This video is about the Democratic primary in South Carolina, which was won by Barack Obama, and in it Jon Stewart is criticizing Bill Clinton for trash-talking Obama. I can't really describe my favorite part of this segment because it involves a lot of visual television magic and really has to be seen to be fully appreciated, but my second favorite part is when he points out, "If his wife weren't running, [Bill Clinton] would be all over Obama!"
Speaking for myself, if I weren't already against Hillary Clinton in the first place, I would be now after seeing her husband behave like such a douchebag. I mean, I can understand why he's actively campaigning instead of just sitting supportively on the sidelines, by why can't he just say good things about her?
And then I answer myself, "Well, it wouldn't be very convincing if he just said good things about her, would it? Because he's her husband, what else is he going to say?" I don't know; I just think--or maybe I hope--that Obama's going to win the nomination, and then Billy-boy's going to have to do some major back-pedaling...or he could just shut up and go away, which would be kind of nice too.
I haven't been paying a lot of attention to these preliminaries because (a) as registered independent, I'm not eligible to vote in the South Dakota primaries and (b) South Dakota primaries are a farce anyway. So while I know that I should be paying attention to where the candidates stand on the issues and make a decision based on intellectual considerations rather than other considerations, including circumstantial ones such as a candidate's race and/or gender, I've been really lax in gathering that kind of information. Right now I'm going with my gut, and my gut is going with Barack Obama. And while I haven't really discussed this at length with my gut, I don't think it has anything to do with the fact that he's black (or a man, for that matter). Call it what you want: irrational, emotional, weak-minded, irresponsible...it's probably all those things and more, but when Barack Obama speaks, I feel happy...and hopeful. I also think it has something to do with one of the very criticisms that Bill Clinton is making against him; his comparative lack of experience in Washington...oh, it's getting late so I'll use a cliché: it makes him seem like a breath of fresh air. And around the Clintons hangs the stench of corruption, deception, manipulation, and decay.
I've said before and I'll say it again: I'm all for having a woman president, but I don't want us to have one just for the sake of having one. Moreover, I think it would be just as sexist to vote for someone based solely on the fact that she's a woman as it would be to refuse to vote for someone solely because she was a woman.