Kennedy won and promised to go anywhere, to bear any burden and to oppose any foe. He kept his word. It landed us in Vietnam.
The pictures on the flat screen this morning show long lines at voting places. That is either good news or bad. It depends on whether it means a high turnout or not enough voting machines.
Either way, I expect that women, Black and Latino voters will give Clinton the numbers she needs. When Democrats win, that is usually the reason. Although there is never much gratitude shown.
Some friends have called this the worst Presidential election ever.
That is a low bar.
Maybe it’s my age and my good long-term memory.
Short-term? Not so good these days.
“Where did I put those damn keys?”
Back in 1952 I was four and dragged door to door by my mom handing out Adlai Stevenson flyers. Meanwhile leftists and communists were being hounded, black listed and jailed by Joe McCarthy and the Red Scare and both Stevenson and Eisenhower were silent if not complicit.
And the denial of voting rights for Black folks in the South and waves of lynchings.
Also met by silence from the candidates.
In 1960 it was Kennedy against Nixon. Kennedy won and promised to go anywhere, to bear any burden and to oppose any foe. He kept his word. It landed us in Vietnam.
LBJ beat the right-wing Goldwater in a landslide and then expanded the war in Vietnam.
Then came Nixon.
Bush #1 and the first Gulf War.
It would be Democrats ever since if the Supreme Court hadn’t ignored the popular vote and stole the electoral vote for Bush #2.
So, I don’t know about this being the worst ever. Trump has done his best to destroy the Republican Party at the national level.
That gets no tears from me.
And he has stirred up all the anti-immigrant, racist and women-hatred that breeds right below the surface.
And comes above ground plenty.
That is the bad stuff.
If Hillary wins tomorrow I sense a honeymoon that won’t last long. The divisions exposed by the Sanders challenge will only get more intense, especially if the Democrats gain control of the Senate, which is now looking like a 50/50 possibility. Power creates divisions.
A crippled GOP and a possible energized challenge by Progressives in the Democratic Party even with Hillary in the White House?
That would be some good stuff.
It isn’t that these past 18 months haven’t had a bad smell.
But I try and look for the good news.