Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Props to Bill Weld

"I'm here vouching for Mrs. Clinton," Bill Weld, former governor of Massachusetts, currently VP Candidate for the Libertarian Party, " told Rachel Maddow last night.  "I think she deserves to have people vouch for her other than members of the Democratic National Committee."

In the face of the vile invective hurled on a daily basis by Donald Trump and his surrogates, Weld's statement stands as an extraordinary expression of decency, honor, and rationality.  It will remembered as one of the few and true high points of this campaign season.

Weld's statement objects not to any of the specific, demeaning, and outlandish charges lodged against Hillary Clinton, but to the fact that too many people accept them as at least in part true, or where there's smoke there's fire.  But the fact is that Hillary Clinton in her long career has done nothing even remotely rising to the level of making her unsuitable to be President.  Indeed, to the contrary, as Weld further pointed out, her life's work demonstrates that she would be a "capable" President.

Barack Obama, also speaking yesterday, wondered if some of the resistance to Hillary Clinton might be based on an unconscious male basis against a woman as President.   He may well be right.   For that, and other reasons, Hillary Clinton's campaign has been subject to abuse unheard of in American politics, including unprecedented actions by even the Director of the FBI.

I fully expect the American people to do the right thing, and follow Weld's de facto advice, and elect Hillary Clinton President next week.


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