The best part of the day: I recorded an interview in Washington, D.C. today on Dr. Pamela Brewer's national "MyNDTALK" show, a radio program on which Brewer, a practicing psychologist, explores with guests the interface of personal and social issues. (That interview will air later in the spring; I'll put up a link.) She and I talked about racial animosity, Katrina, fear of terrorism, demagogues, and the presidential race. It was an honest and constructive conversation. Afterward, I enjoyed a great Indian meal on 18th Street (I took the above photo on my stroll) and then found an Internet cafe, where I am writing right now.
The most painful part of the day: In response to a question in the interview, I had to acknowledge that if Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic nomination, John McCain will win the presidency.
Who wants to think of Clinton, the first woman to have a serious shot at the presidency, as being the spoiler who hands the White House to the next generation of the Republican war enterprise? Nobody. But look at her: going dirty, winking at groundless Republican smears, flinging character accusations like clods of cow manure while offering nothing in the least bit more substantive than Barack Obama's own less-than-bold policy ideas, and in some cases offering much less.
Radio host Randi Rhodes got herself suspended (and later resigned) from Air America for calling Clinton "a fucking whore," and it's fitting punishment. (Who needs more misogyny when the "smart bitch" persona still has such widespread appeal as a reason to hate a woman?) But I can understand where Rhodes was coming from. I don't like Clinton and I don't trust her. Not because she's a woman. But because I think she is cynical, dishonest, and obsessed with winning above all else. She has done exactly what I abhor: taken the wrong stance on major policy issues such as Iraq, and then tried to save herself through personal attacks against her rival. For me, the epitome of Clinton's lack of principle was when she calculatingly added, after telling a reporter she doesn't think Obama is a Muslim, "As far as I know."
I think that is why a lot of Americans dislike her (a recent poll I saw had Clinton's unlikeability at something like 60 percent). And that, in turn, is why, if she succeeds in bludgeoning and battering Obama out of the ring for the Democratic nomination, we will inaugurate President John McCain in January of 2009.
It seems the only remaining question is, is Clinton willing to take down the entire Democratic Party with her?