At some point, we need to give up on this fantasy ticket idea. It is as likely as a Paris Hilton presidency. I entertained the delusion of a Clinton/Obama ticket actively-you can go back and check. It’s dead. And like all dead things, it will never be resurrected. The latest debate dustup over dictators and such is truly ridiculous posturing at its worst and should be completely disregarded as a serious statement of principle.
Ain’t no principle been involved for these two for quite some time. Principles would have meant that neither would have supported any funding for the B.S. in Baghdad. Principle would have meant that the nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court would have been actively filibustered by both in a show stopping display we would still be talking about. Principle would have meant that neither would have supported anti-labor free trade agreements like the Oman Free Trade Agreement.
When you get down to brass tacks, neither Clinton nor Obama is progressive in any meaningful sense of the word. There are those of us in the black community who support Obama because they think he represents the best we have to offer. There are those of us that think the Clintons represent the halcyon days of 90’s prosperity and progressivism. The reality is that these are really misconceptions that have no basis in fact. Draconian welfare reform, willful denial of genocide in Rwanda, and a craven capitulation to pharmaceutical company racism in the denial of anti-retroviral AIDS medications to African countries desperate for help, is the real legacy of the Clintons. Barack Obama has done absolutely nothing to castigate their record or chart a different course that black folks could respect.
Hooking up an already deficient brotha to that legacy of white supremacist capitalist patriarchy is really not what the Lord is calling for in these last and evil days. It makes no sense at all, really. Respecting the principled legacy of the last serious black presidential candidate is one thing, equating Barack Obama with that same legacy is quite another. They ain’t the same thing, no matter what Jesse says to the contrary.