I am enthusiastically neutral between our two fine Democratic candidates.
For all their differences (e.g., free tuition versus debt-free college), Bernie had it exactly right: either of them is, even “on our worst days, 100 times better than any Republican candidate.”
Like Carter, Mondale, Dukakis, Clinton, Gore, Kerry, and Obama before them,* Sanders and Clinton are people of serious purpose — each offering to apply him- or herself to the immensely complex task of leading the country and the world.
Was George W. Bush up to that task? Was John McCain steady enough?** Who thought Dan Quayle was ready to lead the world?
Watch Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday’s “Face The Nation.” Serious and steady.
Watch Secretary Clinton at Stanford. Serious and steady.
Watch Senator Sanders on the Middle East. Serious and steady.
Contrast this with Trump, obviously; but with Cruz, too, who would carpet bomb until the sand glows — and who shut down his own government.
I think it will ultimately turn out okay. But, boy, had it better.
*Mondale and Dukakis lost to Republicans who quadrupled the National Debt; Gore and Kerry, to a Republican who handed Obama a disastrous, needless war, a near depression and a $1.5 trillion deficit.
**He crashed four planes, not one, and chose Sarah Palin to lead the world in the event of his disability.
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