latest post at the Sideshow, so go and check it out. (Including the above image.)
Something occurred to me when I read Avedon's remarks about Hillary Rodham Clinton's call to increase the minimum wage to $12. (Which is better than Obama's target for it; I suspect both of them are trying to position themselves as moderates, between the extremists who want to raise it to $15 and those who want to abolish it.) I'd been thinking inchoately about this for some time, at least since I wrote this post right after Obama's election in 2008, but it finally worked its way up to consciousness.
I notice that a lot of Clinton's boosters are stressing not how good her
positions are -- perhaps because they know full well her postions aren't good -- but how important
it supposedly is that we have a woman president. Here's the thing: it
isn't important, it isn't important at all that we have a woman
president, just that it was not important at all that we have a black
president. It's a nice detail, but if you really oppose racism and
sexism, the plumbing or pigmentation of the President is not important.
What we need is not a woman president or a black president, but a good
one. (Obama has been mediocre at best, and often quite bad.) Sex and
skin color are not qualifications. I'm not sure that even Bernie Sanders
will be a good president -- but hey, isn't it important that America
have its first Jewish president? He might be better than the rest of the
field, and I'm willing to vote for him, but I am not a cheerleader for
anybody, and I do not trust cheerleaders.