Vote for Hillary because she’d probably do a pretty good job as President. That’s what a Hillary adherent said in the widely circulated focus group video during which no one could name a single Hillary accomplishment.
“Probably” means, according to the dictionary, “without much doubt”. Just a smidgen of doubt, but not much, in other words.
“Pretty good”. Not great. Not terrible. Just an average kind of good, but not quite terrific either.
(Would you take your car to a probably pretty good mechanic, or to an above average spot where you knew they’d get it right?)
In other words, vote for Hillary because, but for some small, lingering doubts, she will do average work executing one of the most important jobs in the world! That’s not an assessment coming from the vast right-wing conspiracy*. It’s the stirring endorsement provided by someone who would follow Hillary to hell and back again — maybe even to Benghazi and back again too.
No doubt these kinds of Hillary backers would prefer to change the subject. Talk about her hair. Or her latest attire. Her strength enduring Bill and Monica Lewinsky as well as scandal after scandal after scandal. Or how hard it was for her to be broke after eight years in the White House. In our celebrity-informed culture it can be easy for such people to forget the substance and instead focus on Hillary’s most Kardashian-like qualities.
Unchanged is the fact that in 2016 we elect a President. Whoever gets the job will be the President during a time in which challenges at home and abroad are mounting rapidly and the decisions made will shape the world for generations to come. This isn’t American Idol. It’s. The. Presidency.
We’ve seen what the “things aren’t great but they could be worse”** Barack Obama Presidency has done for us. And, unfortunately Bill Clinton — between the sax on Arsenio Hall and his various escapades in and around the White House — dumbed down reverence for the office. Surely though, even progressives can shoot for something a bit better than probably pretty good.
Or have we slipped so far down the slope that we believe it unjust and even judgmental to seek better in our next President?
* In the interest of full and fair disclosure, the author is a card carrying member of the vast right-wing conspiracy. His card number is 11FT87-3AQ.
** This defense of Obama’s Presidency was presented by an Obama supporter as rebuttal to a previous Andrew Allen article published here at Clash Daily.