Maybe I haven’t been totally honest about why I so badly want Hillary Clinton to throw in the towel.
I really do believe that the ongoing fight is damaging the Democratic Party’s chances in November by polarizing the party.
And I really do believe that the benefits the Democratic Party has received from the long primary season — and there have been some very real and important ones, including the massive amount of grassroots organizing that’s been happening — are pretty much shot now: little positive will be accomplished by continuing the battle.
And, yes, I also really do believe that the Democratic Party’s chances in the fall are being harmed by all of the negative advertising.
But to be honest, none of that represents the biggest reason why I want this nomination fight to be over. The real biggest reason is this: I’m just sick and tired of this shit — sick and tired of fighting with other Democrats when it’s George W. Bush and the Republicans who have been doing so much damage to this country.
It was Bush, not Clinton or Obama, who led this nation into the war in Iraq based upon a pack of lies.
It was Bush who made torture the official policy of the United States of America.
It was Bush who appointed two reactionary Supreme Court justices, transforming what had been a radically conservative — but also at times unpredictable — Court into one that today is little more than cog in the rightwing machine.
It was Bush who championed tax cuts that dramatically increased an already alarming level of economic inequality in this nation.
It was Bush who made it official US policy to ignore the threat of global warming.
It was Bush who turned the federal government into an all you can eat smorgasbord for pro-Republican special interests.
And on and on.
The truth is, I’m sick and tired of arguing with other Democrats.
I’m sick and tired of all the negative campaigning.
I’m sick and tired of pro-Clinton sites like, say, BartCop (with whom I’ve exchanged a few blows) attacking Obama.
I’m sick and tired of pro-Obama sites like Daily Kos (and sometimes my own) beating up on Clinton.
For better or worse, Barack Obama is going to be the Democratic nominee: no one can reasonably doubt that now. It’s time to move on.
Yes, we need to begin the healing.
And yes, we need to start turning our fire on John McCain, instead of each other.
But maybe more than anything else, we need to change the subject. The Obama vs. Clinton discussion isn’t just destructive.
It’s also getting old.