been a long time since the Eisenhower Republicans had any clout in the party. And the current crop of Republicans have gone far beyond the right-wing politics of Reagan, which were scary enough for me.